Mindfulness Break: Relaxation


    Keeping our minds and bodies active is vital in the upkeep of our mental health and Rutland is the perfect place to do so. Whether you’re looking to recharge your batteries in the great outdoors and get your brain focused on some arts and crafts, or get some adrenaline pumping with fun activities, you will never be stuck for things to do in Rutland.

    Discover Rutland has put together two example itineraries for a mindful 48 hours in Rutland;
    * Relaxation; try out some crafting courses and enjoy the natural surrounding
    * Action-packed: focus your mind on activities and pump adrenalin around your veins

    Begin each day with the most important meal – breakfast! If you’ve stayed in one of our guesthouses or hotels, this will be well taken care of, or you can pop to our favourite Hambleton Bakery to pick up some traditionally baked goods.

    Here’s a suggestion of how to continue your 48 hours in Rutland on a relaxed Mindfulness break:

    Day 1:

    If you’re keen to explore any latent talent you might possess, begin your day with one of Katherine Staples’ ceramic classes, run from her purpose-built garden studio in Whissendine. All levels of experience are welcome, so whether you’re aiming to create a masterpiece worthy of the Tate Modern, or you just want to have some fun, you’ll have a lovely time playing with clay. A variety of courses are also available at Tresillian House, Barnsdale Gardens and Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

    Afterwards, take a twenty minute drive to the delightful Fineshade Wood. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is an effective relaxation technique. The simple act of being calm and quiet amongst trees and breathing deeply while observing nature has been found to help both adults and children reduce stress levels.

    Rutland is home to myriad parks, green spaces and woodlands, providing plenty of opportunities for you to find a quiet place to get back to nature. Many woodlands and parks are privately owned, so to make sure you’re not trespassing, always check online. Fineshade Wood offers plenty of space to relax and get back to nature so this is the perfect activity to try whilst you’re here.

    On your drive back, stop off at The Fox in North Luffenham for your evening meal. Their menu includes delights such as fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and vegetarian sausages and mash.

    Day 2:

    Start off your day with a Botanical Painting Workshop with Dawn Wright, fellow of the UK’s Society of Botanical Artists. Dawn Wright has been painting and teaching botanical art for the past 15 years and regularly exhibits around the UK with her work being held in many private collections. Through gentle, supportive encouragement and enthusiasm, Dawn can help you create something you can be proud of and take home to remember your time in Rutland. Monthly classes are held on Saturdays or two separate Wednesdays at Barnsdale Gardens. Contact Dawn for 2022 dates.

    Whilst you’re at Barnsdale Gardens, why not pop into their Tea Room for lunch with both lite bites and main meals on offer.

    Then take a trip to Rutland Water, just a six minute drive away for a walk in the fresh air. Walking is a cheap (free?!) activity which affords a lot of health benefits, it is a great way to boost your mood. Rutland has a vast array of walking routes to explore including Rutland Water where you can walk a section of its circumference – you’ll  be rewarded with some spectacular views across the water! There are also a number of cafes spotted around allowing you to stop for breaks and enjoy a warm or a cold drink.

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