A Visit to: Brentingby Gin, Melton Mowbray

13 November 2018
Nestled in the heart of the village of Brentingby near Melton Mowbray is something quite unexpected... But it's where you'll find the Brentingby Gin Distillery.

Brentingby Gin is unique and a true craft gin. Handcrafted and produced in Brentingby created by gin-lover, Bruce Midgley. Brentingby Gin has already made its mark on the nation and is a favourite of some of the UK's biggest celebrities. Bruce has put his heart and soul into creating a fantastic gin to differ from the rest and it certainly does just that!

Produced locally in a picturesque village near Melton called Brentingby.

Rutland Remembers with The Rutland Poppy Project

8 November 2018
The Rutland Poppy Project has brought the local community together to create 10,000 ceramic poppy sculptures commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Each poppy, which has been handcrafted by a someone from the Rutland community who volunteered to participate in the project, has now been arranged at Oakham Castle in an eye-opening display inspired by the original work by Paul Cummins at the Tower of London.

The Rutland Poppy Project of 10,000 handcrafted poppies on display at Oakham Castle.

What's on in Rutland: November 2018

6 November 2018
The Christmas activities are slowly creeping in and there is lot of autumn/winter events on around the county this month with craft fayres, music events, film nights, remembrance services, performances, charity stalls, tree dressing, wreath making and much, much more!

Please Note: More information regarding promotions and events will be added as we hear about them!

What's on in Rutland: Bonfire & Fireworks 2018

27 October 2018
One of my favourite occasions of the year is definitely Bonfire Night on 5th November. It's an event we always looked forward to as a family whilst growing up and occasionally we even hosted charity firework evenings of our own.

This year I thought I'd put together a guide of 'What's on' around Stamford and Rutland in the theme of the 5th November whether that's fireworks, productions or bonfires so you can make plans with your family and friends.

Whissendine Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular
Friday 2nd November
At: Whissendine Sports Club, Whissendine, LE15 7EU
Time: from 6:00pm
Price: from £3
About: Whissendine CE Primary School Parents Association is holding its annual Bonfire and Firework Spectacular on Friday 2nd November 2018 at Whissendine Sports Club, Melton Road, Whissendine. Gates open at 6pm. Bonfire lit at 6.15pm with fireworks starting at 7pm. Hot & cold refreshments will be available including licensed bar & BBQ. 
Tickets purchased in advance Adults £4 Children £3. Gate price is £5 (any age). Under 3's go free. 
Tickets can be purchased from Rutland Toy Store in Oakham and Whissendine Mace Convenience Store in Whissendine from the 12th October. 
This event is being sponsored by Stapleford Park Hotel. All proceeds to go to Whissendine CE Primary School. 
Strictly NO Sparklers. Parking is limited in the village and parking restrictions around the sports club will be in place for safety reasons so please park carefully around the village and allow time to walk to the Sports Club.

Barrowden Bonfire Night
Saturday 3rd November
At: Barrowden Recreation Ground
Time: from 6:00pm
Price: Donations Only
About: Bonfire, fireworks, BBQ, drinks and more! Dogs welcome too!

Rutland Lions Firework Display
Saturday 3rd November

At: Oakham Rugby Club, Oakham, LE15 7TW
Time: from 6:00pm
Price: £6
About: Rutland Lions host their annual firework display on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Oakham Rugby Club. As usual, there will be two displays, the first starting at 7pm, slightly less noisy and intended more for younger spectators, the second at 7.45pm, a fully choreographed display with big bangs and bright skies for all spectators. The usual barbecue fayre of hot dogs and burgers will be provided, and the rugby club bar will be open for all types of refreshment. The magical lightsabers will also be available for all those budding Jedi out there. Entry remains at £6 on the night for everyone over 5 years old, however both single and family tickets can be purchased in advance, £5 for everyone over five years old, £16 for a family of four and £20 for a family of five. Tickets will be available from Fords of Oakham and from Uppingham Sport & Book. Please note that family tickets will NOT be available on the night. Please note that dogs will NOT be granted entry to the Showground, and we respectfully request that children do not bring sparklers.

Saturday 3rd November
At: East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6SW
Time: from 5:00pm
Price: from £5
About: Enjoy live music, fairground rides, and a superb firework display on 3rd November as the Peterborough Firework Fiesta sponsored by Britannia Fire & Security returns for 2018. Watch the spectacular display of fireworks by Titanium, the company behind national celebration fireworks such as the Commonwealth Games and New Year displays in London and Edinburgh. There’s great family entertainment to enjoy with live music, food outlets, fairground rides. 
Free parking at the East of England Showground. Tickets are on sale now - visit the website for full details. All proceeds from Firework Fiesta are donated to charities and good causes in Peterborough

Bonfire & Fireworks at the Engine Yard
Saturday 3rd November

At: Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Grantham, NG32 1PA
Time: from 5:30pm
Price: from £5
About: Join us on the evening of Saturday 3rd November to enjoy a beautiful autumn evening. Warm up with a Bailey's Hot Chocolate whilst watching a firework display by the wonderful MLE Pyrotechnics and toast your toes on our bonfire!
Gates open at 5.30pm for music entertainment and food from our outdoor kitchen including hot dogs, burgers, toffee apples and much more! Refreshments for both the little ones and adults will be available too. Bonfire from 6pm and fireworks start at 7.45pm.

Stamford Kiwanis Annual Bonfire & Firework Display
Saturday 3rd November

At: Stamford Welland Academy, Stamford, PE9 1HE
Time: from 6:00pm
Price: from £2
About: A spectacular bonfire event that draws crowds to what is regarded as the region's finest fireworks display. As well as a truly giant-sized bonfire, the evening includes children's entertainment, hot food and mulled wine. It takes place at Stamford Welland Academy, Green Lane, Stamford on Saturday, 3rd November. Gates open at 5:00 pm bonfire lit at 6 o'clock followed by a massive fireworks display starting just a little later. Free Parking. No sparklers, please. Bring all the family to enjoy a memorable and spectacular fireworks display. Entrance £5 Adults, £2 children. Proceeds distributed to local charities.

The Gunpowder Plot
Saturday 3rd & Monday 5th November

At: The Core, Corby, NN14 3AG
Time: from 7:30pm
Price: £15 per person
About: A fantastic night out for those who want a bonfire night celebration with a difference.
The Gunpowder Plot returns to Boughton House in November 2018. Witness a spectacular re-telling of the events of the 5th of November 1605 with large-scale projections, breathtaking theatrical performances, and a dramatic soundtrack, all rounded off with a stunning firework display over the grounds of the stately home. This promises to be an explosive night out for the whole family, not to be missed!
Back with a bang after one year off, the completely reimagined show will have an all-new soundtrack, script, performance, and animation. It’ll be staged in the grounds of Boughton House on Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th November.

Cottesmore Bonfire Night
Sunday 4th November

At: Cottesmore Community Centre, Cottesmore, LE15 7DH
Time: from 4:00pm
Price: from £1.50
About: Tickets will be on sale from Cottesmore Village Shop from around two weeks before the event. Gates Open 16.00. All timings and attractions subject to weather conditions.
Bonfire, fireworks, refreshments, sparklers, stalls and more.

North Luffenham Fireworks
Monday 5th November
At: The Oval, North Luffenham, LE15 8LB
Time: from 6:00pm
Price: Donations only
About: The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 4th November 2017 on the Oval. Gates open at 6pm and the bonfire will be lit at around 6:10pm and fireworks will start at 6:30pm. We will have a competition for the best ‘Guy’ and there will be drinks to buy. Please donate generously as you possibly can on the night.

Firework Display
Monday 5th November

At: Blackstones Sports & Social Club, Lincoln Road, Stamford
Time: from 6:00pm
About: Fireworks Display, BBQ and Stalls. All welcome!

What's on in Rutland: Halloween

26 October 2018
Halloween is nearly here and whether you celebrate it in your family or not, there is plenty of things to do around Stamford and Rutland to get into the spirit and keep the kids entertained this week.

So get your planners, diaries and WhatsApp groups at the ready to make some Halloween plans with the following events...

Open Daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm
At: Burghley House, Stamford, PE9 3JY
About: During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat. Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket. Annual Pass holders and Friends of Burghley also get free admission. Afterwards, why not warm up in the Garden Cafe with a yummy hot chocolate or a cup of steaming soup? Open daily from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st October
At: Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, PE9 2DL
Price: from £5
About: New Ghost Walks fun for all the family, suitable for children 6+
Hear about the spooks that haunt Stamford streets!
Book tickets here

Hootingly Haunted Halloween
Saturday 27th October
At: Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, LE15 8BT
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Price: £10 per person
About: Carve a pumpkin and make your own broomstick to take home! Discover what goes on under the cover of darkness at a nature reserve as you dissect owl pellets. A prize for the best fancy dress costume! £10 per participant, booking required at rutlandwater.org.uk or by telephoning the centre on 01572 770651.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October
At: Rutland Cycling, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, LE15 8BL
Price: £1 donation to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice
About: Cycle the Spooky Bike Trail between Whitwell and Normanton, collecting the clues along the way! Complete the trail to collect your prize at the end.

Sunday 28th October
At: Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, LE15 8AH
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Price: from £5
About: Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where you can take part in a spot of spooky apple bobbing and carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home- it's frightening fun for all the family, and kids in costume visit free!

Stamford Spooktacular
Sunday 28th October
At: Stamford Recreation Ground, Stamford, PE9 1EN
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: It is FREE Entry for the afternoon. 1pm - 4pm, presented by Stamford Town Council with Friends of Stamford and Rutland theatre, Activities for all the family. Music, Live Entertainment, Interactive Children's quiz. Children Colouring Corner and Spooky Photo Area - Come and take your selfie in some "Spooky Accessories". Best Pumpkin (bring your own) and Best Fancy Dress competition. As well as ghost stories, costume characters and many prizes to be won.

Pumpkin Picking at Hill Farm, Chesterton

24 October 2018
Just 20-25 minutes from Uppingham, on what looks just like a normal farm, you'll find a real hidden gem and it's called Hill Farm in Chesterton near Peterborough. Which has become quite the annual occasion for us to visit every October, as we go pumpkin picking!

Edward enjoyed picking the pumpkins for each member of his family.

There are different areas of the field where you can pick the pre-picked pumpkins or those still growing.
This year, I took my godson as he's now old enough to pick his own, ride in the wheelbarrow, play on the park and enjoy this country-bumpkin style Halloween activity with me.

Hill Farm is a great place to visit whatever your age and even though I'm twenty-something, I look forward to it each year. It's a working farm which is open throughout certain months of the year as a 'pick your own' farm with everything from strawberries to squashes but each October you can visit to pick the perfect pumpkin!

A wheelbarrow ride around was the easier transport with a two-year-old.
There is plenty of parking and even birds of prey! As well as a play area and it looked like some families had brought along picnic too and made a real day of it. But the farm does have their own coffee shop, toilets and other amenities for you enjoy to make your visit the perfect day out with the family.

The Hill Farm 'Ghost Busters' display.
I recommend bringing your wellingtons, just in case and if you've got little ones, prepare for a little walk to the pumpkin field - the wheelbarrows come in handy with that though! But even the walk to the field is fun-filled with the farm set out with little Halloween displays including the 'Hill Farm Ghostbusters', ghosts hanging from trees, a pumpkin trail, model graveyard and much more.

Each year there are birds of prey which you can have the opportunity to hold if you wish.
You can pick as many pumpkins as you like and if you don't fancy a walk to the field, there is already some freshly picked at the shop for you to choose from. The prices start from around £1 with even some mini munchkin pumpkins too! When you visit the field to pick your own, you return to the shop with your wheelbarrow and each pumpkin you've chosen is measured and priced by size but on average they are just a few pounds.

The play area/park has something for children of all ages with swings, monkey bars, slides, balancing apparatus and even a little farm cut out for your to take funny photographs in. There is plenty of bench seating too, but many had bought a picnic blanket too.

The shop also features a selection of other kinds of pumpkin and squashes some for decoration and some to each, carve or decorate! As well as prepicked fruit and vegetables, oil, apple juice and other items grown or made on the farm.

Each year I visit Hill Farm it makes me realise how lucky we are to be surrounded by farming and all these unique activities we get to be able to do because of the gorgeous countryside.

     Find out more about Hill Farm...
Hill Farm, Oundle Rd, Chesterton, Peterborough PE7 3UA
Opening hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
T: 01733 233270

Uppingham Teenager finds fame on CBBC TV Show

13 September 2018
Eva Finnemore (13) from Uppingham is a year 8 student at UCC and has spent her summer holidays living every child's dream in London, filming for a TV Show called 'Got What It Takes'.

You might know Eva better as the young, confident and talented musician and singer-songwriter, Eva Rose. Over the summer she has been filming episodes for the show which will be aired on CBBC on Monday 24th September 2018 and she needs your vote to WIN!

Eva Finnemore talks CBBC TV show 'Got What It Takes'.
(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
Eva and her Mother, Mel Finnemore moved to London for 3 weeks and stayed in the 'Music Mansion' with 8 other parents and child pairs. By day, the teams each took part competing in pop-star style challenges to get to get the teens to the sing-off. By night, they mingled and jammed together in the Music Mansion's common room, where they made - what Eva said were - friends for life.

The competition features famous mentors and industry experts such as Olly Murs, Maya Jama, John Newman, Sophia Grace and Britain's Got Talents Bars & Melody and the show is presented by Blogger/Influencer Anna Maynard. The winner of 'Got What It Takes' will have the opportunity to star on stage alongside music chart-toppers at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

The Finnemore family are community heroes in Rutland, as Eva's parents are firefighters and charity supporters locally in and around the county and are also Stonemasons at Finnemore Stone in Uppingham.

Eva has been singing and songwriting since she was 8 years old and she can play 7 instruments including the guitar and the piano. She says her love for music helps her academically in school especially in Maths and English which work in harmony with her songwriting, learning instruments and reading music.

She's an academic student at Uppingham Community College but makes as much time as she can for her passion, her music. Eva plays locally at open mic nights at Don Paddy's in Uppingham and monthly at Exeter Arms in Barrowden. She's also won Leicester's Got Talent and performs at HallatonFest annually, whilst still making time to maintain her grades at school and film for TV shows... I don't know how she does it!

Eva Finnemore talks CBBC TV show 'Got What It Takes'.
(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
Eva told me all about her look which she says is 'very important'. She loves bright colours and bold clothing choices but it's more than that... 

Every time she writes a new song, she buys a new outfit to go with it! For her song 'Moving On,' she wears a leather steampunk inspired outfits with a 50s style skirt which features a map. Eva is probably most noticeable for her incredible braids, usually in all kinds of colours which takes her Mum 5 hours to do and about 2 and half hours to take out before school.

As a child at primary school, Eva had a difficult time with bullies and she wrote a song called 'Invisible Invincible' at the age of 8 about her struggles and coming out the other side. Listening to Eva and her family explain this time to me and the reasons behind the song, I felt that this really has made Eva the strong, independent and determined thirteen-year-old she is today. She's an extremely polite, confident and utterly charming young woman and I find it hard to believe she's only 13. She carries herself perfectly and a delight to spend time with.

"The show was a great experience and I've met friends for life"
- Eva Finnemore

It's really refreshing to hear such a young lady like Eva talk about how much she loves Rutland, despite traveling around the country performing she says 'she'll never want to live anywhere else'. 

Eva needs your support throughout the 10 'Got What It Takes' Episodes before the final on 26th November which will go to a vote for the winner of the series and Eva would love it if you could support her by voting when the time comes.

You can watch the first episode of 'Got What It Takes' on Monday 24th September on the CBBC channel at 5:25 pm. Watch the teens and their mums take on a Vlogging & Football Challenge!

Please note you must have a BBC online login to vote and I'll keep blogs social media accounts up to date with voting information nearer the time

Follow Eva Rose Music:
Instagram: @EvaRoseMusic05
Twitter: @EvaRoseMusic05

A Visit to: Curtain Upp Dance School, Uppingham

23 August 2018
Curtain Upp Dance School was started by Helen Becque in 2016 and the school now has many pupils of ages 2-12 years, who all love to dance! Helen's passion for dance is so clear as soon as you meet her and you can tell the children admire their teacher.

I visited the Saturday sessions/rehearsals at Uppingham Town Hall, where children of all ages who've formed friendships since joining Curtain Upp all danced together each performing their groups and solo pieces for the show that Sunday. There was lots of laughter and the town hall was full of confidence and complete enjoyment.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
Sunday was show day! The big day everyone had been waiting for and I was so excited too!
The show featured many different types of dance including tap, modern, Strictly Come Dancing worthy lifts and even cartwheels, worms and 'the floss'!

But don't think the parents got away with it! The show also featured an impressive 'Dad Dance' which was a beautiful ballet! Put it this way, they were actually rather good but my stomach hurt from laughing. Well done Dad's!

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
The school resumes after the Summer break on Thursday 31st August at Uppingham Town Hall. Taster sessions are £1 and your child can enjoy weekly classes from only £3.

I interviewed Helen about the school, the shows and the story behind Curtain Upp...
Take a read!

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
1. Thank you so much for inviting me to your 2018 Summer show! I had so much fun and it was lovely to see children of all ages enjoying dance and being so confident on stage.
Please tell our readers more about Curtain Upp and how it started?

I am so glad you enjoyed the show, I agree it is wonderful to see the joy on the children’s faces when they are performing and so many of them have gained confidence immensely since they started dancing. This is one of the main reasons I started Curtain Upp. My daughter Talia wanted to dance and I wanted to be able to give her all of the wonderful experiences, benefits and opportunities I had as a young dancer. I started dancing at the age of 4 and soon realised it was something I loved to do.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
I started my career as a professional dancer in Blackpool, it was the best decision I ever made as this led to years of dancing, travelling the world and meeting the most amazing people. After this period in my life, I then trained to be an Art teacher but also taught dance, drama and music.

Opening Curtain Upp has enabled me to combine all of these transferable skills and experiences as a dancer and a classroom teacher. I feel as though I am where I belong and I am so happy I can have a positive impact on the people of Rutland who are interested in performing too.

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2. One of the things I loved most, was seeing girls and boys dancing together. They all learned some amazing choreography and so many unique skills from different types of dance. Please tell us more about the children that take part in Curtain Upp and the types of dance included?

At Curtain Upp we offer dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acrobatics, Street, Commercial, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. We teach group classes and private lessons, which is called the Curtain Upp Elites. We offer a variety of disciplines so that the children have a good choice of classes and can broaden their experience of styles of dance easily.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
Dance classes start at age 2 and we encourage both girls and boys to join us. Many of the children who dance together attend the local schools in Uppingham. However, others come from various schools in the Rutland area and beyond. Curtain Upp is a family and it is wonderful to see the children making friends and bonding with other children from different areas and classes.

This was definitely apparent during our first ‘Spotlight Dance Festival’ this year and was reinforced at our Summer Show. It is so lovely to see all of our dancers creating lasting memories together. I am still great friends with the people I danced with at dance school and professionally, and they are friendships and memories I will cherish forever.

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3. I also came along to the dance school on a Saturday, which is located in Uppingham Town Hall and it was lovely to watch the children rehearse their parts, meet some of the parents and the children too. I was amazed by all the children’s confidence, especially 2-year-old Florrie.
Please tell the readers a little more about the Saturday school?

I am so glad you had the opportunity to see the magical transition from rehearsal to a performance on the stage. Little Florrie was just a few weeks old in her Mommy’s arms when Rosie her sister attended Curtain Upp’s very first taster session at our launch. As soon as Florrie could stand she was copying her sister dancing, so she joined the class as soon she was just 2 years old and was the youngest person to take part in our Summer Show at Uppingham Theatre. I think her confidence and ability amazed everyone.

Saturday morning is our busiest day and starts at 9am with Baby Ballet age 2-3, followed by Baby Modern. Each 30-minute session costs £3. As the school is forever growing and evolving, I am currently working on our September timetable and all of the timings of classes can be found on our website www.curtainupp.co.uk.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
4. The show was outstanding! The music, the choreography and the outfits were stunning. It was clear to see the children love their time at Curtain Upp and seeing their faces beam while they performed was lovely to witness.
Please tell us more about the shows, the rehearsals etc 

This was our first ever theatre show and I must admit it was a little daunting. But I felt very confident it was going to be the most amazing experience for the children and their families. Especially as many of them would be dancing at such a wonderful theatre in their hometown. I started to plan the show a year ago and we began to learn and rehearse the numbers in March. We practised each week, added props and then polished the numbers. I really wanted the children to try their best to remember the steps themselves (apart from the baby group) so I made the decision not to be on stage with the younger children. I am so glad I went ahead with that decision as it meant that each troupe held the stage all by themselves and they were all so fantastic! I was bursting with pride.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
Our costumes were sourced from a variety of places, but my favourites were those that were made by the Parents and Grandparents themselves. I am so glad you sensed the children’s love for their time at Curtain Upp. This is why I named the show ‘For the Love of Dance’ and ultimately this is the essence of Curtain Upp Stage School.

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5.  Thanks again for letting me share Curtain Upp on the blog, it really was a pleasure. Helen, what have you and your team got planned for the future of Curtain Upp and where can our readers go to signup their children?

Thank you so much for taking the time to see what we do. I strongly believe that dance can have such a positive effect on life. We have lots of exciting plans for the future and I will continue to ensure our dancers are receiving the highest quality of dance teaching combined with a strong element of fun and creativity.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)
We have been fundraising this year and with the help of this and also donations from local organisations and businesses we will be installing Ballet Barres in Uppingham Town Hall ready for September. We are also purchasing movable dance mirrors. We will be presenting our annual free showcases at The Falcon Hotel for Christmas in Uppingham and Uppingham Feast Day. As well as participating in the Rutland Spotlight Dance Festival 2019. After the huge success of our first Summer School, we plan to continue to hold ‘Holiday’ clubs at various times during the year.

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We are also collaborating with Brooke Peverall who hosts SINGS! sessions around Rutland, to create a Curtain Upp choir. We will be focusing on Musical Theatre and Pop songs and have a £1 taster session at Uppingham Town Hall on Friday 31st August at 4.15pm.

Finally, from September we will also be focusing on exam work in Ballet, Modern and Tap. It will never be compulsory to take exams, but I feel the dancers are now ready to take this next big step and I am so excited to be presenting them with this new challenge.

(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)

If your child loves to dance, learn new skills, enjoys activities or maybe just wants something super fun to do at the weekends and perform in a big production with the most amazing costumes I've ever seen then maybe they should try a £1 taster day at Curtain Upp.

If anyone would like to see if there is space to sign their child up for a £1 taster for any session at any time during the year, they can do this via the Curtain Upp website www.curtainupp.co.uk or by emailing Helen directly at helen@curtainupp.co.uk.

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My Week: 5th August 2018

7 August 2018
August is normally one of my favourite months, as it reminds me that we're nearing the colder stages of the year and I absolutely adore Autumn and Winter. It's not that I don't enjoy summer, I just prefer the seasons and the festivities of August through to December.
However, at the moment the heat wave seems to be staying put, for now anyway!

This past week I've been doing a lot it seems (which I didn't realise until I uploaded all of these photos... There was 30 in total) and it began with a walk in one of my favourite places, Harringworth.

If you read my 'Who is The Rutland Blogger?' post you may know that I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Harringworth which help sculpt the county-loving-bumpkin I am today!

This particular walk in Harringworth you can access from the village itself or from the green lane on the road from Shotley to Wakerley. It follows the River Welland and features stunning views of the viaduct and the walk starts at a bridge my brother and I used to call 'poo-stick bridge' growing up.

A view from Harringworth.

A Visit to: SINGS! Choirs, Oakham & Stamford

4 August 2018
I recently met Brooke Peverell, the director and brains behind the weekly choirs in Oakham & Stamford called SINGS! Brooke is a talented singer, pianist, and teacher with a passion for business and being her own boss. She has combined all of her interests and passions into her Choir groups, SINGS!

Oakham SINGS! at Braunston Village Hall
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My Week: 29th July 2018

29 July 2018
When I first started blogging, which was just over 4 years ago now, I used to share 'what I'd been up to' blogs and I even vlogged (video blogging) on YouTube sharing weekly vlogs of my daily life. Since I began 'The Rutland Blogger', the blog itself has been more about sharing local business and upcoming events. Well, as the blog grows and the more readers I meet I realise that what I get up to in my spare time might be of interest (or it might not, but let's give it a go!).

My favourite mug from Stubbs Mugs.

The Rutland Summer Holiday Guide

27 July 2018
The summer holidays are here and other than you actual summer holiday abroad, sometime it can be difficult to plan things to do with the kids. So, I've put together a Summer Holiday Guide for parents in and around Rutland which gives an easy to follow list of places to go with the family!

(Don't forget you can follow the monthly 'What's On Guide' for each month here so you don't miss out on any events, fetes, live performances etc)

What to do during the Summer Holidays with your children in and around Rutland!
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