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Places to go with kids

What are your plans this summer?

With staycations set to be all the rage, we explore all the fun places to go with kids in Rutland:

Visit the Rutland Aqua Park

The Rutland Aqua Park is a child’s haven of inflatable fun! The floating adventure park offers families the chance to climb water-based obstacles, rafts, and slides. 

There are climbing walls, trampolines, and slides to try out, with the largest slide – the Rutland Mammoth – measuring 5m high. There’s a Tornado Tower, too, for the kids to test their bravery in trying out their tricks and flips.

It’s quite a daring activity with guaranteed laughs, splashes, and happy memories to make the most of your summer staycation.

Have Fun at Rock Blok

Rock Blok is an outdoor adventure centre, ideal for all the family. It features climbing walls, trampolines, and a high ropes course. The kids can also try their hand at abseiling. (This attraction has now closed)

There are a variety of activities available for kids of all ages to have a go, meaning the whole family can get involved and have a fun, adventurous day out.

Explore The Bugtopia Zoo

The Bugtopia Zoo is a fun, educational experience for the kids to visit this summer.

There are informative talks and opportunities to learn about conservation, ecology, and biodiversity.

The animals include a variety of interesting creatures from tarantulas and giant stick insects, to armadillos and caimans. There are regular feeding times throughout the day and interactive experiences where they can hold some of the animals and critters.

Ride Around Rutland

Rutland Cycle Hire has a wide range of bikes and helmets for you to have fun with, so your kids can enjoy an exhilarating day of exercising and exploring the Rutland reservoir and nature reserve.

With an abundance of animals and birds to look out for and plenty of routes to discover, you can make a whole day of it on the bikes. Why not pack a picnic and eat by the water’s edge, looking out for Rutland Water’s infamous otters and ospreys?

Take a Trip To Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle offers 800 years of history to explore when you visit Rutland. Originally built between 1180 and 1190, it was awarded £2.1m in the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 and the money was used for extensive refurbishments.

It now features interactive and comprehensive guides to its history, with daily activities for children. There are also 230 ornate ceremonial horseshoes displayed in the Great Hall, along with many other fascinating Norman domestic architectural columns and statues.

Be sure to check out the programme of events before your visit to see what’s going on.

Visit Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

Spanning across 42 acres of stunning, ancient woodland close to the edge of Rutland Water, Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is home to an array of Birds of Prey, flora and fauna, and even has a Big Cat Project.

The kids can get up close to owls, falcons, vultures, eagles, vultures and more, watching displays and feeds, as well as learning about the fascinating birds throughout. 

The Big Cat Project (pre-booking essential as it’s only open a few times a year) showcases the beautiful, rare, majestic animals no longer suitable for breeding projects. The centre opens up the big cats for visitors to raise money and awareness to help protect them.

If you’re interested in visiting Rutland Water for your summer staycation, book your room with us here at Rutland Hall.

Alternatively, for ideas on a break away without the kids, why not read our previous blog on romantic breaks for couples?

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