Celebrate The Fens Day


Fascinating Fens are excited to announce the “Celebrate The Fens” Day, will be returning on 18th June 2022 (for the whole weekend 17th-19th).

There will be a mixture of actual and virtual events taking place, how will you get involved and celebrate?



Celebrate the fens day aims to:

  • To have a massive celebration that brings communities together throughout all parts of the fens
  • To showcase to all, the unique landscapes, townscapes, heritage, nature and beauty of the fens through events and activities on the day
  • To encourage the values of promoting and exploring the fens through heritage, creativity, nature, wellbeing and accessibility

Celebrate The Fens Day 2022

Would you like to be involved with Celebrate the fens day 18th June 2022 (actually for the whole weekend)? There are loads of ways to get involved by putting on your own event or joining ones already being organised.

Events already planned for 2022 include:

Fascinating Fens believes in bringing people together to explore and promote the Fens through “Heritage”, “Creativity”, “Nature”, “Wellbeing” and “Accessibility”. We would ask that you try to incorporate at least one of these themes in your event/activity. Please use the #CelebrateTheFens in your social media. If you would like to arrange a community event, please email us for a discussion first and a registration form. For more details of arranging an event

A huge thank you to all organisations, individuals, charities, and groups getting involved by providing a variety of fentastic events and activities all over the fens, including heritage open days, guided walks/tours, craft activities, exhibitions, nature trails, music, films, poetry, talks and competitions. See our growing list below, which will continuously be updated and more details for the events will be released soon:

Fascinating Fens Events/activities for Celebrate The Fens weekend:

Fen Folks Friday: Celebrate The Fens launch evening

A free zoom talk, Friday 17th June, 7.30-9.30pm, please book in advance. Talking all things to Celebrate the fens, with music, poetry and special guests..

Secret Fens: An illustrated talk

Saturday 18th June, 7pm. Join Karen the author of Secret Fens, for a illustrated talk about the book, meet and greet, and the official launch of the book. More details…

The Fens Calendar competition 2022:

Calling fen folk who love taking photos. Join in with our free fen calendar competition which launches on Celebrate the fens day, more details

Get outside and explore the fens with a Open day:

Crowland Abbey Open Day:

Saturday 18th June, 10am – 4pm, Free open day exploring the Abbey with tours, bell ringing and trails. More details

Madeleine’s Patch Open Day:

Saturday 18th June 10am – 4pm, Free open day exploring the wildflower meadow nature reserve, with trails, pond dipping, and stalls. More details

Chatteris Little Acre Pocket Park Nature Open Day:

Saturday 18th June, 10am – 4pm. A lovely nature walking tour exploring Chatteris’s Little Acre. Free walking nature tours. Please pre-book. More details

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Open Day:

Sunday 19th June, 11am -4pm: free Open day, exploring the museum and the Cowbit Wash exhibition. More details …

New Life Old West, Open for Nature Day:

Saturday 18th June, 11 – 2pm, free open day including wildflower surveying, bug hotels, and stories of ‘natural hero’s’. More details…

Guided walking tours and activities in the Fens:

Kings Lynn guided River walk and Shakespeare Guildhall:

Saturday 18th June, 11am – 2pm. A delightful tour combining a visit to St George’s Guildhall – Britain’s Largest Medieval Guildhall & Oldest Working Theatre – with a tour of the town from both banks of the River Great Ouse. Must be pre-booked. tbc

Fen Edge Trail walking tour:

TBC Cambs Geological Society. Must be pre-booked. More details.

The Great Fen Nature Guided Walk:

Saturday 18th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Join a wonderful walking nature tour around the Great Fen. More details.

Boston Ramblers:

tbc

Discover Downham activities:

Friday 17th June 10-4 and Saturday 18th 10-1. Visit Discover Downham in Downham Market for their heritage centre, St. Winnolds Horse Video/ exhibition and downloadable self guided walking trails. More details…

Picture Ely:

Sunday 19th June, 10am -3pm. The Ely Arts Festival are inviting people to paint or draw Ely. More details…

Competitions:

Spot/Wave the Fenland Flag:

Keep a look out for Fen Flags flying this weekend. Maybe even fly your own (see shop page for where you can get one). Where’s the strangest place, you can spot a Fen Flag? Share your photos on social media.

Virtual events:

Fen Speak: Fen Poetry and words.

Join in by sending poems, stories and writing to Fen Speak. They will be sharing all entries on day. More details.

Join in from your home with virtual tours, videos and activities:

Wisbech Tunnels virtual tour:

In 2021, Wisbech tunnels have been created in a virtual tour. Explore more here.

“Colour me in” fen bunting:

Download and print free paper bunting featuring the fen flag, Celebrate the fens logo, and Fascinating fen tails.

Wisbech ArtSpace Minecraft Virtual Art Trail:

If you love the virtual world, take a look at Wisbech from a different perspective. Take a look at various artwork designed/made by local people. The work includes: poems, sculptures, painting and much more. explore more here.

South Holland (Lincolnshire) self guided walks:

Available from South Holland council website include Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck and Gedney.

Celebrate The Fens Activities:

Wisbech Museum: Butterfly crafts

Wisbech museum have 2 great Butterfly craft videos based on their butterfly collection. Find out more

Art in the Fens:

Kaitlin Ferguson invites you to create artwork inspired by walking in the fens. Find out more.

Keep an eye/ear out for:

Celebrate the Fens on Radio:

Thanks to the following radio stations:

  • Greatest Hits Radio Norfolk and Suffolk
  • BBC Norfolk
  • BBC Cambs
  • BBC Lincolnshire
  • Star Radio

Hereward The Wake project:

Fascinating Fens June 2022 Newsletter:

See the latest copy of our newsletter, or sign up for a our free quarterly copy, for local news about the fens.

Music from “Isle ave a Shanty”:

Check out their link to hear their songs such as “Fishermen of Ely”.

Music from Penland Phezants and Phezants Tale:

Check out their link to hear some great Fen inspired songs

Celebrate The Fens in the Papers:

Thanks to the following newspapers:

  • Wisbech Standard
  • Cambs New
  • Wisbech Citizen
  • Ely Standard
  • Spalding Today

Video clips: Fen Coddiwompler:

View delightful video clips as the Fen Coddiwompler explore the fens.

Video clips: Farmer Luke:

View interesting videos about fen farming for children (also interesting to help adults learn).

Fenland On Film:

View interesting videos about the Fens.

Do your own activity on Celebrate the Fens day:

If you are doing your own event or activity it must feature the fens, examples can be having a picnic in the fens, go camping, rambling, blog about your favourite fen place, do a self-tour of a local town, put photos on social media, visit a local nature reserve, meet friends to share memories of the fens, paint outside or download our free activity sheets from our website (puzzles, quizzes, craft). Please also feel free to use the #CelebrateTheFens, on the day. Please do your activity safely and within current covid restrictions.

Explore the Fens on Celebrate the Fens day…

The photos in the virtual gallery below suggest examples of an itinerary for the Celebrate the fens day or activities that you may wish to do as part of the celebration:

Virtual gallery…

History of Celebrate the Fens day:

  • How did it start?
  • How did we Celebrate the first Celebrate the Fens day 2020?
  • Feedback from Previous days

Find out more…

Thank you to the organisations who have given their support, advice and help with promotion of the event, including:

  • Wisbech Town Council
  • Cambs Acre
  • Visit West Norfolk and Kings Lynn
  • Spotted in Ely
  • Support Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire Voluntary services (CCVS).

Accommodation to explore the fens…

Elms Farm Holiday Cottages are a collection of nine step free converted barns and stables in the beautiful Lincolnshire Fens…
Head Fen Country Retreat the perfect luxury hideaway to enjoy a relaxing and tranquil break in the beautiful fenland countryside…
Foxes narrowboats: explore the fenland waterways…

For those eager to get prepared for next year…

Celebrate the Fens day….17th June 2023… how will you celebrate?