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Daily Events for May Half-Term at Nene Park

There is something for all the family to enjoy at Nene Park this half term. From Saturday 27 May, daily events and activities will be running in Ferry Meadows, from our new treasure hunt and orienteering challenges to archery, climbing and our ever-popular holiday trail. As always, we’ll be running daily watersports at Nene Outdoors, boat trips and youth sailing courses too!

Find out what’s happening and when, with our May half term ‘What’s On’ guide to family fun in the Park

Activities on every day – 27 May to 4 June

Pay & Play Watersports at Nene Outdoors

Open daily between 11am and 6.30pm, choose from dragon and swan pedalos, row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. Buoyancy aids are included with hire and our friendly and experienced members of staff are always on hand to offer advice and ensure you are safe at all times.

Book a camping trip!

Enjoy a night or more under canvas on the peaceful banks of Gunwade Lake. Our Lakeview bell tent campsite is perfect for families, ideally located in the heart of Ferry Meadows to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors.

Daily Boat Trips

Enjoy a tranquil trip around Overton Lake and onto the River Nene on our electrically-powered passenger boat. The 45 minute pre-bookable trips will depart daily from the Visitor Centre Jetty at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm. Suitable for all ages, it’s £9 per person, free for under 3s and wheelchair spaces are available.

Complete the Holiday Trail

Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop for just £1 and then hunt for questions as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize of basil seeds to grow at home!

Ride the Ferry Meadows Railway

All aboard the Ferry Meadows Railway! Sit back and enjoy the ride as you pass through meadows while taking in views of Overton and Lynch Lakes.

Events by date

Tuesday 30 May – Treasure Hunt in Ferry Meadows – 10.30 to 12pm

Explore Ferry Meadows using your investigations skills to work out where the treasure is hidden.

Tuesday 30 May – Climbing Wall – 11am to 3pm

The climbing wall will be back at Nene Outdoors, with sessions running throughout the day. Great fun for both adults and children age 4 and over, who will reach the top first?

Tuesday 30 May – Orienteering Challenge – 1pm to 2.30pm

Do you think you can follow the directions and find your way around a real orienteering route? Come along and join us to test out your skills and see who will be the first to visit all the points.

Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 May – Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 1

This two day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course, participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided.

Wednesday 31 May – Wildlife Boat Trip – 9.15am to 10.45am

Join us on this special wildlife trip around Overton Lake and along the River Nene where swans, geese and other water fowl will glide alongside the boat with you. We cannot guarantee what you will see but wildlife highlights may include herons, kingfishers and the elusive otter! A member of our knowledgeable team will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 June – Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 2

This 2 day course covers launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat and basic sailing. After the course, participants will be able to steer and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided.

Thursday 1 June – Archery – 11am to 4.15pm

Unleash your inner Robin Hood! Our archery sessions are 45 minutes long and take place at Nene Outdoors.

Friday 2 June – Pond Dipping – 12pm to 3pm

Come along to our free drop in session at Lynch Lake and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. No need to book, just come down!

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June – Visit Longthorpe Tower

Have you discovered Peterborough’s hidden historical gem yet? Be amazed at the Medieval wall paintings there, widely considered to be the best in a domestic setting in Western Europe!

For more details on any of our Half Term activities, and to book your places, please go to www.nenepark.org.uk/may-half-term. You can also contact Nene Outdoors directly with any questions by email at nene.outdoors@neneparktrust.org.uk or call 01733 234193.

Please donate if you can!

As you know, Nene Park Trust is a charitable organisation and relies on public support to manage the upkeep of our beautiful green spaces for all of the community to enjoy. Any support you can give to ensure the continuation of our services will help considerably. Please go to www.nenepark.org.uk/donate if you are able to make a donation.

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