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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

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

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The Spring Edit

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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.

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  • Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed

    Top 50 gastropubs 2021 revealed

    What better week for the reveal of the country’s best gastropubs than the start of lockdown easing? Here are the 15 West Country winners – phones at the ready to bag your table.

    • 20+ places to eat out(side)

      20+ places to eat out(side)

      With pubs and restaurants opening for outdoor eating and drinking from Mon 12 April, you'll want to book your table at Somerset & Dorset's coolest al fresco dining spots right now!

    • Try this light but warming spring supper

      Try this light but warming spring supper

      Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's healthy take on this Scottish fish soup makes for a quick and hearty but healthy supper that's perfect for cool spring evenings.

  • Where to stop off en route to Cornwall and the rest of the South West
  • Where to stop off en route to Cornwall and the rest of the South West


  • Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are starting to burst out all over! Here's where to wander through the #bluebell woods in Somerset & Dorset. Click the link in the bio
  • Who’s ready to hit the high street this weekend? #HelloFreedom 👠👜
  • If your parents are looking to downsize or retire to a smaller, more manageable home, see our list of 9 key things to look out for - hit the link in the bio.
  • Awesome photo by the totally brilliant @jamesloveridgephotography of the recent - massive - rockfall at Seatown beach in Dorset
  • #muddyspringbakes

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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