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.Read more
Category: Day trips
It’s almost March, and I don’t know about you, but I’m still paying off the excesses of last Chrimbo (I really don’t remember ordering proper Champagne in the restaurant that time, doh). In a bid to counteract me sitting at home and feeling sorry for myself, Muddy contributor Lucy Banwell has curated the best free days out in Northants. No excuse Mudsters, wellies on!
A long walk or cycle around this ancient woodland near Corby is good for the soul, the waistline and the wallet!Read more
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.Read more
I wrote this post just before Christmas 2016 but we have at least another month of freakin’ cold weather, so this is a reminder of some lovely welcoming pubs to try out.
We asked you for your recommendations for the finest pubs to snuggle up in and you didnt let us down. I’m more of a chestnuts roasting on an open fire kind a gal, rather than jack frost nipping at my toes.Read more
Fancy a weekend in a hotel with The Hoste with the most (terrible, I know, I’ve gotta work on the jokes), well this is your bag? Northamptonshire’s not known for its beaches (since we couldn’t be further from the coast line if we tried), and as a lass who grew up with muddy AND sandy stilettos, I often crave for the salty air and sand between my toes. I’ve fancied Burnham Market in North Norfolk for a while.Read more
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.Read more
Okay so everybody needs things like water, money for the bar and your ticket. Oh, and maybe wet wipes. But here are the other 15 things that could be on every festival goer’s packing list.
1. Coastal Wool Picnic Rug, John Lewis, £55
2. Aviators, Ray-Bans, Sunglasses Hut, £143
3. The Paradiso Beach Towel, You Me and the Dream, £75
We live soooooo far from the sea, it’s my only little gripe about our fair Shire. But when we do get out East, to Norfolk in particular, what a choice we do have! With over 30 beaches in North and East Norfolk alone, it’s a nice dilemma to have. And despite the deluge of rain that has kindly soaked Norfolk recently, the weather is set to hot up for the school holidays (honest, governor).
Ms Muddy Norfolk, the lovely Jo, has kindly rounded up a list of the best beaches to head to, whether you’ve got toddlers, kids, dogs or an affliction to sand in your sandwiches.Read more
I’m a dedicated Glastonbury lover from the *ahem* comfort of my sofa – I had an awesome front row of Chris Martin for starters, and let me tell you, the toilet facilities are way better. But whether you’re a namby-pamby glamper like me or a hardcore roll-in-mud and wet-wipes-at-dawn music-fan, here’s the Muddy Guide to the best festivals due to amp-it-up over the next few months. Make some noise! Give it up!Read more
We’re starting to do more travel on Muddy, figuring that though you love Northants, you like to escape sometimes too (quick, dig the tunnels). Hero, over in Ox/Bucks, travelled down to Dorset recently, so I nabbed her review, just in case you’re off there on holly bobs, or are thinking of somewhere to lay your hat for a break away.
It’s that time of year where our minds turn to holidays (and our fingers turn to Google).Read more