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A few things to look out for this September RUTLAND WATER NIGHTSWIM One local sports event that sounds incredible is the SwimRutland NightSwim, which offers the chance to test the waters of the smallest county’s favourite lake by moon- and starlight. There are two looped courses, the main one being 750m and a beginners’ loop of 250m, both starting at Whitwell. Registration closes at 5pm on the day of the event, and the swim starts at 8pm and finishes at 9.30pm, with food and warming drinks from 9pm until 10pm. The entrance fee includes event kit including neon swim hat, glowsticks and emergency whistle, plus hot drinks and snacks; wetsuits and swim floats are compulsory. Bank crews and waterkayak crews will be on hand to keep swimmers safe. • Saturday 2 September, entrance £36 (including swim float hire), NEW COURSES AND FRESH CHALLENGES September is a time to start new courses and take up fresh challenges. Local Living’s Rachel Beecroft has recommended an art class that she’s been enjoying at Yarwell Village Hall in the hope that others might be inspired to try something similar. Rachel hadn’t done any “art” since school but she enjoyed drawing as a teenager, so she signed up to a 12-week course with The Seasons Art Class at Yarwell Village Hall. “Yes, I was a little nervous… but it was unfounded! Chatting with my fellow artists, I discovered some beginners like me. All the materials were provided, and our instructors Mike and Helen were full of encouragement, advising on techniques and giving tips on a variety of media, which included pencils, watercolours, acrylics and oil pastels. I’m looking forward to the course in September, so I can continue to develop my skills.” If you’re inspired by Rachel’s story, why not take the plunge too? I’m tempted! • For information on dates, fees and how to book, call 01832 273749; see also page 67 FISH TANK SUSHI’S OPENING I don’t think I’m the only one who has been counting down the days to the opening of Oakham’s stylish new Japanese restaurant. Bringing this refined culinary art all the way from the Far East to the East Midlands, Fish Tank Sushi is located in the Bakers Yard, and it’s great to see the venue used again. Husband and wife team Romy and Sam Letteri specialise in fairly priced and responsibly sourced dishes using the finest ingredients, so that’s their namesake sushi plus a host of Asian soul food, such as chicken, prawn and sweet potato Katsu, miso soup, soft-shell crab burgers and more. • Fish Tank Sushi, Bakers Yard, 6 Church Street, Oakham LE15, 07494 911691,


HARVEST EVENTS Across the region, there are harvest events from September into early October in churches, village halls, schools and other venues. These include, at the family-friendly West Lodge in Desborough, a special Hedgerow Harvest organized for the weekend of 16 and 17 September. Weather-permitting, you’ll be able to jump aboard the tractor trailer for a ride to all the berry-picking hotspots around the farm, and collect as many sloes, blackberries and hazelnuts as you can carry. • West Lodge Rural Centre, Back Lane, Desborough, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 2SH, 01536 760 552,


STAMFORD GEORGIAN FESTIVAL September’s a busy time of year in neighbouring Stamford. Not only does the month kick off with the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (see page 32), but in the third week the town plays host to its biennial Georgian Festival. Expect theatre, concerts, celebrity speakers, Georgian science, entertainment on The Meadows, horse-drawn carriages, colourful street markets, historical fashions, Jane Austen-themed events and more. • Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September,

OAKHAM LIBRARY’S REOPENING Monday 4 September sees the long-awaited unveiling of Oakham Library after months of renovation. I’ve enjoyed the library being based in Rutland County Museum, but it’ll be marvellous to have access to the newly improved facilities, with the addition of the Visions Children’s Centre to the rear. • Rutland County Library, Catmos Street, Oakham, 01572 722918,

Rutland Living Sept 2017  
Rutland Living Sept 2017