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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

The mercury's rising once again, but we have just the thing! Beat the heat in style with one of these pretty yet practical fans.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • A constellation of local stars in the Great Taste Awards

    A constellation of local stars in the Great Taste Awards

    Award-winning local food and drink, you say? Hot off the press, the latest Great Taste Award winners have just been crowned. Take a look at the line-up of Cornish producers.

    • 60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

      60 amazing afternoon teas to book now

      It’s Afternoon Tea Week (8-14 Aug) and we’ve found the 60 best places across the Muddy counties to get your fix. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • Cornwall’s Best Afternoon Teas

      Cornwall’s Best Afternoon Teas

      Let me count the ways to induldge in an afternoon tea. Local favourites as chosen by Muddy and friends… jam first, obvs.

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Review: Luxe holiday rental at ARC Padstow

    Looking for a Cornish escape for the whole crew with serious wow-factor? It doesn’t come much more stylish or slick than this reimagined country house in St Issey.

    • 11 ways to have fun on your Summer Cornish stay-cation

      11 ways to have fun on your Summer Cornish stay-cation

      Forget about the chaos of short haul flights and cramming everything into your hand luggage. Head west instead. Here’s some fun things to do and places to stay with last min availability.

    • Muddy Reviews: Fistral Hotel and Spa

      Muddy Reviews: Fistral Hotel and Spa

      In need of a bit of time with a pal or your partner? This elegant, adults-only hotel that overlooks the UK’s best surf beach is just the ticket – and I’ve tried it out for you!

Home

  • Travel in style: your Cornwall holiday kit list

    Travel in style: your Cornwall holiday kit list

    Hello heatwave! Live your best staycation life. We round up the essential ingredients for a fuss-free, fabulous Cornwall holiday – with lots of options from cool local businesses.

    • How to fill your home with summer scents

      How to fill your home with summer scents

      You don’t need to step into a garden to enjoy summer’s heady fragrances – here are 15 ways to enjoy your favourite flower and herb aromas in your living spaces. Breathe it in!

    • 7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      7 of the best bistro sets to buy now

      The faintest whiff of summer sun and you’ll find us out in the garden, sunnies on and chilled spritz in hand. And to sit at? One of these seven totally chic bistro sets, darling!

  • Wellbeing

    • Spa of the Month: Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda

      Spa of the Month: Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda

      Fancy being buffed, massaged, tweaked and primped? Welcome to the first in our new monthly tried-and-tested guides to the world’s best spas. See you pool side, sister!

    • Muddy Reviews: Fistral Hotel and Spa

      Muddy Reviews: Fistral Hotel and Spa

      In need of a bit of time with a pal or your partner? This elegant, adults-only hotel that overlooks the UK’s best surf beach is just the ticket – and I’ve tried it out for you!

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Life

  • Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    Time to split? How to do it, from the break-up queen

    She’s got a podcast, comedy show, award-winning books and celeb following – Rosie Wilby is the one to listen to if you’re breaking up

  • Kids

    • 15 family-friendly things to do in Cornwall

      15 family-friendly things to do in Cornwall

      Want some fresh inspo for where to go in Cornwall this summer? Make a beeline for our picks of the best of the fun stuff to do over the summer for you and the fam.

    • 36+ things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

      36+ things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

      Don’t let rain stop play. One option is just to get in the waves regardless but if you don’t fancy that, here are 36+ activities to keep you busy on a rainy day in Cornwall.

Instamuddy

  • Looking for some summer inspo? I’ve tried out a few things for you - last night I booked a magical boat ride with @wavehuntersuk - we spotted seals, dolphins and all manner of sea birds plus finding old caves, mines, and smuggler routes - flat seas, light winds, and warm sun make it a good week to get on the water. For the rest of the summer I’ve also got in mind @camelcreekpark @heligangardens, some ancient stone spotting @cornwallheritagetrust and then @stnectansglen to stick my head under a 60ft waterfall to cool off — just a few of my top 15 family friendly things to do in #cornwall this summer — head to link in bio to find the rest.
  • Exploring new swim spots to cool off on a research day updating my #muddybestplacestolive
  • Chef director of the @ricksteinrestaurants and this weekend hosting the @rockoysterfestival in North Cornwall, where he is curating a culinary lineup over three days and cooking up a Saturday night feast, @jacksteinchef  gamely answered Muddy's questions on his biggest mistakes and best career moments, for our regular What's Cooking feature. Want to know what he said? Head to our link in bio! #whatscooking #chefinterview
  • Throwback to our beautiful #muddyawards2022 drinks event which we held @duchynursery earlier this month - the glittering finale to the 2022 awards supported by @whyfield . Such a pleasure to get together to celebrate our awesome winners - if you'd like a sneak peek you'll find more pics at the link in bio. 
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Credits and thanks go to: @whyfield for their support, @wild_wine_woman @wildwineschool and @pentiredrinks for the fab drinks, stunning venue and canapés by @duchynursery and the goodie bags @firebrandbeer , @celticandco @penzancegincornwall @rosemulliondistillery @landandwater_ and not forgetting @clairemvickers @naomi_kittow Carl Kim and Chris at the Nursery. Thank you 🥂
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All images by Cire Deacon @octarinedesign for @muddycornwall #muddyawards2022 #inlovewithlocal

Fashion

People

  • What’s Cooking? Jack Stein

    What’s Cooking? Jack Stein

    In this Muddy regular, our favourite chefs spill all about their work, lives, and top tips. Dishing it this week: Jack Stein.

    • Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

      Can these 7 celebs pull off a moustache?

      It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a moustache, and Miles Teller’s Rooster in the new Top Gun has got our surprised seal of approval. Time for a game: TO ‘TACHE, OR NOT TO ‘TACHE? Let us know if you agree in the comments!

    • Muddy Meets: Artist, Jordan Amy Lee

      Muddy Meets: Artist, Jordan Amy Lee

      Jordan Amy Lee’s work is bold and minimal with a graphic feel. As artist in residence at Una St Ives, she tells Muddy about her inspirations, processes and career highlights.

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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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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