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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

Fancy a sparkling little number to style out your summer drinking? We've found an alternative to wine that makes a gorgeous gift for a friend... or save it just for you!

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The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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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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  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Retro homeware must-haves

      Retro homeware must-haves

      Bright colours, bold shapes – the unapologetically brash 80s are back, at least in the world of interiors. Give your home a stylishly retro revamp with these statement pieces.

    • Barbecue lemongrass and coconut white sauce chicken

      Barbecue lemongrass and coconut white sauce chicken

      Conjour up the flavours and aromas of the American Deep South in your back garden, with this easy and super delicious Alabama-inspired recipe

    • 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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  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

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    • Clayesmore Senior School, near Blandford Forum

      Clayesmore Senior School, near Blandford Forum

      Muddy says: Set in the most bucolic countryside and with a main building that is oh-so-pleasing to the eye, there's a lot more to Clayesmore than its setting – including its innovative LEX programme

    • Royal High School Bath, GDST

      Royal High School Bath, GDST

      Muddy says: Inclusive, girl-centered education, strong on science, maths and languages, with chic facilities – and the only school in Bath offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Muddy Awards Winners’ Drinks
  • Muddy Awards Winners’ Drinks


  • Glimpse of glamour at @phoenixstudiossomerset @temperleylondon @alicetemperley in Ilminster #somerset
  • Kiki Bogof and her horsebox trailer/Hollywood beauty parlour fitted with audios of conversations with carnival and beauty queens (and giving makeup tutorials to boot) is just one of 14 South West and international artists at @bsidefestival. The 4-day arts festival (9-12 Sept) celebrates the Isle of Portland's environment, folklore and heritage with light projections, installations, guided tours, sculpture, film and immersive workshops and more. Pic Paul Box.
  • Eating out at the @thehighpavement in Frome is such a treat
  • It’s not quite a pony for Christmas, but we have the next best thing: FREE entry into the UK’s top stables (including locations in Somerset & Dorset) for National Racehorse Week (12-19 Sept). Click the link in bio for five reasons we’re galloping straight there 🐎
  • Fish and prawn curry at the excellent @castlefarmmidford PS the garden and terrace are as pretty as the food.
#somersetcafe #bathcafe #somerset #bath #curry
  • 30+ things to do in September around Dorset and Somerset (spoiler: lots of it involves food and drink). Let the good times roll…. Click the link in the bio for the list
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  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

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

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