The last of Rutland Water’s ospreys have now arrived at their winter home in Northern Africa. The Osprey Project has been tremendous this year, with webcams catching every little detail of the summer lives of these magnificent birds. Their GPS tracking devices have produced some amazing data during their winter migration and the Project can identify them fishing 3 miles out at sea, then returning to roost to devour their catch. Check out www.ospreys.org.uk to enjoy their exploits!
Saturday 3rd September
Voted best event of the year in 2009 by 220 Triathlon Magazine.
The Vitruvian is a race that is even tougher to finish than it is to pronounce or even get into. It starts with a 1900 metre swim in Rutland Water, followed by a 84km cycle stage which includes two climbs over the notorious Rutland Ripple and incorporates nearly 1000m of climbing. This is just the second stage of suffering before the 21km run gets under way to finish things off. The good news is at least the run is flat!
There are likely to be over a thousand supporters around the course and that’s what makes this event so special!!
Accommodation can be hard to find – it’s also Burghley Horse Trials in nearby Stamford – so book early! Greetham Valley has a few Hotel rooms and two Lodges currently available.
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September 2011
Situated in the stunning parkland surrounding Burghley House, this hugely popular equestrian and social event draws visitors from all around the world.
With Dressage on Thursday and Friday, Cross Country on Saturday and Show Jumping on Sunday, it is a comprehensive test of horsemanship, and involves almost every activity of which the horse is capable.
There are also many avenues of stands offering country clothing, crafts and food, plus much more and the event is well worth a visit, whether you enjoy horses or not! Be aware: the Saturday traffic can be horrendous – get in early or wait until lunchtime! And don’t be in a rush to exit…
Rutland Day 2011 incorporating the 2nd Rutland Food and Drink Festival
Sunday 17th September at Rutland Water (Sykes Lane, Empingham site)
Free entry – Car parking: £3 per car
A fantastic day out for all the family:
- live bands on stage – Big 10 Ska and The Hound Dogs
- children’s entertainment
- face painting
- bouncy castles
- balloon modelling
- human hamsters
- Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani
Make your way to the Food and Drink Festival area for
- cooking demonstrations
- a mouthwatering range of local produce including delicious cakes, pies and pastries local ales, ciders and fine wine quality meats, breads and cheeses hot local burgers, sausages, venison and hog roast
Visit the Greetham Valley stand and taste our fabulous Black Rock Grill steaks!