Pack a picnic and your bucket and spade and head to Rutland Water beach. Located at Rutland Water’s North Shore, Rutland Water beach provides 140 metres of sandy shoreline and a 2,800m2 area for you to paddle and swim in.
Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm
Sat - 8:30am - 12 noon
Mon & Fri: 9am - 6pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 9am - 7:30pm
Sat: 9am - 12:00noon
We're a leading independent chain of cycle shops, based in central England. Our family-run business was established in 1981 as a simple cycle hire cabin on the shores of newly-created Rutland Water. Much has changed in the world of cycling since 1981, but our core values remain the same: to offer excellent customer service, sell the world’s best cycling products and inspire our local communities with our passion for cycling. In our award-winning stores, you’ll find all the best bike brands, dedicated Electric Bike Centres, traffic-free cycle hire and demo, servicing and repairs, bike fit and custom build, plus regular rides and classes.
We offer free UK delivery, 0% finance, Cycle to Work, and free enrolment to our Rutland Rewards scheme, where you can earn points on every purchase and redeem them online and in store.
June’s Farm in Whitwell is a micro-farm which delivers meat boxes containing delicious antibiotic-free, slow grown and outdoor-raised pork, beef and lamb. Meat boxes are delivered free of charge within a 15 mile radius of Whitwell. Boxes include a roasting joint, chops and sausages.
Mobile catering company based in Rutland, specialising in Hog Roasts, we can also provide a variety of meats including beef, lamb, fish and more! We have catered for birthdays, christenings, private parties, weddings and corporate events.
Normanton Church in Rutland is owned and operated by Anglian Water, from where details of wedding options are available using the contact details below.
The medieval St Matthews Church was built for the Earl of Ancaster on the foundations of a building dating back to the 14th century. It was later rebuilt in a classical style in the 18th century when the Heathcote Baronets created their estate in Rutland and used the parish church as their private chapel. In 1920 the aristocrat family relocated and the church was abandoned until Rutland Water was created in the 1970s.
Due to the growing population in the area, the need for a water reservoir became obvious. The Gwash Valley in Rutland was chosen as the most suitable location for a new reservoir in the Midlands. The locals protested against the church being demolished and it was decided that it would only be partially submerged underwater.
The lower level of the deconsecrated church was filled with rubble and concrete and a new floor was created. A causeway and an embankment were created to make the building accessible from the shore of Rutland Water. The outcome was one of the most iconic churches in the UK, seemingly floating above the waterline.
The impressive classical church we see today is the result of numerous changes over the decades. The medieval tower was replaced in 1826 with a Corinthian style one and a portico was also added. The nave and chancel were replaced during renovations in 1964. All the alterations and enhancements have transformed Normanton Church into a unique sanctuary and one of the best-hidden attractions in the UK.
The church now serves as a beautiful and unique wedding venue in Rutland. The dramatic classical features of the building in combination with the stunning views of Rutland Water make for a memorable wedding setting.
Although deconsecrated and only hosting civil ceremonies, couples can still experience a church wedding at Normanton Church. The marriage ceremony can be performed at either end of the church, with both presenting beautiful backdrops for gorgeous wedding photographs.
Visit our Weddings at Normanton Church page for more information on our wedding package, bookings and open days.
Attracting anglers from across the UK and Europe, both beginners and those with a lifelong passion for fishing enjoy the exceptional fishing opportunities on offer at Rutland Water. Although predominately a Trout fly fishery we do allow Predator fishing at certain times of the year.
For those keen to hit the water, the Rutland Water Fishing Lodge is your starting point for boats, permits, tackle and tuition. Contact us or call 01780 686441 for more information or to book your boat and why not pop over to our news page for the latest fishing reports from our waters
Steeped in over 250 years of history, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel offers a taste of country living at its very best.
Our charming individually-furnished rooms, suites and retreats overlook the beautiful Rutland landscape or the picturesque courtyard, and our kitchen brigade provides fine dining using many ingredients sourced from the wealth of fine produce found in our locality, and from our own vegetable and herb gardens.
Encircled by idyllic surroundings on the north shore of Rutland Water and with a personal service that's second to none, our hotel is the perfect place to host your wedding or special event. Whether you're planning to pull out all the stops with a guest list of 180 or a more intimate, cosy affair, our experienced staff are on hand with their skills, talent and enthusiasm to ensure that every moment will be utterly magical and truly unforgettable.
Situated in the heart of the rolling English countryside, our hotel is a tranquil rural haven, far away from the hustle bustle of everyday life but close enough to the charming market towns of Oakham and Uppingham, with good transport links.
Hambleton Hall is the finest hotel in Rutland, boasting numerous awards and recognitions for its food and drink.
Situated in the heart of the Hambleton Peninsula, it also offers some of the best views of the Southern half of Rutland Water, as well as having its own beautiful gardens.
General Managers Graeme and Chris take great pride in their work, and will make every visit a pleasure. Whether you are just visiting for afternoon tea, an evening meal or taking over the whole hotel for a week (it does happen!), you will find that there is no detail missed. Every guest is made to feel like a personal friend.
The food at Hambleton Hall has a phenomenal reputation spanning four decades. The restaurant has held a Michelin star since 1982. The dining room has always been very popular with gourmets and wine lovers. Knowledgeable waiters and sommeliers offer recommendations and provide gracious service while you celebrate with family and friends or celebrate special occasions.
Staying at Hambleton Hall starts at around £295 per night. The Hall has beautifully finished bedrooms, each with its own unique design, and view. The snug, drawing room and terrace provide a range of delightful areas in which to sit, while the intimacy of the formal dining room is adaptable to cater for about ten small tables the dining room at Hambleton Hall can also be split to form two function rooms for large parties of guests.
Hambleton Hall is a licensed wedding venue
Vouchers are available as gifts for friends for which they will always thank you.
Hotel, lodges and apartments, leisure club, restaurant and bar, spa, conference, events and weddings - the perfect venue for every occasion.
Located in the heart of Rutland, the UK's smallest county, Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa sits proudly overlooking wonderful Rutland Water.
A former hunting lodge, Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa today offers a wide variety of hotel, lodge and apartment holiday accommodation, extensive ESPA spa and leisure club facilities, restaurant and bar, comprehensive conference services and wedding packages. Sailing, falconry, bird watching, fly fishing, golf, cycling, gardens and historic market towns such as Stamford, Oakham and Melton Mowbray are all close by.
With its unique setting, traditional charm, and focus on the highest levels of customer service, Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa is the perfect venue for every occasion from business lunch and corporate event to a romantic getaway and the perfect wedding reception, all set in the beautiful English countryside.
It was the family seat of the family of Sir James Harington and later the Noel family, Earls of Gainsborough for almost four hundred years. An earlier mansion burnt down in 1810 and is now a ruin which has grand gables and beautiful chimneys like many Elizabethan houses. The ruins are on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register.
The present Exton Hall was built in the 19th century close to the ruins of the original house. In 1869 a Roman Catholic chapel, dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury was added, to a design by Charles Alban Buckler. The hall was used by elements of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The hall is still in regular use as the private home of Henry Noel, Viscount Campden, and his family. The hall is not normally open to the public, though it is available for a limited number of exclusive private weddings.
The hall is one of the many stately homes in Britain associated with the Legend of the Mistletoe Bough.
In the park is Fort Henry, a pleasure-house built in 1788 in the elegant Gothick style which overlooks lakes formed by the North Brook.
There is an extensive description of the parkland surrounding the hall in its own English Heritage listing. The park is extensive, and spreads across the parishes of Exton, Cottesmore, Greetham and Horn.
In 1948 Anthony Noel, 5th Earl of Gainsborough granted the United Steel Companies a lease to quarry ironstone in the Park. Sundew, the world's largest walking dragline, worked the land from 1957 until 1974 when mining ceased. Sundew then slowly walked to Corby. Material was moved by a standard-gauge railway with a loop of nine miles and a link to the exchange sidings at what is now Rutland Railway Museum's site to the West of Cottesmore Village. The railway was mostly operated by Yorkshire Engine Company steam and diesel locomotives, Yorkshire Engine Company being a United Steel Companies subsidiary.