From Saturday, July 24, look out for some exciting activities and events running for the six weeks of school summer holidays in the park! There is something for everyone to enjoy from the Park Explorer challenge, guided walks and holiday trails and the Big Summer Hunt to pond dipping and bug hunts, craft workshops and bushcraft sessions. Not to mention the daily watersports pay and play activities at Nene Outdoors and boat trips on Overton Lake!
Find out what’s happening and when, with in the Six Weeks of Summer guide to family fun in the park:
Summer-long activities: Take part in the Big Summer Hunt: aimed at older children and their families, the park is holding its Big Summer Hunt competition throughout the six-week summer holiday, with participants busily solving puzzles across Nene Park and having the chance to win exciting weekly prizes and the final main competition prize. Each Friday, starting from July 23, a new clue will be announced on its website and social media. These will range from riddles, puzzles or picture clues, which will lead you to a landmark in an area of Nene Park.
Join the Park Explore Challenge: Aimed at younger children (5-12-year-olds) and their families, the park will be launching a new Park Explorer Challenge each Monday throughout the six-week holiday, starting from Monday, July 26. The challenges will take you out to different areas across Nene Park and will involve activities such as puzzles, quizzes and spotter games in each of the different areas.
Complete a trail at Ferry Meadows: There will be a new trail up around Ferry Meadows every two weeks throughout the summer holidays. Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre for £1, answer the questions as you walk around the park and return to the centre to claim your prize.
Pay & Play at Nene Outdoors: Make a splash with the park's full range of pay and play activities on Gunwade Lake, with activities available between 11am and 6.30pm each day. Daily watersports activities include swan pedalos and row boats, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, dinghies and windsurfing. Buoyancy aids are included with hire and the park's friendly and experienced members of staff are always on hand to offer advice and ensure you are safe at all times. You can also hire bikes at Nene Outdoors to explore the wider park.
Take a boat trip: Take a trip around Overton Lake in the park's new eco passenger boat and enjoy unique views of the lake and the wildlife around Ferry Meadows. Boat trips run regularly at weekends and daily during the school holidays.
Camp under the stars: Upgrade your day out at Ferry Meadows to an overnight adventure. Book one of the park's bell tents on the brand new Lakeview Campsite and enjoy an easy camping experience on the peaceful banks of Gunwade Lake. On weekdays during the six weeks of summer, you’ll also be able to make an individual booking on a per-night basis at The Glade, the park's pitch-only campsite. Located in the heart of Ferry Meadows, both campsites have access to a number of facilities and are ideally situated to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors.
Give climbing or archery a go! Try a new sporting challenge this summer with the park's archery and climbing wall sessions. Held on alternate weeks throughout the summer holidays, the sessions run from 11am to 4pm and last for 45 minutes. Tickets cost £8 per person.
Discover Lakeside Farm Shop: The brand new farm shop, located next to Nene Outdoors in Ferry Meadows, stocks an exciting range of locally grown and sourced produce from the park’s very own farm partners as well as suppliers from across the region. Pick up your summer BBQ packs, picnic items & charcoal for your day out in the park!
Rah Rah Theatre, Teddy Bear's Picnic Theatre Show, July 14: Bring your favourite bear along to the Teddy Bear's Picnic Theatre Show at 11am or 2.30pm and enjoy an exciting show full of props, puppets, songs and dancing. Aimed at children aged 2-6, it’s £10 per ticket.
Pond Dipping – every Wednesday: Come along to the park's drop-in session between 12pm and 3pm each Wednesday, and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. There may be a wait on the day depending on the number of people attending. Meeting at the Lynch Lake pond dipping platform, this event is suitable for children aged three and over and is free to attend, but donations are always welcome.
Bug Hunt - July 29 to August 17: Find out what amazing creatures make their home in the different habitats at Ferry Meadows. This event is suitable for children aged two and over and costs £2.50 per child.
Bushcraft Sessions: Learn essential survival skills this summer at the park's Bushcraft Sessions, aimed at children aged seven and over. It’s £5.50 per child. Attend one session or book all three!
- August 3 – Tool Use
- August 12 – Firelighting
- August 26– Shelter Building
Willow Weaving Workshop - July 24: A beginner’s workshop to introduce you to the wonderful world of willow. Learn the techniques you need to create three pieces of work, which could include a dragonfly, butterfly, fish or snail. Suitable for adults and children aged 16 and over. Tickets are £15 each.
Introduction to Glass Making Workshop - August 7: Design and make your own unique fused glass. 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 glass and other materials to make your own piece. This workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 16 and over. Tickets are £20 each.
Social Walking Group - August 2 to 25: Join the park's Visitor Ranger and get to know a group of like-minded walkers, whilst enjoying the ‘East Railway’ route. This event is suitable for those 12 years and over and is free to attend, but you do need to book your place on the park's website.
Butterfly Walk - August 9 to 26: Visitor Ranger Sophie will guide you through the fluttering world of butterflies as you walk around parts of Ferry Meadows looking at the butterflies found and enjoying any other wildlife you might spot around the park. This event is suitable for those aged five years and over and it’s £2.50 per person to attend.
You can find out more details on the summer activities and how to book your tickets here. You can also contact Nene Outdoors directly with any questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01733 234193
Nene Park Trust is a charitable organisation and relies on public support to manage the upkeep of the beautiful green spaces for all of the community to enjoy. They have asked for donations, so any support you can give to ensure the continuation of the services will help considerably. You can donate here.