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

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News got you wanting to head back to bed for a lie down? Us too. Make sure you do it in style with this vintage handpicked Indian furniture from an eclectic East Sussex showroom.

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  • The Curlew, Bodiam

    The Curlew, Bodiam

    A warm, relaxed and sociable slice of rural locally-sourced foodie heaven from a top chef to watch, perfect for large rowdy gatherings of friends and family or date night.

    • Where to eat pancakes in Sussex

      Where to eat pancakes in Sussex

      If the idea of all that flipping, tossing and slathering in Nutella sounds like crepe, save yourself the bother and eat out for Pancake Day instead. Here's where to get them.

    • The best afternoon teas in Sussex

      The best afternoon teas in Sussex

      With Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter all coming up there’s no shortage of excuses to treat the ones you love (and that should include yourself!) to afternoon tea. Here's five of our favourite Sussex village tearooms.

    • The Bat & Ball, Newpound

      The Bat & Ball, Newpound

      A charming, rambling country pub in gorgeous surroundings with a menu to suit all tastes. Perfect for families to while away a daydreamy summer afternoon or warm up in winter with a slap-up meal.

    • Chichester Harbour Hotel – The Ship

      Chichester Harbour Hotel – The Ship

      Good value set menus and a Burns Night event coming up make this a great place to beat the January blues

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Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • TravelView more

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We’ve scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

    • Your best Mother’s Day

      Your best Mother’s Day

      Put down the petrol-station bouquet. Step away from the £2.99 box of chocolates. Here's how...

    • Your Muddy Spring Festival Guide

      Your Muddy Spring Festival Guide

      It might be a bit early in the year for denim hotpants and wellies, but all of these Sussex festivals will get you in the Glasto mood without staying up all night clicking refresh on ticket ballots.

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    • Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Make-up for men: ooh or eww?

      Turns out more and more blokes are getting handy with bronzer and concealer. So we tried out one leading male make-up brand on some lucky Muddy husbands - here's what happened.

    • 5 of the best … face masks

      5 of the best … face masks

      We love the enforced relaxation that comes with using a face mask - you have no choice but to lie back and take things easy for a while. Plus you emerge with skin peachier than a baby's bottom. Result!

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  • How to be ambitious

    How to be ambitious

    Need a life reboot? We can help with that. We chatted to Muddy fave Viv Groskop about her new book and redefining female ambition in 2020.

    • World Book Day in Sussex

      World Book Day in Sussex

      Don't waste that Harry Potter costume you stayed up all night making and definitely didn't buy from Sainsbury's the day before *coughs*. Make the most of the World Book Day events around Sussex and inspire your little ones to fall in love with books.

    • This month’s best new reads

      This month’s best new reads

      What kind of insaniac leaves the house in January? Retire to the sofa pronto and get stuck into one of pro bookworm Kerry Potter's enthralling new literary picks.

    • 2020 cultural picks

      2020 cultural picks

      There's a ridiculous amount of amazing art, books, film, TV, music and theatre landing this year. Here's the best of the bunch.

    • Roots review

      Roots review

      Weird and whimsical animation meets live action in this collection of international folk tales

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  • How to be ambitious

    How to be ambitious

    Need a life reboot? We can help with that. We chatted to Muddy fave Viv Groskop about her new book and redefining female ambition in 2020.

    • How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

      It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday so we had a chat with one of our favourite women - author and comedian Viv Groskop - about redefining female ambition for 2020. Need a life reboot? Viv can help with that.

    • Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

      Have a brilliant business that needs a helping hand? We’ve teamed up with business banking alternative, Tide, to offer a whopping two grand (yes, you read it right) to give you the boost you need. Competition now closed.

  • Kids

    • Homeschooling: The Muddy inside guide

      Homeschooling: The Muddy inside guide

      So. The kids are off school indefinitely thanks to coronavirus. You're at home indefinitely thanks to coronavirus. Here's your insiders guide to surviving homeschooling.

    • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

      5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

      Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • PeopleView more

  • Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    The Sussex resident, starring in a show for half term, talks books, performing, fave local attractions and buying a post office

    • All About Gok

      All About Gok

      The fashion guru hits the decks at Lingfield Park Racecourse later this month, as well as presenting a Best Dressed award. Here's 10 things you may not have known about Gok...

    • Muddy Meets Shappi

      Muddy Meets Shappi

      Shappi Khorsandi on her Skittish Warrior tour, how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

    • The Guilty Feminist hits Brighton

      The Guilty Feminist hits Brighton

      Love the podcast? Good news - its creator is coming to Sussex. We grabbed talented comedian Deborah Francis-White for a chinwag.

    • Celebrating celebrants

      Celebrating celebrants

      Just what does a celebrant do? Muddy spoke to a Sussex ceremony star all about the special occasions she's helped create

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