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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Morcott's Norman carvings

    5 Rutland Churches to Visit

    Rutland has some very fine churches indeed, and almost every parish church has something of interest, so do check them out while you’re in the area. You may be surprised to know that the Church of England is responsible for about 45% of ALL Britain’s Grade 1 Listed buildings. The Government makes no contribution towards the maintenance of these very beautiful buildings and nor (as such) does the Church of England: the legal and financial... Continue reading

  • Unique Sights

    Unique Sights

    WELLAND VIADUCT (SEATON/HARRINGWORTH): Crossing the Welland Valley between Seaton in Rutland and Harringworth on the Northamptonshire border, this magnificent viaduct is over 1km long and has 82 arches, each of which spans 12m. It was completed in 1878 as part of the Oakham to Kettering railway line: passenger trains rarely use it, though it’s a popular route for special steam train runs, and freight often uses the viaduct. WING TURF MAZE: This labyrinth, cut into... Continue reading

  • Rocks by Rail at Cottesmore

    ROCKS BY RAIL: This volunteer-run outdoor museum at Cottesmore chronicles what many may be surprised to learn about: Rutland’s industrial past! Iron ore was quarried in a small way in a number of villages around Rutland, including Cottesmore, connected by narrow and standard gauge railway lines. So ‘The Living Ironstone Museum’ appeals to railway enthusiasts, geologists and industrial historians alike.

  • Fur & Feather in & around Rutland

    If you love birds, bugs and other animals, here are some ideas for visits. BUGTOPIA: A family-friendly zoo featuring insects and some small reptiles. Sykes Lane leisure park at Rutland Water. Check opening dates and times before visiting. RUTLAND FALCONRY & OWL CENTRE: A collection of owls, hawks, falcons, buzzards and an eagle or two may be seen most days at this conservation centre near Exton.

  • Gardens & Parks in & around Rutland

    Gardens & Parks in & around Rutland

    BARNSDALE GARDENS: If you are old enough to have watched Gardeners World on TV in the 1980s/90s presented by the late Geoff Hamilton then you will be familiar with Barnsdale Gardens. Today Geoff’s son Nick Hamilton runs Barnsdale as a visitor attraction, garden and plant nursery, with more than 30 different garden ‘rooms’ to see, many of which were designed and planted for TV. CLIPSHAM YEW AVENUE: The topiaried yew trees once lined the carriage... Continue reading

  • In Rutland

    In Rutland

    LYDDINGTON BEDE HOUSE (English Heritage): This is, in my opinion, Rutland’s greatest building and deserves to be better known, though the villagers of Lyddington might not welcome tourists by the coachload. I will review it in detail elsewhere but briefly: one part of a (mostly lost) medieval Bishop’s palace, the amazing upper rooms showcase ancient oak beams and intricate carving. Taken from the Church by Henry VIII and given to Lord Burghley, who turned it... Continue reading

  • in & around Uppingham

    in & around Uppingham

    UPPINGHAM MARKET PLACE: The heart of Uppingham is lined with 18th and 19th century facades, though older buildings like behind some of them. In the centre is the drinking fountain erected for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887: sadly it is no longer connected to water. The Falcon Hotel was, as you can see by the stonework around the main entrance, a coaching inn. Nortons Ironmongers (where you can buy almost anything, including a single sheet... Continue reading