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The first weekend of celebrations is due to take place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, between 10am - 5pm on both days, with the Ferry Meadows Cultural Festival. The main hub of activities will take place around Coney Meadow (behind the Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre) with a FREE festival of music, culture and fun!

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch an outdoor stage where local music acts will perform – including Peterborough Young Singers, the Ken Stimpson School Choir, Beat Orchestra and Fortissimo Swing Band – all hosted by Josh Lovatt from Heart FM on Saturday 30 June.

In addition, there are a whole host of activities on offer throughout the weekend, including:

  • A pedal-powered cinema will be showing ‘The Greatest Showman’ brought to you by Nene Park Trust. The screenings take place at 2pm on both days and entry is free, with donations collected on the day.
  • Families can join a teddy bears picnic between 12-1pm on both days run by the Nene Park Trust education and activities team. There will be picnic blankets to borrow but bring your own picnic and teddy along to join the fun and keep an eye out for Barney Bear, making an appearance.
  • Enjoy ‘Nemo’, an interactive water-powered musical instrument for visitors to play.
  • There will also be the opportunity to take part in a music workshop with Beat This CIC – making music using technology – to help make a Ferry Meadows birthday theme tune!
  • When it comes to heritage, visitors will be able to watch a roman re-enactment, with the opportunity to visit the Roman camp to learn about Roman food, textiles, military matters and medicine. Guided heritage walks around the Park will also be available on the Sunday.
  • We have developed a brand new children's trail in the park which runs alongside Ham Mere. Pick up your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre or the Nene Park Trust tent and there is a prize for each completed trail sheet.
  • As part of the festival on Coney Meadow there will also be a craft marquee, storyteller, raffle, fairground rides, our brand new climbing wall plus catering stalls throughout the weekend.
  • There will be plenty on offer around the Park too including all watersports activities down at Nene Outdoors on Gunwade Lake.

Ferry Meadows’ anniversary celebrations continue with smaller events throughout the summer, with the second celebratory weekend, the Ferry Meadows Activity Weekend, taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September.

Adrian Oates, Head of Fundraising for Nene Park Trust, commented: “We’re getting ready to begin the celebrations for our 40th birthday and we hope our visitors will join us for what is going to be a fun family weekend. Make sure you stop by the Visitor Centre to purchase our specially brewed Ferry Meadows ale or gin, and a commemorative pin badge – and if you’re with us on the Sunday, you might just get a slice of birthday cake to enjoy!”

For more information about all 40th anniversary celebrations, please keep an eye on our social media channels. 

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