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Explore historic Cambridge by bus Departures throughout the year Make the most of your visit to Cambridge by booking a City Sightseeing tour. Tickets are available online, or buy your ticket on the bus. Tours include a free map.

Stops include: n Silver Street - The Backs n American Military Cemetery n Coton Orchard

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Welcome to the Cambridgeshire Guide, your guide to all things Cambridgeshire. Use this guide to take your first steps towards a relaxing and rewarding break in one of the most fascinating and beautiful counties in England. 4 CAMBRIDGE Discover one of Britain’s most famous, exciting and historical cities. 24 ST NEOTS This pretty town is the largest in Cambridgeshire. Cover Photo by Jamie Scott-Long 07720 287381

26 HUNTINGDONDON Historic and fascinating market town centred around the River Great Ouse. 28 ELY A beautiful cathedral and riverside location are just two reasons to visit this city of the Fens. 31 ST IVES Historic riverside market town, once the home of Oliver Cromwell. 33 PETERBOROUGH A thriving, busy and exciting city, full of things to do. 41 FOREST HEATH Discover the beauty and attractions of this countryside area. 42 THE FENS Visit this unique area formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6,000 years.


The Cambridgeshire Guide is published by Thompson Media Partners Ltd, Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge CB23 4EY. Tel. 01954 267696. For more information or to advertise in the next edition, please contact Jim Leishman on 01954 267635. Š Thompson Media Partners Ltd.

44 SOUTH CAMBS Beautiful countryside and historic places to visit. 47 ROUND UP 50 INFORMATION Map and Information Centres 3

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From world-renowned history and culture to beautiful open green spaces and the latest in shops and entertainment, Cambridge has it all.


t is no exaggeration to say that Cambridge has profoundly helped to shape the world we live in - from Newton’s law of universal gravitation to the discovery of the structure of DNA by Crick and Watson. Visitors can immerse themselves in the incredible wealth of tradition and achievements that have made this a centre for learning, famed throughout the world. Incredible architecture can be seen right across the beautiful city, from colleges and chapels to churches and courtyards. The city also boasts an impressive range of world-renowned museums, stimulating and thought-provoking galleries and historical attractions to make this a must-visit hotspot for any lover of history and culture. What’s more, Cambridge has been used as the backdrop to some of the world’s leading films. For example, more recently the city was featured in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. For those looking for some retail therapy, Cambridge is also a shoppers’ paradise, with its vast array of intriguing independent boutiques, vibrant bustling markets and brand new shopping centres that host the latest high street names Getting here is easy by coach, train or car and with no major hills and being of a compact size, Cambridge is perfect to explore by bike or on foot. And to help you get the best of the city’s historic centre why not take an Official Guided Walking Tour that can be arranged from the Visit Cambridge Tourist Information Centre or even booked online at This city is one of the most varied and culturally exciting places in the country and, with a huge array of restaurants and stylish bars, the only dilemma in an evening’s entertainment is not having enough time to do it all. With all its unique attractions and variety of places to stay, Cambridge is ideal for an exciting city break or longer holiday destination. 5

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Top to bottom Parker’s Piece, Grantchester, Jesus Green

Cambridge and the surrounding area offers an abundance of green spaces - from the city’s many beautiful parks to nearby nature reserves and gorgeous gardens in local stately homes. A stone’s throw from the city centre, Jesus Green is a beautiful stretch of parkland bordering the River Cam and the nearby Jesus College. Complete with an openair swimming pool, skate park and tennis courts, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll at any time of year. Any first-time visitor to Cambridge should take a walk along the ‘Backs’ of the riverside colleges. To really get into the Cambridge spirit, hire a bike from one of the city’s rental outlets and freewheel your way around. Take a ride across Parker’s Piece, or stop off at the nearby Christ’s Pieces where you’ll find a rose garden commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales. You might even venture out of Cambridge to some of the beautiful areas of wooded parkland with picnic sites, waymarked walks and nature trails. Back in the city centre, the University Botanic Garden is a 40-acre oasis of beautifully landscaped grounds and glasshouses that is home to a huge diversity of plants, trees and bird life. You don’t have to stray far from the city to find a wealth of natural beauty and stunning gardens to enjoy. The nearby village of Grantchester is a fantastic destination for a short walk. Beautiful meadows border the winding river as it flows from Byron’s Pool, named after the Romantic poet who was once said to bathe there. And if you’ve worked up a thirst or an appetite, stop for refreshment.


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CAMBRIDGE Cambridge has profoundly helped to shape the modern world, and there is a real sense of living history almost everywhere you look - as you might expect from a city whose University has produced 15 former British Prime Ministers and 87 affiliates of the University who have won the Nobel Prize (more than any other single institution). History and environment are inseparable in Cambridge, from the descendant of the tree outside Trinity College that inspired Sir Isaac Newton to devise his theory of gravitation to The Eagle pub where Crick and Watson sketched out the structure of DNA on a napkin. Having recently celebrated its 800th anniversary, the

University of Cambridge is home to 31 autonomous colleges. Each has its own distinctive atmosphere and rich history to soak up and enjoy - from the medieval Peterhouse (the oldest, founded in 1284) to the 20th century Churchill College (founded in 1958 in honour of Britain’s famous war-time Prime Minister). No trip would be complete without gazing upon the majestic King’s College Chapel - the picture postcard symbol of the city and its University that is known around the world. The Great Court at Trinity College, founded by the infamous Henry VIII, offers a scene that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.

The most idyllic way to see the city has to be by drifting slowly down the River Cam on a punt - a flat-bottomed boat steered and powered by a pole. Once on board,see history pass before your eyes as you take in ‘The Backs’ of the Colleges and glide under the famous Bridge of Sighs (St John’s College) or the Mathematical Bridge (Queens’ College). Not forgetting Corpus Christi College, founded by members of the Town Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, the College houses a unique collection of AngloSaxon manuscripts. Old Court is the finest surviving early medieval court in Cambridge and famous members have included the dramatist

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Christopher Marlowe. To satisfy your thirst for culture, Cambridge has everything from paintings by Titian and Picasso through to World War II fighter planes, to fossils dating back 550 million years. Its museums house some of the most fascinating and diverse collections in the world - and best of all, most are free to enter. There are exhibits to excite and inspire visitors of all ages and interests - you could wonder at treasures from the tombs of ancient Egypt in the Fitzwilliam, gaze upon a masterpiece by Rubens in King’s College Chapel, visit Concorde at The Imperial War Museum Duxford, take a trip to the North and South Poles at the Scott Polar Research

Institute, and still have time to see the specimens Darwin gathered on his famous trip on the Beagle at the Museum of Zoology. The world-famous Fitzwilliam Museum has been described as ‘the finest small museum in Europe’ and is an essential stop on any cultural itinerary of Cambridge. The diverse collection includes antiquities from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, illuminated manuscripts, armour and weaponry used by knights, as well as masterpieces by artists such as Canaletto, Cézanne, Renoir and Monet - a treasure trove not to be missed. For something completely different, try Kettle’s Yard formerly the home of Jim Ede, a curator at the Tate Gallery,

London, whose private art collection has been preserved and opened to the public in this beautiful house, alongside his furniture and household objects. Just next door is the Kettle’s Yard gallery of contemporary art, and just around the corner is the recently renovated Cambridge and County Folk Museum. Further afield, visitors to Cambridge are also spoilt for choice with beautiful stately homes such as Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Hall and just 15 miles north of Cambridge is Ely, Britain’s second smallest city and home to an aweinspiring cathedral dating back nearly 1,000 years. www. Fitzwilliam Museum


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In Cambridge there really is something for everyone; high-street names, quality independents and traditional markets, all offering an abundance of ideas to inspire even the most seasoned shopper. Cambridge is fortunate to have an exciting and brilliant mix of independent shops that should not be missed, often hidden away down beautiful winding lanes and side streets. The ‘Hidden Gems’ of the city are well worth exploring to find style and individuality in an attractive historic setting. Down by the beautiful and undulating River Cam you’ll find a mix of specialist shops, bars and restaurants scattered around the Quayside area. You can indulge yourself in the wonderful boutiques and browse the diverse shops selling everything from chocolates and jewellery to clothing and health food. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. opposite the Guildhall, every Monday to Saturday, you’ll find the famous and historic market boasting a wide array of stalls. These offer everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes and gifts, and from flowers and sweets to books and vinyl records. The Market Square changes character on Sunday as it hosts the weekly Arts, Craft and Local Produce Market. Again trading between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., this popular market is a showpiece for some of the region’s most talented artists, craftspeople, photographers and esteemed farmers. Also not to be missed is the All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market, held every Saturday, in a beautiful garden just across the road from Trinity College. This market has earned itself a justified reputation for quality handmade products and is a magnet for shoppers looking for beautiful, quality arts and crafts at affordable prices.

To complement the fantastic array of independent retailers and the bustling market, Cambridge also offers a number of exciting shopping areas in and around the city centre. These include: The Grand Arcade, Cambridge’s newest 21st century-style destination with 55 shops, including a five-storey John Lewis Store; Lion Yard, a vibrant and cosmopolitan mix of over 40 high street names in the heart of the city centre; Christ’s Lane with numerous trendy stores; and the Grafton Centre with over 60 wellknown brands, just a 10-minute stroll from the city centre. Rose Crescent offers a combination


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Strawberry Fair: One-day festival of music, entertainment, arts and crafts. Midsummer Common, 1 June. The Cambridge Town & Country Show: All day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Parker’s Piece, 8-9 June. Midsummer Fair: Cambridge’s oldest and biggest travelling fun fair and market. Midsummer Common, 6 June. The Big Weekend Live music and stunning summer fireworks display (Fri), family fun day, live music and funfair (Sat) and live world music and mela (Sun). Parker’s Piece, Early July. Cambridge Shakespeare Festival The UK’s best loved open-air Shakespeare Festival, recently described in the TLS as “one of the finest events of its kind in the UK”. Various College venues, 9 July - 25 August. Cambridge Summer Music Festival Classical music in some of the City’s most historic buildings. 20 July - 4 August. London to Cambridge Bike Ride Ending at Midsummer Common. 28 July. Cambridge Folk Festival Top folk music fest with a line-up that includes Clannad and Joan Armatrading. Cherry Hinton Hall, 25-28 July. Cambridge Rock Festival Rock festival now in its ninth year. Haggis Farm Polo Club. Open Cambridge The city’s celebration of history, architecture, art and gardens. 13-15 Sept. The Cambridge Food, Garden & Produce Festival A wonderful celebration of Gardens, Gardening, Food and Drink as well as Arts Craft and Gift marquees. Parker’s Piece, 14-15 Sept.

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of independent retailers and well-known brands such as Molton Brown and there is also a selection of food outlets. Sussex Street hosts a collection of independent shops and boutiques as well as the health and beauty spa Finn Jordan, and the fantastic Miller’s Music Shop. Just outside the city centre, off Parkers’ Piece is Mill Road, one of the most cosmopolitan and bohemian areas of the city. Mill Road is renowned for its diverse range of restaurants and food shops, curios, second-hand books and furniture, cycles and much more. From independent boutiques to open-air markets and household brands, Cambridge has everything you could need for an unforgettable city shopping break.


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Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. From aromatic Thai to traditional British fare, there is something for everyone here. With a tantalising array of independent eateries, including a two-star Michelin Restaurant, Cambridge is a haven for anyone who just wants a good bite to eat or an ideal destination for the more discerning restaurant connoisseur. If you are looking for a quiet lunch overlooking the River Cam, some excellent gastro ‘pub-grub’ or wish to dine alfresco, there is plenty of choice to service your needs. The city has an assortment of Tea Rooms offering a tempting range of cakes and treats and the cafés and brasseries provide a welcome break from shopping and sightseeing. Cambridge also has an abundance of pubs, music venues and nightspots for you to visit. As a major destination for touring musicians, comedians, plays and musicals, there is no shortage of live entertainment. For more established acts, the city’s most popular destination is the Corn Exchange. Over the past 20 years the Corn Exchange has seen many famous faces come through its doors, including Al Gore, Alfred Brendel, Take That, David Bowie, Oasis and the Bolshoi Ballet. Other prestigious theatres include the Cambridge Arts Theatre, The Mumford Theatre and the University’s ADC Theatre, where comedy giants such as John Cleese, Peter

Cook, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Sacha Baron Cohen all learned their trade as part of the Cambridge Footlights Review. There is a thriving pub gig scene at venues such as The Portland Arms and The Boathouse. Cambridge also plays host to many wellknown names in music at The Junction where artists such as Athlete, Tinchy Stryder, Tom McRae and Preston Reed have lined up to take the stage. The Junction also boasts a packed programme of comedy, theatre and dance performances. If it’s a late-night venue you are looking for then you are really spoilt for choice. With the Fez Club offering a different style of music every night, there really is something for everyone. Other venues in the city include Lola Lo, offering a bespoke cocktails and club nights, Kambar which serves up a programme of indie, rock, metal, punk, goth, electro and 80’s tunes, and Club Ballare and The Place which offer traditional club nights playing a variety of music to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Just a mile from the city centre, Cambridge Leisure Park is a one-stop entertainment centre with a nine-screen Cineworld cinema, 28-lane Tenpin Bowling, health and fitness centre as well as a whole host of your favourite restaurant brands. If you would rather just get away from it all, the surrounding villages are home to country pubs serving quality foods and sumptuous real ales.


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Tour and Explore... The best way to make the most of your visit to Cambridge is to join one of the official guided walking tours. Cambridge Blue and Green Badge Guides and Visitor Guides offer the most comprehensive guided tours of the city, colleges and University of Cambridge. Whether you want an in-depth historic tour of the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Colleges, a tour concentrating on specific themes such as science or architecture or even a spooky Ghost Tour, they can help. Walking tours of Cambridge including College and University sights leave from the Tourist Information Centre daily. Learn about the origins of the city, university and colleges and hear the fascinating stories that surround them. A visit to the magnificent King’s College and Chapel is also included when available. To ensure your place on one of the Official Guided Tours, book in advance online at www.visitcambridge. org or call 01223 457 574. Tickets can also be purchased in person on the day from the Tourist Information Centre on Peas Hill just off the Market Square.

ADC Theatre The oldest University playhouse. Its resident company is Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) whose alumni include Sir Derek Jacobi, Griff Rhys Jones and Stephen Fry. Park Street 01223 300085

All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market Local artists and craftspeople exhibit and sell in this delightful open-air setting just opposite Trinity College. Open every Saturday and Friday in July and August, and Wednesday in December. Trinity Street. Anglia Ruskin University (above) Here you can enjoy an arts programme which includes a free series of Friday lunchtime concerts, the on-campus Mumford Theatre and Ruskin Gallery, and concerts and productions in the City. There is something for everyone and many of the events are absolutely free. East Road 08451 962981 Arts Picturehouse Three-screen cinema showing a wide range of films spanning art-house, independent, classic, documentary and world cinema, as well as Hollywood blockbusters. 38-39 St Andrew’s Street 01223 504444. The Backs The Cambridge Backs is a stretch of reclaimed land, which runs along the back of the riverside colleges. It provides stunning views throughout the year, and is covered with a blanket of daffodils and crocuses during the spring. Queen’s Road.

Cambridge American Military Cemetery The hallowed grounds on which are buried or commemorated 8,939 men and women of the American Armed Forces who lost their lives in Britain during the Second World War. May through to September free daily tours. Coton 01954 210350 Cambridge Arts Theatre A 666-seat theatre that attracts some of the highest-quality touring productions in the country, as well as many shows direct from, or prior to, seasons in the West End. Its annual Christmas pantomime is an established tradition in the city. For more information see page 48. 6 St Edward’s Passage 01223 503333 Cambridge Bike Tours Cover the city, more of the river and get off the beaten track on an antique British bike. Your eccentric guide takes you round the city and out into the countryside at a leisurely pace to really soak up the atmosphere. 6 Elm Street 07598 925243 Cambridge Chauffeur Punts Chauffeured punting, self hire punting,guided river tours, weddings, conferences, hen parties, school groups and our exclusive candlelight chauffeured punts with Thai meal. Silver Street 01223 354164 Cambridge Corn Exchange Situated within the heart of the city, Cambridge Corn Exchange is Cambridge’s biggest venue for music, comedy, shows and entertainment playing host to around 280 different events every year. Wheeler Street 01223 357851 Cambridge & County Folk Museum Discover the real story of Cambridge and its people through this fascinating Museum of Cambridge life. Housed in a 17th century timber framed building which was the White Horse Inn for 13

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CAMBRIDGE more than 300 years, this familyfriendly museum displays a wealth of Cambridge tradition and history. Find out how you would tackle the laundry without the aid of a washing machine or keep witches at bay with the use of a few ‘magical’ items! The museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year and offers regular family and children’s activities and trails. Opening times: Closed Monday except Bank Holidays and pre-arranged groups; Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30 a.m. - 5 p.m; Sunday: 2 - 5 p.m. Castle Street 01223 355159.

Cambridge Leisure Park Cambridge Leisure is home to a ninescreen Cineworld cinema, 28-lane Tenpin bowling, gym, café, wide range of restaurants and bars. There is also a large Travel Lodge hotel, with rooms starting from just £19 per night. Clifton Road 01223 212022 Cambridge Museum of Technology Based in the original sewage pumping station for Cambridge, the Museum of Technology exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention. Cheddars Lane 01223 368650 The Cambridge Punting Company Enjoy an exclusive private tour experience with one of Cambridge’s favourite tour companies. Quayside 01223 423721

Cambridge University Botanic Garden John Stevens Henslow, professor of Botany, founded the Botanic Garden which develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, with many fascinating features including a lake, glasshouses, winter garden, rock gardens, and a superb collection of mature trees. The garden holds nine national collections, including Geranium and Fritillaria. Bateman Street 01223 336265 Cambridge University Library The University Library is a copyright library, which holds over 7 million books and periodicals, and a million maps. The library has an exhibition centre in which members of the public can enjoy the riches of its collection. Exhibitions run for six months at a time. West Road 01223 333000 Cambridge University Press Bookshop The Cambridge University Press Bookshop is located on the oldest bookshop site in England. Books have been sold here since 1581. 1 Trinity Street 01223 333333 Christ’s College Founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose coat of arms and statue grace the gatehouse. This was the college of the famous poet John Milton. Charles Darwin was a student here between 1828 & 1831. St Andrew’s Street 01223 334900

Christ’s Pieces The council purchased Christ’s Pieces in 1886 from Jesus College; it covers 10 acres and is one of the most important formal parks in the city. Centrally located, it is visited daily by thousands of shoppers as a thoroughfare between the city centre and the Grafton Centre. The seasonal display beds are extremely colourful both during winter and summer. Emmanuel Road 01223 457532. Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Round Church The architecturally stunning round church is Cambridge’s second oldest building. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of only four round churches in England. It is based on the Church of the Resurrection, which was consecrated in Jerusalem in 335, over the site that Christ rose from the dead. Cambridge’s Norman round church was built in 1130. Guided Walks run Wed/Sun. Bridge Street 01223 311602. Clare College The second oldest college in Cambridge, with the oldest surviving river bridge. The beautiful old court is built in the renaissance style and could easily be mistaken for a palace. Former students include Hugh Latimer, the Protestant reformer who was burnt at the stake by Mary Tudor. Trinity Lane 01223 333200 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi contains the finest surviving medieval court in Cambridge. The college is also home to the impressive Grasshopper Clock. King’s Parade 01223 338000 Emmanuel College The college chapel was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and completed in 1674. It contains a plaque to John Harvard, a former student of Emmanuel. St Andrew’s Street 01223 334200


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New Craft Market

we are now in the Grafton Great Court, Grafton Centre. Cambridge

Starting Saturday 11th May 9.00am - 5.00pm Fine quality crafts made by local Crafters Textiles, Jewellery, Homemade Chocolate & Fudge, Woodcraft, Greetings Cards, Knitwear and much more

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Fitzwilliam Museum The Fitzwilliam museum is one of Britain’s earliest public museums. The original building was designed by George Basevi, and opened in 1848. The present collections contain: Western European paintings ranging from the 14th Century to the present day; Egyptian, Western Asiatic, Greek and Roman antiquities; and the applied arts of Western Europe and Asia including sculpture, ceramics, furniture, coins and medals. There are also illuminated musical and literary manuscripts and rare private books. The whole collection now forms one of the most important provincial museums in the country. A wide range of temporary exhibitions are also on offer, as well as an annuallychanging display of contemporary sculpture in the Museum’s grounds. Trumpington Street 01223 332900 The Granta Boat & Punt Company Enjoy stunning views of the Cambridge colleges whilst relaxing on a river punt.Newnham Road 01223 301845

now stands proudly facing onto King’s Parade; its shining, 24-carat gold dial and gruesome time-keeper, a dazzling addition to the historic city centre. Corpus Christi College (view from corner of King’s Parade and Benet Street).

The Junction One of the most diverse cultural venues in the UK, presenting 100s of performances each year The Junction has three performance spaces that cover clubs, comedy, dance, live music, theatre and events for young people. Clifton Road 01223 511511 Great St Mary’s Church Great St Mary’s is the university church; its tower was completed in 1608 and provides excellent panoramic views of the city and and University Colleges. Market Square 01223 741716 Jesus College Founded by John Alcock, Bishop of Ely, on the site of a 12th century nunnery in 1496. The college has spacious grounds and pretty 16th century cloister court. Former students include Thomas Cranmer the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, and Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II. Jesus Lane 01223 339339

Grasshopper Clock The fabulously terrifying “Grasshopper Clock” on the corner of Corpus’ Taylor Library is a must-see for any Cambridge visitor. Unveiled to the public in September 2008, this extraordinary feat of new technology

Jesus Green This riverside park is the perfect venue to relax, picnic, walk, or play sport. Jesus Green outdoor swimming pool is situated in idyllic surroundings, close to the river, and at 110 yards is the longest in the country. There are floral displays and an Avenue of London Planes, planted in 1890, which dominates the central walkway. Chesterton Road 01223 457532

Kettle’s Yard A fine collection of modern art in a unique and beautiful domestic setting and a gallery showing regular exhibitions. Castle Street 01223 748100 King’s College The Chapel is the grandest and most beautiful building in Cambridge and ranks amongst the most important examples of perpendicular (late gothic) architecture. Stone, wood and glass combine with music to provide an unforgettable experience under Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi. The famous service of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been broadcast on the radio since 1928. The poet Rupert Brooke, and the economist Maynard Keynes are former members of King’s. King’s Parade 01223 331100 New Hall Art Collection A permanent collection of contemporary art by women artists. With more than 350 artworks it is the largest and most significant collection of art by women in Europe. Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road 01223 769404


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The Restaurant on the River...

Wine Shop and Cookhouse

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“Had an amazing 3 course lunch. Great food as always and great service. Thank you.” You too can enjoy the Prix Fixe Menu at d’Arry’s (2 Courses for £12.95 and 3 for £15.95) Monday to Friday 12pm till 3pm and 5.30pm till 6.30pm NEW MENU & SEASONAL SPECIALS NOW AVAILABLE

A genuine local secret the Galleria restaurant is centrally located on the banks of the river Cam alongside Magdalene and St John’s colleges. A firm favourite with both town and gown it is a must visit in this historic city 33 Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UW 01223 362054

Every Friday, 8pm, The Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 2BL Visit for the latest programme

31st May

Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson

18th Oct

Sunjay Brayne

14th June

Paper Aeroplanes

25th Oct

Lucy Ward

21st June

Bob Fox

8th Nov


5th July

The Cyriacs

4th Dec

12th July

Jess Morgan

10th Jan

Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton & Chris Parkinson

13th Sept

Erik Fransden

14th Feb


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CAMBRIDGE Parker’s Piece Parkers Piece is one of Cambridge’s most significant open spaces. It was named after Edward Parker, a cook who leased the land from Trinity College in Cambridge. Its greatest claim to fame is that it was where basic football association rules were formed. It was in 1863 that these ‘Cambridge Rules’ became the defining influence on football association rules, many of which still apply to this day. Parkside 01223 457532

Babbage, the inventor of the early mechanical computer, and Sir Frank Whittle, who invented the jet engine. Peterhouse was the first Cambridge College to introduce electricity. Trumpington Street 01223 338200

Scudamore’s Punting Co The largest selection of boats in Cambridge and offer a choice of both chauffeured punt tours and self-hire craft. Granta Place, Mill Lane 01223 359750

Queens’ College Queens’ College is home to the famous wooden Mathematical Bridge. Silver Street 01223 335511

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences The museum houses a spectacular collection of fossil animals and plants of all geological ages from all over the world. Downing Street 01223 333456 Sidney Sussex College Sidney Sussex was the college of Oliver Cromwell, the great Lord Protector who was born in the nearby town of Huntingdon, and came up to Cambridge to study in 1616. Cromwell’s skull was buried in the college ante-chapel in 1960. Sidney Street 01223 338800

Pembroke College The third oldest Cambridge College, founded by a French lady, Marie St Pol de Valence, the widowed Countess of Pembroke. The chapel was the first completed work of Sir Christopher Wren. Delightful gardens. Trumpington Street 01223 338100 Riverboat Georgina Enjoy a luxury river cruise along the Cam. Public trips are available throughout the year. Also available for private charter. 01223 307694

Peterhouse Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first Cambridge College, in 1284. The Hall, which is the oldest in any Cambridge College, has work by William Morris, Burne Jones and Madox Browne. Former students include Charles

St John’s College The annual Cambridge and Oxford boat race began in 1829, when St John’s College challenged Oxford. St John’s Street 01223 338600 Scott Polar Research Institute Learn about the expeditions of Captain Scott, and other polar explorers. Lensfield Road 01223 336540

Trinity College The wealthiest college in Cambridge, founded by Henry VIII towards the end of his life. Trinity is the college of Sir Isaac Newton, who had rooms between the chapel and gatehouse in the 17th century. Here you can see an apple tree, a descendant of Newton’s tree in Lincolnshire, which inspired his work on gravity. The college library was designed by Christopher Wren and completed by 1690. It holds Newton’s Principia Mathematica, along with a lock of his hair. Also on display is the modern manuscript of Winnie the Pooh, written by A.A Milne, his son Christopher Robin also studied at the college. Trinity Street 01223 338400

Here to Help!

Visit Cambridge offers a wide range of services to ensure that you make the most of your stay. Their knowledgeable and friendly team can help with the following: • Accommodation bookings • Daily walking Tours • Discounted Punt Tour tickets • Citysightseeing Bus Tour tickets • First Capital Connect Rail tickets • National Express - airport and travel tickets • King’s College Chapel tickets • Great British Heritage Pass • Day trips to other UK destinations • Information on local events and attractions • Local and national transport information • Venue finding service • UK holiday information. Visit them at the Tourist Information Centre Peas Hill Cambridge CB2 3AD Tel: 0871 226 8006 18

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The polar regions are closer than you think ...

Alison Banwell

Visit the Polar Museum and discover the story of planet Earth’s coldest, driest, highest, windiest and most exciting places

Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER t: 01223 336540 e: Open 10am-4pm Tues-Sat (except Bank Holiday weekends)

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A FASCINATING PLACE TO VISIT FOR ALL AGES Explore an English Heritage 12th Century Abbey and a museum celebrating Cambridgeshire farming and village life in a beautiful rural setting. Visit the museum’s website for admission prices and details of all our events including children’s drop-in sessions. Picnic & play area. Gift Shop. Tearooms open on weekends, bank holidays and children’s activity days. Hot drinks available from Museum Shop. Free Parking.

OPEN DAILY BETWEEN APRIL – OCTOBER: 12 – 5pm weekdays. 10.30am – 5pm weekends and bank holidays

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A traditional English Tea Shop, Set in the heart of Cambridge. Overlooking The Senate House & Great St. Mary’s Church it is the ideal place to relax & watch the world go by. Good old fashioned waitress service, cakes baked on the premises and food freshly prepared to order. We serve Breakfast, light lunches, Sandwiches, Paninis & Baguettes, as well as our wonderful cakes And of course a fantastic selection of Teas

Cambridge’s Favourite Chocolate Shop Voted the best Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate in Cambridge. Also available: Chocolate Making Courses and Gift Vouchers. Find us just outside the Grand Arcade

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Visit the former Lord Protector’s family home. Experience what domestic life would have been like in the 17th Century in a variety of re-created period rooms as well an exhibition detailing the Civil War. Visit Mrs Cromwell’s kitchen, try dressing-up or playing with the toys of the time or venture into the Haunted Bedroom if you dare! Audio handsets bring the story of this impressive House to life. Guided tours and group visits welcome. Also Gift Shop and Tourist Information Centre.

For further enquiries check out our website at or call 01353 662062.

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Pretty St Neots is Cambridgeshire’s largest town... The attractive market town of St Neots is home to many listed buildings, and much of the town is a designated conservation area. No visit to the town is complete without taking time to enjoy the river, and the Riverside Park and restaurant. The meandering River Great Ouse, with its huge weeping willows, is a great draw for visitors. The park offers several places to enjoy a picnic and there are pleasant walks across the parks’ many bridges.

St Neots dates back to the founding of a Saxon priory, built on the outskirts of Eynesbury, in 974 AD. The name of the town comes from the Cornish saint, whose remains were interred in the priory some time before the Norman Conquest. In approximately 1081, the monastery was re-established as a Benedictine priory, and for over four centuries, the priory flourished. Charters were granted by Henry I at the start of the 12th century to hold fairs and markets, and these, together with the building of the first bridge over the Great Ouse in 1180, added to the

town’s growing importance and prosperity. St Neots still retains its character as a country market town and the Market Square is one of the largest and most ancient of its kind in the country, dating back to the 12th century. A market has been held upon this square every Thursday since its foundation. In the centre of the square is the Day Column, which was erected in 1822 by John Day, a local brewer. At one time during the 19th century, it dispensed medicinal water piped from the local spa. Visitors can explore the history of St Neots on foot, taking either a guided or a selfguided tour of the town. Alternatively, visit the town’s Museum. Housed in the former magistrates’ court/police station it tells the story of St Neots from prehistoric times to the present day. There is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy all year round, and a network of marked paths. During May there are large numbers of nightingales and many species of orchid can be found in the meadows.


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More content, more events, more ways to make the most of where you live! Visit our brilliant new website today… Chef/Patron Julia Abbey and her hen-pecked happy husband John welcome you to the refurbished, renamed and recently relaunched 'Abbot's Elm' in the beautiful historic Cambridgeshire village of Abbots Ripton.

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HUNTINGDONSHIRE Huntingdonshire is centred around the beautiful River Great Ouse and its fascinating and historic market towns… The four towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots, have long and fascinating histories. Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots nestle on the banks of the River Great Ouse, while Ramsey is in a unique setting on the edge of the fens, offering the visitor a warm welcome. Huntingdonshire also has a wealth of stunning villages tucked away down country lanes, with charming stone buildings and tranquil waterside settings. Kimbolton is one of the larger villages in the area, with its historic High Street and medieval castle which was the final home of Queen Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII. Retrace the steps of more famous people. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, was born and educated in Huntingdon. His former

grammar school is now a museum recording his life. He was also a tenant farmer in St Ives where his statue still stands. Visit the wealth of other heritage attractions. There’s Elton Hall with its beautiful gardens and Gothic orangery, and the 18th century mansion of Island Hall in Godmanchester, with its serene riverside setting. The Manor in Hemingford Grey, on which the Green Knowe children’s books were based, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country, and Houghton Mill, the last working water mill on the River Great Ouse, is also well worth a visit. Huntingdonshire is also lucky to have a wide range of wildlife sites, from the large and rambling parks of Hinchingbrooke, Paxton Pits and Grafham Water to the meadows of Portholme, Houghton and Upwood.

Front door of Oliver Cromwell’s birthplace in the High Street, Huntingdon

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A good breakfast is the only way to start a successful day – thankfully The Wheatsheaf serves theirs throughout, ensuring that both early risers and those partial to a lie-in are provided for and no-one has to miss out on their most important meal. Lunchtimes see baked potatoes, sandwiches and baguettes all freshly prepared. As the evening grows near, the enticing aromas of steak and ale casserole bubbling on the stove, herb scones baking and Lancashire hotpot cooking in the oven emanate from the busy kitchen. The meals maintain a high standard without

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being fussy and are great value for money. A popular watering hole, The Wheatsheaf is proud of its well-kept bar. The range of good-quality real ales and carefully selected wine list are among the many reasons locals keep coming back and travellers from across the country continue to drop by. The Wheatsheaf stands just where you’d expect any great British pub to be – at the heart of a rural, picturesque village. It’s well positioned as a base for the many walkers and cyclists that Perry attracts, as well as the boaters and fly-fishers that visit for nearby Grafham Water. Open: Mon–Sun 8am–11pm. Food served: Mon–Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 8am–5pm


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Be relaxed, refreshed and inspired in Ely... Ely has a beautiful waterside, seen best in the summer months, when you can enjoy a boat trip, a riverside walk or listen to music in the neighbouring gardens. As well as an art gallery and the region’s largest antique centre, the riverside is home to a variety of eateries. With the city centre only a two-minute walk away, your trip can be completed with a visit to one or more of the key visitor attractions such as the impressive Cathedral or Oliver Cromwell’s House. Not forgetting a visit to the many quaint and traditional shops selling a variety of unusual gifts to remember your visit by. Your first port of call will no doubt be the medieval cathedral. It is easy to see why it is Ely’s top tourist attraction. Wander around this magnificent building famous for its unique octagon tower, or take advantage of having a more informative experience by having a guided tour. Tours also include optional visits to

the octagon and/or west towers where the spectacular views make it well worth the climb. Whilst in the cathedral, don’t miss the chance of visiting the Stained Glass Museum, housed in the South Triforium. This museum houses a stunning collection of stained glass and is the only one of its kind in the country. An audio-guided tour is available and highly recommended as it unveils the story of stained glass through the ages. Before leaving the city centre, take the time to visit another of Ely’s key attractions, Ely Museum. Discover the story of Ely from prehistoric times to the 20th century set in the city’s former gaol. Oliver Cromwell’s house is the only remaining home of Cromwell’s with the exception of Hampton Court Palace in London. The former Lord Protector lived with his family in Ely for just over 10 years and the house has been transformed to give you an insight into 17th century life.

Audio tours bring the story of this fascinating building to life. The house also doubles as a tourist information centre. Ely’s Waterside is a hotspot for visitors wishing to relax and enjoy afternoon tea or to take a boat trip or even browse through the three-storey Waterside Antique Centre. Don’t forget to stop off at one of the traditional tea rooms or restaurants, many set in beautiful architecture and stunning gardens or perhaps a more contemporary setting is to your liking. Take the opportunity to visit the many gift shops, craft shops, antique shops, art galleries or markets (depending on the day of your visit). For those with an interest in retail therapy or those looking for something a little different, the area offers an extensive range and mix of traditional and contemporary gift, craft and antique shops along with a variety of art galleries. For those who love a bargain, Ely holds three different sorts


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of markets - from its award winning Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month to its regular General Market and Saturday Craft and Collectables market. Take a trip along the Great River Ouse on board the Liberty Belle, Ely’s Fenland Cruiser and enjoy the live commentary. Alternatively, hire a boat for the day or for an extended period and enjoy the thrills of life on the river. Follow the trail The city’s heritage public art Eel Trail is an excellent way of seeing the historic city at its best. Ely is very proud of its connection with eels; its name is derived from the ‘Isle of Eels’, when Ely was surrounded by water and marshland. Eels are still caught in the River Great Ouse. Historically eels were part of the local staple diet as well as a valuable source of income. Clients also came from

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London with the popularity of jellied eels although today this is a dwindling market. Smoked eels, now considered a delicacy, can be purchased on Ely’s award winning Farmers Market and dishes such as eel stew and eel pie can be found regularly on several of the city’s restaurants’ menus. This circular walk, self-guided

by brass waymarkes set in the ground, takes you past the oldest parts of Ely and down to the beautiful riverside. An audio tour, detailing the Eel Trail route, is available to download ( prior to your visit or a pre-loaded mp3 player can be hired from the tourist information centre.

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Recently listed as one of ‘the top 20 must-see buildings in the U.K.’ Ely is undeniably one of the most impressive Cathedrals in the United Kingdom. This beautiful building was a prominent film location for both Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Other Boleyn Girl. The Cathedral itself is steeped in history and has influenced the lives of Kings and Saints. We offer daily tours around the Cathedral and its medieval monastic buildings as well as tours up the world famous Octagon Tower and the West Tower (subject to availability). Additional attractions include the Stained Glass Museum, Children’s Trail, Brass Rubbing, Refectory & Gift Shop. Daily Opening Times Summer: 7.00am to 7.00pm / Winter: 7.30am to 6.00pm

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The historic riverside market town on the River Great Ouse, once home to Oliver Cromwell…

Copyright David Savell

For over 900 years St Ives has been attracting visitors to its traditional fairs and markets. In 2010 special events were held to mark the 900th anniversary of the town’s first fair charter, granted by King Henry I in the year 1110. But celebrating history is something St Ives does all the time. The 600-year-old stone bridge with its chapel built in midstream is one of only three such buildings in the whole of the country. The statue of Oliver Cromwell in the market place recalls the time when the future Lord Protector lived here as a young farmer before he rose to power in the Civil War. Nowadays a few stone walls are all that remain of St Ives Priory, built on the spot where the bones of the mysterious St Ivo were unearthed by a ploughman in the year 1001. The parish church of All Saints stands in a tranquil churchyard on the riverbank. The church is 15th-century but its interior is a feast of colourful Victorian

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decoration by the famous architect Ninian Comper. And the spire is even more recent than that, built to replace the original steeple destroyed by an aircraft in a tragic accident during World War I. St Ives has many elegant houses of the 18th century, when the town was rebuilt after a disastrous fire. From the 19th century come the remarkable New Bridges, the longest brick viaduct in the country when they were built in 1822. Close beside them is the seven-storey Old Mill, originally a corn mill but in the 1970s the place where Clive Sinclair invented the world’s first pocket calculator.

The history of St Ives and of Huntingdonshire is displayed in the Norris Museum - also built right beside the river in a delightful little garden, and with an art gallery of local pictures as well as fossils, archaeology and objects from all periods of history. And if history isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps cups of tea are. St Ives specialises in its hospitality and the streets are thronged with teashops and cafés, pubs, hotels and restaurants. All set in the lovely riverside scenery of the Great Ouse valley, where you can cruise the waterway in a narrowboat, explore the countryside on foot or by bike.


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PETERBOROUGH’S Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough lies the village of Helpston and the home of the Clare Cottage 20th – 28th September 2013 renowned poet, John Clare. Enjoy Clare’s poetry Woodgate as you spend time in our lovely cottage and Helpston beautiful grounds, visit our gold medal winning Peterborough RHS Chelsea garden, which contain varieties PE6 7ED of plants which would have been seen in Clare’s time. Or try our relaxed cafe which specialises Join us for the second year of 01733 253330 in homemade fayre, with ingredients for our this international literature and delicious soups, cakes and speciality cream teas, poetry festival. being sourced as locally as possible and seasonally from our delightful gardens. featuring


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Peterborough is packed with things for you to do whatever your interests. Visit the city for the intriguing history, excellent shopping, exciting outdoor events, relaxing countryside and a feast of family attractions.

Nene Valley Railway

Park. Stretching out for over six miles along the River Nene, this is the perfect spot for picnics, bird watching, walking, cycling, riding, sailing and golf. Not far is Peterborough’s wonderful outdoor Art Deco Lido; great for a splash around on a hot afternoon. Where else could you experience a Dragon Boat Race, Beer Festival, Conker Championships, Cheese Rolling, a Straw Bear Parade, or the famous Burghley Horse Trials? Don’t miss the arts

and cultural festivities in Peterborough and the surrounding smaller towns and villages. There is the Peterborough Festival, the Green Festival and a host of arts, music and drama events throughout the year. To find out more about what is going on in and around Peterborough, why not visit Destination Centre in Bridge Street? It is a one-stop shop information centre for businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors in the city centre.

Historic Peterborough

You can enjoy lazy afternoons among acres of rolling countryside and miles of waterways or full days out visiting Peterborough’s museums, stately homes and varied visitor attractions, such as Nene Valley Railway, and Sacrewell Farm. By night, the city really comes to life with theatre productions at the Key Theatre, greyhound racing, scores of bars and restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Peterborough’s streets are fully pedestrianised and accessible for the whole family. After a successful shop, take time out to rest your feet at one of our many cafés. During the summer months, dine al fresco so you can soak up the atmosphere while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat. Only a few minutes from the city centre is the glorious Nene


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PETERBOROUGH Peterborough Cathedral a Top 10 UK landmark right at your door - what are you waiting for? In the heart of the beautiful and vibrant region of Cambridgeshire lies an ‘undiscovered gem’ in the awe inspiring shape of Peterborough’s one and only breathtaking Norman cathedral voted the sixth favourite landmark in the whole of the UK, even coming out ahead of London Tower Bridge. Peterborough Cathedral is a top 10 UK landmark, situated in beautiful surroundings in the heart of a bustling and cosmopolitan city centre, with plenty on offer for all to enjoy, including culture, heritage, music and the arts. With close to 100,000 visitors each and every year, Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful haven of tranquility and beauty amid the cosmopolitan array of shops and restaurants that line the streets today and has something to offer everyone. As well as still operating as a

thriving Christian Church, today the cathedral offers a wide array of activity including an interactive exhibition, fascinating historic and Cathedral tower tours, an exciting array of arts and crafts based events not to mention a popular new coffee shop and first class education, hospitality and conferencing facilities. Famous as the set of the BBC series The Barchester Chronicles and more recently the star of BBC1’s Christmas broadcasts, the cathedral is currently working to increase its contribution as a community resource and recognised venue for diverse and inclusive events. From the annual living history extravaganza to visits from Hayley Westenra and spellbinding concerts and performances, there is something

for everyone at Peterborough Cathedral where there is always something to discover. As well as the wonder of the building and the vibrant events programme, the cathedral also holds enormous appeal for those with an interest in nature and the outdoors. With stunning grounds and beautifully green precincts, the cathedral is blessed with an abundance of breathtaking open spaces, not least the captivating Deanery Gardens, which are now open for public viewing approximately three times a year. For those more interested in the architecture and the exquisite stone masonry, why not take a cathedral tower tour to see the stonework first hand as well as enjoying the panoramic views of Peterborough from on high? Alternatively, cathedral tours of the building and/or the precincts divulge fascinating facts about cathedral history, myths and legends associated with the cathedral’s colourful past. Open 364 days a year (closed on Boxing Day) for visiting from around 9 a.m. until around 5.30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays, there is no charge for admission to Peterborough Cathedral but donations are invited as the cathedral has charitable status and receives no funding from the state. With excellent railway links and easy access to this beautiful attraction in the heart of the up and coming city of Peterborough, the cathedral is one not to be missed.


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For more information on what Peterborough Cathedral has to offer please visit or call the Cathedral Office switchboard on 01733 343342.

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Peterborough Embankment, with its willow-lined footpath, is just a fiveminute walk from the city centre and a popular retreat for walkers, boat owners and anglers. Situated in the city centre the Key Theatre brings great entertainment to the area with a programme of ‘homegrown’ productions, national touring shows, local community productions and one-off concerts. Also part of the Theatre is Fratellis ‘Riva’ restaurant, offering Italian food and excellent views of the Nene embankment. 01733 207239 Nene Park is a great spot for a picnic, cycling, sailing and golf. The park stretches out for over six miles along the River Nene, with Ferry Meadows Country Park at its centre. 01733 234193Used in the films Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code, Burghley House boasts 18 State Rooms and a huge collection of works of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings and the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the West. There are also four magnificent State Beds, fine examples of English and continental furniture and important tapestries and textiles. The house is surrounded by historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and incorporates a modern sculpture park. There’s a restaurant, café, gift shop, garden shop and a deer park which is open to the public free of charge. Stamford 01780 752451 Nene Valley Railway is located on the banks of the river Nene. The

line is over seven miles in length and travellers may experience the peaceful rural scene at Yarwell, at the western extremity travelling through Wansford, along the banks of the Nene to Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere and finally into the railway’s Peterborough station. This last station is a 15-minute gentle stroll from the centre of the City of Peterborough. NVR operates British and Continental locomotives and rolling stock, making it unique among heritage railways, and has been the setting for many films and TV programmes. Equipped with easy access for disabled visitors as well as having a well-stocked shop and excellent cafeteria, the NVR is an ideal day out. 01780 784444. There are over 200,000 objects in the collection at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, ranging from the most amazing Napoleonic bone palace to the largest fossil fish. The collection covers a great range of objects of national and international importance, such as the Norman Cross prisoner of war craft work, the Jurassic marine reptiles, finds from Roman Peterborough and the original manuscripts of the famous poet John Clare. You can also find out about the everyday life of Peterborough’s people, past and present through the Social History collection. Priestgate, Peterborough 01733 864663 Flag Fen Archaeological Park is one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological sites in Europe with the oldest wheel in England and an ancient wooden trackway stretching across the Fens. Finds associated with this include an amazing collection of Bronze Age swords, possibly placed as offerings in the water. With over 20 acres of parkland and historic reconstructions you can discover how people lived 4,000 years ago. 01733 313414

Getting Around Peterborough Peterborough, as one of four UK Environment Cities, has sustainable transport on the agenda. The city council’s Travelchoice project promotes the benefits of walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport to schools, businesses and the wider community for a cleaner, greener and healthier Peterborough. 1. Wayfinding Visitors to Peterborough City Centre will soon benefit from the introduction of innovative new Wayfinding features. The Wayfinding signs are due in mid 2013 to help visitors and pedestrians navigate their way around the city. The signs will feature maps with a ‘you are here’ sign and contain remarkable information about Peterborough’s past. 2. Electric Vehicles Peterborough is part of the government supported ‘Plugged in Places’ scheme which provides electric car owners places to charge their cars across the city. As part of a drive to promote electric vehicle use in Peterborough, the City Council will be hosting a series of Electric Vehicle Trial Days, where visitors will be welcome to come and test drive a range of electric vehicles and talk to industry experts. 3. The Green Wheel The Green Wheel is a 45 mile long cycle route circling the city, which takes you through the historic fens and scenic countryside which surrounds Peterborough. There are plenty of places to stop off at, such as Crown Lakes, Flag Fen and Ferry Meadows Country Parks and villages such as Peakirk, Newborough and Farcet. For more information on getting around in Peterborough please visit or contact 01733 747474


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Oundle Clock Shop 51a West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ

Oundle Clock Shop is a family business that has stood the test of time, running for over sixty years as a clock and watch business. Specialising in the restoration of both mechanical and casework, taking care to keep as much originality as possible.

Free estimates always given. Tel: 01832 272099

We sell a great selection of individual pieces with prices to suit most pockets. All our timepieces come with guarantees and our helpful staff are always willing to help and advise the customer. Good parking. Longcases from our region are most interesting, we have Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire makers, these all come fully restored, delivered free within 50 miles and guaranteed for three years. Vintage Watches bought and sold, Longine, Omega, Rolex etc.

All day family fun whatever the weather!

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Friendly Animals ~ Tractor & Trailer Rides ~ Indoor Activity Barn ~ Timeline Barn ~ 18th Century Watermill ~ Shire Horse Centre ~ Kart Track ~ Didi Cars ~ Campsite ~ Restaurant & Gift Shop

Just opposite the clock shop is Green Man Antiques, which has a good variety of Furniture, Silver, Jewellery and collectibles. Buy a gift that can be cherished for a lifetime. Tel: 01832 270970

Open 7 days a week Just off the A1/A47 nr Peterborough 01780 782254

Sacrewell Farm is part of the William Scott Abbott Trust. Registered Charity No. 233603

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Explore, Discover, Play or just Relax at Ferry Meadows in Nene Park

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Come and see what Rivergate has to offer

Supplying special dresses for special occasions 35a Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ TEL: 01733 345181


The Red Lion is set in the lovely village of West Deeping close to Maxey, Tallington and Stamford

l All food cooked fresh to order, daily

Rivergate Shopping Centre, Rivergate, Viersen Platz, Peterborough PE1 1EL Telephone 01733 313743

l separate dining room which can seat up to 35 people,

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l Large play area with adventure climbing and slides l Paddock area to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of

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l Quiz night every Sunday

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Steam trains… minutes from Peterborough centre Leave the car and steam away

Bring the family to Pigeons Farm for a happy day out on the farm with hands-on experience with lots of animals, egg collecting, large play area including Jumping pillow, Gobots bale climbing, zip wire, and more. Quality home-cooked food. Camp-site. Open all year.

Pigeons Farm Children’s Activity Farm Wisbech Road, Thorney, Peterborough PE6 0TD

01733 271020

All the sights and sounds of the golden age of steam come alive at the Nene Valley Railway. Our Peterborough halt is only a 15 minute walk from the city centre, here you can board the train to enjoy the 71/2 miles of track which passes through the heart of the 500 acre Ferry Meadows Country Park. It is the ideal outing for everybody young or old. Our shop and museum are open on service days, the station and our excellent café open all year round. Loco yard and workshop visits by arrangement. Disabled visitors are very welcome. If you decide to drive to our main Wansford site you will find free parking and picnic areas. Driving experience courses and special events are held throughout the year. Nene Valley Railway 01780 784444 Main Wansford Station (2 mins A1), Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LR. Registered Charity 263617


ELTON HALL Elton Hall has been the home of the Proby family since the early 17th Century. A mixture of medieval, gothic and classical styles set in beautiful gardens. The interior contains excellent furniture, books and paintings from some of Britain’s most celebrated artists including Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

Hall and Gardens open 2pm – 5 pm Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May (BH), Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday in August, Monday 26 August (BH) Admission: Hall and Gardens: Adult £9. Garden only: Adult £6.50 Accompanied children under 16: Free Concession prices are 50p less than standard Private parties by appointment April to September Elton, Nr. Peterborough PE8 6SH Off A605 in Elton Village, between Oundle and Peterborough 3 miles from A1 Tel: 01832 280468. Fax: 01832 280584. Email:


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GET THE INSIDE TRACK As the headquarters of thoroughbred racing, Newmarket is an exciting place to visit, with something for everyone: the excitement of a day at Newmarket Racecourses; a visit to The Jockey Club Rooms, original home of The Jockey Club, the fun of watching mares and foals at the National Stud; a visit to a training yard or discovering Newmarket’s history at the National Horseracing Museum. Newmarket Experience offers tours for groups and individuals, providing guides and arranging accommodation if required. We will act as your single point of contact and provide individual itineraries. Tours can be combined with racing at one of our two famous racecourses and half day, full day or longer visits can be arranged. The Newmarket area has a number of excellent hotels and is well served by road links. Our professional one-stop booking service makes it an ideal destination for group visits or corporate events.

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The Fens has a unique landscape, formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6,000 years. The picturesque countryside and four unique historic market towns make the Fens an ideal place to relax and unwind.

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• The history and heritage of the Market Towns • The expansive landscape, with spectacular skies • A leisurely trip along our waterways • Enjoy cultural activities at our annual events fenland district council


Fenland is a beautiful rural district in the county of Cambridgeshire that lies east of Peterborough and north of Cambridge, and shares boundaries with Lincolnshire and Norfolk. 40

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The district of Forest Heath has a wonderful variety of landscapes to explore, from the chalk downlands of Newmarket, through to the rich agricultural fenlands in the west and the sandy brecklands in the north with its large lowland forest.

Brandon Country Park

The largest town in the district, Newmarket, is the international home of horseracing and attracts visitors from all over the world. While they may initially come to Newmarket for the racing, they discover that Newmarket has much to offer both new and returning visitors. With magnificent buildings, wonderful views and an excellent location (with historic Cambridge and Ely on the doorstep), it is the perfect place to explore this region. Brandon, the gateway to the Brecks, has a long and fascinating history. Brandon Country Park boasts 30 acres of space to enjoy, including a delightful walled garden, forest walks, picnic area and visitor centre. Mountain biking is very

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popular in this area and there are trails both in the country park and High Lodge Forest Centre just a short distance down the road. St Mary’s Church and the Market Pump sit in the heart of Mildenhall. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century, yet retains many features dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The parish of Mildenhall is one of the largest in Suffolk and

the town boasts a rich history remembered in the Mildenhall Museum. Here, you can see a replica of the Mildenhall treasure and learn about the great Mildenhall to Melbourne air race. RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath are still operational as part of the United States Air Force. As well as the three market towns, Forest Heath has 22 villages. Scattered around the outskirts of the towns, and linking the three main centres together, the villages are well worth visiting and many have local pubs and shops for you to visit. As you pass through each you will experience the changing landscapes around you; fen, heath, chalk and downlands, from the flat, panoramic views over dark peat fields, to rolling countryside, and woodland areas covered in wildflowers - you will discover magical, isolated places, known only to a lucky few. For more information visit the tourism pages at 41

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Fenland is a unique landscape formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6,000 years. It consists of four historic market towns and a wealth of stunning rural villages situated in the peaceful countryside with more than 200 miles of rivers and drains. The four main towns of Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech all have unique charm and interesting histories to discover.

March was once an island surrounded by marshes. As the land was drained and made more fertile the town grew and prospered. Today the town is a pretty market town, offering all the delights you would expect to find in a place such as this. River Nene winds its way through the town centre, past the park and pretty riverside

Evocative fenlands

Chatteris would have been a seaside town in Neolithic times, it perched on the edge of a vast

tract of salt marshes, with the sea just to the east. Today, there is not a bucket and spade in sight - in fact this busy little town is 50 miles from the nearest beach.The town we see today grew around the abbey of St Mary from around 1010. A market place formed in front of the abbey and streets evolved to connect the abbey to the other settlements in the Fens. Although there is little sign of the abbey remaining, Chatteris is still well connected and is an ideal base for touring the Fens and south Cambridgeshire. The festival week in mid June starts with a parade of floats and is followed by events for all ages including the popular ‘Open Gardens’ weekends, and the Chatteris Historic Festival. Chatteris Market is held every Friday in Park Street.


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gardens. The river is often busy with colourful boats cruising the Fenland waterways. The town is a popular stopping-off point for boaters with free moorings in the town centre, close to shops and places to eat. The town centre has an unusual Broad Street lined with shops and headed by an elaborate fountain which was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V. There is a good variety of shops, from well known high street names to small independent stores. A number of specialist markets are held throughout the year, including the Italian, French and Christmas markets.

Whittlesey sits on the very western edge of the Fens, close to the cathedral city of Peterborough. The town has an interesting maze of streets with a mix of architecture spanning several centuries. The Buttercross in the Market Place is one of the most striking buildings and a reminder of Whittlesey’s rich trading and agricultural history. South of the town, the narrow river, part of the Nene - Ouse Navigation Link, meanders alongside the Manor fields - a perfect spot to moor for a while and take a stroll. Whittlesey has two churches, both close to the town centre. The Church of St Mary is famous for its glorious spire supported on elegant flying buttresses from the massive tower below. Each January, Whittlesey celebrates the old agricultural custom of Straw Bear dancing with a three-day festival that grows bigger and better each year. ‘The Bear’, a man in a costume made of straw, is accompanied by his keeper and several hundred dancers and musicians in

a procession around the town and stops off for refreshments at pubs along the route. Buttercross Auctions are open the first Friday of the month and the market is in town every Friday, on Whittlesey Market Place.

Wisbech the Capital of the Fens, is the perfect place for a day out or a break to get away from it all. There is plenty of accommodation choice, from historic town centre hotels to attractive B&B’s in rural settings and charming self catering cottages. Wisbech is renowned for its elegant Georgian architecture, a legacy from an era when the town was a booming trade centre. Stroll along the Brinks or round the Crescent to see some fine Georgian houses. Then visit Peckover House on North Brink, once the home of the Peckovers, a Quaker banking family, now in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors from spring to autumn three or four afternoons a week. A little further along North Brink is a completely different example of Georgian architecture. Elgood’s Brewery was one of the first Georgian breweries to be built outside London and has stood almost unchanged for more than 200 years. You can sample some of Elgood’s award winning real ales, either on a brewery tour or in one of the many Elgood’s pubs in town. Wisbech has two museums; the Wisbech and Fenland in the Crescent and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House on South Brink. Wisbech also has one of the oldest surviving Georgian Theatres in the country, The Angles. 43

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SOUTH CAMBS Set in 350 square miles of fantastic cycling and walking countryside, the district of South Cambridgeshire offers the perfect opportunity to relax and explore. With its historic monuments, houses and museums set in the tranquil and rural landscape of rolling chalk hills covered with beech woods and flat fertile land, South Cambridgeshire provides a great location for everyone, from the lively and adventurous to those who want to unwind and get away from it all. Eight miles south west of Cambridge, Wimpole Hall and Home Farm is Cambridgeshire’s largest Linton Zoo

stately home with 18th century gardens designed by the famous historical gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. As well as its impressive grounds, Wimpole Hall is also home to a working farm where visitors can take part in a variety of activities such as grooming donkeys and ponies, collecting eggs and experiencing the wide range of pigs, sheep and cattle that live there. The Imperial War Museum Duxford is Europe’s premier aviation museum, offering visitors an array of the finest historic aircraft in seven acres of exhibition space. The summer months see the skies come alive with dramatic air displays. Take in a winery tour at Chilford Hall’s working vineyard, lying in 18 acres of rural countryside. East Anglia is one of England’s main wine-producing regions and the district boasts a number of vineyards. Vines have been growing here since Roman times, benefiting from long

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hours of sunshine and low rainfall. Not far from Chilford Hall, the award-winning Linton Zoo offers children and adults alike a wealth of rare and exotic creatures, while Shepreth Wildlife Park, just 8.7 miles south of Cambridge, houses a famous collection of wild and domestic animals. Travel north to Grantchester with its idyllic water meadows and The Orchard Tea Gardens, made famous by poet Rupert Brooke. Whether on a short break or an extended stay, you’ll find a warm welcome awaiting you at many friendly hotels and guesthouses - ideal bases from which to enjoy all that the region has to offer.

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Sightseeing flights over London and Cambridge. Biggles-style lessons in a Tiger Moth. Fly Wing to Wing with a Spitfire. Flights in aT-6 Harvard. From March to October our 1930s de Havilland Dragon Rapides take off from Duxford offering flights of pure nostalgia which recreate the era when flying was the privilege of the rich.

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Trading since 1979, Auntie’s has seen many changes but still retains its English tea room style, right down to the lace tablecloths and waitress service. Sandwiches are prepared to order and cakes are all baked on the premises (including a full gluten free range). Complementing this they have an all-day breakfast, light lunches and daily specials, plus a small gift area. 1 St Marys Passage City Centre, Cambridge 01223 315641 w The Oundle Clock Shop

competitively priced earrings and bracelets. Repairs and restoration is their business and are pleased to give free estimates. Free delivery within 50 miles and all clocks are guaranteed for at least one year. 51A West St, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EJ 01832 272099 Classic Wings Family-run Classic Wings have operated from Duxford since 1991, offering pleasure flights to the public in some of the all-time classic aircraft. When you climb aboard any of the company’s aircraft you are both stepping back in time and flying in a historic aircraft in its own right. Fly in either of Classic Wings’ two De Havilland Dragon Rapides and you will find yourself in another era. But if you fancy the pure thrill of open-cockpit flying, Classic Wings also operate two DH82A Tiger Moths - they will even lend you the flying jacket, helmet and goggles to complete the experience. You can find Classic Wings beside Duxford’s control tower. 01255 473 832 Clare Cottage

The Oundle Clock Shop is a family run business working from the same premises for over 60 years. They pride ourselves in friendly and quality service. Let them help you choose a beautiful timepiece whether it is a wrist watch, pocket watch, wall clock, bracket clock or long-case. They will answer all your questions and help you as much as they can. One hour street parking so there should be enough time for you to also browse in The Green Man Antiques on the opposite side of the road. Beautifully laid out like a Georgian sitting room. They have good quality furniture and silver items collectible china and scientific instruments. They are pleased to announce that they now a good selection of gold jewellery especially engagement rings and very

The John Clare Trust came together in 2005 with the goal of obtaining Clare Cottage and transforming it into a site of historical, cultural and educational importance, open to the public. The cottage was purchased and a first stage application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the site into a cultural, educational and environmental hub for every age group. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the John Clare Trust funding of £1.27m in May 2007. Following the

major restoration project, the cottage in which Clare was born and lived for many years is now open to the public. The heart of the cottage has been restored and transformed to its original 18th century state and is used as a celebration of Clare’s work and life. The gardens have been redesigned and populated with the flora and fauna Clare was so fond of and documented within his works. Enjoy Clare’s poetry as you spend time in the beautiful grounds, redesigned with assistance from Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Or try our relaxed café, which specialises in homemade fare, with ingredients for the delicious soups, cakes, and specialty cream teas, being sourced as locally as possible and seasonally from the delightful gardens. With magnificent surrounding countryside, glorious gardens and a fascinating house to explore, there’s something for everyone at Clare Cottage. Red Lodge After 17 years in the business things have never been better or quicker at Red Lodge Karting. With their 1,200metre circuit, which incorporates the existing 700-metre floodlit circuit, and karts ranging from 160cc up to corporate 270cc’s capable of 55mph, Red Lodge can promise you a day to remember - whether for a corporate event, team building day, arrive and drive, stag and hen parties and birthdays. Open daily from 9.30 a.m. with great facilities, they have a safety record that’s second to none. For more information go to www.redlodgekarting. com or call 01638 552316. Huntingdon Racecourse At Huntingdon Racecourse, the experienced events and hospitality team will help you organise your perfect event from start to finish. They have great facilities, stunning views and East Anglia’s Best Small Racecourse 2011. 01480 453373 47

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AROUND THE COUNTY D’Arry’s Cookhouse and Wine Shop D’Arry’s Cookhouse and Wine Shop, in Cambridge’s King Street, combines the best in modern dining and wine in a thoroughly modern but comfortable environment. The restaurant uses the very best produce, sourced locally wherever possible. D’Arry’s menu has recommended wine choices to accompany each dish. By registering as a Friend of d’Arry’s on the website customers receive a two-course meal and a drink for £11.95. Receive exclusive offers throughout the year and be the first to know about events. 01223 505015 Cambridge Arts Theatre

Simon Callow and Felicity Kendall and its annual Christmas pantomime has become an essential date in the festive calendar, entertaining thousands of children and their families from all over the Eastern region. Through its strong links with Cambridge University Drama Societies such as The Marlowe Society and Footlights, the Arts Theatre has been responsible for kickstarting the careers of some of our leading acting talent: Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, John Cleese and Peter Cook are among the many stars of stage and screen that performed as students on the Peas Hill stage. Every three years the Arts plays host to the Cambridge University Greek Play, performed in Ancient Greek, in a tradition dating back over 100 years, attracting audiences from all over the globe. For up to date listings visit www. Curwen Print Study Centre

Lying in the heart of the city at the centre of the cultural quarter, Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the country’s leading playhouses, presenting a varied and diverse year-round programme of drama, dance, opera, music and pantomime. Founded in 1936 by renowned economist, John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge Arts Theatre plays host to the leading touring theatre companies in the country: from the National Theatre to Cheek by Jowl, Shakespeare’s Globe to Headlong, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to Ballet Boyz; the great and the good all visit the Arts Theatre with productions both pre and post West End. Famous faces to have graced the stage in recent years include Sir Ian McKellen, Penelope Keith (pictured),

FOUR GREAT PETERBOROUGH EVENTS The Rate Race Dirty Weekend 11 - 12 May At Dirty Weekend is quite simply the World’s biggest assault course, held at the Burghley Estate which is home to the largest horse trials course in the world. The course is then followed by an epic after-party of festival proportions. Stamford, PE9 3JY. 01780 752 451 Alice in Wonderland 7 June Based upon Lewis Carroll’s famous stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK is proud to present its acclaimed production of this much-loved childhood classic. Peterborough, PE3 8DX. 01733 265 705 Beer Festival 20 - 24 August Is the combination of beer and live music your idea of heaven? If so, don’t miss the biggest locally organized festival of real ale in the UK, which takes place in massive marquees on the river embankment. Bishops Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 896 555

Learn to print in 2013. Fine Art Printmaking encourages creativity from artists of all ages and all abilities. The Curwen Print Study Centre offers courses at Chilford Hall, Linton to everyone from beginners, age eight and upwards, to masterclasses. Visit to learn more or ring Lorraine Chitson on 01223 892380.

Peterborough Festival of Antiques 4 - 5 October Buyers and sellers from all over Europe will be looking for a real deal at the largest showground Antiques Fairs in the country. If you’re looking for a bargain, be sure to browse the 1,700 plus stalls of antiques, collectables, trade marquees and outdoor pitches. Peterborough Arena, PE2 6XE. 01733 363 500


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A Contemporary Indian Restaurant serving an extensive array of authentic meals, which are freshly prepared using only the best and finest ingredients.

Our distinctive and well appointed holiday hire boats are available from our base near the historic market town of Oundle. Slow down and enjoy a break in idyllic countryside only an hour from London or Birmingham.

Our food can be consumed at our modern restaurant or in the comfort of your home via our Takeaway service.

open 7 days a week 12 to 2.00pm 5.30 to 10.30 pm. 49 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2SH 01954 719131/01954 719364

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Beautiful Freehouse 15/05/2012 Georgian bar and restaurant located in the picturesque village of Etton

The Golden Pheasant is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian manor house with extensive grounds and lawn, beer gardens, Summer barbeque area, ample car parking and large childrens’ play area. With it’s high ceilings, historical architecture and large open fire place it offers a great place to relax and unwind, enjoying a warm welcome and the friendly atmosphere. It’s situated only 10 minutes from Peterborough, in a countryside setting, surrounded by farmland and on The Green Wheel route with beautiful walkways and farmland footpath access. l Menus packed with freshly prepared pub classics, fabulous specials, using locally sourced ingredients, and scrumptious home-made desserts l CAMRA gold award 2010 and Cask Marque recognition l Open 365 days a year with a good range of real ales and fine wines l Marquee available for weddings, celebrations or corporate events The Golden Pheasant 1 Main Road, Etton, Peterborough PE6 7DA Tel: 01733 252387

From Oundle you can explore the beautiful River Nene as it winds its way gently past villages with spired churches and old watermills through the counties of Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire to the fenland rivers and canals beyond. Flexible 08:57

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NORFOLK National Rail Enquiries

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Tourist Information Centres & Other Useful Contacts Cambridge TIC Wheeler Street 0906 586 2526

East Cambridgeshire District Council 01353 665555

Cambridge Park & Ride 01223 718167

Forest Heath District Council 01638 719000

Huntingdon District Council 01480 388388 Peterborough City Council 01733 747474 Fenland District Council 01354 654321

South Cambridgeshire District Council 03450 450 500 Ely Tourist Information Centre Oliver Cromwell’s House, St Mary’s St 01353 662062

Wisbech Tourist Information Centre 2-3 Bridge Street 01945 583263 Peterborough Tourist Information Centre 3-5 Minster Precincts 01733 452336



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