Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the masses of activities on offer during this year’s Nene Valley Festival, which took place from 14 - 22 September and was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund via Nenescape.
The festival offered something for the whole family with hundreds of events and attractions across the Nene Valley and officially launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Peterborough on Saturday 14 September.
After the Chair of Destination Nene Valley, Andrew Langley, and Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council Cllr Dudley Hughes had cut the ribbon, there was a huge range of activities including children’s face painting, medieval purse making and coin striking which were enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
Cllr Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Councillor and board member for the Destination Nene Valley project said about the festival, “From culture to nature and everything in between, this year’s festival really highlighted the variety of activities on offer and the wonderful towns and villages, country parks and architecture along the Nene Valley. We were delighted that the sun shone in Peterborough for our official opening ceremony and throughout the festival, especially after our finale event last year was cancelled due to the weather.”
This year’s festival highlights included a Heritage Family Fun Day at Rushden Lakes, Food and Drink Festival at Barnwell Country Park and Cyclefest at Stanwick Lakes.
To round off a fun-filled week of activities, the local community and visitors turned out for the ‘Come and Meet the Settlers’ event at Stanwick Lakes on Sunday 22 September.
The annual festival was celebrating its sixth year and is delivered through the Destination Nene Valley project. The project aims to promote the Nene Valley as competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.
Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said, “We are so happy that people of all ages joined us to help celebrate everything the Nene Valley has to offer. The festival offered a wide range of activities, with something for everyone and we hope that residents and visitors have been inspired and continue to connect with the heritage of the Nene Valley.”
The festival is one of the key highlights within the Destination Nene Valley project that works in partnership with organisations along the River Nene including local authorities across Northamptonshire, the Environment Agency and Nenescape.
Full details about the project and for details about the 2020 festival, visit nenevalley.net or search ‘Nene Valley’ on Twitter and Facebook.