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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

Booked a campsite slot, but have no idea what you’re doing? Don’t worry, we've found the kit that will see you through, from enamelware for Pimms to the ultimate mattress.

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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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  • EatView more

  • Brilliant brunches and breakfasts

    Brilliant brunches and breakfasts

    Bag brunch or breakfast out – pancake stacks, avo on toast, flat whites, maybe a Bloody Mary – at one of these Somerset & Dorset gems.

    • 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)

      The Muddy pick of the pubs, restaurants and other eateries around Somerset and Dorset with cool outside spaces.

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  • Pop that corn! What’s on TV this week?

    Pop that corn! What’s on TV this week?

    What have the TV gods got for us this week? A big batch of goodies, that’s what. From indie dramedys to twisty teen mysteries to a BAFTA-nominated anthology, here’s what to watch this week.

    • Top TV: what to watch this week

      Top TV: what to watch this week

      Looks like we're back to nonstop rain — but with telly this good, who cares? Catch a star-studded who-dunnit, a big-budget adventure film, and more out this week.

    • Escape the heat: this week’s best TV

      Escape the heat: this week’s best TV

      Sometimes, when the mercury is pushing 30 degrees, the only thing to do is open all the windows, shut the curtains, draw yourself a long, cool drink and shelter in-living room. Here’s what to watch while you do it.

Little Black Book

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

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  • Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne
  • Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne

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  • The kids are alright - and these brilliant local businesses are even better! Here’s who YOU voted for to win a Muddy Award in Somerset & Dorset this year. #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
Best Children’s Business: @bootmakers_workshop (Wincanton)
Best Family Attraction: @mwaperescue (Wareham)
  • Ready to shop ’til you drop? Always! Meet your gorgeous local Muddy Awards 2021 winners that are the places to go. We think you’ll love them (but your credit card may not…) #MuddyAwards2021 #inlovewithlocal Best Interiors Store: @perfectly.lovely.interiors (Watchet)
Best Women’s Store: @whitefeathersherborne (Sherborne)
Best Jewellery Store: @wrixtonsmythcreations (Bridport)
Best Gift Shop: @theemporiumuk (Wellington)
  • From cutting-edge art and inventive theatre to the beating heart of the high street - our lovely local bookshops - where would be without our amazing Muddy Awards 2021 winners who up the cultural creds of Somerset & Dorset and keep us entertained?  #MuddyAwards2021 #InLoveWithLocal
Best Art Gallery: @sculpturebythelakes (Pallington)
Best Bookshop: @brendonbooks_cic (Taunton)
Best Theatre: @lighthousepoole (Poole)
  • Cheers! Working our way through craft beers from 40 different breweries at the Bristol Craft Beer Festival @bristolcbf at Bristol harbourside, on until Sun 1 August 
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#craftbeer #bristol #bristolharbourside #beerfest
  • From breakfast, lunch and dinner, to drinks with friends or a cheeky weekend staycation, you’ve gotta love our amazing local hospitality scene. Here’s who you voted as the best of the best in Somerset & Dorset in this year’s Muddy Awards - go say hi, they’re local you know!  #MuddyAwards2021 #inlovewithlocal 
Best Café: @pipatthecarriage (Lopenhead)
Best Destination Pub: @anchoratseatown (Seatown)
Best Restaurant: @thestationkitchen (West Bay)
Best Boutique Stay: @thenewtinsomerset (Castle Cary)
Best Bar: @flowbarfrome (Frome)
Best Covid New Business @burritoboifrome (Frome)
  • Three cheers to the brilliant Muddy Awards 2021 winners in Somerset & Dorset who keep us fit, healthy and gorgeous! Swipe to say hello.  #MuddyAwards2021 #inlovewithlocal Best Day Spa: @monart_spa_poundbury (Poundbury)
Best Yoga Studio: @mellulahyoga (Milton Abbas)
Best Hair Salon: @medusaapothecary (Dorchester)
Best Beauty Salon: @mowhaymanorfarm (Chilcompton)
Best Fitness Instructor: @rachelstaffefitness (Yeovil)
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  • 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.

    • Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      The weather's perked up - time for new sunnies! We have you covered with our guide to the hottest frames to suit your face shape this summer.  Just don't sit on them. 

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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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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