Have a look at the events happening in May Half term near you in parks and open spaces!

Pay and Play Hire

Every day during the half term holiday Nene Park is offering boat and cycle hire from the 27th of May till 4th of June!

Will you try something new, or do you already have a favourite boat to enjoy their lake?

The doors will open from 11am until 5pm.

This activity is suitable for all ages so come and enjoy.

Children over the age of 8 are allowed on their own but other restrictions may apply depending on weather / wind conditions.

Cambridge Nature Festival 2023

The Wandlebury Country Park is inviting you to join this celebration of nature, wonderful people and organisations that work tirelessly for the natural world. The event will occur from the 26th of May at 12pm till the 2nd of July.

Nature-based activities and events will be held in and around Cambridge and will include:

  • BioBlitzes
  • Guided Nature Wanders
  • Live Music
  • Wildlife ID workshops
  • Art Installations
  • Bat Safaris

Events are being run by a wide range of organisations including Cambridge Past, Present & Future, Wildlife Trust BCN, Milton Country Park, National Trust, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, RSPB and more.

The festival will also raise awareness of the Cambridge Nature network, a large-scale initiative to enable nature to recover in the Cambridge Area www.cambridgenaturenetwork.org.


Holliday Trail

Come and join us at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to complete a trail around the beautiful park and claim a prize at the end!

The activity will involve collecting a trail sheet for £1 from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for questions as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Then return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize.

Available every day during the school holidays which occur between the 27th of May and the 5th of June from 9am till 5pm.

No need to book, just pop into the Visitor Centre to find out more.

Wildflower and Butterfly Walk

Are you interested in exploring wonderful wildflowers and fascinating butterflies?

Join Julia and Monica, our experts that will help you spot and identify the beauty of nature while walking in the Kingston and Bourn Old Railway Local Nature Reserve.

The Wildflower and Butterfly Walk occurs on Sunday 28th of May at 2pm.

The meeting point is at the main entrance to the Nature Reserve, a kissing gate at the western end. We would recommend wearing suitable footwear and clothes as the estimated walk time is 120 minutes.

For more information click here.

Orienteering Challenge

Join us to test out your skills at orienteering and see who will be the first to visit all the points at Ferry Meadows on the 30th of May.

No orienteering experience required but we do recommend dressing for the weather as the session will take place outside from 1pm till 2:30pm.

Cost of activity is £5 per child.

Meeting point at : outside the Discovery Den.

Activity is designed for ages between 8 till 13 years. All children attending must have a booked place where an adult supervision will be required throughout the activity.

For booking click here

Climbing Wall Taster

The team from Nene Outdoors will be getting our climbing wall out during the school holidays on the 30th of May for all visitors to have a go.

Everyone above the age of 4 are welcome to join us between 11am till 4:15pm at Nene Outdoors.

Cost per booking is £12.

Are you brave enough to reach the top?

If so, book here.

Two people climbing a wall

Holiday Bushcraft for 5-12 year olds

Qualified teachers from Wild Thyme & Embers invite you to a thrilling Holiday Bushcraft activity at Wandlebury which is designed for children aged 5-12.

The sessions focus on practical bushcraft and survival skills which will occur between the 30th of May till 1st of June from 8:30am till 4pm.

Techniques taught include:

  • Shelter building
  • Knots and rope work
  • Use of cutting tools and whittling
  • Plant and tree recognition and uses
  • Seasonal woodcrafts
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Wilderness cooking skills
  • Natural art and crafts
  • Woodland games

The cost for each day is £40 per child.

Children need to bring a packed lunch and large water bottle (which can be refilled throughout the day) and dress for the weather.

Please send children with a change of clothes and ensure they wear suitable footwear, preferably closed toe shoes such as hiking boots, wellies or trainers.

Please book via the Wild Thyme & Embers http://www.wildthymeandembers.co.uk/holiday-bushcraft-club/

Treasure Hunt

Get ready for this exciting treasure hunt around the Ferry Meadows. The whole session will take place outside, so please dress for the weather.

The activity is suitable for ages between 4 to 9 years old from 10:30am till 12pm.

The meeting point is Outside the Discovery Den at the cost of £5.

All children attending need to have a booked place and be always supervised by an adult.

A child with a map

Wildlife Eco Boat Trip

Wyndham’s near silent-motor means that she is the ideal craft for wildlife watching.

Join us on a trip around Overton Lake and along the river Nene where swans, geese and other waterfowl will glide alongside the boat with you. We cannot guarantee what you will see but wildlife highlights may include Herons, Kingfishers and the elusive Otter!

Trips will occur between 9:15am till 10:45am on the 31st of May where the cost per person is £15.Minimum age required is 12yrs and above, children must be able to sit quietly and patiently.

The meeting point is at Boat Jetty, opposite Otter Play area.

To book click here.


Participants need to be in good health and are recommended to not take part if they are suffering from any injuries or illnesses that may be affected by strenuous activity, including neck, back and shoulder injuries.

Consent will be needed to take part.

Please wear closed toe shoes and full-length sleeves.

Suitable for: Adults and children 8 yrs and older.

Meeting point: In Nene Park but please check your booking email confirmation.

Cost: £12 per person, Booking Essential.

To book click here.

Archery stands on a field

Wisbech Scooter Drop In

Future Scooters are delighted to deliver this exciting Scooter drop in!

Within the session there will be:

  • Professional demos
  • Causal coaching opportunities

And loads of fun and activities!

The event will take place at the Wisbech Skate Park on Thursday 1st of June from 11:30am till 3pm.

No need to book as you can just drop in.

Pond Dipping (Drop in Sessions)

Come along to our drop-in session and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find. There may be a wait on the day due to the number of people attending.

It is free of charge, but donations are always welcome to preserve this beautiful habitat in Nene Park.

Meeting point is at Lynch Lake Pond dipping platform from 12pm till 3pm on the 2nd of June.

To know more click here.

pond dipping

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