Waterports, archery and camping under the stars lined up for Nene Park’s summer activities

Watersports at Ferry Meadows.

Nene Park is hosting six weeks of fun for kids who said goodbye to the classroom this week.

There’s something for everyone, from holiday trails, guided walks and bike rides to pond swims and bug hunts, craft workshops and bush craft sessions. Not to mention daily paid and fun water sports at Nene Outdoors and boat trips on Lake Overton.

Here’s what you can expect:

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The climbing wall

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Complete a course at Ferry Meadows: There will be a new trail around Ferry Meadows every two weeks during the summer holidays. Pick up a route map at the Visitor Center for £1, answer questions as you stroll through the park and return to the Visitor Center to claim your prize.

Pay and play at Nene Outdoors: Make a splash with the full range of paid activities on Gunwade Lake, with activities available between 11am and 6pm each day. Daily water sports activities include paddle boats and rowboats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, dinghies and windsurfing. Buoyancy aids are included in the rental and friendly, experienced staff members are always on hand to advise and ensure your safety at all times. You can also hire bikes from Nene Outdoors to explore the wider park!

Take a boat trip: Take a trip around Lake Overton in our new eco-friendly passenger boat and enjoy unique views of the lake and wildlife around Ferry Meadows. Boat trips take place regularly at weekends and every day during school holidays. Special boat trips are also organized during the summer, including Twilight and Early Bird boat trips.

Try the bike

Try rock climbing or archery: Try a new sporting challenge this summer with archery and climbing wall sessions! Organized every other week during the summer holidays, the sessions take place from 11 am to 4 pm and last 45 minutes. Tickets cost £8 per person.

Climbing wall sessions – August 4, 16 and 30.

Archery sessions – July 26, August 9 & 25.

On Ya Bike – Guided Bike Rides and Cycling Skills Track: In partnership with PECT, the park wants to encourage more visitors to cycle in and around Peterborough.

Try archery

Guided bike rides – August 14, August 17, August 18, August 27, August 31.

Cycling Skills Track – August 3, August 5, August 9, August 12, August 24, August 26, September 4

Camp under the stars: Upgrade your day at Ferry Meadows to an overnight adventure! Reserve one of the bell tents at the brand new ‘Lakeview Campsite’ and enjoy an easy camping experience on the peaceful shores of Gunwade Lake. On weekdays during the six summer weeks you can also make an individual booking per night at ‘The Glade’, the pitch only campsite. Located in the heart of Ferry Meadows, both campsites have access to a number of facilities and are ideally located to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors.

RYA sailing lessons: Learn to sail on a two-day course at Nene Outdoors. Choose from a number of sailing and windsurfing courses for young people or adults. Cover the basics and learn in the safe waters of Gunwade Lake. All safety equipment including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided.

Water sports center at Ferry Meadows

Ride the Miniature Railway: All aboard the Ferry Meadows Railway! Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cross the meadows, taking in views of Overton and Lynch lakes. To see if trains are running on the day of your visit, check www.ferrymeadowsrailway.co.uk

Check out the Visitor Center, Gift Shop and Farm: The newly renovated Ferry Meadows Visitor Center has everything you need for a summer day in the park. From picnic and barbecue essentials to summer games and activities and of course not forgetting plenty of refreshing drinks and ice creams.

FAMILY AND NATURE EVENTS

Family Sculpture Walk – July 27: Join Louise, Project Officer Arts, for a walk and activities around the Thorpe Meadows Sculpture Trail. Explore the Sculpture Trail and a selection of sculptures through hands-on creative activities. This event is suitable for all ages and costs £2.50 per child.

Swimming in the pond – July 27 / August 3 / August 10 / August 17 / August 24 / August 31: Take part in a drop-in session between noon and 3 p.m. every Wednesday and spend time snorkeling in the pond and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. There may be a wait the same day depending on the number of people present. Meet at the Lynch Lake Pond Dip Platform, this event is suitable for ages 3 and up and is free, but donations are always welcome.

Bug Hunt – August 2, August 19: Find out what amazing creatures call the different habitats of Ferry Meadows home. This event is suitable for children aged two and over and costs £2.50 per child. Choose from the morning or afternoon session.

Bushcraft sessions: This summer, learn essential survival skills at Bushcraft Sessions for kids ages 7 and up. It’s £5.50 per child, attend one session or book all three!

Tool Use – August 9: Learn how to use a selection of tools, including loppers and gimlets, to turn elderberry sticks into crafts such as beads, jewelry and more. Choose from the morning or afternoon session.

Lighting the fire – August 18: Children will learn how to use basic bushcraft techniques to start a fire without using matches and will have the chance to try starting their own fire. Choose from the morning or afternoon session.

Shelter Building – August 26: Come and discover how to build a shelter in nature and try to create your own. Choose from the morning or afternoon session.

CRAFTS WORKSHOPS

Children’s fused glass Workshop – August 12: Join June de Semperart in this workshop especially for children. During the session, you will learn about the nature of glass to inform your designs and creations, explore the design process, and choose from a variety of glasses and other materials to create your own piece. This workshop is suitable for children aged 7 and over, it costs £12 per person and you can choose between the morning or afternoon session.

Initiation to adult fused glass workshop – August 13: Join June from Semperart in this beginners workshop to create your own unique fused glass. This event is suitable for people aged 16 and over and costs £20 per person.

Willow weaving workshop for children – August 23: A children’s discovery workshop to introduce you to the wonderful world of the willow. Join Martin from Rutland Willows as he walks you through the techniques you need to create a one-of-a-kind piece to take home. Suitable for ages 10-15, it’s £14 per person and you can choose between the morning or afternoon session.

WALKING GROUPS AND CONFERENCES

Guided walk with a Ranger – July 21: Join one of our Rangers for a 6 mile walk around Ferry Meadows and surrounding areas. This event is suitable for ages 12 and up and costs £2.50.

Osprey Conference – July 25: Join Ken from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for an informative talk and presentation on this wonderful bird of prey. This event is suitable for ages 12 and up and costs £5.

Social Walking Group – July 27 / August 1 / August 31: Join the Visitor Ranger and meet a group of like-minded walkers. This event is suitable for ages 14 and up and is free, but you must reserve your spot online.

Pollinator Weighting and Wildlife Walk – August 16: A walk with a Ranger discovering some of the species of butterflies, bees and wildflowers found in the park. This event is suitable for children aged 10 and over and costs £2.50 per person to attend.

Earnest A. Martinez