The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Cameron Diaz has sported one of these cool belts and they're made, believe it or not, from recycled fire hoses. There are handbags and totes available too - check them out!

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7 things to do this weekend

12 Jan 2017

Ghostly Dinner, Norwich Guildhall, Norwich – Fri 13 Jan

It’s Friday the 13th and what better way to celebrate than to scare yourself silly while gorging on a two-course buffet dinner? You will be entertained by tales of phantoms by Man in Black, of Norwich Ghost Walk-fame, before taking a creepy walk around the historic building, dipping into the old police cells and 15th century under-croft. Listen out for the cries of ghosts lurking within the old walls. 

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Special Muddy deal on forest holidays

12 Jan 2017

In a dry January when the weather has turned totally pants and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me), cool city breaks, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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7 things to do this weekend

5 Jan 2017

It may be January, it may be cold, but there is still plenty of great stuff going on this weekend in Norfolk. Wrap up warm and get out and about – if all else fails, there’s always the pub (for, erm, a lemonade if you’re doing a dry January – you crazy, crazy lot!).

Pasanda Roof Orchestra, Norwich Playhouse – Fri 6 Jan:

If you’re a fan of the Big Band sound of the 1920s and 1930s, then this annual event is for you.

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Muddy visits: a fab pop-up event

23 Dec 2016

As somebody that writes lists with a pen and paper, owns an old typewriter that still works and plays music on a turntable, it’s fair to say that I’m a fan of anything retro. But what if having an infinity for a bygone era wasn’t just a hobby but a complete way of life – from the clothes to the music to the décor of your house?

Susie Pritchard is one such person, living life in awe of the 1950s and ’60s and making a living out of buying and selling collectables from that timeframe.

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Happy Christmas Norfolk!

23 Dec 2016

Well it’s been a blast this year! Thank you so much for reading Muddy in 2016 – there ain’t no blog without you, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the support.

I am now officially, totally knackered, so I’m hanging up the stilettos until the New Year and assuming the foetal position in front of the telly. The Radio Times favourite programmes have been circled, my case of wine has arrived, I’m not moving!

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Muddy eats: Figbar, Norwich

20 Dec 2016

When London opened its first dessert bar a few years back, the concept was met with a certain amount of trepidation – was this a one trick pony, all style over substance, an idea too far…? Happily, it was the start of a trend that shows no signs of abating with one-dish restaurants opening up all over the capital and beyond, including celebrations of eggs (Good Egg), cereal (Cereal Killers) and puddings (Afters).

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Muddy reviews: The Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon Tour

14 Dec 2016

The hotly-anticipated Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon Tour commences in Brighton this week before heading on a county-wide tour – visiting Norwich’s Theatre Royal on 11-15 April. Debs at Muddy Sussex was lucky enough to review the opening night at Brighton’s Theatre Royal – here’s what she thought:

Once, in Australia, I got chatting to a British expat who had lived Down Under for nearly three decades. She told me that for the first few homesick years she would burst into tears whenever she heard The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.

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Please vote for us in the UK Blog Awards

13 Dec 2016

Hello to my lovely readers,

I’m really excited to announce that Muddy Stilettos has been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2017 and we need your help in making us the Winner!

Muddy Stilettos first tottered into the world in Summer 2011 as a bit of fun for the founder, Hero Brown. The idea was simple: to write a witty but indispensable local guide to the very best restaurants, walks, boutiques, day trips, hotels, interiors and events (whilst also perking up her social life).

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Top 10 Fiction Books for Christmas

8 Dec 2016

I love a good book, don’t you? Often Christmas and my summer hols are the only time I get to read, and my sister often comes up trumps on the stocking fillers with a decent read.

If you’re looking for a bit of guidance and inspiration, here is the second of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas. As usual we’ve deployed an expert, this time Rachel at The Woodstock Bookshop.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Norfolk Edition