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Rutland Water Blue Flag and Aqua Park

 It's been revealed this week that Sykes Lane on the Empingham part of Rutland Water is the first and only inland bathing water location in England to be awarded the Blue Flag and Seaside Award, as well as being a Green Flag awarded site.

The awards come from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The area at Sykes Lane will be open for bathing next Saturday for the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend.  

Meanwhile at Whitwell Creek, the Aqua Park had a busy opening afternoon and it's open every weekend, as well as throughout half term week and the school summer holidays, with a season running until the end of September.

A raft of familiar inflatables have returned, including the Rutland Sea Dragon. Those taking part need to be minimum age 6, a minimum height of 1. 20m, and be able to swim 25m unaided. Connor James, who looks after marketing at the Aqua Park Group, is looking forward to a great season at Rutland Water. 

"We're really excited to be back at Rutland Water. We've got a brand new layout for this year and we've managed to change up the course design We've kept a lot of the favourites so you'll see the likes of the Tornado Tower, our statement piece which is the Rutland Mammoth which is the really big drop and that really presents a nice challenge for people. Then of course the new addition from last year which was the Sea Dragon which we brought back to life after the remains of the fossil were found on the shores of Rutland Water, so that's really exciting to have that back, and we've thrown that right in the mix of the middle of the park, so it's got a really key position out there on the water, so we're really happy with this design, and we've been able to tweak and improve things year on year. "

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