Rutland accreditation

A prestigious national accolade has been awarded to Rutland Water Park in recognition of its fantastic facilities and excellent customer service.

Rutland Water, which is owned and run by Anglian Water, scored highly in all areas of the assessment and is the first attraction owned by a water company to receive Visit England's Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme accreditation.

The assessment focuses solely on visitor experience and customer service and involves a rigorous inspection of the site attractions, cleanliness, facilities, shops and cafés, staff as well as the tenanted business - all of which are scored as part of the overall experience. Each of these areas has a minimum score that must be met to gain accreditation.

Set in 4,200 acres of open countryside, Rutland Water Park is the central rural attraction in England's smallest county but also pulls a nationwide crowd of visitors year on year. Around 1.5million people visit the park each year.

There’s something on offer for all the family from cycle hire and a rock-climbing wall to a simple picnic spot on the shore of the reservoir. Visitors can enjoy a variety of watersports, sailing and even the parks own beach where they can paddle and swim during the summer months. The reservoir also offers world-class trout fishing and bird watching, while in the summer the nature reserve is home to breeding Ospreys – the first such colony in England for 150 years.

Park Manager Will Kirstein said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to get this award from Visit England. People in Rutland can be rightly proud that their county has a truly first class visitor attraction.

“The success of the Water Park is a joint effort and we are delighted to share this award with the staff and volunteers who work to make Rutland Water special, as well as our partners, the sailing club, watersports centre and all the local businesses who do so much to enhance the park.”

Full details about the park and its facilities can be found at http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/rutland/