Free days out with the kids: Rutland Water

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Today and yesterday we had a lot of fun exploring Rutland Water. It’s not far from Stamford, just north of Peterborough and yes it’s free. Apart from a small car park charge. There is so much to do there that you can easily fill up a day or two. Lots to see and explore too – cycling, rock climbing, beach, parks and many places to stop for a cuppa or ice cream. 

We split the day into 4: park fun before lunch, picnic by the beach, cycling to the next visitor centre (Whitwell or Normanton) and then fun at the beach. We got to Rutland Water just after 11am and didn’t leave until 6pm. We had a great time and it went really quickly. The beach area is just brilliant for the kiddies as it offers sand for building castles and the lake is calm enough to swim in with the children. Our children are straight in the water, they do have their wet suits on mind you. 

I would completely recommend this place if you are nearby for fun over the Summer Holidays. 

 

What is there to do at Rutland Water? 

There are 4 main car parks, we parked at the main centre near Empingham, Sykes Lane. At this point there are many things to do that do not cost anything and you also have the extras that you can do for a little charge. So the free activities include: the park, water beach and making the most of the fantastic cycle path across the dam towards 

The things to do for a little charge are: mini golf course, water sports and buying refreshments in the cafe. You can also visit Bugtopia Zoo which is based there for a small charge, there is everything from reptiles to Invertebrates. 

If you have any fun places to visit with the children for free this Summer I would love to hear them in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant. 

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