At this time of year, it’s easy to become wistful as summer starts to fade away. But while the temperature may be dropping and days drawing in, there is still plenty to get excited about at Ferry Meadows. In this post, we take a look at a few of the ways you can enjoy the Park in all its autumnal glory.

Cycling and Walking

Want to get out and see the amazing sights of autumn? Then lace up your shoes or jump on your bike and take advantage of the wonderful network of walking and cycling routes that wend their way through Ferry Meadows. For more information, pick up a leaflet from Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre, located next to Ferry Meadows Café.

Play Areas

With designs inspired by nature, the three fantastic children’s play areas at Ferry Meadows transform along with the seasons. Badger park is the newest play area at Ferry Meadows and features climbing trunks, dens and a trampoline, while Otter park is an award-winning play area with sand, water and trees. Next to Lakeside Kitchen & Bar is Lakeside park, which has a slide, rope net and balance beam.

Park Run

Start your weekend on the front foot as you follow the 5km Park Run route around Ferry Meadows. The fun run takes place every Saturday at 9am – and all participants get 10% off at Ferry Meadows Café! Find out more in this previous post.

Bird Watching

From mid- to late-autumn, the usual crowd of feathered residents at Ferry Meadows are joined by migratory visitors arriving early for winter. You can see and hear these amazing animals on and around the lakes at the Park, as well as from two cosy hides beside Ham Mere. Look out for ducks, geese and swans. If you feed the birds, remember that oats, corn or defrosted peas are much better options than bread.

Upcoming Events in Nene Park in September

Open Water Swimming, Every Thursday at 5:30-7pm

Open water swimming is making a huge splash and is one of the fastest growing sports in England. Take the plunge and find out what all the fuss is about at this weekly event. No need to book but you do need to register with the National Open Water Coaching Association.

£5.50 per swimmer per session. Find out more here.

Bushcraft Skills – Whittling Hazel, 21st September, 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Learning whittling techniques in a safe environment, children will use their new skills to craft an object from hazel.

Suitable for children aged 8 and above. £5.50 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots, Monday 23rd September at 10am

This monthly parent and toddler activity session includes a craft activity, story and song – as well as time to explore the beautiful outdoors.

Suitable for ages 2 and above. £3.50 per participating child. Book online.


Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café

However you decide to spend your time at the Park, Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café will be on hand throughout the day to provide much needed refreshments – so pop in and see us! And if you’ve been to Lakeside and enjoyed your visit, would really help us if you left us a quick review here: Thanks!