Stuck for something to do during the summer holidays? Look no further than part two of our guide to what’s on at Nene Park and Ferry Meadows. The amazing line-up includes magical mammals, fantastic fairies, tree climbing and much more.

And if your outdoor summer exertions leave you a little hungry, don’t forget that Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café are always on hand to provide some much needed sustenance – including kid’s meals.

See our menu.

Please note: while we’ve tried our best to be accurate with timings, please contact the event organiser to confirm beforehand.

Meeting Magical Mammals and Marvellous Minibeasts – 2 August

Take a short walk with a ranger to discover the small mammals and minibeasts that live in the Park, then find out about their habitat, diet and identifying features. With luck, you will get to see voles, mice and shrews. Unfortunately, the route on this event includes long grass and scrub so may not suitable for pushchairs, buggies or wheelchairs.

When: 2 August at 10 am

Where: Visitor Centre

Booking: £2 per person. Places must be reserved beforehand, book online.

 

MAD – Multi Activity Day – starting 5 August

You can choose to participate on as many or as few days as you like, from one day to the entire week. Suitable for children aged between 8 and 16 years of age. Activities will take place on both water and land. Lunch provided. Suitable for children aged between 8 and 16 years old.

When: weeks starting 5, 12 and 29 August. Drop off between 8:30 and 9:00 am; collection between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

Where: Nene Outdoors

Booking: £37 per day or £170 for the full week. Places should be reserved beforehand, book online.

 

Fairies and Elves – 5 August

Discover a magical world of fairies and elves at Ferry Meadows. Learn how to spot them, build them amazing homes and make magical woodland potions.

When: 5 August at 1 and 1:30 pm

Where: Discovery Den

Booking: £2 per child. Book online.

 

Pond Dipping – Tuesdays from 6 August

Find out what creatures live in the lakes of Ferry Meadows at this fascinating pond dipping event. Meet at Lynch Lake, on the corner nearest the Visitor Centre. Suitable for children aged 5 years and above.

When: 12 noon, every Tuesday from 6 August till 3 September

Where: Visitor Centre

Booking: Free drop-in event, donations welcome

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – 16 August

Enjoy a craft session and story, before you go in search of Barney the Bear – don’t forget to bring your own teddy bear to help you in your quest. The trail to find Barney lasts around 30 minutes and some portions may not be suitable for all types of wheelchairs and pushchairs. Suitable for children 3 years and above. Younger siblings may attend but must have a booked place if they take part.

When: 16 August at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Where: Visitor Centre

Booking: £5.50 per child. Book online.

 

Family & Friends Volunteering – 25 August

Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Everybody is welcome – from grandparents to grandchildren – and all tools and training are provided; you just need to bring along lots of enthusiasm. This event includes easy access and is suitable for everyone 5-years-old and above, younger children are welcome but full participation may not be possible.

When: 10 am and 1 pm on 25 August

Where: Discovery Den

Booking: free event (with free car parking for all participants). No booking required.

 

Kids Tree Climbing – 30 August

Learn how our Rangers use ropes and harnesses to climb trees around the Park, then give it a go yourself. Full instructions and all safety equipment provided. Suitable for children aged 3 years and above.

When: starting at 10:00 on 30 August

Where: Ferry Meadows Country Park – Visitor Centre, PE2 5UU

Booking: £2 per child. Book online.

 

Nene Park Trust Ride London Sponsorship Appeal

Staff from Nene Park Trust are currently busy training for Ride London, a 100-mile cycle ride along the countryside of the capital and Surrey. They’re taking on the challenge, which takes place on from 3 until 4 August, to raise money for Nene Park Trust to support the work carried out at Ferry Meadows, Thorpe Meadows, Woodston Reach and many other green spaces managed by the Trust in Peterborough.

Last year the team successfully completed the gruelling ride and raised £2,000, a total they’d love to beat this year.

All donations will go directly to help the Trust to provide facilities for recreation, education and leisure; establish parkland facilities, conserve and safeguard wildlife; preserve, restore and develop park features.

To find out more, go to https://www.nenepark.org.uk/news/ride-london-meet-team-nene.

To donate, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/nptridelondon.