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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

With luxury designer Anya Hindmarch launching a bag for the big supermarkets, it's time to raise your shopper game. Check out these seven beauties.

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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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  • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

    • The Essex Christmas markets you won’t want to miss!

      The Essex Christmas markets you won’t want to miss!

      ’Tis the season to shop, right? So where better to start (and stop) than some of the county’s most traditional and talent-filled Christmas markets? Here’s our edit of the top Yuletide pop-ups to hit this year for all your stocking-filler essentials from local artists, crafters and artisanal makers, plus a smattering of festive foodie favourites

    • 7 new releases to watch on TV this week

      7 new releases to watch on TV this week

      Sweeping fantasy, bouncy musicals, the second series of Tiger King…it’s all happening on the box this week. Get into something comfy, pop open the Pringles and settle in for a watch.

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  • Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    The Insta-star chef has brought out a gorgeous festive book of baking. Not only has she shared a delish (and pretty) recipe with us, but she’s offered three copies of her latest cookbook to Muddy readers!

    • Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

      Ten bulbs to plant now for a dreamy spring garden

      Want to know how the Wormsley Estate in Bucks looks so fabulous come spring? Head gardener Charlotte Tremlin reveals her secret for glorious beds and baskets.

    • Deck the doors! Christmas wreath-making workshops

      Deck the doors! Christmas wreath-making workshops

      There’s nothing like a wreath-making workshop to let off some creative steam and get into the festive mood with some buddies. And before you say it’s too early, they’re selling out already, sweetie! Get your tickets now for these crackers.

  • 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.

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  • It's Christmaaaaaas! Not feeling festive yet? This should help: the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat EVER over 16 days (because, hey, why stop at 12?). We're talking a whopping £7,000 of luxury gifts and experiences - from incredible hotel stays to boozy bundles and luxe skincare.

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like until midnight on 16 Dec, and unlike a normal advent calendar, you can open all the doors at once without spoiling the fun (or crashing from a sugar overload). Hit the link in bio to get entering!
  • Love a countryside hack and post-ramble pub lunch? Us too! Step forward our pick of the most picturesque winter walks in Essex that serve up a hearty refuel for hot steppers 🥾🌳🍷🥘

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  • Fancy decking the halls with boughs of holly (that you *actually* crafted yourself this festive season)? Us too! That’s why we’ve foraged for some of the best creative workshops in Essex offering a hands-on masterclass – and fabulous resulting wreath for your  front door (natch 💁‍♀️). Head over to the site to see where to head for festive foliage you’ll be proud to hang or gift this Christmas🎄🌿

#wreathmaking #christmaswreath #wreathworkshop #wreathworkshopsessex #essexmadelocal #shopindependent #muddystilettosessex #creativechristmas
  • Ohhh we’ve been waiting for this one! Stock up on the popcorn and tune into @skytv Cinema to watch the hottest British actress on the block, @phoebedynevor, star in the brand new Clarice Cliff biopic #TheColourRoom out TODAY, plus five more new releases to watch this weekend at the link in bio. That’s your Friday night in sorted.



  • 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

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