Rutland Attractions

Rutland Water

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.

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

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 recently created sandy beach at Whitwell is now open throughout the year, with swimming from the beach permitted from June until September.

The sailing school at Whitwell and Edith Weston offers sailing, canoeing and windsurfing.

Fly-fishing is popular on the Water – contact Rob Waddington for tuition on

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

A lovely way to spend time is on a leisurely boat trip around and across the Water on the Rutland Belle, boarding at Whitwell. A special treat are the Osprey Cruises aboard the Belle

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!

Fancy something a little bit different? Why not try the UK’s biggest inflatable aqua park? Now measuring over 100m by 80m our floating inflatable Aqua Park has climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags the UK’s biggest slides and a special corner for adrenaline junkies.

An excellent website to view all the attractions that Rutland has to offer is 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 20 minute stroll 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

There is so much to explore in our beautiful county…

Falconry Experience

Errol the great grey owlA fabulous experience for all ages from 6 years upwards – the chance to handle and fly superb birds of prey! Simon Tebbutt of 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!

On-site at Greetham Valley

Stamford Arts Centre

stamford arts centreThis 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, cellar bar, box office, tourist information centre, gift shop and plenty of parking nearby. and to find out more about Stamford visit

Approx 12 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Rockingham Race Track

rockinghamHome of NASCAR racing in Europe. Track days and driving experiences can be booked on the track. 

Approx 30 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Indoor Swimming Pools

stamford swimLarge, 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 or Rutland Lodges 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.

Approx 15 minutes’ drive (Stamford) and 25 minutes’ drive (Bourne) from Greetham Valley. Private pool 3 minutes’ drive


Twinlakes-wet-and-wildTwinlakes 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.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre

sacrewell farmThere 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.

Approx 15 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Wistow Maze

wistowThis 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. 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,

Approx 45 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Tallington Lakes

tallingtonSituated in Tallington, just East 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

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Wicksteed Park

wicksteedA big 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

Approx 45 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

Barn OwlSet 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.

Approx 8 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

National Space Centre

national space centreSituated 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.

Approx 50 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and Sausage Shop

ye old pork pie shoppeMelton 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.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Tolethorpe Hall

TolethorpeThe home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company, this is a fantastic place to enjoy wonderful theatre in an open air environment. Performances change annually. For 2017, they include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing and Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy from the cobbles of Lancashire, Hobson’s Choice. Tickets are still available for  a number of shows

Approx 10 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Yew Tree Avenue

yew-tree-avenueThe Avenue in nearby Clipsham 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.

Approx 10 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

The stately heritage of England

burghley houseBurghley House

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 in early September

Approx 10 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

belvoir castleBelvoir Castle

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.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley


Rockingham_CastleRockingham Castle

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.

Approx 30 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Grimsthorpe-CastleGrimsthorpe Castle

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.

Approx 20 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley


Belton HouseBelton House

National Trust owned mansion on outskirts of Grantham. Explore at your own pace – enjoy themed interpretation, guided tours and rooms that enable you to delve a little deeper while daily Below Stairs Tours give fascinating insights into how Belton’s servants lived and worked in the 1900s. Includes a large outdoor adventure playground.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

boughton_houseBoughton House

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. Limited opening days but well worth the visit.

Approx 40 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Deene ParkDeene Park

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.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Kirby HallKirby Hall

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.

Approx 25 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley


Barnsdale Gardens 1Barnsdale Gardens

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.

Approx 5 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

Easton-Walled-GardenEaston 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.

Approx 10 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

gates-nurseriesGates’ Nurseries

Built within an original 1818 Victorian walled garden, this large nursery offers the widest choice of goods, ranging from indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, garden and conservatory furniture, clothing and much more. Restaurant, Farmhouse Tea Shop and children’s play area

Approx 20 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley

springfields_festival_gardensSpringfields 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. 

Approx 45 minutes’ drive from Greetham Valley