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  • Tree style

    5 cool looks for your Christmas tree - from OTT glamour to as pure as the driven snow - and where to buy them here in Somerset

  • Stand out from the pack

    Talented illustrator Hannah Marchant will design and print your own bespoke Christmas cards, right here in Somerset

  • Happy Christmas!

    Well it’s been a blast this year! Thank you so much for reading Muddy in 2016 – there ain’t no blog without you, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the support. I am now officially, totally knackered, so I’m hanging up the stilettos until the New Year and assuming the foetal position in front of […]

  • Top 10 Xmas books for kids aged 8-12

    Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop! Star Wars Galactic Atlas This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. […]

  • Muddy reviews: The Snow Queen, Bristol Old Vic

    This Christmas show, an original take on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, will take you to the dark side but you’ll come out of the theatre feeling optimistic and uplifted (well, we did). The story of The Snow Queen starts in the village of the Golden Roses – a wonderfully surreal set like […]

  • Top 10 Xmas picture books

    The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here […]

    • Oh yes it is! Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome

      Just back from the Bristol Hippodrome's very sparkly Christmas panto and onto my computer to give you the Muddy verdict on Cinderella starring Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. I'll be brief (because I'm knackered): I think you'll love it.

    • Muddy reviews: Around the World in 80 Days, The Brewhouse

      It was Around the Levels in 20 minutes to get to Around the World in 80 Days at The Brewhouse in Taunton on Saturday. We very nearly didn't make it but I'm so glad we did. The very first in-house Christmas production since the theatre re-opened under new management in 2014 is awesome: fast-paced, inventive, with standout performances, Victorian inspired sets and steam punk costumes. It's warmhearted, full of surprizes – and genuinely funny.

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