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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

Before you know it the season of glitter and mayhem will rush in, so let's take a moment to bring calm to the kitchen and make the hub of the home a peaceful space for friends, family and most importantly, for you.

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

  • Best cosy pubs for Autumn

    Best cosy pubs for Autumn

    Although there’s still warmth in the sun, the first frosts have already arrived and that only means one thing…time for a cosy pub with a roaring fire. Here’s where to hunker down with a glass of red till Spring.

Culture

  • 7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

    7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week

    Why scroll through the Radio Times when we know exactly what’s good this week? From Succession’s bold new series to a saucy dating / dancing reality mashup, here’s what to watch.

    • What’s On in Half Term

      What’s On in Half Term

      What a difference a year makes! There’s so much going on this Half Term it’s all a bit overwhelming – so we’ve picked the best bits for to make the most of precious family time in Norfolk. Yes, teens too!

    • Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Six things you’ll want to watch this week

      Roll up, roll up! It’s the cream of the TV crop. From THAT Netflix stalker show to star-studded fundraisers and spooky horror specials, we know exactly what to watch this week.

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!

    • The top 10 trending autumn colours

      The top 10 trending autumn colours

      Planning on pimping your walls this autumn? Save yourself hours of scrolling through Pinterest and paint charts: Muddy reveals the top ten trending colours this season.

  • Wellbeing

    • Awesome autumn walks across the county

      Awesome autumn walks across the county

      Ahh, the golden leaves of autumn! Pull on your boots, dig out that waterproof and take my arm as we head out for some of the best walks across the county.

    • 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

Instamuddy

  • Brand new #MuddyBestPlacestoLive2022 is here! In association with @struttandparker 
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This mid-Norfolk market town’s only been a fabulous life-style destination for er…two thousand years! Between the city and sea with pretty countryside all round and so much fantastic stuff going on right in town too.
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Take a tour at the link in the bio.
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You kind of town? Drop your favourite locals a mention in the comments! 👇🏼
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This lovely lot made it through a petrol crisis, pings and insane rain…the things Norfolk indies will do for gin! I mean, it was at the coolest bar in town, am I right @theearlham ?!
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And a massive shout out to everyone who was busy looking after their customers - from hair salons and wedding suppliers to pilates studios, pubs, restaurants and cafés. You’re all amazing - promise we raised a glass - or three - to you all. Cheers to Norfolk’s incredible community of indies!
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- Ken and Kirstie from @norwichartshop 
- Anna and Millie from @raggedrobinflorist 
- Daniella from @beautyescape__ with Will
- Rajul @smallgardener 
- Rachel @teamrachel5 with her partner in crime Lucy
- Sarah and Craig from @sonkaijewellers 
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📸 All photos by fab @maryettphotography 

Gin by @hellosailorgin ⚓️

The Muddy Norfolk Awards 2021 are supported by @artacademyeast - brilliant courses to get your creativity flowing! 
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#MuddyAwards2021 #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #lovelocal #familybusiness #norfolkbusiness #supportlocal #indiebusiness
  • I promised a bit more Muddy Awards spam. I mean, y’know, not actual Spam. In fact I can personally guarantee there was no Spam whatsoever in the delicious canapés rustled up by @TheEarlham on Awards night. 💋 
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Want to see the Muddy Award winners who stopped chatting long enough for a quick photo op? Sure you do!
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Get swiping...
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- Team @loafmicrobakery 
- Matt & Emma from @flicka_norwich (they brought the boss!)
- Leanne and the fabulous @bookbugsdragontales twins
- Cindy and Karl from @heydontearoom 
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All images by @maryettphotography 

The Muddy Norfolk Awards 2021 are supported by @artacademyeast - check out their fantastic courses!
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#MuddyAwards2021 #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #lovelocal #familybusiness #norfolkbusiness #supportlocal #indiebusiness
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  • Brace yourselves for a whole load of Muddy Awards spam folks!
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You did it, they did it, we all did it! There were close to 15K votes in Norfolk’s @muddystilettos Awards 2021 with 1,751 businesses nominated across the county. The indie spirit is well and truly thriving here in the extraordinary east!
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So obvs we sloshed out the gin and threw a party!
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Read about our Awards drinks at fabulous Norwich hangout @theearlham - link in bio!
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Thanks so much to Dave, Jamie and Team Earlham for looking after everyone so brilliantly. And Rose…you rock! 🌹
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Thankyou Mary Doggett of @maryettphotography - lovely working with you. 🤩
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And a huge thanks to our amazing local sponsors, @artacademyeast in Norwich! You HAVE to check out their incredible art classes and get your creative spark fired up! ✨

#muddyawards2021 #muddystilettosawards #muddynorfolk #lovenorfolk #supportlocal #inlovewithlocal #supportsmallbiz #smallbusinesslove #supportindiebiz #supportsmallbusiness #lovelocal #shopindependent #awardwinners
  • Cocktails at 10.30am? Don’t mind if I do!
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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!
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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! 🤩
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£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.
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Head over to Muddy Norfolk’s Gotta Have It section to read more!
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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 www.wildknightdistillery.co.uk
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Cheers!

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#WeveGotYou
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#lovewestnorfolk

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.

    • 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.

  • 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

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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