Where We Live

Ferry Meadows New Badger Play Area

May 4, 2016

Very close to where we live is the fantastic Country Park, Ferry Meadows. It is a beautiful area of lakes, woodlands and meadows tied together with footpaths, dotted with activity centres and play areas and even a little train. There is always something to do and they host a range of fun, educational activities (which I’ve written about in many previous posts) and just recently they have built a new children’s play area. We have been and had a look and just had to share it with you!

What was originally the Overton play area was closed in October last year and local groups such as Little Miracles (a support group and charity for families that have children with disabilities), St Botolphs Church of England Primary School and 1st Orton Wistow Guides have all helped to shape the future of play in this area of Ferry Meadows.DSC_0155

The new play area, known as Badger play area, has been built on land that gets quite wet and boggy so the team incorporated a maze of swampy ditches that now collect rain water. Going across these are a series of bridges, stepping stones and big tree trunks which lead to a huge badger den in the middle with a larger-than-life, willow badger.DSC_0161

The largest piece and by far the most noticeable is the large climbing structure in the middle of the park. It has 2 high up dens that are covered with logs. A bridge walkway joins them in the middle and access to them is through a climbing tower at each end. One climbing tower has a slide, the other a tunnel and beneath the walkway is a basket swing that easily seats four children.

Around the badger play area there are also some other swings, a sunken trampoline and 3 climbing trees to challenge you.

DSC_0157Dexter turns 3 next month and happily ran around the swampy areas and could navigate the climbing structures with a little help. There was also a large scout group there that were flying around it all energetically and Liam and I had a go too, so it is easily suited to most age groups.

I asked Dexter what marks he would like to give the badger play area out of 10. He didn’t understand what I meant so I asked him to tell me a number. He gives it 4/10 – but that doesn’t mean anything because he is two! He did say he had a great time though! We found it super fun.

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough City Centre and just two miles east of the A1. It is a very popular area of the city. Entry is free but car parking charges do apply. Cost for this as well as directions and all other information can be found on their website here.

There are plans for a new ‘active’ fox play area to go near the water sports centre. Design work is due to start on this one later this year with completion expected around spring 2018.

I have not received any compensation for this review. I just believe it to be a lovely area and well worth a visit. I can’t tell you the amount of times we have had picnics and barbecues or just spent long days here. Please do visit, it’s truly lovely but please also be respectful and follow the park code.

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  • Reply Joff May 4, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for the review Leslie, good to see Liam managed to enjoy it as much as Dexter 😉 How was Dexter climbing up to the higher sections? Younger children struggle on the play equipment by the boating lake so I’m hoping the Badger play area has this sorted.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I’ve just heard that the one near the boating lake is going to be changed too into a fox play area (I’ve just added that into the review too).
      Dexter was a little nervous as there were a lot of bigger kids there (scouts group) There are some bits that stick out to put feet on to climb straight up the towers but these were just slightly too hard for Dexter. He happily made his way up the tunnel though and managed the walk way on his own so mostly it should be ok with minimal help. Plus running around the ditches is great! 🙂

  • Reply Fran Back With A Bump May 4, 2016 at 7:21 am

    This looks a great place! #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 4, 2016 at 8:02 am

      It really is. We’re lucky to live so close as this is just one small part of the country park

  • Reply Kat May 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Oh wow how fantastic, it sounds like you’ve made some wonderful memories here 🙂 #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Yeah, its a brilliant place 🙂

  • Reply Crummy Mummy May 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This looks like an AMAZING park! I’ve never seen anything like this before! #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      It’s fantastic. I highly recommend.

  • Reply Helen Gandy May 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Oh this looks great Leslie, I will have to go check it out with Alfie, we are so close to Ferry Meadows! I am a bit disappointed with the car parking charges though as they are quite steep! Lovely review and thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Yeah, I agree. I can see why they’ve started charging, they do so much and provide so many activities, most of which are free but maybe there should only be a charge if you’re there for a certain amount of time perhaps.
      But yeah, go and see it, it’s a fab little park. I can’t wait to see the Fox play area when it’s built!

  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) May 4, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Ooh we see really close too but haven’t made it to the New Park yet, it wasn’t open everyday when I tried to go before but thanks for the reminder! Love ferry meadows! Xx #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Yeah we had a look a few times too before it opened. Have fun

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