Swans and Normanton Church at Rutland Water

Normanton Church

Rutland Water

Normanton Church is the last remaining feature of the villages that were once situated where ‘Rutland Water’ is now stands. A structure that appears to float on the lake when the reservoir is full; Normanton Church is the county of Rutland’s most famous landmark. The valley had to be cleared and so Normanton Church was deconsecrated and scheduled for demolition, but the general public had other ideas and their protests were successful. When it came time to flood the area, it became obvious that the church would be partially submerged once the high-water level was reached.

This would mean the gradual erosion of its lower walls and foundations. A hastily formed trust was organised with the aim of rescuing the building from a watery demise and various proposals were considered. Normanton Church is a perfect setting for Weddings, Corporate events and Musical Concerts.

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Rutland Water

Walking & Exercise

Rutland Water is the centrepiece for sporting activities in Rutland. Set in stunning 3,100 acres of beautiful rolling English countryside, Rutland Water has a 25 mile (40 km) perimeter track..

From Nordic Walking and Hiking Trails, to Triathlons and cycle routes – there’s a huge range of activities waiting for you, regardless of your age or ability.

Rutland is ideal for cyclists and ramblers, with trails and routes available from the Visitor Centre at Sykes Lane.

Hiking from village to village whilst taking in the views and a country pub of two is very rewarding!

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Rutland Water

Cycling

Rutland Cycling hire centre and bike shop at Whitwell on the north shore boasts a huge range of all the latest cycling gear, accessories, bikes, as well as protein bars and sports drinks to help keep you going on your cycling adventure.

For a fun, healthy day out, Rutland Cycling makes it easy for you with route maps, child carriers, gel saddle covers and plenty of refreshments en route. Full-day, long-term and group rates are available, plus student offers.

The company’s recently-launched E-bikes are on offer if you’re looking for something a little more sedate but don’t want to miss out on the cycling experience. Alternatively, you can hire a tandem, perfect for a romantic day out.

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Rutland Belle

Rutland Water Cruises is a family-run business that operates boat trips around the lake during daylight hours from April to October each year. Rutland Belle plies from Whitwell on the North Shore and calls in at Normanton on the South Shore.

Visitors can enjoy the scenery from the water, amidst the sailors, anglers and waterbirds, whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest. Sailing daily from April to October.

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Map of Oakham, Rutland

Heritage trails

Rutland, and the surrounding areas, are a wonderful place to explore whether on foot, car or a bicycle and a Treasure trail is the ideal way of getting to seeing and discovering as much as possible in this beautiful County. It’s also a fun way to spend time with family or friends – along with getting some much needed fresh air and exercise. There are currently seven treasure trails available, which you can purchase either online or in store, from Sykes Lane Visitor Centre at Rutland Water, Walkers Bookshop on Oakham High Street or Rutland County Museum in Oakham.

Oakham Spy: Walking Trail: Break the code to save Oakham’s flowers
Uppingham Murder Mystery: Walking Trail. Can you solve the mystery of the jumped jockey?
Rutland Water South Shore Treasure Hunt: Driving or Cycle Trail. Solve the clues to find out where hidden gold might lie…
Rutland Water North Shore Murder Mystery: Driving Trail. Can you solve the mysterious death of wealthy banker Robin Crook?
Lyddington Treasure Hunt Trail: Walking Trail. Can you find the Bishop of Lincoln’s lost treasure?
Langham to Wymondham Spy Mission: Drive or Cycle Trail. Can you foil the plot to save Rutland from the monster hamsters!
Welland Valley, South Rutland Spy Mission: Driving Trail. Can you foil the plot, to save the Seaton/Harringworth Viaduct from eccentric billionaire N.E. Bridges who wants to take it to his theme park in Utah.

If you’d rather stay nearby shops and cafes on your walks, take a look at the Oakham and Uppingham Heritage Trail’s, which makes sure you don’t miss the many interesting features in our beautiful towns.

These can be downloaded for free from www.discover-rutland.co.uk/useful-info/brochures

Rutland County Show

Shows

The Rutland County Show, takes place annually on the Sunday following the Late Spring Bank Holiday at The Rutland Showground, Oakham. The Show has a very traditional feel featuring; cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, Heavy Horses and equestrian showing and showjumping classes. There’s so much to enjoy with fabulous Main Ring attractions throughout the day and rural exhibitions and demonstrations. You can sample delicious local food and drink in ‘The Larder’ and watch chefs in the demonstration kitchen.

There are over 150 trade stands and craft stalls to browse around or just take a seat and watch the farrier competitions, vintage vehicle displays and of course the highlight of the day is the Grand Parade, bringing together the prize winners from the showing classes in a spectacular narrated procession. A wonderful family day out in the country. And children are FREE!

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Fatstock Show

Shows

Uppingham has been a functioning market town since the 14th century, and holds the only Fatstock Show still to be held in temporary penning in a traditional market town. Champion pigs, sheep and cattle are primped and preened for this event held in the Market Square. Rutland farmers proudly showed off the best of their stock with the aim of encouraging people to buy British and support the industry.

Taking place on Wednesday 29th November 2017 on Uppingham Market Place, there will be pens full of livestock arriving at 7am, judging commences at 10am and the prize-giving will be at 11.30am.

Cancelled only by war and the two national outbreaks of the foot and mouth epidemic this is a unique show being the only event of its kind in the UK still held in temporary penning in a town market square. The regular weekly fatstock market finished in 1954, with the ending of wartime controls, but the annual Fatstock Show has continued and remains one of the most prestigious events in the town’s calendar and is without a doubt “a jewel in Rutland’s crown”. The show includes classes for cattle, sheep and pigs.