Last updated 20 May 2021.

Please continue to visit Nene Park on foot or by bicycle where possible

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Keep your distance: Always maintain a respectful distance from other Park visitors.

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 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? Under the Government roadmap, from May 17 you can only meet up to 30 people outside.

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 - 06:30 to 21:00

Are the car parks open?

All the car parks are open:

  • Ferry Meadows including the Lakeside car park
  • Thorpe Meadows
  • Orton Mere
  • Orton Meadows

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. You can also pay using our new parking payment app - Find out more.

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 protected]

When is the best time to visit if I 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 toilet blocks remain open in the Park. Users of the toilets will be required to adhere to social distancing measures and ensure hand-washing facilities are used. Unfortunately the accessible changing facility at Nene Outdoors will not be available until March 2021 when the centre opens for the season.

Will the Cafes be open?

Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar are open for sit down meals inside as well as outside from 17 May.

Can I have a BBQ?

Yes. Please use the permanent BBQ stands provided around the Park or if you bring your own, ensure it is off the ground.

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 are open 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 Watersports & Activity Centre open?

Nene Outdoors Watersports & Activity Centre reopened for Pay and Play activitities on 29 March. Find out more about activities available.

Is the Visitor Centre & Gift Shop open?

The Visitor Centre & Gift Shop reopened on 12 April so pop in to find out park information and browse our exclusive range of gifts. Please note that our online shop is operating so you can also shop from the comfort of your own home at

I live locally, can I still hire a mobility scooter?

We are now hiring out mobility scooters again. Please contact Visitor Services on [email protected] to book a mobility scooter or find out more.

Will any events and activities be running?

As we move into the spring and summer we are now able to offer more events and activities in the Park. Please keep an eye on our events page to find out what's on.

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). Following updated guidance from the Angling Trust, the PDAA have announced that angling is now allowed during the lockdown and the P&DAA waters have now reopened. All day tickets and membership must be bought online, no cash transactions are permitted. For more information on further Covid regulations when fishing can resume and to find out how to apply for PDAA membership go to:

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:

We ask all Park visitors to follow the Park Code, please click here to ensure you keep the Park a safe place for all to enjoy.