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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 the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).

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: Hush, Northampton

    Review: Hush, Northampton

    This buzzing new eaterie in the heart of Northampton is an unexpected gem, dishing up funky, friendly vibes and pretty plates bursting with flavour.

    • Northants bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Northants bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

      Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can’t be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these rising stars (geddit?).

    • Insta-worthy places to eat in Northants

      Insta-worthy places to eat in Northants

      Now we’re all going out out, naturally we want to shout about it. Be the envy of your followers at these photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop is as good as the food.

Culture

Little Black Book

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

Travel

  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

      Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to ‘Do Different’?

Home

  • Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Raymond Blanc’s Ironbark Pumpkin Soup

    Wondering what to do with those mountains of leftover pumpkin flesh? Ta da! Whip up this wickedly warming recipe, served up with a hunk of sourdough, it’s just what autumn ordered.

    • Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Where are the Best Places to Live 2022?

      Our obsession with upping sticks and moving shows no sign of abating. Lucky then that for our new intake of Best Places to Live we’ve partnered with Strutt & Parker estate agents!

    • 7 fab Northants interiors stores

      7 fab Northants interiors stores

      House in need of a style update? Take a peep inside our selection of Northamptonshire’s most gorgeous interiors shops.

  • Wellbeing

    • Give it some sole with reflexology

      Give it some sole with reflexology

      Feeling the pressure? Pop your feet up and soothe away the stresses with some relaxing reflexology.

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

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Life

  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Kids

    • Muddy pulls into the pit lane at Silverstone Interactive Museum

      Muddy pulls into the pit lane at Silverstone Interactive Museum

      This cutting-edge, interactive museum takes pole position for petrol heads, history geeks, budding engineers and designers alike.

    • Half term thrillers.

      Half term thrillers.

      Halloween’s around the corner and soon your little ghouls will be off school for endless days. But fear not, Northants is bursting with fun activities and things to do to keep the kids happy this half term. It’ll be a scream. Mwahahahaha!

    • Review: Hush, Northampton
    • Review: Hush, Northampton

Instamuddy

  • 👠GIVEAWAY!!👠Well hellooooo there cutie! We can hardly cope with the sexy vibes of @studio_ransome’s gorgeous photography and if you fancy being in with the chance to 💥WIN💥 one of Tate Modern exhibited photographer Kate Ransome’s beautiful fine art prints worth £500 head to our Reader Treats to enter now. 👆LINK IN BIO👆#giveaway #readertreat #northants #northamptonshire #muddystilettos #sexyjesus #dior #fineartphotography #fashion #homedecor
  • 🎉You gotta fight // for your right // to pâté 🎉 Yes folks, home of the *world* famous gourmet delicacy, Brixworth pâté, as well as a host of other amazing businesses including Muddy Award winning @wilderfloraldesign and the fabulous @theworkhousebrixworth, not to mention the gorgeous country park and reservoir - #Brixworth village is brand new to our Best Places to Live guide, in association with @struttandparker. Head to the 👆LINK IN BIO👆 to find out more about this dream location. 👠🏠 #MuddyBestPlacesToLive2022 #struttandparker #northants #northamptonshire #northampton #muddynorthants
  • Petrol tank running low? Might be time to invest in one of these beauties! The #Porsche #Taycan has a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. Head to the 👆LINK IN BIO👆 to find  out how I got on when I borrowed one from @porschecentre_silverstone for a weekend of zooming around the countryside. Spoiler alert: it was flippin’ amazing. #ev #electriccar #fossilfree #girlswholikecars #luxurycars #carreview
  • Yesterday, along with a clutch of renowned local art peeps, I was given the unbelievably tricky task (and immense privilege) of helping to judge the @northantsos central exhibitions and dish out some prizes to the winning artists at the beautiful @jgallery25 in #Moulton. Pop your stilettos on pronto and make the most of today, which is the final day of this year’s Open Studios. Find out what’s on near you at @northantsos, or venture further, there really are some amazingly creative and talented artists and makers in #Northants. And you might even be able to nab something by the next big thing. Go on, out you go! #northamptonshire #openstudios #openstudio #makersspace #artpractice #artprocess #artprize @theheseltinegallery @lamport_hall @78derngatehousemanager @kettering_museum_gallery @jeyes_of_earls_barton
  • It’s the final weekend of @northantsos and there are loads of open studios and exhibitions to check out across the county including @ninacashmore’s colorful creations (pictured). Head to the @northantsos Instagram to find out what’s on near you and grab yourself some baragainatious art while you’re there. I’m off to @jgallery25 this afternoon to help with handing out the awards! 🥳😃

Fashion

  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere – with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here’s where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

  • Beauty

    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then… The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting… we’re channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

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.

    • The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      The talented locals behind The Indie Store

      As we gingerly step back into the real world, it’s more important than ever to support local. Here, we tell the unique stories behind some of our Indie Store businesses.

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 2021

Be part of the UK’s most prestigious local lifestyle Awards in 2021

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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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