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I'm Heidi, editor of Muddy Hampshire & Isle of Wight, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

To mark HRH's Platinum Jubilee, we're celebrating in the best way we know how - a shopping spree! Lizzie would approve.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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The nominations round is now closed. Finals start on 30 May 2022

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  • 8 best vegetarian eateries

    8 best vegetarian eateries

    Searching for sustainable sustenance? We’ve got you covered with these great veggie and vegan eateries around Hampshire and Isle of Wight

    • Muddy reviews: Tea at Chewton Glen

      Muddy reviews: Tea at Chewton Glen

      The Grand Dame of the New Forest has a unveiled a new format for its afternoon tea. Will it cut the (English) mustard with discerning diners? Muddy’s Robyn hightailed it over to find out.

    • 10 Insta-worthy Hampshire cafes

      10 Insta-worthy Hampshire cafes

      Scandi skater vibes, hanging plants, neon signs – these ultra instagrammable Hampshire cafes are sure to bring creds to your feed.


  • Your summer reading list – sorted!

    Your summer reading list – sorted!

    Need a new read to bring to the beach (or, y’know, to keep on the bedside table)? The literary brains at Muddy have rounded up the best new and upcoming novels to add to your TBR pile.

Little Black Book

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


  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.


  • 8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

    8 beautiful barn conversions on the market right now

    Ooh, what is it about the combo of an exposed beam and an open-plan room that sets our hearts aflutter? If you’re in the market for a barn conversion, here are eight stunners currently up for grabs

  • Wellbeing

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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  • No-fault divorce – what’s changed?

    No-fault divorce – what’s changed?

    Long called-for changes to the divorce laws have finally come into effect in England and Wales. We asked top local solicitor Paris Smith for all the need-to-knows.

  • Kids

    • Parents Get Lost! Summer camp is a kids-only paradise

      Parents Get Lost! Summer camp is a kids-only paradise

      Arrrrgh! Adopt the brace position for the long summer holiday. Shrug off the parental guilt and send your child to camp. It’s a US import that kids love. And we’ve found just the place…

    • Jubilee half-term fun

      Jubilee half-term fun

      Bring out the bunting! Here’s what’s on for kids and families around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this Platinum Jubilee half term

    • Parents Get Lost! Summer camp is a kids-only paradise
    • Parents Get Lost! Summer camp is a kids-only paradise


  • Did someone say #platinumjubilee? Absolutely loving the brilliant postbox toppers springing up locally. Have you spotted any around #hampshire and the #isleofwight? 👑💂 Speaking of the #jubilee, go quick to the link in bio for fab fun events and things to do locally over the half term.
  • ⚓️ Ahoy there! ⚓️ Fancy experiencing Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, the Greek islands, Norwegian fjords, Iceland... @disneycruiseline’s new Summer 2023 adventures could be the answer you're looking for - and they're anchored in luxury. Get the inside line, plus eight more hot cruises to book for next year at the link in bio.
  • Pass the popcorn - outdoor summer cinema is ON! Movie classics, hot new releases, feel-good flicks under the stars - click the link in bio to find out what’s on near you 🍿
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022  #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @wightlinkferry
  • We’re spoilt for choice for fabulous restaurants in our locale - but which one do you love the most?🍴Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @wightlinkferry


  • 5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    5 stylish sleepwear sets for him

    Threadbare boxers begone! The style gods have spoken (aka Gucci and Harry Styles) and pyjamas for men are in – here are five sets that hit the spot.

    • 10 buys for World Bee Day

      10 buys for World Bee Day

      Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

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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

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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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