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National Lottery Open Week

Saturday 18th-Sunday 26th March 2023

National Lottery Open Week is returning in March 2023!


Between 18 and 26 March 2023, anyone who visits a participating National Lottery supported project and shows a National Lottery ticket, Instant Win Game, or scratchcard (physical or digital) is able to take up a special offer, such as free entry to participating National Trust properties across the UK, as well as a range of heritage, arts, and sporting attractions.


Each week, National Lottery players raise more than £30 million for good causes across the UK. Discover the latest news from your National Lottery Good Causes.


Here at Oakham Castle we are offering free postcards to remember your visit and a small puzzle game for our younger visitors. (whilst stocks last). 

Here are a few of the highlights of the project that National Heritage Lottery grants have helped as well as some images of how Oakham castle was before the award. A folder will be on display in the castle with more detail of the improvements and renovations to our fabulous heritage building in the heart of Rutland.


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See more local projects that Heritage Lottery have funded on out museum webpage.

“The Rutland Sea Dragon is an amazing discovery – something completely unexpected and unique to the county. We already have a huge amount of local history, which is a great source of pride for people living here. Oakham Castle is the most complete example of a Norman Great Hall in England, which we have restored thanks to a £2.14m grant from the National Lottery.  The incredible mosaic found late last year has been called the most exciting Roman discovery in last century. We can now add the Sea Dragon to this list as the biggest and most complete skeleton of any large prehistoric reptile ever found in the UK. “Needless to say we are all incredibly excited by these recent discoveries and I’m delighted that we have been able to secure grant funding to kick start the work to plan their future, to enable these discoveries to be displayed in Rutland for all to enjoy. I would like to thank the Pilgrim Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund for their brilliant support.  Now the work will start in earnest to raise the funds needed to provide the settings these amazing discoveries deserve, and of course to boost visits to our wonderful County.”

Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Heritage

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