Celebrate The Fens Day


Fascinating Fens are excited to announce the first “Celebrate The Fens” Day, will take place on 20th June 2020.

Due to covid 19 some of our original events cannot take place, but there are fantastic ways you can take part in the celebration…



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, 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

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…

Virtual Events on Celebrate the Fens day…

Activities for Celebrate the Fens day…

Stretham Old Engine: Instructions for building your own model beam engine. Plus photos, comics and articles…
Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey will be sharing a quiz, photos and showing how to make a pomander…
Wisbech museum are doing videos and crafts based on their amazing butterfly collection in collaboration with University of Cambridge…

The Fens Biosphere are asking you what the fens means to you? Join in by writing on their sheet and take a photo holding it…

Kaitlin Ferguson shows how the fens inspires her art work and invites you to join in #ArtAndTheFens …

Fen Speak are capturing the fens through their amazing poetry…
Projects for children and families about fen farming, draining and eels…
Fascinating fens have great activities to get involved in, why not join the Giant community eel project…

…or colour in picture of the fens….

Learn about Hereward the Wake: A Facebook Live event at 7.30pm (please join their page by 6pm)…

Blogs for Celebrate the fens day…

Elaine the Owl Whistler has written a lovely blog about owls and the fens…
Benjamin Langley tells us why the fens inspire his stories…
Andrew Dunn describes his enjoyment of cycling in the fens…

Virtual tours or real life walks for Celebrate the Fens day…

Great walks to follow from the Fenedge trails…
Take a virtual tour of Crowland Abbey…
A great video from Farmer Luke and Farmer Clive (Ondaintree farm) about food and farming for kids and families.

Music for Celebrate the Fens day…

Penland Phezants and Phezants Tail are sharing a great collection of their fen songs…
Isle ave a Shanty will be launching their new song “Fishermen of Ely”…
Eeli’s eel song: Eels are really important to Ely, for children to sing along to…

Videos and podcasts for Celebrate the Fens day…

Lyddie Pinfold’s podcasts “Lens from the Fens” explore nature and photography…
The Fenland Coddiwompler loves exploring the fens and camping, follow some of his adventures…
Hear why Fascinating fens loves the fens…

A massive thank you to everyone who has helped in someway to hopefully make the day a success, it couldn’t work without everyone’s support. We would love any feedback about the day, which would help us in the future.

We would like to thank the following organisations who were originally holding events, which were cancelled due to covid 19: Babylon Gallery Ely (photograph exhibition capturing the fens), Stretham Old engine open day, Elgoods Brewery open day and tour, Cambridge open studio pop up gallery at Wicken fen. We are waiting to hear about Crowland abbey’s event originally planned for Sunday 21st, including tours and activities, but due to covid 19 it is unlikely.

Accommodation to explore the fens after restrictions…

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…

How did it start?

The idea for the day began on social media when Fascinating Fens asked it’s followers whether a Celebrate the Fens day would be welcomed. We were overwhelmed by the positive responses and suggestions. We then asked for ideas about what day it could be held, possible ideas included: harvest time due to farming in the fens, Plough Monday due to farming and Molly dancing traditions, the anniversary of drainage of the fens, winter time due to swans feeds at Welney and Spring times due to returning wildlife. After considering all of the ideas, it was decided to hold it on the longest day, to give as much time as possible during the day to explore the fens and hopefully more time to witness it’s beautiful landscapes and sunsets.

How will you celebrate on “Celebrate the Fens Day”?

Coming soon…

Celebrate the Fens Day

18th -20th June 2021


It’s never too early to start getting ready for Celebrate the Fens day 2021 which will be 19th June, but will last the whole weekend. Let us know if you want to be involved or if you would like to provide sponsorship.

Examples of activities can include everything from people posting photos about the fens using #CelebrateTheFens to events being put on by venues such as free/reduced entry to heritage sites. Other examples can be: blogging about camping, rambling, writing a poem about the fens, a guided tour, visit an open day, painting group outside, community meet up to discuss memories of the fens, a talk and trails. Each activity/event registered, will feature on this website.

Fascinating Fens believes in promoting 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 email us if you are interested in putting on a event/activity, and we will ask you to complete a registration form.