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I'm Rachel, editor of Muddy Cornwall, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Left the back to school shopping til the last minute? Uh huh, us too, but there's still time - we're doing our shopping Muddy style and patronising these fab local, and not-so-local, indie labels and shops.

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The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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  • The best Cornish pubs for a sundowner

    The best Cornish pubs for a sundowner

    With the sun finally shining, it’s time to search out the best pubs in Cornwall for a sundowner – and many have a scenic view too. Aperol Spritz (and Instagram) at the ready.

    • Cornwall’s Best Afternoon Teas

      Cornwall’s Best Afternoon Teas

      Let me count the ways to celebrate afternoon tea week (or you know, whenever). Local favourites as chosen by Muddy and friends... jam first, obvs.

    • 10 picnic spots in Cornwall

      10 picnic spots in Cornwall

      Pack your scotch eggs and lashings of ginger beer - we're heading to these outdoor beauty spots across Cornwall to enjoy lunch al fresco.

Little Black Book

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

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  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Autumn in Cornwall

      Autumn in Cornwall

      With the kids back at school, Cornwall is quieter, slower and it's a beautiful time of year to make a trip - but what to do? Muddy to the rescue to make the most of Cornwall in Autumn.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

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  • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

    Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

    • 7 Cornish Tide Pools

      7 Cornish Tide Pools

      Take a dip at the beach without braving the waves. Cornwall’s pretty tide pools are ideal for kids and less confident swimmers.

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  • Cheers! It’s the Muddy Awards drinks!
  • Cheers! It’s the Muddy Awards drinks!


  • You did it, they did it, we all did it! We all voted for our favourite local businesses in Cornwall and after a fierce competition, it was time to celebrate. Pop the cork and cue the drinks - sneak peek of the whole party with a few more pics at the link in bio 🥂🍾🎉
And thanks to all the support from @livebesidesea 🌊 , to the team from the @duchynursery – Claire, Carl, Naomi and the rest of the team, who pulled out all the stops to put on a brilliant event. I couldn’t recommend them more highly. Thanks also to @wild_wine_woman @wildwineschool for the wine, @r_chi_iced_tea and @meet_the_maker_ for all the amazing photos 🥂🥂🎉
  • As you know, it was the Muddy Cornwall awards party last week - but without the readers to vote for their most loved indie businesses, there would be no winners, so it’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU from me to you for taking the time to give your local favourites a pat on the back and showing your support for the Muddies.
And to celebrate, one lucky reader will win a special goodie bag - a deluxe version of the goodie bags that the winners took home from the celebration drinks. Featuring thanks to our wonderful venue, @duchynursery and our other Little Black Book businesses and contacts, a voucher for two for afternoon tea at The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery (worth £60), plus goodies to relax with which includes @thecovebathing , @stevalcandles, two Cornish novels and a selection of drinks from @goodrays_uk , @rosemulliondistillery , @r_chi_iced_tea  and @8trackrum.
Enter by heading to the link in bio 🤞💋
Over 18s only, this giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, and must have a Cornish address for delivery
📷 by @meet_the_maker_ & event supported by @livebesidesea 🌊
  • A few more from @meet_the_maker_ from the #muddyawards2021 event @duchynursery // such a fun evening, felt like this was the last breath of summer ☀️
  • How are your plans looking this weekend? We are excited to have two pairs of tickets to give away at Muddy Cornwall Little Black Book biz @polurrianonthelizard, where you will join @bombaysapphireuk and illustrator @ellyjahnz on Sat 11 Sept for a sunset inspired event with cocktails and an art masterclass to celebrate the last few weeks of the British summer. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll then continue the party with the awesome sounding Sunset Session for more cocktails to the soundtrack of sunset-inspired tunes by none other than @petedenton and @portiaportiaaaa… (tickets also available via @polurrianonthelizard, head to their link in bio to purchase). 
To enter just like and share this post & then comment below by tagging the friend you’d like to bring. Closes 23.59 BST Thursday 9 September 2021. We’ll contact the winners by IG message from this account only on Friday 10 Sept 2021.
#win #giveaway #bombaysunset #stircreativity #polurrianonthelizard #polurriansunset #whatsoncornwall 
Over 18s only, this giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, and winners and guests will need to make their own way to the event.
  • Thank you so much to all our wonderful winners of the #muddyawards2021 for a fab party last night to celebrate at @duchynursery supported by @livebesidesea 🥂 drinks by @wildwineschool and @r_chi_iced_tea, canapés by @duchynursery — loads more pics to share soon! 📷 by the awesome @meet_the_maker_ 🍾
  • Quiet and hot on the estuary when the kids came back in from their sailing lesson this morning - we are not back to school until mid week here 📚 (they snapped this pic for me, I’m dutifully at my desk!) ⛵️🖥
  • FashionView more

  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

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  • Muddy Meets: Andy Stewart, Beach Ranger

    Muddy Meets: Andy Stewart, Beach Ranger

    Gorgeous sunsets, golden sand and surf for days, Blue Flag beach Polzeath is as family friendly as they come – but that hasn’t been every headline this year. Muddy headed over to chat to Beach Ranger, Andy Stewart.

    • Cornwall’s Olympic giants going for gold

      Cornwall’s Olympic giants going for gold

      Addicted to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? With Wadebridge's Calum Jarvis winning gold, meet your local Team GB stars medal hunting in Japan.

    • My fave places: Phillipa Ashley

      My fave places: Phillipa Ashley

      The Sunday Times bestselling author Phillipa Ashley's latest Cornish novel is set in the fictional Falford - based on the beautiful Fal estuary. But where else has inspired her? We nabbed the lowdown on Phillipa's fave places in Cornwall.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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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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