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

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Gotta Have It

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle.

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The Spring Edit

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

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  • Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!

    Waffles for breakfast? Yes please!

    What do you get when you cross a chocolate brownie, a waffle maker and a handful of strawberries? Heaven on a plate! Sate your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe.

    • Do your parents need more help?

      Do your parents need more help?

      A mixture of parental pride and pandemic induced distance has made it more difficult to spot signs that your parents need help. Here are 8 questions you need to ask, thanks to elderly care experts Age Space.

    • Strength training and why it’s brilliant

      Strength training and why it’s brilliant

      Strength training is incredible for your health with benefits including better brainpower, stronger bones and reduced risk of disease. Read on to find out more, including how to join a brilliant at-home strength and fitness course designed by a Surrey fitness expert.

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  • What’s on TV: this week’s home entertainment

    What’s on TV: this week’s home entertainment

    Comfies on! We’ve compiled ten of the best things on TV this week, ripe and ready for you to binge. From monster-packed rom-coms to Oscar-buzz dramas, it’s your pick…

    • 12 brilliant books to get your child reading

      12 brilliant books to get your child reading

      Are you on a never-ending hunt for books that might get your kids reading more? Join the club! So who better to tap up for some insider knowledge on books than the librarian at one of Surrey's top prep schools. Here, Mrs Jenny Bennett, the Librarian and Clubs Coordinator at Rowan Prep School in Claygate, gives us her top choices for kids aged from 6 to 12 years.

    • This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

      This year’s 12 must-see Oscar movies

      Cinemas are shut, popcorn consumption is dangerously low but the Oscar noms are in. We have the skinny on what, where and when you can watch this year's best in show.

Little Black Book

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

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  • Women in the workplace

    Women in the workplace

    Whilst equality for women at work has undoubtedly improved – there’s still a long way to go. But – as Rhian Radia, Head of the Employment team at law firm Bishop and Sewell, explains – Covid may be offering some help.

  • Kids

    • 12 brilliant books to get your child reading

      12 brilliant books to get your child reading

      Are you on a never-ending hunt for books that might get your kids reading more? Join the club! So who better to tap up for some insider knowledge on books than the librarian at one of Surrey's top prep schools. Here, Mrs Jenny Bennett, the Librarian and Clubs Coordinator at Rowan Prep School in Claygate, gives us her top choices for kids aged from 6 to 12 years.

    • Edgeborough School, near Farnham

      Edgeborough School, near Farnham

      Edgeborough is non-selective day and flexi boarding prep school set amid 50 acres of stunning countryside just out of Farnham.

  • Make this! Luscious lemon loaf
  • Make this! Luscious lemon loaf

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  • 🐶. GIVEAWAY ALERT 🐶  Pooch parents, this one's for you! We’ve teamed up with professional pet photography service @furever_photography to give away a photoshoot experience for one dog and one owner, worth £650, taken at a gorgeous outdoor location. The winner will get to choose from a selection of pictures and receive a bespoke piece of artwork to hang pride of place in their home. We think you’d be barking mad not to enter (sorry, we couldn’t resist), here’s how:⁠
TO WIN⁠
🐶. Follow @furever_photography and @muddystilettos⁠
🐶. Post your favourite emoji in the comments⁠
🐶. And don’t forget to share the love by tagging a friend and saving this post (just click the bookmark icon on the right) for a bonus entry⁠
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Competition closes on 22 Apr 2021/ This competition is not associated with Instagram/ Entrants must reply within 24 hours to claim the prize/No cash prize alternative/ Prize must be used by 30/09/2021/ Other images may be purchased at an additional cost
  • Who’s ready to hit the high street this weekend? #HelloFreedom 👠👜
  • Sunset • Lavender fields • Classic car • Beautiful ⁠
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Shot at Mayfield Lavender fields right here in lil ole Surrey by photographer James Clark.⁠
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@mayfieldlavender @visitengland @thisprettyengland⁠
#visitsurrey #lavender #lavenderfield #wildflowerseason #ukscenery #unitedkingdom #surreyuk #banstead #bansteadsurrey #countrysidephotography #visitengland #flowerstagram
  • Are you on a never-ending hunt for books that might get your kids reading more? Join the club! So who better to tap up for some insider knowledge on the books kids love, than the librarian at one of Surrey's top prep schools, @rowanpreparatoryschool in #Claygate. Head to the link in our bio.⁠
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#books #kidsbooks #bestbooksforkids #booksforkids #childrensbooks #booksforchildren #readers #childrensliterature
  • Blooming 'eck! Nature's rolling out the blue carpet for spring and Muddy knows all the best places to see the little blue fellas. Head to the link in our bio to discover 15 stunning local bluebell walks near you, plus nearby pubs for alfresco refreshments!⁠
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#bluebells #bluebellwoods #surreywalks #bluebellsandpubs #bluebellwalks #bluebellsinsurrey
  • FashionView more

  • Stylish alternatives to jeans

    Stylish alternatives to jeans

    It’s time to cast off the joggers and emerge from your style hibernation. We’ve found some comfortable but chic alternatives – from Surrey boutiques – for those days when denim isn’t doing it for you.

  • Beauty

    • Hair hacks: how to tame your mane

      Hair hacks: how to tame your mane

      An hour on hold and you still didn't bag that hallowed appointment on April 12? Fear not, we've got the do's and don'ts for forlorn locks until you can hand over to the pros.

    • Skincare SOS: your winter essentials

      Skincare SOS: your winter essentials

      Zoom close-ups making you wince? Cold winter days and dry central heating are playing havoc with our skin. Try these hero products for a dose of much-needed hydration.

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  • Celebrating Surrey’s wonder women for IWD

    Celebrating Surrey’s wonder women for IWD

    It’s been a tricky year so to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we’re bigging-up Surrey’s lockdown heroines – the women in business who have adapted, thrived and survived. Here are the stories of 28 entrepreneurs, and their advice for women in business.

    • The talented locals behind the Indie Store

      The talented locals behind the Indie Store

      As we step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here we talk to five of our Indie Store businesses to find out what makes them special.

    • Why Emerald Fennell is our new girl crush

      Why Emerald Fennell is our new girl crush

      She juggles horror and humour and always comes out on top; and from Killing Eve to The Crown to Young Promising Woman, she's written or acted in the most talked about film and TV in years.

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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Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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