THINGS TO DO
Welcome to ‘A Little Bit of Rough’ – luxury camping in 20 beautiful acres of private woodland ‘Spindleberry Woods’ nestled in a secret location in rural Rutland. We would like to wish you an enjoyable stay with us, and
If you prefer to stay indoors there are plenty of places for
have listed places we feel are well worth a visit during your
you, including theatres, art galleries and unique shopping
stay with us should you like to venture a little further than
in our two Market Towns, Uppingham & Oakham.
the woodland. Rutland is very proud of the food and drink offering here, Despite being the smallest county in England Rutland has
so if you like the reassurance of using locally produced,
a lot to offer you, hence the county motto ‘Multum In Parvo’
seasonal produce then you will be spoilt for choice. There
which means ‘Much in Little’.
are numerous pubs offering quality menus that change on a daily basis.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you will find lots of thing to enjoy in this rural retreat. Outdoor sports are
Rutland is also a great base for visiting attractions in the
extremely well catered for with plenty of walking and
region, especially if you are interested in the numerous
cycling available, plus fishing, golfing and the huge choice
breathtaking stately homes dotted around the county
of water sports that take place on Rutland Water, there is
even a beach! Rutland is a great place to pursue an interest in your surroundings, be it a passion for wildlife and nature or an enthusiasm for gardening, you can find it here. There are two nature reserves around Rutland water, with many hides providing a great opportunity to spot a rare bird or two – or you can visit one of the many attractions inspired by the pleasure of gardens and shrubbery, the delightful Barnsdale Gardens is one not to be missed.
Plan your stay by visiting the Discover Rutland website: www.discover-rutland.co.uk
The Reserve The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water
The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton offers
lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water
exciting environmental displays, viewing gallery, excellent
and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the
schools service, Wildlife Trust shop and In Focus optical
1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are over
shop. At the Lyndon Visitor Centre there is a fascinating
30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor
Weather and Wildlife exhibition as well as a Wildlife Trust
centres with experts to help you with identification.
shop. www.rutlandwater.org.uk/things-to-do-at-the-reserve www.rutlandwater.org.uk/wildlife www.rutlandwater.org.uk/visitor-centres
The Reserve is also home to the successful Rutland Osprey Project which in 2001 celebrated the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years. Currently several pairs of Ospreys breed in and around Rutland Water and are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir from April â€“ September. Click here for more information. www.ospreys.org.uk
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Rutland Water Nature Reserve Egleton, Oakham Rutland LE15 8BT (8.7 miles from Spindleberry Woods 14 mins)
The Beach Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, beach towel and bucket & spade! This fabulous addition to the reservoir’s North Shore at Sykes Lane has proved very popular since it opened at the end of June 2014.
Rutland Water Park Sykes Lane Empingham LE15 8QL (13.3 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 19 mins)
The beach can be accessed all year round and the swimming area will be open every day during the summer school holidays, with lifeguards on duty, making it the perfect place to entertain the children.
Cycling Visitors are welcome to bring cycles and simply set off,
Cycle Hire Rutland Cycling has depots at both Whitwell
but if that isn’t an option, then it’s easy and convenient to
and Normanton. The depot and store at Whitwell is one of
simply hire a cycle from Rutland Cycling. The full route
the largest cycle shops in the UK and stocks a vast range
around the water, including the peninsular is 23 miles,
of cycles for all the family at reasonable prices. The store
however if you miss the peninsular out it is approximately
also features accessories, clothing and a work shop for
17 miles. There are many places around the route to stop
cycle repairs. It is staffed by dedicated cycle enthusiasts
and have a break, either in a country pub, a handy cafe, or
who are able to provide all the advice you need, 7 days a
if you’ve brought your own refreshments there are no end
week. The Normanton depot, whilst smaller than Whitwell,
of great spots to stop and enjoy the views!
offers the same level of service, and advice as well as an impressive range of cycles to choose from.
www.rutlandcycling.com www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g190770d493097-Reviews-Rutland_Water-Oakham_Rutland_ England.html#REVIEWS Rutland Water Park Whitwell Leisure Park Bull Brig Lane Whitwell LE15 8BL (12.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 19 mins)
Rutland Water South Shore Normanton Road Normanton LE15 8RP (10.6 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 17 mins)
Water sports Centre At Rutland Water Park youâ€™ll find sailing clubs and water sports centres that cater for all abilities and ages. If you are starting a new hobby, there may be a course and club that can help you.
Rutland Water Park Whitwell Leisure Park Bull Brig Lane Whitwell LE15 8BL (12.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 19 mins)
The Rock Blok Whitwell Leisure Park Rutland Water LE15 8BL (12.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 19 mins)
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Bugtopia Zoo We are very excited to bring you the unique experience
Walk around and view the reptiles and bugs in their
that is BUGTOPIA the Zoo. Bugtopia was formed in 2012
tanks before entering into the large conservatory where
as a way to get kids interested in the super heroes of our
the larger reptiles roam free along with some beautiful
world - Bugs!
butterflies and birds. If youâ€™re feeling brave you can pay a little extra and handle some of the LARGE creepy crawlies!
Rutland Water Park Sykes Lane, Empingham, LE15 8QL (13.3 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 19 mins)
The Rutland Belle Leisure Cruiser A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the
Open: April to October Timetabled afternoon sailings
sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary
depart Whitwell North Shore, on the hour, from one
highlighting points of interest.
oâ€™clock Monday to Saturday and 12-noon on Sundays; calling at Normanton Church, South Shore, at twenty-past-
The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers, with 60
places in the under-cover saloons. Drinks are available on board.
Easter: every day for one week from Good Friday to following Friday April: Saturdays and Sundays only May to
Rutland Water Park Whitwell Leisure Park Bull Brig Lane Whitwell LE15 8BL (12.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 19 mins)
September: Every Day October: Saturdays and Sundays only.
Fishing Anglian Water offers trout fishing and coarse fishing at
Rutland Water continues to excite and attract anglers from
the water park. There is a wide range of permit options
all over the United Kingdom and Europe Rutland Water
available and fishing boats can be hired from Rutland
hosts national and international fly fishing competitions
fishing lodge. The Trout fishing season at Rutland Water
and you can witness the excitement of the catch weigh-in
runs from Friday 13 March to Sunday 31 January 2016.
at the fishing lodge, usually around 6pm
Other Activities at Rutland Water If you fancy a more relaxed visit to Rutland Water you can
Visit the beautiful Normanton Church (South Shore). This
take a picnic or use one of the BBQ stands by the water
iconic church is Rutland’s most famous landmark. It was
and simply sit back a relax.
saved from the water and has become a stunning location for civil weddings and musical concerts. It is open to the
All main visitor sites at Rutland Water have Cafés where
public on selected dates giving visitors the opportunity
you can purchase hot and cold food.
to discover the history of this beautiful building and its surroundings.
At Sykes Lane there is Crazy Golf and also a large children’s play area.
Finally, you can take a leisurely stroll and simply enjoy the stunning views across the water.
During the summer months at Skyes Lane there is also a children’s fun fair.
Things to do outside of Rutland Water - Falconry Centre The Rutland Falconry and Owl centre is a popular place to
Open to young and old for a gentle stroll round the many
be and not just for people.
birds on display and further on into the various habitats via grassy woodland walks and open field perimeter
It seems that this little corner of British countryside in the
tracks the centre will delight with the sights and sounds of
heart of beautiful Rutland, has become a sought after
location for all manner of wildlife too. Careful management of the habitat has meant that from the floor right up to the canopy there is now a much greater biodiversity resident at the centre. There are also hidden benefits to native wildlife from all those predatorsâ€™ watchful eyes - songbirds are thriving at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre with many even building nests precariously close to people and birds of prey . . . but it makes sense to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, these songbirds stand far less chance of being disrupted by the natural predators if they are kept away by the resident display birds. With maturing ponds, a purpose-built wild bird feeding station and a variety of different nesting boxes throughout the wood the Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre really is a little piece of paradise where the myriad of birds species seem to sing all year.
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Burley Bushes Exton Ln, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7TA (11.7 miles drive from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 17 mins)
Barnsdale Gardens Owned and created by BBC 2 Gardeners World presenter Geoff Hamilton, with thirty eight individual gardens in an eight-acre site, there’s plenty to see and do at Barnsdale. The inspiring range of garden styles and planting schemes have been referred to as ‘a theme park for gardeners’. However, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to rest, contemplate and learn alongside all the excitement when you visit us. Whether you are a keen gardener, an armchair gardener or a visitor looking for a wonderful day out with a great lunch in the tea rooms, then Barnsdale Gardens is for you! www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk/ www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g190770d1075473-Reviews-Barnsdale_Gardens-Oakham_Rutland_ England.html Barnsdale Gardens The Avenue Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH (12.2 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 17 mins)
Fishing - Eyebrook Resevoir Just a 10 minute drive from our canvas doors and 400
acres of water, Eyebrook is renowned for its exquisite dry fly and nymph sport and incredible surface fishing the reservoir also responds well to traditional fly fishing tactics such as drifting and loch style. As one of the countries leading venues for fly fishing in the heart of England, the water is very well stocked with triploid rainbow and brown trout still boasts numbers of wild brown trout. The fishery is also unique in the fact that no other water sports are permitted which guarantees the visitor some of the most tranquil and peaceful fly fishing in the country, not to mention the stunning scenery surrounding the venue
Eyebrook Trout Fishery Great Easton Road Caldecott Leicestershire LE16 8RP Tel: 01536 772930 Email: email@example.com (8.8 miles from Spindleberry Woods - 15 mins)
Sweethedges A very short drive from the woodland is Sweethedges Farm and Tea Rooms. There is a very well kept lake spanning 2.5 acres with an island. This is a very well stocked mixed fishery. The fully licensed tearooms are open everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am till 5pm. Last cooked meals served at 3pm. On Sunday they have a special menu with just roast dinner being served after 12 midday. During BST (when the clocks change in the summer) the teashop is open Friday and Saturday Evenings 6pm till 9pm sweethedgesfarm.moonfruit.com Sweethedges Farm Alexton Road, Stockerston, Leicestershire, LE15 9AD Email :firstname.lastname@example.org Phone :01572 717398 (1.6 miles from Spindleberry Woods - 6 mins)
Foxton Locks The whole family will enjoy a fun-packed visit to Foxton Locks, situated within a few miles of Market Harborough. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, you will experience all that this unique waterways landmark has to offer – colourful narrow boats, the famous flight of 10 locks and the new Boiler House virtual experiences. On the weekends during the summer, short 30 minute canal cruises are available from the bottom lock on Vagabond II. Once you tired yourself walking around out why not relax and unwind at the highly recommended Foxton Locks Inn www.restaurantfoxtonlocks.co.uk with a drink and a bite to eat…the Sunday Carvery is great! Its also a beautiful spot to sit and watch the narrow boats.
Foxton Locks Gumley Road, Foxton Market Harborough LE16 7RA (16.8 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 26 mins)
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National Space Centre The fabulous National Space Centre is the UKâ€™s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science. They have an amazing building filled with rockets, satellites, Martian surfaces and other amazing artefacts. The building also houses experts and a full Space
National Space Centre Exploration Drive Leicester LE4 5NS (17.9 miles from Spindleberry woods â€“ 30 mins)
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King Richard III Visitor Centre In August 1485 King Richard III was killed at the Battle of
Bosworth, and buried by the Grey Friars, a Franciscan Holy
In August 2012, Leicester City Council, the University of
King Richard III Visitor Centre 4A St. Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB
Leicester, and the Richard III Society began a search
(17 Miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 30 mins)
order, in their friary church.
underneath a car park in Leicester, to find King Richard IIIâ€™s remains and the Grey Friars Church. King Richard III was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, which is located just 100 steps away from the visitor centre, in March 2015.
West Lodge Rural Centre (Farm Park) We have visited here…….. a lot!! A visit to West Lodge
gives you the opportunity to explore the whole farm, the livestock (animals) the woods, the fields, the streams and the machinery. Visitors can also handle the rabbits and guinea pigs in cuddle corner, take a pony ride, watch the very popular piglet race or play in the adventure playground. A full list of activities can be found on the website. There is a range of walks and nature trails around the farm. They may take you to The Witch’s House or the Troll Bridge or for those feeling more energetic you may want to venture down to the Monks Dam where you can enjoy a picnic next to the stream.
West Lodge Rural Centre Back Lane Desborough Northants NN14 2S (14 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 26 mins)
Fineshade Woods Enjoy a family adventure at Top Lodge, Fineshade Wood. Be challenged by the exciting play areas and cycling, or explore the wildlife and history on foot, before unwinding in the cafĂŠ or browsing in the shops. www.forestry.gov.uk/toplodge
Fineshade Woods 3 Top Lodge Fineshade Corby NN17 3BB (14.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 21 mins)
Rockingham Castle An Amazing Norman Castle built under the instruction of
William the Conqueror. Have a tour of the castle or visit the gardens. Then finish off in the tea rooms before visiting the gift shop.
Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. LE168TH (10 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 17 mins)
Rockingham Speedway Rockingham Speedway is Europe’s fastest banked oval racing circuit. www.rockingham.co.uk
Rockingham Speedway Mitchell Road Corby Northamptonshire, NN17 5AF (12.7 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 22 mins)
Twinlakes TWINLAKES Theme Park has endless adventures of family fun packed with variety of adventure and fun for all the family. The No.1 East Midlands all actions family attraction! www.twinlakespark.co.uk
Twinlakes Thehe Park Melton Spinney Road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1SQ (20 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 34 mins)
Gates Garden Centre Located just 4 miles from the village of Oakham, Gates
Children enjoy can enjoy the outdoor play area while
Garden Centre offer a huge range of fantastic garden
adults enjoy a delicious meal in the new huge welcoming
products from pots and plants to BBQs, water features,
restaurant. Shop for your summer BBQ, pick up some
clothing, home-ware and pet care â€“ there is something
Christmas gifts from our winter range or pick up something
for everyone. No matter the time of year, or whatever the
for your garden, in every season.
weather, we invite you to go and enjoy the variety of the garden centre.
Gates Garden Centre Somerby Road, Cold Overton Oakham LE15 7QB (9.5 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 20 mins)
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre
trails and animals.
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre Thornhaugh Peterborough PE8 6HJ
(18.3 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 25 mins)
Sacrewell is a working farm, open to the public all year round. Attractions include a working mill gardens, farm
Burghley House Englands greatest Elizabethan House, Burghley House is a grand 16th-century country house near to Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. Explore the house and gardens or visit the Orangery for a bite to eat. www.burghley.co.uk
Burghley House Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 3JY (17.7 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 26 mins)
Mini Mischief – Indoor Soft Play Another favourite with our 2 children - Mini Mischiefs
In addition to this huge three tier play frame they also
is a children’s indoor play and party venue in Market
have a dedicated built-in Baby Area and Toddler Area with
Harborough, with a huge multi-level soft play frame that
height appropriate soft play equipment allowing babies
reaches an incredible 5.5 meter height.
and toddlers to explore the play centre at their own pace.
Mini Mischief Three Manors Retail Park Market Harborough LE16 7QE (13.5 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 24 mins)
East Carlton Park East Carlton Countryside Park is situated on the edge of the beautiful Welland Valley. The Heritage Centre in the converted coach house and stables houses a display featuring the history of Corby and the development of the iron and steel industry in the town. •
Cafe - Open all year for light meals, drinks and ice-cream
Children’s Play Area – with large sandpit
East Carlton Country Park East Carlton Market Harborough LE16 8YF (13.8 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 23 mins)
Wistow Maize Maze Enjoy a great day out exploring one of the country’s
The maze is open during the Summer months.
largest maize mazes, set in 8 acres of living maize and
Opposite the maze is Wistow Rural Centre where there is
sunflower crop. It’s great exercise for mind and body!
a fabulous garden centre with walled gardens, shops, deli
Perfect for all ages.
and the lovely Wistow Café / Bistro.
Wistow Rural Centre Kibworth Road Wistow LE8 0QF (15.8 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 24 mins)
Belvoir Castle Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. The family have lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. Crowning a hill in Leicestershire, its turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairytale
www.belvoircastle.com Belvoir Castle Grantham Leicestershire NG32 1PE (35 miles from Spindleberry Woods â€“ 49 mins)
Dates for the Castle and Garden open can be found on the Castle website.
Uppingham (7 mins from Spindleberry Woods) Enjoy shopping amongst honey-coloured buildings in a
Unique items available in Uppingham including glass,
distinctly charming English market town.
china, cutlery, silver, jewellery, maps, furniture, mirrors, coins and much more. Art is very important to Uppingham.
A wealth of history and a host of excellent shops can be
A number of art galleries show pieces worth large sums
found in Rutland’s smaller market town of Uppingham -
of money. Visitors come from far and wide to admire and
the town’s weekly market is held on a Friday.
appreciate the pieces on offer.
Uppingham is blessed with a range of speciality shops and
You can also find great places to eat around the town,
traditional retailers, many of which are still family owned
catering for a range of tastes and pockets! From traditional
and run. For browsing around antiques shops, Uppingham
country inns to cosy English tea rooms, you’ll find
hits the mark perfectly allowing you to meander around
something to tempt your taste buds.
the town for hours, finding hidden gems on every corner.
Oakham (14 mins from Spindleberry Woods) County town of Rutland, full of history and great for stylish
The architecture of Oakham School is stunning, and a
major landmark in the town. Founded in 1584 it is a highly regarded public school which has seen its fair share of famous pupils. Wander through the Market Place on a Wednesday or Saturday to find a market selling the best local produce, meats, cheeses, bread and eggs. Look out for the unusual stocks and the town pump beneath the Butter Cross. If possible, coincide your Rutland holiday with the 3rd Saturday of every month when a Farmers’ Market comes to Gaol Street in Oakham. A host of quality produce direct from the farmer assures quality and less food miles for the consumers’ conscience. This is a great addition to a weekend break in Rutland.
Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town,
Model rail enthusiasts can admire Oakham Signal Box,
bustling with activity and current holder of a coveted
used by Airfix as the template for all their models.
Britain in Bloom award. Packed with heritage, there’s
When it’s time to eat in Oakham, the choice is wide and
plenty to see in Oakham which makes it ideal for a day
appealing; dining here is a stylish experience; from cafés
trip or short break in the UK; Rutland County Museum is
and tea bars to restaurants and pub food, there is an
a great place to start, displaying the fascinating history of
excellent range of quality outlets.
the town together with unusual exhibits including a set of gallows! A visit to Oakham Castle, by the Market Place, provides the clues to why there is an intriguing collection of over 200 horseshoes hanging from the walls.
Stamford (25 mins from Spindleberry Woods) There’s definitely something special about Stamford
When it’s time to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice, as the
It’s widely regarded at one of the finest stone towns
town has a reputation for good food. Head to a cosy cafe
in England, it was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride
and watch the world go by over the rim of your tea cup, or
& Prejudice film, it has bags of charm, character and
enjoy the surroundings of the many traditional inns serving
year round appeal too. Stamford really bustles with life,
home cooked fayre. The George of Stamford is a favourite
especially on market day - Friday, when the pavements
amongst locals and visitors alike, an old coaching inn that
are packed with eager shoppers stocking up on local veg,
offers the perfect escape, enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea in
meats and fresh fish. Despite this, Stamford always offers
the lounge or courtyard, or a magnificent meal in the oak
corners of peace and quiet. Tranquillity is guaranteed
on the banks of the River Welland which winds its way through Stamford en-route to The Wash; take a seat here
There is a huge range of attractions in and around
for a while and admire the wildlife.
Stamford, don’t miss the majestic Burghley House, a breathtaking Elizabethan stately home which is still
Shopping is a pleasure in Stamford; narrow alleyways
privately owned. You may recognise Burghley House from
and hidden courtyards are home to speciality shops, fine
its many appearances on the big screen, including The Da
jewellers and designer boutiques, the High Street has a
Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice when it played the home
great choice of independent and recognised retailers.
of Lady Catherine De Bourgh!
A Bit of Retail Therapy â€“ Highcross Leicester Highcross Leicester contains over 120 shops, with a range of both large and smaller units, including branches of the department stores House of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis. There are also 15 restaurants and cafĂŠs, a cinema (Showcase) and two large car parks.
Local Places to Eat & Drink Uppingham www.thevaultsuppingham.co.uk www.donpaddys.co.uk www.falcon-hotel.co.uk www.lakeisle.co.uk www.silverfishbar.co.uk Oakham www.wildwoodkitchen.co.uk/oakham.html www.thebarnrestaurantoakham.co.uk www.kneadpubs.co.uk/our-pubs/the-lord-nelson
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