Rutland’s long history has been entwined with horses for as long as anyone can remember; you only have to see the number of decorative horseshoes that adorn the walls of the medieval Oakham Castle to know that the two are inextricably linked.

Ever wondered where your favourite pub, restaurant or hotel got its name? Or how the street names came into being? What about some of those strange sounding village names? Read on to discover the stories behind some of Rutland’s place names. Let’s start with ‘Rutland’… 

Discover Rutland member, The Olive Branch in Clipsham has been named as The Good Pub Guide’s Pub of the Year for 2021.

The Guide, which was published today, says: “In this most difficult of years, we are delighted to award Pub of the Year 2021 to The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland. To compete in the Pub of the Year category a pub has to have unanimous enthusiasm from all readers on all aspects of its business – it has to be top of its game and The Olive Branch is most definitely that. It’s a really special place for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay. It’s a perennially successful inn which attracts a deservedly loyal following from both near and far, and will celebrate its 21st anniversary on December 12.”

With just one month to go, Discover Rutland is encouraging those of us lucky enough to call Rutland home to support our members this Christmas and buy presents and gifts locally and for those who live further afield, there are many vouchers, experiences and products that can be delivered.

Granted, this Christmas will feel different, but we can still make it a very special occasion.

International viewers of The Crown on Netflix have been happily bingeing Season 4 during lockdown and have been wondering where it is filmed? Many a sharp eye may have spotted some of the stunning interiors of Burghley House.

With social distancing back in play, you may be wondering what outdoor activities you can take part in during November?

We know temperatures are cooler, but what is better than a nice crisp walk in a wood wrapped up in winter wool with a hot coffee? Or maybe a cycle ride to get the blood flowing – what better way to exercise during lockdown than to grab your bike (or hire one) and take in the beauty of Rutland? #DiscoverRutlandOutdoors

Are you wondering which shops in Rutland are open during lockdown 2? Well, you came to the right place!

You can still Shop Local Online as many Rutland independent retailers have an online facility, click and collect or welcome you to email them with your requests.


Discover Rutland is a not-for-profit Destination Management Organisation (DMO) that exists to promote Rutland as a tourist destination, not only to people outside the county but those within it too.
We are made up of a team of volunteers who live and run businesses in the county and who dedicate their time to ensuring it is represented fully on a national and local scale.

There’s something tremendously healing about trees; spending time in woods and forests can create a wonderful sense of calm and serenity. What better way to relax and unwind than going back to basics, playing games and following nature trails through some of the region’s ancient woodlands. Enjoyable whatever the weather; if it rains, just throw on your sou’wester and jump in the puddles!