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

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Gotta Have It

Feel like upgrading your hand soap? Foam up and step this way! From luxurious formulas and gorgeous bottles to fresh summer scents, here are 12 of the loveliest to buy now.

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

  • 60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

    It’s Afternoon Tea Week (8-14 Aug) and we’ve found the 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • 50 brill outside dining spots

      50 brill outside dining spots

      Stretch out the late summer days with a simple lunch in a beautiful spot. We’ve share the pubs, restaurants, cafes and gardens in Kent where the food is yum and the views are wow!

    • Keep it cool! £500 to spend on the best iced drinks

      Keep it cool! £500 to spend on the best iced drinks

      It’s hotting up again, but we know how to help with the commute or family day out – an iced chocolate, mocha or chai latte from one of GAIL’s cafés in London and the South East.

Culture

  • TV Time! 6 best new things to watch this week

    TV Time! 6 best new things to watch this week

    Remotes at the ready! From the latest unmissable BBC drama starring Nicola Walker and Sean Bean, to a gripping Netflix true crime documentary here’s Muddy’s weekly rundown.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Stay: The Rose, Deal

    Stay: The Rose, Deal

    Want to stay in a boutique hotel that’s the real Deal? Grab the other half and make a beeline for this seaside bolthole – with stunning interiors, tasty dishes and oodles of artistic charm – all in the heart of this cool coastal town…

    • Insider Guide: Folkestone

      Insider Guide: Folkestone

      This seaside town has an artistic heart, fab foodie scene and loads of sunshine fun – including free al fresco cinema. What more reason do you need to visit this summer?

    • Muddy Insider Guide to the West Midlands

      Muddy Insider Guide to the West Midlands

      The Commonwealth Games has shone a spotlight on Birmingham but there’s far more to the West Midlands than its prime city. Read on for everything you need for a stay in the beating heart of England.

Home

  • Finding your dream home in Kent

    Finding your dream home in Kent

    Whether you’re moving down from London or within Kent – there’s never been a better time to use a property finder. We asked one family to tell us the story of their move and how Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders made it all possible.

  • Wellbeing

    • 8 easy ways to protect yourself against sun ageing

      8 easy ways to protect yourself against sun ageing

      Brace yourselves, heatwave incoming! (yes, again). Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about staying safe in the sun, with a little help from the experts at Healthily.

    • 8 brilliant new summer spa breaks

      8 brilliant new summer spa breaks

      From mountaintop Euro retreats to ultimate city sancuaries and far-flung wellness escapes, Muddy pulls on a white robe and slippers to discover what’s new for 2022.

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Life

  • Pets’ Corner

    Pets’ Corner

    Dr Victoria Vidal, head vet at Heronden independent veterinary practice in Tenterden, answers all your pet-related ponderings…

  • Kids

Instamuddy

  • WIN a 2 night stay for 2 at @samsararetreat (worth £500)! 🌿✨ Feel brand spankin' new after a relaxing 2 night stay for 2 at the magical and rustic Samsara Retreat - time in a wood-fired hot tub included 🤩 [tap the link in bio to enter]
  • The perfect gift! Whether it's a delicious meal out, a hair cut, new clothes or a day trip for the whole family, give a loved one a @canterbury_bid Gift Card 🛍 

Preload your card with your chosen amount and it's ready to use at a huge range of businesses across the city, it's easy to use and ensures your money is spent locally. Order online now or pick up a card at The Beaney 👏
  • A short hop from The Shire, along a woodland path, festooned with lights, you'll find the brand new Hobbity Treehouse from @kent_cottage_holidays_ quirky hideaways 🌳 

Slide aside the distinctive door and find a one-of-a-kind treehouse that pays homage to the hobbit world with some very human luxuries built in... 

Where you'll find a comfortable living space, complete with mini cook range, underfloor heating, a kings sized bed and a very glamorous slipper bath. You can even grab a bottle from the wine cooler and relax in the hot tub! 🛀 

This off-the-grid hideaway has just a few dates left in July and August but it's booking up fast so don't delay! 😍
  • Transform your home into a sleek sanctuary with the help of @indesign.kitchen! Husband and wife team, Iren and Nick Brown opened their Hawkhurst studio in October 2020 with one clear mission: to make their clients’ interior dreams come true.

Whether you are looking for a contemporary, traditional or handleless kitchen, IN Design will help you find the right solution for your home. 

PLUS get a FREE @kaelo_uk with every kitchen (worth £696)! Kaelo keeps your drinks chilled and ensures every sip is at the perfect temperature. Here at Muddy, we think these are a must in every kitchen!

What are you waiting for? Become the hostess with the mostess and email or call them on: 0044 1580 389441 to get yours.

Fashion

  • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

    12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

    Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

    • Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Road trip: From Bicester Village with love

      Muddy’s teamed up with luxury open-air shopping destination Bicester Village to explore Oxfordshire’s most gorgeous fashion, eating and shopping destinations. Let’s go!

    • 12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands

      Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.

  • Beauty

    • Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Freshen up! 40 best ‘tweakment’ salons

      Fancy glowing skin, a sculpted jawline or a tighter bum? No need to go under the knife – we’ve scoured the Muddy counties for the best non-invasive treatments in top-rated salons.

    • The HOTTEST new nail polish shades for spring

      The HOTTEST new nail polish shades for spring

      Spring is here – time for pretty new nails! From chic pastels to Harry Styles’ psychedelic new collection, here are the shades to have on rotation this spring.

People

  • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

    It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • My Favourite Places: Lavinia Watts

      My Favourite Places: Lavinia Watts

      Want to know where the very coolest of Kent eat and hang out? You’re in the right place! Meet Lavinia Watts, Business Partner at Lenleys, Canterbury’s brilliant, independent department store and her 7 favourite places.

    • 20 Kent women you need in your life

      20 Kent women you need in your life

      Girl power! 20 key contacts every Kent woman should have – to help boost your physical, mental or emotional health – here’s your ultimate Little Black Book.

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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