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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

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

Gotta have it

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.

View Our Winners

Eat

  • Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar’s curry recipe

    Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar’s curry recipe

    To celebrate National Curry Week from 4-10 October we’ve got a recipe that will hit all the right spots, so move away from the pasta bake and try this tasty treat tonight.

    • Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can’t be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these drool-worthy bakeries instead.

    • Book these food and drinks events!

      Book these food and drinks events!

      From the first ever Leicester Restaurant Week to a travelling vegan market, we’ve rounded up the top food and drink festivals across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Top attractions in Rutland

      Top attractions in Rutland

      From the must-see hot spots in England’s smallest county to cool insider alternatives, here’s the most unmissable attractions in Rutland.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

Home

  • 8 of the best homeware stores

    8 of the best homeware stores

    From binge watching George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Grand Designs during lockdown, we’re feeling inspired to ‘do up’ our decor! Check out some of our fave interiors and homeware stores across Leics and Rutland.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • The top 10 trending autumn colours

      The top 10 trending autumn colours

      Planning on pimping your walls this autumn? Save yourself hours of scrolling through Pinterest and paint charts: Muddy reveals the top ten trending colours this season.

  • Wellbeing

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Life

  • 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).

  • Kids

    • Frightful fun for Halloween

      Frightful fun for Halloween

      From the best pumpkin picking patches to ghost hunting, broomstick riding and wand making, find out where to go for spooktacular fun across Leicestershire and Rutland.

    • Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Wellbeing and creative thinking are at the heart of this progressive, mixed co-ed and single-sex boarding school, where children are taught to stretch their horizons while nurturing community spirit.

    • What’s on in Leicestershire and Rutland this October
    • What’s on in Leicestershire and Rutland this October

Instamuddy

  • Ahh Rothley. Is it the luxurious pricey pads or the wonderful community spirit that make this des res village a big contender in our Top 200 Places to Live? 
Live here? Lucky you! Fancy making the move? Read our insider guide via the link in bio. 
In association with @struttandparker 
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#muddystilettos #MuddyBestPlacesToLive2022 #wheretolive #wheretomove
  • To laser, or not to laser, that is the question!

I recently booked to have treatment @calveo_laser_hair_removal, Rutland’s first laser hair removal clinic. Was it more pain than gain? Find out via the link in my bio and then enter our latest Reader Treat to win a £100 voucher to spend on any beauty treatment at the clinic! 
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#laserhairremoval #calveo #rutland #rutlandbusiness @discoverrutland #oakham #hairremoval #tuesdaythoughts
  • Would you like to reach fun-loving, cosmopolitan women in Leicestershire and Rutland? We work with the very best local and indie businesses and services sharing our reviews and your news with our amazing local readers and subscribers. If you or a brilliant business you know would like to feature on Muddy, we’d love to chat! #lovelocal #supportlocal #muddyleicsrut #rutland #leicestershire #littleblackbook
  • From binge watching George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Grand Designs during lockdown, we're feeling inspired to 'do up' our decor! Check out some of our fave interiors and homeware stores across Leics and Rutland.
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  • In honour of #GBBO being back on telly (who tuned in last night?), we’ve rounded up some of our fave bakeries (& bakers) across Leicestershire and Rutland! LINK IN BIO. 
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Let me know where you go for your freshly baked sourdough, croissants and cakes! 
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#leicestershire #leicester #rutland #leicesterbakeryleivestershirebakeries #rutlandbakery #muddyleicsrut #supportinglocal #inlovewithlocal #bakeries #bakeryleicestershire #bakeryleicester #bakeryrutland #freshbread #sourdough

Fashion

  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • SUPERFLASHY NEWSFLASH

      SUPERFLASHY NEWSFLASH

      Heard it on the grapevine! From a cool redevelopment of a historic building to the best new local openings (I spy an eco -friendly hair salon), here’s my superflashy special.

    • 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.

  • Beauty

    • Laser hair removal – is it worth it?

      Laser hair removal – is it worth it?

      Big date? Forget the legs, I have to shave my knuckles! Fed up, I recently booked to have laser hair removal done. Was it more pain than gain? worth it? Read on to find out.

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

People

  • Meet designer Chloe Kempster

    Meet designer Chloe Kempster

    The Chalk Paint® queen and furniture designer behind Maisie’s House on TV’s Money for Nothing let us in on her top local spots in Leicestershire – how many do you know?

    • 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.

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 2021

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2021

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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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