Last updated 21 March 2021.

Please continue to visit Nene Park on foot or by bicycle where possible

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Daily exercise: Please come alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person from another household.

Keep your distance: Always maintain a two metre distance from other Park visitors.

Footpaths: Please keep to one side so others may pass at a safe distance. If needed, walk  on the grass to the side of the path until it is safe to return to the path.

Bridges: Wait for others to cross before you do and please do not linger; be considerate of others and try not to touch the handrails.

Dog walking: We strongly urge you to keep dogs on a lead to conform with social distancing guidelines.

Hygiene: Wash your hands before and after your visit. Hand sanitiser stations and hand washing facilities can be found in the toilets and at the pay machines.

Cyclists: Maintain a reduced speed in the Park and a two metre distance from pedestrians at all times. Please do not use the Bluebell Wood boardwalk; cycling is not permitted.

Can I meet up with family and friends? Under the new national lockdown, you can only meet with one other person outside, who is not in your household or support bubble to exercise.

Read the latest Covid-19 guidance from the Government here .

What time will the Park open?

The Park will be opened and closed in line with our normal seasonal opening hours - 06:30am to 18:30pm.

Are the car parks open?

All the car parks are open:

  • Ferry Meadows including the Lakeside car park
  • Thorpe Meadows
  • Orton Mere
  • Orton Meadows

Does that mean I can drive to Nene Park?

Yes it does, but Government advice is to stay local (in your village, town or city) when travelling to exercise. We would still recommend that people access the Park on foot or by cycle if they can.

Will I need to pay if I park?

If you use the car park, normal parking charges will apply and you will need to pay on exit at the pay machines unless you are a member. Social distancing markers will be set out at the pay machines as well as hand sanitiser stations.

How do I become a parking member?

If you would like to avoid using the pay machines and not have to pay each time you visit the Park then you can purchase an annual parking membership. If you would like to purchase parking membership, you can do so by completing the parking membership application form available from our website and posting it with a cheque made payable to Nene Park Trust to the Trust’s offices at Ham Farm House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU. For any general enquiries please email [email protected]

When is the best time to visit if I drive?

For those arriving by car, we would urge that you think carefully about the time you come so as to avoid peak times (11am-3pm), and try and use other car parks other than Ferry Meadows, such as Thorpe Meadows or Orton Mere.

Will the toilets be open?

The public toilet blocks remain open in the Park. Users of the toilets will be required to adhere to social distancing measures and ensure hand-washing facilities are used. Unfortunately the accessible changing facility at Nene Outdoors will not be available until March 2021 when the centre opens for the season.

Will the Cafes be open?

Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar are open for takeaways only. 

Can I have a picnic?

It is now permitted to meet one other person outside your household or support bubble for a social meeting.

Can I have a BBQ?

Not at the moment as this would also fall under a leisure activity.

Can I cycle in the Park?

We would encourage people to access the Park by cycling but please do so in a considerate manner using a bell where appropriate and maintaining slow speeds.

Are the play areas open?

All play areas at Ferry Meadows have now re-opened with sanitiser stations in place at entry points. Whilst we understand our younger visitors will be excited to be back in their favourite place, we ask that all responsible adults follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all users.

Is Nene Outdoors Watersports & Activity Centre open?

Nene Outdoors Watersports & Activity Centre is currently closed but will reopen for Pay and Play activities on 29 March.

Is the Visitor Centre & Gift Shop open?

The Visitor Centre & Gift Shop currently closed but is due to open on 12 April. Please note that our online shop is operating so you can also shop from the comfort of your own home at

I live locally, can I still hire a mobility scooter?

Unfortunately we can't hire out mobility scooters currently due to the Visitor Centre being closed currently.

Will any events and activities be running?

As we move into the spring we will begin to be able to offer further activities in the Park, please keep an eye on our events page to find out what's on.

Can I now go fishing at Ferry Meadows?

Fishing at Ferry Meadows and the rest of Nene Park including the River Nene at Castor, Ailsworth and Wansford is operated by the Peterborough and District Angling Association (PDAA). Following updated guidance from the Angling Trust, the PDAA have announced that angling is now allowed during the lockdown and the P&DAA waters have now reopened. All day tickets and membership must be bought online, no cash transactions are permitted. For more information on further Covid regulations when fishing can resume and to find out how to apply for PDAA membership go to:

Will there be a staff presence in the park?

We will retain a Duty Ranger presence to patrol the Park. If you have an emergency in the Park, please call the Ranger mobile on 07860 308081 but please limit this to emergency calls only. For general enquiries or any other queries please email: [email protected] where Trust staff will respond as quickly as is practicable.

What if I have a first aid incident?

First aid will not be given by members of Nene Park Trust staff. Any major illness or injury the emergency services will be called, minor injuries, cuts and bumps - visitors will be handed a first aid bag with plasters and bandages.

Where is my nearest LOCAL park?

No-one is ever far from a green space, such as a local park. To find the nearest green space anywhere in the country you can use the online tool at:

We ask all Park visitors to follow the Park Code, please click here to ensure you keep the Park a safe place for all to enjoy.