Althorp Food and Drink Festival 2016

The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northants Edition


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Want to join Muddy Stilettos Northants?

30 Aug 2016

Based in Northants? Want to work for fantabulous lifestyle blog, Muddy Stilettos?

You’re in the right place!
Are you looking for a brilliant but flexible job that you can fit in around family/other work/re-reading Harry Potter? Due to rapid success, Muddy Stilettos (Northants) is looking for a cool and confident sales-focused mudette who MUST be based in Northants and is not afraid to pick up the phone.

The job will see you developing relations with local clients, selling digital advertising solutions, and building client profiles.

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High Five Northants – Rainy Days Out

29 Aug 2016

Northants is in England, that means our weather is unpredictable to say the least (ok, the sun is shining now, but in 10 minutes, who knows?). So, just in case, we thought it worth letting you know some of the best indoor activities that you and the fam can enjoy, despite the potentially wet end to the summer hols! From beautiful houses, to climbing centres we’ve covered five fab places in Northamptonshire for when you want to go out, but not out, out (side)!

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What’s on – Thursday 18th August & beyond

18 Aug 2016

Atomic Festival at Sywell Aerodrome, Saturday 20 – Sun 21st Aug 

What’s that you say? If only there was something innovative and imaginative to do before the summer is over?  If only there was some kind of biggest and best mid century festival in the UK?  On your doorstep?

Atomic BOOM!

If it’s retro fifties fashion, cars, music and general good times you’re after then, Sywell aerodrome will, once again be opening it’s doors offering a colourful and thoroughly fabulous trip back in time – where men were men, women were women and gosh darn – they knew how to have a good time!

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High Five Northants – Tearooms

13 Aug 2016

As it’s National Afternoon Tea Week this week (8th-14th August) we thought it would be fitting to fill you scrummy lot in on five fabuloso tea rooms in the county (admittedly, it finishes tomorrow, but hey, tea’s not just for National Afternoon Tea Week! From jazz lounges to art galleries these tearooms really do highlight the variety Northamptonshire has in all that it does, plus the top quality that we all love and expect when it comes to afternoon tea!

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Why tea is the new cocktail…

11 Aug 2016

I discovered two things in quick succession a few days ago:

1) That it is officially National Afternoon Tea Week (yes there’s an actual week, and also a tea website that gives you recommendations for your area AND a to top it off, Muddy has a feature of five lovely tea shops in Northants…)

2) That teatime is cocktail time – because all the best artisan teas work brilliantly in a cocktail blend (to which my reaction was a bit, YEH..!)

This piece of insider information came to me courtesy of Muddy Kent who had been speaking to Francesca Booth, an irrepressible New Yorker (who has a bit of Italian heritage thrown into the mix for extra pizzazz) and trained patisserie chef.

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The Muddy Summer Guide

11 Aug 2016

Family 50 Things Fun Day, Canons Ashby, Thurs 11 Aug

This week spend the day hunting for bugs and learning how to identify them with your kids. Start your 50 Things scrapbook (free from the Coach House), or add to your long list of adventures. Booking Not Needed. Children are very welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.

Canons Ashby House

Nostalgia 80s revival, The Hind Hotel, Friday 12 Aug

Alright, so we may not have looked like the supers in the ’80s, but you can go all out on your togs for this event!

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Stay here: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire

10 Aug 2016

Hero, our Muddy editor over in Bucks/Oxon, went to stay at Thornbury Castle and she reckons us Northants peeps will want to hear about it, so here you go you gorgeous lot!

Fancy something a bit different on the blogaroo today? No problem, may I offer you a stay in the Cotswolds castle where Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn spent 10 days of their honeymoon? Yes, seriously!

This gorgeous piece of stoneware is Thornbury Castle, a Tudor beauty built between 1512 – 1521 whose history includes the beheading of its owner Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham on charges of treason.

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High Five Northants – Places to Tie the Knot

9 Aug 2016

Here we are, the next in our High Five Northants series, and this time it’s wedding venues! Muddy intern Maddy Morgan checks out places from gorgeous hotels to country barns, and it’s fair to say, the list of places in sunny Northants, where you and your fiance can say ‘I do’, is  pretty plentiful. Quite frankly, our county is full of beautiful venues that offer a whole variety of options for the nuptials; but here’s five to start, and we’ll go a bit more quirky on the next lot…

Rushton Hall

Possibly one of the most picturesque hotels in Northamptonshire (we’ve been there), Rushton Hall offers you the fairytale wedding you’ve always dreamed of!

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What’s on – Thurs 4 & beyond

4 Aug 2016

So far this summer holiday I have survived a few play-dates (although I am under instruction never to call them that for 11-year-old girls), a week in a yurt in rainy Tenby, plus a mammoth clothes washing session that nearly resulted in Mr Muddy’s breakdown (he overseas laundry in our household – I know, I don’t know how lucky I am! Anyhoo, with the help of my lovely intern number one, Daisy Ward, we’ve managed to put together a few more exciting things for your diary.

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It’s a gin thing!

2 Aug 2016

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you,” said F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby and a lil’ hero of mine). The writer’s liquor of choice was gin, which he reportedly believed could not be detected on the breath. “Mother’s ruin”, as it is often known, has undergone something of a renaissance in the UK, reinvented as a premium product over the last few years.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Northants Edition