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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

Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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Culture

  • Six shiny new things to watch on TV this week

    Six shiny new things to watch on TV this week

    A new series of The Umbrella Academy, how to make the most of Glastonbury from your sofa, feel-good comedy… Here’s this week’s ultimate guide to staying in.

    • Pass the remote! 7 great things to watch this week

      Pass the remote! 7 great things to watch this week

      Fancy something to settle down with? Hey, we all need a bit of me-time. From a sultry new Tudor drama to quirky Netflix comedies, don’t miss Muddy’s pick of the week.

    • Al fresco events this summer!

      Al fresco events this summer!

      Picnic baskets at the ready! What’s better than going to the cinema, theatre or a gig? Going to them outside of course! Here’s my pick of the best places to see an al fresco performance locally, from open-air films and street food to some Shakespeare in the park.

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  • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

    The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • 10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      10 of the prettiest gin bottles to add to your shelf

      It’s World Gin Day on 11 June, so what better way to celebrate than by picking up a bottle of the good stuff? Here are some that’ll look as good on your shelf as they taste in your G&T…

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  • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

    Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists!

    Your nominations have been totted up and the results are in! Here are your amazing Muddy Awards 2022 Finalists in Essex. Vote to crown your local champions now!

  • Kids

    • Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

      Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

      The International Baccalaureate is admired by universities, respected by companies and gaining traction in the UK with online school Kings InterHigh offering the first ever fully-virtual IB from Sept 22. What’s the fuss about? We ask Head of Sixth Form Alessandro Capozzi

    • 5 reasons outside learning is good for your child

      5 reasons outside learning is good for your child

      From better mental and physical health to improving confidence, al fresco learning can be just as rewarding as studying in a classroom according to a local expert. Muddy heads outside to investigate.

    • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 winners
    • Meet your Muddy Awards 2022 winners

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  • Choosing a family holiday is never easy – you want culture and great food, your other half wants to sunbathe, the kids demand a waterslide, and your teens want to ignore you! The good news is that @disneycruiseline will tick all of those boxes, and then some. Even better, it’s introducing brand new European travel routes for 2023 and Muddy has the inside track. Link in bio.
  • Fashion that makes you look and feel good? 👗🌎 Cue @newdayoriginals: a sustainable indie with serious style appeal. Read more about this fab, family-run biz (and why we’re totally hooked) over on our #LBB Link in bio ⬆️ Welcome to the #muddyessex family Fin! 💃🏻
  • Are you an Essex-based indie on the hunt for beautiful pictures to promote your biz? Then @claire_naylor_photography is your woman 📸 Find out more in our #LBB over on #muddyessex Link in bio ⬆️
  • What a day for a beach day! ☀️ 🏖 🌊 Thank god for that sea breeze (and chilled rosé) 🥵

Fashion

  • The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next

    Whether you’re heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm’s at a garden party – here’s how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown’s picks, all new-in at Next.

    • Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Win a designer beach bundle worth £400!

      Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

    • 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.

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People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • 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 meets celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      Muddy meets celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      He won America’s Got Talent and is finally back on tour. Muddy talks to ventriloquist Paul Zerdin about weird fan mail, dressing up as Maggie Thatcher and his beef with Barney the Dinosaur.

School Reviews

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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

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

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