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Things to do in Peterborough: Half term events at Nene Park for the family to enjoy

The Glade and Lakeview, are perfect for families and offer visitors the choice of a pitch-only camping and bell tent…

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 26, 2022 Tags:

The Glade and Lakeview, are perfect for families and offer visitors the choice of a pitch-only camping and bell tent hire on an individual or group booking basis.From a holiday trail to a wildlife boat trip, there’s plenty to keep the little ‘uns happy at Nene Park this half-term. Whether you’re after something that offers a little bit of a thrill or a more relaxed activity, you’re in luck.

For the nature-loving youngsters there’s a Magical Mammals and Marvellous Mini-beasts event as well as a drop-in pond dipping session. While watersports enthusiasts can have a go at sailing courses or paddle sports.

The park organisers will also be running daily passenger boat trips and offering the chance to hire a bike. Alternatively, you can enjoy the park meadows, woodlands, and lakes on foot.

There’s also plenty of play area space for the youngsters to enjoy. And, of course, the park has a newly-refurbished visitors centre, gift shop and farm shop.

Here’s some of the activities running between May 28 and June 5.

Watersports

Pay and play watersport – daily from 11am to 6.30pm

Activities include swan pedalos and row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, dinghies and windsurfing. Book online to avoid the queues on busy days.

Camping

You can enjoy a night or more under canvas on the peaceful banks of Gunwade Lake this half term. The Glade and Lakeview, are perfect for families and offer visitors the choice of a pitch-only camping and bell tent hire on an individual or group booking basis.

Located in the heart of Ferry Meadows, both campsites are ideally situated to take advantage of all the exciting activities on offer at Nene Outdoors. To find out more about our campsites and facilities, visit www.nenepark.org.uk/camping.

Passenger Boat Trips

Daily 11am-3.30pm

You can enjoy a tranquil trip around Overton Lake and onto the River Nene on an electric-powered boat. The 45 minute pre-bookable trips will depart daily from the Visitor Centre Jetty at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm. Suitable for all ages, it’s £8 per person, free for under 3s.

Cycle Hire

Hire a bike from Nene Outdoors and discover miles of traffic-free cycling paths, lakeside trails and woodland routes in the Park. Cycle hire is available daily during the May half term break from 11am to 5pm.

Archery

The 45-minute archery sessions take place on Oak Meadow close to Nene Outdoors. Sessions are £10 per person and suitable for ages 8 and over. Booking essential.

Climbing Wall

The climbing wall will be back at Nene Outdoors, with sessions running throughout the day. Great fun for both adults and children age 4 and over. Sessions are £10 per person. Booking essential

Jubilee Holiday Trail

Daily from 10am to 4pm

Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre for just £1 and then hunt for questions as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize to grow at home!

Wildlife boat trip

Monday, May 30, 10.30am to 12pm

Take a trip around Overton Lake and along the River Nene where swans, geese, and other water fowl will glide alongside the boat. Trips last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and a member of the knowledgeable team will help you learn more about the wildlife you see. Use a spotter sheet to learn the names of birds that you see too. Suitable for 4 yrs+. Cost is £14 per person. Booking essential.

Mural Art Workshops

Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 – 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.

Join artists Nikki Goldup and Keith Hopewell at Orton Mere for a free art workshop and get involved in mural painting, printmaking and other creative activities, as part of new outdoor artworks ‘Jubilation’ under Longthorpe Parkway, celebrating young people in Peterborough and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Booking essential.

Meeting Magical Mammals and Marvellous Mini-beasts

Wednesday, June 1 – 9.30am to 12pm

Join a ranger for a short walk discovering the small mammals that live in the Park. You will hopefully see voles, mice and shrews as well as talk about their habitat, diet and identifying features. Then we will have a look for mini-beasts on a bug hunt. Suitable for five plus years. £8 per person. Booking essential.

Pond Dripping

Wednesday, June 1 – 12pm to 3pm

Come along to our drop-in session and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. There may be a wait on the day due to the number of people attending. Suitable for ages three plus. Entry is free but donations are welcome.

Visit Longthorpe Tower

Saturdays and Sunday – 10am to 4.30pm

Visit Longthorpe Tower, the surviving tower of a 14th century, three storey Medieval fortified Manor House. It contains the finest set of Medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, giving a rare insight into the Medieval mind. Book a one-hour tour with the knowledgeable volunteers between 10am – 4.30pm at weekends.

Jubilation Artwork Launch

Monday, June 6 – 5pm to 7pm

There is a new JUBILATION art launch in Nene Park under Longthorpe Parkway, Orton Mere. Developed by artists Nikki Goldup and Keith Hopewell in collaboration with young people in Peterborough to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Youth RYA Sailing

Stage 1, Monday, May 30, and Tuesday, May 31 – 9am to 5pm

This two-day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course, participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. Suitable for 8-15 year olds, £166 per person.

Youth RYA Sailing

Stage 2, Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2, – 9am to 5pm

This two-day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course, participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. Suitable for 8-15 year olds, £166 per person.

 

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