10+ Fun Things to do at Rutland Water This Summer

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1. Get on Your Bike! 


With 3 official trails and hundreds of acres to explore, you can easily spend a whole day peddling about.

You don’t even need to own a bike, as you can hire one from Rutland Cycling.

Check out our cycling page for more info on trails, maps, and hire prices.

2. Check Out Normanton Church



Saved from a watery grave when the valley was flooded to create Rutland Water, Normanton Church is a striking and beautiful landmark.

From its unique position on the water, Normanton Church almost looks like it’s floating.

The best part? You can even get married there!

Find out more about the church here.

3. Get Soaked at the Aqua Park

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Rutland Water boasts one of the biggest Aqua Parks in the UK.

For a 50 minute session you can tackle all sorts of challenging obstacles, including THE BEAST!

If you reckon you can tame THE BEAST, learn more and book a trip for your family and friends on our Aqua Park Page.

4. Ride the Rutland Belle

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Not only can you wander around the water, you can ride on it as well!

The Rutland Belle is a rustic pleasure cruiser seating 110 people. You’ll get to see the beauty of Rutland Water from a unique perspective.

Great for taking fantastic photos, as well as just relaxing and taking in the scenery.

You can even hire the Belle for events and have the whole boat to yourself and your guests

Find out more at the Rutland Belle page.

5. Catch a Big One!


Or a small one if your fishing skills are a little bit less impressive! Either way, you can have hours of fun by fishing for Rutland Water’s aquatic residents.

If you’ve never fished before, you can even get fishing lessons and boat handling lessons.

Seasoned anglers will enjoy spectating (or taking part in) the Anglian Water Airflo International Championship, where you can see anglers from all corners of the world compete for the grand prize!

Learn more about fishing at Rutland Water.

6. Freak Out at Bugtopia


Only joking, all our animal residents are lovely!

Get up close with Giant Stick Insects, massive Foot-Long Millipedes, Monitor Lizards and Caimans (like teeny weeny alligators - cute!), plus loads of other fascinating animals.

We guarantee you and your kids will learn something new when you visit Bugtopia!

7. Go to the Beach! 


That’s right, we have a sandy beach! I know it’s hard to believe, so there’s a picture to prove it.

No need to drive all the way to the sea, just pop down to Sykes Lane and get tanning! Alternatively, pack your swimsuit and go for a dip. There’s nothing quite like it to cool off on a blistering summer day.

Find out more about the beach.

8. Get a Hole in One


Have you got the skill? There’s only one way to find out - on our mini golf course!

You can have a romantic round as a couple, get competitive with your mates, or get beaten by your kids.

And after all that fun, you can pop into the Four Foxes and have a bite to eat. Perfect.


9. Go Up The Creek


Explore the lake by hiring one of our kayaks, canoes or row boats. Just try not to fall in!

But don’t worry, you can hire a paddle!

Visit our Equipment Hire page for more info.

10. Check Out the Birds


Our Osprey Project started in 1996 with the aim of providing a base for ospreys to breed at the reserve.

These majestic birds are a fun challenge to try and spot, especially for kids!

If you’re into serious birdwatching, there are many interesting and varied species populating the reserve all year round.

So grab your binoculars and see how many you can spot!

11. Master the Elements


12. Be at One with Nature


Take a peaceful stroll around the park and admire the beautiful nature that surrounds you. 

Or, volunteer for the day!

We’re always looking for eager hands to help us maintain the park. The best part is that you get free parking for the year, a free polo shirt and an invite to the Christmas party!

Find out more about volunteering at Rutland Water.

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.