Pinch punch first of the month. This week’s What’s On has us running from one side of the county to the other like a March Hare. We’ve got gorgeous gardens, beautiful spring bouquets and should it get a bit nippy out there we’ve got plenty of Northants arts and culture to keep us company. We’ve even got a Northants to London day planned. Goodbye February – Spring has almost sprung. Yippee.
Status Update, Royal & Derngate, Friday/Saturday, 8pm, 24-25 Feb
We know facts.
Didn’t quite make it to skiing this half term? Nope, me neither! But who cares, for we have delights aplenty in Blighty and not just out on our doorstep. Here are some great options if you fancy a day trip out.
Half term week for schools in Warwickshire is 20 – 24 Feb fact fans, so this week is a grand tim for Bucks/Oxon families to head up to Warwick Castle during its relatively quieter week.
We’re nearly there, but it’s not too late to let somebody else make your Christmas truly special before we head to the big day itself. Let Northamptonshire’s finest show you a merry, heartfelt christmas.
Five centuries of Christmas, Canons Ashby, 10-18 December
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a dig into Christmas past at Canons Ashby. Be inspired by five centuries of Christmas traditions throughout the house, natural Christmas crafts, and spirit-lifting treats in the Tearoom.
I’d heard of 15 Collingwood in Abington because they were a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos Awards and did extremely well against the eventual winner (the much bigger outfit that is Bells Interiors). But how did this bijoux, retro store become so established on the Northamptonshire interiors landscape? Well Muddy thinks it has the answer; and it’s very much to do with the flamboyantly named, Rocco Cat (huge name envy right now)! The super stylish 15 Collingwood was set up in by Rocco and his brother Franco Catalano (see, do you see where they got the cat, prrrrr) in 2013.
Stay focused people. The Christmas klaxon may be sounding but not everything has tinsel attached – although a lot does – we can do both, hurrah.
Second Star to the Right, Royal & Derngate underground studio, 11.00am and 2pm daily, 2 December – 7 January 2017
We’re promised sprinklings of Fairy dust and a transformed Underground Studio at the Royal & Derngate as once again they create enchanting and immersive wonderland once again.
OK Mudsters take a breath – we’ve seen off Halloween and half term, and the little horrors are back to school, but not before we’ve bought them Bonfire Night sparklers and a dodgy burger from the ropey looking scouts BBQ… Oh, and nip to the bottom of the post for Lohan news
Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton, 9pm, 5 November
Best known as the frontman in The Bluetones, Mark Morriss is one of the most accomplished and prolific songwriters of a generation, and his dulcet tones, good looks and sophisto-pop make him as much a Muddy favourite now as way back in the mid nineties (when I was 4, ahem).
It’s an animal themed shop! Everything in there is animal related and will almost certainly make a good Chrimbo pressie (don’t leave it to the last minute again)!
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?
Is it just me or are we witnessing a change of season? Steaming breath on the morning dog walk, and an irresistible urge to swap into Autumn wardrobe mode – and best of all, a whole new type of What’s on in the coming week. Expect Spooky, expect Arty, expect Exciting, expect Tasty. I love this County – there’s always something different to do…
Funghi Foraging, Towcester – 8 Oct, 10am – 4pm (limited Spaces available)
If you go down to the woods today… did you know that there are up to 250 edible species of funghi occurring in the UK?
Is there a food festival in such glorious surroundings as Althorp House (trust me I’ve been, and I wanted to move in, not sure Lord Spencer was up for the clickety clack of the Muddy Stilettos though)..? Even if there is a slim chance there is one somewhere as stunning, it’s not on our doorstep, laid out on rolling green hills, miles from the madding ‘Northamptonshire’ crowd (24-25 Sep).
We live in an age where there are festivals ago-go; an age in which we are somewhat spoiled.