Places To Go

Things to do in Rutland and the surrounding area.


Discover the sporting paradise of Rutland Water, a true centerpiece for thrilling activities in this picturesque region. Spanning 3100 acres of lush English countryside, Rutland Water boasts a captivating 25-mile (40km) perimeter track, tailor-made for cycling, walking, and running enthusiasts. Age and ability are no barriers here, as a myriad of exciting activities awaits each and every guest. Dare to indulge in the renowned water sports or take on the exhilarating "Aqua Park inflatable," recently unveiled to add an extra splash of excitement. For those seeking a more laid-back experience, try your hand at fly fishing, enjoy a leisurely sail, or simply unwind on the sandy shores with a delightful picnic.

Every Saturday at 9am, the enchanting Normanton Church hosts the invigorating parkrun at Rutland Water. Feel the camaraderie as park runners of all ages and abilities converge to conquer the scenic 3-mile route. Best of all, it's absolutely free to register via the parkrun UK website. Remember to bring your barcode, and after the run, gather for some friendly banter and refreshing drinks. For our younger adventurers, the Junior parkrun takes place every Sunday at 9am, starting at Normanton Church as well. A shorter 2km route awaits, accompanied by a symphony of cheering to lift those spirits high. As a bonus, parkrun runners on the day can enjoy all-day parking for just £1.

Rutland is truly a paradise for cyclists and ramblers alike, with splendid trails and routes accessible from the visitors centre at Sykes Lane. Embrace the joys of hiking from one charming village to another, soaking in the awe-inspiring country views along the way, and be sure to reward yourself with a visit to a cozy country pub.


Rutland is blessed with some fantastic golf courses, with many enjoying the best views of the countryside. All our golf clubs are popular with our locals and offer fabulous social opportunities and dining facilities at their club houses for their visitors too.

Rutland Water Golf Course 
Greetham Valley Golf Course
Rutland County Golf & Foot Golf  


If you enjoy seeing the countryside from the saddle, then "Stretton Riding School" can offer some serious hacking - just a 5 minute drive.

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Rutland is host to many sporting events, such as Dambusters Triathlon, The Vitruvian, Rutland Water Marathon and the International CiCLE Classic race. The annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trialsin nearby Stamford draws hugh numbers of spectators and equestrian fans from all over the world. 


Stamford is hailed as England's finest stone town! Immerse yourself in its stunning medieval buildings and elegant Georgian streets. Witness the five majestic churches, praised by Sir Walter as the best scene between London and Edinburgh. Don't miss Burghley House on the town's edge, a must-visit gem. Uncover the architectural wonders and rich history of Stamford on your visit to this extraordinary area.


Rutland's most renowned garden attraction near Exton, Barnsdale Gardens draws thousands of visitors annually to bask in the splendor of the late Geoff Hamilton's magnificent creations. As the beloved star of BBC's Gardener's World, his 38 unique gardens are a true delight. Built on peat-free, organic principles, they showcase the wonders of nature.

After a leisurely stroll through the gardens, visit the nursery to take home your favorite specimens. The charming tearoom offers refreshments, and the superb gift shop presents exclusive Barnsdale souvenirs, including gardening and nature-themed treasures. Experience the beauty and serenity of Barnsdale Gardens, a haven for nature enthusiasts and gardening aficionados alike.


The enchanting Yew Avenue at Clipsham is a tranquil treasure boasting over 150 meticulously clipped Yew Trees, each over 200 years old. Wander among these artistic topiaries, depicting birds and animals, and immerse yourself in history dating back to the late 19th century. Once a carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, this delightful space is now open to all as a free and pleasant spot for leisurely strolls and perhaps a summer picnic. Discover the magic of this captivating destination today!


Burghley's splendid gardens and parkland were thoughtfully crafted by Lancelot 'Capability' in the 18th century. Admire sweeping vistas towards Stamford's spires, forming an ideal backdrop for open-air concerts, weddings, events, or peaceful strolls. Explore this picturesque canvas and embrace the beauty and history that Burghley has to offer.


Grimsthorpe Castle is the crown jewel of this estate! This grand quadrangular house boasts a central courtyard, and each section showcases distinctive architectural styles dating back to the 13th century.

Step inside to behold a captivating collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries, and even Thrones and furnishings from the House of Lords.

For family fun, explore the woodland adventure playground. Cycling enthusiasts will delight in the estate's various cycle routes, catering to all abilities. After your activities, relax in the lovely tea room. Come and experience a truly enchanting day at Grimsthorpe Castle!

OAKHAM - The County Town of Rutland

The picturesque town of Oakham is a delightful English market town bustling with charm and activity. Discover its rich heritage, making it a perfect destination for a day trip or a short break.

Kick off your journey at the Rutland County Museum, where you'll uncover fascinating history and exciting archaeological finds. Marvel at glittering exhibitions, showcasing rural life and county trades.

Step back in time at Oakham Castle, a magnificent example of Norman architecture, offering a diverse program of visitor activities six days a week.

Stroll along High Street and admire the impressive Victoria Hall, a Grade 2 listed building brimming with history and now serving as a vibrant multi-functional venue hosting art exhibitions and antique fairs.

Don't miss the lively Market Place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you'll find an array of stalls offering the finest produce, from meats and pies to local cheeses, artisan bread, and fresh free-range eggs.

Indulge in the mouthwatering menus at Oakham's diverse range of cafes, bars, restaurants, and pubs to suit all budgets. With abundant attractions, stylish shops, and boutiques to explore, you'll relish the opportunity to savor our locally brewed ale and gather with family and friends to experience delicious meals in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Oakham awaits your unforgettable visit!


Farmers market every Tuesday & Friday.

  • Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1JY
  • Something for everyone, stalls, Fur and feather, local produce and Livestock.
  • Tel: 01664 562971