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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

It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

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

  • On the waterfront

    On the waterfront

    Take advantage of the warm weather by scoffing and quaffing by the water’s edge at one of these chill places in Somerset and Dorset

    • Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Bake Off is back, so time to drag out the food mixer. Can’t be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these local drool-worthy bakeries instead.

    • Review: The King’s Arms, Dorchester

      Review: The King’s Arms, Dorchester

      Thomas Hardy was a regular. Queen Victoria stayed here. So did The Beatles. But would any of them recognise the place in its £5m reincarnation as laid-back hotel and foodie pub?

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 10 stunning secret gardens in Somerset & Dorset

      10 stunning secret gardens in Somerset & Dorset

      Fancy a snoop at someone else’s dahlias? Then spend the day at one of these gorgeous gardens in Dorset and Somerset usually hidden away from the public.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • The top 10 trending autumn colours

      The top 10 trending autumn colours

      Planning on pimping your walls this autumn? Save yourself hours of scrolling through Pinterest and paint charts: Muddy reveals the top ten trending colours this season.

  • Wellbeing

    • New: Exmoor yoga retreat

      New: Exmoor yoga retreat

      Immerse yourself in a weekend of yoga, relaxation and meditation this October – with gourmet dining, pampering and outdoor hot tub. Yes please!

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

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Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

      P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

      C’mon, it’s time to prep for Halloween! Make the kids put the legwork in at one of these local farms and pumpkin patches before they can start carving. Bonus brownie points for zero food miles.

    • Firework spectaculars

      Firework spectaculars

      Where to go in Somerset and Dorset to get the best bangs for your bucks

    • P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!
    • P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

Instamuddy

  • A century of British art exhib at @russellcotes
  • BRAND NEW on #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 in #Dorset & #Somerset (in association with @struttandparker). Westbourne is probably Bournemouth's hippest, most cosmopolitan area, stuffed with places to eat, drink and shop – Truly's restaurant, The Libertine pub, Renouf's Cheese &Wine, Le Petit Prince cafe, So Furniture, Westbourne bookshop, Urelax spa,  Almond & Co sustainable shop – and just 15mins walk to the beach. Take the tour at the link in the bio.

Would you live here?  Let us know in the comments.
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  • Loveday Powell takes incredible photos of people: at weddings and special occasions as well as naturalistic, artistic and fantasy portraits of adults, teens, children and newborns. More info via the link above.
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#somersetphotographer #portrait #dance #newborn #fantasyportraits #kidsphotographer #dancephotography #frome #weddingphotographer #brides
  • Hey! Famous people are coming to Yeovil in this year's star-studded Yeovil Literary Festival. There are 50 authors and celebs, including a member of the royal family and an American icon. The Festival runs from Thurs 28 October to Wed 3 November at venues around Yeovil. Read more by clicking the link in the bio.
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@yeovillitfest #yeovil #somerset #literaryfestival #duchessofyork #armisteadmaupin #michealmacintyre #davidbaddiel #philwang #lionelshriver #miriammargolyes #authors  #books
  • Halloween and Half Term in Somerset & Dorset: 20 boredom busters for kids of all ages, from tackling high ropes by torchlight to winning a Halloween afternoon tea. Click the link in the bio for the gen.
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#halloween #somersethalloween #dorsethalfterm #dorsethalloween #somersethalfterm #kidssomerset #kidsdorset
  • Spotted in the ‘hood. Hollywood star Timothy Chamalet - the new Willy Wonka - filming in Lyme Regis. 
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#timotheechalamet #lymeregis #dorset #willywonka

Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

  • Beauty

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting… we’re channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

People

  • 5 minutes with Emily Atack

    5 minutes with Emily Atack

    Actress/comedian Emily Atack brings her new show to the West Country and squeezes in a quick chat with Muddy

    • Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

      Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

      On tour in Dorset & Somerset this October, Muddy caught up with the comedian to chat jokes, famous friendships and not being a d**k

    • Muddy meets: celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      Muddy meets: celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      He won America’s Got Talent and is finally back on tour. Muddy talks to ventriloquist Paul Zerdin about weird fan mail, dressing up as Maggie Thatcher and his beef with Barney the Dinosaur.

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 2021

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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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