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 Grimsthorpe Castle have a fantastic cycling route and adventure playground and so do Fineshade Wood
  2. Visit our local attractions approved by kids; get hands on at Bugtopia 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 Bugtopia 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

Footgolf at Rutland County Golf Club – a great challenge for all ages, mixing the sports of football and golf at this 9 hole specialised course, available all year round.

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 – Medieval Mondays take place every Monday of the school summer holidays. Book early for the Archery sessions & tile making workshops in the morning, and excellent drop-in crafts sessions in the afternoon.

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. http://www.aquaparkrutland.co.uk


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. www.twinlakespark.co.uk

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. www.spacecentre.co.uk

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. www.sacrewell.org.uk

Aqua Park Rutland

A super-soaking immersive experience is set to be served up to outdoor activity fans thanks to the return of Aqua Park Rutland – the UK’s biggest inflatable watersports challenge operating at Rutland Water again this Summer.  With huge potential for epic fails and total wipeouts, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the Great British outdoors this summertime, whatever the weather! CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS PAGE

Rutland Water Visitor Centre & Mini Golf

Make sure you pop into the interactive and informative Rutland Water Visitor Centre on your next visit. Here you will find lots to be learned; with items telling the history of the reservoir, and explaining the wildlife on the nature reserve, plus a fantastic 12-hole mini golf course, new in 2019, providing fun for the whole family. 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 Golf Club & Footgolf

Rutland County Golf Club has a deserved reputation for it’s warm and friendly atmosphere. The inland links-style 18-hole Course is highly regarded by all who play here.

Rutland Watersports

Rutland Watersports Centre is on the north shore of Rutland Water Park at Whitwell. This is a day sailing, canoeing and windsurfing centre owned and operated by Anglian Water providing a great place to hold or enrol in events, courses, activity days, corporate days or a bit of retail therapy.

Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens

The Castle is the centrepiece of the estate. It is a large quadrangular house with a central courtyard.

Price from £5.50

Bugtopia The Zoo

Bugtopia is a family owned small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family.

Price from £6.5

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

Burghley House

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

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

Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood is a fantastic day out for families and wildlife lovers alike. There are lots of places to explore, cycle round and play in.

Aqua Park Rutland

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

Rutland Water Visitor Centre & Mini Golf

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

Rutland County Golf Club & Footgolf

Great North Road, Nr Stamford, Rutland, PE9 4AQ, United Kingdom

Rutland Watersports

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

Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens

Grimsthorpe, Nr Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0LY, United Kingdom

Bugtopia The Zoo

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

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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

Burghley House

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

Rutland County Museum

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

Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood, Fineshade, Nr Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3, United Kingdom