What can I do for free in Peterborough? I hear you ask. I’ve had a good think and here is the first of my top picks.
Pictures from www.neneparktrust.org
Where is it? Ferry Meadows is 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1. On all major routes into the city, look for and follow the brown tourist attraction signs for NENE PARK or the country park symbol. Ferry Meadows is signed on Oundle Road (A605). For Sat Nav or web searches the post code for the Park is PE2 5UU or enter “Ham Lane”. This will direct you to the entrance to Ferry Meadows.
What can I do? Lots of things. Fresh air, mud and great views. You can take a picnic or eat at the Cafe by the Visitors Centre. Three play areas. Toilets can be found by both car parks and the Visitors Centre. The Watersports Centre is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen in Spring 2014. Water Zorbing (check for availability). Fishing. Ferry Meadows railway, a big hit with the kids. Discovery packs – can be borrowed from the Visitors Centre for a fully refundable deposit. Segway tours (call to book). Nene Park Golf. Pitch and Putt. Horse riding. Notcutts Garden Centre. Cycling. Geocaching.
What will it cost me? Depending when you go, nothing or car parking fee. A fee of £4.50 per car per day applies on weekends and Bank Holidays. This is from March until the end of October. If you go after 4pm it’s free, so not a bad idea in the summer months as you can still get a good few hours in the evening sun. There is also a specified (bring your own) barbecue area next to one of the play parks, this is highly popular in the summer evenings.