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  • Christmas fairs & markets

    Get into the Crimbo spirit with mulled wine, minced pies and Muddy's pick of the festive markets and fairs in Somerset and beyond

  • Christmas in the West End

    Shows, panto, ballet, musicals, even a bit of puppetry ... check out our pick of the West End this holiday season

  • Last minute Christmas gifts near you

    Cracking good gifts from local Somerset businesses: pop in or browse and buy online

  • The Muddy 2017 Panto Guide

    It's panto season. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Oh no.... OK, enough! Here's the best of the bunch – both traditional pantomimes and family Christmas shows

  • 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 […]

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