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.]

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.

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.

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.

horse riding at fineshade woods

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.

Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum

Rocks by Rail – formerly know as Rutland Railway Musuem, is situated 4 miles from Oakham and tells the local story of how private  railways were used in the local ironstone extraction industry to move the extracted stone on the first part of its journey to the distant steelworks. It takes visitors back to the days before mass road transport when most minerals were was carried by rail and quarries had their own rail system.

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Barnsdale’s Scary Spooktacular

Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where you can take part in a spot of spooky apple bobbing and carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home- it’s frightening fun for all the family, and kids in costume visit free!

Date From: 27/10/2019

The Burghley Halloween Trail

During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat.

Date From: 19/10/2019

Family Festivities @ Barnsdale Gardens

Put on your Christmas jumpers and join us for a family festive day of Christmas crafts, cupcake decorating, festive activities and a delicious afternoon tea for you and the children.

Date From: 15/12/2019

Fineshade Wood

horse riding at fineshade woods

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

Gates Garden Centre

Somerby Road, Cold Overto, Oakham, Leics, LE15 7Q, United Kingdom

Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum

Cottesmore Iron Ore Mines Sidings, Ashwell Road, Cottesmore, Rutland, LE15 7FF, United Kingdom

Barnsdale's Scary Spooktacular

arnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

The Burghley Halloween Trail

urghley House, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 3JY, United Kingdom

Family Festivities @ Barnsdale Gardens

arnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 1PX, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Lincs, PE9 1PX, United Kingdom