Fun-filled Rutland Day ready for return to Rutland Water

Visitors having fun at last year's Rutland Day
Visitors having fun at last year's Rutland Day
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Crowds of people are set to descend on Rutland Water this weekend as a popular action-packed festival returns to its shores.

The final preparations are underway for the sixth annual Rutland Day, which takes place on the Empingham shore of the reservoir on Saturday, starting at 10am.

The event is set to be another fun-filled family day out, with this year’s highlights including live music, rock climbing, mini-golf, a fairground and hovercraft rides.

The day will also feature the fourth Rutland Food and Drink Festival, which will showcase some of the county’s great food and drink producers, who will host more than 30 stalls, as well as live demonstrations.

The event is being organised by Anglian Water along with Rutland County Council and Discover Rutland.

Antony Entwistle, events and marketing manager for Anglian Water, said: “This really is a great, fun, family day out and is something we are very proud to host each year.

“All the previous Rutland Days have been a terrific success, and we hope the crowds will help us make this year even better than the last.

“Hopefully the weather will be kind to us again and we can welcome visitors from all across the area and even some from further afield to the beautiful surroundings of Rutland to celebrate what the county has to offer.”

Live music at the event will be provided by a number of artists including Sounds of Simon and Funk Soul Brother.

The food and drink festival is due to feature a range of local produce to taste and buy including meats, cheeses, ciders and, for those with a sweet tooth, cakes and pastries.

Award winning chef Brian Baker from the Marquess of Exeter in Lyddington will be putting on a cookery masterclass with live demonstrations.

New for this year will be a cook-off competition between top local chefs, which will be judged by the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle.

There will also be a hog roast and licensed bar.

Entrance to the event is free but there will be a parking charge of £5 per car.

For more information, visit www.discover-rutland.co.uk for details of the food festival or www.rutlandday.co.uk for details of Rutland Day.