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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northants Edition

What’s on Northants? Spooky, noisy, happy stuff is what…

23 Oct 2016

Remember, remember it’s nearly December – try not to lose the plot!  Now that’s what I call a seasonal mash up.  There is A-LOT going on, not least kids half term (still?), Halloween, the cusp of Bonfire Night – and of course, Christmas lights are turned on across the county soon after that. 2016 is slipping away from us but I’m determined that we’re going to live the rest of it large.

Dracula, Abington Park Museum, Northants, Friday 28 October

Dracula in Abington?  

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15% off Winser London for Muddy readers

20 Oct 2016

It feels like forever since I’ve been excited about a fashion brand, so it feels good to have a little sashay down Designer Avenue with Winser London. Even though it’s only been around since 2013, primarily as an online-based brand, Winser London made a big splash nationally, and there are now pop up shops in Muddy territory in Marlow and Gerrard’s Cross (and bizarrely, LA) , plus concessions in John Lewis and Harvey Nics.

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When Halloween goes cool

20 Oct 2016


Getting in the Halloween mood? If you’re partying this season get ready to thrill with these spooky centrepieces and accessories from the Muddy Boutique, all available online…

  1. There’s a touch of the night about this deluxe phone case, £41.75 from the Muddy Boutique This Mexican Day of the Dead inspired Sugar Skull ring, £35, from Tatty Devine is also available as cufflinks.
  2. Caramel goo-filled chocolate eyeballs are £4.99, from Montezuma’s, who also have skull shaped chocolate and vegan halloween treats.
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Tying the knot? 5 reasons to use a celebrant!

18 Oct 2016

What the bejesus is a celebrant? Well the dictionary says it’s someone who participates in a ceremony or rite, i.e., someone present at a baptism, confirmation ceremony, wedding, a service to welcome new family members, coming-of-age rituals, etc…or anything really! In this time of trouble, it’s kinda nice to celebrate all those things we are part of that may be worth an extra special nod. I’m coming up to that famous 14 year milestone and thinking of getting someone in to celebrate (or incredualte), but who, and also she’d have to contend with a pretty motley crew?

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We have a winner!

17 Oct 2016

Wow, that was a hard-fought competition! Loads of you wanted to win the Thornbury Castle competition, and no wonder – a luxe 2-night stay worth £1000 from those lovely folk at Luxury Family Hotels, in the castle where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned? A chance to ditch the kids, ramp up the romance and make your escape – it’s almost enough to make you lose your head in all the excitement! Ok, ok, I’ll get on with it.

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10 Hygge tips you need in your life…

15 Oct 2016

Remember back in the early days of Muddy Northants when I reviewed Bar Hygge the smart Scandi bar full of candlelit tables in Northampton’s Cultural Quarter? Well I revisited it last week before being scared senseless at the bloody marvellous theatre performance of Woman in Black at The Royal & Derngate. Anyhoo, it reminded me that Autumn is the perfect time for a bit of hygge. Pronounced hoo-ga.

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It’s nearly the wknd, What’s On dudes?

12 Oct 2016

As we gallop into Autumn have I got some sweet treats for you this week my Muddy buddies.  You might be thinking it’s time to put the heating on, curl up in front of the fire and hibernate, but I’m telling you now, if it’s glitz, glamour and chocolate you’re after – and perhaps some guilt busting outdoor pursuit – then this county has a lot on offer this week.

An Evening with Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup, Corby, 14 October, 7.30pm

You got it right.  

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Join the Muddy Club of fab local businesses!

6 Oct 2016

If you’ve been reading about the Little Black Book on Twitter or various newsletters and have been wondering what the bejesus it’s all about, then you have come to the right place – I thought it was high time I give you the low-down on our exclusive, little (but growing) directory.

Since the yellow pages stopped thudding through our letterboxes in I-can’t-remember-when, Google has become the number one go-to place to find local businesses, pubs and restaurants.

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Late to Bridget Jones, but…God I loved it!

5 Oct 2016

It’s been 12 years since Bridget Jones graced our screens with her big pants and bottom resembling two bowling balls, so the hugely-anticipated third run was always going to attract cinema-goers in their hundreds of thousands.

But re-awakening a cinematic icon after over a decade can be risky: will the characters be too old and wrinkly for screen fodder? Will the writers still be able to make it fall apart funny?

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