There is something for all the family to enjoy at Nene Park this half term. From Saturday 27 May, daily events and activities will be running in Ferry Meadows, from our new treasure hunt and orienteering challenge to archery, climbing and our ever-popular holiday trail. As always we'll be running daily watersports at Nene Outdoors, boat trips and youth sailing courses too!

Check out our 'what's on guide' below to find out more and click the links to book your places. We look forward to seeing you!

Activities on every day

Pay & Play Watersports at Nene Outdoors: Open daily between 11am and 6.30pm, choose from dragon and swan pedalos, row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. Book your activities online to avoid the queues.

Book a camping trip! Enjoy a night or more under canvas on the peaceful banks of Gunwade Lake! Our Lakeview bell tent campsite is perfect for families, ideally located in the heart of Ferry Meadows to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors. To find out more please visit  

Daily Boat Trips: Enjoy a tranquil trip around Overton Lake and onto the River Nene on our electrically-powered passenger boat. The 45 minute pre-bookable trips will depart daily from the Visitor Centre Jetty at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm. Suitable for all ages, it’s £9 per person, free for under 3s and wheelchair spaces are available. Please note there will be no boat trips on 30 May or 1 June. Book your boat trip.

Complete the Holiday Trail: Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre for just £1 and then hunt for questions as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize of basil seeds to grow at home!

Ride the Ferry Meadows Railway: Sit back and enjoy the ride! To check if trains are running on the day of your visit please email [email protected] or go to the Ferry Meadows Railway website.

Events by date

Tuesday 30 May - Treasure Hunt in Ferry Meadows - 10.30 to 12pm
Explore Ferry Meadows using your investigations skills to work out where the treasure is hidden! Suitable for children aged 4-9, it's £5 per child. Click here to book your place.

Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 May - Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 1
This two day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. Suitable for 8-15 year olds, £182 per person. Book your place.

Tuesday 30 May - Climbing Wall - 11am to 3pm
The climbing wall will be back at Nene Outdoors, with sessions running throughout the day. Great fun for both adults and children age 4 and over, who will reach the top first? Sessions are £12 per person. Click here to book your session.

Tuesday 30 May - Orienteering Challenge - 1pm to 2.30pm
Do you think you can follow the directions and find your way around a real orienteering route? Come along and join us to test out your skills and see who will be the first to visit all the points. Suitable for children aged 8-13, it's £5 per child. Click here to book your place.

Wednesday 31 May - Wildlife Boat Trip - 9.15am to 10.45am
Join us on this special wildlife trip around Overton Lake and along the River Nene where swans, geese and other water fowl will glide alongside the boat with you. We cannot guarantee what you will see but wildlife highlights may include herons, kingfishers and the elusive otter! A member of our knowledgeable team will join you on the cruise to make sure you don’t miss a thing and help you learn more about the wildlife you observe. Minimum age 12, it's £15 per person. Click here to book your place.

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 June - Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 2
This 2 day course covers launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat and basic sailing. After the course participants will be able to steer and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. Suitable for 8-15yr olds, £182 per person. Book your place.

Thursday 1 June - Archery - 11am to 4.15pm
Unleash your inner Robin Hood! Our archery sessions are 45 minutes long and take place at Nene Outdoors. Sessions are £12 per person and suitable for ages 8 and over. Book your session. 

Friday 2 June - Pond Dipping - 12pm to 3pm
Come along to our free drop in session at Lynch Lake and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. No need to book, just come along! Find out more.

Saturday & Sunday June - Visit Longthorpe Tower
Have you discovered Peterborough's hidden historical gem yet? Be amazed at the Medieval wall paintings there, widely considered to be the best in a domestic setting in western Europe! Book your tickets here to enjoy a tour with our knowledgeable volunteers. Available every weekend until November.

Contact 01733 234193 or email [email protected] for more information, accessibility advice or directions. 

Please donate if you can!

As you know, Nene Park Trust is a charitable organisation and relies on public support to manage the upkeep of our beautiful green spaces for all of the community to enjoy. Any support you can give to ensure the continuation of our services will help considerably. Please go to if you are able to support us.