The final preparations are underway for the seventh annual Rutland Day 2014 taking place at Anglian Water’s picturesque water park this weekend (13 September). This year’s event promises to be the best one yet.

The free event takes place on the Empingham shore of Rutland Water, beginning at 10am.

This year highlights include live music from Stamford based Paspatou, the Houndogs and The Paradimes, as well as the newly opened Rutland Beach, bouncy castle, mini-golf and children’s fair.

This year there is a new sports arena where people can preview sports on offer from local clubs around the local area from judo to netball, rugby to fishing.

Along the sporting theme, this year’s event will also be the finishing line for the Anglian Water’s annual charity bike ride in aid of international charity WaterAid. More than 50 riders will be rolling into the event around mid-afternoon having completed distances of between 70 and 125 miles.

This year’s event will also welcome back, for the fifth year, the annual Rutland Food Festival which includes cooking displays and the best local produce from around the east midlands, including a mouth-watering range of local produce to taste and buy including meats, cheeses, ciders, cakes and pastries.

Antony Entwistle, Events and Marketing Manager for Anglian Water, said: “This really is a great, fun, family day out, and is something we are very proud to host each year. All the previous Rutland Days have been a terrific success, and we hope the crowds will help us make this year even better than the last.

“Hopefully the weather will be kind to us again and we can welcome visitors from all across the area and even some from further afield to the beautiful surroundings of Rutland to celebrate what the county has to offer.

“The cyclists taking part this weekend, and those who biked 200 miles last weekend, have already raised £15,000 to help some of the world’s poorest people get access to clean water and sanitation. We’re hoping to raise even more and have a crowd of people there to cheer them home.”

Entrance to the event is free, but there will be a parking charge of £5 per car.