What's on in Rutland: December 2018

30 November 2018
It's finally here and it's my favourite month of the year... December!
Prepare yourself for a fun-filled 'What's On Guide' this month with plenty of things to do around Stamford and Rutland this Christmas time with everything from wreath making to film nights and much, much more!

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Saturday 1st to Saturday 22nd December
At: Welland Vale Garden Inspirations, Uppingham, LE15 9EU
From: 10:00am to 4:00pm
About: Come and visit Santa on his sleigh every Saturday in December. A really personal experience with Santa where children get to sit Santa's sleigh with him and be given a special present by Santa himself! All family members welcome along and take your own pictures too!

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December
At: Rutland Farm Park, Oakham, LE15 6JD
From: 11:00am to 7:00pm
Price: from £3
About: Join in the festivities from 11am-3.30 and 4-7pm (bring a torch!). With complimentary mulled wine & mini mince pie, there's lots of fun to be had for all the family.

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December
At: Melton Mowbray
From: 9:00am
About: A full weekend of events with entertainment for all the family begins on 30th November. In addition to market stalls, entertainment and fayre activities, Melton St Mary's Church will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Festival and a Festival of Cribs takes place in Sage Cross Methodist Church.

Saturday 1st December
At: Victoria Hall, Oakham, LE15 6AH
From: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: POP-UP Christmas Arts and Crafts - Free entry in the Victoria Hall Allman Gallery.

Saturday 1st December
At: Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford
From: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
About: YOU are invited to join in the fun from 1-4pm! Visit Santa in his woodland chalet, play fun games & tombolas to win prizes, buy Christmas gifts, create festive craft items, feast on hot dogs & homemade cakes, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies while raising valuable funds to further enhance our school. We have turned the music chalet outside into a special Santa's grotto! A visit to Santa is just £3.50 and includes a small gift. All profits raised will go to enhancing the school.

Saturday 1st December
At: Oakham Rugby Club, Oakham, LE15 7TW
From: 10:30am
Price: £12 per adult suit, £6 child suit
About: A chance to run/walk/stroll a choice of circuits round the rugby fields (subject to ability) in a Santa Suit, raising money for your own choice of charity or for Rotary and it's good causes. Participants keep their suits, a medal and can enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine after. Bar and club facilities fully available. Best decorated buggy and Toddle Waddle at 10.30am.

Saturday 1st December
At: Ketton C of E Primary School, PE9 3TE
From: 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Price: £30
About: Create your very own Christmas Wreath with full instruction, tools, and materials supplied by our professional florist, Included in the price is a glass of Prosecco and Christmas nibbles. Two 2 Hour workshops available 2pm-4pm & 5pm-7pm. This is a charity fundraising event organised by Ketton School PTA. Contact Ketton School for Tickets.

Saturday 1st December
At: Exton Village Hall
From: 7:30pm
Price: £5 per person
About: Come and join us for a viewing of the new Mamma Mia movie tickets in advance, please. order on the Village hall FB page or email markbutterill@gmail.com 
all proceeds over the video license fee will go to Exton Village Hall improvement funds.

Sunday 2nd December
At: Oakham Town Centre
From: 12:00pm / Lights switch on at 4:00pm
About: Join Oakham Town Council through the afternoon.
12:00pm to 3:00pm: Shops will be open plus charity and craft stalls in the marketplace
3:00pm: Join us to sing a few carols led by the Cottesmore Military Wives 
4:00pm: Switch on of the new Christmas tree by two special girls.

Monday 3rd December
At: All Saints Church, Oakham
From: 7:30pm
Price: £15 per person
About: An evening of music and singing with readings by well-known celebrities from sport, the stage, and screen to raise money for the NSPCC. Doors ope 6.45. All to be seated by 7.20, please. Tickets on sale from Don Paddy’s Uppingham or James Sellicks in Oakham.

Monday 3rd December
At: Greetham Church, LE15 7NF
From: 8:00pm
Price: £10 per person
About: Charity concert for fixing the roof at Greetham Church. 
Tickets at Greetham Shop or Jackie Gauntley 01572 868291 
Ticket includes a glass of wine.

Tuesday 4th December
At: Laxton Village Hall
From: 7:30pm
Price: £5 per person
About: Mama Mia Here We Go Again is being shown at Laxton Village Hall. Freshly brewed coffee, refreshments, and a licensed bar will be available.

From Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th December
At: Stamford Corn Exchange
About: A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR Direct from a smash hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the stage, celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs, and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised! David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.

Wednesday 5th December
At: Uppingham Parish Church
From: 1:20pm to 2:20pm
Price: FREE
About: Join Uppingham School staff and students in a seasonal celebration of this most wonderful time of the year. Expect your favourite Christmas songs, sing-a-long carols, festive instrumental solos and a mince pie to top it all off!

From Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th December
From: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: Food markets with a difference! Come and meet over 30 local suppliers at our biggest ever 4-day festive celebration of local produce. With handmade cheeses, artisan bread, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats, and rare breed meats.

Thursday 6th December
At: Uppingham Town Centre
From: 5:30pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: Festive family fun in the market town of Uppingham. You'll get to enjoy a skating rink, street entertainers, market stalls, live music, a Christmas show, choirs, hot food, face painting, Santa's Grotto, reindeer, competitions and lots of gift ideas because many of Uppingham's local stores will stay open late for Christmas shopping!

Friday 7th December
At: Mini Monsters Soft Play, Oakham
From: 9:30am to 11:30am
About: Cheeki Monkeys Oakham will be hosting a pop-up shop at Mini Monsters, selling pre-loved baby and children's clothes to raise money for Children's Links, which provides support to children and young people in need. There will also be some festive craft activities on offer suitable for babies and pre-schoolers.
Our first Cheeki Monkeys Baby and Children's Market in Oakham is on January 20th 1-3pm at Catmose Sports Centre. For more information about this event or to book a pre-loved stall click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/948889168636742/

Saturday 8th December
At: Oakham Methodist Church
From: 10:00am to 1:00pm
About: Relax and enjoy a Christmas Craft Workshop at Oakham Methodist Church, Northgate. Tea, Coffee & Mince Pies, Sales Tables, Christmas Music. All Welcome!

Saturday 8th December
At: Laxton Village Hall
From: 10:30am to 1:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: This month our Coffee Morning and Community Shop will also include a Christmas Bazaar. 
There will still be our usual variety of cakes and bakes for you to enjoy in addition to some seasonal extras. Bacon rolls, mince pies and mulled wine.

Saturday 8th December
At: Barrowden & Wakerley Community Shop, Barrowden, LE15 8EP
From: 11:00am to 3:00pm
About: Santa in his Grotto from 11am, to 3 pm (with a short lunch break about 12.30) with gifts for our younger customers. There will be lots of Christmas goodies and local crafts for sale, plus Christmas hamper raffle, mulled wine, coffee, delicious homemade cakes, and snacks. A warm welcome to everyone!

Saturday 8th December
At: Ketton C of E Primary School, PE9 3TE
From: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: Christmas Fair held in Ketton School. Visit Santa, win on the Tombola and many other Christmas favourites. Organised by Ketton School PTA.

Saturday 8th December
At: St Marys Church, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0PN
From: 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Price: £8 per person / Under 16's FREE
About: Melton's lively community World Music choir is looking forward to returning to the refurbished St Mary's Church in Melton for its popular Christmas Concert.

Saturday 8th December
At: All Saints Church, Oakham
From: 7:30pm
Price: £10 per person / Buy here
About: “ In Dulci Jubilo” is a concert of seasonal music including works by John Rutter, Harold Darke, and Elizabeth Poston. It is on Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm at All Saints’ Parish Church, Oakham. Tickets are £10 and are also from Colemans Stationers and on the door. The ticket price includes mulled wine and delicious refreshments after the concert. Our chosen charity for the year is East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme and a collection will be made in their support. 
There will be some amusing pieces, a male chorus, along with duets, readings and plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in with some much-loved carols. It is shaping up to be a wonderfully happy and festive evening and a lovely start to the Christmas Season.

Saturday 8th December
At: Market Overton Village Hall
From: 8:00pm 
Price: £5 including nibbles
About: Put on your Dancing shoes to kick off the Christmas season! Come & Dance the night away to all your favourite hits from across the years. Professional DJ. Full Bar & Raffle. Tickets available from the Village Shop. Tel: 01572 767948

Sunday 9th December
At: Stamford Arts Centre
Price: FREE Entry
About: Join us for our gorgeous Christmas Stamford Quality Market at the beautiful Stamford Arts Centre. Lots of beautiful gift ideas from scarves, jewellery, candles, soft furnishings, toys, food and so much more. A great place to buy some unique Christmas gifts and all from local sellers. Support Small Businesses - Buy Local this Christmas. Well Behaved Dogs Welcome.

Sunday 9th December
At: St Mary The Virgin Church, Morcott, LE15 9DH
From: 4:30pm
Price: £7.50
About: A celebration of all things Christmassy in poetry and prose from Charles Dickens to John Betjeman, via Alan Coren and Dr Seuss - readings that are both funny and moving. Favourite Christmas carols to join in. Great fun for a dull Sunday afternoon and guaranteed to get you into the mood for Christmas! Tickets from 01572 747381. Includes mulled wine and mince pie. Heated church. Unreserved seating. A fundraiser for Morcott Church.

Monday 10th December
At: Oakham Town Centre
From: 4:00pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: Festive family fun in Oakham with market stalls, Santa's Grotto, live music, carol singing, arts and crafts, fun fair and a chance to do a bit of late night Christmas Shopping in the local shops!

From Wednesday 12th December to Friday 14th December
At: Uppingham Theatre, LE15 9UD
Price: £14
About: Seaton Starlights present Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ from December 12th -15th, including a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 15th at Uppingham Theatre. Come on this hilarious journey where you will join King Arthur and his brave (and not so brave!) knights, in their quest to find the holy grail. For tickets contact Lee on 07766582828, www.wegottickets.com, or Uppingham Sports and Books.

Thursday 13th December
At: Uppingham Town Hall, LE14 9PY
From: 7:30pm
Price: £5 per person
About: Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

Saturday 15th December
At: Oakham Library
From: 10:00am to 11:00am
Price: FREE
About: Meet Sayeh Stone, Rutland Radio presenter and author of 'Shaped Animals'. Sayeh will be reading her fab new picture book 'Snotty Santa' to young children, followed by some Santa-themed crafts. Ages 2-7 years. FREE but tickets required - available from Oakham Library. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 15th December
At: Stamford Arts Centre, PE9 2DL
From: 10:00am to 5:00pm
About: More than 20 stalls of high-quality gifts, made by local makers, crafters and artisans - all based in and around Stamford. Get your Christmas shopping cracked while supporting local independent businesses. Organised by a team of local Etsy sellers.

Saturday 15th December
At: Normanton Church, LE15 8RP
From: 6:30pm
Price: £10 per person
About: Join us for a festive evening at the beautiful Normanton Church. £10 per person, to include a mince pie and mulled wine, and free parking in the main car park. Tickets are selling fast, to book yours call Sue on 07757 975088, or alternatively call into Berridge Taxis, Long Row, Oakham.

Saturday 15th December
At: Oakham School Chapel, LE15 6DT
From: 7:30pm
Price: £8 per person
About: A Quirky Christmas Presented by Chater Community Choir. In aid of Shine! (registered charity - 249338). Tickets available from Tracy Steward 01780 729006 or Jenny Clarke 01572 821197 

Sunday 16th December
At: Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham, LE15 8AH
From: 10:00am to 3:30pm
Price: FREE Entry
About: Put on your Christmas jumpers and join us for a family festive day of Christmas crafts, cupcake decorating, festive activities and a delicious afternoon tea for you and the children. (Afternoon tea needs to be pre-booked.)Afternoon teas can be viewed and booked through our website shop. If you do not fancy an afternoon tea then why don't you just join in with the crafts?!

Sunday 16th December
At: Rutland Cycling, Rutland Water, LE15 8HD
From: 10:00am
Price: £5 per family
About: Rutland Cycling's charity Santa ride is back again this festive season on Sunday, 16th December at 10.00 am. Suitable for the whole family. Join us for a steady pedal at Rutland Water, from Giant Store Normanton to Whitwell for refreshments, then back to Normanton. All proceeds going to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Charity. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged with prizes up for grabs for the best fancy dress and best-dressed bike. Family ticket only £5. Bike hire is also available at only £5 (advanced booking only).

Xmas Prize Bingo
Sunday 16th December
At: Market Overton Bowls Club, Oakham
From: 7:30pm
About: The Cricket Club Bingo is renowned for giving out good prizes & this is will be no different.

Satuday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December
At: Oakham Castle, LE16 6DX
Price: From £4
About: Traditional festive cheer returns to Oakham Castle. Join us for a Dickensian inspired Christmas weekend. Paid entry with free activities crafts and entertainment. Santa will be back with real reindeer. You will be transported to a Victorian parlor, where Mr. and Mrs. Fezzywig will invite you to join their Christmas party. There will be games and old-fashioned toys to play with beneath the glittering real tree, mulled wine, crafts and plenty of things to dress up in! A nostalgic trip into a bygone world...All set in the stunning medieval Great Hall.

EXCLUSIVE: Witham Wines launch alcoholic Sparkling Elderflower Infusion

21 November 2018
Witham Wines is an artisan winery and makers of sparkling wine, ran by the Ruigrok family in South Witham, Lincolnshire, which is where their beloved elderflower used to create their signature alcoholic beverages is also harvested.

Today, Witham Wines are excited to announce their new product exclusively on the blog... As I'm equally excited to announce that I am one of their Brand Ambassadors alongside local chef and former Masterchef contestant, Simon Spooner and local wine journalist and enthusiast, Jess Lamb.

Witham Wines have spent month perfecting their product and the latest addition to their line, an alcoholic Witham's Sparkling Elderflower Infusion made with English spring water. Produced in their Lincolnshire Winery at a respectable 3.5% ABV and is also Gluten Free and Vegan. 'Infused with Love' Sparkling Elderflower Infusion by Witham's (Witham Wines) launches throughout Lincolnshire Cooperative stores this week.

Witham Wines launch Witham's Sparkling Elderflower Infusion.

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!