The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Leamington-based UK Lingerie brand Bravissimo’s First Sleep Bra

11 Mar 2017

No this isn’t the latest in pointless inventions. And why you may ask??

Any larger breasted woman who dreads the doorbell ringing when lounging in PJs – without an underwired bra on underneath – you’ll know what I mean!

Firstly, it’s sold by Leamington-Spa based Bravissimo, the British lingerie brand that is a friend to big-boobed women everywhere, whose sizes go all the way up to a J cup.

Read more

12 Brilliant Boutique Glamping Sites in Warwickshire

9 Mar 2017

Does a floating tiny wooden house, reached only by dinghy, float your boat? An idyllic glamping utopia in a Victorian walled garden or back-to-basics camping on a peaceful car-free site? What Warwickshire lack in seaside entertainment and clifftop views it makes up for bucket loads of culture, wildlife and stunning countryside. There’s rivers and lakes for a spot of wild swimming, spades full of historic sites and Shakespeare (his family homes, the RSC and Stratford-upon-Avon).

Read more

Book Em UP! Top 30 Quirky Stays in the UK

9 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place, but for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay somewhere.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

Read more

The Cool Stuff

8 Mar 2017

Music is definitely in the air this week with tributes to two amazingly talented late artists, Amy Winehouse and Bob Marley, as well as some Cuban jazz, gorgeous folk vocals and iconic superhero film scores.

Amy film screening with live set from Amy tribute Laura Jane, Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Birmingham Fri March 10

Tickets are going really fast for the film screening of this ‘piercingly sad’ documentary at Birmingham’s new indy cinema in The Custard Factory.

Read more

Sleek Geek-Chic: The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa

5 Mar 2017

DB could have been teleported straight from the streets of Shoreditch, Hoxton or Brighton to Regency Leamington Spa. With owner Sam Cornwall-Jones’ slick geek-chic design bringing together flashes of neon, his old collection of 70s and 80s annuals, framed vintage comic books and games consoles mixed in with squishy retro leather sofas, mismatched dining furniture and log burners. Looks very cool, no? There’s even a bike from Sam’s garage, a jet engine cowling mirror he made himself and don’t forget to check out the toilets.

Read more

Wowee-Zowee! We’re in the UK Blog Awards Finals 2017!

4 Mar 2017

Muddy Founder and Editor-in-Chief Hero Brown (Bucks & Oxon) wants to share something really exciting with you…

It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news. Oops!

So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.

Read more

Review: Comedian Kieran Hodgson’s Maestro, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa

4 Mar 2017

Not coming from a terribly musical family, I find it amazing that an 11-year-old would have the impetus and drive to start writing a four-movement symphony. My teens are too busy on Snapchat and Overwatch.

Even more so, a symphony influenced by late-Romantic Austrian composer Gustav Mahler – who Kieran admits himself was “a bad boy…a rebel composer…more of an evil genius” (and one who doesn’t even make it onto the play-list of shock-horror – Classic FM!).

Read more

Review: Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

3 Mar 2017

Hot-off-the press here’s my review for Snow in Midsummer…

What’s the price you’ll pay for happiness? This is a key question in playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s riveting re-working of 13th Century Chinese play The Injustice Done to Dou E by Guan Hanqing.

Snow in Midsummer is a poignant mother-daughter drama, with a passionate gay love story thrown in, the supernatural, Buddhist rituals and Ruth Chan’s thumping techno.

Set in New Harmony, a remote factory town in modern-day China, it opens with 23-year-old widow Dou Yi – Harry Potter actor Katie Leung – selling lucky sculptural origami Lotus tree leaves to members of the audience, before she’s framed for murder.

Read more

And The Winner Is…

2 Mar 2017

Happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater, The Lake District.

Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…

Michelle Tebbutt.

Congratulations to you lady. I’m not gritting my teeth honestly, just smiling very very hard.

Read more

Leave It To Esmie, Fargo Village, Coventry

2 Mar 2017

Not to be cliched, but with its colourful giant floor to ceiling wall mural, reggae and laid back bamboo beach hut bar vibes, Leave It To Esmie’s instantly puts a smile on your face.

It just reminds you of summer holidays, beaches by the sea and sunshine – the bright yellow, greens and reds of the cushions and seat covers are straight out of La La Land.

Immediately it put us grown-ups in the mood for one of these…(Rum Punch with Appleton’s Rum).

Read more
The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Warwickshire Edition