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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

Credit cards at the ready! Treat yourself to an Autumn update with these fun, practical and stylish home accessories from local sellers.

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • 5 Best farm to table eateries

    5 Best farm to table eateries

    Grab a napkin! Dig into seriously good sustainable dishes at these fab Hampshire and Isle of Wight farm to table dining experiences

    • 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.

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • 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? You betcha! 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’?

Home

  • 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!

    • Feel good home interiors updates

      Feel good home interiors updates

      From mood-boosting colours to opulent fabrics – Sarah Hind, Director at Starboard Home Interiors gives her top tips for a gorgeous room refresh

  • Wellbeing

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Life

  • 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

    • Autumn half term heroes

      Autumn half term heroes

      Half term in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is coming! This Autumn, get set for pumpkins, theatre and more spooky fun than you can shake a broom at…

    • Sherfield School, Hook

      Sherfield School, Hook

      A confident all-rounder and pastorally driven co-ed independent day and boarding school set in 76 acres of rural splendour.

    • 5 Best farm to table eateries
    • 5 Best farm to table eateries

Instamuddy

  • Guess who’s been spotted banged-up in a #petersfield cell! (wearing a trademark jumper, of course…) Great fun celebrating the official opening of the @petersfieldmuseum by @gylesbrandreth this week. Head to the site [link in bio, People] to read more about his favourite places around #hampshire and the #isleofwight in our brand new interview.
  • 💗 GORGEOUS GIVEAWAY ALERT This #breastcancerawarenessmonth we’ve teamed up with @osmecandles to give one lucky Muddy winner the chance to win a pink candle in your choice of scent.  Want to #supportlocal and a good cause? For every light or hot pink Osme candle bought in October, founder and cancer survivor Paula Grady, will donate £2.50 to @breastcancerUK
 
TO WIN
💗 Follow @osmecandles and @muddyhantsiow
💗 Tag a Bosom Buddy in the comments on this post 👯‍♀️ 💗

Competition closes on 31 Oct 2021/This competition is not associated with Instagram/Selected entrants must reply within 24 hours to claim the prize/No cash prize alternative
  • Bonne chance #southampton! 🤞⚓️🚢 #ukcityofculture2025 #so25 #oursouthampton #hampshire
  • Pinch, punch first of the month! So many brilliant events around #hampshire and #isleofwight this October- swipe for a few highlights then check out the site for our What’s On guide [link in bio]. 🎭🍎🥾
  • Red sky at night! Lovely evening at #bucklershard on the beautiful #beaulieuriver ⛵️ #sunset #gonesailing #beaulieumarina #ginandtonictime

Fashion

  • 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

    • The best beauty advent calendars 2021

      The best beauty advent calendars 2021

      The Liberty beauty advent calendar plus John Lewis and M&S versions have all just dropped… Snap ’em up now before they sell out (yes, really!).

    • The great school run beauty glow-up

      The great school run beauty glow-up

      Dropping the kids off at school and legging it? Muddy’s Robyn was! We tasked a local salon to give her a hair and beauty glow-up. Here’s how she got on…

People

  • My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

    My Favourite Places – Gyles Brandreth

    The author and TV personality takes us on a literary tour of his favourite Hampshire places and reminisces about childhood holidays on the Isle of Wight

    • Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

      Muddy meets: Ed Byrne

      The Essex-based Irish funnyman’s heading to Eastleigh… Muddy caught up to chat jokes, famous friendships and not being a d**k before he hits town.

    • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

      “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

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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