Following our recent announcement, a new parking system is now in effect at the Orton Mere and Thorpe Wood car parks. 

The parking tariff is £1.50 for the first hour. For those who are using the car park for a longer period, a charge of just £2.50 for up to 24 hours will apply. Visitors have a 5-minute grace period and will need to pay for their parking via card at the cashless machines at the start of their visit, or by using the Saba Parking UK App. These charges have also replaced the previous tariff at Thorpe Meadows.  The Trust has opted for the ‘green’ environmentally friendly solar powered and ticketless machines to eliminate the need for paper tickets and additional energy consumption.

A new annual parking membership is now available to offer a cost effective alternative to regular visitors to these car parks. The cost of an annual parking membership is £40 (which equates to just 77p a week!) and gives members access to both the Orton Mere car park and the Thorpe Meadows car park. Memberships can be purchased directly at Parking members will also receive other benefits to use across Nene Park such as 10% discount on retail purchases at the Visitor Centre & Gift Shop and the Lakeside Farm Shop, plus 10% discount on activities at Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre. 

The new parking membership will not apply at Thorpe Wood as this car park is predominately located for visitors to the golf course and Woodman Pub in that vicinity, rather than as an access point for the Park. 

Ferry Meadows car park members can upgrade their membership to 'Ferry Meadows Plus', to include parking at Orton Mere and Thorpe Meadows for an additional £10 per year (pro-rata to your membership term).  The Ferry Meadows Plus option is also available to new members for £85 per year. To upgrade your membership, or purchase the new Ferry Meadows Plus option, please drop into the Visitor Centre & Gift Shop at Ferry Meadows or email [email protected]. The application forms can also be downloaded from our parking membership page.

As a charity with no additional funding from taxpayers, income generated from parking is an essential source of funding which enables us to continue to maintain and nurture the beautiful landscapes of Nene Park. In addition, the income generated from introducing parking charges at Orton Mere and Thorpe Wood will help to manage the significant increase in litter and waste management across the Park and will help to fund the introduction of new facilities in the Orton Mere and Thorpe Meadows areas. 

Please click here for our frequently asked questions and answers on the new parking charges.

If you have any queries regarding the new parking charges please contact us at [email protected]