The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cornwall Edition

Festive films at your local indie cinemas this Christmas

6 Dec 2016

We are a bit nutty about film here at Muddy Cornwall, and we’re practically squealing in our seats with excitement at picking our family cinema trip. Here’s our pick of the best films at your local indie cinemas.

The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet Live 8 December

Ok not strictly a film – don’t all write in and complain, but it doesn’t come more Christmassy than this and you don’t have the hassle of travelling up to the big smoke to watch it.

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10 brilliant picture books for the under fives

6 Dec 2016

If you’ve got grannies and aunties and all sorts asking for gift ideas for small people – or if you’re racking your brains for neat books to buy for nieces, nephews, godchildren, whoever – then you can stop worrying. The darling Rachael from independent bookstore The Edge of The World Bookshop in Penzance has put together the perfect list to help.

Here’s Rachael’s pick of the best new picture books for under 5s…

Charlie and Lola One Thing, Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola’s new number book takes you from one to a billion.

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Secret bars, beer confessionals and stocking fillers

2 Dec 2016

Actung beer fans! If you’re heading down to Padstow Christmas Festival this weekend, skip breakfast and keep your eyes peeled for Sharp’s ‘Secret Bar’, somewhere tucked away from the crowds… Now I’m not allowed to say too much, but rest assured, its for us champers guzzling muddies as much as beardy hipsters – there’s absolutely no requirement for you to be hairy to enjoy this experience, though I did leave my mum drooling at Nathan Outlaw in the chef’s theatre instead.

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Muddy eats: The Pandora Inn

1 Dec 2016

There are pubs that you clock every day as you drive by, and then there are pubs that you’d never find without a bit of assistance from locals and brown road signs. The Pandora Inn falls in the latter. Situated on the Restronguet Creek (a creek! exotic), its not hard to see why this is one destination gastropub with awards coming out of its ears.

Seems like it took the Muddy awards back in the summer to get me off my backside and get down there for a bite, but more fool me – I can see why Muddy readers voted it best destination pub 2016.

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What’s on: Thurs 24 – Wed 30 Nov

24 Nov 2016

You know how it works! Here’s our list, plus a few we’ve picked as worth a butch this week…


iBounce launch, Bodmin from Wed 30 Nov

Boing! The hotly anticipated iBounce opens in Bodmin this weeked (30 Nov), and is open daily subsequently for toddler bouncing, parties, parkour and dodgeball for teens, and even exercise classes. Check the website and book in advance as I reckon it will be a mental first week – especially with the weather closing in.

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Muddy tries new IonActive facial

23 Nov 2016

Its been an age since I caught up with Muddy award winning beauty salon Claire at Banburys in Launceston (blame island hoping, face stuffing and general slovenliness) and I heard a rumour that they were about to launch a new immediate results customisable facial – a countywide first no less! What what what? Well, the science bit goes like this: the  Dermatologica (thumbs up, great brand) IonActive facial combines ultrasound technology and gelloid massaging to address skin’s luminosity, smoothness and hydration levels.

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Muddy and the chocolate factory

19 Nov 2016

Here’s something for a rainy day – and you don’t even need a golden ticket! Kernow Chocolate in St Eval, near Wadebridge open their doors to the public every week.

While its not quite like going on a tour of Cadbury’s, they do have their own café and shop, and most importantly, a viewing window into the production area so visitors can watch chocolate being handmade by their team of Oompa Loompas.

After a cool tour with Andy (the man in charge), I left with an armful of booty to try – Macondo chocolate is their latest range and is a little bit different.

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