Between Monday 18 to Sunday 31 July 2016, a whole fortnight of over 100 local events will celebrate the Ouse Washes Landscape and Communities. There’s plenty happening at a variety of venues right on our doorsteps, spanning across the landscape from Downham Market to St Ives. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the fascinating Ouse Washes area, local wildlife and habitats and traditional Fenland life. OuseFest is sure to be lots of fun and a great way to reminisce about the old days, think about the Ouse Washes of the future and enjoy everything the beautiful local area has to offer.
OuseFest, which attracted over 3,000 visitors in 2015, is organised by the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership and is a celebration of everything that makes the Ouse Washes Landscape and surrounding Fenland area great. You can become a Nature Explorer at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes; discover life under the water with a Botany Fun Day at WWT Welney Wetland Centre; explore our local history on a Museums Trail including Prickwillow Museum; see the landscape from a different point of view on a Kite Aerial Photography Workshop; and let off some steam at one of the Family Fun Days happening across the area. There is sure to be something for all ages!
A key date is an exciting OuseFest Fun Day taking place in Manea on Saturday 23 July between 11am – 5pm. There will be lots of fun activities held at Manea Pit Nature Reserve and RSPB Ouse Washes (with a shuttle bus between the sites). At Manea Pit Nature Reserve there will be pond dipping, angling sessions, a quiz in the community orchard and a guided walk around Manea. There will be face painting, bouncy castle and refreshments available to purchase. At RSPB Ouse Washes, join a fascinating guided walk, take part in a nature trail, try out a mini-beasting kit and explore stalls from some wonderful organisations.
Throughout the festival there will also be lots of opportunities to learn about our fantastic cultural heritage with a variety of events including village walking tours, poetry workshops, folklore talks, art trails, photography exhibitions, theatre performances, craft workshops and film festivals.
Sara Marshall, Countryside Engagement & Marketing Officer at the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership says “last year’s OuseFest was so much fun and we’re incredibly excited to celebrate again this year with even more events and partners; there’s something for everyone to help connect with the local area, have some fun and meet new people in their communities”.
Check out the full OuseFest programme at www.ousewashes.org.uk/ousefest, or pick one up in hundreds of shops, cafes, pubs and other venues from the end of May.
You can download the OuseFest brochure by clicking the button below.
OuseFest Program 2016 Brochure