Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Ham Farm House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

Contact: 01733 234 193



At Nene Park Trust, we believe that an opportunity to participate in outdoor educational activities will enhance the learning experience of all children.

From the Discovery Den, our education centre at Ferry Meadows, we offer a range of educational activities, designed by qualified teachers, to tie in with National Curriculum requirements at all levels.

Teachers can choose from a selection of themed days designed to target specific curriculum areas or, with the help of our knowledgeable staff, can select from a wide range of activities to create a day specifically tailored to your individual requirements.

Ferry Meadows is easily accessed by road or foot and its variety of environments makes it the perfect location for your pupils to experience learning outside the classroom.

We can provide:

- Exclusive use of the Discovery Den education centre including inside classroom and outdoor
classroom/picnic area.

- All activities led by fully trained staff.

- Full risk assessments on all activities.

- Wide range of study locations including; lakes, river, woodland, grassland, wetland.

- Toilet facilities including disabled toilets.

- Opportunity to visit the Visitor Centre and gift shop.


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Schools in Peterborough and the surrounding area recognise Ferry Meadows as being a place which provides an excellent outdoor learning opportunity.  Our best recommendation is that schools keep coming back to us.  Teachers who move school remember their visits and often bring children from their new schools to visit us.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Although any visit can be tailored for a school, we do offer standard packages which can be viewed on the website.  The day begins with a safety briefing and then comprises of between three and four activities, with a single break and time for lunch too.


Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?


This venue has the following accreditation:

The Education Centre has the LOtC Quality Badge.

What size groups do they cater for?

We can manage two classes at a time – so up to 65 children.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

There are pre & post visit suggestions for teachers on the website.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, we would be happy for children to take a record their visit.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

When booking, teachers are sent a number of documents about the risks involved in visiting the park.  Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Working are available for each activity.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

David Thompson.  Contact through


What does it cost?

All adults are free.  Children are charged at £4 per child or a minimum of £105 per group


Is specific clothing required?

This is an outdoor location so appropriate clothing is essential.


Do you have first aid on site?

We have trainer first aiders but all groups are ultimately responsible for their own first aid.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have indoor and outdoor facilities for lunch.

There is a shop and we always ask schools if they wish to visit the shop.


Are there disabled facilities?

It depends on the activity which has been chosen.  We do our best to include all children.  Many of the activities require travel over rough ground.


What are your opening days and hours?

We are able to take schools from around 9.30 am until 3pm.

Schools or other groups can book for out of hours sessions such as Den Building and Fire by Friction.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

We always send feedback forms out with schools as they leave.  We have ten categories for judgment and our cumulative score at the time of writing is 4.7 out of 5.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Environment Centres Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English Environmental Studies Geography Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December