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New Faces at Ferry Meadows

As spring approaches, we are making sure the Park is ready for the busiest season.

Existing tenants, such as the Ferry Meadows Railway, have been readying themselves for the new season too. New turntables have been installed and carriages cleaned and this year you will see the introduction of a steam engine operating on the miniature railway for the very first time. Known as "No.44" it is a half-size replica of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway locomotives built one hundred years ago in Glasgow. Several examples are still in use today on the Darjeeling Railway in India. Locomotive No.44 was designed and built from full size plans by local man Laurence Hall with use on the Ferry Meadows Railway in mind and has taken seventeen years to complete! It is thought that No.44 is the only 10.1/4" scale steam Darjeeling locomotive in Britain or even the world.

From the start of the 2013 season it is planned to operate No.44 on Sundays and on certain days during the school holidays with "Charles" running at other times.

Other new attractions include a new caterer, Regmi and Sons, at the Ferry Meadows Café near the Visitor Centre and a new boat concession, Captain's Folly, on Overton Lake. Raj Regmi opens the Ferry Meadows Café on 1 March and will be offering an array of delicious foods from breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

The Captain's Folly is a 1969 Blakeney built GRP simulated clinker boat, used for many years as a crabbing boat at Great Yarmouth on the east coast before becoming a pleasure trip boat. The Captain's Folly is operating Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10 am on Overton Lake. Cruises last approximately 30 minutes, so just turn up and enjoy a peaceful boat ride whilst spotting the great wildlife on the lake. The Captain's Folly will operate every day from the beginning of March throughout the season.

We also have other attractions returning for the season such a Nene Glides with their Segway tours and Zorb Leisure operating the hydrospheres on Lynch Lake."

Despite the Watersports Centre and Lakeside Café closing for rebuild at the end of March it is set to be a busy year in Ferry Meadows with a number of events planned. At just £4 a day to park, at weekends, Ferry Meadows remains a great value day out for all the family.