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I'm Cate, editor of Muddy Norfolk, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

We need the Hospitality Industry like we need a hug from a friend. And they need us right back. If only drinking gin could help. Wait, what? It CAN help!

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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Little Black Book

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


  • 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’?


  • 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

    • 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

    • Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Having trouble sleeping? Us and half the world right now! Here’s what the Muddy team have in their shopping baskets to help with some much-needed shut-eye.

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  • Cocktails at 10.30am? Don’t mind if I do!
What a fab way to celebrate @nationalhospitalityday - toasting the launch of brand new 𝟭𝟴𝟯𝟳 𝗚𝗶𝗻 from @wildknightdistillery at the lovely Victoria Inn @holkhamestate - they even provided sunshine!
Around 1 in 10 people in the UK work in the hospitality industry and the last 18 months have been seriously tough with millions of livelihoods on the line. If only drinking gin could help. Wait, what? It CAN help! 🤩
£3 from every bottle of 1837 Gin sold will go directly to support the brilliant charity @HospitalityAction (which was founded back in 1837). It was created by Matt and Steph from Wild Knight Distillery in collaboration with chef Charlie Hodson of @hodsonandcocheeseroom who’s a passionate Ambassador for HA.
Head over to Muddy Norfolk’s Gotta Have It section to read more!
And now you know what to buy everyone for Christmas. The gin is a smooth as silk London Dry with nettle & thyme. I loved it! Order direct from

  • Blimey the weather’s a bit miserable isn’t it? Luckily there’s a whole lot going on in Norfolk this September so cheer yourself up, get out there and do things!
Link to cool stuff in bio...💋
  • Last chance alert! Hotfoot it to the link in bio to nab one of THREE VIP SHOPPING DAYS at @bicestervillage in Oxfordshire, worth a whopping £1000 each. 
• A shopping gift card to the value of £800
• Lunch or dinner for 2 (to the value of £150)
• A 10% off VIP voucher
• Reserved parking
• Hands-free shopping
Enter in seconds (you have until midnight Sun) and get ready to ransack those rails, sister!
  • 10 points if you can guess the movie… 
It’s Notting Hill, of course! Catch Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the Richard Curtis classic at the @bicestervillage drive-in cinema (along with Top Gun and Rocketman) - part of the awesome Oxfordshire outdoor shopping destination’s Summer Evenings programme. 
For just £30 watch a film, munch your way through three courses at either Café Wolseley (yes, of London fame), Soho House offshoot farmhouse, or Asian restaurant Shan Shui PLUS shop ’til you drop with 10% off village prices. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for a leather trench and beret like Julia’s. So. Very. Cool. 
Click the link in bio for more details.
  • This isn’t our usual lighthearted banter but I wanted to share it with you. You voted @redwingsuk Best Family Attraction in the Muddy Awards 2019 and we know this incredible place is a real favourite with Muddy’s Norfolk crew. Right now the Horse Hospital team are doing all they can do help a 7-week old foal heal from a horrific stable arson attack. A yearling died and little Phoenix is still fighting for his life. He’s doing well but there’s a long road ahead. Redwings is a rescue charity 100% funded by donations, so do read their message reposted below. 

When the state of the world overwhelms, sometimes it helps to focus on one small thing you can do. 

Good luck little dude. Keep fighting. 

#Repost @redwingsuk
NEW ARRIVAL: A seven-week-old foal continues to fight for his life in our Horse Hospital having been the victim of an apparent arson attack.

Little Phoenix, whose story was reported by @horseandhound, suffered horrific burns down one whole side of his body and is currently receiving around-the-clock intensive care thanks to our amazing vets and nurses.

His condition remains touch and go but we’ve pledged to do all we can to help him heal and offered him a safe permanent home here at the Sanctuary.

We’d like to thank @lingfieldequinevets, close to where Phoenix was discovered, who provided him emergency care on our behalf following the attack and undoubtedly gave him the best chance to survive.

You can support Phoenix’s ongoing care by texting RESCUE 20 to 70085 to donate £20 (texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message), calling 01508 481000 or visiting

Thank you #RedwingsAngels
#redwingshorsesanctuary #phoenix #horseandhound #lingfieldvets #rescue #foal #animalrescue #horsecharity
  • If you love shopping, eating out, movies, live music and, um, possibly more shopping you’re in luck sister! Throughout August, brilliant outdoor shopping destination @bicestervillage in Oxfordshire is putting on a programme of fashion, culture & fun for just £30pp! Choose between two packages for your day out: 
🎬 A night at the drive-in cinema 
🛍10% off VIP pass 
🚗 Reserved parking 
🍴 Three course meal at Café Wolsey, farmshop or Shan Shui
🙌 Hands-free shopping 
🛍10% off VIP pass 
🚗 Reserved parking 
🍴 Three course meal at Café Wolsey, farmshop or Shan Shui
Want to know more? Hit the link in bio!


  • 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.

    • Superflashy Food & Fashion Newsflash

      Superflashy Food & Fashion Newsflash

      A rose-tinted cake lovers’ dream, a gorgeous Norwich lifestyle store plus rumours of a brand new Cookery School…and a whole load more delicious foodie delights. Here’s the scoop on fantastic new Norfolk indie businesses to know and love.

    • 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.

    • 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


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

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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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