The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway with a host festive activities taking place at Rutland County Museum, Oakham Castle and Rutland Libraries in the coming weeks and right through until Christmas Eve.
The schedule of visitor attractions this year includes a festive crafts workshop, popup Christmas market and Victorian-themed celebrations.
Among the celebrations, the standout event will be a Dickensian-inspired Christmas weekend at Oakham Castle. Held in the medieval Great Hall, Christmas at the Castle features children’s entertainment, including crafts, traditional toys and costumes, along with carol singers and horse drawn carriage rides.
There will also be a Father Christmas’ grotto with real reindeer, plus festive food and drink.
“We’re all really excited about this year’s Christmas activities and events. There’s a great schedule featuring lots of fantastic visitor attractions across our amazing venues. We hope as many people as possible are able to come along and enjoy the festive fun.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure
A full list of events, including dates, prices and age guidance, is provided below:
Rutland County Museum
Events taking place at Rutland County Museum.
Deck the Halls! Christmas Craft Workshop
Saturday 8th December, 10.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm
At this Christmas crafts event in the Museum you will be able to make both traditional and modern style decorations, gift bags, wreaths and cards for the festive season. All materials are provided.
Suitable for children aged between four and 10 years old, all children must be accompanied by an adult. The event costs £2 per child, no need to book, just drop in.
‘12 Days of Christmas’ Family Hunt
Available from Friday 30th November during museum opening hours
A fun festive hunt around the museum to find the ’12 Days of Christmas’ baubles .
Events taking place at Oakham Castle.
Cards for Good Causes Pop-up Market
From 10.00am to 4.00pm until Sunday 16th December,
This popup market, hosted by the charity Cards for Good Causes, features a range of essential festive items, including cards, stocking fillers and wrapping paper. Cards for Good Causes supports more than 250 UK national and local charities, including British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie and RNLI Lifeboats.
No booking required and entry is free.
A Dickens of a Christmas
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December, from 10.00am to 2:30pm.
Step back into a bygone era at this Dickensian inspired Christmas weekend, full of festive nostalgia. Meet Victorian characters and enjoy family entertainment or listen to carols and Christmas stories. Santa will be in his grotto and has brought along a real reindeer for company.
Tickets for the event are available on the gate or buy in advance for a discount.
Grotto tickets must be bought in advance due to popularity. To reserve yours, please call: 01572 757578 or email: email@example.com. They must be paid for at least a week before the event.
In advance: £4 adults, £2 children and £10 families (two adults and two children).
On the door: £5 adults, £3 children and £13 families.
Tickets for Santa's Grotto are sold separately and cost £7.50 per child (price also includes admission for one adult).
Events taking place at Rutland Libraries.
Story time with Sayeh
15th December, 10.00am to 11.00am
Festive story time at Oakham as local author and Rutland Radio presenter Sayeh Stone drops in to read her latest book Snotty Santa. Afterwards, there will be Father Christmas themed crafts.
Suitable for children aged between 2 and 7.
Tickets, available from Oakham Library, are free but advanced booking is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Community Christmas Event
19th December, 3.00pm to 4.00pm
This Christmas themed family event at Oakham Library kicks off with a reading from award winning children’s author Pippa Goodhart at 3pm, followed by refreshments and singing around the Christmas tree with Oakham CofE school at 3.30pm.
Author event suitable for children aged between 3 and 10.
Singing event suitable for all ages.
No booking required for this free event.
Christmas Stories and Craft Activities
Family friendly events with a festive book reading and Christmas craft activities.
- 21st December, 10.30am to 11.30am at Oakham Library
- 21st December, 2.00pm to 3.00pm at Ketton Library
Suitable for children between the ages of three and 10. All materials provided at this event.
Tickets, available from Oakham and Ketton Libraries, are free, but advanced booking is required. Email: email@example.com to reserve your place.