Things to do
Despite being the smallest county in England Rutland has a lot to offer you, hence the county motto ‘Multum In Parvo’ which means ‘Much in Little’. Julia Bradbury, who has travelled across the UK and some of the world, is a big fan of the county and believes that everyone can find “a bit of what you’re looking for in beautiful Rutland”.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you will find lots of thing to enjoy in this rural retreat. Outdoor sports are extremely well catered for with plenty of walking and cycling available, plus fishing, golfing and the huge choice of watersports that take place on Rutland Water. The family can Discover Rutland with a Treasure Trail, a fun way to see our market towns!
Rutland is a great place to pursue an interest in your surroundings, be it a passion for wildlife and nature or an enthusiasm for gardening, you can find it here. There are two nature reserves around Rutland water, with many hides providing a great opportunity to spot a rare bird to two – or you can visit one of the many attractions inspired by the pleasure of gardens and shrubbery, the delightful Barnsdale Gardens is one not to be missed.
Rutland is very proud of the food and drink offering here, so if you like the reassurance of using locally produced, seasonal produce then you will be spoilt for choice. There are numerous pubs offering quality menus that change daily, not to mention the Michelin starred Hambleton Hall!
Rutland is also a great base for visiting attractions in the region, especially if you are interested in the numerous breathtaking stately homes dotted around the county border.
View the Rutland Attractions leafet for a list of things to do, plus a map of Rutland Water
What to do with the kids this summer!
Don't panic - there's lots to do with the children in Rutland which will keep them entertained whist getting them interacting with the great outdoors, or involved in history.
As well as the year-round activities, such as cycling around Rutland Water or testing your skills on the treetop adventure course at Whitwell, you could also visit the many local attractions (Grimsthorpe Castle have a great cycle route and adventure playground!), enjoy a trip on the Rutland Belle, with an obligatory ice-cream stop and visit the free attractions like Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle!
Summer also sees the inland beach at Sykes Lane, a great place for a paddle and a play in the sand. On-site there is also a fun mini golf course next to the visitor centre shop, a bugtopia zoo (and yes, there are ice-creams too!).
There are also events and workshops that may appeal to your family;
Around Rutland Water - see full events and activities available through 2016 here, including;
Watersports; learn to canoe, kayak, drive a powerboat (what kid doesn't want to do that?!). Don't miss The Junior National Water Sports Festival at Whitwell on 6th&7th August.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve; family events through summer, including Nature Detectives & Osprey Family Fun Day on 2nd August
Aqua Park Rutland; new for 2016, this fantastic is the largest inflatable obstacle course in the UK and will definitely wear out the whole family! Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult
Rutland County Museum
Have a summer holiday workshop on 27th July, PLUS a morning and afternoon Craft sessions every Wednesday.
Medieval Mondays - every Monday of the school summer holidays (25th July-29th August) there will be bookable Archery & tile making workshops in the morning, and drop in crafts in the afternoon, plus have a go archery!
Offer a programme of 'Summer Sundays' events, many of them family focused, such as 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' focusing on searching for insects, and family nature trails.
Burghley House (the parkland &gardens of surprises offer a great trip out for the kids alone!)
Monday-Friday from 20th July-28th August, head to the Sculpture Garden Classroom from 12-4pm for a Summer Minibeast Craft workshop. Free with a house&gardens admission