Take time to enjoy a traditional Christmas atmosphere in Rutland, with an array of festive food to enjoy and a laid back shopping experience.

View The Discover Rutland Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Great gifts without leaving the house

Think outside the box and get a gift that fits inside an envelope! Experiences and annual passes make for fantastic, thoughtful gifts (and can be purchased last minute without having to leave you house!).

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland Water Nature Reserve & Burghley House offer annual passes. As do Anglian Water with their handy parking permit.

Gift vouchers are available for activities  such as golf – fly fishing – and courses at Rutland Cookery School – or experiences such as train driving, and sailing. Many restaurants also have gift vouchers available, where you can treat a loved one to an afternoon tea or meal out.

Tickets to Tolethorpe Hall open air theatre, or other local theatres are also a great thing to look forward to.



Our small market towns of Oakham and Uppingham are abundant with shops offering a personal laid back service. Browse for artworks, antiques, jewellery, gifts, local produce and much more besides… don’t let Christmas shopping become stressful!

If the idea of getting everything at one location sounds like a good plan, head to Gates Garden Centre, where Christmas began on 26th September and offers gift options for just about everyone; with their planting and garden related pieces, the extensive range of gifts, homes accessories, children’s toys and large Christmas displays, clothing, local produce and aquatics centre…. not forgetting their magical winter wonderland grotto, which is a firm local favourite.


The Run up to Christmas

Although we may not be able to enjoy the established favourite festive events this year, you can still enjoy fabulous local food to get you in the Christmas Spirit.

Barsdale Gardens Tea Room have created a Christmas Afternoon Tea throughout December at £34.95 for two. Including festive sandwiches, goats cheese & red onion crostini’s, pigs in blankets, mini mince pies, cinnamon dusted fruit scones and mulled wine. Call 01572 813200 to book.


Rutland Water Garden Nursery

Lyndon Rd, Oakham LE15 8RN, UK