Rutland is the smallest county in England, measuring just 16 miles by 16 miles.

At the county centre lies Rutland Water.

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In miles, to Rutland Water from:

  • London: 105
  • Manchester: 110
  • Birmingham: 75
  • Edinburgh: 300
  • Leicester: 20
  • Derby: 45
  • Peterborough: 25
  • York: 120

By Rail

Oakham is served by the Birmingham to Norwich rail line. Leicester and Peterborough stations have regular services from London and Northern England.

For travel times and prices, call National Train Enquiries on 0845 7484950 or visit

Courtesy buses

There are two free bus services provided during Birdfair:

  • a shuttle service running between Oakham Railway Station and Birdfair,
  • a service running between Uppingham village centre and Birdfair, morning and evening only.

Please note that it takes approximately 15 minutes for the journey to the station.  However, the Birdfair site does get very busy and surrounding roads very congested.  If you have a train to catch at Oakham station, you should ensure that you leave the Birdfair in good time to allow for possible delays.

The Oakham bus leaves from the car park at the station and from a clearly signposted location at the Birdfair.

The Uppingham bus leaves from the main bus stop, North Street East in Uppingham and from a clearly signposted location at the Birdfair.

For up to date shuttle bus timetables, please click here.

Taxi Services

There are plenty of local taxi services in the area to help you on your way to the Birdfair, most of which can be found outside Oakham train station.

BERRIDGE TAXIS:  Serving Rutland for over 35 years – 01572 756088

By Road

The British Birdwatching Fair is held each year at Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water. Egleton is at the western end of Rutland Water and can be reached via the A6003 from Uppingham or Oakham from the west, and from Stamford (A606/A1) from the East. Follow signs for the Birdwatching Centre from both roads. From London and the South-East: A1 North, West on A606 to Oakham.From North-East: A1 South, West on B668 to Oakham.From South-West: M5 North, M42, M6 South, M69 Leicester, A47 Uppingham, A6003 Oakham.From North-West: M6 South, A50 East, A6, A6006 to Melton Mowbray, A606 to Oakham.

For help planning your route, see or click “Get Directions” on the interactive map above.

For those of you with a sat nav, the postcode of the Birdfair site is LE15 8BT.

Parking is Free at Birdfair!

Includes parking for cars, some disabled parking and parking for coaches. Bicycle parking is also available.

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