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Nene Park is a large area of park land to the west of Peterborough and is the region's favourite place to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

It is made up of six different areas: Ferry Meadows, Orton Meadows, Orton Mere, Woodston Reach, Thorpe Meadows and The Rural Estate made up of parkland, meadows, woodlands and lakes.

The River Nene runs through all the areas connecting them together. Nene Park Trust is the registered charity which looks after Nene Park in its entirety.

Established in 1988 to ensure that the Park would be managed and protected forever, the Trust looks after all maintenance, coordination of the Park's activity programme and administration of commercial properties in the Park.

Whether you are looking for adventure, outdoor activity, a place to walk the dog or simply to appreciate nature, Nene Park has it all.

Opening Hours

Winter opening times: 29 October to 25 March: 06:30 - 18:30

Summer opening times: 26 March to 29 October: 06:30 - 21:00

Outdoor Activities

There is always plenty of things to do in Nene Park for all the family to enjoy. From discovering walks and trails to exploring play areas and the local history, visit our ‘Things to do page’ to find out more.

At Gunwade Lake in Ferry Meadows, Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre offers a great range of water and land-based activities, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Water Pay and Play includes pedalos, rowing boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, dinghies & windsurfs for hire each day from £8. Land activities include climbing, archery and cycle hire. You can even enjoy open water swimming on Gunwade Lake!

Nene Outdoors also offer sailing courses in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association and exciting Multi Activity Days in the school holidays. It is also home to a variety of clubs including archery, angling and sailing.

Our opening hours are seasonal and highly weather dependent, visit our website to find out more.

Events and Workshops

In addition to activities in the Park, the Nene Outdoors team run an exciting events programme throughout the year.

Events such as our Nature Tots parent and toddler group, Wild Home Educator Sessions, Volunteer Sessions and Nature Trails are held on a regular basis. During the school holidays, there is always something happening in the Park for all the family to enjoy.

We also run a number of craft workshops and Art-in-the-Park events.

Simply keep an eye our website for upcoming dates.

Working with Communities:

Working with the communities of Peterborough and creating a Nene Park community is very important to us.

Nene Park was created for the people of Peterborough and we want to ensure the views of Peterborough communities are considered in project planning and Park developments. Our Project Development Officer (Communities), Hannah Keeley, would love to hear from community groups who want to connect with the Park. Please contact Hannah Keeley 

We are fortunate to have a team of over 100 dedicated volunteers who support the Park across a variety of roles. From conservation tasks to organising our extensive photo collection, there is something for everyone.

To find out more about of volunteer opportunities, visit Nene Park Volunteering.

If we don’t have a role that suits you and you have a skill you would like to offer, we would love to hear from you and welcome you to the Nene Park community.

Please contact our volunteering team.

School Bookings

Nene Outdoors is also the home of our educational provision.

Whether schools are looking for adventurous activities or environmental education, we can offer a huge range of opportunities for outdoor learning at Nene Park, where young people can try different activities, develop new skills and most importantly have fun!

Find out more on our website

Corporate Bookings

Nene Outdoors provides a selection of packages for corporate groups and organisations, from inclusive room hire at Lakeside Meeting Room with stunning views across Gunwade Lake, to learning new skills in our team building activities or bespoke corporate experience days.

Visit our website to discover all we have to offer

Venue Hire

A range of unique rooms and outdoor spaces are available at Nene Park for corporates, groups or individuals to hire for a variety of occasions.

From family events and children’s birthday parties to training sessions and craft workshops! If you would rather hold your event outside, contact us to discuss the use of our meadows. Did you know we can even provide the use of a private campsite?

 Visit our website to find out more

Visitor Centre & Gift Shop

The handy Nene Park Visitor Centre and Gift Shop in the centre of Ferry Meadows offers all you need to make the most of your visit.

As well as our extensive information on the Park and things to do in the local area, our gift shop is home to a range of exclusive gifts, treats for the home and souvenirs as well as games, toys and everything you could need for a great day out.

Local suppliers are used wherever possible and we are proud stockist of a large selection of ecofriendly and sustainable products.

All proceeds from purchases in our shop go towards the maintenance of our beautiful Park for all to enjoy.

Whether you are a regular or a first time visitor there will always be something new for you to discover, whether it be upcoming events, new gift shop products or just some ideas from our friendly staff on a different part of the Park to discover or wildlife to look out for.

We also have a selection of gifts from our Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre & Gift Shop available to purchase online. Visit our shop to have a browse from the comfort of your own home.