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Category: Shows

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 Events, Muddy Matches, Shows

Check Out the New ‘Who’s Going?’ Feature

We are lucky in the UK and Ireland to have some great country shows and rural events, and for a while now we have been trying to list as many of them as possible on our Country Calendar.  With so many like-minded people going to these events, it dawned on us that they should be excellent places to meet other single people who share our love of the countryside and all things muddy, but somehow for most of us it rarely seems to work out like that.  Our aim at Muddy Matches has always been about changing the way we meet new people in the countryside and so we put our heads together to see if there was anything we can do about this.  As a result, we came up with the idea for our new ‘Who’s Going?’ feature to help you find which other members like going to the same shows and events as you, and potentially find new people to go to the events with or arrange to meet up with while you are there.  Plans are also afoot for an exciting new feature that will also help you meet new people when you are actually at an event, so watch this space about that one!

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Monday, November 14th, 2011 Events, Muddy Matches, Shows

2012 Country Calendar – What’s Going On In Your Region?

We have been working hard updating our Countryside Calendar with details of lots of country shows, equestrian events and other countryside social events for 2012.  Why not take a look to see what’s going on in your region?

If there’s something you think we have missed, drop Jo a line at

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Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Muddy Matches, Shows

Results from Royal County of Berkshire Show

Emma and I had a great time at the Royal County of Berkshire Show last weekend and really enjoyed judging the small tradestands.  There were more than 80 in our category to look at and it was hard to choose between so many great stands but after much deliberating we finally settled on three stands to take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

And the winners were…

Third place went to Mil-tek who make waste balers and compactors.  We thought it was a really well laid out and eye catching technical stand and the staff were really friendly.

Mil-tek: waste and recycling balers

Second place went to Farmer Brown’s Products who manufacture and supply high quality wild bird, poultry and animal feeds.  Their products looked great and we thought they had done a great job in making their stand look friendly and inviting.

Farmer Brown's Products - bird seed and animal feed

And finally a big congratulations to Albert Rose who took first place.  A quirky-looking stand selling country chic accessories, furniture and furnishings for the home and garden, we thought this stand had the wow factor in terms of presentation.

Albert Rose - country chic accessories, furniture and furnishings

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 Muddy Matches, Our Members, Shows, Sponsors

CLA Game Fair – Photos and Thank Yous

We’re back from another fantastic CLA Game Fair which this year was held in the grounds of the stunning Blenheim Palace.

Our Stand

An action-packed couple of days as always, we were on site from Thursday morning getting the Muddy Matches motorhome in position and setting up our stand.  We were a bit scared as it chucked it down with rain for most of the day but luckily the weather cleared before everyone arrived on the Friday.

In fact, we were blessed with the weather as it was an absolute scrocher for most of the weekend and there were nearly 150,000 visitors to the show over the three days – the second highest number of visitors in the show’s 53-year history!

We all had a great time on our stand as literally hundreds of our members (past, present and joined-at-the-Game Fair) popped in to have a chat.  We signed up hundreds of new members and were giving out a week’s free subscription to current members who came to say hello so, if you’re still looking to meet rural singles who love the muddy lifestyle, now is an excellent time to be using the site.  Why not do a search for our ‘newest members’ and send some of them a message to welcome them to the site?

Success stories

Just a couple of years ago, we were celebrating the fact that 17 couples came up to us at the Game Fair to say that they were getting married or living together.  Can you believe then that around 65 couples came up to us this year to say that they were either engaged or married?!  There were also a lot more who had recently met and a few others who were there on a first date, inspired perhaps by Gareth and Kelly’s story that had featured in the Daily Telegraph the week before?

To read more of our countryside dating success stories, please click here.

One couple, Charles and Sophie, met on the website in 2008 and came to tell us about it at the 2009 Game Fair.  Two years on, we were delighted to hear that they had got married – a big congratulations to them both!

Charles & Sophie in 2009

Charles & Sophie in 2011

The ‘Muddy AfFair’ dating show

Packed audience

A big thank you to the three strapping chaps – Jake, Jonathan and Martin – who took part in our dating show in the Game Fair Theatre on the Saturday.  They were fantastic fun and completely entered into the spirit of the show to whoops of approval from the packed audience.

Claire with Jonathan Hannah

Hosted by Apprentice finalist Claire Young, each chap took their turn to try and impress a group of about 20 country girls with a view to taking one of them on a date at the end of the show.  First up was Jonathan, who ended up picking Hannah, then Jake who picked Stephanie and finally Martin who picked Mary.

Jonathan and Hannah

Jake and Stephanie

Martin and Mary

After the show, the three couples went off to enjoy a bottle of champage and a yummy picnic in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.  A massive thank you to Pipers Crisps, Lymn Bank Farm Cheese Company, Mr Pitchfork’s Pickles, Deli Farm Charcuterie, Belleau Smokery, Loopy Lisa’s Fudge and Breckland Orchard who were all exhibiting at the Game Fair and kindly supplied the goodies for the picnic.

Next year’s Game Fair is being held at Belvoir Castle near Grantham, Leicestershire – see you there?

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 Events, Muddy Matches, Shows

Bag Yourself a Date at the CLA Game Fair!


Are you Fair Game? We are currently looking for fun-loving muddy people to take part in the dating show. It’s going to be a very light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek event, so if you, or any of your friends, are single and game for a laugh, why not give it a go…you only live once!  We need men and women of all ages to apply, and those chosen to take part could end up being whisked off to enjoy a romantic picnic in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Click here for more information about the dating show and how to take part.

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