Ahh those summer months, feeling free-spirited, throwing on the old hiking boots and enjoying the awesome hills and walks the UK has to offer… Well, that certainly feels a lifetime ago!
In true British style, the weather this week has certainly taken quite a turn. In fact, as I sit here typing and wearing my fleece jumper, all I see out the window is grey clouds and showers. Though don’t get me wrong, as autumn draws in, I really do delight in thinking about those cosy nights. Not to mention, I can now of course wear my boots and wax jacket – without getting strange looks!
For a lot of people this year, autumn also marks the start of a return to normality. Many children are back to school, and employees begin to return to work in the office. A bittersweet thought. From my own perspective, I work in marketing and have been lucky enough to work from home throughout the pandemic, and I still continue to do so. However, others may have found this time quite a challenge; juggling childcare, working, home life etc. So with routine kicking in, now is the time to plan effectively… Here are a few things going on in the Northants and Rutland area this month.
If you love a good pint and great music then head over to The Grainstore Brewery situated in Oakham, Rutland (England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county). They will be hosting Sunday Sessions, bringing “two hours of the best solo artists and duets performing on the circuit today”. Perhaps start the day with a visit to nearby Rutland Water. A great place for wildlife watching or a leisurely walk / cycle (bike hire available on site). Follow this by a great afternoon of food, drink and entertainment at the Grainstore. It’s an extremely popular and relaxed place, which also welcomes dogs both indoors and outdoors – super handy if like me, you don’t want the dog missing out on any fun. You can even take a tour of the brewery which offers award winning beer! A little tip – book in advance online to avoid any disappointment, it gets very busy, especially with social distancing in place.
WHERE: The Grainstore Brewery & Tap – Oakham, Rutland
WHEN: SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
PRICE: FREE ENTRY
Continuing with the food and drink theme let me introduce you to the Northamptonshire Good Food and Drink Festival, back in Kettering town this year (Sunday 27th September). The festival showcases the best food and drink producers from in and around the county, and ties in quite nicely with the current topic of “Backing British Farming”, a cause which I believe is very important to support. A wide range of food and drink stalls will be exhibiting at the event, and a range of entertainment is also on offer throughout the day. So, if like me you love your food and are nearby, why not stop for a little wander.
WHERE: Northamptonshire Good Food and Drink Festival – Kettering
WHEN: SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
PRICE: FREE ENTRY
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Female, 28 years old, Northamptonshire living (but also very familiar with Rutland due to parents living there), work full time in marketing. An avid lover of the British countryside and all that relates to it. I have an Instagram page with mostly countryside related content, and try to keep this updated as frequently as possible. In my spare time I enjoy travelling (although limited during COVID), hiking, camping and generally exploring what the UK’s countryside has to offer. When I have some spare time available, I enjoy a spot of clay shooting, home décor shopping (what women doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy?!) and thoroughly enjoy a day at the races with my other half, or a summers day spent at a country show. Always wanting to push my boundaries and try something new and exciting!