What we love about Rutland

31 March 2017
In celebration of Rutland's 20th anniversary of independence we asked our readers what they love about our very special county, Rutland.
Here is what you said:

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What's on in Rutland: April

28 March 2017
Found out 'What's On' in Rutland this month.

Rutland's 20th Anniversary of Independence
At: Oakham Castle
Read blog post of what is going in full here.

Big Band Concert
At: 7:30pm at Langham Parish Church, Church Street , Langham, Near Oakham, LE15 7JE
Price: £10.00
About: A Community Big Band is visiting Langham Parish Church to give a concert called The Story of Swing. Tickets available from Debbie 01572 723533 or Hilary on 01572 757435

Family Boot Camp against Breast Cancer
At: 10:00am at Uppingham School Sports Centre, Leicester Road, Uppingham, LE15 9SE
Price: £5 per adult / £2 per child 5+ / £12 for a family of 4 
About: Family Boot Camp against Breast Cancer. All money raised will go to Cancer Research UK.

05/04/2017 (+ More Dates)

Sweeney Todd - A Musical Thriller
At: Showing at Uppingham Theatre from 5th - 8th April 2017
Price: £14/£13 available from Uppingham Sports & Books, Oakham Wines etc
About: Rutland Musical Theatre proudly presents Sweeney Todd at Uppingham Theatre from 5th - 8th April 2017. 
Evening performances start at 7.30pm 

Saturday matinee at 2.30pm 
Book Tickets: See above, Paula 01572 822788 or wegottickets.com


Lyddington Manor History Society
At: 7:30pm at Lyddington Village HallMain Street, Lyddington, LE15 9LR
Price: Non Members £2, Members £1, children free
About: AGM, followed by Ray Biggs, Access Manager, on Grimsthorpe Castle


Discover Rutland Digital Communications Workshop
At: 1:00pm at Council Chamber, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, LE15 6HP
Price: FREE for Discover Rutland members
 Non-members welcome from 2pm (£15 fee applies)
About: Launch of NEW Spring/Summer Discover Rutland Visitor Guide
To celebrate the launch of Rutland’s new and improved tourism website, Discover Rutland
is hosting this event to help members take advantage of the new features and also provide
a useful digital communications workshop from local freelance creative communications consultant, Megan Allen of Rural Roots PR.

Psychic Supper in aid of Homestart
At: 7:15pm at The Whipper Inn, Oakham
Price: Tickets are £25 – call Alison Stead on 07557 226 759.
About: Psychic Supper at The Whipper Inn Oakham in aid of Homestart Leicester, Melton and Rutland. 2 course supper includes a free raffle ticket (great prizes) and reading with a professional medium and public demonstrations. Additional raffle tickets are available to all who would like to purchase. 

Uppingham Parish Church Open Gardens
At: 2:00pm - 6:00pm at Uppingham Parish Church
Price: Tickets on the Day
About: Open Gardens, a really special event on Sunday 9th April from 2p.m. to 6p.m. Teas with fizz in the Church hall and Easter Egg Hunt in the Church Grounds. Tickets on the day from the Church Hall, Uppingham School's Porter's Lodge or the Science Block. Superb gardens on show which include some of Uppingham School's fabulous grounds open to the public. 

RLHRS & Friends of the Museum Lecture
At: Rutland County Museum, Oakham
Price: FREE
About: A film by Barbara Keen, The forbidden Royal Romance and its Local Connections.

The Rocks by Rail Easter Egg Hunt & Rutlander Train
At: 10:30am - 4:00pm at Rocks By RailAshwell Road, Cottesmore, LE15 78X
Price: Adult £8, Senior Citizen £7, Child (3-14 years) £5
About: The Rocks By Rail Easter Egg Hunt is back! The popular Egg Hunt has become the traditional start to the museums operating season. A dozen eggs with names will be hidden all around the museum and along our railway line, all you have to do is pick up a form from our cafe, find the eggs, jot down their names, and take your form back to the cafe to claim your free Creme Egg for your efforts! The Rutlander Train will also be in operation. Pay once and ride all day in one of our two passenger brake vans, hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives. The trip will take you from our platform and along the former minerals branch line which once served the sidings of the ironstone quarries in the area. Visitors can also view our fleet of historic ironstone locomotives in the recently opened Simon Layfield Exhibition Centre which now houses the greater part of the museums collection. The Woolsthorpe Workshop is also open for visitors to see progress of ongoing locomotive restorations. The Sundew Cafe will be open all day to provide hot and cold beverages and snacks.

Oakham Afternoon WI
At: 2:00pm at All Saints Church, Oakham,LE15 6AA
Price: FREE
 About: Meetings take place 3rd Thursday in the month.

"Powder & Paint" speaker Jill Collinge

Pennyless Folk Group in Concert
At: 7:30pm at Langham Parish ChurchChurch Street, Langham, Near Oakham, LE15 7JE
Price: £10.00
About: Popular, multi-talented folk group performing in the Parish Church. Pay bar and interval nibbles. Tickets from Debbie 01572 723533 or Hilary 01572 757435.
In support of Langham Parish Church

St George's Day Concert with The Weldon Hand Bell Ringers
At: 2:30pm at Oakham Congregational Church, High Street, Oakham 
Price: £5 on the door
About: St George’s Day concert with The Weldon Hand Bell Ringers with tea provided at Oakham Congregational Church Hall.

Swing on South Street
At: 8:00pm at Catmose Club, Silver Street, Oakham, LE15 6HY
Price: £5.00
About: The Rutland Big Band, a local swing band, will be playing songs and tunes from the 1940s to the present, probably including music by Buble, Count Basie, Sinatra, and more. 

This will be a very informal event, and we hope to make it a regular one.

Crohn's & Colitus UK Bluebell Walk & Cycle Ride
At: 10:00am at Whitwell Car ParkNorth Shore (off The A606), Rutland Water, LE15 8BL
About: Join the hundreds this year at Rutland Water for the annual Bluebell Walk & Cycle Ride to help raise awareness of Crohn's & Colitis UK. Choose a 2 or 5 mile walk or a 17 or 25 mile cycle ride around Rutland Water, starting at the Whitwell Car Park on the North Shore (off the A606). We'll be there to see you set off anywhere between 10am to 12noon.  Challenge yourself, friends or just bring the family along for a great time through the tree-lined and bluebell paths of Rutland Water. Find some sponsors for your effort, bring a picnic or use the cafes on site and don’t forget to bring a great hat if you want to join the fun taking part in the optional ‘Mad Hatter’ fancy dress theme. If you have a crazy or whacky hat, bring it along & send us your photos! Hundreds join in every year. It is great fun. You meet many others who understand IBD and last year raised nearly £20,000. Are you able to advertise this event by displaying some A4 posters or A5 flyers? Get in touch with us and we'll send some out to you.If you would like to take part, please call 07434 731970 or visit the website here where you can also download your sponsorship form. We had a fantastic turn out last year so fingers crossed for another successful year and some sunshine too! This is an ideal family event and you can event bring the dog along for a good walk! We look forward to seeing you all! Crohn's & Colitis UK Lincolnshire Central Group can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - follow us to keep up to date on events in Lincolnshire. 
(The Bluebell Walk & Cycle Ride is organised by Crohn's & Colitis UK Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire Central, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire groups)

Rutland Natural History Society
At: 9:30am at Burley Woods, Barnsdale Hill, Oakham 
Price: FREE
About: A Springtime Walk in Burley Wood please note this is a private woodland and access is by permit only.

Email RutlandBlog@yahoo.com and tell us all about a local event or event in Rutland you're hosting and we'll feature it on our page and tell our readers about it!

Rutland's 20th Anniversary | What's On: 1st April

26 March 2017
On 1st April Rutland celebrates its 20th Anniversary of independence and there is lots going on in the county to commemorate 20 years of Rutland. We thought we'd share with you 'What's On' should you want to join in on the celebrations around the the area.

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Restaurant Review: The George & Dragon, Seaton

22 March 2017
The George & Dragon Country Inn is situated in the heart of one of Rutland's picturesque villages, Seaton. With the building dating back to the 1620's the pub itself if full of charm and character.

Mother's Day Gift Guide | Shopping in Uppingham

21 March 2017
One of my favourite things about living in Uppingham is the great offering it has when it comes to buying gifts and treats for friends and family. But not just any gifts, Uppingham offers a huge range of unique, handmade, one off gifts you might not find anywhere else, and that's why it's usually my go-to place when I need that perfect something for someone I love.

With Mother's Day looming this weekend, if you don't already have the perfect gift and maybe don't want to go to far out of the way to get it, you don't actually need to! Here are just some of the amazing gift ideas Uppingham's High Street independents have to offer, that might give you a couple of ideas and where to find the perfect gift for the Mum in your life.

Treat your Mum locally this Mother's Day.

A Visit to: Rutland Cookery School, Oakham

20 March 2017
Last week I visited Rutland Cookery School ran by Chef, Robin Stewart. Located in Oakham Enterprise Park the school is position on the left as you enter OEP Gate 2. Small from the outside Rutland Cookery School is a spacious and relaxed place to learn with Chef Robin offering a range of courses and cooking lesson to suit whatever kind of cookery skill you'd like to gain experience in.

Local friends to Run 6 Marathons in Sahara Desert in 6 Days

17 March 2017
Local friends, Bruce Donald (44) and Tom Dove (27) are taking part in one of the worlds toughest challenges on 7th April in Sahara Desert called Marathon Des Sables.

But Marathon Des Sables isn't just any marathon, it's actually more than 156 miles, has 6 stages over 7 days. A long stage 52+ miles too. Runners with have to be self-sufficient but with water rations and will see temperatures of 50+ degrees centigrade.

When Tom (27) told me he was taking part in this event all I heard was 'a marathon in the Sahara Desert' which baffled me. When he corrected me and said it was in fact 6 marathons in the Sahara Desert, I jokingly questioned his sanity.

After hearing all about Bruce and Tom's preparation for this mammoth event next month, I said 'I have to write a blog post about this, what an amazing things you're doing'.
As honestly, I literally cannot believe their bravery.

I asked Bruce and Tom a number of questions about the event itself, why they're doing it and where you can donate to raise money for their 2 chosen charities, as well as support and sponsor them in completing their challenge.

Friends, Bruce & Tom are taking part in the 6 marathon challenge called Marathon Des Sables on 7th April 2017.
Donate your support to their chosen charities here.

A Sunday in Rutland in Photos

12 March 2017
Weekends are the time I'm most thankful for living in such a stunning county surrounded by gorgeous countryside. The weekend is the time of the week that I get to enjoy it properly and spend a lot of time with my partner and friends walking our beloved dogs.

Before lunch at The Marquess of Exeter in Lyddington.

Costa is coming to Uppingham | 10.03.2017

10 March 2017
Rumour has it coffee chain Costa is coming to Uppingham High Street this year.
However the majority of the locals aren't exactly ecstatic about its arrival to the mostly independent high street that Uppingham currently has.

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A Day in the Life of a Rutland Dog Walker: Boo's Walking School

8 March 2017
Earlier this week my 1 year old Pug, Arla and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend the day with Rutland based Dog Walker, Chloe Fowler of Boo's Walking School for our new 'Day in the life of a Rutlander' series.

Boo's Walking School is based in Uppingham but covers all surrounding areas of Rutland.
Chloe is a passionate animal lover who really loves her job.

Name an Ale for Rutland's 20th Anniversary with Grainstore Brewery

5 March 2017
With the 20th anniversary of Rutland's independence close approaching, Grainstore Brewery are giving you the chance to name an anniversary ale for Rutland's second decade of independence.

Our county was part of Leicestershire from 1974 to 1997, but was proudly given independence and celebrated 10 years of being an independent county in 2007.

So, with the anniversary to celebrate 20 years on 1st April close by, Grainstore Brewery in Oakham are hoping you can get your creative caps on an think of the best name for the new ale celebrating Rutland's 20th year of independence.

Got a name?
Well, all you have to do is head over to Rutland Radio's website here and fill in a small form where you can submit your name suggestion for the commemorative ale.
You've only got until 10th March to submit your best name!

Let us know your ideas by sending them into us on social media!

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A Visit to: The Rutland Cake Company, Oakham

2 March 2017
On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited by Rural Roots PR to the opening of The Rutland Cake Company on Ashwell Road at Oakham Enterprise Park.

With a full cafe of supporters, milkshakes and lots of cake-apés such as giant ice gems, brownies, sponges and more!

Changes to Uppingham Parking on Gainsborogh Road & Seaton Road

1 March 2017
On Thursday (2nd March 2017) contractors are set to begin work on two of the main non-pay and display parking spots in Uppingham, on Gainsborough Road by Tod's Piece and Seaton Road near the cricket field.

Uppingham Town Council posted the statement yesterday on their website following a request from Rutland County Council to make those who park their regularly aware of the changes.