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!
(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)

Uppingham Road, Oakham, LE15 9JD
About: Rutland Farm Park is a family owned farm park in Rutland and reopened in 2017 following a 16 year closure. The park has many animals such as sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, alpacas, llamas etc. The park also has a Tea Room (which you can visit without paying the park admission) serving coffee, lunch and afternoon tea as well as milkshakes and ice creams too!
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Open on Bank Holidays too.
Price: Under 3: FREE, Child: £5.00 & Adult (12+): £6.00
Parking: FREE
Contact: 01572 722122

Skyes Lane, Empingham, Oakham, LE15 8QL
About: Family owned small zoo which is fun for the whole family! The zoo has many animals such as meerkats, armadillos, racoon dog, black throated monitor, asian palm civet, frilled dragon and much more!
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: Under 2's: FREE, Child: £6.50, Adult: £7.50 & OAP: £6.50
Contact: 01780 460518

Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre
Burley Bushes, Exton Lane, Exton, LE15 7TA
About: The centre is home to international birds of prey such as owls, hawks, buzzards, falcons, eagles and vultures and is a great day out for all!
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Price: Adult: £7.00, Senior Citizens: £5.00, Under 16s: £4.00, Under 5s: FREE
Family Ticket: £19.00
Parking: FREE
Contact: 07549 998373 / 07778 152814

Forestry Commission Visitor Centre, Fineshade, Corby NN17 3BB
About: Fineshade woods is an ancient woodlands with walks, cycle trails, horse trail, caravan site and a café. The centre also host events like Baby Bushcrafts, Go Wild: Find Water & Autumn Forage, Adult Bushcraft, Navigation & Shelter and much more! The centre is kept as environmentally friendly as possible with solar panels, rainwater harvesting and reedbed sewerage system.
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Weekends: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Contact: 0300 067 4340

Oakham Castle
Castle Grounds, Market Place, Oakham, LE15 6DR
The great hall of Oakham Castle is the finest surviving example of Norman Domestic Architecture in Europe. It was built between 1180 and 1190. Oakham Castle host many events throughout the year for adults and children and you can find the full list here.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
Contact: 01572 757578

Aqua Park Rutland
Bull Brig Lane, Whitwell, Oakham, LE15 8BL
About: The UK's biggest inflatable water park located on Rutland Water and is a fun filled wet and wild activity for you, your friend and your family to enjoy! The park has amazing reviews but due to being an outdoor activity there is age restrictions which you can find more info about here.
Price: £20 off peak - includes wet suit hire
Booking is essential, click here to find out more!

Aqua Park Rutland
(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Egleton, Oakham, LE15 8BT
About: The internationally famous nature reserve is managed by Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sancturaries in Great Britain with in excess of 25,000 wildfowl. There are over 1000 acres, more than 30 bird watching hides and nature trails too. The nature reserve holds many events for people of all ages, you can find the full list here.
Contact: 01572 770651

Thornhaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ
About: A popular child friendly destination for years! Since 1964, the 50 acres site was aimed to provide agricultural education from school children to heritage enthusiasts.
Sacrewell host many events throughout the year and you find the full list here.
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Price: Under 2's: FREE, Child (-12): £10.00, Adult (13+): £7.00, Concession: £5.60 or Family Tickets (1 Adult & 3 Children or 2 Adults & 2 Children): £30.00
Contact: 01780 782254

Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4SB
About: An all action, all weather theme park in Melton with fun for all the family and children of all ages. With animals, adventure zones, action zones, outdoor activities, rides and much more!
Twinlakes also host many events throughout the year and you can find the full list here.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: from £7:00+
Contact: 01664 567777

Rutland County Museum
Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW
About: The museum is the perfect introduction to England's smallest county and displays many exhibits and displays from archeology, rural trades, crime and punishment and much more!
Opening Hours: Monday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: CLOSED
Contact: 01572 758440

Rocks by Rail
Rutland Railway Museum, Cottesmore, LE15 7FF
About: The living ironstone museum an outdoor adventure! Cast in an ironstone quarry covering 19 acres of reclaimed quarry, railway and nature trails. Rocks by Rail is a journey back in time.
With 1960s style café and museum shops it's the perfect day out for a rail or digger enthusiast!
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: from £3.00+
Contact: 07974 171068

Long Row, Oakham, LE15 6LN
About: A soft play area in Oakham with three story soft play structure with slides, tunnels, building blocks, punch bag and ball bit and a baby area too! Perfect for ages 0-7 years. Mini Monsters Café serves healthy home-cooked meals and lighter bites with barista coffee and a variety of bakes!
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am to 3:00pm
Price: Babies under 6 Months: FREE, Accompanying Adults: FREE, Under 2s: £2.95, 2-7 years: £4.95 - Twins: buy one get one FREE!
Parking: FREE
Contact: 01572 756811

Mini Monsters Soft Play
(Photo Credit: Rutland Creative)