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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:

Rutland Water

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.


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 – September. Click here for more information.

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. 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 you’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 – 19 mins)

The Rock Blok Whitwell Leisure Park Rutland Water LE15 8BL (12.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 19 mins) Rutland_England.html

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 you’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 – 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.

o’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 – 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

woodland animals.

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 predators’ 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. Centre-Oakham_Rutland_England.html

Burley Bushes Exton Ln, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7TA (11.7 miles drive from Spindleberry Woods – 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! 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: (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 Sweethedges Farm Alexton Road, Stockerston, Leicestershire, LE15 9AD Email 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 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) Leicestershire_England.html

National Space Centre The fabulous National Space Centre is the UK’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 – 30 mins)

Communications team. centre/136 Leicestershire_England.html

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 – 30 mins)

order, in their friary church.

underneath a car park in Leicester, to find King Richard III’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.

Fineshade Woods 3 Top Lodge Fineshade Corby NN17 3BB (14.9 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 21 mins) Fineshade_Wood-Corby_Northamptonshire_England.html

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 – 17 mins) Harborough_Leicestershire_England.html

Rockingham Speedway Rockingham Speedway is Europe’s fastest banked oval racing circuit.

Rockingham Speedway Mitchell Road Corby Northamptonshire, NN17 5AF (12.7 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 22 mins) Northamptonshire_England.html

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!

Twinlakes Thehe Park Melton Spinney Road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1SQ (20 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 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 – 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 – 20 mins) England.html

Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre

trails and animals.

Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre Thornhaugh Peterborough PE8 6HJ

(18.3 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 25 mins)

Sacrewell is a working farm, open to the public all year round. Attractions include a working mill gardens, farm Cambridgeshire_England.html

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.

Burghley House Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 3JY (17.7 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 26 mins) Lincolnshire_England.html

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. Leicestershire_England.html

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

Craft Workshops

Children’s Play Area – with large sandpit

Picnic Area

East Carlton Country Park East Carlton Market Harborough LE16 8YF (13.8 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 23 mins) Northamptonshire_England.html

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. Leicestershire_England.html

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 Belvoir Castle Grantham Leicestershire NG32 1PE (35 miles from Spindleberry Woods – 49 mins)

Dates for the Castle and Garden open can be found on the Castle website. England.html

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

panelled restaurant.

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 – 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 cafÊs, a cinema (Showcase) and two large car parks.

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