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Arts & Culture

  • Little Birds

    What’s in: what to watch this week

    Got a hot date with your sofa? Here are this week's best new film and TV releases to spice up your evenings

  • cultural guide to Essex

    Your cultural guide to what’s on this summer

    Had your fill of creative, forward-thinking podcasts? Fresh out of Netflix documentaries to devour? Chill. Cultural events across Essex are back on the agenda – and we’ve got the lowdown on where to find all your local arty offerings

  • Prodigal Son Sky One

    What’s in: what to watch this week

    Rubbish weather got you down? Settle on the sofa with a cuppa and binge-watch some of these new TV and film releases instead.

  • What’s in: 10 new things to watch this week

    Lazy day in front of the telly? Yes please! Here are the hottest new films and TV shows for you to sink your teeth into. Just add popcorn.

  • 11 big-screen drive-ins in Essex and beyond

    With social distancing de rigueur right now, the arts industry has had to find new ways to keep us entertained this summer. Cue a flurry of big-screen drive-in offerings - and our edit of the best in Essex and beyond. Tell me about it, stud...

  • Dantes Ceramics Isabelle Taylor-Jones

    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

  • We’re all going on a big-screen holiday

    Choose your destination, fasten your seats and get ready for take off. Here's 21 films, set in exotic locations that are almost as good travelling abroad.

  • Culture: the hot summer reads set in Essex

    With stay/vay-cays finally on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s hottest reads to see you through the holidays. From ghostly sightings across the salt marshes to satire in Southend, we've got you covered

  • Holiday books to read in lockdown

    Need a new lockdown read?

    It's Independent Bookshop Week so support your local purveyor of fine literature by popping in and buying one of these super summer reads. All come recommended by the Muddy crew.

  • Staying in? The best of what’s on

    Virtual beauty masterclasses, hot new Netflix releases, high brow theatre (and low brow Love Island) - it's all going on online this week. Stream if you wanna go faster!

  • Festival

    Culture vulture: my June hitlist

    Less time propping up bars means more time enjoying the creative arts right?! Here's what I'm loving this month.

  • The staying in boredom buster

    It's a bit nippy for the sunlounger this week so head for the sofa instead - and get stuck into this week's best new at-home culture picks.

  • 18 must-watch documentaries

    While we're all about TV escapism right now, the truth can be more entertaining than fiction. Reclaim the remote and pick from our edit of the best Netflix documentaries.

  • 20 rom-com classics blokes will love!

    Looking for a date night movie? Suggesting a rom com to a man is like offering garlic bread to a vampire. But we've found 20 will-watch films to cosy up to.

  • Gardening books

    10 of the best gardening books

    Fancy getting all green fingered in the garden but don't really know where to start? Here's a helping hand with 10 terrific tomes to add to your reading list.

  • 24 throwback films to watch with your kids

    Time to stage an intervention! Sick of hearing your kids' shows on repeat? Free the remote from their clutches and settle in for a fabulously retro family film night.

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