Experiences & Hobbies

Learn Something New through Workshops and Experience Days in Rutland


Wonderful courses, workshops & experiences abound in Rutland throughout the year, guaranteeing a chance to learn something new and try something different.  Barnsdale Gardens and Rutland Water Nature Reserve offer a full calendar of events, so plan your next trip to Rutland and choose from watercolour painting to willow weaving, or even try your hand at old countryside skills such as dry stone walling.


Experience Days

Watersports on Rutland Water

Rutland Watersports offer sessions for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding, from beginner to expert.

Or for an unforgettable 3 hour sailing experience on one of Europe’s great lakes, Rutland Sailing Club offers the chance for individuals and small groups to have a taster session in a Dinghy or catamaran with an instructor. Prices from £40per person.


Learn to Fly Fish

Rutland Water Fishing Lodge offers everything you need; boats, permits, tackle and tuition. It’s ideally situated under the Waterside Cafe at Normanton and offers bait, tackle as well as tuition by experienced instructors.

Driver Experiences: Steam Train & Diggers

If you’ve been a fan of the Railway Children or Thomas the Tank Engine and always harboured a dream to be at the helm of a steam train, then it’s time to take a trip to Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum (formerly Rutland Railway Museum).   You certainly won’t be hitting the buffers with this experience as it’s full steam ahead for an exciting day out!

Take the controls of a vintage Ruston Bucyrus 22RB diesel face shovel to simulate digging ore from the quarry face and loading it into the iron ore wagons on the train.  Learn to fire up and manage the boiler of the locomotive and make sure there’s enough steam before taking the controls of an historic engine to propel the wagons up to the quarry and shunt them onwards. This fun packed day out makes a great gift experience or a special gift for Dad!


Workshops and Courses

Hoggy’s Grill: BBQ Academy and pop up restaurant run by the former England cricketer at Rutland Water Garden Nursery, offering courses including ‘3 course gourmet’ ‘veggie extravaganza’ and providing a great fun environment making an experience to remember.

Tresillian House in Melton Mowbray also have a huge variety of opportunities, from Willow Sculpture to all aspects of Gardening, from designing and making your own jewellery to learning a new language.

Rosie Makes Jam offers a wide range of hands-on courses that will give you the know how on making jams, preserves, chutney.

The Rutland Cookery School offers a delicious menu of courses running throughout the year.  Enjoy expert advice, hands on learning all set in a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Plus (as mentioned in the intro) Barnsdale Gardens and Rutland Water Nature Reserve  never fail to offer an excellent programme throughout the year.



Horse Riding Experiences

Enjoy the stunning Rutland countryside riding through a patchwork quilt of fields and bridleways on horseback. From half hour lessons, to two hour hacking experiences, or even whole day rides – enjoy a safe, affordable, horse riding experience with fully qualified instructors and expert guidance on hand. Children’s Pony Days, which combine a mix of riding and stable management, are held throughout the year and are always hugely popular.


Airsoft Rutland

Test your skills at The Gaol, an urban Airsoft experience – a full day of strategy and team building starts at 08:00hrs at the old HMP Ashwell Prison site.  After a full safety briefing, an intense Airsoft battle commences.  Realistic scenarios involving the old prison wing, office space and open air situations bring an adrenaline fueled day at one of the best Airsoft experiences in the UK!

Rutland Water Golf Course

Play the most outstanding golf in Rutland! With Panoramic views of Rutland Water you have a choice of the challenging 18 hole Championship Normanton course or nine par 3 holes on the Hambleton course.

Stamford Shakespeare Company – Rutland Open Air Theatre – Tolethorpe Hall

The magic of Tolethorpe is something special which we highly recommend you experience for yourselves. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see an open-air stage like no other with amateur productions from the extremely talented Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Price from £13

Eyebrook Reservoir

Start Date: 01/01/2010

Nestling on the borders of three counties; Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. Eyebrook Reservoir is a jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England.

Price from £0

Stamford Heavenly Chocolates

Using the finest Belgian chocolate, Stamford Heavenly Chocolates provide a range of treats and gifts for all occasions and ages. From bespoke orders to ‘Make At Home’ kits, you’re sure to be tempted by something from one of their shops: online, in Oakham’s Mill Street, or at Sacrewell Farm Shop.

Rutland Belle

A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest.
The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers, with 60 places in the under-cover saloons. Drinks are available on board.

Price from £7

The Rutland Vineyard

A single site vineyard in between two valleys located on Jurassic limestone soil.

Rutland Water Fishing Lodge

Attracting anglers from across the UK and Europe, both beginners and those with a lifelong passion for fishing enjoy the exceptional fishing opportunities on offer at Rutland Water. Although predominately a Trout fly fishery we do allow Predator fishing at certain times of the year.

Price from £0

Rutland Water Fly Fishing

Learn to Fly Fish with Rob Waddington, fully qualified coach and ORVIS endorsed fly fishing guide.

Price from £75

Greetham Valley Golf

Enjoy a round or two of golf!  Set in beautiful undulating Rutland countryside, Greetham Valley is viewed by many as simply the best golf complex in Rutland and the East Midlands, offering 45 glorious holes of golf, 2017 winner of the prestigous Environmental Golf Course of the Year award. Set amidst 276 acres of picturesque countryside just a few minutes’ drive from Rutland Water, since 1991 Greetham Valley has been carefully developed from traditional undulating farmland to create three diverse golf courses, The Lakes, The Valley and the par 3 Academy, each with their own unique challenges for every level of player.

Price from £22.5

Rutland Water Golf Course

Unnamed Road, Oakham LE15 8TU, UK

Hoggy's Grill: Cookery School

Rutland Water Garden Nursery Ltd, Lyndon Road, Oakham, UK

Stamford Shakespeare Company - Rutland Open Air Theatre - Tolethorpe Hall

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Rutland, PE9 4BH, United Kingdom

Eyebrook Reservoir

Great Easton Road, Caldeco, Rutland, LE15 8RP, United Kingdom

Stamford Heavenly Chocolates

The Maltings, Mill Street, Oakham, UK

Rutland Belle

Whitwell Harbou, Rutland Wate, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL, United Kingdom

The Rutland Vineyard

JC9W+RF Stamford, UK

Rutland Water Fishing Lodge

Normanton Road, Edith Westo, Rutland, LE15 8HD, United Kingdom

Rutland Water Fly Fishing

Stamford Road, arnsdale, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8A, United Kingdom

Greetham Valley Golf

Wood Lane, Greetham, Rutland, LE15 7SN, United Kingdom