Activities on every day 

Watersports at Nene Outdoors: Make a splash with our full range of Pay and Play activities on Gunwade Lake, with activities available between 11am and 6.30pm each day. Daily watersports activities include dragon and swan pedalos, row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. Book your activities online to avoid the queues on busy days.

Nene Outdoors Olympic Challenge: Celebrate a summer of sport at Nene Outdoors and join in our Olympic Challenge! Complete five different land or water activities throughout the Six Weeks of Summer for your chance to win an exclusive sailing or paddlesport taster session for six. Click here to find out more.

Holiday Club at Nene Outdoors: Our Oak Adventurers holiday club for kids age 8-13 is packed full of exciting water and land-based activities.  Click here to book your places.

Take a boat trip: Take a relaxing trip around Overton Lake and onto the River Nene and enjoy unique views and the wildlife around Ferry Meadows. Book your tickets now. 

Camp under the stars: Upgrade your day out at Ferry Meadows to an overnight adventure. Book a bell tent or a spot on our pitch-only campsite, located in the heart of Ferry Meadows. Click here to find out more.

Complete a trail at Ferry Meadows: Pick up a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre for just £1, answer the questions as you walk around the Park and return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize to grow at home.

Ride the Ferry Meadows Railway
Sit back and enjoy the ride! Trains will operate daily between 11am and 4.45pm, weather permitting.

Events by date

Pond Dipping - 14 August Come along to our FREE drop-in session at Lynch Lake between 12 and 3pm and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. This event is suitable for children aged 3 and over and is free to attend, however donations are always welcome!

Pollinator Ponder and Wildlife Wander - 15 August Spot the many butterflies, bees and wildflower species on walk round the Park with education officer Alex. We’ll look at how they work together in the world of pollination, and use the Big Butterfly Count sheets to help you to identify what you see. Suitable for age 10 and over, it’s £5.50 per person.  

Family Wildlife Boat Trip – 15 August Join us for a special wildlife boat trip around Overton Lake and along the River Nene, just for families! Our expert ranger will make sure you don’t miss a thing with our free spotter sheets, and will help you learn more about the wildlife you spot. Suitable for age 5+, tickets are £15 each.

Climbing Wall – 15 August The climbing wall will be back at Nene Outdoors, with sessions running throughout the day. Great fun for both adults and children aged 4 and over, who will reach the top first? Sessions are £12 per person.  

Kumihimo Bracelets – 15 August Learn the ancient Japanese technique of Kumihimo and make your own beautifully intricate Kumihimo bracelet. Suitable for age 12 and over, it’s £18 each. 

Open Water Swimming - 15 August Come along and swim the 400m course on Gunwade Lake in these friendly sessions for all abilities. Register with NOWCA and get your first swim session free. 

Summer Nights Open-Air Theatre - 15 August Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the much-loved literary classic Pride & Prejudice at our outdoor theatre. 

Birdwatching for Families - 16 August Discover the remarkable birds that fly, feed and roost in Ferry Meadows. We'll show you how to identify the birds we spot and give you lots of handy tips on using binoculars. Suitable for age 5 and over, it’s £5.50 per child and £2.50 for accompanying adults. 

Foodie Fridays – 16 August Bring all your friends and family to Ferry Meadows for an evening of live music and fantastic food from the finest local street food vendors! 5pm – 9pm. 

Summer Nights Outdoor Cinema - 16 August Catch blockbuster Barbie (5pm) and biopic Bob Marley One Love (7.30pm) at our outdoor cinema. 

Summer Nights Outdoor Cinema - 17 August Gateway Film Festival take over the outdoor cinema with two free screenings! Watch Disney classic Tangled (5pm) and concert film Stop Making Noise (7.30pm). Please note Tangled is now sold out.

Longthorpe Tower Tours - 17 & 18 August Discover the finest set of medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, giving a rare insight into the medieval mind. 

Summer Nights Open-Air Theatre - 18 August Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents coming-of-age literary classic Little Women at our outdoor theatre.