The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: days out

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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Christmas comes to Cotehele this weekend!

10 Nov 2016

Cotehele is my go to National Trust estate, because its right on my door step and there’s something for everyone, from the historic quay and river, miles of doggy walks, the water mill, vast well-kept grounds and the treasures of the house itself.

For those of you who haven’t been to Cotehele before or haven’t visited for a while, there’s a lovely barn restaurant for lunch at the top of the grounds (best for adults or well-behaved kids), a relaxed tea room on the quay and a shop and gallery.

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The october half term muddy guide 2016

17 Oct 2016

If you’re not jetting off to your own private island for some winter sun this week (and if you are, I’m not jealous*) , cop a load of this: Here comes October 16 Half Term and at Muddy HQ we’re meeting it head on with the biggest, most searingly useful Muddy Guide since we began..

Read on for my curated What’s ‘On All Week’ guide below with separate listings for Kids and Adults (keep a-scrollin’, there’s cool stuff for everyone in there).

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Join the muddy club!

6 Oct 2016


If you’ve been reading about the Little Black Book on Twitter or various newsletters and have been wondering what the bejesus it’s all about, then this post is for you – I thought it was high time I give you the low-down on our exclusive, spangly, marvellous little (but growing) directory.

Since the yellow pages stopped thudding through our letterboxes in I-can’t-remember-when, Google has become the number one go-to place to find local businesses, pubs and restaurants.

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Muddy gets spooked! My Bodmin jailbird overnighter

28 Sep 2016

I’m the one in the Muddy household relegated to spider catching and burglar scaring (I fought off next door’s thieving goat once) and since horror is my favourite film genre, I think I’m qualified as brave enough for a stay over night in Britain’s most haunted jail, non? When the chance arose, I grabbed my EMF detector quicker than you can say Derek Acora. If you’re into the supernatural, a history buff, or just a braggadocio like moi, Bodmin Jail’s spooky After Dark Experience is one Cornish attraction for your (muddy) bucket list.

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Why Little Orchard Cider and Music fest is a must this weekend

10 Sep 2016

Ok, this review is super-quick, because you have approximately three hours to pack the car up, grab the kids (or dump them on granny) and get yourselves to Pencarrow to enjoy the weekend at the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival.  Here’s are my highlights of last night, and five reasons why I think this is a festy worth your time:

Family friendly

If you do bring the ankle biters with you, thumbs up – this is one of the cleanest festivals I’ve ever taken the kids to – look no mud!

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Trash or Treasure alert! Antiques Roadshow is coming to Trelissick!

1 Sep 2016

Scribble this date in your diary: 15 September – then get up in the loft and start rummaging. BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to the Duchy. Foxy Fiona and the team will be filming the valuation day at Trelissick House in Feock.

Now, even if this isn’t your cup of tea I’m sure you have a mum, dad, grandparent or friend who is a fan of the show and would love to go.

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What’s on guide: Thurs 18 – Weds 24 Aug

17 Aug 2016

We’re on the holiday home run folks! Nevermind the Olympics – its a personal best for me managing it this far without mainlining a good gin.

So what’s on? Sailing, eating, den-making, rockpooling, loads of theatre too, plus our regular calendar of daily events (full calendar for the weeks ahead HERE) – search by category or by town.

Multiple day events are listed below (since they make my fabulous calendar messy), but I think you’ll want to know about them. 

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Muddy gets locked in: escaping the Escape Rooms, Plymouth

15 Aug 2016

Don’t think bad of me too much, but I’m secretly counting down the days until term starts. My moody teens are proper fun sponges at times. So when trawling the interweb for things to keep them occupied (seriously, what happened to messing about by the river?), I came across the Escape Rooms in Plymouth. I’m well aware its over the Tamar, thanks, no need to write in. But its easily reached by road, rail, sea whatever, I think this is one day trip worth the potential nosebleed.

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Why Tresco Abbey Garden should be on your summer scorchio list

21 Jul 2016

We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to great gardens across the Duchy. Team Muddy Cornwall are slowly ticking them off our bucket list. One I’d like to rave about  if you’ll kindly indulge is The Abbey Garden on Tresco, one of the five inhabited Scilly Islands. It might be 30 miles off the mainland, but I think its one you should add to your summer hot list.

Described as ‘a perennial Kew without the glass‘, by clever terracing and windbreaking planting, it manages to defy the harsh Atlantic conditions to host subtropical plants which would die and wither horribly on the mainland (especially in my garden).

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