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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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Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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Eat

  • 10 pretty picnic spots in Dorset & Somerset

    10 pretty picnic spots in Dorset & Somerset

    Pack your scotch eggs and lashings of ginger beer – we’re heading to these 10 outdoor beauty spots across Somerset & Dorset to enjoy lunch al fresco.

    • Veggie and vegan eats

      Veggie and vegan eats

      Get your local plant-based fix at one of these fabulous foodie joints – from a cafe in a field to a Michelin star experience!

    • Muddy eats: The Circus, Bath

      Muddy eats: The Circus, Bath

      Situated between Bath’s iconic Circus and Royal Crescent, the location of this buzzy independent restaurant is pretty perfect. Can the same be said about the food? Read on and find out.

Culture

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Travel

  • Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

    Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

    Thought Disney Cruise Line was all about Miami, Florida and the Bahamas? Here are the coolest destinations for 2023 – and our insider tips on how to maximise the fun while you’re in port.

    • Driving us wild! The world’s best road trips

      Driving us wild! The world’s best road trips

      There’s nothing like hitting the open road to give you a sense of freedom and adventure on holiday, whether it’s a 24-hour jaunt or a week-long epic escape.

    • Review: The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Sherborne

      Review: The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Sherborne

      The Georgian townhouse hotel’s self-contained 17th century cottage offers the best of both worlds: all the facilities of the hotel – 2 AA rosette restaurant, walled gardens, spa – and the flexibility of being in your own pad.

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

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • 8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

      8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

      Ooh, what is it about the combo of an exposed beam and an open-plan room that sets our hearts aflutter? If you’re in the market for a barn conversion, here are eight stunners currently up for grabs

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise – and orgasms.

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

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Life

Instamuddy

  • Exchange the hustle and bustle, with the rustle of wind in the trees at one of the most calming places I’ve been to - the Challis Well Garden in #glastonbury 
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#challiswell #sanctuary
  • At last! If the shoe fits and all that. @draperofglastonbury have been making sheepskin slippers and boots since the 1930s. 
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#footwear #sheepskin #slippers #glastonbury #traditionalskills
  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • Picnic hampers and fold-up chairs at the ready: it's outdoor theatre season! Here's where to see the best open-air shows in Somerset & Dorset – there are dozens of 'em –  from kid-pleasing comedy to family classics. See the link in the bio for all the deets.
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#openair #openairtheatre #outdoortheatredorset #outdoortheatresomerset #whatsondorset #whatsonsomerset #waroftheworlds #prideandprejudice #shakespeare #openairshakespeare
  • Just popped over to LA … if only ! This is 1059 Balboa Blvd by David Hockney, one of the many drawings from the 60s and 70s now on display at the brilliant @holburnemuseumbath 
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#davidhockneyexhibition #davidhockney #bathmuseum

Fashion

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.

School Reviews

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Best Places to Live 2020

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