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I'm Keya, editor of Muddy Leics & Rutland, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Bright colours, bold shapes — the unapologetically brash 80s are back, baby, at least in the world of interiors. Give your home a stylishly retro revamp with these statement pieces.

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The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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  • Pop that corn! What’s on TV this week?

    Pop that corn! What’s on TV this week?

    What have the TV gods got for us this week? A big batch of goodies, that’s what. From indie dramedys to twisty teen mysteries to a BAFTA-nominated anthology, here’s what to watch this week.

    • Man the forts! 10 castles to visit

      Man the forts! 10 castles to visit

      Ready for a right royal day out this summer? We've rounded up 10 of the coolest castles in Leicestershire and Rutland and beyond. Tiara at the ready, let's go!

    • Top TV: what to watch this week

      Top TV: what to watch this week

      Looks like we're back to nonstop rain — but with telly this good, who cares? Catch a star-studded who-dunnit, a big-budget adventure film, and more out this week.

    • What’s on: July Muddy Guide

      What’s on: July Muddy Guide

      Summer's here - although the weather's not caught up - but the social calendar's full and celebrating. From outdoor exhibitions to festivals (yup they're back!), here's where to head and what to book now for a summer to remember.

    • Summer reads for tweens

      Summer reads for tweens

      Need some reading material for the preteens? Try these books recommended by local children's author, Tamsin Winter (including her brand new one!).

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  • Muddy reviews: The Star Inn, Alfriston

    Muddy reviews: The Star Inn, Alfriston

    A triple treat of sleepy rural peace, local culture creds and stylish Tudor charm, The Star Inn in Alfriston, East Sussex opened in June to acclaim. Only thing is, does it pass the Muddy test?

    • AHOY THERE! Best boats to hire

      AHOY THERE! Best boats to hire

      With pretty much all restrictions now lifted (can I get an AMEN!) we’re dying to make the most of this summer. Swap a boring, long road trip for a cool boat trip instead.

    • DAY AT THE BEACH, ANYONE?

      DAY AT THE BEACH, ANYONE?

      The sun’s making an appearance again so we’re thinking of an impromptu day trip to the beach. Here's the closest ones to Leicestershire and Rutland. Now, where did we put our beach towel?

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  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

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    • MUDDY’S AUGUST GUIDE

      MUDDY’S AUGUST GUIDE

      No summer holiday booked? No problem. We've got free outdoor shows, a disco night for adults, comedy and more in Leicestershire and Rutland this month.

    • Have baby, will socialise!

      Have baby, will socialise!

      Mum of two Sara Payne runs baby and toddler classes across Leicestershire. So when she's not busy entertaining little ones, changing nappies or cleaning bottles, where does she like to take her own little ankle-biters?

  • Newsflash: What’s new pussycat?
  • Newsflash: What’s new pussycat?

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  • No summer holiday booked? No problem. We've got free outdoor shows, a disco night for adults, comedy and more in Leicestershire and Rutland this month. Link in bio! 
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  • Looking for the tastiest produce Leicestershire and Rutland has to offer and where to stock up? Look no further! Here are your wonderful Muddy Awards 2021 winners #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
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Best Farmshop/ Deli: @notjustacornershop (Wigston)
Besly Local Food/Drink Producer: @vinefarmdairy (Great Dalby)
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#muddyawards #themuddies #themuddystilettosawards #muddystilettosawards #muddyleicsrut #canigetawhoopwhoop #winners #muddyawards2021 #winning #winner #awardwinning #leicester #leicestershire #rutland
  • Hiring a boat has quickly become the ‘cool’ thing to do. So here’s our guide to the best boats to hire to enjoy our hood from a totally new perspective. Just try not to fall in! LINK IN BIO. 
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#boatstohire #canalboats #narrowboat #narrowboatlife #leicester #leicestershire #rutland #muddyleicsrut #ashbycanal #foxtonlocks #thingstodo #whatson #familyfun #muddyguide
  • The kids are alright - and these brilliant local businesses are even better! Here’s who YOU voted for to win a Muddy Award this year. #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
Best Family Attraction: @windmillfarmpark 
Best Children’s Business: @zerinsmithantenatalbabymassage
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#muddyawards #themuddies #themuddystilettosawards #muddystilettosawards #muddyleicsrut #canigetawhoopwhoop #winners #muddyawards2021 #winning #winner #awardwinning #leicester #leicestershire #rutland
  • Ready to shop ’til you drop? Always! Meet your gorgeous local Muddy Awards 2021 winners that are the places to go. We think you’ll love them (but your credit card probably won’t…) #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
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Best Interiors Store: @bagelandgriff (Market Harborough)
Best Jewellery Store: @thorpeandbrown (Hinckley)
Best Women’s Store: @no34boutique (Market Harborough)
Best Gift Shop: @morethanjustagift_official (location)
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#muddyawards #themuddies #themuddystilettosawards #muddystilettosawards #muddyleicsrut #canigetawhoopwhoop #winners #muddyawards2021 #winning #winner #awardwinning #leicester #leicestershire #rutland #marketharborough #hinckley @marketharboroughliving @maha_magazine @visitleicester @visitharboroughdistrict @harbs_collective
  • From cutting-edge art and inventive theatre to the beating heart of the high street - our lovely local bookshops - where would be without our amazing Muddy Awards 2021 winners who up the cultural creds of Leicestershire and Rutland and keep us entertained?  #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
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Best Arts Venue: @phoenixleic (Leicester)
Best Bookshop: @quinnsbookshop.mh (Market Harborough)
Best Art Gallery: @wingates_gallery (Market Harborough)
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  • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Rent your clothes like Carrie!

    Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      The weather's perked up - time for new sunnies! We have you covered with our guide to the hottest frames to suit your face shape this summer.  Just don't sit on them. 

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  • Have baby, will socialise!

    Have baby, will socialise!

    Mum of two Sara Payne runs baby and toddler classes across Leicestershire. So when she’s not busy entertaining little ones, changing nappies or cleaning bottles, where does she like to take her own little ankle-biters?

    • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

    • Catch up with Katie Cardew

      Catch up with Katie Cardew

      We love all the colourful prints and quirky homeware designed by Rutlander Katie. But when she puts down her pens and paints, where will we find her? At these local hangouts, of course.

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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Little Black Book

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

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