There are many ways you can get involved with Fascinating fen projects, activities and events….
Calendar competition: Unfortunately this has now closed, but thankyou for everyone who got involved to make a collaborative calendar. We had over 60 entries, which made it hard to choose from. The calendar is now going to print. If you would like to pre-order a copy please get in touch. It showcases some of the beauties of the fens including heritage sites, landscapes and scenery.
Giant community 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. The eel will be part of a exhibition at Ely Cathedral.
Ongoing Projects, activities, events…
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.
Future Projects, activities and events…
Fen Folks Friday: The dates have now been confirmed for Fen Folk Fridays, this will be a pilot in the first instance. The sessions will be on a Friday evening 7.30-9.30pm via zoom. It’s a meet up opportunity for everything related to the fens including discussions and talks. If you would like to get involved please contact us. Let us know if you are interested in joining in, advertising a event or being a speaker. If you are a business, please consider sponsoring the evenings.
September 25th: guest speaker is Paul Burrows who is a Flood & Coastal Risk Manager for the River Great Ouse catchment at the Environment Agency. Paul will share how the uniqueness of the Fens and the importance of flood management infrastructure has captured his heart and is challenging his brain. He’ll provide an overview as to how the Environment Agency are working with other organisations to face the challenge of a changing climate in an area that is so very dependent upon the effective availability and management of water. For more info and to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fen-folks-fridays-september-2020-tickets-121714241573
Greet with a seat: A project aimed at helping businesses and venues to understand the importance of providing a seat for customers, clients and visitors to be able to rest if they have limited mobility or fatigue, which may help them to feel they can access places easier. The logo will help show people that businesses support this campaign.
Fen collectors memories box: We’ll be asking the public for donations of photos, items and memorabilia that symbolise the fens to help create boxes for reminiscence therapy and education sessions.
Previous Fascinating fen projects, activities and events…
Fascinating Fens was excited to announce the first “Celebrate The Fens” Day, 20th June 2020.
Click the logo for heaps more information about the day…
Celebrate the fens day 2021 will be 19th June(with events all weekend 18th -20th).
Other 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.
Volunteer with us…
If you like the types of activities, events, projects that fascinating fens offer, and if you agree with our values and aims, please consider volunteering with us. Currently we can only offer basic training, but would love our volunteer programme to develop in the future. All you need to join us is a passion for the fens. Please email us for more information.
There are many ways to support us to be able to contiune to promote the fens, these include:
- Volunteer with us (as above)
- Sponsor a event or project
- Share your photos, memories, knowledge with us on social media (Twitter and Facebook)
- Join in with our projects that promote the fens
- Help us to create a fen memories collectors box by offering items/pictures relating to the fens
- Network with us if you are a charity, community group, business or organisation in the fens.