The market towns of Oakham, Oundle and Stamford are well worth a visit, Market days are Fridays in Stamford and Uppingham, and both Wednesday and Saturdays in Oakham. Stamford is the largest of the local towns and is renowned for its Georgian buildings.
Another attraction within a short drive is Burghley House. Burghley is regarded as the largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan age. It was built between 1555 and 1587 and the main part of the House has 35 major rooms.
Burghley Horse Trials where international riders compete for over a 3 day event www.burghley.co.uk
Barnsdale Gardens are only 9 miles away on the North side of the reservoir. The gardens were created by Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardeners’ World, and are now Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens with 38 now on show over the 8 acre site. There is also a nursery selling unusual plants and tearooms serving seasonal snacks and light meals which uses local produce wherever possible www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk
Belvoir Castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for one thousand years and is believed to date back to Norman times. The castle and gardens are opened periodically between May and August, mainly on Sunday and Mondays www.belvoircastle.com
Tolethorpe Hall dates back nearly 800 years and is best know now for the annual season of plays held throughout June, July and August by The Stamford Shakespeare Company in Rutland Open Air Theatre which is in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall. You can picnic in the grounds prior to the performance before taking your seats (which are protected by the elements!) and watch the drama unfold in the natural surroundings.
Rockingham Castle is situated on a spectacular hilltop site in the attractive village of Rockingham. The Castle and Grounds are open periodically from April until September. The castle gardens also host numerous events throughout the year such as jousting and a popular Christmas shopping event, which takes place in November.