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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

Out with the scratched melamine, in with stylish cups, cocktail shakers, candelabra, and cutlery. Here's our guide to the wow accessories that will make your alfresco meal sparkle

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The UK’s most creative and unique independent shops, makers and producers local to you.

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  • Create your own cutting garden

    Create your own cutting garden

    After decades of decline, recent years have seen a colourful upsurge in British-grown blooms, with plenty of Northamptonshire growers ready to meet your flowery needs. .

    • Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

      Easy slow-cooked lamb for a spring feast

      Looking for a low-effort crowd pleaser for a post lockdown get-together? This melt-in-the-mouth lamb recipe with polenta chips is just the ticket, slow-cooked for five hours.

    • 58 things to glam up your garden

      58 things to glam up your garden

      Garden parties are go, people! But, oh God — is that really the state of the patio? Glam up the garden and impress your guests with these 58 must-have garden objects.

    • The best bluebell walks

      The best bluebell walks

      Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up in their billions across Northamptonshire. Here's where to find the best of them on your daily dose of exercise.

    • Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Easy! Buy these, and sleep better

      Having trouble sleeping? Us and half the world right now! Here's what the Muddy team have in their shopping baskets to help with some much-needed shut-eye.

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

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    • How to fix your family’s sleep habits

      How to fix your family’s sleep habits

      If you’re finding it harder to nod off lately, you’re not alone. We caught up with sleep expert Kerry Davies to find out how to get a good night’s sleep.

    • Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

      Muddy says: Wellbeing and creative thinking are at the heart of this progressive, mixed co-ed and single-sex boarding school, where children are taught to stretch their horizons while nurturing community spirit.

  • Create your own cutting garden
  • Create your own cutting garden


  • I had a bucolic country walk with a friend this morning and could really have done with @eydonroyaloak being open for a pub lunch at the end. It looked so inviting! Not long now! #unlock #lockdownlife #lockdownwalks #northantswalks #northants #northamptonshire #publunch #outdoordining #pubgardens #countrypub #countrywalks
  • But in what order?! #HelloFreedom
  • The travel gurus at @lonelyplanet have named #Oundle in their top 10 under the radar UK tourist destinations and we have to agree. It’s one of the prettiest places in the UK with fabulous food and drink, boutique shops and loads of outdoor adventure activities to get stuck into on the River Nene. If you want to find out more about what to get up to in Oundle then visit Best Places to Live on our website. 👉Link in bio👈 #northants #northamptonshire #lonelyplanet #uktravel #bestplacestolive #staycations #summerstaycation #ukdestinations
  • Who else is currently obsessed with their garden? Okay, I know, it’s bloody freezing out there this week, but it’s the perfect time to get planning your future flower garden of dreams! We spoke to expert plantswoman and florist Suzy Cubitt-O’Neil @fromgarden2vase to get the lowdown on the best varieties to grow in order to fill your house and garden with beautiful home grown blooms. 👉LINK IN BIO.👈 🌷🌱🌸🌺🌻🌼 #flowerpower #vintageflowers #cutflowers #gardening #gardeninglife #lockdowngarden #lockdowngardening #northants #northantsbusiness #northamptonshire #muddynorthants #lifeiscolourful #sarahraven
  • Wahooo! The sun’s out and we can roll with our homies (in groups of 6 or less etc etc). Head out to one of these gorgeous Northants locations to soak up the sun and the beautiful daffodil displays. 🌼👉LINK IN BIO👈🌼 #daffodils #springwalks #unlock #springflowers #northamptonshire #localwalks #staylocal
  • One step closer to #HelloFreedom! Challenge accepted, I’ll get my tongs out.

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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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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Muddy Stiletto Awards 2019

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2020

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

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