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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

Anyone else's kids shot up a few inches during lockdown? We've got you covered with our pick of the coolest, colourful childrenswear to style out the summer.

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  • Here’s to 8 of the best Essex pub gardens

    Here’s to 8 of the best Essex pub gardens

    Fancy a cheeky half in a glorious pub garden after months of lockdown? Thought so. Luckily, we’ve got the inside scoop on where to head for the best food, views and local tipples. The only thing we can’t promise is sun

    • Essex scenic picnic spots you need to know now

      Essex scenic picnic spots you need to know now

      'Tis officially the season to picnic, but if you're worried about crowds or just fancy a change of scene, fear not: you and your hamper are sorted. Here's seven off-the-radar hangouts for the ultimate field day

    • Regional farm shops foodies will love

      Regional farm shops foodies will love

      Are you still determined, post-lockdown, to eschew big-brand supermarkets to support local farm produce? Ah, we can help with that! Here are seven independents selling the ‘good life’.

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  • 11 big-screen drive-ins in Essex and beyond

    11 big-screen drive-ins in Essex and beyond

    With social distancing de rigueur right now, the arts industry has had to find new ways to keep us entertained this summer. Cue a flurry of big-screen drive-in offerings – and our edit of the best in Essex and beyond. Tell me about it, stud…

    • 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

    • We’re all going on a big-screen holiday

      We’re all going on a big-screen holiday

      Choose your destination, fasten your seats and get ready for take off. Here's 21 films, set in exotic locations that are almost as good travelling abroad.

    • Culture: the hot summer reads set in Essex

      Culture: the hot summer reads set in Essex

      With stay/vay-cays finally on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s hottest reads to see you through the holidays. From ghostly sightings across the salt marshes to satire in Southend, we've got you covered

    • Staying indoors? Here’s what to watch this week

      Staying indoors? Here’s what to watch this week

      Bored of boxsets? I hear ya loud and clear lady! Here's our latest round up of what's new for TV, film, theatre and music to keep you entertained this week.

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  • Let’s hear it for the girls! Meet WOW founder, Jude Kelly

    Let’s hear it for the girls! Meet WOW founder, Jude Kelly

    Muddy meets Jude Kelly CBE, founder of the WOW Foundation, and the annual Women of the World Festival which celebrates the lives of us bloody marvellous women and girls, and tackles our shared challenges.

    • Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

      Record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo has a new project on his hands - raising money for the NHS in association with UK theatres. Tell us about it, Shlo!

    • What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Love it or loathe it, lockdown has given us time to learn new skills but has it taught us something deeper? Muddy tapped five busy writers and presenters, juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

    • Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      We catch up with the 'Masterchef: The Professionals' finalist to find out her backstage goss, favourite dishes and top spots to eat in London.

    • Melissa Hemsley spills the beans…

      Melissa Hemsley spills the beans…

      …then whips them up into a tasty frittata. Muddy talks burnt pans, how to waste less and keeping an endless supply of cookie dough in the freezer with the green chef.

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