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Welcome to Rutland, England’s smallest county. This county ‘of good taste’ may be slight in size, however, it’s BIG in choice of things to do. This little gem is packed with activities for families, especially those with pre-school children. If you’re staying with us at the picturesque Rutland Hall Hotel, you’re in for a treat. Not only does our resort boast stunning views and 70 acres of parkland to explore, it also serves as the perfect base for discovering all that Rutland has to offer. Let’s dive into a list of what’s on in Rutland – there are many fantastic activities suitable for families with little ones, come rain or shine.

Rutland Hall Hotel - Main Hall
Rutland Hall
Lakeside lodges at Rutland Hall Hotel
Lakeside Lodges at Rutland Hall

Fine Weather Activities

1. Family Cycling around Rutland Water

With Rutland Cycling bike rentals at Whitwell (on the North Shore, LE15 8BL) and Normanton (on the South Shore, LE15 8HD), why not embark on a family cycling adventure? The cycle path around Rutland Water is well-maintained and offers breath taking views. Whatever your age or ability, there’s bikes and trails to suit you and your family.

Cycling around Rutland Water
Local cycle trails

2. Rutland Water Nature Reserve Adventure

Just a stone’s throw from Rutland Hall Hotel, Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a paradise for little explorers. Pack a picnic, grab your binoculars, and set off on a wildlife scavenger hunt. The reserve’s easy trails are perfect for tiny feet, and you might spot some of the UK’s most exciting wildlife.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve - badgers in situ
Credit: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Here, families can immerse themselves in the wonders of nature through bird watching, nature trails, and interactive exhibits at the visitor centre. The reserve is dedicated to conservation and education, making it an ideal place for budding environmentalists. The Nature Reserve is managed and maintained by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust hide
Credit: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Credit: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

3. A Fairytale Day at Barnsdale Gardens

Imagine a day exploring gardens straight out of a storybook. Barnsdale Gardens, just over the road from Rutland Hall, offers a delightful experience with its collection of 38 themed gardens. Little ones can marvel at the colours, play hide and seek, and even participate in one of the children’s gardening workshops.

Barnsdale Gardens
Credit: Barnsdale Gardens

4. Beach Fun at Rutland Water’s Sykes Lane

Who says you need the sea for a beach day? Rutland Water Beach at Sykes Lane provides sandy fun with a safe swimming area, playgrounds, and mini golf. Build sandcastles, enjoy an ice cream, and soak up the sun at this family-friendly spot. Please note, this beach is seasonal and is operational during July and August only.

5. Discovering the Oakham Heritage Trail

Turn your family walk into a treasure hunt around Oakham. The Oakham Heritage Trail is an engaging way to explore the town’s history and landmarks. Solve clues together as you walk, creating a memorable experience for the whole family.

17th Century Buttercross, Oakham
17th century Buttercross, Oakham

6. Rutland Farm Park: A Delightful Day with Farm Friends

Nestled in the picturesque countryside, Rutland Farm Park is a haven for animal lovers. This family-run farm invites guests to meet, feed, and learn about a variety of farm animals, from the fluffiest bunnies to the most majestic horses. It’s not only an opportunity for your little ones to get up close with farm life but also a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. The farm also features a playground and a café, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely family day out.

Rainy Day Activities

There’s a wealth of family-friendly activities to tap into even if you’re not blessed with good weather during your stay with us. Here’s just a few suggestions for you and your family to try out if there’s inclement weather afoot.

1. Rutland County Museum: A Journey Through Time

Step back in time at the Rutland County Museum. Its child-friendly exhibits and interactive displays will captivate your little ones. During half term and holidays, the museum hosts an exciting programme of events including children’s workshops.

Rutland County Museum
Rutland County Museum

2. Spring into Sacrewell Farm Fun

If you’re looking for an award-winning play area and plenty of space to run free, then Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, near Peterborough, is perfect for you. Situated just 14 miles from Rutland Hall, you will discover rare breeds, an 18th century water mill, indoor soft play area and regular workshops. Plus there’s a café to keep energy levels boosted at all times.

Lambs in Rutland
Rutland lambs

3. Splashing Around at Catmose Sports Centre

For an active indoor day, head to Catmose Sports Centre. The swimming pool offers family swim sessions, and there’s a small pool perfect for pre-schoolers. It’s a great way to burn off energy and have a lot of fun, regardless of the weather.

3. Storytime and More at Oakham Library

Oakham Library hosts story time sessions that are perfect for sparking little imaginations. Check their schedule for special events and workshops aimed at young children. It’s a cozy way to spend a rainy afternoon, surrounded by the magic of stories.

5. Indoor Mini Monsters Soft Play

Finally, Mini Monsters Soft Play in Oakham offers the ultimate indoor play experience. With separate play areas designed for different age groups, your pre-schoolers can safely climb, slide, and explore. It’s the perfect place to meet other families and let the kids play to their heart’s content.

Staying at Rutland Hall Hotel

Nestled in the heart of this family adventure is Rutland Hall Hotel, your home away from home. The hotel doesn’t just provide a unique resort to explore, it actively welcomes families with open arms. From self-catering family lodges, apartments and suites, and children’s menus, this dog-friendly resort offers excellent on site dining and leisure faciities which include a 22m indoor swimming pool, gym, pitch and putt, and a crazy golf course.

Before you set off on your daily adventure, enjoy a spectacular family breakfast overlooking the hotel’s beautiful grounds, and the stunning vista of Rutland Water. And after a day of exploring, relax in Blossoms lounge, where you can share stories of your day’s adventures.

Blossoms restaurant, lounge and bar, Rutland Hall Hotel
Blossoms lounge, bar & restaurant, Rutland Hall

Making Memories in Rutland

Whether basking in the sunshine at Rutland Water or painting pottery on a rainy day, Rutland offers a mix of experiences that are both child-friendly and memorable. Set in its own 70 acres grounds, Rutland Hall Hotel is the perfect base to explore these activities, offering a relaxing countryside stay, with as much activity as you desire all at your fingertips.

Lakeside lodges at Rutland Hall
Lakeside lodges at Rutland Hall

So, pack your bags and head to Rutland for a family adventure filled with discovery, laughter, and unforgettable moments. This charming county might be small in size, but it’s bursting with experiences that will fill your family photo album with happy memories.

Your Stay at Rutland Hall Hotel

Returning to Rutland Hall Hotel after a day spent at Rutland Farm Park or exploring Rutland Nature Reserve feels like coming home. The hotel’s warm, family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect end to an adventure-filled day. With stories to tell of the day’s explorations, your family can relax in the comfort of the hotel, enjoying the amenities tailored for families with young children.

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