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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

Looking to brighten up your kids’ wardrobes this year? If you can tear them out of the Frozen costumes, this Muddy-Award-winning local brand is your one-stop-shop for stylish little ones.

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

  • 8 best veggie/vegan eats in Essex

    8 best veggie/vegan eats in Essex

    Vegan curious? Or trying to cut down your meat consumption? Then get your plant-based fix at these Essex joints delivering zero-guilt dining experiences.

    • Winter walks in Essex that are worthy of a pub-lunch refuel

      Winter walks in Essex that are worthy of a pub-lunch refuel

      Love a countryside hack and post-ramble pub lunch? Us too. Step forward our pick of the most picturesque winter walks in Essex – and nearby soul-warming watering holes – that promise a hearty foodie hit for the hardiest of hot steppers this season

    • Sunday best: the roast dinners you don’t want to miss out on

      Sunday best: the roast dinners you don’t want to miss out on

      Bring on the Yorkshire puds, cranberry sauce and lashings of gravy! Here’s 8 of the best dining destinations to hit across the county for all your beef (or lamb or chicken or veggie) trimmings – without compromising on style or taste. You. Are. Welcome

Culture

  • Culture’s calling! What to see in London in 2022

    Culture’s calling! What to see in London in 2022

    Thrilling theatre, exhilarating art, fantastic festivals – these are the tickets you need to book now. Settle in for a capital city culture hitlist, and a jam-packed 2022.

    • The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

      From the winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to Stanley Tucci’s new series about the legal fallout of sunken gold, we’ve got a stonking good line-up of shiny TV to watch this week.

    • Your winter / spring 2022 local culture guide

      Your winter / spring 2022 local culture guide

      New year, new exciting things to do! There’s a jam-packed schedule of cool cultural happenings coming to Essex this year, and we know all about ’em. Diaries at the ready, let’s go!

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

    Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world. Warning: contains images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools.

    • Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Want to do your bit for the environment while enjoying your hols? Check out these eco-friendly hot spots which are clean, green and keen on a bit of luxury too.

    • The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      The must-read Muddy skiing guide

      Want to book a ski holiday this year but not sure where to go? Snow problem! Whether you’re a family with beginners, hitting the après ski with friends or want an extreme mountain peak adventure, read on.

Home

  • House swap – what will £850k get you?

    House swap – what will £850k get you?

    Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We’ve popped £850k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you across the Muddy counties?

    • New year, new build?

      New year, new build?

      Coveting space, a sprinkle of character and historic countryside setting for your next move? City & Country – the UK’s leading heritage developer – has the answer…

    • 5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      5 hottest interiors trends for 2022

      January means spending a lot of time hunkering down at home and with all that hunkering comes some hankering – and this month, we’re after a little interiors update. Here’s what’s hot for 2022.

  • Wellbeing

    • 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.

    • Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      Megan Rossi’s Prebiotic Rocky Road

      A traybake that’s actually good for your gut and tastes like a treat? Look no further than this clever recipe from the gut health expert’s new book

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Life

  • Time to split? Here’s how to do it, from the queen of breakups

    Time to split? Here’s how to do it, from the queen of breakups

    She’s got a podcast, comedy show, award-winning books and celeb following – Rosie Wilby is the one to listen to if you’re breaking up

  • Kids

    • Gotta Have It! Super-Cool Kidswear

      Gotta Have It! Super-Cool Kidswear

      Looking to brighten up your kids’ wardrobes this year? If you can tear them out of the Frozen costumes, this Muddy-Award-winning local brand is your one-stop-shop for stylish little ones.

    • Saint Nicholas School, Harlow

      Saint Nicholas School, Harlow

      Impossible to find fault with this small but facility-packed co-ed through school – from its fun family vibe and outstanding pastoral care to its strong academic results and Famous Five grounds

    • Gotta Have It! Super-Cool Kidswear
    • Gotta Have It! Super-Cool Kidswear

Instamuddy

  • Stylish kidswear alert! 🍐Read all about the seriously cool (and Muddy-Award-winning) @mr_wolf_kids over on Muddy Essex now. Clothes so cute you’ll want them in your size 👗 Link in bio 👆🏻
  • Diaries at the ready! We’ve rounded up the coolest cultural happenings coming to Essex this winter/spring. 🩰 Click the link in bio to discover our must-read guide👆🏻
  • ☀️ Hello winter sun! ☀️Make the most of this beautiful weather and fill your lungs with fresh sea air with a seaside jaunt - we’ve found 8 of the most gorgeous coastal walks in Essex at the link in bio. Woolies on? Let’s go! 
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  • ✨'Anything you need, Muddy Stilettos has got it!' ✨The fabulous @davinamccall and @mdlondon chat why they LOVE Muddy on this week's @makingthecutpodcast - from the power of the Muddy Awards 💪 to why Davina will be checking out Best Places to Live next time she moves house 🏡 Go listen!

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

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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