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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

Move over Mr M, I'll take it from here. Make the barbecue your own this summer with these super-handy gadgets and accessories.

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Little Black Book

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Our curated A-Z of the grooviest local businesses

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  • Your cultural guide to what’s on this summer

    Your cultural guide to what’s on this summer

    Had your fill of creative, forward-thinking podcasts? Fresh out of Netflix documentaries to devour? Chill. Cultural events across Essex are back on the agenda – and we’ve got the lowdown on where to find all your local arty offerings

    • 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

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  • J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    Are you a FaceTime fanatic or a Skype cynic? After months of video call catch-ups, two Muddy editors battle it out over the digital face-to-face. Who will you side with?

  • Kids

    • Ipswich School

      Ipswich School

      This city-based, selective co-ed school for ages 11-18 pulls off the near impossible: amazing results across the board while retaining a happy, creative environment

    • 10 books for younger kids

      10 books for younger kids

      Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Where to get your water sports fix this summer
  • BeautyView more

    • Best at-home pedi kits

      Best at-home pedi kits

      It's starting to feel a lot like peak summer and with the mercury knocking 25 degrees on a regular basis, it means it's also time to expose The Feet. Ready, set, attack!

    • 5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      5 of the best hair masks to buy now

      Split ends up to your ears? We've found five quick-fixes for treating neglected locks - and to stop your hair stylist from screaming when salons finally reopen

  • PeopleView more

  • 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.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

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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  • TravelView more

  • J’adore/j’abhor: camping

    J’adore/j’abhor: camping

    Does the sight of a sleeping bag pique your sense of adventure, or break you out in a cold sweat? Two Muddy behemoths duke it out over camping – let’s hope it doesn’t get too tents (sorry).

    • Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

      Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

      This sunny little Island may be small in stature but it's packed to the brim with amazing things to check out. We've got the top tips on how to discover the real Isle of Wight.

    • Muddy’s insider guide to Essex

      Muddy’s insider guide to Essex

      Summer holidays, incoming! Read our curated guide to vaycaying in Essex, with luxe SPF brand Saltee, and start planning your staycation (PLUS, enter our sexy £2,888 summer giveaway!) now

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