Events and Activities:

Community Lockdown eel

Fascinating fens are collaborating with Visit Ely and Babylon Arts to bring you a great community event inspired by the fens and Eel Day.  We are asking everyone (adults and children) if they would like to help us create a very long “colour me in” eel.  All you have to do is download the free picture. It’s then up to you be as imaginative and creative as you wish.  The eel drawing can be decorated using anything including felt tips, crayons, glitter, collage, etc. 

We will announce a date when possible, and invite you all to come along to join it together, to hopefully be the biggest coloured eel ever.  You don’t have to live in Ely to take part.  When the time comes to get creative, why not share a photo on social media of your progress.  You can do as many as you wish. 

The finished picture can either be put in the Ely Tourist information letter box or scanned and emailed to us.

Free Fascinating fens colour me in cards downloads:

If you know someone who is need of cheering up at the moment, why not download these free colour me in cards. Print them, colour them in and send them to someone you want to make smile. There is even space for your own message on the front of the card. There are two designs: Wizzy the hedgehog in the garden with a rainbow and owls across the fens. A great activity for children or adults. Please also feel free to share pictures of your completed ones on fascinating fens social media pages.

Celebrate the Fens day

The first #CelebrateTheFens day will be taking place on 20th June 2020.

Please note due to Covid 19, we are unsure yet which of the previously confirmed events will be taking place, we will keep you updated. However, please note Celebrate the fens day 2020 will still be going ahead, even if only virtually at this stage.

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 fascinatingfens@outlook.com 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. We also have a provisional date for Celebrate the fens day 2021, which will be 19th June.

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

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

What will you do on Celebrate The Fens Day…….

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.

  • 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.