Join in the October half term fun at Nene Park, with autumnal activities and events on every day from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October. There is something for all the family to enjoy, from our scarecrow and broomstick making activities to a special wildlife boat trip, climbing and archery sessions and the ever-popular holiday trail. As always, daily watersports activities will be running at Nene Outdoors, along with regular boat trips on Overton Lake.
Find out what’s happening and when, with our guide to half term family fun in the Park:
Activities on every day
Watersports at Nene Outdoors: Make a splash with our full range of watersports activities on Gunwade Lake, with activities available between 11am and 5pm each day. Choose from swan, dragon and junior pedalos, row boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, dinghies and windsurfing. Book your activities online to avoid the queues.
Complete a trail at Ferry Meadows: Pick up a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop for £1 and hunt for questions as you explore the Park. Return your completed sheet to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize to grow at home!
Take a boat trip: Take a relaxing trip around Overton Lake and onto the River Nene and enjoy unique views and spotting the wildlife around Ferry Meadows.
Ride the Ferry Meadows Railway: Sit back and enjoy the ride! Trains will operate daily between 11am and 4.45pm, weather permitting.
Events by date
Saturday 21st October – Make a Scarecrow! Our popular scarecrow making activity returns, with all materials provided for you to make a spectacular scarecrow to be displayed in the Park for the half term week. Park visitors will vote for their favourite, with a prize awarded to the scarecrow (makers) with the most votes!
Sunday 22nd October – Longthorpe Tower Tour: Discover the finest set of medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, giving a rare insight into the medieval mind. Book your one-hour tour with our knowledgeable team of volunteers.
Monday 23rd October – Nature Tots & Wild Home Ed Groups: Join our monthly Nature Tots or Wild Home Educator groups for nature-themed fun in the Park.
Tuesday 24th October – Tree Hunt & Broomsticks (Ferry Meadows): The wicked witch has lost her spooky belongings in the trees, and she needs your help to find them! As a thank you, you’ll make your very own broomstick to fly away home on!
Tuesday 24th October – Climbing Wall: The team from Nene Outdoors will be getting our climbing wall out today! Are you brave enough to reach the top?
Wednesday 25th October – Wildlife Boat Trip: Join us on a specially extended wildlife boat trip with an expert ranger, who will make sure you don’t miss a thing and help you learn more about the wildlife you observe.
Wednesday 25th October – Tree Hunt & Broomsticks (Thorpe Meadows): The wicked witch has lost her spooky belongings in the trees, and she needs your help to find them! As a thank you, you’ll make your very own broomstick to fly away home on!
Thursday 26th October – Owls and their Pellets: Join our expert ranger and follow a trail to learn more about the fascinating world of owls and the amazing things you can find by dissecting their pellets!
Thursday 26th October – Archery: Unleash your inner Robin Hood or Maid Marian! Our archery sessions are 45 minutes long and take place at Nene Outdoors.
Saturday 28th October – Indian Block Printing Workshop: Something for the grown ups! Work with local multi-media artist Melanie Missin-Keating on this half day workshop and learn a new skill. Indian Block Printing creates fabulous results and can be used on fabrics, papers, clothes and much more.
For more details on any of our Half Term activities, and to book your places, please go to www.nenepark.org.uk/News/october-half-term-events. Contact 01733 234193 or email email@example.com for more information, accessibility advice or directions.
Source: Nene Valley Trust press release 18th Sept 23