Event Planning

Planning your Event


Although Oakham Castle can normally accommodate up to 80 guests seated in rows  as a result of current pandemic restrictions we can currently accommodate up to 30 guests for weddings and receptions.  We cannot currently take bookings for other events.

Book as soon as possible to guarantee the date. Booking needs to be accompanied by a deposit.


All arrangements regarding your requirements (final numbers of guests, number of tables and chairs required, layout, bar set up, copy of Personal license for the bar must be confirmed to us not less than 14 days prior to the date of the event.


We are pleased to provide details of our inhouse caterer, who will be happy to answer any catering questions. (Link to caterer)


The venue is licensed for alcohol sales and is licensed until 11.00 p.m.

All close down and site evacuation must take place by midnight.


In line with UK law, no person under the age of 18 may be permitted to purchase or consume intoxicating drinks.


All rubbish must be removed from the site by the hirer.​


Planning your day


On market days (Wednesdays, Saturdays and occasional Sundays) vehicle access to Castle Lane is via Market Street only. Stallholders are required to leave the route clear.


Coaches cannot enter the castle grounds because of a low archway. Coaches will need to drop passengers just after the Burley Road car park. Please ask for directions if you are coming by coach.  Mini-buses are able to enter the castle grounds.


The Castle grounds Gate measures:

3 metres high at the edge rising to 3.812 m. in the centre. 2.4 metres wide at the edge of the gate. A guide for access: Minibus widths tend to be 2m – 2.3m. A Ford Transit Van is 2.36m wide. 7.5 Tonne trucks are commonly 2.45m wide.

There are car parking spaces available for easier disabled access and for guests.

The Castle has lovely grounds for a picnic or, groups can lunch inside using the benches and chairs available at the venue.

The site is wheelchair accessible.

Coats and bags can be securely stored.

The Great Hall is a Grade I Listed building, and therefore no bolts, nails, screws, tacks, drawing pins or tape may be fixed to any part of the premises.  Place cards, banners or smaller articles must not be fixed in to the fabric of the building either internally or externally without prior discussion and written consent.


Candles or other naked flames are not permitted in the Castle.  No inflammable, dangerous or offensive article may be brought onto the premises.


Our tables and chairs are included in the hire package at no additional charge.   


There is one external electric box. If you need to power more than one unit (e.g. mobile bar and catering van) then a standard internal 230 V point can be used.


For large events, you might want to discuss with us about setting up the evening before. Access is available from 4pm.


Let us know if you want to bring specific music and if you want music playing on arrival.


  • Are you setting up tables for cards, gifts, and for cake? Don’t forget your cake knife!

The deposit of £200 and full payment can be made online https://www.rutland.gov.uk/pay-report-and-apply-online/online-payments/, under Accts Receivable (Invoices), or by card via customer services 01572 722577. Cash or cheque (payable to Rutland County Council) payments are available through customer services Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP.


When paying, please use your name and booking date as a reference.  


Please email your deposit payment receipt number to cultureadmin@rutland.gov.uk for your booking confirmation.

Linda Healey | Operations Manager

Rutland Libraries/Rutland County Museum/Oakham Castle

Catmose Street


Rutland.  LE15 6HW

Mob: 07920 782157

e: lhealey@rutland.gov.uk

Castle Contact details:

Tel: 01572 757578 |  Email: castle@rutland.gov.uk