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  • Gastro Heaven!

    30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

    • Is this Warwickshire’s quirkiest bar + kitchen?

      At Leamington Spa's playful Hart+Co, meals are served school lunch style, then there's the bottomless cocktail brunch from 5pm-9pm! But why is there a bathtub in the middle of the room? Muddy's Rhiannon Pursall investigates...

    • Eight awesome autumn walks!

      Love the outdoors? Us too, so we’re thrilled to be launching our first ever Muddy Walk Week! Grab your friends or family and try our pick of the prettiest walks in Warwickshire and beyond - all with dog-friendly pubs nearby.

    • NEW cocktail masterclass

      Christmas is just around the corner...If you're looking to gen up on some new drinks recipes or would like an office do with a difference, get your party started at this Warwickshire artisan distillery!

    • Bluebasil Coffee Bar and Vintage Store, Leamington Spa

      Love coffee? Love vintage? Oh, and how do award-winning gourmet brownies sound? I’ve a feeling this could become your new favourite indie hangout…it’s one of ours.

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

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  • The 37 coolest party palaces

    Got a big birthday celebration looming? Or fancy a weekend away with your squad? We’ve sniffed out the 37 dreamiest party palaces across the land, available for exclusive hire. Grab your gang and let’s go!

    • Stay here: One Abbey Lane, Southam

      This beautifully renovated Tudor gem in Warwickshire featured on BBC 2's Restoration Home is now a stylish one-bedroom B&B retreat.

    • The Lygon Arms, Worcs

      Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages – and we know exactly where you should be staying.

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  • How to do sofa chic

    Never mind all the parties, the thing we’re most looking forward to this Christmas is hunkering down at home. Here’s what we’ll be wearing – just accessorize with a book and mince pie.

    • Shake up your style

      Throw out the rule book, become a fashion rebel and ring the changes this festive season - voilà, our top style tips for rebooting your wardrobe.

    • Party like you mean it

      Harvey Nichols has come up trumps this season so here's my wishlist to whet your whistle. Plus win £500 worth of party clobber!

  • Fancy a festive theatrical party for over-18s?

    Get your glad rags on and head over to Coventry Belgrade’s B2 studio space for some nibbles, drinks, live music, gaming tables and immersive drama – where you may become part of the script.

    • Meowy Christmas!

      Cats are everywhere this Christmas! We head to the Belgrade for some festive feline fun in Puss in Boots. Is it the saucer of cream we were hoping for – or more like UHT semi-skimmed?

    • REVIEW: Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

      Muddy reviews this warming old-fashioned festive treat for littlies with a one-woman band and cute wooden puppets at Warwick Arts Centre.

    • The Boy in the Dress

      The RSC’s new musical about a 12-year-old boy who goes to school dressed as a girl, attunes with a modern desire to celebrate difference in a kinder way.

    • Back-to-school with The Boy in the Dress star Forbes Masson

      Versatile Scots actor Forbes has gone from reading David Walliams' books to his kids to starring in the RSC’s new musical adaptation playing scary headmaster Mr Hawtrey.

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  • Making work work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here’s some food for thought from the autumn’s hottest self-help book by ex Elle journalist turned author Lotte Jeffs.

    • Flexi-time – are you working it out?

      Flexible working is a buzzy phrase, but seriously - how many of us actually live the dream? Our ed-in-chief was at the launch of The Women’s Business Council's #100waystoworkflexibly project.

    • Sexy Stationery

      Stationery is one of my specialist subjects. And - whoop! - it's National Stationery Week. Check out this sexy lot. Hubba bubba!

    • PREVIEW: Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

      Muddy takes a sneak peek at a theatre adaption of this classic Christmas comic cartoon strip for kids which flies into Warwick Arts Centre for the festive season until Dec 29.

    • Nurturing Your Teen’s Career Aspirations

      Many Year 11's are now deliberating over where to study for A levels and what subjects to choose. How can a school best support your teen to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving workplace?

  • Q&A with The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    Incredibly Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling picture book The Gruffalo was first published, 20 years ago! Muddy talks books, performing and buying a post-office with the best-selling writer.

    • Fight Club

      Love a good food fight? Well there's a huge one in the RSC's new autumn production King John. Just don't go in your best garb if you've booked a front row seat! Actor Richard Pryal fills us in.

    • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

      Sadly Leicester's Priya O'Shea was the seventh baker to leave the tent this week. Here's everything you need to know about the Midlands amateur baker.

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