A very popular activity in the area is fishing. Coarse fishing is available either on the Lido, (pictured below) or the river Welland that passes along the edge of the town.
These are also good places for bird watching. The back road between here and Spalding is a one track road that meaders along the riverside where there is always a wide variety of birds to observe including herons, grebes and owls.
You may also be able to see the beautiful Percheron Shire horses that bred in the area and are often grazing on the riverbank.
For the golfing enthusiast, Thorney Lakes Golf club is just 6 miles away. Play on one of their two 18 hole courses or the par 3 nine hole course and then relax in their restaurant. Alternatively, visit the restaurant for Sunday lunch. For full information visit www.thorneylakes.co.uk/
For those who like to get airborne Crowland has it's own airfield where you can take gliding lessons, or just take a trip in a glider. visit http://www.psgc.co.uk/ for full details. A short drive away is Sibson airfield where the more active of you can jump out of the plane, attached to a parachute. They offer tandem jumps for the more nervous.
Peterborough offers a wide range of leisure facilities. If the weather is good, a must is a visit to central Park that has just been voted the top attraction by local people. It's a 'beautiful city centre park with paddling pool, sunken garden, sensory garden, aviary, bowling green, putting green, tennis courts, bowling, children's play area, picnic area, paddling pool, sandpit, formal gardens and the Buttercross Tearooms'.
Apart from visitng Cenrtal Park a trip to Ferry Meadows is a must. Facilities include lakes, playareas, Caravan Club site, watersports centre, cycle hire, visitor centre and shop. Nene Park stretches over 6 miles along the River Nene and offers formal and informal leisure activities. There are meadows and woods, for birdwatching and pleasant walks, a collection of modern sculptures and an extensive network of cycleways. There are two 18 "pay and play" golf courses and pitch and putt.
Bring your bike and cycle around the lakes. Bikes are availabe for hire too. Visit the lakeside centre and have a go at a range of water sports, or go horse riding.
A trip on the Nene Valley Steam Railway is a very popular day out. Visit their website for timetable and special event information. http://www.nvr.org.uk/
If the weather precludes outdoor activities, you can choose to go ice skating, swimming,or ten pin bowling. Why not arrange a visit to the lovely Key Theatre (shown here) on the river enbankment, or take in a show at the Cressett, or the Broadway theatres, and of course there's always the cinema.
If you've always wanted to learn to dive, Gildenburgh Water the First UK Centre of Excellence for diving is just a short 15 minute drive away. Its facilities have been recognised by PADI as a 5 Star Career Development Centre (the highest rating achievable). The lake has been a developing sanctuary for fish and lush plant life since 1945 when the former brickworks closed down. With varying depths from 1m to 22m, it is considered by many divers to be the best diving centre in the country.
If other watersports are for you then visit Tallington Lakes 20 mins away. There you will find 160 acres of naturally spring fed, clean, clear water, offering water skiing, wake boarding windsurfing, sailing and canoeing on the finest lakes in the UK, presenting two exclusive jetski lakes with comprehensive facilities. Have a meal on the lakeside terrace and watch the skiers or just take in the view. To see the wide range of facilities o noffer here visit http://www.tallington.com/