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.
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.
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.
Dexter 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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