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.
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.
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!);
- Barnsdale Gardens has 8 acres to explore providing plenty of inspiration for your own garden
- Rockingham Castle gardens
- Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue
- Fineshade Wood is open, but facilities are limited
- Country walks – take a look at our walking page for some suggestions on Rutland walking routes
- [Grimsthorpe Castle grounds remain closed – Aqua Park is postponed until 2021 – Tolethorpe Hall theatre is postponed until 2021]
Playing golf in Rutland – golf courses can reopen, but players from a higher tier area should not travel to play.
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.
Many of our fantastic local shops have adjusted to government guidelines opened their doors. A new website www.rutlandwelcomesyou.co.uk 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.
Plan your local UK break after lockdown