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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

Raffia and leather beach bag, designer shades, serious kudos beach towel and luxe sun lotion could all be yours in this fabulous summer bundle

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Muddy Awards 2022

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  • Try this: Kent Cookery School workshop

    Try this: Kent Cookery School workshop

    Bring some exotic flavours home for dinner and pretend you whipped it all by your pretty self (we won’t tell!), join one of Kent Cookery School’s latest ‘To Go’ series where you can learn your craft by day and then wow your quests by night. PLUS get 10% off!

    • Muddy eats: The Duck, Pett Bottom

      Muddy eats: The Duck, Pett Bottom

      Ever rising star in the foodie world, this award-winning traditional country pub serves up innovative, flavoursome food and its Braai BBQ is about to launch for the summer season so reserve your spot in its insanely picturesque beer garden right now…

    • Muddy Eats: Pick Up Pintxos

      Muddy Eats: Pick Up Pintxos

      Say hello to a real foodie gem loved by those in-the-know! Pick-Up Pintxos is a Basque-inspired restaurant sitting in the heart of the Creative Quarter in Folkestone. So what did we think? Read on!


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  • Muddy review: Cave, Canterbury

    Muddy review: Cave, Canterbury

    If just a little bit of bling is your thing, then you’ll love the Cave Hotel nestled near Canterbury with its high-spec, luxe interiors, cocktails and fine dining. Here’s what we thought…

    • Which luxury, local stay is for you?

      Which luxury, local stay is for you?

      Family-friendly, doggie-in-tow or experience-based? Going away with the gang or romantic break? Whatever your holiday preference Bloom Stays have it covered with their selection of local and luxurious self-catering accommodation.

    • Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Bilbao, Mykonos or Naples? Disney cruises into Europe

      Thought Disney Cruise Line was all about Miami, Florida and the Bahamas? Here are the coolest destinations for 2023 – and our insider tips on how to maximise the fun while you’re in port.


  • Property Flirt

    Property Flirt

    Ready to play? This cool, contemporary apartment is set within an exclusive new development just outside a vibrant Kent town, and an easy commute to London. So can you guess the price?

    • How to nail the perfect picnic

      How to nail the perfect picnic

      The sun’s out – quick, grab the wicker basket! If you’re partial to a picnic (I mean, who isn’t?) here’s some inspo on how to pimp up your al fresco feast – including £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

    • The art of tablescaping

      The art of tablescaping

      Tablescaping (the art of setting your table) is the latest interior trend that’s got the coolest of dinner-party hosts in a lather, so we hot-footed our way to a Tablescaping workshop to discover all the tricks of the trade.

  • Wellbeing

    • 6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      6 ways to get the best sleep you’ve ever had

      Do you struggle to snooze? We’ve nobbled the pros at Healthily for the latest scientific thinking on how to conquer insomnia. Cue, walnuts, pink noise – and orgasms.

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

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  • 🌹 Smell the roses! 🌹 Need some glorious garden inspo or just an indulgent day out? I’ve rounded up a checklist of 10 must-see @nationaltrust rose gardens (including @chartwellnt and @emmettsgardennt right here in Kent), with art, photography, poetry and plenty of cake along the way. Link in bio.
  • Yeehaw! The UK’s only Americana and country music festival is happenin' - just outside Tunbridge Wells ☀️

It’s the perfect setting for immersing yourself in a weekend world of Americana. Experience the best of a bygone rural era made relevant right now, through wholesome food & drink, artisan wares and custom built motorcycles – just some of the things, sitting alongside the music, paying homage to the cultural heritage of America. It truly is a festival experience not to be missed 👏

There’s a stellar lineup of established and new Americana, country, blues, folk and bluegrass artists with more than 100 across 6 stages! 🥳

Incredibly family-friendly there’s heaps of stuff to keep the young folk entertained from Woodland Tribe, tree climbing, zip wire, flower crown making, music workshops and much more ✌️

On NOW until Sunday, don’t miss this! 🤠
  • Kent wine sits up there with the very best - and what better time to celebrate it than in English Wine Week (Sat 18 - Sun 26 June)? Top up your glass - and try our recommended standout sips - from one of these local vineyards 🍷 [tap the link in bio to read up]

BEST OF ALL - they make the perfect pressie if you're in need of last minute inspo for Father's Day (this Sun 19 June). Buy a bottle or, why not even treat him to a dining or tasting experience? That way you can support our local winemakers and solve your gift dilemma all at once! 👏



  • 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.

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