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I'm Hollie, editor of Muddy Suffolk & Cambs, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

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

See What's On

Eat

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to ‘Do Different’?

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • Home organisation tips from a pro!

      Home organisation tips from a pro!

      Life’s messy, sure, but that doesn’t mean our home has to be. Keen to declutter, we caught up with professional home organiser Deryn Gant in her (tidy) Cambridgeshire home to discover her secret to keeping things clear.

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 super spa days in Suffolk & Cambs

      6 super spa days in Suffolk & Cambs

      A little pampering goes a long way especially as we head into the colder darker months. Here’s the best spa days in Suffolk & Cambs. And relaaax.

    • Splash! 9 wild swimming spots in Suffolk and Cambs

      Splash! 9 wild swimming spots in Suffolk and Cambs

      It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes! Now dive into our guide to the best open water swimming locations in Suffolk and Cambs. Just kindly refrain from bombing, running or petting please.

Most Read

Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

      P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

      Autumn’s arrived, Halloween’s nearly here, it can only mean one thing: pumpkins! Here’s all the best places locally for a fun day out sourcing your own seasonal squash.

    • October half-term guide to Suffolk & Cambs

      October half-term guide to Suffolk & Cambs

      Yep, half-term has crept up on us, too. But rather than climb the four walls (again), here’s your ultimate guide to beating boredom and surviving the school holidays this month.

    • The best firework displays in Suffolk & Cambs
    • The best firework displays in Suffolk & Cambs

Instamuddy

  • The Unruly Pig nr Woodbridge walked away with Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2021 Awards and we're not surprised. What. A. Local. 
This pub alone is worth relocating to this Suffolk town for, then there's the candy-coloured houses, independent shops and Deben Estuary setting - little wonder Woodbridge is one of our Best Places To Live 2022 in association with @struttandparker 
What's your fave thing about the town? 
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#unrulypig @unrulypig @goodpubguide #awardwinning #woodbridge #suffolk #bestplacestolive #muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #goodpubguide
  • Want to win a spa day for two worth £250? Urm, yes please! @thegainsborough near Sudbury is giving Muddy readers in Suffolk & Cambs the chance to enjoy a Fall Into Spa day including treatments and afternoon tea 💅☕
Enter through link in bio 👆 Good luck! 
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal
#win #winaspaday #spa #suffolk #competition
  • Read all about it! In honour of National Bookshop Day (9 Oct) I've written about some of my favourite bookstores in Suffolk & Cambs 📚 Link in bio 🙌
@aldeburghbookshop 
@browsers_bookshop 
@halesworthbookshop 
@harrisharrisbooks 
@dial_lane_books 
@woodbridgeemporium 
@toppingsely 
@heffers_cambridge 
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #bookshops #bookstores #supportbookstores #read #local #suffolk #cambs
  • Kids getting excited about Halloween yet? Read the Muddy October what's on guide to discover the most spooktacular things to do locally - including Halloweenies half-term @kentwellhall 👻 
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#muddystilettos #whatson #suffolk #cambridgeshire #halloween #halloweencostume #kids #kentwellhall #InLoveWithLocal
  • Property porn alert! 
Check out 10 dreamy houses with unique selling points in Suffolk & Cambs, from pools and moats to geodesic rooftop domes and even a vineyard (we're already imagining sipping Chateauneuf-du-Muddy). 
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #suffolk #cambs #hotproperty #home  #propertyporn #suffolkhomes #cambridge #cambridgeshirehomes #property #housesale #cambridgeshire

Fashion

  • 6 of the best… trench coats

    6 of the best… trench coats

    It goes with everything — from knockout dresses to comfy tees. Shop this workhorse of the fashionista wardrobe with Muddy’s top six picks for autumn / winter 2021.

  • Beauty

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting… we’re channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

People

  • Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

    Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

    Essex-based Ed’s heading to Bury St Edmunds…Muddy caught up to chat jokes, famous friendships and not being a d**k before he hits town.

    • Muddy chats to celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

      Muddy chats to celeb ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

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

    • 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.

    • Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

      Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

      It’s been a bit of a year so to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we thought we’d big up six women who have impressed, delighted and inspired us over the past 12 months.

    • The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      As we gingerly step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here some of our Indie Store businesses recount their journey and show what makes them special

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.

Find your escape
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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