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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

With luxury designer Anya Hindmarch launching a bag for the big supermarkets, it's time to raise your shopper game. Check out these seven beauties.

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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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Culture

  • 14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now

    14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now

    Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! It’s the Muddy guide to the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol

    • 6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      This Autumn’s hottest new film release comes courtesy of Sky Cinema and it’s a corker! A period drama with real punch and passion, here’s why you need to make time in your diary or on your sofa to watch it.

    • Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      The hottest new UK actress and the queen of indie film star in the new Sky Original biopic The Colour Room. They talk kissing protocol, brave film choices and 1920s girl power.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • The best Black Friday travel deals!

    The best Black Friday travel deals!

    Staying in a gorgeous hotel or lying on a tropical beach never fails to make us happy, which is why we’re excited to bring you all the best discounts around the world. Just think of us as your BFF when it comes to BF!

Home

  • Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

    Want to know how the Wormsley Estate in Bucks looks so fabulous come spring? Head gardener Charlotte Tremlin reveals her secret for glorious beds and baskets.

    • Best English wines for Christmas 2021

      Best English wines for Christmas 2021

      Make merry this festive season with Muddy’s guide to the best English wines. Plus, get your mitts on an exclusive case from The English Wine Collection for free!

    • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That’s Christmas sorted.

  • 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

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • 14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now

      14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now

      Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! It’s the Muddy guide to the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol

    • Wells Cathedral School, Wells

      Wells Cathedral School, Wells

      Wells has been educating cathedral choristers for over 1000 years. Today it excels in sport, the arts and academics as well as giving career musicians one of the best musical educations in the world.

    • 14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now
    • 14 pantos and Christmas shows to book now

Instamuddy

  • Stourhead has excelled itself this year with awesome lights (loved the neon trees, flotilla on the lake and abstract neon strings), spinetingling music (Edward Scissorhands, Enya, Ave Maria), fab food and drink (all kinds of sausage hotdogs- we had curry wurst, hot choc with whipped cream, mulled cider and wine, caramel marshmallows) and someone who looks suspiciously like the REAL Father Christmas! 
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#christmasatstourhead #mychristmastrails #christmastrails
  • Festive illuminated trails – and trains – around Somerset, Dorset and nearby. Scarf on, boots strapped: let’s admire some twinkling. See where to go in the link in bio
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#somersetilluminatedtrails #dorsetilluminatedtrails #illuminatedtrails #festivetrails
  • Make merry this festive season with Muddy's guide to the best English wines. Plus, get your mitts on an exclusive case from @theenglishwinecollection  for free! Link in bio
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#christmaswine #englishwine
  • Cool for cats - the rest of us. It's the Muddy guide to the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol - just hit the link in the bio.
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#dorsetpanto #somersetpanto #somersetchristmas #dorsetchristmas 
@tobaccofactorytheatres @lighthousepoole @octagonyeovil @theatreroyalbath1805
  • From the team behind three successful London restaurants, comes HOLM in South Petherton, south Somerset. It's relaxed fine dining, with most of the ingredients being super local and foraged, for veggies and meat eaters alike. Read our review via the link in the bio
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#finedining #foragedfood #somerset #eatoutsomerset #newrestaurant @holmsomerset

Fashion

  • Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Where to rent, repair and sell gorgeous designer clothes

    Madonna’s cone bra is now available to rent! It’s ethical, eco and everywhere… here’s where you can rent, repair and sell-on stylish clothes, from Christmas party outfits to eye-catching clutch bags

    • Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      Pyjama party! 8 chic sets to buy now

      With autumn being peak PJs-on-the-sofa season – hey, it’s raining again, let’s stay in!- it’s the ideal time to round up our favourites to buy now. Just add slippers.

    • 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

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 Autumn, 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

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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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