The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Muddy checks out 25 cool places to camp

23 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know –  the regional Muddy editors.

STAY IN…BERKSHIRE

Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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Cocktail hour: Muddy goes all Mad Men

21 Mar 2017

Ahhhhhhhh, how I perceive myself having a cocktail may not necessarily translate to how I actually look having one; but nevertheless, I like cocktails, and so I shall endeavour to carry on drinking them, whether I can emulate Betty Draper or not.

There are some great cocktail bars in Northants (here’s a blog post we did last year with some Muddy faves), but they’re often a destination venue on a night out, rather than just a quick drink after work, or somewhere you can enjoy a cocktail while the kids have their tea.

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High Five Northants – Places to Tie the Knot

21 Mar 2017

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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The Muddy Book Club: March

20 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

 

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

Now there’s a book title after my own heart.

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Mini staycation – The Narrowboat, Weedon

20 Mar 2017

Staycation. Staycation Staycation. It’s an opportunity to take some time out and explore your own county, even if you only have a spare evening. And it still surprises me that after a twenty minute car journey from Northampton (a mere skip across the M1 to the west of the county), you can have yourself a proper local adventure. Door to door and back in 24 hours, we’ve met some inspiringly talented people and bone fide entrepreneurs.

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Home or salon – a Katherine Daniels facial will kick start a glow!

15 Mar 2017

I’d never heard of Katherine Daniels, but back in October I had an invite to an event in Corby for this relatively new skincare brand. For one reason or another, I didn’t get to the event, but the super nice ladies at the PR company asked me if I wanted to go for a facial at their head office instead. It was in Bedford, and I was thinking, hmmmm, can I afford the time for an hour and a half round trip, but after looking on the website and seeing the uber stylish products, I decreed, yes; yes I jolly well could make the effort (I think Muddy Cambridge is a fan too).

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10 thing to do in Northants now!

15 Mar 2017

The Spring equinox is nearly upon us and that’s the time that we head outside, have some fun, and then head inside for more fun.  There’s lots on offer for us all in and around the county this week, and there’s sweet treats to keep our energy levels high because we’re going to need some stamina to get through it all.

70’s Party Night, Whittlebury Hall, 7.30pm – 12.30am, Friday, 17 March

Yes Sir, I can boogie, But I need a certain song, I can boogie, boogie boogie, All night long.

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B&B in a church or lighthouse? 30 quirky places to stay in the UK

15 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire (and of course lil’ ole Northants), have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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A second glass of fizz on March 26? Go on, yer Mother would!

13 Mar 2017

Mothering Sunday – A day out for Mums, Sons, Daughters and anyone inbetween…

They come in all shapes and sizes, we love them, and they can drive us mad but on this day more than any other we celebrate them all.   There are a host of lovely lunches already planned for our Northants Mums, but I ask you, is there a more idyllic setting for a celebration of maternal appreciation than the rolling Northamptonshire countryside and a trip up or down the Welford road?

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TFI Pieday: Crunchy crusts in the Red Lion in Cranford St John

11 Mar 2017

Hap-pie days are here again for the Muddy Clan. Not content with our Thursday night pie extravaganza via Sauls of Spratton, we’ve just returned from a sumptuous Friday pie day at the Red Lion in Cranford with full stomachs, big smiles and ready for a super snooze (the pie thing really appeals much more to him than it does to me, and he really was very enthusiastic about me covering it this week, so brownie points pour moi ; )

Northamptonshire Mudster’s voted this establishment as one of your favourite cosy Northamptonshire Pubs in a Muddy Pub feature earlier in the year, so what finer place to celebrate British Pie week?

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Northamptonshire Edition