What’s new at Nene Park for September 2020?

Autumn Festival

Nene Park is excited to be bringing back the Autumn Festival for 2020, hosting daily events and activities for all the family, from Saturday, October 24 and running for the duration of the school half-term break. 

Nene Outdoors plan to operate daily Pay & Play watersports and cycle hire, as well as trips around Overton Lake on the new electric boat. Their Education and Activities Team will be running events such as Scarecrow Making, Meeting Magical Mammals, Lantern Making and the ever-popular Nene Park Survival Challenge. All events will adhere to social distancing safety guidelines and require advance booking – please keep an eye on their website and social media to find out more! 

Almost there for the electric boat…

Despite lockdown slowing the build of Nene Park’s new electric boat, the wait is nearly over. Boat builders Landamores put the finishing touches to the boat in August; with classic lines, almost silent running and an accessible lift, the boat will provide a tranquil journey around Overton Lake and longer trips on the River Nene.

The boat arrived at the end of August, and after a period of trial runs and training for our crew, they will run a limited number of bookable trips for family groups during September, hoping to offer more during our Autumn Festival week at the end of October. Obviously, due to Covid-19, they will not be able to run a normal service of regular trips but they are hoping to be able to give visitors the opportunity to experience the Park from a different perspective. More information on how to book will be released on the Nene Park website and social media over the coming weeks.

eco-range-gift-shopThe gift shop has expanded its sustainable living and plastic free product range (Photo: Supplied)

We’re getting even greener at the Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre and Gift Shop in Ferry Meadows has expanded its sustainable living and plastic free product range by introducing new suppliers — Cosy Cottage Soap Company and Eco Living.

Cosy Cottage Soap is an ethical skincare company based in Malton, Yorkshire. They offer a range of palm oil and plastic free soap and skincare using natural, sustainable ingredients from their local area where possible. Eco Living is a distributor for high-quality sustainable products. All products are manufactured responsibly and are plastic-free and vegan-friendly.

New play area planning granted

Planning permission has now been granted for the newly remodelled play area in Ferry Meadows, replacing the existing play area at Lakeside. 

Fox Play forms the next stage in updating and improving the play provision at Ferry Meadows, following similar successful developments of Otter Play in 2014 and Badger Play in 2016, designed to offer natural adventurous play for all ages. Fox Play will provide a play area with ranges of accessible features, zip lines, raised walk ways, climbing opportunities, water features and plenty of new tree planting. It will be the biggest of our play areas aimed at slightly older children, but accessible for all ages.

42words-nene-parkThe 42Words art project has seen artists and park-lovers come together to share lockdown experiences (Photo: Supplied)

Park Art Artist Residencies 

Artists Caroline Wendling, Madhu Manipatruni and Yvonne Hercules have been taking part in a 16 week residency programme in Nene Park. The artists have been spending time in the Park exploring and researching the landscape, heritage and people. Visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about the work the artists create at events in the Park and online during September and October. 

Speaking of art… discover 42Words artwork on display across Nene Park

The 42Words art project, funded by Arts Council England, is Nene Park’s way of collecting the shared experiences of our community during lockdown and responding creatively to capture this once-in-a-lifetime event through art. We wanted to support local artists and involve park visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities in creating new artworks for the park.

In the Park’s 42nd year this has been an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of green spaces and the arts in providing invaluable support to us all over the last few months.

The artists involved: Clare Currie, Faith Falayi, Charley Genver, Mark Grist, Katy Hawkins, Paper Rhino (Fiona Cifaldi, Dominc Le-Hair, Jason Duckmanton & Amanda Rigby), Prin Marshall, Lee Mason, Stuart Payn, Charron Pugsley-Hill, Malika Speaks.

Return of room hire and school trips

From September 1, Nene Park is delighted to resume bookings for meeting room hire and school groups. Due to Covid-19 safety measures and social distancing requirements, the team have been working hard to put new procedures in place to manage bookings and to ensure the safety of their visitors, whilst continuing to provide an enjoyable experience in the Park. 

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