Saturday, 8 June 2013

Camping at Ferry Meadows Caravan Club Site, Peterborough

Ferry Meadows Caravan Club Site
Having had to cancel our Easter camping trip due to extremely wet weather, we were really looking forward to getting away at May Day, and the weather did not disappoint, with fantastic sunshine all weekend.

Ferry Meadows  is a huge caravan site, by  Caravan Club standards - nearly 300 pitches, and is located extremely close to the East of England Showground, making it ideal if you wish to visit any events held there.

Due to the size of the site, there are two shower and loo blocks which are the usual Caravan Club standard, which are closed for cleaning at staggered times.  This is great when you look at your watch and realise you have just 5 minutes to go about your ablutions before the block closes for 1.5 hours.



The site attracts a lot of families, and also groups of families camping together, so that Bank Holiday weekend there was almost a carnival feel to the site, with folks sitting outside to enjoy the much-missed sunshine, barbequing, having a class of wine and socialising, and lots of children relishing the freedom of cycling or scooting around the site. 

The site was probably livelier and noisier than a normal weekend, however, to add to the festivities, "TruckFest" was on at the Showground over the May Day Bank Holiday.  Now I love lorries as much as the next person (!), but there is only so much hooting and hinking of truck horns a person can stand from 9 am to 11:30 pm every day.   

Be aware too that if you are sensitive to noise, or have kids who love ice cream, that there is an ice cream van, owned by the same business that does the fish and chip van (Friday and Saturday evening), which tours the site from 7:15 pm (when the chip van has finished frying) and plays an annoying little number dozens and dozens of times for an hour or so ......

There's stacks of stuff to do from the site - bikes are essential to get the most of the adjacent country park, which is also good for walking and accessible for wheelchairs.  There is the delightful Nene Valley Steam Railway  an easy walk away from the site - we were lucky and got pulled by "Thomas the Tank Engine" on one journey. 

Nene Valley Steam Railway - Thomas the Tank Engine

The pretty market town of  Stamford is about ten miles away, which is lovely to stroll round, with it's wide selection of independent shops.  And of course, the city of  Peterborough is only three miles away (and the end of the line for the Nene Valley Railway), with a wide choice of eateries, shops and bars.

Stamford, Lincolnshire
Would we visit Ferry Meadows again?  Absolutely -  it has been added to our "Favourites" list.  However, we would check very carefully what was on at the East of England Showground first!
 
All photographs copyright AvailablePitch.com 2013



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