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I'm Sue, editor of Muddy Dorset & Somerset, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Feel like upgrading your hand soap? Foam up and step this way! From luxurious formulas and gorgeous bottles to fresh summer scents, here are 12 of the loveliest to buy now.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • Hello sweetie!

    Hello sweetie!

    Indulge your sweet tooth with these truly scrumptious desserts, cakes, ice creams and other sweet treats in Dorset, Somerset and Bristol.

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • 12 things to do in Bournemouth

    12 things to do in Bournemouth

    From indie and vintage shopping, via brilliant beaches and nature reserves, to Michelin star food, cocktails with views and one of the UK’s smallest cinemas.

    • Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

      Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

      Looking for a Cornish escape for the whole crew with serious wow-factor? It doesn’t come much more stylish or slick than this reimagined country house in St Issey.

    • Muddy Insider Guide to the West Midlands

      Muddy Insider Guide to the West Midlands

      The Commonwealth Games has shone a spotlight on Birmingham but there’s far more to the West Midlands than its prime city. Read on for everything you need for a stay in the beating heart of England.

Home

  • 10 things to do in the garden

    10 things to do in the garden

    How to keep your garden in tip top condition – whether you’re staying at home or going away – from keeping flowers blooming and adding instant colour to looking after your lawn

    • How to fill your home with summer scents

      How to fill your home with summer scents

      You don’t need to step into a garden to enjoy summer’s heady fragrances – here are 15 ways to enjoy your favourite flower and herb aromas in your living spaces. Breathe it in!

    • 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, sunnies on and chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

  • Wellbeing

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Life

  • Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    She’s got a podcast, comedy show, award-winning books and celeb following – Rosie Wilby is the one to listen to if you’re breaking up

  • Kids

Instamuddy

  • Yee-ha! Kevin Costner's ranch drama Yellowstone is the most-watched U.S. TV show ever and Season 4 lands TODAY on @paramountplus. Read why it's Muddy's new TV obsession at the link, then saddle up to binge-watch it yourself 🐎
  • Award-winning local food and drink, you say? The latest Great Taste Award winners have just been crowned. Take a look at the sparkling array of Dorset & Somerset producers by hitting the link in the bio and prepare to drool 
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#greattasteawards2022 #greattasteawardssomerset #greattasteawardsdorset #somersetfoodanddrink #dorsetfoodanddrink #bestfoodanddrinkproducers
  • Late summer gardening jobs. How to keep your garden in tip top condition – whether you're staying at home or going away – from keeping flowers blooming and adding instant colour to looking after your lawn. Clink the link in the bio 
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#gardens #gardening #somersetgardens #dorsetgardens #gardeningjobs #summergardens #lawns #plantnow #gardencare #gardensofinstagram #garden #gardeninspo #gardenideas
  • Fantastic morning at Natural Moisturiser Workshop with Nic Penn at Boo Cottage Botanicals. Super friendly and informative. Made a gorgeous rose and geranium face cream and an avocado and woodland pine hand lotion.
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#botanical #skincare #healthylifestyle #sustainable #healthyskin #natural #naturalbeauty #naturalskincare #wellbeing #somerset
  • Focus people! Ensure 20:20 vision in and out of the sun, with a pair of designer prescription glasses AND a pair of designer prescription sunglasses, from DKO Independent Opticians in Somerton, to a value of £1,500. Enter via the link in the bio
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#win #competition #designerglasses #designersunglasses #sunnies #prescriptionsunglasses #eyewear #eyewearstyles #somerset #somersetopticians #independentoptician #winsunglasses #wineyewear  @dkoindependentopticians

Fashion

  • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

    Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

    • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

      Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Pretty pop-ups! New beauty to shop this summer

      Fancy a new lippie, liner or luxe shampoo? Ready your makeup bags (and your credit card) – we’ve scoured the country for the best new beauty shops and pop-ups this summer

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!

    • My favourite places: Libby Page

      My favourite places: Libby Page

      The Somerset author of The Sunday Times bestselling ‘The Lido’ shares her favourite places – including locations that have inspired her novels – in Somerset and beyond. Spoiler: several involve swimming.

    • Muddy meets: 19 wonder(ful)women

      Muddy meets: 19 wonder(ful)women

      On International Women’s Day, meet 19 awesome female entrepreneurs close to home.

    • Muddy meets: The Guilty Feminist

      Muddy meets: The Guilty Feminist

      Love the podcast? Good news – its creator is coming to Bath this month. We grabbed the super-talented Deborah Francis-White for a Muddy chinwag.

    • Muddy meets: Ray Mears

      Muddy meets: Ray Mears

      He’s the guy you’d want by your side if you ever, erm, got lost in the wilderness. The Father of British Bushcraft is coming our way with his new show, We Are Nature. We caught up with him to find out more.

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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Little Black Book

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

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