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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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Gotta Have It

Are you ready for this jelly? The interiors craze for all things curvaceous has hit candles, and we're in love with the cheeky range on offer at these Sussex stores.

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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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  • The Muddy Stilettos guide to hangover cures

    The Muddy Stilettos guide to hangover cures

    Socialising is back (and so are the hangovers). From gravy granules to cold lager, we asked some Muddy hell-raisers for their emergency remedies.

    • 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.

    • Curvaceous candles

      Curvaceous candles

      Are you ready for this jelly? The interiors craze for all things curvaceous has hit candles, and we're in love with the cheeky range on offer at these Sussex stores.

    • Screen fatigue SOS: How to protect your eyes

      Screen fatigue SOS: How to protect your eyes

      Screen time rocketed in the last year? Your eyes will be feeling it. Optician Lucinda Howard of Arthur Hayes Opticians explains what screen fatigue is, how to beat it, and why we all need to blink more.

    • Keeping up with the kids: fitness for mums.

      Keeping up with the kids: fitness for mums.

      Never mind the pre-baby jeans. Sussex postnatal fitness expert Louise Cornish has the lowdown on achievable, realistic and empowering fitness for new and not-so-new mums.

Little Black Book

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

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  • Five luxe alfresco afternoon teas

    Five luxe alfresco afternoon teas

    Picnics are all very well, but for true indulgence, enjoy an upmarket afternoon tea with a breathtaking beach or garden view at these luxe Sussex hotspots.

    • Pub gardens for post-lockdown fun

      Pub gardens for post-lockdown fun

      Here's to alfresco meet-ups from April 12! We've cherry-picked some of the best pub gardens for eating and drinking in Sussex. Your round!

    • Restaurants to book now

      Restaurants to book now

      Counting down until you can eat out again? Sussex's gourmet hotspots are getting ready to open their doors and already taking bookings - here's our pick of where to make your reservation.

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

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    • Atelier 21 Future School, Pease Pottage

      Atelier 21 Future School, Pease Pottage

      A unique educational offering inspired by Reggio Emilia, self-directed learning and other progressive approaches that promises to equip children with the skills they need for the future.

    • Handcross Park School, Handcross

      Handcross Park School, Handcross

      An innovative country day and boarding prep with excellent facilities, acres of parkland grounds, outstanding pastoral care and a trophy cabinet stuffed with awards.

  • Five luxe alfresco afternoon teas
  • Five luxe alfresco afternoon teas

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  • A truly indulgent Sunday at the beautiful @sussex_pass in Wadhurst. Blue skies, a sun-drenched terrace, locally sourced brunch (followed by fish and chips!) and the most heavenly desserts, this rich chocolate ganache with hazelnut, sea salt and milk sorbet was like a grown up Nutella.

Thanks to the lovely Sam and team for the warm welcome. Full review coming soon! 

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  • Who’s ready to hit the high street this weekend? #HelloFreedom 👠👜
  • Never mind picnics, they're sooooo March 2021. It's all about eating out al fresco now, and how better to do it than with dainty sandwiches, sweet treats, a glass of fizz and a stunning view?

We've rounded up five luxe afternoon teas with a spectacular view for you - from gorgeous gardens to Sussex coastal scenes.

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  • 🗣️ Last chance to win klaxon! There's just one day left to enter our Reader Treat to win a seaside break in the penthouse of @the_beachcroft_hotel !

We're giving away a two-night break in the luxe two-bed suite complete with ocean views like this one from your own private balcony. And because we think you're extra special, we'll chuck in dinner at the light and airy Tamarisk Restaurant or home comforts in the cosy Montys Bar & Bistro, and afternoon tea at the new Blakes Bar & Beach Terrace too!

Kick back and relax in style, head out into the adorable town of Felpham, or hire a bike and explore the local area.

The competition ends tomorrow so enter now at the link in our bio!
  • It's that time of year again! Bluebells are nodding their lovely little heads all around Sussex so get out there and explore.

We've rounded up 16 beautiful bluebell walks for you at the link in our bio. 

This photo was taken last year at Spithandle Lane in West Sussex (near Wiston) always a stunning seasonal spectacle, although passing on Sunday the bluebells have yet to come into bloom.

Where's your favourite bluebell spot?

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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Little Black Book

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

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