The first #CelebrateTheFens day will be taking place on 20th June 2020.
We’re asking people and organistions of the Fens to do their “thing” to promote the fens. This could be anything from holding an event, camping, writing a poem, putting a photo on social media or leading/joining a tour. The ideas can be endless, but we ask you to consider our values of promoting and exploring the fens through heritage, nature, creativity, wellbeing and accessibility.
If you would like to hold an event in the Fens to “Celebrate the Fens” please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a registration form
The concept of Celebrate The Fens day started when we (Fascinating Fens) asked our followers if they believed it to be a good idea to have a celebrate the fens day, we had an overwhelming response to say “Yes”. This date has been decided, after several great suggestions, as the longest day gives people longer in the day to admire the beauty of our fascinating fens. More details to be realised soon.
If you would like to sponsor the event, please also get in touch with us. this would enable us to be able to promote the event even more.
Confirmed activities/events for Celebrate The Fens day:
Wisbech and Fenland Museum: 20th June, 11am-3pm, “Fenland Wildlife”, find out more about the wildlife of the fens and take part in a range of animal-themed crafts. Suitable for families. The activity cost £1 per child, but entrance to the museum is free. There are local town car parks free of charge and in easy reach of the museum. The museum is wheelchair accessible from the Wilderness walk entrance via market street. For more information please see http://www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk
Babylon Art Gallery Ely: A photo exhibition called “Capturing the fens” will be held from Friday 5th June to Sunday 28th June (Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm). Encouraging both professional and amateur photographers to show their photos of the fens. More details regarding submissions will be released soon http://www.babylonarts.org.uk
Crowland Abbey: Open day on sunday 21st June, 1pm -5pm. Events include: bellringing demonstrations, tours to the belfry, graveyard tours, Crowland quest treasure trail, tours of the abbey and childrens trails. The event is free, but donations are welcome. 95% of the abbey is wheelchair accessible. Large free car park. http://www.crowlandabbey.org.uk
Elgoods Brewery Wisbech: Visit the brewery for a tour (including beer tasting), and their beautiful gardens. This historic brewery in the fens was built in 1795. June 20th, 12 noon until 4pm. Brewery tour is at 2pm (limited spaces to maximum of 20 people). Reduced entrance fees for Celebrate the fens day: brewery tour and garden £6 each or just garden for £4. The garden and visitor centre are wheelchair accessible, but the brewery tour is not accessible for people with limited mobility due to stairs. Car park on site. http://www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk
Cambridge Open Studios: Pop up gallery at Wicken fen. 20th and 21st June, as part of “Isle of Ely Arts festival”.
What will you do on Celebrate The Fens Day…….
- Write a blog about the fens
- Take a ramble in the countryside
- Join a heritage tour
- Go star gazing at nights in the fens
- Follow a nature trail
- Set up a workshop for traditional fen crafts
- Meet with a group of friends to reminisce about the fens
- Attend a organised event as listed
- Write a post for social media using #CelebrateTheFens
- Go for a cycle ride, run or dance in the fens.
- Go camping in the fens
- Do mindfulness outside in the fens
- Fly a kite, juggle, splash in a puddle or walk a pet in the fens
- Have a picnic in the fens
- Take photographs of the countryside, heritage, sunsets.
- Have a social event outside in the fens
- Be inspired by the fens and write a poem or draw a picture
- Take a boat ride to explore the waterways
Previous Fascinating Fens Events:
Fascinating fens has participated in several previous events including: helping to repair an eel at the Babylon for the eel day parade, providing a drawing for a kids colouring in competition at Soham pumpkin fair and attending the Madhatters campsite open event. We have also participated in “meet the author” events at Wisbech library and Prickwillow museum. If you would like fascinating to help or attend your event, please email us.
Fascinating fens have also created “colour me in” Christmas, notelets and Easter cards which feature or make reference to many Fen places/traditions. In 2018, bundles of these were given for free to brownies, the library and the tourist information. They can be purchased at various events. A free colouring card/map/bookmark featuring Muscovy and Eeli is available at Ely train station.
If you would like Fascinating fens to attend your event to give a talk on “Why are the fens fascinating?” or to help with craft/story writing events please contact us.