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3-20 MAY 2022

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I'm Emma, editor of Muddy Northamptonshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

When one destination isn't enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF - the cruise.

Gotta have it

Muddy Awards 2022

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  • 51 brilliant afternoon teas to book now

    51 brilliant afternoon teas to book now

    Celebrate spring with clotted cream and dainty sarnies! We’ve found 51 of the best afternoon teas across the Muddy counties. But you’d better book ’em fast — here today, scone tomorrow.

    • Review: The Hare & Hounds, nr Newbury

      Review: The Hare & Hounds, nr Newbury

      A little bit of country, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. The Hare and Hounds is a boutique inn with 30 stylish rooms, fuss-free food and a focus on fun – Muddy Berkshire editor Rachel checks in.

    • The finest afternoon teas in Northants

      The finest afternoon teas in Northants

      Here at Muddy Manor we are very particular about our afternoon teas (FYI its jam first, then cream), so we’ve picked out the most spiffing local spots for a cucumber sandwich and a proper cuppa cha.

Culture

Little Black Book

Want to support local? Our curated pick of the most creative, unique and brilliant businesses near you.

Travel

  • Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Food for thought: the best gourmet getaways

    Eat, sleep, repeat! Food and travel go together like, err, gin and tonic (cheers!) and if you find top nosh plays a key part in making your holiday a success, perhaps it’s time to take things a step further and make it the central focus?

    • The best cruise holidays for 2023

      The best cruise holidays for 2023

      When one destination isn’t enough, try several! Now throw in luxury accommodation, spa, gym, restaurants and activities for the whole gang, and raise a cocktail to your new travel BFF – the cruise.

    • 23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      23 of the best places to holiday in the UK

      Staycationing this summer? Then you’re going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

Home

  • 45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    45+ cool kitchen design companies we trust

    Thinking of a redesign? From classic Shaker styles to sleek contemporary cabinets, these kitchen design companies across the Muddy counties know just what they’re doing.

    • A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      A quick veggie supper dish from Georgina Hayden

      This Mediterranean twist on roast potatoes, with coriander and olives, makes a perfect side dish, or the main event for lunch alongside a crisp green salad.

    • 8 gorgeous new gardening books

      8 gorgeous new gardening books

      Bountiful borders, striped lawn and artfully placed sculptures here we come, but first, sit down, grab a coffee and get lost in the sublime pages of these beauties (those weeds can wait another hour or so)

  • Wellbeing

    • WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      WIN £3,000 cash for your business!

      To celebrate this year’s Muddy Awards, our national sponsor Healthily is giving away a life-changing £3k cash injection to boost one company’s health & wellbeing. Click to enter now!

    • Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      Ready for bed? 7 top buys for a restful sleep

      In celebration of World Sleep Day, here are our top shopping picks, from pillows and candles to sheets to sliders. If these don’t help you reach the land of nod, nothing will!!

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Life

Instamuddy

  • Happy Hump Day! (When you’re trying to look sophisticated but your face says it all…). 😂😵‍💫 

Spotted at @the_three_conies 😍

#humpday #supportlocal #northants #northamptonshire #muddynorthants #googlyeyes
  • 💐 BLOOMIN’ HECK! 💐 Who will be crowned the best local Florist? You decide! NOMINATE now at the link in bio - and quick! - the nominations round closes in two days. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @tollerssolicitors
  • We’re spoilt for choice for fabulous restaurants in our locale - but which one do you love the most?🍴Cast your gastronomic NOMINATION for your favourite fine dining spot or informal restaurant with a great buzz at the link in bio. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @tollerssolicitors
  • Newsflash! We’ve been sniffing around to bring you the latest openings and events around Northants from festivals to foodie openings and new shops a go-go! Click the link in bio to read all about it.

#northants #northamptonshire #muddynorthants #northantsnews #superflash #readallaboutit
  • The battle for the best Local Food/Drink Producer is ON! Nominate the dedicated foodies who bring you the 🥚, 🥩, 🍺, 🍾, 🍷, 🧀, 🥕 and more at the link in bio now. #MuddyAwards2022 #InLoveWithLocal @wearehealthily @tollerssolicitors

Fashion

  • 10 buys for World Bee Day

    10 buys for World Bee Day

    Hey, if it’s for the little black and yellow fellas, then who are we to argue with a shopping spree to celebrate World Bee Day (20 May)? Here are 10 on-trend buys we’re totally buzzing about

    • TOP TEN ROCK CHIC FASHION PICKS

      TOP TEN ROCK CHIC FASHION PICKS

      Chuck understated style out the window. It’s time to rock out with our pick of hair metal inspired fashion. Pour some sugar on me!

    • Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Fresh air, fresh fashion!

      Seven compelling reasons to head to Bicester Village including up to 20 per cent off prices in April’s renowned Private Sale and the Do-Good pop up boutique. Trust us, no-show is not an option.

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People

  • Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

    Gotta Have It: 90s legends in Lego

    Can you guess which girl band is being immortalised in Lego 25 years after their iconic album release?

    • Muddy meets Sleeper frontwoman Louise Wener

      Muddy meets Sleeper frontwoman Louise Wener

      Zillions of us were copying her gamine hairdo and boyish indie style back in the ’90s and now Sleeper singer and guitarist Louise Wener is back on stage with the band, cooler and more confident than ever.

    • Muddy meets… Ray Mears

      Muddy meets… Ray Mears

      He’s the guy you’d want by your side if you ever, erm, got lost in the wilderness… Yep, it’s Ray Mears, aka the Father of British Bushcraft and he’s coming to our ‘hood with his new show, We Are Nature. We caught up with him to find out more.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Weekend Escapes

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

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