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

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Gotta Have It

Splash about as much as you like. These super cool cowboy boots are actually wellies. Yee-haw!

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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

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  • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can’t function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

    • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Comforting classics from The Pie Room

      Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two warming recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room will take you into autumn and beyond.

    • Recipe: Roast Hake with Salsa Verde

      Recipe: Roast Hake with Salsa Verde

      Even a total non-cook like me loves an easy-peasy (and delicious) recipe. The Cooking School shares one of their summer faves - lucky us!

    • Pubs with gorgeous gardens in Wilts

      Pubs with gorgeous gardens in Wilts

      Praise be, the pubs are opening – and just in time for summer weather! Here are some of the best pub gardens to enjoy a socially-distanced sip in across Wilts. Cheers!

    • Speedy supper: Beef and basil bites

      Speedy supper: Beef and basil bites

      A recipe that's perfect as a party snack for those socially distanced back garden get-togethers or serve it up to the family for lunch or a light dinner. Ready, steady, nosh!


  • Ready to start your own business?  Open a business bank account in literally minutes with Tide Bank (I've got one, tis fab) and get approved in just 24 hours. They'll even register your company for free. Nice!  Get started with the link in bio 🙌
  • Think your village or town is the Best Place to Live? Prove it! Take a photo of your area to be in with the chance of winning a personalised family portrait and framed photo of where you live shot by internationally renowned, award-winning photographer @paulwilkinsonphotography worth a sweet £670. 
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Annie Liebovitz to enter, just take a picture - it can be of anything from beautiful vistas, to your favourite pub or cool local landmark - and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MuddyBestPlacesToLive with a short description on why you love where you live. Remember, we won’t be able to see your entries if your Instagram is set to private so make sure you set it to public for the duration of the competition so you don’t miss out.
All entries will be judged by internationally renowned Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year Paul Wilkinson and Muddy’s Ed-in-Chief Hero Brown. You have until 20 Nov to enter.
Head to the link in bio for the full T&Cs and to check out Muddy’s current Top 200 Best Places to Live.
  • 🌶 Ready to spice up your summer? 🌶 Hell yeah! We have a whopping 50 sets of Zimbabwe-made @drtroublesauce (it’s artisan, 100% natural and totally delicious) PLUS a star 🌟 prize of a groovy @thehestonblumenthalteam Everdure Furnace BBQ, worth £699, up for grabs in our hottest Reader Treat to date 🔥 Enter at the link in bio if you can handle the heat 🔥(and in the meantime grab 15% off Dr. Trouble with the code MUDDYSTILETTOS).
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    • Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

      Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

      The arrival of autumn means darker evenings snuggled indoors by candlelight. Looking for a new scent? Try one of these gorgeous indie candle brands from across the Muddy counties.

    • Aaargh, I can’t stop eating

      Aaargh, I can’t stop eating

      None of my summer shorts fit and I still can't stop stuffing my face. Thankfully Muddy Norfolk editor Helen consulted the experts for these three easy emotional eating tips.

    • 7 steps to better sleep in lockdown

      7 steps to better sleep in lockdown

      You've downed a chamomile tea, ignored your phone for an hour and mentally shoved your 900th sheep over a gate - but still can't get to sleep. Sound familiar? Read on for our guide to getting some Z's during lockdown.

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  • Wiltshire must sees

    Wiltshire must sees

    From the big-beast tourist destinations to our cool insider alternatives, read on for our pick of unmissable attractions in Wilts

    • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

      On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict - and is it worth a trip to North Cornwall?

    • Into London: the capital reopens

      Into London: the capital reopens

      With the tourist count at an all-time low, now is the time to swerve the endless queues and enjoy London's cultural bounty - oh, and bag a *£5000 stay at Brown's Hotel* while you're at it!

  • How to help your kids get the careers they want
  • How to help your kids get the careers they want
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  • Sustainable fashion gets sexy

    Sustainable fashion gets sexy

    Ethical, eco and everywhere – with the likes of Selfridges now pushing a new sustainable outlook, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your wardrobe in style.

    • Autumn’s comfiest fashion trend

      Autumn’s comfiest fashion trend

      With luxe fabrics, funky designs and cool silhouettes, cardigans have never been cooler. Here are seven of our favourite online buys to add to your autumn wardrobe.

    • The shacket: your new sartorial hero

      The shacket: your new sartorial hero

      What do you get when you cross a jacket with a shirt? A shacket, of course! Here's our pick of the best lightweight and affordable options to take you into autumn.

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    • Best beauty advent calendars

      Best beauty advent calendars

      It's beginning to look a lot like advent calendar season! We've rounded up the top makeup, skincare and fragrance picks to get your hands on before they sell out.

    • The essential no make-up kit

      The essential no make-up kit

      It’s a trend that’s not going away anytime soon; make-up so subtle that it just makes you look like a brighter and better version of yourself. Here’s the Muddy guide.

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 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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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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