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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

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.

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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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? 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

  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Buffalo Mozzarella with Clementine Salad

      Buffalo Mozzarella with Clementine Salad

      Need a new speedy lunch? Try this 15 minute fab mozzarella salad from Tart London – the super-cool caterers of choice for the fashion set (plus Naked Wines at 63% off).

    • Glug! New wines to buy and try

      Glug! New wines to buy and try

      Naked Wine sommelier and Gordon Ramsay alumnus Ray O’Connor spills the grapes on why he won’t pay thousands for wine, what’s in his cellar – and how to dodge hangovers

    • 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.

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

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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.

    • The Leys School, Cambridge

      The Leys School, Cambridge

      A friendly all-rounder with show-stopping sports and arts facilities in a buzzy, city setting. Though a big school, pastoral care is an emphasis, and personal to each child.

    • Does the world need another online school?

      Does the world need another online school?

      Pearson Online Academy UK Global thinks so! With the launch of the educational behemoth’s founding school in September, Muddy gets the lowdown from Principal Jo Vigneron

    • Brilliant baking classes in honour of GBBO
    • Brilliant baking classes in honour of GBBO

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  • GBBO is back! 🙌 To celebrate I've found some great local baking classes where you can perfect your own whipping, caramelising, chaffing, kneading and tempering. Soggy bottoms, begone! 

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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #gbbo #bakeoff #baking #cook #cooking #cookeryschool #suffolk #cambridgeshire
  • 6 super spa days in Suffolk & Cambs because:
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B) Our foreign holidays were cancelled 
C) Summer was a bit rubbish weather-wise
D) We deserve it 
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal
  • Photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop's as good as the food? Err yes please. Order, pose, post and pig out at these Insta-worthy eateries 💕 Full feature link in bio 👆
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@tuddenhammill
@doublebubble_teahouse 
@restaurant22_cambridge
@lottieswaffles
@therupertbrookeuk 
@the_river_terrace 
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #eatout #restaurants #suffolk #cambridgeshire
  • Lunch @thesenatebistro in Cambridge - the chorizo is soooo good. What's your favourite local restaurant? 🍷
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#muddystilettos #cambridge #senatebistro #chorizo #cambridgeshire
  • Anyone for tennis? After Emma Raducanu's US Open win at the weekend I'm feeling inspired to get off the sofa and onto a court at one of Suffolk & Cambs year-round clubs! Read the link in bio if you're looking for a club too...
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#muddystilettos #InLoveWithLocal #tennis #emmaraducanu #lovetennis
  • It's not quite a pony for Christmas, but we have the next best thing: FREE entry into the UK's top stables (including Epsom, Malton and Newmarket) for National Racehorse Week (12-19 Sept). Click the link in bio for five reasons we're galloping straight there 🐎
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#horseracing #horses #horse #horsesofinstagram #thoroughbred #racehorse  #jockey  #equestrain #horseriding #racing #racingtips #horselover #horsepower #greatbritishracing #nationalracehorseweek

Fashion

  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • 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 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.

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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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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