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Why Muddy loves Uppingham

Voted Best Place to Live in the Midlands, here's just a few reasons why Muddy loves this charming little market town.


This charming market town in Rutland is filled with old stone buildings, gorgeous greenery, period properties, a pretty high street and overwhelmingly friendly locals.


The sophisticated market town has largely retained its independent spirit and features a slew of charming indies. Our faves are ORB, (Organic Ritual Beauty) Uppingham, a peaceful and tranquil beauty salon right in the middle of the pretty High Street. The organic retreat is housed in a wonderfully old building that dates back to 1750s. It’s run by Lottie and her friendly team so if you’re in town, be sure to book a massage or an organic facial plus, they use their own natural products! Read our review here.

Further down, you’ll find Made Gallery; it’s the perfect place to get a fix of pretty pieces of jewellery and an eclectic mix of edgy art, ceramics, prints and more with an emphasis on everything being handmade by different creative makers.

Goodwin and Belle is a gorgeous interiors store selling everything from home decor to beautifully scented candles. Once inside, you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed.


Art lovers should head to Goldmark Gallery where they can marvel at everything from screen prints by Warhol to etchings and lithographs from Picasso. This month they’re exhibiting work from the late Morwenna Thistlethwaite. Admission is free.


Each year the town hosts a number of events including the Stilton Cheese Run in April as well as the Uppingham Feast and the Fete and Flower Show in summer. The Fatstock Show in winter is a traditional event where Rutland farmers get together and proudly show off the best of their stock to encourage people to buy and support local.

If you’ve got the kids in tow, explore Uppingham on a self-guided murder mystery-themed Treasure Trail. Follow the route, solve the clues to eliminate the suspects to discover ‘whodunit.’ The Trail starts and finishes in the Market Square and lasts just over an hour making it easy and fun jaunt.


Don’t overlook Eyebrook Reservoir. Built between 1937 and 1940 by damming the Eye Brook, the jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England now covers around 200 hectares. Much quieter than Rutland Water, it’s still worth visiting and nature lovers will appreciate the wildlife and bursting wildflowers.

For an alternative way to see the town, try the ‘Heritage Trail’.  Download a map here to follow the easy trail which starts in Market Square and covers all the main sites of the town including Uppingham School, Orange Street and Hopes Yard.


The pistachio and frangipane cake from Scandimania Coffee House.

Bread from Baines Bakery! This small, traditional family-run bakery is located in a beautiful 17th century building and has been passed down five generations of the Baines family.

Coffee from Swedish Cafe, Scandimania and we absolutely love their vegan pistachio and frangipane cake!

Why do you love Uppingham? Let me know in the comments below.


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