Attractions Further Afield

Rutland Water

Rutland Water is Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir in Rutland County. It was previously known as the Empingham Reservoir during its construction and until it was officially opened in 1976. The reservoir provides a reserve supply of water in the East Midlands and is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. By surface area the reservoir remains the largest in England, however its capacity is exceeded by Kielder Water.

Rutland Water has a 23-mile (37 km) perimeter track, which measures 17 miles excluding the Hambleton Peninsula for walking, running or cycling. The reservoir also features a 1,555 hectare area of lake which has been deemed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area of 1,333 hectares which is a Ramsar and an internationally important wetland site. The Water also features 393 hectares which are managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral is one of the most prominent Norman cathedrals in England. It was founded as a monastic community in 654 AD and it has become one of the greatest medieval abbeys in the country, and is now known as the burial place of two former English queens, that being Katharine of Aragon, first wife and queen of Henry VIII, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Although the Cathedral was founded within the latter Anglo-Saxon period, the architecture is mainly dated to the period as a result of an extensive rebuilding in the 12th century. Along with Ely and Durham Cathedrals, it remains one of the most significant 12th-century buildings in England to be largely intact despite numerous rebuilding and restorations.

Tolethorpe Hall

Tolethorpe Hall prides itself in being one of the finest-open air theatres in the country and the principal home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company, which can trace its origins back to 1968. The company acquired the Hall in 1977 after a period of extensive restoration. One of the Hall’s beneficial features was the natural amphitheatre in the site grounds, which was later transformed into a raked auditorium that can be covered by a temporary canvas canopy. The first performances were in May 1977, which featured ‘Macbeth” and “The Taming of the Shrew’. Every summer the hall receives more than 34,000 people across the UK that attends the many summer-season plays that run from June to August.