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More details - Bountiful Blossom
What a spectacular sight it is, the cherry blossom filling our spring gardens with abundant flowers, scent and stunning beauty. If you can manage to tear your eyes away from these spectacular trees, the whole gardens are also bursting with fresh, new-season flowers and foliage.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Today to Sun 29 Apr

More details - Spring Birdwatch
Meet the experts and take a special bird-spotting tour of the Gardens with local wildlife sound recordist Phil Rudkin. You can chat with our clever makers of bird boxes and bug hotels or make a simple seed feeder yourself to take home.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Deliciously Different Veg
Got a glut of runners? Overflowing with courgettes? Want to try something different? For those who want to grow beyond potatoes, broad beans and lettuce but aren’t sure where to start- come and be inspired!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Mon 23 Apr

More details - Willow Animal Workshop
Grab your secateurs and join country craftsman Martin Keeley to learn all about willow and create something beautiful to take home. In the morning you’ll learn the basics of weaving and make a simple fish, then after lunch in the Tea Room you can progress onto a very realistic pheasant.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Tue 24 Apr

More details - The Old Hall - Open Garden for NGS
Set on a southerly ridge overlooking Catmose Vale. Stone walls and yew hedges divide the garden into enclosed areas with herbaceous borders, shrubs, and young and mature trees. In 2006 the lower part of garden was planted with new shrubs to create a walk with mown paths.
The Old Hall, Market Overton
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Burrough Hall - Open Garden for NGS
Burrough Hall was built in 1867 as a classic Leicestershire hunting lodge. The garden, framed by mature trees and shrubs, was extensively redesigned by garden designer George Carter in 2007. The garden continues to develop.
Burrough Hall, Burrough on the Hill
Sun 6 May

More details - Braunston May Fayre
Bank Holiday Monday will see Braunston holds its 29th May Fayre. It is a fantastic day out for all the family. There is a huge range of attractions with craft fairs and market stalls. Can your dog win a coverted rosette in the Dog Show? Duck racing taking place all day in the village stream.
Braunston Village, Rutland
Mon 7 May

More details - Growing Under Glass
Nick Hamilton shows you how to get the most from a productive greenhouse or tunnel in this easy-to-follow course.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Tue 8 May

More details - Kings, Chess and Mozart
Rutland Sinfonia Paul Hilliam - Conductor Anne Bolt - Piano Walton - Prelude to Richard III Mozart - Piano Concerto No.
Oakham School Chapel, Oakham
Sat 12 May

More details - Sunday Afternoon Music For All Tastes
Come along and enjoy 2 hours of Show Tunes, Film Themes, Big Band, Classical, Ballads, Orchestral, Jazz and Popular Easy Listening Favourites played by top professional artistes on electronic keyboard orchestra instruments. Free light refreshments during the 30 minute interval.
Market Overton Village Hall, 52 Main Street
Sun 13 May

More details - Birdwatching trip to  Rutland Water organised by Watford Local RSPB group
Watford local RSPB shared transport trip to Rutland WaterOspreys are sure to be nesting, and there will be plenty more resident and migrant birds to see from the wealth of hides covered by their two visitor centres. Also a prime time of year for wild flowers and butterflies
Meet at Lyndon Visitor Centre at 10 am Contact Jenny Hill to organise car shares
Sun 13 May

More details - Quaintree Hall - Open Garden for NGS
An established garden surrounding the medieval hall house (not open) incl a formal box parterre to the front of the house, a woodland walk, formal walled garden with yew hedges, a small picking garden and terraced courtyard garden with conservatory.
Quaintree Hall, Braunston
Sun 13 May

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Garden Views’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative workshop; it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while, you will be able to sit up close and watch detailed demonstrations and then have a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 17 May

More details - The Old Vicarage, Burley - Open Garden for NGS
Country garden, planted for yr round interest, incl a walled garden (with vine house) producing fruit, herbs, vegetables and cut flowers. Formal lawns and borders, lime walk, rose gardens and a rill with an avenue of standard wisteria. Wildlife garden with pond, 2 orchards and mixed woodland.
The Old Vicarage, Burley, Nr Oakham
Sun 20 May

More details - Spring Vegetable Weekend
If you love growing your own food then Barnsdale is the place to be this weekend. We’ll be opening up all the productive areas that are normally off-limits to visitors and our expert growers will be available to advise you on your own veggie production and chat about their favourite subject!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 26 May and Sun 27 May

More details - Whissendine Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
2 beautiful, very different, gardens in this Rutland village. The Old Vicarage, next door to the church, up the hill: acre packed with variety. Terrace with topiary, a formal fountain courtyard and raised beds backed by small gothic orangery burgeoning with tender plants. Herbaceous borders surround main lawn.
Whissendine Gardens, Whissendine, Nr Oakham
Sun 27 May

More details - Rutland Open Studios
Artists and makers around Rutland will be opening their studios on weekends in June, also there will be an exhibition showing works by local artists at the Rutland Museum in Oakham from 23rd May to 16th June (usual museum opening times, see website) Most works will be for sale.
Various venues around the county, including the Museum in Oakham
Sat 2 Jun

More details - Photography Workshop: ‘Flowers Close Up'
Learn how to record the fragile beauty of flowers in close-up with award-winning botanical and garden photographer Hemant Jariwala. This inspiring course covers the use of light, composition and colour and includes lots of useful tips and new techniques which will change the way you see the plants in YOUR garden.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 2 Jun

More details - Uppingham Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
From the Sports Centre Car Park or from Stockerston Rd pass through the School West Quad with its dramatic paving, planting and sculptures. On exiting onto Stockerston Rd, diagonally to the R is Hillside, a 1 acre S facing garden with spring fed pond, terraces and patio, orchard, vegetable garden & woodland walk.
Uppingham Gardens, Uppingham
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Sunday Afternoon Music For All Tastes
Come along and enjoy 2 hours of Show Tunes, Film Themes, Big Band, Classical, Ballads, Orchestral, Jazz and Popular Easy Listening Favourites played by top professional artistes on electronic keyboard orchestra instruments. Free light refreshments during the 30 minute interval.
Market Overton Village Hall, 52 Main Street
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Dad’s Day Barbecue & Family Nature Trail
Bring your dad for a day out at Barnsdale and we’ll treat him to a home-made burger and a beer, free! We’ve even got a special Dad’s Snoozing Area, kitted out with stripy seaside deckchairs, for him to sleep it off while the kids explore the plants and wildlife in our magical midsummer gardens.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Wing Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
7 very different gardens in pretty stone village of Wing with medieval church and turf maze. For map and directions start visit at Townsend House opp Village Hall.
Wing Gardens, Oakham
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Empingham Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
4 very different gardens in a lovely village. Park and start your visit at Prebendal House, next door to the Church. 4 acres surround the house (not open), built in 1688 as a summer palace for the Bishop of Lincoln. Incl are extensive herbaceous borders, topiary and a sunken water garden.
Empingham Gardens, Empingham
Sun 24 Jun

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Raindrops on Roses’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or have been painting for a while, you can sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration before then having a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the day.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 28 Jun

More details - Roses Day with Stuart Dixon
This is a special day of informal walks and talks hosted by writer, broadcaster and rose fan Stuart Dixon. So if you’re looking for a particular variety or just love roses, join Stuart to tour the Gardens and learn more- there’s no booking necessary and you’re welcome to join him for as long as you like.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Garden iPhoneography
Join our award-winning botanical, garden and landscape lensman Hemant Jariwala and learn to take great garden photos with your smartphone. You’ll begin by getting to grips with smartphone technology, from its limitations to its numerous advantages.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Redhill Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Still evolving bold contemporary design with formal lawns, grass amphitheatre and turf viewing mound, herbaceous borders and cutting garden. Praire style planting showing vibrant colour in late summer.
Redhill Lodge, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Love Your Garden Bugs
Ever wondered exactly what some of those beasties are as you work in the garden? Sally Cunningham’s course is an introduction to garden pests and predators, and the others which simply live in your garden minding their own business.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Sunday Afternoon Music For All Tastes
Come along and enjoy 2 hours of Show Tunes, Film Themes, Big Band, Classical, Ballads, Orchestral, Jazz and Popular Easy Listening Favourites played by top professional artistes on electronic keyboard orchestra instruments. Free light refreshments during the 30 minute interval.
Market Overton Village Hall, 52 Main Street
Sun 8 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Hardy Plants Day
Come and meet members of the local Hardy Plant Society to find out all you need to know about caring for and growing the plants that love our climate.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 8 Jul

More details - Growing Veg Indoors and Out
Are you a virgin veg grower? Want to learn which seedlings are weeds and what’s a plant, or are you nervous about taking on more than you can dig? Join Sally Cunningham to find out how to start growing vegetables- even if your garden is small or non-existent.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 18 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Medieval Garden History Day
Meet our horticultural historian and find out what our ancestors grew for food and medicine.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Fri 20 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Family Nature Trail
Bring the children for a backyard safari around Barnsdale, to look for some of the creatures you might find there and see what they’re doing. Try pond dipping, bird-spotting and bug hunting, or make an insect home.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 22 Jul

More details - Watercolour Painting: 'Hemerocallis'
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while, you’ll have a chance to sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration and then have a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout...
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 26 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Grow and Discover
Families of all ages can join garden designer Chris Allen to learn some amazing facts about what goes on in your garden.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 29 Jul

More details - Antiques in the County 2 day Show
Guildhall Fairs returns to Rutland for their annual: Antiques in the County Major 2 day Antiques and Collectors show This huge event includes hundreds of traders in the Rutland Suite, Shopping Arcades, Marquee and substantial outdoor arena.
Rutland County Showground, Oakham
Sat 11 Aug and Sun 12 Aug

More details - Uppingham October Festival
We are delighted to add Uppingham to our 2018 calendar with an October Festival, in the centre of town on the market place. Food, music, beer and cider festival together with some special seasonal activities and entertainments all contribute to this Autumnal celebration.
The Market Place
Sat 6 Oct and Sun 7 Oct