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Take a trip in our electrically-powered passenger boat!

Wyndham, Nene Park’s 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.

To ensure this tranquil experience is as accessible as possible, the boat has a gently sloping boarding ramp and a hydraulic lift, enabling up to two wheelchair users on board at any time. To make use of this facility, please contact our team in advance.

Click here to book a boat trip.

Boat Trips

Our eco-passenger boat trips are now available to book on a per ticket basis - it's £8 per person, free for children aged 3 and under, and well behaved dogs are welcome too! These 45-minute sightseeing trips take you out to enjoy unique views of Overton Lake and the River Nene, and provide plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities! The trips are available at weekends and daily during the school holidays.

Click here to book your tickets. 

Tickets are also available on the boat itself and from the Nene Outdoors reception next to Gunwade Lake.

Hiring Wyndham

Private Hire: For those wanting a more personal experience, Wyndham is now available for private hire. 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. Private hire is available at £130 per hour or £325 per half day.

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, and corporate events 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.

Wildlife Boat Trips

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! Trips 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.

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: