Nene Park - Coronavirus FAQs
Last updated Monday 27 July.
Please continue to visit Nene Park on foot or by bicycle where possible
Footpaths: Please keep to one side so others may pass at a safe distance. If needed, walk on the grass to the side of the path until it is safe to return to the path.
Bridges: Wait for others to cross before you do and please do not linger; be considerate of others and try not to touch the handrails.
Dog walking: We strongly urge you to keep dogs on a lead to conform with social distancing guidelines.
Hygiene: Wash your hands before and after your visit. Hand sanitiser stations and hand washing facilities can be found in the toilets and at the pay machines.
Cyclists: Maintain a reduced speed in the Park and a two metre distance from pedestrians at all times. Please do not use the Bluebell Wood boardwalk; cycling is not permitted.
Can I meet up with family and friends? Following the updated Government social distancing guidelines, groups of 6 or less are able to meet in the Park.
Read the latest Covid-19 guidance from the Government here.
What time will the Park open?
The Park will be opened and closed in line with our normal seasonal opening hours - 6.30am-10pm
Are the car parks open?
As of Wednesday 13th May the following car parks will be re-opened:
- Ferry Meadows including the Lakeside car park
- Thorpe Meadows
- Orton Mere
- Orton Meadows
Does that mean I can drive to Nene Park?
Yes it does, but we would still strongly recommend that people where they can, access the Park on foot or by cycle as car parking will be limited
Will I need to pay if I park?
If you use the car park, normal parking charges will apply and you will need to pay on exit at the pay machines unless you are a member. Social distancing markers will be set out at the pay machines as well as hand sanitiser stations.
How do I become a parking member?
If you would like to avoid using the pay machines and not have to pay each time you visit the Park then you can purchase an annual parking membership. If you would like to purchase parking membership, you can do so by completing the parking membership application form available from our website and posting it with a cheque made payable to Nene Park Trust to the Trust’s offices at Ham Farm House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU. For any general enquiries please email email@example.com
Are there restrictions on car parking?
In the first phase of re-opening the car parks car parking spaces will be limited. Once car parks are full they will be closed to prevent any further access and cars will be turned away (both members and non-members). Walking or cycling to the Park is still the best way to guarantee a visit.
When is the best time to visit if I do have to drive?
For those arriving by car, we would urge that you think carefully about the time you come so as to avoid peak times (11am-3pm), and try and use other car parks other than Ferry Meadows, such as Thorpe Meadows or Orton Mere.
Will the toilets be open?
The public toilets in the Park will be open from Wednesday 13th May. Users of the toilets will be required to adhere to social distancing measures and ensure hand-washing facilities are used. The toilets in the Cafes will remain closed.
Will the Cafes be open?
In addition to takeaway refreshments, from 4 July Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside Kitchen and Bar will be starting to open additional outdoor seating to make the most of the British summer, following the new guidelines set out by the Government for restaurants and cafes.
Can I have a picnic?
Picnics in small family groups will be allowed, but please ensure all litter is deposited in the bins provided.
Can I have a BBQ?
BBQs in small groups are now allowed. In Ferry Meadows there are a number of permanent barbeque stands which operate on a first-come-first-served basis. You may bring your own barbeque if it is off the ground and not placed directly onto picnic tables or benches. Some benches do have BBQ trays fitted. Please use the BBQ displosal bins and put all other rubbish in the bins provided. Please note that gas fired barbeques are not permitted.
Can I cycle in the Park?
We would encourage people to access the Park by cycling but please do so in a considerate manner using a bell where appropriate and maintaining slow speeds.
Are the play areas open?
All play areas at Ferry Meadows have now re-opened with sanitiser stations in place at entry points. Whilst we understand our younger visitors will be excited to be back in their favourite place, we ask that all responsible adults follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all users.
Is Nene Outdoors and the water sports open?
Nene Outdoors is operating full pay and play watersports activities and cycle hire from 1 July. Activities are available between 11am and 6pm each day for drop-in hire at Nene Outdoors. Advance bookings can be made for swan pedalos and cycle hire on our online booking system.
Is the Visitor Centre and Gift Shop open?
The Visitor Centre re-opened on Friday 19 June, with measures in place to limit the number of people allowed in and payments by card only. Please wear a face mask inside the centre if you are able. If you are exempt, please notify a member of staff who will be happy to serve you.
I live locally, can I still hire a mobility scooter?
We will also be taking bookings again for our mobility scooters at the Visitor Centre, however for the moment it will be a slightly reduced fleet and advance booking is required by calling 01733 234193.
Will any events and activities be running?
Whilst our more traditional summer events and activities in the park have been cancelled until the end of August at the earliest, Nene Park is pleased to be running some NEW activities and trails for the six weeks of school summer holidays to keep all the family busy and entertained. From explorer challenges, trails and our ‘Big Summer Hunt’ to archery, cycle skills and our full range of watersports pay and play activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Nene Park this summer. Find out more about what’s on offer here.
Can I now go fishing at Ferry Meadows?
Fishing at Ferry Meadows and the rest of Nene Park including the River Nene at Castor, Ailsworth and Wansford is operated by the Peterborough and District Angling Association (PDAA). At the moment fishing will only be for people who hold a PDAA membership card, and NO DAY TICKETS, will be issued on the bank. For more information on further Covid regulations when fishing and to find out how to apply for PDAA membership go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1416922325102459/
Will there be a staff presence in the park?
We will retain a Duty Ranger presence to patrol the Park. If you have an emergency in the Park, please call the Ranger mobile on 07860 308081 but please limit this to emergency calls only. For general enquiries or any other queries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org where Trust staff will respond as quickly as is practicable.
What if I have a first aid incident?
First aid will not be given by members of Nene Park Trust staff. Any major illness or injury the emergency services will be called, minor injuries, cuts and bumps - visitors will be handed a first aid bag with plasters and bandages.
Where is my nearest LOCAL park?
No-one is ever far from a green space, such as a local park. To find the nearest green space anywhere in the country you can use the online tool at: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/explore-near-me/form/