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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.

    • The Frogmill

      Big flavours, a big grill and a big, friendly welcome is the order of the day at this newly zhuzhed up country pub near Cheltenham.

    • Fancy lunch in the Cotswolds?

      Well, if you insist! Muddy heads to Asthall near Burford to chow down three courses in a bucolic, brilliantly-priced, dog-friendly inn. Definitely one to add to your list.

    • Go alfresco: Our fave pubs, perfect for September!

      Is there anything more British than a pub garden? We've scoured our counties for the best in show to hang out at this September

    • The best brunch in town

      The most lipsmackingly indulgent meal of the day and we have 47 of the best ones to tempt you with, from vegan to full English, flat white to green detox. Just add friends and a hangover.

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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!

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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!

  • What’s on our October book list?

    Muddy has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about our October picks.

    • Behind the scenes at Strictly Come Dancing

      Strictly Come Dancing kicked off the 2019 series on Saturday - and Muddy was there to bask in all the star-studded and sequinned glory. Wanna know some Strictly secrets?

    • Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

      Ready for some late summer wellness? It's the perfect time to look after yourself with this inspirational festival, with loads of wellbeing events, fitness clinics, even A Monk's Guide to Happiness!

    • Muddy Book Club Live is BACK!

      We're hosting an author event at Henley Literary Festival on Sat 5 Oct and you're all invited! Want to meet our brilliant speakers? Plus our top 5 festival picks.

    • Art’s rising rock stars

      Blank walls but your budget doesn't stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here are 12 cool, collectable artists who won't require you to sell a loved one. Plus FREE Fresh:Art Fair tickets for Muddy readers.

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    • Make your own Christmas wreath

      Make your neighbour jealous! We have gifted you with the best workshops in Glos and Wits, for all budgets, but be quick as they are all selling out very fast...

    • Are you rustic or refined?

      Interiors-wise, that is! Whatever your style, the Cotswolds' annual design hub, the Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Arts Fair has you covered

    • Gastro Heaven!

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

    • Ready to get your zen on?

      From the physical benefits to the emotional ones, there are many reasons to practice yoga – Muddy picks the brains of Stroud Yoga Space's Rachel Mellish to find out why

  • Books for back to work blues

    Summer hols over? We’re here to help with five fab work-related self-help books

    • Abberley Hall School

      Muddy says: A day and full boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, set in 90 acres of wooded grounds amid truly stunning countryside

    • Bredon School

      Muddy says: An independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 7 to 18, situated in gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside, Bredon is certainly one to look out for!

  • Q&A with writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater

    Birmingham writer-performer Francesca Millican-Slater has been collecting the stories of visitors, past and present, to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife. You too can be part of the story.

    • How to flex your life

      Is life an exhausting loop of sleep, work, chores, repeat? Yep. Need to make a change but not sure what or how? Er, yes. Read our interview with hot new self-help author Annie Auerbach. She has the answers!

    • Muddy meets Terry

      Eighties skankers The Specials are back with a fab new album and a headline slot at Cornbury festival. We nabbed Terry Hall to talk shopping, selfies and his career as a barber.

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