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

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Gotta Have It

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

Gotta have it

The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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Little Black Book

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


  • Long haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Long haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Where will 2022 take you? We’re all itching to travel overseas once more, so here is some early inspiration in preparation for January’s booking frenzy.

    • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

      Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Muddy review: Heasley House, Exmoor

      Muddy review: Heasley House, Exmoor

      Go wild in the country! Pack your walking boots and high expectations – we’re off to a laidback boutique hotel and restaurant on the edge of Exmoor.


  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • The top 10 trending autumn colours

      The top 10 trending autumn colours

      Planning on pimping your walls this autumn? Save yourself hours of scrolling through Pinterest and paint charts: Muddy reveals the top ten trending colours this season.

  • Wellbeing

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  • Running a business during Covid? Read this

    Running a business during Covid? Read this

    Closures + pinged staff + loan worries…sound like your average work day at the mo? We tapped the experts at Kitsons Solicitors for how to ensure your business thrives in a pandemic.

  • Kids

    • Boo! Muddy’s Halloween and half term guide

      Boo! Muddy’s Halloween and half term guide

      Whether you can’t wait to get pumpkin-carving while wearing fangs and green face paint, or your kids are *thankfully* past all that, there’s something for everyone in Muddy’s guide.

    • P-P-P-Pick up a pumpkin!

      P-P-P-Pick up a pumpkin!

      The witching hour is almost upon us – time to pack the kids in the car, head to your nearest pumpkin patch and pick yourselves a big ‘un.

    • What’s on this weekend
    • What’s on this weekend


  • 🏡 BRAND NEW on #muddybestplacestolive2022 in Devon (in association with @struttandparker), this lovely town (don’t ever call it a village!) is stuffed with indie stores, a strong community vibe, gorgeous architecture and a raft of delicious eateries. Take a tour of #topsham via the link in bio and let us know if you live or work here - or would like to - in the comments.
  • 🎭 Time for a comedy interlude? We have two sets of FREE tickets for two lucky readers to awesome standup hosted by @comicalentertainment in #plymouth to GIVEAWAY!  A pair of tickets to see @sindhuvee on Sun 21 Nov and @mrandyparsons on Thursday 25 Nov. Hotfoot it the link in bio for your chance to win. 🏃‍♀️
  • Spotted @exetertradinghub should anyone need this for their (delete as appropriate) bathroom/sauna/er, Fify Shades style dungeon? Sorry to see the old upstairs cafe has closed but the good news, it’s making way for more stalls selling excellent value vintage furniture, & preloved homeware (and @frenchicpaint), and a new coffee house is coming soon downstairs.
  • Love a light trail? Then stay tuned because we’ve got a bobbly dazzler of a GIVEAWAY for you today - the chance to WIN a FREE family ticket worth £68 to the opening night of the Christmas Illuminated Trail at @ntkillerton nr Exeter✨Think light tunnels, giant baubles, and dazzling trees (and can we order a mulled wine please?) Don’t delay! Grab your best silly pompom hat, and enter in seconds via the link in bio. Good luck! Looks like it’s a going to be a real TREE-t…
  • When it’s blowing a hooley outside there’s nothing more cosy than curling up on the sofa with a good book. But what to read? We asked Kate at Muddy Award winning bookshop @dogberryfinch for her seasonal faves and she picked some bangers, including a heist caper, Inspector Mantalbano’s last outing and the latest from the author of Normal People. Check out 8 reads to bookmark now, via the link in bio.


  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

  • Beauty


  • Muddy meets Ed Byrne

    Muddy meets Ed Byrne

    Muddy caught up with the Mock the Week comic before he hits Exeter this October to chat jokes, famous friendships and not being a d**k.

    • Doing Sober October? Meet Sarah from Sea Arch

      Doing Sober October? Meet Sarah from Sea Arch

      Say salut to the co-founder of Sea Arch Drinks, Devon’s tastiest non-alcoholic gin. Plus, your chance to WIN a Sea Arch bundle worth £101.30!

    • Muddy meets Amanda Keetley

      Muddy meets Amanda Keetley

      We caught up with the coast-loving, director of Devon Environment Foundation for a nosey in her beach bag – and tips on how to be more sustainable, naturally.

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 2021

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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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