Following a brief closure, the newly refurbished Visitor Centre & Farm Shop in Ferry Meadows is ready to open its doors and welcome back Park visitors from 8am on Saturday (April 2).
The previously named Lakeside Farm Shop has been relocated inside the extended premises to offer an exciting new visitor experience, where shoppers will be able to pick up delicious and locally sourced produce alongside gifts, garden and homeware items.
Nene Park Trust have been working closely with rural retail industry leaders Appetite Me to update the farm shop produce ranges available within the centre, sourcing the very best food and drink items whilst continuing to support local and regional suppliers.
Among many other produce, you’ll find freshly baked bread from Kings Cliffe Bakery, fresh meat and pies from The Peterborough Game Company and chilli sauces and scorching seasonings from Badgers Artisan Foods.
Also stocked are oriental sauces and noodles from Yau’s Foods, award winning natural fruit ciders handcrafted in Cambridgeshire by Cranes Drinks, and handmade fudge from ethical supplier Fudged Up in Grantham. Our product range will change with the seasons, introducing locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables alongside a selection of premium quality fresh lamb, born and reared on the Nene Park Rural Estate.
Visitors will have the opportunity to try before they buy with regular tasting days running throughout the year. Pop in to try tasters from new suppliers such as Savoursmiths Crisps, Ferneleys Ice Cream, Papworth Brewery and Jennys Jams – all attending on dates during April.
In addition to the Farm Shop, visitors will find a delightful and unique range of gifts, garden and homeware items in store. New suppliers have been introduced alongside old favourites, with exciting additions including den kits from The Den Kit Co, natural and vegan soaps and bath salts from Isle Soap Co, and eco-friendly greeting cards designed by pointillist artist Fay Martin.
All the proceeds made from purchases will be reinvested back into Nene Park, helping to maintain and nurture its much loved greenspaces for all the community to enjoy.
Open seven days a week, with newly extended opening hours from 9am to 6pm, the Visitor Centre, Gift & Farm Shop will continue to provide useful information on the Park and things to do in the local area, as well as operating our mobility scooter loan service and stocking the ever-popular duck food.
The refurbishment of the Visitor Centre is part of Nene Park Trust’s ambitious redevelopment plans for this area of the park, which also includes the refurbishment of the Ferry Meadows Café and the toilet facilities, creating a completely refreshed visitor hub for Ferry Meadows.