Fascinating Fens are excited to announce the “Celebrate The Fens” Day, will be returning on 19th June 2021 (for the whole weekend 18th-20th).
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, 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 2021
Would you like to be involved with Celebrate the fens day 19th June 2021 (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 2021 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:
Get outside and explore the fens with a Open day:
Wisbech Castle Open Day:
Saturday 19th June, 10am-4pm. Free open day exploring the history of the Castle, it’s garden, exhibition and underground vaults. More details
Crowland Abbey Open Day:
Saturday 19th June, 10am – 4pm, Free open day exploring the Abbey with tours and trails. More details
Guided walking tours and self guided tours in the Fens:
Kings Lynn guided River walk and Shakespeare Guildhall:
Saturday 19th 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. More details
Chatteris Little Acre Pocket Park Nature guided walking tour:
Saturday 19th June, 10am – 4pm. A lovely nature walking tour exploring Chatteris’s Little Acre. Free walking nature tours. Please pre-book. More details
Thorney “Island” guided Fen Edge Trail walking tour:
Sunday 20th June, 2pm -4pm. Brought to you by the Thorney Museum and Cambs Geological Society. Must be pre-booked. More details.
The Great Fen Nature Guided Walk:
Saturday 19th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Join a wonderful walking nature tour around the Great Fen. More details.
Downham Market self guided walk:
Available from Discover Downham’s Website, find out about the Gingerbread Town.
South Holland (Lincolnshire) self guided walks:
Available from South Holland council website include Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck and Gedney.
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
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.
Fen Folks Friday: Celebrate The Fens launch evening
A free zoom talk, Friday 18th June, 7.30-9.30pm, please book in advance. Talking all things to Celebrate the fens, with Special Guest Francis Pryor.
Cambridgeshire Libraries: 24 hr Social media Fen-a-thon.
Catch the Cambridgeshire libraries fen book carousel and 24hr fen-a-thon of posts on social media, find out more. Also some nice book exhibitions in some libraries.
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.
Celebrate The Fens Activities:
Babylon Gallery Ely: Edge of the Fens Exhibition
Free All weekend. Featuring paintings on canvas, wood, and paper, felted textile works and drawings on fabric, Edge of the Fens offers a variety of perspectives on the unique and wonderful landscape of the local area. More details
Ely Museum Fen Family Activities:
19th & 20th June, 10:30am – 4pm
Join us for an interactive, family-friendly opportunity to find out more about the Fenland landscape and creatively respond to it. Free. More details.
Wicken Fen Nature Activities:
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June: Dragonfly Safaris (11.30 and 2pm) and guided bird walks (10am). Must be booked in advance: 01353 720274
The Farmland Museum Denny Abbey:
The Farmland Museum are doing various children’s activities and opening their new fen house exhibit. More details.
Art in the Fens:
Kaitlin Ferguson invites you to create artwork inspired by walking in the fens. Find out more.
Wisbech Museum: Butterfly crafts
Wisbech museum have 2 great Butterfly craft videos based on their butterfly collection. 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:
Saturday 19th June, Nigel Amos is Abbot Turold who snatches back the gold and silver. Turold will tour Ramsey from 10am to 11am before being at Pondersbridge from 12 Noon to 1pm and arriving back at Peterborough Cathedral at 4pm and the final celebrations outside the cathedral of the Hereward Rising! event featuring the Hereward Charity Challenge.
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:
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
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…
For those eager to get prepared for next year…