Name one thing more enjoyable than enjoying the sun in glorious surroundings? OK – so there may be a few but our favourite at Pink & Jones is a picnic at Rutland Water.
Rutland – wearing the proud title of the ‘smallest county in England’ has a lot to offer. Close to the historic town of Oakham, Rutland and subsequently, Rutland Water has become known as the playground of the East Midlands. Offering visitors, the opportunity to try out exciting water sports, view nature reserves and of course, enjoy the scenic beauty of Rutland Water itself.
Visitors come once and keep on returning. Why? Because Rutland Water offers more than just a lake to its visitors.
Brimming full of people hosting BBQs and picnics during the summer months, the park is equally mesmerising during winter. Crisp, brisk walk anyone?
Popular with most, hiring a bike and completing the 25 mile (or 17 miles) track usually trumps all other activities. That being said, the park does have a Watersport’s Centre, providing sailing, canoeing and windsurfing facilities.
Whilst Rutland Water can be enjoyed for its natural surroundings, there are a number of events and activities hosted throughout the year in the surrounding areas. Check out our top 5 below:
1) Stamford Shakespeare Season 2016
Arguably England’s finest open air theatre, this year will see over 34,000 people attend from across the UK and Europe attend a season of Shakespearean plays. Celebrating its 40th year, visitors can enjoy an evening of al fresco dining (bring along your own picnic).
For more information on dates and prices please visit their website: http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk/
2) Discover new heights with rock climbing
Think you are Rutlands answer Bear Grylls? If so, why not try out RockBlok – rock climbing for all levels situated on the north shore of Rutland Water. An exciting and safe activity for everyone aged 7 years and above. You are spoilt for choice at RockBlok with an 8 meter climbing wall, natural rock wall and a high rope adventure course.
For details on opening times, contact RockBlok on 01780 460 060 or visit their website on www.rockblok.com
3) Enjoy a scenic cruise aboard the Rutland Belle
Enjoy the scenic sights of Rutland Water by joining the Rutland Belle boat tour. You’ll embark from the North Shore, cruising along until you reach Normanton on the South Shore visiting all the key points of interest whilst listening to a commentary highlighting what you are seeing.
Make the cruise extra special by treating yourself to a glass of bubbly!
For more information of seasonal opening times, visit http://rutlandwatercruises.com/
4) Stop off for some shopping in Oakham
Close to Rutland Water is the beautiful market town of Oakham. Currently owners of the prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ award, the town is full of rich heritage, boutique shops and a bustling market place.
Oakham School is seen as a landmark within the town and should definitely be on your list to visit, purely for its stunning architecture!
Tip: The Farmers Market comes to town on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
5) Stroll amongst Hambleton Hall gardens
Historically a hunting box, Hambleton Hall has quite the eclectic history which is worth enquiring about when visiting.
Now a 15 bedroom county house hotel with an award winning restaurant managed by michelin star chef Aaron Patterson, visitors can enjoy the lakeside setting in a comfortable environment.
For bookings, please visit http://www.hambletonhall.com/
Having completed many removals to Oakham area for many years, the above suggestions are some of our favourite places here at Pink & Jones.
Without a doubt, there are more hidden gems that need to be added to your list.