The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting cooler and you’ve swapped shorts and t-shirts for woolly jumpers and boots… Autumn has well and truly arrived in Rutland and, despite the change of season, there is still so much to do in and around the UK’s smallest county.
Looking for inspiration? We’ve got you…
Walks & Trails with Discover Rutland
One of the best things about autumn is the changing colours of the beautiful woodlands and countryside surrounding Rutland Water. Reds, yellows, oranges and greens provide a stunning backdrop to any walk and Discover Rutland has a wealth of different walks and trails available on its website for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or a full day of rambling, you’ll find a huge array of options and the best thing is, you’re never too far from a pub, café or restaurant to make a pitstop at!
Plan your next walk here.
Afternoon Tea at Rutland Hall Hotel
If you’d rather enjoy a stunning view of Rutland Water and its surrounding autumnal colours whilst staying warm and dry, treat yourself to afternoon tea at Blossoms Restaurant in the beautiful grounds of Rutland Hall Hotel. Indulge in a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats including finger sandwiches, scones and beautifully decorated cakes, accompanied by a pot of tea or, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, a glass of bubbles!
View the full afternoon tea menu and book a table here.
Explore Oakham Castle
The Great Hall of Oakham Castle was built between 1180 and 1190 and is the finest surviving example of Norman domestic architecture in Europe. Open five days a week and with a varied programme of events for adults and children, Oakham Castle is free to visit (although donations are welcomed) and offers an interactive and comprehensive guide to its 800-year history.
Visit the website for more information on Oakham Castle, including upcoming events and opening times.
Visit Goldmark Gallery
An art-lovers paradise, Goldmark Gallery is a family business which has been situated in Uppingham for over 40 years. With over 50,000 items in stock, the gallery specialises in 20
th century and contemporary art and ceramics, as well as making films and publishing books. Whether you’re looking to add to your collection, invest in your first piece, or simply take some time to wander around one of the latest exhibitions, a visit to Goldmark Gallery will be sure to leave you inspired.
Find out more about the Gallery and its latest exhibitions here.
Shop Independent in Oakham, Uppingham & Stamford
If a spot of retail therapy is your preferred autumnal activity, look no further than the wealth of independent shops in the beautiful Market Towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford. Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe at one of the stylish boutiques, stock up on locally produced gourmet delicacies or (dare we say it), get ahead with your Christmas shopping by picking up some hand crafted gifts, there’s a treasure trove of places to explore.