Visiting after Lockdown

Plan Now Travel Later – Rutland provides the perfect rural escape with lots of open spaces, no busy cities and we’re full of fantastic small businesses going out of their way (and yours) to offer a safer way of doing things.

With the roadmap to reopening now available we are working towards the following;
From 8th March

  • Still advised to stay at home, with schools opening and recreation/excercise permitted with your household, or one other person.
    • Rutland Cycle Hire is available for pre-booking

    • Barnsdale GardensGardens are open, courses and workshops planned, takeaway from the tea room available soon

    • Garden Centres remain open

From March 29th

  • Encouraged to minimise travel
  • Rule of 6 or two households can meet outdoors
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can open where restrictions can be met
    • Burghley: Gardens reopen, pre-booked tickets essential

    • Rutland Water mini golf reopens at Sykes Lane

    • Rutland Watersports Centre for hire and day launches reopen

    • Golf courses reopen

    • Rutland Water Fishing reopens 1st April for telephone bookings

From 12th April (at the earliest)

  • Minimal travel still encouraged
  • Self contained accommodation can open where no facilities are shared
  • Outdoor attractions can open where restrictions can be met
  • Retail can open
  • Outdoor hospitality can commence
  • Some outdoor events may begin
    • Rutland Water Nature Reserve sites & bird hides reopen

From 17th May (at the earliest)

  • Indoor attractions can open when restrictions can be met
  • All accommodation can open
  • Private life events can have 30 attendees
  • Indoor and outdoor events can commence where restrictions can be met

From 21st June (at the earliest)

  • No legal limits on social contacting planned


Rutland Takeaway Services; If you’re lucky enough to live locally, there are many fantastic eateries offering a takeaway service, these can also be found on our Shop Local Online page

Plan Now, Travel Later – it’s nice to have something to look forward to, so start planning your next visit to Rutland, read our latest Autumn Winter guide for ideas.

Know Before You Go and check the relevant business information.

Look out for the We’re Good To Go mark from VisitEngland which highlights that a tourism / hospitality business has adapted their operations in line with respective Government and public health guidance and has a COVID-19 risk assessment in place to aid staff training, social distancing and cleanliness. See a list of Rutland businesses with the Good To Go mark here.

#DiscoverRutlandIndependents #ShopRutland – You can still support our lovely local businesses, as many have an online shopping facility, or can take orders via phone and email.

See our Blog page for more!

For those who live locally (due to the rule of essential travel) here is a local business update;
Rutland Water Park  will be remaining open for access to the tracks and play parks and takeaway services will be offered from the cafes and pubic toilets will be open (weekends only at Barnsdale). Anglian Water are continuing to review which activities can remain open in line with the Government guidelines and will update on these once we have confirmation. Please check the Rutland Water Park web-page to find out what is and isn’t open before you travel. Know Before You Go!

Burghley Parkland will remain open daily from 7am to 6pm, free of charge. The Garden Shed will be providing takeaway refreshment.  public toilets will be closed.

Garden Centres are open with safety measures in place;
Barnsdale Gardens Nursery
Rutland Water Garden Nursery
Barnsdale Gardens Plants Nursery
Welland Vale Garden Inspirations
Gates Garden Centre & Farm Shop
Rutland Garden Centre

When out and about, please remember to;

  • Follow the Government guidance on social distancing
  • Be respectful of the surrounding areas, to help protect the most vulnerable in those communities
  • Please park respectfully
  • Please take your litter home with you
    Thank you for your support.



Outdoors in Rutland – the area is blessed with many outdoor areas to visit (not just Rutland Water!);


Playing golf in Rutland – golf courses can reopen, but players from a higher tier area should not travel to play.

Rutland Water Golf Course

Greetham Valley Golf Course

Previously the government have listed ‘safe sport’, where you can adhere to social distancing, which includes golf, cycling, tennis, fishing, canoeing, surfing and sailing  (where facilities are open). Plan Now, Travel Later.


Go Shopping!

Many of our fantastic local shops have adjusted to government guidelines opened their doors. A new website has been set up by Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Council and Uppingham Town Council to help you plan your trip.


Reconnect with family & friends with a weekend break in Rutland after lockdown

With a great central location, just 100 miles from both London and York, Rutland is easy to get to, making it ideal to gather family and friends from around England for a holiday after lockdown! With countryside walks, large gardens and the extensive and beautiful open spaces around Rutland Water, there are lots of options available.

Plan Now, Travel Later


Rural accommodation for your UK break after lock-down

If you’re itching to get your caravan out, Rutland can offer you a choice of a small adult only campsite at Greendale Farm Park, or a family friendly site with play-area and indoor pool at Rutland Caravan & Camping.

Many Rutland self catering properties and glamping sites can offer a contact free holiday after lockdown – remember you can book food delivery from our fantastic local shops listed on our Shop Local Online page.

Find small and peaceful village pubs, country guesthouses and luxurious small hotels and restaurants offering exclusive use and separate private dining.

Plan your local UK break after lockdown