Found in the East Midlands, Oakham, which featured in last year's top ten, is just 28 miles from Nottingham and a short drive from Leicester and Peterborough, with a total population of 9,975. The town lies near Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, offering a range of outdoor leisure activities on its doorstep. It is also home to Oakham School, one of the major English public schools, The Catmose College, a specialist visual arts college founded in 1920, and Rutland College, which lies on the outskirts of the town. Key attractions include Oakham Castle and the popular historical open-air market held in the town square. The railway line connects the town to Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough and Cambridge which is attractive to families.