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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

From Nordic knits and statement sweats to hoodies even the planet loves, Essex loungewear is on our radar.

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

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    • Chigwell School, Chigwell

      Chigwell School, Chigwell

      Perched on the outskirts of London and fringing the great, green boughs of Epping forest, this selective co-ed is set in 100 acres of prime Essex countryside and offers a holistic approach to education.

    • 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

  • Chigwell School, Chigwell
  • Chigwell School, Chigwell
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  • Local loungewear wins you’ll live in this winter

    Local loungewear wins you’ll live in this winter

    From trend-setting knits and statement sweats to hot hoodies even the planet loves, Essex boutiques are stocking up on stylish loungewear lines right now. Here’s our edit of the pieces to shop, pronto.

    • Best fitness gear for 2021

      Best fitness gear for 2021

      New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.

    • Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with the likes of Selfridges now pushing a new sustainable outlook, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your wardrobe in style.

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    • 7 divine bath oils for a long soak

      7 divine bath oils for a long soak

      We've put Blue Monday behind us. I think that calls for a relaxing bath, don't you? Here's how to make your evening soak more luxurious than ever.

    • Veganuary: The beauty edit

      Veganuary: The beauty edit

      Want to do Veganuary without giving up cheese and chocolate? Here's your loophole: go vegan with your beauty routine instead with these eight kind-to-animals brands.

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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Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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