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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

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.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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Eat

  • 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.

    • 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

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      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.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • 5 Cornish gardens to inspire your own outside space

    5 Cornish gardens to inspire your own outside space

    As RHS Chelsea gets underway in May for the first time in three years, here are our pick of Cornwall’s finest gardens where we are heading for some inspiration for our own outside space.

  • 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

Instamuddy

  • The terraced garden at @ntcotehele looking beautiful — as @rhschelsea gets underway in May for the first time in three years, here are our pick of Cornwall's finest gardens where we are heading for some inspiration for our own outside space (link in bio 🌸🌱🌳🌼)
@great_gardens_of_cornwall @heligangardens @edenprojectcornwall @duchynursery @ntcotehele #rhschelsea #cotehele #gardeninspiration #cottagegarden
  • What’s on this week you say? @celticandco have a brand new store opening at Indian Queens Industrial Estate, St. Columb, Cornwall, TR9 6TF today – they’ve a special event where we’ve managed to wangle Muddy Stilettos readers 10% off in store only by quoting MUDDY10 at the till - all the details and the rest of your guide to what's happening across Cornwall this way at the link in bio #whatsoncornwall #cornwall
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • “And still a garden by the water blows” (Omar Khayyam) or so says the standing stone on this granite outcrop at @antonywoodlandgarden
  • Pretty good lunch view 🌊🦀
#cornwall #swcoastpath 
📍Watergate Bay
  • Summer is here! Made it to the first of the @edensessionsofficial at @edenprojectcornwall (even if the Cornish weather didn’t quite provide the heatwave some of our friends further east have been enjoying - “you call this summer?” @mychemicalromance front man/ vocalist Gerard Way quipped, “I’m putting my jacket back on!”)

Fashion

  • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • 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.

  • Beauty

People

  • Muddy Meets: Rhiannon Bailey, RB Fitness

    Muddy Meets: Rhiannon Bailey, RB Fitness

    Fitness Instructor Rhiannon Bailey runs Muddy Cornwall through her empowering postnatal fitness and exercise classes, fuelled by her passion for women’s health and desire to break down previously taboo barriers to help new (and not so new) mums.

    • Muddy Meets: Laura Chesterfield, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

      Muddy Meets: Laura Chesterfield, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

      Head of Garden Experience at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Laura Chesterfield tells Muddy Cornwall how she uses her previous experiences of encountering discrimination to ensure Heligan is a workplace of equality.

    • Muddy Meets: Helen Venus, Wild Rambling

      Muddy Meets: Helen Venus, Wild Rambling

      Breaking down bias isn’t just reserved for the board room – Helen Venus walks Muddy Cornwall through why her guided rambling holidays are empowering women and breaking stereotypes of what outdoor trips should look like.

    • Muddy Meets: Cat Gibbard, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

      Muddy Meets: Cat Gibbard, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

      Programme Curator at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance, Cat Gibbard paints the view for Muddy Cornwall as to how galleries are breaking biases and working in partnership to deliver creative inspiration.

    • Muddy Meets: Melissa Thorpe, Spaceport Cornwall

      Muddy Meets: Melissa Thorpe, Spaceport Cornwall

      Mel Thorpe is leading the team at Spaceport Cornwall to launch earth-benefitting satellites to space, with the first launch set for 2022. Muddy Cornwall caught up with her to chat bias, being the only female spaceport lead and her favourite places in Cornwall.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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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

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2022

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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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