Now I love a bit of louche luxe but there’s something about simply designed, useful things that I just can’t resist – and The Foodie Bugle, just around the corner from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey on Abbey Green, is filled with them. It’s a cornucopia of home wares, contemporary and vintage – everything from a ball of string to a beautifully upholstered armchair – and interesting artisan foods and drink.Read more
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Here at Muddy, we're full of the joys of Spring. Why, you ask? We've spritzed ourselves all over with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom.Read more
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Bored to the back teeth of being cocooned in jeans and huge jumpers? Yup, us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce a brand new competition to reboot your wardrobe for Spring.Read more
1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs, The American Museum in Britain, Claverton, nr Bath, Sat 18 March-Sun 29 Oct
Flapper dresses, gold lame coats and lots of other garb from Roaring Twenties in the US of A on display (you can even try some stuff on and take a selfie), with candid photos of early 20th century celebrity by James Abbe. Visit this Saturday and you can learn to dance the Charleston – and if you dress in 1920s costume you’ll get free entry.Read more
Following on from our list of books for younger children last week, here’s five of the best new books for 13+ and young adults. One of the authors, Somerset-born Josh Martin, will be at Bailey Hill Books in Castle Cary from 6pm on Friday 17 March, pen in hand ready to sign copies of his fantasy novel Ariadnis.Read more
Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay. The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!Read more
It’s open just one morning a week and hidden down a narrow lane in the sleepy little town of Crewkerne in south Somerset – but the freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries at the brand new Barley Sugar Bakehouse are worth making the trip.Read more
Happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place The Lakes in Ulswater, The Lake District.
Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…Read more
Late night sewing panic aside, World Book Day is actually all about fostering a love of reading in kids isn’t it? So I asked Claire over at the stupendous Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary to come up with a list of newly published brilliant kids books that will help do just that…Read more
Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to help you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?Read more
It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday so you’ll need some booze to wash it down won’t you? South American tequila meets Somerset brandy in February’s cocktail – and there’s port in there tooRead more