Arts & culture
Visitors looking to enjoy some art during their stay will be spoilt for choice. In Oakham, a number of galleries are open to the public. The Victoria Hall on Oakham High Street often has gallery exhibitions on, along with craft shows, theatrical productions and much more.
In Uppingham too, the range of art galleries including Goldmark Gallery and Orange Street Gallery are all excellent places to spend some time.
Click on the search button on this page to view a list of all the galleries on offer in Rutland or click on the links below to go directly to some of the galleries websites listed below.
Theatre-goers are in for a treat when visiting Rutland, with top class performances in fabulous settings.
Tolethorpe Hall, Rutland’s open-air theatre is home to Stamford Shakespeare Company, who purchased the Hall in 1977 and staged their first play in May of the same year. Since then, Tolethorpe Hall has grown to become a revered open air theatre, with a dedicated following. Annually, a range of performances are staged, and these are never cancelled due to the weather. Performances take place from June to August, the 2013 plays are: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dad's Army (The Lost Episodes) and The Comedy of Errors. Picnicing on the lawn prior to the performance is a popular way to enhance the experience; alternatively, a well equipped on site pre-theatre restaurant is available. View the Tolethorpe Hall 2013 brochure
Uppthearts is managed by Uppingham School and was developed to meet the needs of both the school and local community as well as help the arts to reach out to a wider audience. Part of the Uppthearts offering is Uppingham Theatre, where drama, music, children’s theatre, and poetry are performed throughout the year. Visit the Uppingham Theatre website here.
Music lovers should not miss performances from Music in Lyddington, who provide fine music in a regular series of high quality concerts, with an aim to encourage young musicians. The performances take place in St Andrews Church in Lyddington, the chancel of which was probably enlarged by Bishop Burghersh in the early 14th century, with acoustic pots placed in recesses near the tops of the walls to amplify the sound providing splendid acoustics.
Arts for Rutland
Arts for Rutland is Registered Charity whose work is committed to leading, promoting and supporting the arts in Rutland. The Arts include, film, theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, creative writing and any other art form which the organisation recognises.
Visit the Arts for Rutland website here.
Rutland hosts its very own Festival of the arts every year and it's popularity increases with every season. The Rutland Festival Fortnight includes....
Oakham Festival and Uppingham Fringe, both a celebration of the arts. There is a vast array of theatre, dance, poetry, visual arts and music to be enjoyed throughout the event. The top class performances take place at venues around the county including Oakham School and even local pubs. For more information visit the Rutland Festival Fortnight website.