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  • Aqua Park Rutland: UK’s best in 2018?

    Aqua Park Rutland: UK’s best in 2018?

    Much in little – that’s Rutland’s motto, and yet another proof of this is the new, bigger, even more exciting Aqua Park Rutland – thought to be the UK’s biggest Aqua Park! 2018 is its third season, and with the addition of a new obstacle, named the Rutland Mammoth, is better than ever – or perhaps that should be wetter than ever… What is an aqua park? It’s a series of inflatable obstacles and slides... Continue reading

  • The front bar at Mill Street Pub & Kitchen

    Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham

    Mill Street in Oakham is one of my favourite strolls. It is lined with some of the most interesting independent retailers in Rutland, but there was one threshold that I had never crossed: the imposing building that houses Mill Street Pub & Kitchen. So when I saw that they’d introduced a new autumn menu, that was all the excuse I needed to climb the steps* and poke my nose inside. And I was well rewarded!... Continue reading

  • The Rutland Cake Company

    The Rutland Cake Company

    Congratulations to local baker Naomi Morgan, who has opened The Rutland Cake Company at Oakham Enterprise Park in Ashwell. There was a great buzz at the launch party this week, as family and friends mingled with local supporters, like me, keen to sample the gorgeous cakes! Naomi says she’s been baking since she was a child, and now thanks to her enthusiasm, flair and family support has created a purpose-built bakery and cafe which she... Continue reading

  • Gardens in Rutland open under National Garden Scheme 2017

    Gardens in Rutland open under National Garden Scheme 2017

    I am indebted to our County organiser Rose deJardin for allowing me to share this information with you. For fuller details, especially regarding directions and disabled access, please refer to ngs.org.uk   Gunthorpe Hall, near Oakham. Sat Nav LE15 8BE WHEN? Sunday 26 March 2017 2-5pm. Admission £4. Light refreshments. Owner Tim Haywood inherited a large country house garden with extensive views over Rutland. It opens in spring when the naturalised daffodils in the old... Continue reading

  • Rutland High Sheriff reaches out to her opposite number in Vermont

    Rutland High Sheriff reaches out to her opposite number in Vermont

    Surely this is the start of a beautiful friendship? The High Sheriff of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, had the wonderful idea of inviting her opposite number from Rutland County in Vermont state in the USA to come over and discover Rutland for himself. And while Oakham is officially twinned with Barmstedt in Germany and Dodgeville in Wisconsin, I know that the High Sheriff of Rutland hopes that the two counties of Rutland can forge a... Continue reading

  • New Geoff Hamilton Winter Border at Barnsdale Gardens

    New Geoff Hamilton Winter Border at Barnsdale Gardens

    I love Barnsdale Gardens and visit several times a year. But in truth, rarely in the depths of winter, when gardens go to sleep – well, my garden certainly does! But when I bumped into Nick Hamilton at the Discover Rutland Tourism Forum, he enthused about the 9,000 snowdrops in the new Geoff Hamilton Winter Border, each one planted individually, which would be making their presence felt by February. So it was that on Friday,... Continue reading

  • What’s On in Rutland: Uppingham Fatstock Show

    What’s On in Rutland: Uppingham Fatstock Show

    Rise and shine for the 111th Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show! When is it? On Wednesday 28 November 2017 What is the history of Uppingham Fatstock Show?  This is a unique event, and – so Andrew Leech of local auctioneers & chartered surveyors Richardson tells me – has been cancelled only by the intervention of war and two national ‘foot and mouth’ outbreaks.  It’s unique in being the only event of its kind still held in... Continue reading

  • Normanton Leisure Area at Rutland Water

    The NORMANTON leisure area is on the South Shore of Rutland Water, and is where you’ll find the half-drowned Normanton Church; the Giant cycle store with both bike hire and sales and the main Angling or Fishing base. There’s a large car park and easy access to expansive grass areas that slope gently down to the water. There are WCs at Normanton, and for eating/drinking, there’s the Crazy Fox take-away/outdoor cafe or L’Oliveto Restaurant which... Continue reading

  • Restaurants in Oakham

    The line between café and restaurant are very blurred, but rather than make this too lengthy a list of places to eat in Oakham, I’ll focus this summary on restaurants where you’d go out for an evening meal, as well as for a lunch-time gossip with a girlfriend. Oakham has a reasonable mix of restaurant styles, but it continues to lack a ‘fine dining’ option. The Barn: Neil (the chef/proprietor)and Karen Hornsby have been running... Continue reading

  • Rutland Restaurants: The Fox & Hounds Exton

    Rutland Restaurants: The Fox & Hounds Exton

    The day dawned cold and sunny after another of Rutland’s wonderful sunrises, and it seemed a good day to get out and do something cheerful. (Mild the winter may have been, but many a morning it has been hard to convince my brain that it is time to get up, it’s been so dark and dank.) Where is the Fox and Hounds? Having heard on the grapevine – via the Great Food Club  – that... Continue reading