Family Fun

Days Out With The Kids!

Don’t panic! There’s lots of entertaining things to do with your children in Rutland.  We’ll keep your whole family busy, enjoying the great outdoors, with plenty of things to do see and do.

Top 5 things to do with kids in Rutland

  1. Get on your bike! There are various cycling options around Rutland Water plus Fineshade Wood have a fantastic cycling route and adventure playground
  2. Visit our local attractions approved by kids; get hands on at Rutland Zoo and Rutland Farm Park, or laugh and learn at Rutland Water Nature Reserve and Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum
  3. FREE FUN! Our free attractions in Oakham are Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle where you can walk between the two and spend the day enjoying the exhibitions and child friendly activities, plus Cutts Close park (with skate park) is just over the castle walls, so more hours of fun there!
  4. Spring and Summer bring more great things to do at Rutland Water; enjoy a cool cruise on the Rutland Belle, get your adrenaline pumping on the Rutland Aqua Park, or relax on the inland beach at Sykes Lane
  5. Always check what events or courses are on; especially Rutland Water Nature Reserve and Barnsdale Gardens. View the list of Family Events here.

Rutland Water’s Sykes Lane has a whole load of things on one site; an excellent childrens play area, fun mini golf course for all the family, next to the visitor centre shop and refreshement kiosk. Enjoy the fascinating invertebrates and small mammals at Rutland Zoo and in Summer you can also enjoy a paddle and a play in the sand on our extraordinary inland beach on the shores of Rutland Water.

Rutland Water’s Whitwell is where the action is with cycle hirewatersportsoutdoor gym, plus the thrilling Aqua Park during the warmer months! [please note Rockblok climbing wall and treetop adventures is currently closed.]

Burghley House provides a FREE Beastly Boring Burghley children’s guidebook packed with fun tales and puzzles with every child’s House and Gardens ticket purchased.

Take part in Rutland family-friendly events and workshops – master a skill or learn something completely new!

Around the County

Rutland County Museum – join the excellent program of year round kids and family activities and plan ahead to take part during term time and school holidays.

Oakham Castle – have fun events throughout the year to get involved with

Rutland Farm Park – a stones throw from Rutland County Museum, head down to see the animals and seasonal activities they put on during school holidays.

Barnsdale Gardens – 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 – Don’t miss the parkland & ‘Gardens of Surprises’ that offer a fun and exhilarating day out. The Sculpture Garden Classroom has a variety of activities including a Summer Minibeast Craft workshop. Free with your Burghley House & Gardens admission.

Around Rutland Water

Watersports – learn to canoe, kayak or enjoy the thrill of driving a powerboat.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve – has an exciting calendar of family events through the summer and school holidays, including Nature Detectives & the popular Osprey Family Fun

Aqua Park Rutland – in the warmer months Rutland welcomes one of the largest inflatable obstacle water courses in the UK!  Tremendous fun that will definitely wear out the whole family! Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Stay in Rutland & Experience Nearby Family Attractions

Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray is a wonderful family day out packed with acres of attractions, rides and indoor play centres for the whole family.  Rides include The Buffalo Stampede, Gladiators Galleon and the Creepy Critters Reptile House.  Open every day, the park offers season tickets and group discounts.

The National Space Centre in Leicester is a great day out for the family and is the largest attraction in the UK dedicated to space. There are hours of discovery and interactive fun to be enjoyed at this excellent attraction.

Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre is just over the Rutland border, off the A47 towards Peterborough. You’ll find plenty of things to keep your family entertained here. Feed the animals, hop on a tractor, race around the kart track or learn about olden day farming practises. The little ones can make friends with Bluebell the rabbit, meet Beatrice the shire horse and George the lamb, and if that’s not enough, why not explore the straw bale maze, the bygone watermill and the indoor activity barn. There’s also The Stables Restaurant and the Three Little Ducks Shop on site.

Rutland Cycling Bike Hire & Sales

Twenty-three miles of beautiful traffic free trails around Britain’s largest man-made lake, makes a day at Rutland Water a real countryside delight, pedalling through the beautiful countryside with spectacular views over the water.  Whatever your age or ability, we’ve got just the bike for you from hybrid and mountain bikes, to the latest electric bikes, tandems and kids’ bikes, tag-a-longs, child seats and buggies – all current season models, replaced every year.  Helmets provided free of charge.  Full day  hire available visit to book and for more information.  Please note:  Photo ID required for electric bike hire (Passport or Driving Licence).

Price from £8.99

book now

Aqua Park Rutland

The UK’s most exciting Aqua Park featuring the largest collection of bespoke big impact water obstacles at Rutland Water is open May through to September.

Gates Garden Centre

Gates Garden Centre has been in our family for more than half a century. Since then it has become an unmissable attraction – one that is loved by people of all ages.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water  and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl.

Price from £3.3

The Dairy Barn Cafe

Home of Ferneley’s Ice Cream and a new adventure golf course, visitors can be sure of a warm welcome come rain or shine.

Oakham Castle

Britain’s finest example of Norman architecture, recently conserved and restored thanks to a £2.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was built between 1180-90 and is one of the oldest surviving aisled stone halls in the country.

Price from £0

Rutland Water Visitor Centre & Mini Golf

Make sure you pop into the interactive and informative Rutland Water Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane near Empingham. You will find lots to be learned; with items telling the history of the reservoir, and explaining the wildlife on the nature reserve, not forgetting the array of local information you can pick up to plan your time in the area, alongside maps, cycle routes, souvenirs and gifts.

Rutland County Museum

Rutland County Museum, located on Catmos Street in Oakham, is the perfect introduction to the smallest county in England.

Price from £0

Rutland Sanctuary Zoo

After a complete refurbish in 2021, with new owners and a new name, Rutland Zoo (previously Bugtopia) is a not for profit organization that houses rescued insects, mammals and birds.

Price from £3

Rutland Cycling Bike Hire & Sales

Whitwell Leisure Park, ull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL, United Kingdom

Aqua Park Rutland

Rutland Wate, ull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Rutland, LE15 8BL, United Kingdom

Gates Garden Centre

M5JW+2R Oakham, UK

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Egleto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BT, United Kingdom

The Dairy Barn Cafe

Whissendine Road, Leesthorpe, MELTON MOWBRAY, Leicestershire, LE14 2XJ, United Kingdom

Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT, United Kingdom

Rutland Water Visitor Centre & Mini Golf

Sykes Lane, Empingham, OAKHAM, Rutland, LE15 8QL, United Kingdom

Rutland County Museum

Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP, United Kingdom

Burghley House

urghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY, United Kingdom

Rutland Sanctuary Zoo

Sykes Lane, Empingham, Rutland, LE15 8QL, United Kingdom