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Take a trip around Overton Lake in our new electrically-powered passenger boat!

Wyndham, Nene Park’s new electrically powered passenger boat, was built by Norfolk boat builders Landamores in 2020, and provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a unique view of the lakes and the River Nene around Ferry Meadows.

Powered by an electric motor, the boat is near silent when running and has minimal impact on the wildlife and environment of our beautiful country park. 

The boat has been named ‘Wyndham’, after Wyndham Thomas, the chief architect of Ferry Meadows in the 1970s, a fitting tribute to the amazing work he did to lay the foundations for the Park we see today.

Coming Autumn 2021: To ensure this tranquil experience is as accessible as possible, the boat will be fitted with a gently sloping boarding ramp and a hydraulic lift, enabling up to two wheelchair users on board at any time.

Click here to book a boat trip.

boat trip at nene parkBoat Trips

From 1st May, and throughout the summer season, Wyndham will operate a service offering sightseeing cruises around Overton Lake on weekends and daily during school holidays. These 30-minute pre-bookable trips will depart from the Visitor Centre Jetty and are available as group bookings only at this time for your choice of family or friends.

Trips cost £30 per group, with a maximum of 12 people. The team will sanitise surfaces within the boat between trips to ensure Covid-secure safety standards are met.

Click here to book your tickets. Tickets will also be available from the Nene Outdoors reception next to Gunwade Lake.

Hiring Wyndham

Private Hire: For those wanting a more personal experience, Wyndham is available for private hire from 1st May 2021. We provide the captain to drive the boat so that you and your family or friends can relax and enjoy the experience of having your own private cruiser for anything from one hour to a full day. Ideal for celebrating special occasions or as a thank you to colleagues or friends.

To make the occasion extra special, we can also provide catering from our onsite catering partners Lakeside Kitchen and Bar. Talk to us to arrange your special event - from birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events and fishing to memorials, scattering of ashes…and much more!

Please get in touch with our team to make an enquiry.

Schools: Whether your topic is transport, rivers or wildlife, a class trip on the Wyndham can complement your learning and give your students an unforgettable experience. If you want to make a full day of your visit to the Park, our education team will be happy to tailor a programme of outdoor learning activities to meet your learning objectives. For more information on our outdoor learning programme visit our education pages or get in touch with our team.

boat trip at ferry meadowsComing soon….

Cream Tea Cruises

What could be more relaxing than a cruise along the River Nene while enjoying a delicious cream tea? Our cruises are a great way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, or just an opportunity for good friends to get together. Give a ticket as a gift or treat yourself! Our cruises last around 1 hour 30 minutes and include a selection of cakes and sandwiches supplied by Lakeside Kitchen and Bar.

Wildlife Cruises

With a near-silent motor, Wyndham is the ideal craft for wildlife spotting. Join us on a cruise along the River Nene where swans, geese and other water fowl will glide alongside the boat with you. Wildlife highlights may also include herons, kingfishers and the elusive otter! Cruises last around 1 hour 30 minutes and our knowledgeable team will make sure you don’t miss a thing, whilst helping you learn more about the wildlife you observe.

We hope to run our cruises from June 2021, check back for updates!

More about Wyndham

Our electrically-powered boat for the Park replaces the previously diesel-powered boat that used to provide passenger trips around Overton Lake at Ferry Meadows. The batteries used to power the new boat will be charged using electricity provided through a green energy tariff, as part of the Trust’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and respond to a climate emergency.

Future plans for the boat include the possibility of a taxi service to different parts of the Park. The Trust also hopes to install a solar array to help charge the boat, creating a truly sustainable long-term energy source.

The boat was made in 2020 by Norfolk boat builders Landamores, who have been building boats in Wroxham and Hoveton since 1923. The boat is an Edwardian styled Frolic 31 launch, made by combining new and traditional manufacturing methods and the highest quality of materials and workmanship.

Download our passenger cruises and private hire leaflet.

Many thanks go to the various funders who have enabled us to purchase this electric boat: