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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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Ooooh, something smells lovely! These clever candle subscriptions make a thoughtful winter gift (even if it's for yourself - shhhhh, we won't tell).

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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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  • Top 100 gastropubs 2022 revealed

    Top 100 gastropubs 2022 revealed

    What better week for the reveal of the country’s best gastropubs than the start of lockdown easing? Here are our pick of those a stone’s throw from Northants – phones at the ready to bag your table.

    • 8 of the best cheap eats in Northants

      8 of the best cheap eats in Northants

      Feeling the January pinch but desperate to get out of the house and sack off being a slave to the stove? We’ve cherry picked 8 of the most bargainatious local eateries to keep you smiling.

    • 6 of the best places to drink when you’re not drinking

      6 of the best places to drink when you’re not drinking

      Whether you’re still plugging away at dry Jan or pulled the designated driver short straw, here’s our pick of some of the best hangouts in Northants for a booze-free tipple.


Little Black Book

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


  • Vive la France! Where to book for any occasion

    Vive la France! Where to book for any occasion

    To celebrate French borders reopening to Brits, we’ve curated a list of our favourite escapes across the channel from ski holidays to under the radar city breaks and multi-generational getaways.

    • Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

      Hotting up! Best new hotels for 2022

      Introducing the hottest new hotel openings around the world. Warning: contains images of sexy bedrooms, turquoise seas and infinity pools.

    • Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Green for go! 10 sustainable holidays

      Want to do your bit for the environment while enjoying your hols? Check out these eco-friendly hot spots which are clean, green and keen on a bit of luxury too.


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  • 🎶Ooh oooh oh baby! I just want you to dance with me tonight!🎶 Fancy being in with a chance to 💥WIN💥tix to see @ollymurs or @petetongofficial play outdoor summer gigs at @franklinsgardens in June? Yeah you do! Click the LINK IN BIO and stories to enter now. 👠🤩🥳

#summerfun #northampton #northants #northamptonshire #muddynorthants #summergigs #ollymurs #petetong #itsallgonepetetong #win #giveaway
  • Guess the price! How much do you reckon for this 5-bed family house in half an acre of secluded grounds near Sutton Bassett with annexe and outbuildings? It’s currently on the market with @struttandparker. Hit the link in bio to see more pics and find out how much! 🏡

#propertyforsale #propertymarket #northants #northamptonshire #locationlocationlocation #familyhome #foreverhome
  • Looking for a forward thinking school for your daughter? @northamptonhigh has been part of the fabric of Northampton since 1878 and now occupies a modern 27 acre site with exceptional, purpose-built facilities. This girls’ day school for 2-18 year olds offers pupils a wealth of opportunity and nurtures independence and creative thinking. Head to the link in bio to read our review and register for the Open Morning on 4 March. 

#independentschools #schoolreview #academicexcellence #gdst #schoolawards @muddystilettosschools
  • Need a laugh? Who doesn't!? Get a belly full over the border with the @leicscomedyfest (2-20 Feb) with comedy shows running across the city and further afield during their Big Weekend events. Catch the likes of Ross Noble, Angela Barnes, Ahir Shah, Ed Gamble, Katherine Ryan and many more. If that wasn't enough, the kids' comedy festival is taking place over Feb half term so there'll be plenty of LOLing in the aisles with the whole family! Book your tickets now via their website. 💥👠

#whatson #northants #northamptonshire #leicester #comedyfestival #lolz #comedygigs
  • 🌶Spicy Friday! 🌶 Hit the LINK IN BIO for a speedy vegan Thai red curry recipe with @banhoekchillioiluk to try this weekend and warm your cockles. 😝🌶🤌🔥

#veganrecipes #veganuary #northants #northamptonshire #thairedcurry #friyay #chillifreak #weekendrecipe #weekendvibes
  • Beautiful walk around Culworth village this morning chatting to Rachel @stacks_bucks_northants about all things property. She’s a real mine of information and there’s nothing she doesn’t know about the local property market. We managed to score some yummy pies from The Barn farm shop at @theredlionculworth so I may need an afternoon post-pastry nap. ☺️ 

#northants #northamptonshire #propertysearch #propertyfinder #movetothecountry #rurallife #villagelive #locationlocationlocation #propertymarket #culworth



  • 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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Best Places to Live 2020

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