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I'm Nicola, editor of Muddy Essex, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn from our local indies and beyond.

Gotta have it

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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Eat

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to ‘Do Different’?

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • 14 seasonal scented candles for autumn

      14 seasonal scented candles for autumn

      It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… and of scented candles! Check Muddy’s pick of the best candles for autumn from our local indies and beyond.

  • Wellbeing

    • 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

    • 8 amazing coastal walks across the county

      8 amazing coastal walks across the county

      Fancy stretching your legs and filling your lungs with fresh sea air? Then stroll on over to Muddy’s definitive guide to the best coastal walks across Essex.

Most Read

Life

  • Shop local: the home-office updates you’ll love

    Shop local: the home-office updates you’ll love

    In a bid to give ‘hot desking’ a thoroughly modern respin, Essex boutiques are stocking some standout office staples right now. Here’s where – and what – to shop for the dream WFH situ…

  • Kids

    • 20 things to do with kids this October half term

      20 things to do with kids this October half term

      Half term’s looming but don’t be afraid – we’ve sorted the fun with 20 brilliant things to do in Essex to keep everyone from littlies to teens spook-tacularly entertained!

    • New Hall School, Chelmsford

      New Hall School, Chelmsford

      Enjoy the best of both worlds at this impressive Essex school with a hugely successful Diamond Model of education, and equal emphasis on academics, sports, pastoral care and performing arts.

    • 20 things to do with kids this October half term
    • 20 things to do with kids this October half term

Instamuddy

  • 🍂Ahh, now the shorter days and colder weather are moving in, there's nothing like lighting a warm and spicy candle while snuggled up indoors. Read on for the Muddy edit of the season’s most stylish scented candles from our brilliant Essex indies and beyond. Link in bio 👆

@scentleighonsea @abigails_hello @thegreenhousebrentwood  @olivetree_home  @vintagestyleliving
  • Winter’s mere weeks away, meaning we’re soon going to be spending a LOT more time indoors. Perfect excuse then to give your home a gorgeous new look with just a few simple but effective ideas from savvy interior design, @alpinerose.interiors. Link in the bio 👆 

#home #interiordesign #interiorstyling #interiordesigner #interiors #homedecor #homedesign #homeinspo #homeinspiration #homerenovation #paint #homeideas #instagood #potd #wallpaper
  • 🍂Baby, it’s getting cold (and no doubt wet) outside, so pull on your PJs and create a calm and cosy haven at home with this gorgeous glass diffuser and deliciously scented essential oils, made right here in Essex. We have one @bcalm_uk Aroma Diffuser set, six Signature essential oils and a pretty Diffuser Keyring for you to scoop! Link in bio 👆

#essexsmallbusiness #diffusers #calmingoils

Fashion

People

  • Meet the maker: Dantes Ceramics

    Meet the maker: Dantes Ceramics

    From potters and painters to stylists and chefs, Essex is awash with creative talent and in this new culture series, we meet the skilled artisans who deserve championing. First up: Isabelle Taylor-Jones of Dantes Ceramics in Wivenhoe

    • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

    • Shazia Mirza is back in town

      Shazia Mirza is back in town

      She’s an ex-science teacher (“I hated them, they hated me”), yet former pupil Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. We chat with this fierce comedian as she takes her tour on the road

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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