Our Christmas at Ferry Meadows experience is now open! Alongside our eco-friendly synthetic ice rink, Park visitors will find a mini Christmas market, vintage fun fair and free Christmas craft activities for children, with twinkling lights and festive garlands creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere from the 25 November until 2 January.

It’s the perfect way to get you and your family and friends into the Christmas spirit, with all profits raised going straight back to maintaining our beautiful Park for everyone to enjoy. 

Opening hours: 

Friday 23rd December: Closed due to wet weather

Saturday 24th December: 10am to 4.30pm

Sunday 25th December: Closed

Monday 26th December: 10am to 6pm

Tuesday 27th December to Thursday 29th December: 10am to 5pm

Friday 30th December to Monday 2nd January: 10am to 4pm

Any changes to opening hours due to wet weather conditions will be posted on our Facebook page and those with tickets pre-booked will receive an email.

Read on to find out all the details in our Guide to Christmas at Ferry Meadows...

Synthetic Ice Rink

Glide into the festive season on our eco-friendly synthetic ice rink. The synthetic surface is scientifically engineered allowing skaters to glide, whilst having minimal impact on the environment. Suitable for ages 4 and over, prices start from just £6 per skating session and include a certificate for each child as a memento of their time on the ice. FREE car parking is included with skating sessions, providing an affordable as possible family-friendly Christmas experience in our idyllic Park setting. 

To find out more please click here

Practical information for skaters:

  • Please be aware that as the evenings draw in, areas of Ferry Meadows away from the lights of the ice rink and Christmas market, will be very dark so please bring an extra source of light to help find your way back to the car park. 
  • Free parking is including with your synthetic ice rink ticket. Please head to the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop after your session and show your ticket confirmation email to pick up your parking QR code from a member of the shop team. Take the QR code to the parking payment machine when you are ready to leave, enter your registration number and scan the QR code to redeem your free parking. Please note our Visitor Centre closes at 8pm, so if you are skating at our 7pm session you can collect your QR code from the ice rink team. 
  • Mobility scooters will be available to hire from the Visitor Centre until 7pm during Christmas at Ferry Meadows, however they will be required to remain in the event area.
  • Dogs will continue to be welcome in this area of Ferry Meadows, however please ensure they are kept on a short lead. 

Mini Christmas Market

In our traditional wooden cabins and stalls, you'll find an exciting variety of food, drink and gifts from local vendors, such as:

  • Hot chocolate, delicious donuts and chocolate kisses from Pick 'n' Mix.
  • Treat yourself with something sweet from 'O' For Goodness Cake' - deep pan filled cookies, potted crumbles with custard, chocolate fudge cakes with toppings and waffles.
  • Discover mulled gin and gifts from Fen Spirits.
  • Experience a taste of the Caribbean with dishes from Coco's Caribbean Kitchen.
  • Try traditional Polish and Ukrainian fare, including soups, pierogies and stews from the Polish Bistro.
  • Enjoy a traditional Bratwürst alongside burgers, roasted chestnuts, sweets and candy floss from Pick 'n' Mix.
  • For gifts you'll find crystal jewellery, accessories and other handmade products from Loucid Beauties. Explore unique gifts and support local community groups in our Your Community Greenspace cabin (click here for dates and details).

To find out what exciting treats our mini Christmas market has to offer this week, please click here.

Continue your Christmas shopping in the Ferry Meadows Gift & Farm Shop, full of unique Christmas decorations and exciting gift ideas for your loved ones, alongside an extensive range of festive Farm Shop food and drinks from our premium local suppliers. Spend £20 or more and you'll get free parking!

Vintage Fun Fair

An exciting vintage fun fair  will provide even more entertainment, with rides such as a Helter Skelter, Chair ‘O’ Planes and Swing Boats. Try your luck at the traditional Tin Can Alley and games stall to see what you can win! Rides on the festive-themed miniature railway will be available at weekends and during the school holidays. Cash payment preferred! 

Free Christmas Activities for Children

Join a member of the Nene Park team in our Christmas Craft Cabin, and create something festive to take away. Craft activities are free (donations always welcomed!) and are suitable for children and their families. A new activity will take place each week:

  • Rudolph baubles - Friday 25 November to Thursday 1 December
  • Lolly stick Christmas tree - Friday 2 December to Thursday 8 December  
  • Christmas card making - Friday 9 December to Thursday 15 December 
  • Reindeer food - Friday 16 December to Thursday 22 December  
  • Pom pom snowman - Friday 23 December to Thursday 29 December 
  • New Year firework art - Friday 30 December to Monday 2 January

You can also write your letters to Father Christmas in the Craft Cabin and pop them in our post box for us to send directly to the North Pole.

When you're finished, head over to the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop to write your Christmas wish and hang it on our magical wishing tree. Don’t miss a festive family photo opportunity as you pass our hand crafted wooden sleigh! Tag us in your photos #ChristmasAtFerryMeadows @NeneParkPboro, we would love to see them.

Our Christmas Holiday Trail will be available daily throughout the school holidays. Purchase a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre for £1, complete the sheet as you walk around Ferry Meadows and collect a prize to grow at home!

Fundraising Christmas Stars

Our fundraising Christmas stars are a chance for you to help decorate the Park, whilst also supporting Nene Park Trust in continuing to provide greenspace for you to enjoy. To take part, purchase a wooden star from the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop for a suggested donation of £2 per star. Take your star home to decorate and then return to the Visitor Centre to be hung on display in the Park for all visitors to enjoy. We will also be running star decorating craft activities in the Park on the 19, 20 and 21 December.

Christmas Craft Workshops

Discover our popular festive craft workshops, run by industry experts. Book your place on our Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on the 4th December with Michaella from House of Blooms, or join Martin from Rutland Willows at our Christmas Willow Weaving Workshop on 11th December. Both workshops are suitable for age 16 and over.

The Nene Park Team are delighted to be offering a Christmas experience this year and cannot wait to welcome you all to join in the festivities!

Please note that tickets are only required for the ice rink. No ticket is required to enter the mini Christmas market and other festive activities, which are available to all Park visitors throughout the festive period.