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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

Forget subtle sparkle and colour co-ordination - this year we're embracing kitsch and dressing our Christmas trees with the most bonkers baubles we can find! Which is your favourite?

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

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


  • This year the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat ever– a whopping £5000 of gifts to win over 13 days (because why stop at 12?), curated from the brilliant businesses featured on @theindiestoreuk

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like on any of the 13 days, with winners picked on 14 Dec and gifts delivered to your door in time for Christmas morning. First up a beautiful for her bundle worth £652 😍 

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  • Not all Christmas events are cancelled. Check out my curated guide on what to do during the festive month of December including where to see Santa and local festive markets and shopping events! Link in bio. #supportlocal #shopsmall 
#supportlocalleicestershire #supportleicesterlocal #leicestershire #rutland #leicester #shoppingleicestershire #festiveevents #whatson #thingstodo #decemeberevents #festivemarkets #santa #wheretoseesanta #xmasmarketa #lifestylesite #leicesterbusiness #leicesterbloggers
  • Looks like we may not be able to attend any wreath-making workshops this year, but so many of our fab local florists have created their own DIY wreath making kits to order so you can still adorn your door with as much festive fabulousness as you want. Read more via link in my profile. Xx
Pic via @floweryvegco 
#festiveseason #festivewreath #diywreath #makeyourownwreath #floralwreath #festivedecor #leicestershire #rutland #muddystilettos #wreathsofinstagram #makeyourownfun #thursdayvibes #thursdaymotivation #thursdaythoughts #oakhamflorist #leicestershireflorist
  • WIN!!!! A luxury pampering day at the award-winning @ragdalehallspa! You and a pal can enjoy an entire day of pampering pleasure with food, drink, treatment and more. Head to the link in my bio to enter. Good luck. X
#spaday #ragdalehallspa #leicester #leicestershire #meltonmowbray #muddystilettos #pamperingspaday #giveaway #competitiontime #spadays #spadaytreat #mondaymotivation #rutland
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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

  • Kids

    • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

    • Boo! 14 Halloween films for kids

      Boo! 14 Halloween films for kids

      Halloween films that will scare not scar your kids for life, including brand new release The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway – available to stream right now.

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  • Cosy treats for dark days

    Cosy treats for dark days

    It’s cold, drizzly and dark at 5pm so it’s time to up the comfort factor with these must-have items for days indoors, including plenty of opportunities to #supportlocal.

    • Autumn’s comfiest fashion trendg

      Autumn’s comfiest fashion trendg

      With luxe fabrics, funky designs and cool silhouettes, cardigans have never been cooler. Here are seven of our favourite online buys to add to your autumn wardrobe.

    • New season jumpsuits to buy now

      New season jumpsuits to buy now

      Chic, comfy and transitional - the jumpsuit is a must-have staple in your summer/autumn wardrobe. Shall we go shopping?

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  • Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    Muddy meets… Melissa Hemsley

    It turns out the healthy cooking queen has culinary disasters too! Melissa spills the beans (then whips them up into a tasty frittata) on burnt pans, how to waste less food and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer.



      To celebrate International Women's Day on Sun 8 March, Muddy is shining the spotlight on some of our favourite trail-blazing, commotion-causing women from the creative industries.

    • Muddy has a laugh with comedian Sarah Johnson

      Muddy has a laugh with comedian Sarah Johnson

      Muddy chats to the funny lady about why she turned down the chance to act, how she gets her kids involved in comedy and her new show.

    • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

      GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

      We're chuffed that she's repping Leicester on this year's series of The Great British Bake Off. Here's everything you need to know about the amateur baker.

    • Creative and talented

      Creative and talented

      Full-time sign writer and hand lettering enthusiast, Lorna Dunn has worked with tonnes of fab indie businesses which means she knows some of the best places locally so it was a no-brainer to ask her all about them...

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 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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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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