Local Attractions

Rutland is a beautiful and often overlooked county due to it’s size. It is the smallest county in England but with such a lot to offer it’s visitors. Known as Multum in Parvo (much in Little) it certainly lives up to it’s name. From walks, cycling, running, horse riding, to open water swimming, fishing and sailing, there is something for everyone.

Oakham, a pretty little market town steeped in history. Only a short 10 minute drive from the campsite. It has lots of lovely little independent shops and plenty of cafes and tea rooms, and a couple of good pubs.

It is known for it’s castle, although Oakham castle is not actually a castle but a Norman manor house built between 1180-1190. It is thought to be one of the finest examples of late 12th century architecture in England. The great hall still remains intact today and is still used for occasional crown courts and for weddings. Having just received a substantial grant from the Heritage lottery fund it is well worth a visit. Admission is free check the website for opening times www.rutland.gov.uk
Oakham market days are Wednesday and Saturday with a farmers market on Goal Street 3rd Saturday of each month.

Stamford is an equally interesting old market town. With its many cobbled streets and alleyways it is a very attractive town to explore. With architecture ranging from medieval times to a more dominant Georgian presence. It is well worth a visit with Market day on Friday and farmers market alternate Fridays. www.stamford.co.uk

COUNTRY HOUSES

Belton House – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

Burghley House – www.burghley.co.uk

Belvoir Castle – www.belvoircastle.com

Grimsthorpe Castle – www.grimsthorpe.co.uk

Rockingham Castle – www.rockinghamcastle.com

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Walks/Runs
There are great walks and runs straight out of the site
(as we back onto Exton Park) without the need to even see a road.
Please see the OS maps in your domes or ask our advice as we love to do both.
www.extonpark.co.uk

Cycling
www.discover-rutland.co.uk/discover-rutland/rutland-water

Sailing and windsurfing

http://www.rutlandsailingschool.co.uk

http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/rutland/

Open water swimming

http://inspire2tri.com/programmes/open-water-swimming-2/open-water-swimming-events-in-rutland-water

Climbing

http://www.rockblok.com

Bird watching

https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/visitor-centres/

Fishing

http://www.strettonlakes.co.uk/fishing-2/

Golf

Greetham Valley Golf Club is our neighbour and offers a discount to our guests.

http://www.greethamvalley.co.uk

 

GASTRO PUBS

The Wheatsheaf, is by far our own favourite village pub, which is a very pleasant 10-minute walk from the site along the brook. Children and dogs welcome, a fantastic welcoming atmosphere and the most amazing food all on you door step! http://www.wheatsheaf-greetham.co.uk

Tel:  01572 812 325

The Berkeley Arms http://www.theberkeleyarms.co.uk

Is an award winning pub and resturant situated in the picturesque village of Wymondham.

Tel: 01572 787 587

The Olive Branch http://www.theolivebranchpub.com

Characterful village pub made up of a series of small rooms which feature open fires and exposed beams. in the nearby village of Clipsham.

Tel: 01780 410 355

The Finches Arms http://www.finchsarms.co.uk

Is a 17th Century English country inn tucked away in the heart of Hambleton peninsula on Rutland Water.

Tel: 01572 756 575

The Blue Ball http://www.theblueballbraunston.co.uk/

Is Rutland’s oldest inn.  They serve fresh food cooked to order using seasonal, local ingredients.

Tel:  01572 722 135

 

SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS

We are just a 20-minute drive from Twinlakes. This is an outdoor amusement park, which has an outdoor slide park open in the summer months but is also good for those rainy days as it has 2 large indoor barn areas. http://www.twinlakespark.co.uk

We also have Sacrewell Farm, another short 20-minute drive from us. http://www.sacrewell.org.uk a wonderful farm park where the children can interact with the animals and learn about farming.

For those very hot summers days Burghley House has a fantastic water garden which the children are free to run around in their swim suits http://www.burghley.co.uk/about-burghley/gardens-deer-park/garden-of-surprises/