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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

Forget colour co-ordination - this year we're dressing our trees with the most bonkers baubles we can find!

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

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


  • It's true, 2020 has been horrific - but we refuse to be beaten! This year the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat ever– a whopping £5000 of gifts to win over 13 days (because why stop at 12?), curated from the brilliant businesses featured on @theindiestoreuk

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like on any of the 13 days, with winners picked on 14 Dec and gifts delivered to your door in time for Christmas morning. First up a beautiful for her bundle worth £652 😍 

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  • Otherworldly. Spot the medieval pond at the bottom of the misty #Somerset valley
  • Some of our favourite Somerset and Dorset pubs, restaurants, pop-ups and cafes may have closed for November lockdown but you can still order in and eat fabulously well with their takeaway menus . See link in bio 
#lockdown2 #lockdowneats #lockdowntakeaway #takeaway #somerset #dorset #orderin @theollerod @thefontmell @pingcoombes @thenewinncerneabbas @hesperianfish @thewhitepostrimpton @themuseuminn @rothbarandgrill @henrysrestaurantbath @theplumesherborne @bistro_lotte @dunkerybeaconcountry @the_barrington_boar @duende_somerset
  • Somerset orchards
#somerset #orchard #apple #cider #stripes #green #trees #autumn
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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

  • Kids

    • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

    • Taunton School, Taunton

      Taunton School, Taunton

      A school for the 21st century, that wears its 150-year history lightly, embraces difference, and excels in involving all its students in a whole-person educational experience

  • Eat out! The Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis
  • Eat out! The Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis
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  • Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

    Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

    ‘Tis the season for wrapping up warm and a new fur coat is on our wish list. Here are six cosy options to buy now from the brilliant shops on The Indie Store.

    • 9 stylish pyjamas for a luxe lie-in

      9 stylish pyjamas for a luxe lie-in

      It's dark, cold and wet outside, so let's hunker down with some new pyjamas that are chic enough to wear to your morning Zoom meeting (we won't tell!).

    • New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

      New season fashion trends: A/W 2020

      The fashion mavens spoken and, yes please, we'll take that excuse for new clothes and run with it! Here are the five top trends to help you nail autumn/ winter style this year.

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 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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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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The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Dorset & Somerset

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