Nene Outdoors logoTake a trip around Overton Lake in our new electrically-powered boat! The new electrically-powered boat for the Park will replace 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.

30-45 minute trips will be offered for up to 12 passengers around Overton Lake and out onto the River Nene. The service will run at weekends during the summer season (March to October) and during school holidays. 

In addition, bespoke trips will also be developed for special occasions and corporate groups, providing a unique view of the Park and an inspiring experience on the water. To ensure this tranquil experience is available to all, the boat will have an accessible lift available from spring 2021, enabling up to two wheelchair users on board at any time.

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.

Tickets will be available online, from the Visitor Centre and from the boat itself.

The boat was made 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.

The boat has been named ‘Wyndham’, after Wyndham Thomas, the chief architect of Ferry Meadows in the 1970s, who sadly passed away in 2019. Naming this boat after him is a fitting tribute to the amazing work he did to lay the foundations for the Park we see today.

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