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Rutland may be the smallest county in England but there is lots to see and do there.

Here at Rutland Life we want to help visitors appreciate the county through our Rutland Business Directory (free to join) and our articles about what is happening in and around Rutland.

News from Rutland

20 February 2024
Nevill Holt Festival 2024

Nevill Holt Festival 2024 will open with a new production of Mozart’s iconic opera The Magic Flute featuring The Britten Sinfonia, directed and designed by Melly Still and conducted by Finnegan Downie Dear.  Our classical concert series will include performances from Alexis Ffrench, Imogen Cooper and Sarah Connolly, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor and Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy. Orchestral concerts include Max Richter’s Four Seasons and new work from Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, Sergey Akhunov, Isabella […]

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1 August 2023
Pop Up Art Exhibition in Oakham

A Pop up Art Exhibition will be held throughout September at 16 Church Street, Oakham. (with a preview on August 31st 6 - 9pm. ). Organiser Juliette Brasher is an artist herself and started the exhibition to present the work of Rutland Open Studios but has since invited other artists to join her. This year […]

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24 December 2022
Cottesmore Hunt Boxing Day meet at Exton Park

The Cottesmore Hunt have announced that their traditional Boxing Day meet will take place at Exton Park on 26th December 2022. The gathering, which attracts hundreds of spectators and mounted supporters, usually takes place on Cutts Close, Oakham, but has also used the Market Place and Council Offices in recent years. Exton Park is the […]

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14 December 2022
When is Cottesmore Tip and Luffenham Tip open over Christmas?

Looking to offload some of the Christmas packaging and wrapping? Maybe you've been having a holiday clearout and need to get to one of the Rutland tips during the festive period? The two recycling centres in Rutland, Cottesmore Tip and Luffenham Tip, have a number of closures over the festive period. Cottesmore Tip Opening Times […]

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14 December 2022
New venue for Charity Good & New Sale

The Good & New charity clothes sale, which has become a well-known and popular event every Spring, attracting up to 300 visitors over several days, is to take place at a new venue. The sale, which raises funds for the For Rutland charity, has been hosted by the Barnsdale Lodge hotel for many years, but […]

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11 December 2022
The Best Rutland Takeaways

The venues doing takeaway food in the county of Rutland. UPDATE 12/22 to include Oakham Takeaways and Uppingham Takeaways as separate posts and add newly submitted ones to the villages. Rutland takeaways have got increasingly popular since the 2020 lockdown and more and more takeaways seem to pop up, change names or move. We will […]

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11 December 2022
Best Uppingham Takeaways

The venues doing takeaway food in Uppingham, in the county of Rutland. UPDATE 12/22 to include Oakham Takeaways as a separate post and add newly submitted ones to Uppingham and villages. Uppingham takeaways have got increasingly popular since the 2020 lockdown and more and more takeaways seem to pop up, change names or move. We […]

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18 May 2022
When does the Rutland Water beach reopen?

Rutland Water is owned and run by Anglian Water, who say that the beach is due to open for the 2022 season on Saturday, June 25. The 140m long beach, which is only open in the summer months, is situated at Rutland Water’s North Shore, with access from Sykes Lane Visiting the beach itself is […]

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28 January 2022
Point-to-point horse racing season at Garthorpe

Amateur horse racing is set to return to Garthorpe in February

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20 January 2022
Global Bird Fair returns to Rutland

The newly christened Global Bird Fair will now take place at Rutland Showground on the 15th, 16th and 17th July 2022.

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17 January 2022
Rutland Hall Hotel Competition

Newly refurbished Rutland Hall Hotel has posted a competition on social media. The hotel on the north shore of Rutland Water has launched a short story competition to celebrate the fact that the Rutland Water Ichthyosaur was discovered very close to the hotel, in one of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve's lagoons. Entrants are invited […]

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16 January 2022
Rutland Cinema plans dealt blow

The Rutland Kino project which aims to open a cinema in Oakham’s Victoria Hall has been set back.

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10 January 2022
Stunning Ichthyosaur or sea dragon found at Rutland Water

Details of the recent discovery of an ichthyosaur, or Sea Dragon, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve have been made public this week. The discovery was made in February 2021 and fully excavated later that summer. The nature reserve, where the ichthyosaur was found, occupies the shoreline and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of […]

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1 January 2022
New Restaurant and Bar Manager for Rutland Hall

Newly-rebranded Rutland Hall Hotel has announced the appointment of a new Restaurant and Bar Manager, as it brings in new expertise to ensure it delivers a consistently high standard of guest experience. Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa is delighted to welcome to the team Alex-Aurel Kurani, who will assist in reinvigorating the hotel’s offering ahead […]

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27 December 2021
New Rutland music venue

There may be a new music venue coming to Rutland, if a new licensing application is granted by the council. Ashwell Garden Centre has submitted an application for a new licence which includes permission for live music from 6pm to 11pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11pm on Sunday. In addition to […]

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29 November 2021
Gold for Round Corner

Melton Mowbray’s Round Corner Brewery has won a Gold Medal and the Ale Trophy at the International Brewing Awards for its Steeplechase Pale Ale.

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28 November 2021
The Big Walk Round

As Rutland Water prepares to celebrate its 25th Birthday, find out how the boundary tracing Rutland around trails keeps Rutland ok the walking map…

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9 June 2021
Irelands' agricultural machinery opens new depot in Rutland

Irelands Farm Machinery are opening a Rutland Depot at Tinwell on June 2nd having been awarded the Kubota, Kverneland, Simba Great Plains, Vicon and Grange Machinery franchises for Rutland and the surrounding area. Already having these machinery franchises in Lincolnshire, this expansion will allow them to help and support more customers in this area with […]

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6 June 2021
Have your say on Mental Health

Do you want to have your say about the proposals for mental health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland? We are consulting with people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland on proposals to change some of our adult mental health services. Whether you have used our services or not, we are running this workshop session […]

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26 May 2021
Where is Rutland and other great questions

Where is Rutland? A question most residents of the county have to field on a regular basis. Rutland is a county in the East Midlands of England. It is the smallest historic county in England and has a population of around 38,000 people. It is known for its beautiful countryside and rural landscapes, including the […]

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