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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

Bake-Off is coming back! Get ready for the season by throwing a few of these fabulous baking accessories in the mix for show-stopping cakes and bakes.

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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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  • Hampshire vineyards: Hattingley Valley

    Hampshire vineyards: Hattingley Valley

    Continuing our cellar door tour of Hampshire wineries (hic!), Muddy discovers some sparkling vintages at Hattingley Valley near Alresford.

    • Review: The Purefoy Arms

      Review: The Purefoy Arms

      Suntrap garden, cosy interiors and the best pud in Hampshire? Add this gastro-gem in the hamlet of Preston Candover to your dining out bucket list, pronto.

    • 10 best afternoon teas in Hants & IoW

      10 best afternoon teas in Hants & IoW

      Stylish country house hotel, right Royal Victoria sponge, classic tea room or sky-high treat, spoil yourself with one (or two) of these awesome afternoon teas.

Little Black Book

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

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  • 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.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to 'Do Different'?

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  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do’s and Don’ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

  • Kids

    • Farnborough Hill

      Farnborough Hill

      An all-girls independent day school with quirky heritage buildings, excellent academics and a ‘wholehearted’ approach to educating independent women.

    • Embley, Romsey

      Embley, Romsey

      A coast and countryside location with strong curricular and co-curricular offer; Embley School in Romsey offers plenty of opportunity for kids to shine

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  • Farnborough Hill

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  • Muddy’s been wine tasting again! No change there then 🥂😋. Continuing our cellar door tour of Hampshire vineyards, find out what happened when Muddy tasted our way through (quite a few) sparkling vintages at the brilliant @hattingleywines near Alresford. [Link in bio]
  • That’s a wrap! What an absolute pleasure to party with so many of our brilliant #hampshire and #isleofwight #muddyawards2021 winners 🏆🍾. Here’s a few highlights of a brilliant evening @extonparkvineyard. Look out for a full report on the site coming soon - and congratulations again to all our fantastic local champions!
  • The #muddyawards2021 #hampshire and #isleofwight winner’s drinks are go! Beautiful people, beautiful venue… Thanks so much to @extonparkvineyard for hosting us and all our brilliant partners @judesicecream @thefirstyfoal @trudybaxendalephotography @mermaidgin @borneopantry @osmecandles @_themillionaireman @muddystilettos
  • Can't imagine leaving home without your canine companion? Check out our top 65 stunning #dogfriendly stays in the UK for you and your bow-wow bestie! [Link in bio, Travel]. 🐕🐾

Pic: @watershipdowninn
  • Retro postcard from Muddy’s awesome #staycation sailing trip around the #newforest and #isleofwight, (arriving after we’ve already returned, for authenticity). Loving the beaches, ice creams and gorgeous dolphins putting on a show around #alumbay… I mean, when you live in such a brilliant part of the UK, why go anywhere else?! #hampshirefangirl #holidayathome #ilovetheisleofwight ⛵️🐬☀️
  • Last chance alert! Hotfoot it to the link in bio to nab one of THREE VIP SHOPPING DAYS at @bicestervillage in Oxfordshire, worth a whopping £1000 each. 
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YOU’LL WIN:
• A shopping gift card to the value of £800
• Lunch or dinner for 2 (to the value of £150)
• A 10% off VIP voucher
• Reserved parking
• Hands-free shopping
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Enter in seconds (you have until midnight Sun) and get ready to ransack those rails, sister!
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  • 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.

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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