Family Days Out: Ferry Meadows Country Park

Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough
Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough

At the heart of Nene Park is Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough – a great place to explore with the kids and make the most of the open space.

As a child I visited Ferry Meadows Country Park many times and have some great memories here.

So what better place to take my children to create more memories!

My mum and dad are regular visitors to the park too and, as a member of the Caravan Club, often visit here for the weekend in their caravan.

And it was on one of these occasions that we headed over with the kids to make the most of the nice weather that day.

Many of the play areas within the park have undergone a makeover during the past year or so – and the results are great, with plenty of fun to be had.

Next to the visitor centre and cafe is a play area with lots of sand and a water feature for children to enjoy.

Perfect for the warmer weather (when it comes!), there are also swings and a wooden bridge – ideal for younger children.

The children had a fantastic time playing in the sand and water and got a bit wet.

So it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes as it’s inevitable that they’ll get a wet too!

And with the cafe right next to the play park, it’s an ideal spot to grab a drink after playing, which we did.

As the park itself has so much open space, we decided to go for a walk around the lake.

My eldest two had brought their scooters with them so they had fun whizzing along the path.

Along the way there are more play areas (there are three in total) – some which are geared up for older children as they have taller climbing frames.

The scenery here is perfect too – especially on a nice sunny day.

And if the weather is nice, it’s the ideal setting to enjoy a home-made picnic, especially if you’re wanting to help save some pennies!

But if you like the water, then head over to the Lakeside Kitchen & Bar which has fantastic views over Gunwade Lake.

And if you’re lucky, like we were on our visit, you might get to witness some action going on in the water.

We had fun watching an organised group building rafts and competing against each other in a water race.

The kids found it particularly funny that most of them ended up falling in the water!

The Lakeside is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and with such fantastic views, it’s a worthwhile pit stop as you venture around the park.

Also situated on Ferry Meadows Country Park is the Ferry Meadows Railway – a miniature train ride which takes in many of the features of the park as you travel (see the website for details and timetable or call 01933 398889).

Or if you want the ‘real’ thing, then why not hop on board the Nene Valley Railway steam train from Ferry Meadows into Peterborough?

All in all there is so much to do here to keep everyone in the family entertained.

If you love riding your bikes, why not bring them with you and cycle around the lake?

Bring a picnic to enjoy too – or you can bring a barbecue to have in one of the designated areas.

It’s a perfect place to spend the whole day – or weekend if you want to camp here. We’ll certainly be back again.

How to get there

Ferry Meadows is three miles west of Peterborough and two miles east of the A1.

Keep a look out for the brown tourist attraction signs for Nene Park or the country park symbol to get there.

If you’re using Sat Nav enter ‘Ham Lane’ which is the entrance road to Ferry Meadows. The post code for the Park is PE2 5UU.

Parking

Car parking is free until charges resume on weekends and bank holidays in March.

During February you can access the park via car from 8am to 4pm and in March closing time for vehicles extends to 5.30pm.

Did you know?

Ferry Meadows is a Caravan Club site and is open all year to both members and non-members.

For more details and to make a booking click here or call 01733 233526.