About us News Latest updates Easter at Nene Park There is plenty to keep all the family entertained at Nene Park over the Easter holiday break. From our Easter egg hunt and holiday trail to our archery and climbing sessions there is something on every day in the Park from 2nd to 18th April. For nature lovers we have an evening bat walk and a Charming Worms event for children. For water sports enthusiasts, we are running a number of sailing courses for both children and adults as well as our Pay and Play paddle sport hire. We will also be running daily passenger boat trips and cycle hire throughout the holidays. Or why not just come to the Park and enjoy exploring the meadows, woodland and lakes on foot or by bike, visit one of our play areas or stop off at one of our cafés. Please go to www.nenepark.org.uk/events to find out more and to book in advance for any of our specific events and activities. Watersports and Adventure Activities Pay & Play Watersports Make a splash with our ‘Pay and Play’ watersports, available daily during the Easter break from 11am to 5pm. Activities include swan pedalos and row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, dinghies and windsurfing. Book online to avoid the queues on busy days! Book a camping trip! Enjoy a night or more under canvas on the peaceful banks of Gunwade Lake this Easter! Our two campsites, The Glade and Lakeview, are perfect for families and offer visitors the choice of a pitch-only camping and bell tent hire on an individual or group booking basis. Located in the heart of Ferry Meadows, both campsites are ideally situated to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors. To find out more about our campsites and facilities, please visit www.nenepark.org.uk/camping. Passenger 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 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 3pm. Suitable for all ages, it’s £8 per person, free for under 3s. Book your boat trip. Cycle Hire Hire a bike from Nene Outdoors and discover miles of traffic-free cycling paths, lakeside trails and woodland routes in the Park. Cycle hire is available daily during the Easter break from 11am to 5pm. Hire bikes online. Archery: Tuesday 5th April 11am-3pm Unleash your inner Robin Hood! Our archery sessions are 45 minutes long and take place on Oak Meadow close to Nene Outdoors. Sessions are £10 per person and suitable for ages 8 and over. Book your session. Climbing Wall: Thursday 14th April 11am-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 £10 per person. Book your session. Family fun & nature events Holiday Trail: Daily from 10am to 4pm 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 to grow at home! Social Walking Group: Monday 4th April 10.30am-12pm Not sure where to go for a walk, or not keen on walking on your own? Join one of our Visitor Rangers for a social walk around Ferry Meadows and the wider Nene Park and meet like-minded people. This month the walk is the Two Woods Walk. This event is free to attend and suitable for ages 14 and over. Book your place. Bat Walk: Tuesday 5th April 6-8pm Join our park rangers for an informative presentation on bats, followed by a walk in the Park using bat detectors to try to spot and identify the bats that call Ferry Meadows home. This event is £8 per person and suitable for ages 10 and over. Book your place. Charming Worms: Wednesday 6th April 10.30am- 12pm and 1.30-3pm Come along to find out more about these amazing wriggly creatures and have a go at charming them to the surface. We'll see who can find the shortest and longest worm and then make a wormery to take home. This event is £2.50 per person and suitable for ages 2 and over. Book your place. Ferry Meadows Easter Egg Hunt: Friday 15th April 10.30am-2.30pm Can you help the Easter Bunny to find all the hidden Easter eggs? You will explore the park looking for pictures that will lead you to your Easter egg prize at the end. It’s £10 per booking which includes 2 Easter egg prize and suitable for any age. Book your place. Visit Longthorpe Tower: Weekends from Saturday 2nd April Longthorpe Tower is reopening to the public. Book your tickets to go and visit this surviving tower of a 14th century, three storey medieval fortified Manor House. It contains the finest set of medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, giving a rare insight into the medieval mind. Art & Craft Workshops and Events Willow Weaving Workshop: Sunday 3rd April 10am-12pm and 1-3pm This beginner workshop introduces you to the wonderful world of willow weaving. Join Martin from Rutland Willow as he takes you through the techniques you need to create 3 pieces of work with an Easter theme. There are two sessions starting at 10am and 1pm. The workshop is £20 per person and suitable for ages 16 and over. Book online here. John Clare Contemplative Trail: Monday 4th – Friday 8th April 10am-4pm Digital trail from 4th to 8th April in the Wildlife Garden of Ferry Meadows. Download the 'All Aboard' app and listen to John Clare poetry and music written by local folk musician Jon Boden and performed by local community choirs. There are contemplative prompts to encourage people to be present in their surroundings for a few minutes. Suitable for all ages and free to attend. Art Workshop - Bird sculptures Join us for a creative and fun family art activity making simple wildlife sculptures. Inspired by the Cormorant sculpture by artist Elizabeth Cooke in the Thorpe Meadows sculpture Trail, we will create our own bird sculptures out of paper and sticks. Suitable for 6yrs+, but all welcome. £2.50 per child (and subsidised by Arts Council England). Book online here. Walk & Draw: Thorpe Meadows Sculpture Trail - Thursday 21st April 10.30am-12.30pm Join local artist Tony Nero and Louise Thirlwall, Nene Park Project Officer Arts, for a leisurely walk and tour around Thorpe Meadows Sculpture Trail to explore the sculptures, landscape and environment through sketching. During the walk we will experiment with pencil, pen and charcoal with guidance and support from Tony. Suitable for adults only. Free to attend but booking essential. Poetry Activities – H is for Heron: Saturday 23rd April 10.30am-12pm Join Poet Mark Grist for a fun and interactive outdoor poetry workshop. Could H be for Heron, horses, honey-bees or hedgehogs? Mark will share some of his new animal poems and help you create your own short poems about the wildlife in the Park. This is a free event suitable for ages 8-15, but all are welcome! Spaces are limited and places need to be booked in advance. Z to A of Animals – Poetry performances and activities: Saturday 23rd April 1pm – 3.15pm Poet Mark Grist will be performing extracts from a new poetry performance based on brave animals, with a poem for each letter of the alphabet. Join us to hear about some of the brave animals that inhabit the Park and take part in poetry activities. This is a free drop-in event, suitable for ages 8 and over but all are welcome. Sailing Courses at Nene Outdoors Adult RYA Start Sailing – Level 1: Saturday 9th April and Sunday 10th April 9am-5pm This two day course covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery. After the course, participants will be able to sail in light winds under supervision. All safety equipment including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. Suitable for age 16 and over, £166 per person. Book online. Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 1: Monday 11th April and Tuesday 12th April 9am-5pm 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, £166 per person. Book online. Youth RYA Sailing – Stage 2: Wednesday 13th April – Thursday 14th April 9am-5pm 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, £166 per person. Book online.