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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

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.

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

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Eat

  • Cosy Christmas dining in Suffolk & Cambs

    Cosy Christmas dining in Suffolk & Cambs

    Baby it’s cold outside and what better way to warm up than a feast somewhere fabulous? We’re talking tipis, dining domes, igloo pods, roaring fires, twinkling fairy lights & winter wonderland terraces.

    • The best vegan restaurants in Suffolk & Cambs

      The best vegan restaurants in Suffolk & Cambs

      We’re celebrating sustainability this month at Muddy and one of the best things you can do to help the planet is go vegan (or at least ditch meat and dairy a few days a week). Here’s our guide to the best plant-based and veggie restaurants in Suffolk & Cambs.

    • Brilliant baking classes in honour of GBBO

      Brilliant baking classes in honour of GBBO

      On your marks. Get set. Bake! GBBO is back. Muddy’s excited, you’re excited, everyone’s excited and to celebrate here are some amazing local baking classes where you can learn how to do some whipping, caramelising, chaffing and tempering of your own…

Culture

  • 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.

    • 6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

      This Autumn’s hottest new film release comes courtesy of Sky Cinema and it’s a corker! A period drama with real punch and passion, here’s why you need to make time in your diary or on your sofa to watch it.

    • Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      Muddy meets: Phoebe Dynevor & Kerry Fox

      The hottest new UK actress and the queen of indie film star in the new Sky Original biopic The Colour Room. They talk kissing protocol, brave film choices and 1920s girl power.

Little Black Book

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Travel

Home

  • 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.

    • Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door

      Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That’s Christmas sorted.

    • Where to buy vintage homewares in Suffolk & Cambs

      Where to buy vintage homewares in Suffolk & Cambs

      Recycled, repurposed, refurbished: however you want to label them, vintage homewares are a brilliant way to brighten your interiors with unique, sustainable pieces. And at these shops and fairs, the best part’s the browsing!

  • 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.

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Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • Old Buckenham Hall, Brettenham

      Old Buckenham Hall, Brettenham

      This small, rural prep school with a family vibe lies in idyllic Suffolk countryside and boasts a musical heritage, impressive grounds and a strong academic offering.

    • Skates on! Nearby ice rinks to visit this winter

      Skates on! Nearby ice rinks to visit this winter

      We’re heading into the season of slip-sliding, wall-grabbing, and pirouetting. Skate queen or just here for the mulled wine, check out these festive ice rinks within an hour of Suffolk & Cambs.

    • What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this December
    • What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this December

Instamuddy

  • WHAT'S ON DECEMBER GUIDE! ❤️ Discover all that's festive & fun in Suffolk & Cambs, including...link in bio 🙌
🌲 @jimmysfarmhq Christmas Shopping & Santa grotto 3 Dec
🌲 @prudentnellie opening, drinks & meet the makers 3 Dec 
🌲 @sophie_cook_porcelain
Open studio 3)4 Dec 
🌲 Jimmy Carr work in progress one-off @marinatheatre  11 Dec 
🌲 Astronaut Tim Peake @cambridgecornex 8 Dec 
🌲 @cambscountryclub spa open day (with 20-min express treatments 1 Dec
🌲 Winter tipi fun @theporterhousepub 
🌲 Naughty brandy hot chocs on the menu @elsiemayselectriclounge in St Neots 
🌲 Magic & Mayhem @cubotanicgarden until 23 Dec 
🌲 Charity Santa run @heveninghamhall 4 Dec 
🌲 And a beach clean with @creightiveco 3 Dec 
Phew.
  • Hands up who loves Ely? 🖐️ If you're not familiar with this lively Fenland town swipe left to see some of its highlights:
@poets_house_ely
Ely Cathedral 
@elyginco
Old Fire Engine House Ely 
Then hit link in bio for the full lowdown. One of our Best Places to Live 2022 series in association with @struttandparker 🏡
  • @wimpole_estate_nt 's light trail launches on 26 Nov 💫 Click the link in bio to find more amazing local illuminations with mulled wine, fire pits and s'mores too!
  • Cosy Christmas wining & dining 🍷
Why settle for the ordinary when you could be enjoying a fabulously festive feast in a dome, tipi or winter garden?

Here's my pick of some of the stand outs in Suffolk & Cambs, but let me know if you have any faux fur and fairy light-filled favourites of your own in the comments below 🙌
  • Today I'm whisking you off to one of Cambridgeshire's friendliest towns. There's an historic high street, lovely shops like @trufflesandtwineinkimbolton @thekimboltonflowershop8 & @blueblancmange , a great pub for a Sunday roast @thesaddlekimbolton & a very impressive school set in a Tudor castle at the heart of the community...guessed where it is yet? 
Kimbolton! One of our Best Places to Live 2022 recommendations in association with @struttandparker

Fashion

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.

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