Spring Tour 2019 - Grimsthorpe Estate
Spring Tour 2019 - Heckington Mill
Spring Tour 2019 - Rutland Water
Spring Tour 2019 - Launde Abbey
Spring Tour 2019 - Grimsthorpe Castle
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Spring Tour 2019 – Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th June
The Spring Tour 2019 will be based at Greetham Valley Golf Club in Rutland with drives around Rutland, and visits to neighbouring areas. The website outlines the plans for the tour as it stands at the moment, but as it is still a long way off, plans are subject to change!
We have reserved all 35 rooms at Greetham Valley for the tour weekend. Other accommodation is available nearby including hotels, lodges, glamping sites, Travel Lodges and B&B’s. Dining is organised for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Greetham Valley, with Saturday night being the Gala Dinner. Please see the Accommodation Page for details.
See below for preliminary details of each day of the tour.
Update 24th May 2019
On Saturday we are lunching at Launde Abbey – it will be a buffet and eating in the lovely garden and grounds – they have some chairs/tables, but not enough for all, so we advise bringing a picnic rug or picnic chairs to be sure to be able to eat sitting down.
Update 17th May 2019
Click here for timetable and briefing notes
Update 17th May 2019
Tour participants who are not resident at Greetham Valley Hotel are very welcome to come to breakfast in the hotel at a special rate.
Update 13th May 2019
The driving instructions and route maps for the tour have now been published on this website. Please scroll down to the bottom of the relevant pages and click on the links for Instructions and Maps to see where we are going. This information will be provided in printed form when you arrive at Greetham Valley Hotel. Please be aware that routes may change on the day if there are any closed roads etc.
Update 26th March 2019
Most rooms at Greetham hotel are now booked. Please see the ‘Other Local Accommodation’ section on the Accommodation page for suggestions of alternative accommodation. Trailers/towing vehicles can be parked at our house in Stretton by arrangement.
Update 7th March 2019
Please see the Accommodation page for updates re catering at Greetham Valley
Update 1st October 2018
- Many of the 35 rooms at the hotel have now been booked by tour entrants, so if you want to stay at the hotel we recommend booking asap.
- The entry form is now available and can be downloaded from the Entry Form page
Friday – 7th June 2019
Not Rutland today – about 80 miles – easy driving, mostly over Lincolnshire with visits to:-
Coffee – Stoke Rochford – a Victorian country mansion hotel set in parkland
Lunch – Heckington Mill – the last remaining 8 sail mill that is still working plus award winning microbrewery
Afternoon Tea – Easton Walled Gardens – Tea and cake in historic gardens
Saturday – 8th June
All around Rutland today, about 80 miles the majority before lunch – some hills with visits to :-
Coffee – served on board the Rutland Belle whilst taking a quick private cruise on Rutland Water
Lunch – Launde Abbey – which dates back to the 12th Century, and is now a retreat set in some of the best countryside in Rutland
Afternoon Tea – Rocks by Rail – Railway and quarrying Museum – opportunity to drive a train!!
Sunday – 9th June
We will cover about 30 miles on Sunday with a visit to Grimsthorpe Castle. This includes driving along some of the estate roads, with parking in front of the house for a ‘photo opportunity’!
Coffee – Grimsthorpe Castle Tea Rooms
Return to Greetham Valley where, if you wish, you can have Sunday Lunch in the Carvery at the end of the Tour.