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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

Forget colour co-ordination - this year we're dressing our trees with the most bonkers baubles we can find!

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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Little Black Book

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

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  • EAT IN: Tip-top takeaways

    EAT IN: Tip-top takeaways

    Bored of always ordering the same thing? Fresh Takeaway inspo incoming! It’s time to ditch the Domino’s and support your local eateries across Kent. So go on, dig in…

    • Yummy: The Curious Eatery!

      Yummy: The Curious Eatery!

      Take a tumble down the rabbit hole and you’ll find something magical – a really buzzing eatery, with exceptional food and a real community feel. Including new globes safe for winter dining in your bubble (literally!)

    • Review: The Old Bank, Westerham

      Review: The Old Bank, Westerham

      The Old Bank is cooking up a storm in the picturesque village of Westerham with fine dining and cocktails in uber-stylish surroundings.


  • It's true, 2020 has been horrific - but we refuse to be beaten! This year the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat ever– a whopping £5000 of gifts to win over 13 days (because why stop at 12?), curated from the brilliant businesses featured on @theindiestoreuk

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like on any of the 13 days, with winners picked on 14 Dec and gifts delivered to your door in time for Christmas morning. First up a beautiful for her bundle worth £652 😍 

Get entering, just click link in bio!
  • Bored of always ordering the same thing? 🍴 Fresh Takeaway inspo incoming! It’s time to ditch the Domino’s and support your local eateries across #Kent. So go on go to our link in bio, order ahead and dig in... (📸 @thedovedargate)
  • Think your village or town is the Best Place to Live? Prove it! Take a photo of your area to be in with the chance of winning a personalised family portrait and framed photo of where you live shot by internationally renowned, award-winning photographer @paulwilkinsonphotography worth a sweet £670. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Annie Liebovitz to enter, just take a picture - it can be of anything from beautiful vistas, to your favourite pub or cool local landmark - and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MuddyBestPlacesToLive with a short description on why you love where you live. Remember, we won’t be able to see your entries if your Instagram is set to private so make sure you set it to public for the duration of the competition so you don’t miss out.

All entries will be judged by internationally renowned Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year Paul Wilkinson and Muddy’s Ed-in-Chief Hero Brown. You have until 20 Nov to enter.

Head to the link in bio for the full T&Cs and to check out Muddy’s current Top 200 Best Places to Live.
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  • Newnham Court Shopping Village

    Newnham Court Shopping Village

    Keen to get to the shops, but wanting to stay outside and away from the crowds? Newnham Court Shopping Village means family trip outside plus Christmas shopping sorted!

    • One Aldwych: London

      One Aldwych: London

      Overnighter in the Big Smoke or planning a post-pandemic theatre jaunt? Treat yourself with a stay at this stunning, super-luxe hotel, just a stone’s throw from the West End.

    • Staycation alert!

      Staycation alert!

      Are you after a staycation? For the first time, you can book a luxury hotel-type stay at Elmley's gorgeous Georgian farmhouse and get an exclusive 15% discount for Muddy readers!

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  • Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    Ready, steady… SHOP INDIE!

    You want to ‘shop small’ but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here’s how you can help too.

  • Kids

    • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      6 reasons to consider InterHigh

      If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

    • St Edmund’s Senior School

      St Edmund’s Senior School

      It's time to put our spotlight on St. Edmund’s Senior School located on the outskirts of Canterbury. What did we find?

  • Gotta have it! Bonkers baubles for your Christmas tree
  • Gotta have it! Bonkers baubles for your Christmas tree
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  • 7 stylish pyjamas for a luxe lie-in

    7 stylish pyjamas for a luxe lie-in

    It’s dark, cold and wet outside, so let’s hunker down with some new pyjamas that are chic enough to wear to your morning Zoom meeting (we won’t tell!).

    • Cosy treats for dark days

      Cosy treats for dark days

      It's cold, drizzly and dark at 5pm so it's time to up the comfort factor with these must-have items for days indoors, including plenty of opportunities to #supportlocal.

    • Autumn Fashion Giveaway!

      Autumn Fashion Giveaway!

      Popping to Aldi has never looked so glamorous! Award-winning fashion boutique Odyl is giving one Muddy Reader the chance to WIN one of their gorgeous Faux Fur Gilets PLUS a £50 Gift Voucher.

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 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 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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