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Birdfair – The British Birdwatching Fair

Event Start Date:
August 19, 2016
Event End Date:
August 21, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton

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A popular international event which encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry, whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts.

Please note that accommodation in Rutland books up quickly for this event.

Swim Rutland

Event Start Date:
August 14, 2016
Event End Date:
August 14, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland Water

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A 2km & 4km open water swim across the main body of Rutland water.

SwimRutland is back again for 2016, following the success of SwimRutland in 2015. The same team are excited to offer the opportunity to compete this iconic swim for a second time. We offer a really unique opportunity to swim across one of the countries most recognisable landmarks. in 2016 we are offering the chance to swim double the distance with a 4km option. We cover safety throughout the event with Kayaks, powerboats and stand up paddle boarders. With the Red Cross also on hand we have teamed up to ensure your safety is our number on priority.

Steam on Rutland Water

Event Start Date:
June 25, 2016
Event End Date:
June 26, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland Water

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Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2016 | 10am – 5pm

Why not come along and enjoy this vintage classic affair of large steam engines and victorian seaside attractions to celebrate the opening of the new beach and Rutland Water Park. Just remember your Beachwear!

Variety of steam powered and vintage vehicles
Music and family entertainment
Small funfair and bouncy castle
Seaside attractions
Lots of stalls
Fully licenced bar

Vehicles on display include;

Steam engines | Vintage tractors | Vintage lorries | Vintage motorbikes | Classic cars | Stationary engines

 

Annual Rutland CAMRA Beer Festival

Event Start Date:
April 19, 2016
Event End Date:
April 19, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland County Museum, Oakham

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Thurs 23rd Jun – Sun 26th June. 11am – 8pm (12pm-4pm Sun)
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The 4th Rutland CAMRA beer festival at Rutland County Museum will feature 40 real ales with a good spread of light and dark ales as well as some festival specials. Real Ciders, Perries as well as continental bottled beers, soft drinks, food and entertainment are all on offer.

Admission is free for CAMRA members and non-members on Thursday and Sunday. £1 on Friday and Saturday.

Uppingham Feast Day

Event Start Date:
June 19, 2016
Event End Date:
June 19, 2016
Event Venue:
The Market Square, Uppingham

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Get the summer into full swing with the annual Uppingham Feast Day, on Sunday 19th June, it promises to be fun packed day.
The Market Square, Town Hall and High Street will be full of family entertainment for young and old alike, with many activities including Street Entertainers, Live Music, Hot & Cold Food, Craft Faye, Children’s Entertainment, including Storytelling & Rhyme Time, and a Street Market – plus, much, much more.

Dambuster Triathlon

Event Start Date:
June 18, 2016
Event End Date:
June 18, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland Water

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The swim which takes place in the Rutland Water Lake is a straight one lap 1500m with no real surprises. A well tried and tested course which starts in front of the Harbour Bar and is a tremendous spectacle for competitors and spectators alike.

The bike — a slightly long 42km around the spectacular Rutland scenery — is a good testing course and well suited to strong bikers. Best described as undulating it’s sure to sort out the standings. The Rutland Ripple is not the only test of endurance on the course which offers little in the way of flat, but does offer good road surfaces and is a well established and clearly signposted route.

 The 10km plus run navigates around the lake and across the dam after which it is named, but don’t be deceived by the flatness of the run section which does a double loop of the Dam. The fact that you can see the competition for much of the run means this is a psychologically challenging course.

To book your place, or for more information, please visit www.pacesetterevents.com

Rutland County Show

Event Start Date:
June 5, 2016
Event End Date:
June 5, 2016
Event Venue:
Rutland Agricultural Showground, Oakham

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The Rutland County Show provides a unique opportunity to appreciate what is great about our County. The 184th Rutland County Show is held at the Rutland Agricultural Society’s on the Oakham bypass and welcomes visitors from all over the local area and further afield. With classes for sheep, cattle, goats and horses together with produce, displays, vintage vehicles/tractors plus attractions in the Main Ring there is something for everybody.

There’s so much to see and enjoy at this years’ show with fabulous Main Ring attractions throughout the day, including a fast and furious Scurry Driving Competition, Sheep dog trials and Birds of Prey, culminating with the magnificent Grand Parade of Livestock Champions.

With rural exhibitions and demonstrations running throughout the day, this year we are pleased to welcome Leicester Poultry Group alongside the traditional cattle, sheep, goats and equestrian classes.

Sample delicious artisan food and drink in ‘The Larder’ food court and watch creative chefs in the Pavilion workshops. Back by popular demand is the Tractor Pulling event and the ‘edu-taining’ Sheep Show – this year featuring their brilliant dog and duck display. Browse over 100 unique trade stands and craft stalls, watch the farrier competition run by Leicestershire’s own Stephen Hill, try your hand at Petanque with a professional coach offering free advice and enjoy the vintage vehicle displays.

Gates open at 8.30 a.m. and Ticket prices:

Adults £12.50 – Concessions (ages 15-17 & 65+) £10.00.
Under 14’s FREE
FREE CAR PARKING.

Osprey Cruise

Event Start Date:
June 4, 2016
Event End Date:
August 27, 2016
Event Venue:
Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre, Rutland Water

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One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board.

Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Past highlights have included Great-crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Common Tern, a plethora of wildfowl and much more!

The cruise will last 1.5 hours and costs £22 for adults and £13 for under 16s.

Dawn Cruise

Dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. We’ll then arrive back at Whitwell and drive around to the Egleton reserve (a 2 mile drive) for a well-earned cooked breakfast at 7:30am. The breakfast consists of a bacon and egg roll, or a vegetarian option of egg and mushrooms or vegetarian sausage. Please state which option you require on booking. Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and if 2015 dawn cruises are anything to go by, we should be in for some spectacular views of Ospreys. Tickets for dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for under 16s.

Afternoon Cruise

This cruise will begin at 3:45pm with refreshments (hot drinks and biscuits) and an introductory talk at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton (LE15 8BT). We then ask you to drive to Whitwell (a 2 mile drive), where the Rutland Belle will set sail at 5:15pm. The cruise will last 1.5 hours and costs £22 for adults and £13 for under 16s

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In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton (LE15 8BT) and Lyndon (LE15 8RN) sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. You can use your discount on the day of the cruise, and/or the day after. For more information about the reserves click here.

All parking costs at Whitwell and the reserves are covered by your cruise ticket.

For more information about cruises, please click here.

Click here to book your ticket online, or call 07875 549524 and speak to Kayleigh.

Stamford Shakespeare Season

Event Start Date:
June 1, 2016
Event End Date:
August 31, 2016
Event Venue:
Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton

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The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton PE9 4BH, just off the A1, two miles north of Stamford.

The plays for 2016 are Macbeth, The Tempest and The Wind in the Willows; these are very popular so book early!

A stage set in an enchanting glade, a company of fine actors, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes, the magic of Tolethorpe begins the moment you take your seat on a warm summer evening in one of Europe’s finest open air theatres.

Comfortably seated and protected from occasional summer showers, beneath a permanent all-weather canopy it’s the perfect setting to enjoy the works of the world’s greatest playwright. Enjoy all the comfort of an indoor theatre with the charm of an open air setting in what everyone calls the complete Tolethorpe Experience.

There is nothing more enjoyable for a theatre visit on a summer evening than a picnic on the lawn… or a pre-performance meal in one of the two elegant restaurant rooms in the historic hall… a quiet drink in the sun-filled, spacious bar… or a stroll through the delightful garden where others have walked for the past 1000 years.

Oakham Castle Grand Re-opening

Event Start Date:
May 30, 2016
Event End Date:
May 30, 2016
Event Venue:
Oakham Castle

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Bank Holiday Monday 30th May from 11am – 4pm

Oakham Castle will reopen its doors to the public with a fantastic day of Norman celebrations following majoy restoration work. Come along for a fab, FREE, family day out and be transported back to the castle’s hay-day, with various Norman activities on offer;

> ‘have a go’ fresco and wall decoration
> Norman coin striking
> Falconry
> Mounted knights
> Norman weaving
> Flour grinding
> A medieval chapel tent
> A Scribe
> Guided tours of the refurbished Great Hall
> Food & Drink

Oakham Castle is a nationally significant piece of English history and one of the most popular tourist heritage attractions in the East Midlands. This is your chance to get a first glimpse of the new facilities at the Castle following its Heritage Lottery-funded restoration.

The reopening of the Castle also coincides with the return of the High Sheriff’s Hue and Cry. The revived Hugh and Cry takes the form of a charity chase down Oakham High Street, with prizes for winners and the best-dressed participants. There will also be a Pillory, market stalls and Morris dancing.