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Free parking for Christmas Markets and Small Business Saturday

We're offering free parking in all council-owned public car parks for late night shopping events in Oakham and Uppingham, as well as Small Business Saturday.

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Christmas market with lights
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Christmas market with lights

Rutland County Council is once again providing free parking in all council-owned public car parks across both late night shopping events in Oakham and Uppingham and also during Small Business Saturday at the beginning of December.  

Free parking for late night shopping will be available in Oakham and Uppingham on the following dates and times. All on-street parking restrictions will remain in place as normal:

  • Uppingham – 7th December 2023 from 3pm for Late Night Shopping

  • Oakham – 11th December 2023 from 3pm for Late Night Shopping

Small Business Saturday takes place on 2nd December, and aims to promote local business during the festive season as well as prompting residents to support shops within their local area. There will be free parking in both towns’ council-owned public car parks all day on this date. Pre-paid sessions cannot be refunded.

The important work conducted by Civil Enforcement Officers is a driving force behind the ability to run events in the county such as this. Ensuring that car parks are paid for during the year allows the Council to have the revenue to offer gestures during the festive period. 

"We’re very pleased to again be supporting Christmas shopping events with the offer of free parking, and the welcome boost they provide for our two market towns. I hope lots of people will take the opportunity to shop local and make the most of our fine independent retailers and small businesses."

Councillor Christine Wise, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport, and the Environment 

Whilst the High Street is closed on Monday 11 December for the Oakham Late Night/Christmas Shopping Event, the bus stops at the Marketplace and Barclays Bank will not be in use.  Please use the Bus Station instead.

To find out more about events and activities taking place in Rutland in the run-up to Christmas, including further details of Oakham and Uppingham late night shopping, please visit the Discover Rutland website

A full list of our car parks can be found on our Parking pages.

 

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