Living in the country's smallest county, it can be difficult to find things to do with the family at Christmas time unless you constantly search through the local papers and magazines. With lots of village, pub and fair events taking part this festive season, I thought I'd list them all for you so you know exactly what's going on and when in and around Rutland this Christmas.

Find out what's Christmas related event are happening in and around our cute little county this Christmas.

Wednesday 2nd November - Sunday 18th December
Serving Christmas Lunch and Afternoon Tea over the Christmas season.

Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th December
Twinlakes transforms into all-things-Christmas with a magical Winter Wonderland with a grotto, sledging, gingerbread decoration, festive workshops, reindeer's, candy cane mazes and more!

Sunday 20th November
What's better than Christmas related food and drink? Enjoy Leicesters craft fair, workshops, concerts, music and more in the run up to Christmas with the decoration town centre and Town Hall square turned into a Winter Wonderland!

Thursday 24th November - Sunday 27th November
Gift galore at the Burghley House Christmas Fair, a fair of winter wonder!

Saturday 26th November - Friday 23rd December
When I visit Digby Farm it's officially Christmas in our house!
There's nothing better than tree day. Picking the perfect Christmas tree in the cold with the family followed by a browse around the Digby Farm Christmas Shop before the decorating begins.

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th November
The stunning Victorian Hall hosts a Victorian Christmas fair and market.

Saturday 26th November

Magical Christmas Fair - Market Overton Bowls Club, LE15 8QZ
Saturday 26th November

Stamford Christmas Festival - Town Centre, Stamford
Sunday 27th November


Thursday 1st December
Something for all the family with children's ice skating, face painting, dance shows, craft fair, shopping, food and reindeers, Uppingham is the place to be on December 1st.

Friday 2nd December
With over 60 Victorian Christmas stalls with unique products and produce, live entertainment from local schools and bands, there's fun for all the family.

Christmas Festival Gala - Langham Church, LE15 7JE
Friday 2nd December

Mince Pie Morning - St Josephs Church, Oakham, LE15 6QU
Friday 2nd December

Christmas Extravaganza - Oakham Baptist Church, LE15 6AY
Monday 5th December

Monday 5th December

Wednesday 7th December
Enjoy Christmas spirit, past and present with a festive theatre performance.

Secret Santa Musical - St Hallows Church, Seaton
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th December

Wednesday 14th December
Join in the Great Hall with Christmas Carols and music performed by the Cantus Choir and Orchestra.

Uppingham Christmas Carol Society Concert - Uppingham Parish Church
Friday 16th December

Sunday 18th December
With Santa, Mrs Claus and dancing elves, games, buffet, craft workshop, disco and more there's fun for all the family at Twinlakes' Party in the Park with Santa event this December.

Saturday 24th December
Wave Santa on his way with a true family festive event at Twinlakes, magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland! But make sure you pre-book!

There you have it! All the must see events in and around Rutland this Christmas time with something for everyone! If new events arise they'll be added to this list to keep you all up to date.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo
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Formally a Little Chef, the Country Lounge Café Bar opened in July 2015. You cannot compare it to its former self, and no longer look anything like the tired Little Chef that once was.

I've been to the Country Lounge many times, and even spent New Years Eve there last year.
However, more recently I'm aware it's had a change of hands as well as a few changes and renovations. So, on our way to pumpkin picking the other day we stopped in for lunch, and it's the first time I've eaten there since the change of management.

The decor of the Country Lounge is divine and totally up my street with rustic decor, mix/match chairs and tables, varied seating and amazing hand drawn wall art and quirky light features.

The Menu is great and staff are so welcoming, there really is something for everyone on the massive A3 double sided menu. Most of the food is Italian style with the odd English dish thrown in there.

Seated service is quick and kind with very happy and welcoming staff members. However, once our drink order was taken we waited a really, really long time for our drinks and our meal order wasn't taken for a painful amount of time, despite trying to get staff member attentions.
Eventually we had to take ourselves up to the bar to place our order.

Once our order was finally taken, food took an average amount of time but was worth the wait.

My partner ordered a lasagna and I ordered a Pizza, as they the Country Lounge have a huge pizza oven and I'm a pizza fanatic.

Tom polished off his lasagna in no time and said it was delicious. As was my olive and onion pizza, which took me straight back to Rome and was the most similar pizza to the ones I'd eaten there last year when visiting Italy.

Overall the Country Lounge is a great place to visit for lunch or dinner and being on the A47 is a great stop of for travellers with loads of parking and plenty of seating too.

The only thing I think the Country Lounge need to address is the order times, as it was quite awkward. We were on our way to Chesterton and decided to stop off at the Country Lounge last minute but the stop took a lot, lot longer than we had hope due to the staff being a little slow.

The food though, is fantastic and the selection is fab. Prices are reasonable and portions are great for what you pay for each dish and drink. The Country Lounge is a great place to take the whole family, and you can be confident everyone will find something they fancy.

It's the little things that impress me about the Country Lounge, especially the attention to detail with the decor and sweet little ideas like displaying and selling local produce and giftware that really gives the restaurant the unusual edge that is very memorable.

I would highly recommend trying out the Country Lounge Café Bar on A47 near Morcott in Rutland. But my only tip would be leave a little extra time depending on staff service that day.

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo
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