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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northants Edition


Wouldn't you though?

Just one month with my super dooper coffee machine saved me £50, and bearing in mind I am often upsold to a sweet treat in a coffee shop, it's even more savings. Check out sexy coffee machines and yummy coffee beans from Bella Barista!

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Texture Interiors – styling out the festive season with glamour

5 Dec 2016

Do you love decorating your home for Christmas? Bringing the boxes down from the attic that were carefully and lovingly packed away the year before (or thrown in hastily, ahem, guilty as charged)! It’s always exciting to see the decs again, your favourite bauble, all those happy memories (like the year you set fire to the teatowel because you’d imbibed too much breakfast Champers, er just me..?). It’s all well and good keeping the decs year after year, but it can get a bit tired, decorating your house the same way every year…which is where Pamela Gearing who owns Texture Interiors steps in.

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Muddy eats: The Garibaldi – Northampton

2 Dec 2016
Garibaldi press bar


Driving into a chilly Northampton today I was reminded of our first ever Pub review…

In the Garibaldi blurb it says where the pub stands (on the corner of Ash Street and Bailiff Street) was a renowned meeting point for women of the night, blaggards and general wrongdoers of all persuasions. It seemed appropriate then, to find me and my partner in crime (on this occasion, my mate Stephanie), one cold and dark Wednesday evening, standing on the street corner wondering how to get in.

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First look: The remake of Beaches *sob

30 Nov 2016

If you loved Beaches the first time, get your tissues ready because the 1988 classic starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is getting a modern update. And *sob* even the trailer has me choked up.

The tear-jerker follows the story of lifelong friends CC and Hillary as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. Idina Menzel and Nia Long are the stars of the new version, which is out on January 21 (plenty of time to put in a bulk order of hankies… and dig out your no-streak mascara).

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Why December is a great time for facials!

30 Nov 2016

Blossom Beauty was winner of the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Complementary Therapy, so who better to ask why this time of year is good to get a facial (quite frankly, I think all year round is a good time to get a facial; one of my fave treatments ever)! 

Ellen Zok who runs Blossom Beauty has glowing skin, always reassuring when you go for a facial. Her salon in Great Doddington is where she tends to lots of us Northants folk who need a facial revive, especially as our skin becomes wind chapped and dull from central heating (and also before the onslaught of December partying)!

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6 reasons The Kitchen Secret will change your life

28 Nov 2016

I’ve always dreamed about being that woman at the dinner party who swans around with a Dirty Martini frolicking with the guests because all of the cooking has been done by a private chef. And I really did think it was just a dream, because how could I afford someone to come round and cook roast chicken & rice for my guests (and Yotam Ottolenghi’s chicken yah, not just any foodie fair here)? Well that was before The Kitchen Secret, brainchild of the scrumptious Tash Perkins, who comes to your kitchen, chops, dices, steams, stirs, whisks, frys and roasts you up a storm with only the freshest ingredients.

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Christmas Shows in Northants & beyond: Oh yes they are

24 Nov 2016

Northamptonshire’s Christmas shows come in all shapes and sizes, but we’re bringing you the ones that have caught our eye, because they’re either Christmassy, funny, sing-a-longy, joyous and any combination of all the above. It’s a great time of year to get your gladrags on, find yourself a babysitter/spouse sitter and let somebody else do the entertaining. Book up quickly though – tickets are selling fast.

The Elvis years at Christmas, Royal Derngate, 7.30pm, 28 November

It’s time to get well and truly in the Christmas spirit as smash-hit musical production The Elvis Years brings its very special seasonal twist to Northampton.  

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What’s On: 24 – 30 Nov

24 Nov 2016

Well here we go.  It’s officially time to start thinking about making the most of the festive scene here in Northants (I’ve already lost two Xmas presents I thought I was being organised in buying). This week the Muddy Guide has a flavour of good times and boogie, as well as some classy performances and more than a little sprinkling of festive fare.

Abba tribute Night, Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, Nr Towcester, 7.30pm 25 November

Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun with this fabulous ABBA Tribute group.

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Out Oundle way? Check out these fab Muddy venues…

19 Nov 2016

At this time of year is there anything more inviting than a cosy up in one of our localities best pubs or restaurants? A few weeks ago we asked you which were you favourite Northants Winter pubs and although we’re still compiling our list (watch this space) , we’ve checked out and about Oundle way to find out what yuletide dining and sparkly nights out are on offer in the north east of the county.

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3-2-1 Hurrah! Where to go for the Big Christmas Light switch on…

17 Nov 2016

Lighting up Christmas – a list of confirmed organised “switching on” events across Northants

A Christmas light switch on, or merely the effect of three glasses of seasonal Champagne?

There are numerous Northamptonshire High Streets that are 3-2-1 ready for the “BIG” switch on. Which ones will you be wrapping up for (on the promise of a Hot Toddy to warm you back up)?  We’ll be adding to this list as soon as details become available…

Higham Ferrers

WHEN: Market Square, Higham Ferrers, 19 November

TIME: 11am – 6pm

WHAT ELSE: This is the infamous Christmas Sparkle event – The Continental Market in College Street, Father Christmas in Chichele College’s Winter Wonderland, street entertainment for adults and childrens; face painting at Wilson Browne’s offices – means there will be loads going on for everyone to enjoy.

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The Muddy Guide: Nov 17 – 23

17 Nov 2016

Hello Mudsters.  This week’s What’s on guide brings you sparkle in many varieties – People, Venues, Events and Charity.  It’s a great time of year, and it’s a great county to be in too.  Don’t forget to sign up to Muddy Alerts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  With so much going on, not all of the county’s best stuff makes it into the What’s On guide.  

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