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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

It's Christmaaaaas! Treat yourself to some festive glam, and pick up some some gorgeous stocking fillers in one fell swoop at Next Beauty & Home's shopping event (11-12 Dec).

Gotta have it

What’s on this month

Fancy doing something fun? Er, always! Read on for our curated picks of the best things happening near you right now

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Eat

  • Review: The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

    Review: The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

    This picturesque former pub has gone full gastro and is bursting with warmth and soul. We settled in for the evening to taste test the new winter menu.

    • 6 Autumn roasts with the most in Northants

      6 Autumn roasts with the most in Northants

      Can’t be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work.

    • 6 of the best wine bars in Northants

      6 of the best wine bars in Northants

      Whether it’s a festive gathering, night out with the girls or a mid-week quickie, the wine bar is back. Put the world to rights over a sharing board and a bottle of some fabulous vintage.

Culture

  • Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    Pass that remote! Six things to watch this week

    It’s freezing! Definitely the only excuse you need to catch up on some sofa time. On our watchlist this week: Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowboy “career-best”, on-demand opera, award-winning BBC comedy, and more.

Little Black Book

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

Travel

Home

  • Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    Anja Dunk’s Advent bake: the perfect Christmas biscuit

    The Insta-star chef has brought out a gorgeous festive book of baking. Not only has she shared a delish (and pretty) recipe with us, but she’s offered three copies of her latest cookbook to Muddy readers!

  • Wellbeing

    • 5 ways to think smart about your business

      5 ways to think smart about your business

      Have you been thinking about starting your own business? From setting the direction of travel to shouting about your best bits, these top tips will help get your business off to a great start.

    • Wing Chun! Muddy learns the art of self-defence

      Wing Chun! Muddy learns the art of self-defence

      Having the knowledge to protect yourself can boost your confidence and help you to calmly navigate tricky situations. We spoke to Soo Yoga’s Kristina Rihanoff about why she and partner Ben Cohen think we should all learn the art of self-defence.

Most Read

Life

  • Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    Five gripping reads to give your working life a boost

    What better inspo for giving your career a shake-up than the story of a creative genius who defied her generation and became a living legend. We’ve found the best books that embrace the Clarice Cliff spirit…

  • Kids

    • Winchester House School, Brackley, Northants

      Winchester House School, Brackley, Northants

      An excellent non-selective co-ed day and boarding school (3-13 yrs) on the Bucks/Oxon/Northants borders with a strong all-rounder reputation and an impressive head.

    • Northampton High School, Northampton

      Northampton High School, Northampton

      Muddy says: a friendly and vibrant all girls school. Northampton High School is an academic titan that also nurtures the individual and creative interests of each pupil.

    • Property search: what to look for in your dream home.
    • Property search: what to look for in your dream home.

Instamuddy

  • We finally got our tree up at Muddy Towers this week and she’s a beauty…  it’s a bit awks sitting at the grand piano but hey… 🎄✨❄️ Just kidding, this is the gorgeous @lamport_hall who are holding their big Christmas fair this weekend with loads of stalls, beautiful reindeer and festive cheer in the most gorgeous setting from 10am-4pm. 

You can also visit the house and gardens in the afternoons by separate entry - highly recommend. 

#christmasfair #christmasmarket #northants #northamptonshire #muddynorthants #christmastree #statelyhome #spiresandsquires
  • It's Christmaaaaaas! Not feeling festive yet? This should help: the Muddy elves have put together our biggest Christmas Reader Treat EVER over 16 days (because, hey, why stop at 12?). We're talking a whopping £7,000 of luxury gifts and experiences - from incredible hotel stays to boozy bundles and luxe skincare.

You can enter as many of the Reader Treats as you like until midnight on 16 Dec, and unlike a normal advent calendar, you can open all the doors at once without spoiling the fun (or crashing from a sugar overload). Hit the link in bio to get entering!
  • Thrapston took the crown in our reader vote last year for the Best Place to Live in Northants and, looking at this bevy of independent businesses and gorgeous hot spots, it’s not hard to see why. Find out what all the fuss is about at the ⚡️LINK IN BIO⚡️In association with @struttandparker 
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We are loving:

@eden.flowers 
@vanillabeancakecompany 
@bloomin_marvellous_berries 
@jollystoys 
@auburnfox.interiors 
@hillyhortonhome 
@rjb_thrapstonbarbershop 
@wildlifebcn 

#thrapston #northants #northamptonshire #bestplacestolive #propertysearch #househunting #movetothecountry #countrylifestyle
  • Zooming into December like 🏎 ⚡️💥 and we’ve got all the best action in Northants on our What’s On guide, from racing to raving, cocktails to choirs, plus festive shopping, theatre and loads more. Click the ✨LINK IN BIO✨#whatsoninNorthants #northants #northamptonshire #festivefun #muddynorthants
  • Ye Gods! We’ve just been to taste test the new winter menu at @thewillowandbrook in beautiful Apethorpe and, believe us, you don’t want to miss this one peeps! Gorgeously creative food, great wines, good vibes and lovely people. Head to the link in bio for the full Muddy review. It’s a good ‘un. 🍴🍸😋 #restaurantreview #muddyreview #muddynorthants #northants #northamptonshire #peterborough #eatout #foodreview #countrypub #gastropub

Fashion

People

  • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

    • Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

      Six lockdown heroines to celebrate IWD

      It’s been a bit of a year so to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we thought we’d big up six women who have impressed, delighted and inspired us over the past 12 months.

    • How to run well by a pro marathon runner

      How to run well by a pro marathon runner

      Need some work-out motivation? You’re in the right place. Muddy talks to endurance athlete Nick Butter about how to motivate yourself out the door and onto an exerciser regime.

School Reviews

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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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