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3-20 MAY 2022

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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

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

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Muddy Awards 2022

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The Muddy Awards are GO! Show your plucky local indie businesses some love by nominating them now - nominations close 20 May

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Eat

  • 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!

    • 51 brilliant afternoon teas to book now

      51 brilliant afternoon teas to book now

      Celebrate spring with clotted cream and dainty sarnies! We’ve found 51 of the best afternoon teas across the Muddy counties. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • Review: The Hare & Hounds, nr Newbury

      Review: The Hare & Hounds, nr Newbury

      A little bit of country, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. The Hare and Hounds is a boutique inn with 30 stylish rooms, fuss-free food and a focus on fun – Muddy Berkshire editor Rachel checks in.

Culture

  • The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

    The 7 best things to watch on TV this week

    Sure, the sun might be shining, but the calibre of TV this week is even brighter. From Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent to BBC3’s new Sally Rooney adaptation, here’s what to stay in for.

Little Black Book

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

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Home

  • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

    8 gorgeous new gardening books

    Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

    • Sustainable outdoor spaces with stunning interiors

      Sustainable outdoor spaces with stunning interiors

      We love these sustainable outdoor spaces! Not just for WFH offices – think garden gym, teenage den… or your own bar! These pods are stunning inside and out…

    • Property Flirt!

      Property Flirt!

      Ready to play? This cool, contemporary family home is in an idyllic rural location just outside a buzzing town, and easy commute to London. So can you guess the price?

  • Wellbeing

    • 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!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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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

    • Sutton Valence Senior School

      Sutton Valence Senior School

      An idyllically placed co-ed, non-selective secondary school with good academic results and which punches well above its weight on the sports field.

    • Earlscliffe, Folkestone

      Earlscliffe, Folkestone

      If you are looking for an independent sixth form co-educational college, with boarding facilities, that has a strong academic reputation and a focus on university preparation, we’d like to introduce you to Earlscliffe in Folkestone.

    • 15 Alternative Jubilee ideas
    • 15 Alternative Jubilee ideas

Instamuddy

  • The battle for the best Local Food/Drink Producer is ON! Nominate the dedicated foodies who bring you the 🥚, 🥩, 🍺, 🍾, 🍷, 🧀, 🥕 and more at the link in bio now. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @bloom.stays
  • Want to say a big thank you to the Hair Salon that always leaves your locks feeling fresh? 💇‍♀️ Then NOMINATE it for a coveted Muddy Award at the link in bio - and chop chop! - the nominations stage closed on 20 May 2022. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @bloom.stays
  • I'm so thrilled to have @bloom.stays onboard as our sponsor for the Muddy Awards in Kent this year 🥳

Bloom Stays offer gorgeous self-catering accommodation, dotted around the most stunning locations in Kent, and the perfect place to book your next staycation.

I have used their holiday homes myself (pics of a couple of trips shown here). Rowena, Nicky and the team are the absolute epitome of everything we love here on Muddy - a business that curates local gems, goes that extra mile - and above all brings a little bit of joy into your life. 

They also love local and work closely with the best businesses in our county to offer that extra experience for your stay - whether it’s a hamper of produce, picked and sourced down the road - or a brilliant caterer for your dinner during your luxury cottage stay. All this makes them the perfect fit for the Muddy Stilettos 2022 Awards.

#MuddyAwards2022 #inlovewithlocal
  • Staycation station! NOMINATE your favourite local boutique stay (with under 30 rooms) for that girly weekender or naughty night away at the link in bio 😘#MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily and @bloom.stays
  • 🌟 Calling all the new kids on the block! 🌟 Know a brilliant business launched in the past year (after 6 April 2021)? If it fits into one of our other 26 Awards categories give it a boost by NOMINATING it for a prestigious Muddy Award at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @bloom.stays

Fashion

  • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

    Fresh air, fresh fashion!

    Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

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People

  • 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.

School Reviews

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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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