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I'm Laura, editor of Muddy Warwickshire & West Midlands, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Summer is still well and truly here (another heatwave?!) so that means evenings sipping G&Ts outside. Here's five local indies to help up your drinks game.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • 60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    It’s Afternoon Tea Week (8-14 Aug) and we’ve found the 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

Culture

Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

Travel

  • Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Looking for a Cornish escape for the whole crew with serious wow-factor? It doesn’t come much more stylish or slick than this reimagined country house in St Issey.

Home

  • Review: BMW iX

    Review: BMW iX

    Thinking of trading in your gas guzzler for something more eco-friendly? Take a look at this shiny, silent, speedy, sporty car – and wave goodbye to the petrol pump.

    • How to fill your home with summer scents

      How to fill your home with summer scents

      You don’t need to step into a garden to enjoy summer’s heady fragrances – here are 15 ways to enjoy your favourite flower and herb aromas in your living spaces. Breathe it in!

    • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, sunnies on and chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

  • Wellbeing

    • Review: Mana Spa, Coventry

      Review: Mana Spa, Coventry

      Looking for a bit of zen in bustling Cov city centre? Let me introduce you to this luxe spa hidden inside the city’s waterpark. Muddy went to check it out.

    • Spa of the Month: Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda

      Spa of the Month: Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda

      Fancy being buffed, massaged, tweaked and primped? Welcome to the first in our new monthly tried-and-tested guides to the world’s best spas. See you pool side, sister!

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Life

  • Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    She’s got a podcast, comedy show, award-winning books and celeb following – Rosie Wilby is the one to listen to if you’re breaking up

  • Kids

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Fashion

  • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

    • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Fancy a new lippie, liner or luxe shampoo? Ready your makeup bags (and your credit card) – we’ve scoured the country for the best new beauty shops and pop-ups this summer

People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • 5 things you wouldn’t expect a leading lawyer to say

      5 things you wouldn’t expect a leading lawyer to say

      Advising rocket scientists and working with some of the country’s top household names (hello Deliveroo) – but still up for a pre-dawn spin class and championing under-represented groups in the legal profession. It’s all in a day’s work for Shoosmiths partner Fiona Teague.

    • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2022

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2022

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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