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

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Gotta Have It

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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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

  • The best cruise holidays for 2023

    The best cruise holidays for 2023

    When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Essex

      The Muddy insider guide to Essex

      Close to London yet home to beautiful countryside and a stunning stretch of coastline with in-the-know islands and hidden estuaries, Essex is the underrated jewel of East Anglia and it’s time you paid a visit.

Home

  • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

    • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

    • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

      8 gorgeous new gardening books

      Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Wellbeing

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Life

  • Back with a bang: how to relaunch your career

    Back with a bang: how to relaunch your career

    Ready to make a career comeback? Author and expert Lisa Unwin lays down the six commandments to obey if you want to kick-start your career after taking time out – whether you want to dive back in or start afresh.

  • Kids

    • Brentwood School, Brentwood

      Brentwood School, Brentwood

      Striking an unusual balance between co-ed and single-sex learning, this successful independent delivers history and heart alongside its stellar academic record

    • St Michael’s School, Leigh on Sea

      St Michael’s School, Leigh on Sea

      This little gem of a prep school in a charming seaside town is all about creating happy, confident kids who consistently achieve well above average in everything from academics to drama.

    • 10 best veggie/vegan eats in Essex

Instamuddy

  • What a difference a day makes🌧 Our Commercial Manager Gemma spent a fab (and sunny weekend ☀️) @osealeisure in the cutest little Shepherd’s Hut (scroll for pic). 🏕
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • Pastel parade! What a day for a trip to the beach 🏖 ☀️ What’s everyone else up to this weekend?
  • To celebrate #nationalvegetarianweek, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best vegan/veggie eats in Essex. From cool plant-based cafes to pubs with top-notch veggie menus, discover the earth-friendly eateries rewriting the rulebook. 🥗 Link in bio ⬆️
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily
  • Here comes the sun (finally)! ☀️ Missed our round up of the best local beach huts to hire? 🏖 Hit the link in bio ⬆️ You’re welcome 😉

Fashion

  • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

    Fresh air, fresh fashion!

    Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

  • Beauty

People

  • Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

    Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

    Can you guess which girl band is being immortalised in Lego 25 years after their iconic album release?

    • Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Lorraine Candy: “Put your oxygen mask on first.”

      Ex Elle editor, parenting author and mum of four Lorraine Candy talks hormones (yours!), pot-plant parenting, and how adults need to look after their own mental health

    • 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

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 2022

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2022

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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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