The largest man-made lake in England, Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a superb leisure facility, with four landscaped parks around its shores where you can enjoy walking and picnicking. www.anglianwater.co.uk
Feeling energetic? Why not cycle around the water – in total 27 miles or 16 miles for the shorter route. Cycle hire is available at Whitwell and Normanton www.rutlandcycling.com Two of our Lodges and our holiday cottage are ‘cycling friendly’ – ask us for details.
There are two children’s play areas – one at Barnsdale and the other at Sykes Lane, Empingham, where the Tourist Information Centre and a Crazy Golf course is also situated. The new sand beach at Whitwell is now open for the 2015 season, with swimming from the beach permitted from June. Click here for details.
The two sailing schools at Whitwell and Edith Weston offer sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. www.rutlandsailingschool.co.uk www.rutland8yachts.co.uk
Fly-fishing is popular on the Water – contact Rob Waddington for tuition on www.rutlandwaterflyfishing.co.uk Alternatively, Greetham Valley has private coarse and trout fishing lakes, available to residents only, plus a salmon fishing lake open to everyone
There are two bird watching reserves at Lyndon and Egleton, where you can find out about the successful Osprey breeding programme as well as all the other birds and wildlife at Rutland Water www.rutlandwater.org.uk www.ospreys.org.uk. Check out our Rutland Osprey Tour Packages and our Winter Birding Packages, which included guided walks and talks as well as accommodation here at Greetham Valley.
A lovely way to spend time is on a leisurely boat trip around and across the Water on the Rutland Belle . Board at Whitwell. A special treat are the Osprey Cruises aboard the Belle www.rutlandwatercruises.com
Rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes and trampolining can be found at the Whitwell site. Children’s parties are a speciality, and they certainly offer a different type of corporate day! www.rockblok.co.uk
An excellent website to view all the attractions that Rutland has to offer is www.discover-rutland.co.uk. It is Rutland’s own tourism website and provides info on activities, where to stay or dine plus much more.
Greetham village itself is a lovely walk across the golf course from the Greetham Valley complex, or a couple of minutes drive, and is a peaceful but vibrant community which welcomes visitors to enjoy its’ ambience. Take a look at the village’s own website, run by the community, to see what’s going on www.greethamrutland.com
A fabulous experience for all ages from 6 years upwards – the chance to handle and fly superb birds of prey! Simon Tebbutt of FalconryServices.com brings hawks, owls and eagles to Greetham Valley and can tailor the experience to specific groups and needs. A particular favourite is the expressive Errol the great grey owl!
Stamford Arts Centre
This lovely Georgian building boasts a fully air conditioned theatre which doubles up as a cinema with digital sound, an exhibition gallery, a multifunctional ballroom, an art room, plus a coffee shop, ice cream kiosk, bar in the cellar, box office, tourist information centre and gift shop and plenty of parking nearby. www.stamfordartscentre.com and to find out more about Stamford visit www.stamford.co.uk
Rockingham Race Track
Home of NASCAR racing in Europe. Track days and driving experiences can be booked on the track. www.rockingham.co.uk
Indoor Swimming Pools
Large, well run leisure pools in Stamford and Bourne, each with slide, fountains and wave machine. Drift Road, Stamford. Tel: 01780 765522. Queens Road, Bourne, Tel: 01778 421435
Guests staying at Greetham Valley Hotel, Rutland Lodges or Mill Cottage may pre-book private or public sessions in the family owned indoor heated swimming pool in nearby Greetham village. £15 for half hour private swim for up to 10 people; £4 per adult, £2.50 per child for half hour public session swim. Phone 01572 813520 to book one week ahead.
Pots of Fun
Something for a rainy day. This is a ceramics studio in nearby Stamford where you can paint a piece of pottery and create your own masterpiece. There is also a café so you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a bite to eat whilst you paint. Great for kids and adults alike. Make sure you visit at the beginning of your stay as it can take a few days to fire your finished piece.
Twinlakes has 80 acres of attractions in the beautiful Leicestershire Wolds near Melton Mowbray. Designed for every member of the family to have a great day out. Brilliant for wet or dry weather, attractions include a 20,000 square foot indoor play area set over 4 floors with vertical slides, ball pits etc, bumper boats, roller coasters, obstacle course, karts, zip wires, play houses and a farm park where you help feed the animals. They also have a falconry display twice daily. www.twinlakespark.co.uk
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre
There is something for everyone at Sacrewell, from friendly farm animals, the Shire Horse Centre and play areas to the working watermill and farm bygones. The visitor centre is spread over 35 acres and you can enjoy a tractor ride around the 550-acre working farm or walk one of the farm trails. If you are feeling more adventurous you could try the family orienteering course. Children have a choice of indoor or outdoor play areas to keep them amused once they have fed the animals. www.sacrewell.org.uk
This is a very seasonal attraction – fortunately open for 8 weeks over the long school summer holidays! A huge maze of maize planted with a new design and quiz trail each summer, this award-winning maze has a fun Quiz Trail hidden amongst 3 miles of intricate pathways, with high level bridges and towers giving stunning 3D panoramic views. For 2013 the maze had an ‘Historical’ theme, and was in the shape of a Boar (King Richard III’s emblem). For 2014 the maze had a ‘First World War’ theme and was in the shape of a “Field Cannon”. For 2015, the theme is ‘Sports’ and the maze is in the shape of a rugby player scoring a try! The Wistow Estate also includes an Activity Funyard, a thriving Rural Centre with a new art gallery and Mediterranean deli, cafe/bistro, plant centre, model village and a variety of shops. Well worth a visit, Wistow is a 50 minute drive away from Greetham Valley. www.wistow.com
Situated in Tallington, just outside of Stamford. These lakes offer water-skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and fishing. On dry land you can enjoy skiing and boarding on the dry ski slope, krazy karts, a climbing tower and children’s play area. www.tallington.com
A huge adventure park situated in Kettering. Loads of rides, roller coasters, pirate boat etc and large open spaces to play and have a picnic. Suitable for all ages. www.wicksteedpark.co.uk
Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Set in 42-acres of unspoilt woodlands, it is home to a variety of birds of prey: owls, hawks, falcons, buzzards and vultures. There are daily demonstrations and some birds can be handled. www.rutland-falconry.com
National Space Centre
Situated on the outskirts of Leicester this is a science, earth and planetary centre. It is the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space and has hours of amazing discovery and interactive fun. You can visit the human spaceflight: Lunar Base 2025 and become an astronaut and get ready for blast off on a stunning 3D SIM journey to the ice moon Europa. www.spacecentre.co.uk
Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and Sausage Shop
Melton Mowbray’s oldest and only remaining bakery producing truly authentic Melton Pork Pies. Tours and demonstrations are available. 8-10 Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray. Tel: 01664 482068. www.porkpie.co.uk
The home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company, this is a fantastic place to enjoy wonderful theatre in an open air environment. Performances change annually. For 2012, they include Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part 1 and The Three Musketeers. www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk
Yew Tree Avenue
The Avenue is over 200 years old and consists of 150 clipped Yew trees in all manner of unusual shapes. A lovely place to stroll and leisurely pass the time.
The stately heritage of England
Burghley is one of the largest and grandest stately houses of the first Elizabethan Age, designed and built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. The main part of the house has 35 major rooms, with 80 lesser rooms. As well as exploring the beautiful house, you can also visit the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop and the wonderful Garden of Surprises. The historic parkland was designed by Capability Brown and is the venue for the annual four day Burghley Horse Trials www.burghley.co.uk
The beautiful ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for 1,000 years. Includes the museum of the Queen’s Royal Lancers. The terraced gardens feature sculptures and there are regular historical re-enactments. www.belvoircastle.com
This remarkably located castle was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and has been home to the Watson family for the past 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Monarch held the Castle. What makes this castle extraordinary is that it has been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and has had just 2 owners. www.rockinghamcastle.com
Grimsthorpe is an historic house, park and garden in Lincolnshire, open in the summer for adults and children to enjoy the countryside, nature and history. www.grimsthorpe.co.uk
National Trust owned property on outskirts of Grantham. A visit to the mansion gives you the opportunity to plan your day, your way. Gone is the set visitor route – now you can explore at your own pace, enjoy themed interpretation, guided tours and rooms that enable you to delve a little deeper while a daily Below Stairs Tours give fascinating insights into how Belton’s servants lived and worked in the 1900s. Includes a large outdoor adventure playground. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
The Duke of Buccleugh’s family home, Boughton is a lifelong project of heritage, restoration and rural enterprise. Known as ‘The English Versailles’ this lovely property is one of the flagships of the wonderful heritage of Britain. www.boughtonhouse.org.uk
Occupied and developed by the Brudenell family since 1514, from a mediaeval manor into a Tudor and Georgian mansion. The gardens have been greatly improved during the last thirty years or so. The rooms on view are regularly used by the family and their friends and contain a large collection of family portraits, furniture and memorabilia. Gift shop and ‘Old Kitchen’ tearoom. www.deenepark.com
One of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses earlier owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. Also take time to wander around the recently restored great gardens with their elaborate ‘cutwork’ design complete with statues and urns. www.english-heritage.org.uk
Barnsdale Gardens are the creation of Geoff Hamilton, Britain’s original and best loved television gardener and presenter of BBC TV’s Gardener’s World weekly gardening programme. Since his death in 1996 the gardens have been open to the public, are run by Geoff’s son Nick and include 39 different gardens, a nursery selling unusual plants, a coffee shop and gift shop. www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk
Easton Walled Gardens
12 acres of ‘lost’ gardens. 400 years of gardening have created a peaceful and settled atmosphere, enhanced by the beautiful valley surrounding it. Lovely walks, beautiful horticultural displays, kitchen garden supplying the tearoom, gift shop and lots for children to do. www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk
Built within an original 1818 Victorian walled garden, this large nursery offers the widest choice goods, ranging from indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, garden and conservatory furniture, clothing and much more. Farmhouse Tea Shop and children’s play area www.gatesnurseries.co.uk
Springfields Festival Gardens and Shopping
A beautifully landscaped venue featuring celebrity showcase gardens, outlet shopping, children’s play areas, a large garden centre, “Fenscape” interactive visitor centre and a range of eating options. www.springfieldsgardens.co.uk