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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

Enough with cosy interiors and soft greys - here’s our edit of the fabrics, paints and tiles to lift your spirits and inject some spring into your step, hallway, walls, sofas...

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The Spring Edit

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

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  • Pass the remote! 5 things to watch this week

    Pass the remote! 5 things to watch this week

    From guilty pleasure TV and true-crime documentaries to cult comedy and feminist flicks – there’s something for everyone in our curated pick of new releases this week.

    • Fast forward to fun! Fab things to do in 2021

      Fast forward to fun! Fab things to do in 2021

      Is that a hint of spring I feel in the air? No? Oh well, take solace in the fact that by summer there'll be warm weather and hopefully loads of things to do - right! Here’s our list of fab events to pencil in the diary.

    • Feet up: 7 things to watch this week

      Feet up: 7 things to watch this week

      A week's worth of great telly content, picked out across the channels and streaming sites. Put your feet up and settle in with one of these great things to watch.

    • Why Emerald Fennell is our new girl crush

      Why Emerald Fennell is our new girl crush

      She juggles horror and humour and always comes out on top; and from Killing Eve to The Crown to Young Promising Woman, she's written or acted in the most talked about film and TV in years

    • Top TV: 6 things to watch this week

      Top TV: 6 things to watch this week

      We've unearthed this week's cream of the TV crop to save you the endless scrolling. From Bear Grylls to Patrick Dempsey we've got every genre and, erm, gorgeous gigastar covered...

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

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  • Best places for coffee and catch ups outdoors

    Best places for coffee and catch ups outdoors

    Remember when could meet a friend for coffee? Well from next week we’ll be able to do just that but, only outdoors. Make a date and stop off at one of these local cafe/delis before your long-awaited rendezvous.

    • 48 Mother’s Day afternoon teas that deliver

      48 Mother’s Day afternoon teas that deliver

      Can't give mum a hug? This is a close second: tiny sandwiches, a lot of clotted cream, and an optional bottle of fizz. Here are the 48 best afternoon teas for delivery and takeaway around the country.

    • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two tasty recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room are just the ticket.

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  • Need some help in the kitchen, want to experiment with a  new cuisine or fancy doing a virtual cook-along with some friends? Having cooked for royalty and alongside Michel Roux Sr, plucky indie business @tailored_taste16 can help with all your cooking woes. 
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  • Can’t give mum a hug? This is a close second. 48 delicious deliverable Mother’s Day afternoon tea is to say ‘ I love you ‘ from across the Muddy counties. Link in bio. ❤️ 🍾 🍰 
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  • In need of a little escapism during lockdown and like the idea of getting lost in a new book? Local, indie biz, @willoughbybooks offer a handy book subscription covering everything from travel adventures, crime thrillers, to the latest recipe books. They’ll hand-pick a new book every month and deliver it straight to your door! 
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  • Delicious raw vegan cakes, brownies and sweet treats (I’ve scoffed my fair share) made with 100% natural ingredients? Yes please! All handmade locally by zestEAT’s @joannahelcke plus, she even does a vegan takeout. Nom nom indeed. Check her out via link in the bio. 
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  • First round on you? (I’ll have three Margaritas, two G&Ts and a bottle of celebratory Champers, naturally). June 21, let’s be ‘aving you!🍸💃👠
  • Looking for the ‘pawfect’ place to exercise your pooch in your local area. We've sniffed out some of the best ones for you both to explore. Wooof! Link in bio. 
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  • Five lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

    Five lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

    It’s been a bit of a year so to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we thought we’d big up five women who have impressed, delighted and inspired us over the past 12 months.

    • The local creatives behind The Indie Store

      The local creatives behind The Indie Store

      As we gingerly step back into the real world, it's more important than ever to support local. Here some of our Indie Store businesses recount their journey and show what makes them special

    • 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.

    • WONDER WOMEN

      WONDER WOMEN

      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.

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

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