Lots to see and do during Rutland Festival Fortnight

Preparations for the Four Winds festival at Rutland Water. One of the giant Ospreys being put together beside Normanton Church by sculpter Anami Schrijvers.'Photo: SM220611-035ow.jpg
Preparations for the Four Winds festival at Rutland Water. One of the giant Ospreys being put together beside Normanton Church by sculpter Anami Schrijvers.'Photo: SM220611-035ow.jpg
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RUTLAND Festival Fortnight continues this weekend after the success of its launch and Uppingham Feast last weekend.

The First Rutland Campaign for Real Ale Multum-in-Parvo Beer Festival at Rutland County Museum, the Rutland Cider and Sausage Festival at The Grainstore Brewery, and the Mini

Alternative Beer Festival at The White Lion in Oakham started yesterday and the Four Winds Festival takes place at Rutland Water tomorrow and Sunday.

The Camra beer festival will feature 45 ales, 10 ciders and four perries and will run from 6pm to 10.30pm today and 11am to 11pm tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

The Rutland branch of Camra was started three years ago and this is the first time the group has organised its own beer festival.

The Mini Alternative Rutland Beer Festival at The White Lion in Melton Road, Oakham, will feature 10 beers and home made food.

The Sausage and Cider Festival at The Grainstore Brewery in Station Approach, Oakham, will feature 45 ciders and perries, about 20 different sausages including those made specially for the festival by Rutland producers and live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Four Winds Festival at Rutland Water Normanton is a one off event that will feature the production The Way the Winds Blow which will tell the story of the reservoir through sailing and song and will feature a giant osprey puppet.

As well as the production there will be displays from schools and organisations and a display by Rutland based artists as part of the Rutland Open Studios event.

A park and ride service will run from St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham on Saturday and Sunday from midday to 9pm.

There will be no seating provided so people are advised to take a blanket or a fold up chair.

The festival itself has free admission, but anyone wanting to watch The Way the Winds Blow will have to buy a ticket.

For more information and to buy tickets priced £10, £5 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket visit www.fourwindsfestival.co.uk

Also on tonight is a Festival Orchestra Concert at 7.45pm at Oakham School Chapel; tomorrow, Sunday and Monday there are performances of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Oakham at 7.45pm; on Tuesday Rutland Conert Band will perform at Oakham Castle at 7.30pm and on Wednesday Oakham School Chamber Choir will perform at All Saints’ Church in Oakham at 1.30pm.

For information on the fortnight’s events visit the website www.oakhamfestival.co.uk