Activities around Great Oxendon.
The George at Great Oxendon is the perfect base to explore Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. We have listed our favourite places, some nearby, and some more further afield.
To help with your choice, we have included the approximate distance, as well as information about opening times and website link.
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A Walk on the doorstep
Starting from Great Oxendon, why not try the route along the Brampton Valley Way to Great Oxendon tunnel and the spooky Kelmarsh Tunnel? Approximately 8 miles of flat walking (there and back) that is suitable for every standard.
Kelmarsh & Great Oxendon Tunnels (0 miles)
^Market Harborough Museum
See the Hallaton Treasure, one of the most important Iron Age discoveries in Britain, as well as collections showing the history and society of the town and surrounding area. The museum also houses many changing displays and exhibitions.
Market Harborough Museum (3 miles)
Open Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
One of Northamptonshire’s hidden gems. The hall was built in the 1730s and the house and gardens have been infused with the shabby chic style of twentieth century society decorator Nancy Lancaster.
Kelmarsh Hall (3 miles)
Open on set days from April to October.
^Warner Edwards Gin Distillery
This craft distillery specialises in hand-made, artisan gins. Based on an idyllic farm in the village of Harrington, they make small batches of award winning gins in their 200- year-old barn. They offer tours around their premises three times a week, see their website for available visit times.
Warner Edwards Gin Distillery (5 miles)
Foxton Locks & The Boiler House
Home to an impressive flight of 10 locks and a great example of an incline plain, these locks are 200 years old. Complete with an exhibition (in The Boiler House), gift shop, restaurants, and pubs, it is a great place for a family day out.
Foxton Locks & The Boiler House (6 miles)
The Boiler House is open every day in summer and selected days in winter.
^English Heritage Rushton Triangular Lodge
Built in Rushton, near Kettering, and maintained by English Heritage, this delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham. It dates back to the 1590s and is a testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism as the father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters.
Rushton Triangular Lodge (7 miles)
Open early April to the end of October.
Kilworth House Theatre
Described as the best kept secret in British theatre, this outdoor venue is set in the beautiful grounds of Kilworth House. The season runs from August to September with high quality touring productions.
Kilworth House Theatre (9 miles)
^Stoke Albany Golf & Country Club
Set in the Welland Valley, with spectacular views over the surrounding picturesque countryside, the course is 18 holes with a par 71. Visitors information and fees can be found on the website.
Stoke Albany Golf & Country Club (9 miles)
Wistow Maze & Rural Centre
Set in a historic Leicestershire hamlet, the famous giant 8-acre “Maize Maze” attracts visitors from all over the UK. With a different design every year, it will keep kids occupied for hours. For the adults, the rural centre offers refreshments, a garden centre and a range of unique boutiques and shops.
Wistow Maze & Rural Centre (12 miles)
The maze is open 7 days a week from mid-July until early September, then weekends only until mid-September.
Built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, this castle has been a family home for 450 years. Explore the historic building and beautiful gardens at your leisure. A variety of events are held throughout the year in the 130-acre great park. See website for what is on.
Rockingham Castle (14 miles)
The castle and gardens are open in April and May on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and from June to the end of September on Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Regarded as Europe’s fastest racing circuit, this track hosts rounds of Formula 3, touring car and superbike championships. It also holds classic car events as well as private track days and corporate events.
Rockingham Speedway (16 miles)
Home of the Spencer family, it is famously the resting place of Princess Diana. You can take a guided tour and view one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures, and ceramics. Entrance to the “Diana, Princess of Wales” Exhibition is included in admission.
Althorp House (16 miles)
Boughton is one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. It nestles in the surroundings of a grand country park and splendid 18th century landscaped gardens. There are lots of open air events held in the summer from theatre to outdoor cinema.
Boughton House (17 miles)
Open Easter Weekend and during August
Also known as Harringworth Viaduct or Seaton Viaduct, it is a railway viaduct built in the 1870s. It is the county’s longest spanning railway which crosses the picturesque valley of the River Welland in Rutland.
Welland Viaduct (19 miles)
A beautiful home in East Northamptonshire owned by Brudenell family for over 500 years. Visit a house that has changed through the centuries from a mediaeval manor to a Georgian mansion. Enjoy the formal gardens and take a break in The Old Kitchen Tea Room.
Deene Park (22 miles)
Opening times for the House and Garden, Sundays and Bank Holidays only from April to September. The Garden only, is open Tuesday to Friday from May to September.
One of Europe’s largest manmade reservoirs. Rutland Water Park has a variety of things to do. With many shops, cafes, and restaurants as well as a Visitor Centre, you can cycle its 26 miles of paths, try climbing and water sports or relax on the beach. The nature reserve is home to one of the most significant wildfowl sanctuaries in Britain.
Rutland Water (28 miles)
Located south of Stamford and built for Sir William Cecil, this is England’s greatest Elizabethan house. Take a guided tour of the stunning house and art collection and walk in parkland designed by Capability Brown. The grounds host the annual Burghley Horse Trials in early September.
Burghley House (34 miles)
House and Gardens open daily March to September. Visit the website for specific details.