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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

Picnic season is GO! Get ready for a summer of meals on the move with these stylish and practical picnic must-haves - plus the chance to win £500 to spend at Ocado.

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Muddy Awards 2022

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  • 10 perfect picnic spots in Leicestershire & Rutland

    10 perfect picnic spots in Leicestershire & Rutland

    Dust off your wicker basket, roll out your tartan blanket and and head to one of these outdoor beauty spots across Leicestershire and Rutland to enjoy lunch al fresco.

    • Chin Chin! How to celebrate English Wine Week

      Chin Chin! How to celebrate English Wine Week

      It’s English Wine Week (18-26 June)! As if we need an excuse to drink more wine! Head to one of these local vineyards or drinking holes to top up your glass with everything from from Leicestershire rose to Sussex fizz.

    • Glorious gins to gift this World Gin Day

      Glorious gins to gift this World Gin Day

      We’re partial to a G&T at Muddy, so we’re throwing the spotlight on the best ones made locally which you can gift to a fellow gin lover. Ready? Let’s beGIN!

Culture

  • What’s hot this July

    What’s hot this July

    Music festivals, outdoor theatre, art exhibitions and more, we’ve rounded up the best things to see and do this month!

Little Black Book

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Travel

  • 27 of the best beaches in East Anglia

    27 of the best beaches in East Anglia

    Summer’s here so we’ve got the inside scoop on the best East Anglian beaches for all tastes. Buckets at the ready, sandwiches packed, bring on the sun!

    • Best beaches in the South & South West

      Best beaches in the South & South West

      Heading south for the summer? Then you’ll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches, including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

    • Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Thought Disney Cruise Line was all about Miami, Florida and the Bahamas? Here are the coolest destinations for 2023 – and our insider tips on how to maximise the fun while you’re in port.

Home

  • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • 10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      It’s World Gin Day on 11 June, so what better way to celebrate than by picking up a bottle of the good stuff? Here are some that’ll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your G&T…

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise – and orgasms.

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

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Life

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  • For my next trick, here's Muddy's curated guide on all the fun stuff to do locally this short, but sweet month inc Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Magical Bones (pic above). No fluffy rabbits, we promise! Link in bio and stories.

#whatsonleicester #whatsonleicestershire #whatsonrutland #leicestershire #leicester #rutland #thingstodo #muddyleicsrut #muddyguide
  • From witty to wacky, naughty to saucy, daring to dog-obsessed, here's the best female comedians you don't want to miss at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival.

#muddyleicsrut #leicester #leicestershire #whatsoninleicester #comedyfestival #comedy #hahafunny #femalecomedians #comedyfestivalleicester #whatson #funtimes #february2022
  • LOVE IS IN THE AIR! @theflowerplant has just gone and done it again!! 💋💋💋 

#muddyleicsrut #shopfrontlove #inlovewithlocal #supportinglocal #leicestershire
  • Love eating out but want to try and cut down on the calories? Eat out or order in from one of these top-notch eateries without feeling guilty. Link in bio and stories. 

#leicestershire #leicester #eatoutlocal #supportlocal #eatoutleicester #muddyleicsrut #wheretoeatleicester #healthyeats #tueadayvibes #tuesdaymotivation #feelgoodfood #healthyfood
  • After much scoffing and quaffing, the UK’s top foodies and pub pros have picked out their favourites in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards. Find out which local Rutland and Leicestershire pubs made the cut. Link in bio and stories. 

#top50gastropubs #top50 
#estrelladamm #top100gastropubs #muddyleicsrut #rutland #leicestershire @olivebranchclipsham @stag_n_hounds @discoverrutland #foodiepub #gastropubleicestershire #gastropubrutland #greatpubs
  • Need a laugh? Who doesn't! Get a belly full with the @leicscomedyfest (2-20 Feb) with comedy shows running across the city and in Coalville, Ashby, Blaby and Market Harborough during their Big Weekend events. Catch the likes of Ross Noble, Angela Barnes, Ahir Shah, Ed Gamble, Katherine Ryan and many more. If that wasn't enough, the kids' comedy festival is taking place over Feb half term so there'll be plenty of LOLing in the aisles with the whole family! Book your tickets now via their website. 

#whatson #leicested #marketharborough #leicestershire #thingstodo #muddyleicsrut #comedyfestival #leicestercomedyfestival #hahafunny #lols #comedyshow #comedygigs #thingstodoinleicestershire
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Fashion

People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Walking your way to wellness

      Walking your way to wellness

      Ever considered the benefits of a wellbeing walk? Being outdoors, active and surrounded by nature can boost your mental and physical wellbeing. So slow down, relax your body, tune into your senses and let’s find out more shall we?

    • World Book Day 2022: Who inspired you?

      World Book Day 2022: Who inspired you?

      Which local female GBBO contestant is penning her first novel? To celebrate World Book Day, we asked her and a few other local authors to tell us who inspired them to start writing.

School Reviews

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