July-Aug 2016 - Children's health

Healthy Peterborough

Action packed summer at Ferry Meadows

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse-ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, push the buggy and explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland - all less than three miles from Peterborough's busy city centre.

You'll find all this and more at Ferry Meadows - including cafes, hard-surfaced routes for wheelchair users, a busy events and activity programme and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Cycling
Ferry Meadows and the wider Nene Park offer many miles of off-road traffic-free cycling, including a stretch of the National Cycle Network Route 63. A map is available from the Visitor Centre for £1.50 which shows the full network of cycle ways which make up the Peterborough Green Wheel.  Rutland Cycling Hire Centre offers a cycle hire service over the summer weekends and school holidays.

Boating
Hire kayaks, canoes, row boats and pedaloes. There are also group activities such as raft building, land games and orienteering and structured courses in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.

Summer Trail
Saturday 23 July - Sunday 11 September
Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize.
10:00am-3:00pm
£0.50
No need to book.

Going on Bear Hunt
Friday 29 th July
Bring your own teddy bear, listen to the Story and make bear related crafts. Then join us on a bear hunt around Ferry Meadows to find Barney the Bear. Includes a ride on the miniature railway and a goodie bag.
10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm
Meet at: Visitor Centre
Cost: £5
Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.
Booking: Essential.

Animal Olympics
Sunday 31 July
Discover who can run the fastest, jump the highest or longest in the animal kingdom.
10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm
Meet at Discovery Den
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. 
Booking: Essential.

Meeting Magical Mammals
Friday 5 August
A short walk discovering small mammals that live in the park.
10:00am-11:30am 1:30pm-3:00pm
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. 
Booking: Essential.

Kid Tree climbing
Monday 8 August
Kids come and have a try and tree climbing using a harness and rope. Rangers will be on hand to supervise and offer advice.
11:00am-3:00pm
Meet at: Visitor Centre
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event may not be suitable for all abilities.  
Booking: Essential.

Bat Walk
Wednesday 10 August
Join park rangers and members of the Cambridgeshire bat group for an informative presentation on bats. Follow this with a walk in the park to try and spot the bats that call Ferry Meadows home
Times: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: £10
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. 
Booking: Essential.

Nature Kids
15-19 August and 22-26 August
Fun nature inspired activities for children in the summer holidays. Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and use natural materials in woodland crafts. Different activities everyday.
9:30am-3:00pm
Cost: £15 per day
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. 
Booking: Essential.


For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust