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pedestrian-friendly, vibrant shopping street that anchors North Westgate to the historic core of the city. Once preliminary designs are available they will be shared for everyone to view on the councilâ€™s website and social media, along with more detail and timescales and if the plans are approved the work will start in the autumn.
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The recent Pboro Vs Cancer charity footy match saw celebs take on local footy fans and organisers tell us itâ€™s raised around ÂŁ12,500! Raphael Frascogna told ESP â€“ â€œWhat was most pleasing is seeing what a great time everyone had, including the Peterborough community, 700 of whom came to support on the day.â€? The money raised will go to CLIC Sargent which provides a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family. The popular annual charity football game took place at Yaxley Football Club with celebrities including football legend Neil â€˜Razorâ€™ Ruddock, Jody Latham (Shameless), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Joseph Valente (Apprentice winner), Colin MacLachlan (SAS hero) and many more. Playing against the celebs were 16 lucky locals who had bid for a place in the Public Team squad. After an intense game, the final score was 3-2 to the public side. Read our full report on www.espmag.co.uk
WESTGATE TO GET MAKEOVER Westgate in the city centre could be next in line for ÂŁ1.5million improvement works. The Westgate project is the next phase of the city councilâ€™s plans which have so far transformed the look and feel of Bridge Street, Long Causeway, Cathedral Square, St John's Square, Cowgate, Wheelyard and Midgate. A new traffic layout, wider pavement along one side, new lighting and street furniture will create a more
The Peterborough Garden Park site at Eye has been rebranded as Peterborough One Retail Park and the owners are promising a fresh look and some new events. Itâ€™s undergone significant improvements, and there are seasonal activities, craft fairs, frequent in-store promotions and events including a traditional car boot sale every Sunday. Itâ€™s had a complete rebrand, including a new user-friendly website and refreshed social media pages. Thereâ€™s also the promise of new retailers and leisure providers, along with a new events programme. Peterborough One Retail Parkâ€™s Site Manager, Paul Dunn says: â€œWe have a vision and a drive to develop the retail park into a top UK retail, social and leisure destination and we are working hard on exciting plans and initiatives to realise this vision. The rebrand to Peterborough One Retail Park is only the beginning.â€? Visit www.pe1.co.uk to find out more or search for PeterboroughOne on Facebook and Twitter.
GIFT IMPROVES RAILWORLD Local charity Railworld Wildlife Haven has had some improvements courtesy of a donation by Peterborough City Council. Reclaimed street furniture including guard rails, cycle hoops and litter bins from the Lower Bridge Street improvement scheme have been given to the city tourist attraction. Brian Pearce, volunteer and chair of the board of Railworld trustees, said: â€œOver the past almost 30 years people giving their time voluntarily and secondhand gifts like these have led to the creation of a much improved environment for local wildlife and visitors alike.â€?
The charityâ€™s proud of the thriving wildlife haven they've created in the 16 acres of inner city land originally acquired by Reverend Richard Paten back in 1985. The charity has strongly embraced the Circular Peterborough initiative, positioning themselves as the local champions of reuse and repurpose. Railworld has achieved a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor three years in a row.
NEW STORES @ SERPENTINE GREEN The new developments at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre are nearing completion with the extension opening up some new retail space. Costa Coffee will be the first to throw open its doors with the new NEXT store due to open mid August. Thomas Cook will be moving into the unit to the left of the new Costa in the new build and M&S Simply Food will be taking over the former NEXT store space.
THORPE HALL ART WEEK Local youngsters have put their own artistic spin on the incredible care provided to patients at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. And the results are set to be put on display at an exclusive art exhibition at the hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough. Year three pupils at West Town Primary School have been working with local artist Pippa Phillips to produce art work based on the question â€˜What happens at Thorpe Hall?â€™ Theyâ€™ll be showing off their creations during Thorpe Hallâ€™s Art Week with doors open to the public between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday August 15, Wednesday August 16 and Thursday August 17. Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to vote for their favourite piece of work for the Peopleâ€™s Choice prize and be invited to explore the mansion house gardens on the Charlie Chimp Trail, You can view the exhibition for a suggested donation of ÂŁ2.
WRESTLING SHOW IN CROWLAND On August 26 Norton British Wrestling returns to Crowland bringing fans some great family wrestling action. Wrestling stars Donny Bull (as seen on ITV's The Chase ) Tommy Lust, JD King, Scumboy, Harrison Bourne and, many more will be taking part in the big Summer Brawl at the British Legion Hall from 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door priced £9 adults, £6 kids, £7 OAP's or a family saver ticket is £25 (2x adult 2x kids ) or call the club.
LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING
newly formed, small group of like minded lovers of theatre, who enjoy putting on great drama performances. All members of the group have many years of experience with other well established successful amateur drama groups. Their idea is to support Peterborough & District's cultural ambition by bringing great quality performances to those who love a good night out at the theatre and secondly to support local charities by gifting all profits made from their performances. They’ll be performing at the Key Theatre Studio in October with the hilarious play Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn. They’re now looking for more talent to join them as well as help with production, behind the scenes help and would also welcome any local sponsorship. To find out more call Andy on 07751 747713, or Tracey on 07814 137443.
Former local radio broadcaster Sayeh Stone recently became a children’s author and has done so well she’s now having her very own book signing event in the city. Her book, Shaped Animals, is a great way to enjoy learning and remembering maths and shapes through storytelling and has proved popular with families. Sayeh will be reading the story and then running an activity session based on the book from 11am-12noon on Thursday August 31 at Waterstones, Peterborough. Since the book launched Sayeh has been busy visiting, reading and sharing her book at various schools and working on her next submission. The school tours have been a huge success and she is now taking bookings for tours when the schools start again in September. To book your free place at the signing, contact Waterstones on 01733 555323 or talk to a bookseller in store.
SUPERDRAMA PRODUCTIONS There’s a new drama group in Peterborough looking for support and more members. SuperDrama Productions are a
The Lord Burghley pub in Stamford brings music fans GlastonBurghely this month. On Saturday August 12 they’ll be raising money for the Little Princess Trust with a host of live bands including Indigo Child, The Lounge and Carpark Rendezvous. It’s free admission from 12 noon til late.
PETERBOROUGH THERAPIST WINS TWO AWARDS Congrats to Helen Mary Perkins, a Peterborough-based complementary therapist, who’s been recognised in a new awards programme launched by LUX magazine, a glossy international journal for those who aspire to an equally glossy lifestyle. Helen, has won Best Bowen Therapy Training Provider in the UK – she’s just one of 12 instructors in the country accredited by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. Helen also won Best Health and Wellness Product for Bowtech Ease a natural aromatherapy oil for relieving pain and inflammation for which she developed a popular 10ml rollerball for retail use.
Charles El-Imad has the ESP guide to the best shows around…
Grease Sing-Along Calling all Grease fanatics to accompany the South Holland Takeover team in the picturesque Ayscoughfee Gardens South Lawn for a family friendly evening.
60’s tunes with The Zoots Experience the sixties show that’s headlining venues this summer as The Zoots make their way to the Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday September 8. With songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis and more, why not head down to see this renowned show which has performed in over 30 countries, with The Stage quoting they’re ‘Impossible not to like’ and a ‘very impressive band’. The 60’s beats will have the whole
The night will consist of live music followed by a sing-along screening of the well-known songs from Grease – so be sure to bring your best singing voice! The event will start at 5pm on Friday August 18 with the film beginning at 8.15pm, giving you plenty of time to indulge in the live music before partaking in the film and karaoke. Full price tickets are £5. Under 26’s, £3. Available on 01775 764777.
family jamming along, featuring well known songs from bands like The Monkees and The Kinks. The Zoots have performed at a variety of top venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford and are now sharing these hits with Peterborough residents, so don’t miss your opportunity to see what critics have called an ‘authentic’ 60’s show. Tickets cost £15 and are available on 01780 766455.
Black Magic The Little Mix Show
Paying homage to the award winning girl band Little Mix, this tribute act promises to provide a 5-star rated performance with live vocals and a show similar to that of the iconic band themselves. The concert also boasts pop-video choreography, free giveaways and even a meet and greet with the girls afterwards! Performing on Tuesday August 22 at The Cresset, the tribute show will include the most recent releases as well as Black Magic, Hair, Love Me Like You Do, and many more. So grab a friend and be prepared to dance the night away in this fun-packed event suitable for kids and adults alike!
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of ELO’s iconic album Out Of The Blue, ELO Again are bringing an Electric Light Orchestra tribute show to the Cresset on Friday September 8. The tribute band promise to supply a replica of an ELO concert with
Tickets are priced at £13.50. To book call 01733 265705.
a sound reproduction light show alongside visual effects. Live cellos and the infamous blue violin will provide the full effect of ELO’s orchestrations so why not ask your friends to join you? A night of ELO performed by ELO Again includes classics such as Livin’ Thing, Showdown, Telephone Line, plus many more! Grab your tickets for £24 on 01733 265705.
A Night of Dirty Dancing Be part of the celebration as A Night of Dirty Dancing arrives at The Cresset on Tuesday September 5! No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing, so feel the romance and passion of this classic and commemorate your favourite love songs such as She’s Like the Wind, Hey Baby, Hungry Eyes and of course the Oscar winning, The Time of My Life. This tribute show will have you dancing dirty all night and will allow you to relive the summer of ’63 so give your friends a call and book your tickets! Tickets from just £23.50. Book now on 01733 265705.
Peter Pan at Flag Fen On Thursday August 24 Chapterhouse Theatre Company will host an all new outdoor production of Peter Pan at Flag Fen. Join Wendy and Peter as they embark on their magical journey to Neverland encountering enchanting mermaids, charming fairies and the world’s best known evil pirate – Captain Hook. This timeless classic is brought to life in a brand new adaptation with music and songs. Suitable for the whole family, this show is jam-packed with enthralling scenes and brings a modern twist to one of the most loved stories.
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Tickets are £15, £10 child, £44 family ticket. Get yours now on 01733 207239.
Bring on the Bollywood
The Marley Experience
If a full on night of Bollywood bling appeals to you then don’t miss this brand new show. From Thursday August 24 – Saturday August 26 a romantic musical comedy with energetic choreography will be heading to the Key Theatre. Take the family along for an evening of vibrant dance and humour with Bring on the Bollywood and let the cast of 14 entertain you with this contemporary Bollywood rom-com. The show pledges a colourful array of dancers and an innate sense of fun, creating an unforgettable experience which will be sure to send you home with a smile. With the
Coventry Telegraph saying it was ‘a sheer delight from beginning to end’ it’s no surprise that the cast are now on tour!
The Marley Experience is an eight piece Midlands based Bob Marley tribute band named The Hailers, who are certain that their lead vocalist resembles the late king himself. As well as that, many of the talented band members have performed on stage with the likes of Pato Banton, Maxi Priest, The Skatalites and will now perform at the Stamford Corn Exchange on Saturday August 12. The band members are committed to bringing you the closest thing to the original Wailer’s sound and even have female backing singers to add to the ambience. The excellent sounds of the drums and keyboards will bring the classic reggae beats to life.
Tickets available from £12 on 01733 207239.
Tickets are available from £17 on 01780 766455. www.espmag.co.uk
Festival photos: Mike Harris
This year’s Italian Festival is set to return with special guest, celebrity chef Aldo Zilli the star of the show.
Get your culture hit with classic pieces from Italian opera sung by Davide Sorrentino, Giuseppe Barile and Teresa De Roberto. Enjoy the flavours of Italy with wine making, Italian cakes from bakers such as La Rondini, and pizza from a range of specialist vendors as well as a tempting Italian market, confectionery, ice-cream and pasta. The Mediterranean extravaganza will also feature boxing demonstrations, football, classic Italian cars, motorcycles and scooters and lots more. The September festival will feature TV chef Aldo Zilli appearing on the Sunday afternoon for a chat on stage followed by a book signing and photo opportunities.
“This is the city's most popular cultural and community event in the calendar.” The two day festival, on September 9 and 10, is now in its ninth year making it the longest running event of its kind in the UK. It’s always a colourful two days packed with a range of music, dance, theatre, vehicle displays and of course delicious food! New additions to this year’s event line up includes music and dance from Laboratorio Orafolk, who are coming all the way from Deliceto in the province of Foggia, and captivating theatre from Shakespeare in Italy with their performance Aliens Order. You won’t miss it as Cathedral Square is always packed for this fabulous celebration which is organised by Peterborough's Italian Community Association and supported by the city council. 8
Annette Joyce, the city council’s service director for city services and communications, said: "This is the city's most popular cultural and community event in the calendar. Make sure you book the date in your diary and prepare yourself for a tantalising array of food, drink, music and dance.
"Each year the festival grows in stature and I am sure people will be looking forward to the new additions to the weekend's line up including the performances from Laboratorio Orafolk and Shakespeare in Italy.” The Shakespeare in Italy project was inspired by an Italian Community Association publication, Aliens Order, which took its name from the certificate of registration and identity card that people arriving in the UK had to sign up to in the 1950s if they wanted to work in the country. The lively, colourful fun pop-up performances with a nod to Commedia Dell Arte, has reference to Shakespeare’s Italian plays including Romeo and Juliet, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. The festival runs on Heritage Open Day weekend and there will be an exhibition celebrating Peterborough's London Brick heritage at St John the Baptist Church in Church Street on the Saturday. A large number of Peterborough's Italian community worked for the London Brick Company. The festival runs from 12 noon to 5pm each day and we can’t wait.
Charles El-Imad has the ESP guide to the summer’s best events…
Deeping’s Raft Race Ready to Make a Splash It’s almost impossible to believe that 55 years have passed since Deeping had its first raft race. The theme this year is Great Britain so be prepared to see red, white and blue everywhere! With over 2,500 attending the event, it’s very clear to see why it’s the biggest event of its kind in Lincolnshire and the event takes place in the Deepings on Sunday August 6. It’s an ideal day out for all the family and includes a fitness zone with roller skating, jive dancing and even a marching band! Food, drink and ice cream are also available and will be perfectly suited to a hot summer’s day, made complete with a variety of things for the little ones to do. For more details visit www.deepingsraftrace.co.uk
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Vivacity’s Club Viva Entertains The Kids
Vivacity’s popular kids club is making a return this summer and with the company now covering more places in Peterborough, it’s bigger and better.
Are the kids driving you up the wall? Then perhaps you should consider taking them to Serpentine Green Shopping Centre throughout the summer until Saturday August 26 for some fun-packed storytelling sessions from 10am - 4pm.
Each day has been set out to spark the imaginations of children aged from 4-13. With a whole host of activities to choose from such as swimming, basketball and arts and crafts, it’s the perfect place to wear them out whilst getting some well-deserved rest!
Each week will focus on a new story and will aid your child’s passion for storytelling and further develop their literacy skills as well as entertaining them with face painting, craft activities or even a live act!
Book a range of sessions or the whole week and choose from days at Hampton Leisure Centre, Jack Hunt Pool and many more. The children’s activity schedule runs during the school holidays and ends on Friday September 1. It’s a brilliant way for the children to engage in new, fun activities and make new friends at the same time!
No need to book your session, just drop in and places will be first come, first served. No fee is required, although it is suggested that you give a small donation to charity. So take your kids and stimulate them with some fun educational activities by attending this event which is suitable for children of all ages!
For more info call 01733 864760 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/sport/clubviva-sports
Peterborough Summer Regatta If the Olympics appeal to you, then this is your event! The rowing regatta held at Thorpe Meadows attracts over seven hundred competitors from all around the country and expects to see a huge crowd. With Peterborough being one of few fortunate cities that have their own rowing lake, the Summer Regatta will see the full 1000m length in use for races. The event features a licensed bar and a cake stand 10 www.espmag.co.uk
which spectators are more than welcome to! Races will occur every three to four minutes both days on August 12 and 13 and start around 9am, finishing at 6pm.There will also be free parking, so take your picnic basket and head down to one of the most actionpacked events this summer! For more info call 01733 341333 or visit www.peterboroughcityrowing.co.uk
Thomas’ Summer Holiday @ NVR
Photos: Chris Brudenell
Nene Valley Railway is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and so is Thomas!
Whittlesey Festival Coming Soon! The Whittlesey Festival is set to make a huge return once again and now in its tenth year, the centre of the town will be alive next month with a huge variety of stalls, fun activities and rides for children.
Pack your sunglasses, put on your sunscreen and join Thomas the Tank Engine on the Nene Valley Railway’s Riviera for an activity packed summer holiday! You can join Thomas from 9am – 4.30pm on Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13. You can ride behind the star himself as he hauls the Holiday Train from Peterborough all the way down to Wansford and stop of at different stations for a range of fun, free activities. These include an activity centre where you can write a postcard, a story room where you can watch your favourite shows for as long as you like and even a bouncy castle! In addition to this,
you can meet the Wansford Controller, spot Bertram the Bus and have your picture taken with him. Entry tickets allow unlimited train rides. For more info please call 01780 784444.
Outdoor Screenings and Theatre @ Sacrewell Sacrewell has a fantastic events programme throughout the year and the summer is especially busy. During the school holidays, there are a whole range of fun seasonal activities that range from outdoor theatre performances to bug hunting. They are host to events such as pond dipping, duck races, the ever popular Lamb National and they will run all throughout the holidays until September 3.
You’re in for a treat if you are an ardent car fan as over 100 vintage vehicles will be present at the event plus there’s music from two marching bands including The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corp from Essex and the Peterborough Highland Band!
As well as this, there are fabulous outdoor screenings of Chicken Run on Friday August 18 and Babe on Saturday August 19 on a big screen set behind the mill showing at 8.30pm, plus Illyria theatre group will take you to meet dinosaurs in their exciting outdoor production, The Lost World on Saturday August 26.
Not only that, the family day out will have free face painting, a craft fair and a schools art exhibition- not to mention a World War II flypast featuring the Dakota and Hurricane aircraft! Starting at 10am on Sunday September 10 with a carnival parade and ending with a musical finale, this free festival will have something for everyone!
For more details on all of the events just visit www.sacrewell.org.uk
Summer Holiday Fun @ Springfields Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding has a fantastic line-up of entertainment planned for the kids this summer holiday. There’s no need to spend hours in traffic to go to the seaside as the Springfields team have already thought ahead with Beach Week. Between August 7-11 from 12 noon each day, join in the fun as there will be sand-pits, face painting and glitter art! There will even be donkeys in the gardens to add to the seaside theme. So pack your bucket and spade and get yourself down to the beach! Then from August 14 - 18 there will be two daily shows at 12 noon and 2pm where you have a chance to meet Basil Brush. Basil has been in the entertainment industry for over 50
years and now he’s making an appearance at Springfields this summer with opportunities to meet and greet afterwards. So if you want to grab a bargain as well as meet a BBC TV star, head on down! In addition to this, from August 21 - 25 there’ll be a live entertainment show featuring Sooty and Sweep in ‘Sooty’s Birthday Bake Off’. There promises to be magic and mayhem as the two puppets bake a cake for Sooty’s birthday and the ingredients will include a sprinkle of magic and a mixture of fun. For more details please visit www.springfieldsshopping.co.uk www.espmag.co.uk
KEY FESTE Get ready to see festival season out in style as the annual Key Feste returns and brings some spectacular live acts to the city.
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Photo: Brian Slater
or this year's Key Feste Vivacity Arts are teaming up with Vivacity Sports to create a weekend of performing arts and participatory sports!
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Head over to the Embankment on Saturday September 2 and 3 for some fantastic activities and performances surrounding the Key Theatre, inside the Key Theatre and at the Lido. As well as being able to watch the performances you can also get involved in a variety of ways with the chance to learn graffiti skills, try skateboarding or if you’re a musician you can apply to busk over the weekend with cash prizes up for grabs.
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Some of the performance highlights you can catch throughout the two day event include Of Man and Beast. This dynamic new outdoor work features five exceptional male performers showcasing the company's inventive and unique physical style. It’s a powerful, sensitive and revealing look at male group dynamics, uncovering the many faces of man – strength, camaraderie, vulnerability and hostility.
You’ll be awe inspired by Project_Vee as they take juggling in a different dimension. Literally. Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and awe-inspiring moments! The spectacular Urban Astronaut is one not to miss. This combines stunning design, unseen before aerial performance with simple story telling and moving dance performance. Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities searching for a solution to the environmental disaster that is present in our near future. The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost... hope. Culinary Duel combines dance, theatre and one characterful robotic cooker set to create havoc! Based upon the familiar format of TV cookery shows this recreates the family TV experience and, animating its absurdity with physical humour, athletic dance, acrobatics and audience participation, members of the public are encouraged to stir and sprinkle ingredients, engage in egg cracking competitions, learn a simple dance with cooking gestures and help the chefs catch their disobedient kitchen appliance. Football crazy? Football mad? Make sure you catch H.O.H, the interactive, immersive dance piece that’s centred on the nation's favourite sport. Using hip-hop theatre and contemporary movement, it comically forces the audience to look at the nation's beloved game from a different perspective, tackling everyday socio-political issues at the same time. It's definitely Far From The Norm... Then there’s Campervan of Love a funny, musical, dancing adventure for all the family. See
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what happens when Cupid falls in love himself. You can get involved too. Head into the Graffiti tent to learn how to make your mark with a spray can using stencils and freehand designs. Express your individuality and create your own wearable t-shirt with Mik Richardson.
As well as being able to watch the performances you can also get involved...
For Key Feste weekend there will also be a temporary ramp set up next to the river for skateboarders. Anyone with their own board or skates (and a helmet) can have a go or if you're more of a spectator than a skater, stick around and watch some of the Castillo team (originally from Peterborough) showcasing their skills! Castillo also run video and music production workshops for local projects and will be offering video editing tutorials for aspiring videographers and skaters over the course of the weekend at Key Feste. To find out more about Castillo visit www.castilloskateboards.com If you’re interested in busking at Key Feste please contact email@example.com For more on Key Feste visit www.vivacitypeterborough.com/keyfeste
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Cheap Date? According to Elite Singles the average date night costs £75. Assuming you date once a month, that’s £900 a year. Surely buying a blow-up doll, a TV and takeaway is cheaper?
Bridge Street Buzzing Again
Photo: Emma Bothamley
Puzzles stop for an after-dinner drink. The application is for a licensed, tableservice café that’ll cater for city centre workers and those of us who are after more than just a Greggs sausage roll for lunch. The Lightbox is aiming for a cosmopolitan feel where having a glass of wine with lunch feels as acceptable as it would for dinner. Watch this space.
It’s been a long time coming but hopefully we’re about to see Bridge Street in our city centre finally spring to life and in particular during the evenings. The various improvement works in Lower Bridge Street are now complete and this has sharpened up the aesthetics of one of the main gateways to our city centre. Business has already improved for Dominoes – I even stumbled in there on a drunken night out a few weeks ago (I hope they’ve since erased CCTV footage). But it’s the main part of Bridge Street that’s enjoying something of a renaissance. The vacant M&S premises has been given a new lease of life by B&M Stores, the Met
The Queen’s Head and Turtle Bay
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Lounge – despite not being able to attract the 18 to 20 crowd (refer to last month’s column) – looks busier than ever and the addition of outside seating at Puzzles? Bar has really seen it lift off this summer. It all started with Argo Lounge. It’s my kind of place and there are certain times on a Friday and Saturday night that being in there gives me a tingle, just like I used to get in The Bar, which brought contemporary drinking and dining to Peterborough back in the day. Next month Argo will have a new neighbour in the form of Middletons Steakhouse and Grill and this is sure to be another quality addition to our excellent restaurant offering. But the best news is that an application for a new Bridge Street bar (for the over 25s) has been submitted to the city council. If successful, the former EE shop under the Town Hall will be transformed into the Lightbox Café Bar, which will be the perfect
...there are certain times on a Friday and Saturday night that being in there gives me a tingle, just like I used to get in The Bar...
And further along in St John’s Square the ‘Pizzaborough’ effect continues to spread. In recent years wood burning pizza ovens have been manufactured to a standard that overcomes potential air extraction and pollution issues and this has seen a rise in restaurants offering pizza cooked the traditional way. The Pizza Parlour and Music Café in Cowgate were the first to bring back the log oven and we now have another eatery open with a wood fired oven around the corner on Queen’s Street. The former Clarkes fine dining restaurant is now called The Queen’s Head, which is a Charles Wells Brewery Pizza, Pots and Pints concept pub. Across the road is recently opened Turtle Bay. We’ve never had it so good.
Will – nice to know the fanbase is still growing! Pete – will Joan be at the Embankment? Meggie – you’re 30 now, so no more unicorns. x Jules – what’s your marketing update? Steve – you’re not bankrupt yet then?! Rob – you back to swiping yet?
New Boxing Gym for City’s Youth
Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
A partnership between Peterborough’s most successful boxing coach and the city council has exceeded expectations to the point of needing a dedicated gym.
Kevin Sanders has been working with the city council to help channel young people’s energy and spare time into boxing training, which is teaching them to become more focused, disciplined and respectful. Regular classes were being held at Vic’s Gym but growing numbers of young people wanting to attend the sessions has led Kevin to opening his own gym in Alfric Square, Woodston. The grand opening of the
Arts Money for Old Mill
I’m all for keeping and restoring old buildings where possible and it’s great to know the old Whitworth Mill, which sits on the new Fletton Quays site, will benefit from an Arts Council England grant that’ll cover the first phase of its redevelopment. Structural changes and external fit out is scheduled to be complete by next summer and it’s all thanks to the city council being awarded £490,000 towards the redevelopment of the 19th century building. The project will convert the building into an arts and culture hub, whilst also providing a new home for Metal Peterborough. It’ll include artist studios, rehearsal spaces, workshops, conference and networking facilities, overnight residency accommodation and a creative and digital business incubation hub. Arts Council England have clearly got a lot of dough, so maybe someone could put in a bid to redevelop 5th Avenue? It’s been stood empty for so long that it’s become a breeding house for pigeons. Arts Council England has also funded Eastern Angles Theatre Company for four years. Does this CAUGHT IN THE mean we’ll get a Parkway Dreams ACT! You’re at a netwo rking event and be 2? Keep up the good work guys. ing ignored your collea
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It’s the end of this month and we all love a Bank Holiday don’t we…? Rain, soggy barbecue, midges, flat packed furniture, socks and sandals, £6 festival pints, roof down in 10 degrees, clever supermarket pricing strategies, crabbing, sand in your pants, traffic jams, white bits and call in sick on Tuesday.
Summer Selfie Could be a Winner
The Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street has launched a competition which could see your selfie win you a weekly prize. Each week visitor attractions supporting the competition will post a special location on their Facebook page where you’re invited to take a selfie. To enter you need to post your selfie on the attraction's Facebook page with the hashtag #PboroSummerSelfie then gue meditates to block you out. Details of each venue are available at #corporateproblem s www.visitpeterborough.com and you only need to post one selfie to enter the competition, but can submit more entries for as many venues as you like. Each week a best selfie winner will be chosen at random and prizes include free entry to attractions, hotel stays, gift vouchers and signed Peterborough United merchandise. Details of the week's prize will be posted at www.visitpeterborough.com. The competition ends on September 3 and the Mayor of Peterborough, councillor John Fox and Miss Peterborough, Laura Bailey will select an overall winner for the Ultimate Peterborough Package which is yet to be revealed! This is a great way of getting locals and visitors to embrace the many great attractions we have in Peterborough while keeping the kids occupied at the same time. I’ve always said there’s plenty to do and see in our city and now it’s over to you to prove me right. Get selfie-ing! (if that’s even a word).
Kevin Sanders Boxing and Fitness Academy was made by former WBO middleweight and supermiddleweight champion Steve Collins. Kev’s obviously no stranger to running gyms and our city’s most vulnerable young people will undoubtedly continue to benefit from his years of experience. The facility caters for everyone and is well worth a look. For details, call Kev on: 07872 601467.
Cheers to 40 years! There are certain local events throughout the year I look forward to. The Christmas lights switch-on and Firework Fiesta are right up there on the list. Though in my opinion, nothing tops the Peterborough Beer Festival. The popular annual event is celebrating its 40th birthday this summer and we’re all invited to the party. To celebrate the anniversary, we took to our social networking pages asking for photos of you and your friends at some point during the last 40 years. We had a great response and as you can see, we’ve featured some here! We feel they highlight the fantastic atmosphere of the Festival – which I can’t wait for. Here are the top 10 things I’m looking forward to the most…
flavoured beers and a few real lagers. To view the beer list, head to their website. 7) Live Music. Beer? Check! Banter? Check! Music? Check! What’s a party without music? Numerous live bands will be playing throughout the festival. Check our Gig Guide on page 46.
4) Being able to party for longer. To celebrate the 40th year of CAMRA beer festivals in Peterborough, they will be extending their opening times on both the Friday and Saturday until 11.30pm – which will enable us festival visitors to enjoy a truly memorable August Bank Holiday weekend.
6) Gin? Get in! Here’s a brand new addition to the Festival to satisfy the ever growing demand from gin lovers everywhere – including myself! They will be bringing us a range of around 20 different and unique gins to sample at the event’s new gin bar.
3) Food… glorious food! There will be a wide selection of foods available including burgers, fish and chips, pizza, Cornish pasties, noodles, German sausages and
10) Seeing old friends! It seems everybody in the city and beyond attends the Peterborough Beer Festival. It’s a great place to bump into friends you’ve not seen in a long time. 9) Not seeing old friends! Let’s be honest, some old friends are old friends for a reason. With numerous massive marquees and a huge outdoor area, fear not – it’ll be easy to avoid that person. 8) The Beer. As always, they will be serving more than 400 draught real ales including milds, bitters, porters, stouts, speciality
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5) A day out for the whole family. You may not think a Beer Festival is a suitable place for children. Think again. Lunchtimes and early evenings are the ideal time to take the family, as there’s always an easy going, friendly atmosphere. You can take the dog (on a lead), the picnic table, food and soft drinks but you must not take your own alcohol for obvious reasons. There is even a fairground for all to enjoy.
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French crepes, hog roast, kebabs, as well as traditional pub snacks like Pipers crisps, olives, pork pies and Scotch eggs. For those with a sweet tooth seek out the popular sweet stall or (if brave) try the scorpion chilli chocolate! Anyone else drooling thinking about it all? Just me?
2) Taking in the atmosphere. I can’t stress enough how fantastic the atmosphere is. Take a moment to stop and take it in. Listen out for the laughter and take in the conversations happening around you because – as we all know – plenty of booze can lead to some pretty random/hilarious topics. 1) Beer Judging! Since the birth of ESP Magazine we have always been a part of the popular annual event and we couldn’t be more proud to see it still going strong after all this time. We've run numerous quizzes at the festival and one year we even teamed up with Oakham Ales, who brewed us our very own ESP beer. We’re also involved in the Beer Judging, which ultimately crowns the Champion Ale! I will once again be judging on behalf of the mag (it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!) and I promise to try and make you all proud with my scoring. The Peterborough Beer Festival will once again be held on the River Embankment on August 22 – 26 and of course ESP will be there to cover all of the action. For more details on all of the times and prices, visit www.peterborough-camra.org.uk
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Food Glori us Food August opening for The Queen’s Head with Pizza, Pots and Pints
A new food and drink venue opens in Peterborough this month. Charles Wells Brewery is bringing us its award-winning Pizza, Pots and Pints brand with the opening of The Queen’s Head with a pre-launch on Thursday August 17. The former Clarkes (and before that HG’s) building in Queen’s Street in the city centre has been transformed into a more open and airy layout and will feature a wood fired oven for its tasty sounding pizzas.
We’re told it won’t be your typical pub or restaurant but has its own special vibe providing great beer, great food as well as deals and special events, sometimes with a quirky twist!
The concept’s already proved popular in Cambridge and Baldock and Peterborough is the third to open. A spokesperson told ESP – “Everything we do is lovingly handmade by our talented chefs and suppliers from our freshly made artisan pizzas, cooked onsite in our wood-fired ovens, and warming terracotta pots of comfort food like mac ‘n’ cheese, to pints of fresh Bedfordshire-brewed beer. “On top of this, our local community is very important to us. We host events and menu deals designed to suit our local guests so there will always be something happening at The Queen’s Head that the people of Peterborough can be a part of. Pizza, Pots and Pints is all about great food and drink that can be shared in a fun, friendly, and sometimes crazy place.” The main public launch weekend of August 19 and 20 will see free pizza for the first 500 bookings so make sure you get your name down and don’t miss out!
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The much anticipated Middleton’s Steak House and Grill is due to open the doors of its Peterborough restaurant on Friday September 8 and we can’t wait. A £1 million refurbishment is well underway to convert the city centre units in Bridge Street (and within St Peter’s Arcade) into the chain’s biggest steakhouse to date. It will be a welcome addition to the city’s ever growing dining out quarter adding a new flavour to the scene. Middletons tell us dining areas are being created across two floors – on the ground floor and at the basement level – to cater for 180 covers. There will be additional al fresco dining which will seat a further 50 diners. Middletons Steakhouse and Grill is a growing
Hotel Chocolat Summer Chocoholics need no encouragement to visit Hotel Chocolat in Queensgate but if you’re thinking summer isn’t the time for choccie think again. The store has a great range of drinks and summer flavours to tempt you! 18 www.espmag.co.uk
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Steak House oming Soon! steakhouse chain which focuses on serving prime meat in quality surroundings. It currently has branches in Colchester, Kingâ€™s Lynn, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Watford so itâ€™s great theyâ€™ve identified Peterborough for their next launch. As well as steak, it also specialises in a signature mixed
grill, seafood, burgers, cocktails and classic desserts. All the meat served is prepared at the restaurantâ€™s own butchery in Middleton, near Kingâ€™s Lynn in Norfolk. Staff recruitment has already begun for the Peterborough site. For further information or to book, visit www.middletonsshg.co.uk.
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Foodies should head over to Burghley House in Stamford this month for the latest food market with a difference! Itâ€™s your chance to meet around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats. If you fancy some tasty treats pop August 27 â€“ August 28 in the diary and head along between 10am and 4pm. Entry is free.
Cathedral Picnics @ Becketâ€™s Tea Room On a summerâ€™s day thereâ€™s nothing nicer than spending your lunchtime sat on the green outside Peterborough Cathedral. Now the recently launched Becketâ€™s Tea Room in the precincts have come up with the perfect solution to a relaxing lunch â€“ a special picnic deal! Settle down with their delicious sandwiches a drink
and a treat and youâ€™ll soon forget youâ€™re in the city centre. If the weatherâ€™s not so kind we can recommend the tea rooms themselves with their great food and beautiful stained glass window. They also stock a delicious range of Lakenham Creamery ice cream from Norwich with flavours like salted caramel and strawberries and cream.
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paparazzi Caught in the act? ESP photographer Mike Harris went along to capture the action at a couple of great summer events.
The annual Baston Motorcycle and Motor Show once again saw leading motor companies displaying their latest models alongside gorgeous vintage classics. Whether you like bikes or cars this show has something for everyone. It’s beer fest season and we couldn’t keep away from the charity event at The Ploughman in Werrington. A wealth of real ales and live music always make this a winner and generous festival goers helped raise loads for local charity Halle’s Wish. You can view all our Paparazzi pics on Facebook.
As the face of some of our most popular TV shows, it’s hard to remember that Caroline was once as known for her eventful Sarah Tempest love life as for the TV shows she presented. But those well publicised flings with One Direction’s Harry Styles (14 years her junior – go Caroline!) and Prince Harry, as well as a short lived engagement, are but a distant memory as Caroline has continued to show us that she’s more than just a pretty face (and an incredible pair of legs!) and is now giving Emma Willis a run for her money as the ‘go to’ popular female presenter. Beginning her career as ‘Bubbles’ on Bo Selecta, Caroline’s career then took her to presenting children’s TV programmes before moving into popular television, from Big Brother’s Little Brother, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here NOW! and the Xtra Factor; before teaming up with Olly Murs to take over from Dermot O’Leary as host on the X Factor. And this current series of Love Island, Caroline’s third as host, has proved to be the most successful ever, with 2.2million of us tuning in to find out which perfect bodied person is getting it on with which perfect bodied person – and who’s going to be banished to the departure lounge to catch the first Easyjet home. But whilst her presenting talents have never been in question, it was Caroline’s 2014 stint on the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing that really showed us what she was made of. Partnering (ESP favourite) Pasha Kovalev (he loves cheese and building computers – you heard it here first!), Caroline went on to win the show after scoring a perfect 40 in all three of her final dances; the only contestant in the history of the show to have done so and a record that still stands today. And now Caroline is all set to strap on her dancing shoes once again and take to the stage, as she prepares to star in Crazy For You, alongside Holby City and Casualty actor (and fellow former Strictly winner) Tom Chambers.
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She may still be shaking the sand out of her sarong having spent several weeks in Majorca fronting the sun, sea, sex and shenanigans that is ITV 2’s Love Island, but TV presenter Caroline Flack will have barely enough time to screw the lid on her aftersun before she’ll be back and throwing herself into a brand new challenge. And it’s a challenge that is as daunting as it is exciting, as ESP reporter Sarah Tempest has been finding out…
complimentary of her, saying “I love Caroline! She’s such a live wire, she’s like a box of fireworks!” And whilst the singing and dancing may be a challenge Caroline is relishing, she also admits she’s looking forward to playing such a character as Irene. “I’m not a very feisty person,” she grins, “so I get to live out my inner feistiness. I’ve wanted to do this for years!”
Described as ‘high energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous’ and ‘the ultimate feel-good musical’, this ‘exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals’ is set to test Caroline to the limits and she’ll need to draw on everything she learned on Strictly. In a behind the scenes video, Caroline admits that she can’t wait to team up with Tom again, after they toured together with Strictly for two months. “He’s like an older brother figure!” she laughs, “as soon as I found out he was doing it, I was like ‘this is going to be great!’” And Tom is equally
“...I love Caroline! She’s such a live wire, she’s like a box of fireworks!” So whilst other presenters may book themselves a long holiday after a gruelling stint anchoring a daily reality TV show, Caroline will instead be tap dancing to a theatre near you. And if the rest of her career path is anything to go by, we have no doubt she’ll absolutely smash it. Crazy For You will be touring from August 17 to December 9. Click on www.crazyforyoutour.com for all the details.
PLANET B – Green Festival is here!
Peterborough is home to one of the longest running and largest Green Festivals in the UK, and this year it takes on a new life as ‘Planet B’. The environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard and with funding from Arts Council England, will be running Planet B from Saturday July 29 through to Saturday August 12. It includes events, performances, film screenings, workshops, commissioned artworks, and a conference – all
around encouraging discussion and debate on sustainability. One of Planet B’s free events ‘Relinquishment: A Day Gathering’ is on Friday August 11, 10am4.30pm at Anglia Ruskin University on Oundle Road. This will explore ways in which we can adapt to the realities of climate change, and think in new ways about what this means for us and how we live. Then in the evening there’s something new, fun, and rowdy coming to Peterborough! Don’t miss Question Time Cabaret, created and hosted by ‘sublime’ and ‘distinctive’ artist Talia Randall. This free event’s taking place at The Undercroft, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre from 7.30pm. For details of all the special events visit www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB.
BASTON in the BLITZ Now in its fourth year, the organisers promise that Baston in the Blitz will be bigger and better than ever on August 5 and 6. Every aspect of the event’s been expanded so expect more than fifty vintage traders, forty-eight WW2 living history displays and hundreds of WW2 re-enactors. There’ll be live firepower demonstrations and the realistic live battle re-enactments on both days. Their authentic Great Escape P.O.W. Experience shows what life was like for prisoners during WW2. This year Martin Willoughby’s Avro Lancaster bomber fuselage will be on display as a centrepiece and you’ll have the rare opportunity of exploring the Lancaster’s flight deck. Terry Arlow’s Spitfire Mk.IX will also make a return and you can have a photo in the cockpit. The ever-popular non-stop live 1940’s entertainment from the UK’s top male and female vintage performers will run continuously throughout both days. A new feature this year will be the scale model exhibition in the Village Hall and a display devoted to the RAF’s renowned 617 Squadron, the ‘Dambusters’. Weather permitting there’ll be a flypast by vintage aircraft of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – the C-47 Dakota on Saturday and the Dakota plus a Hawker Hurricane and a Spitfire on Sunday. For full details of the event visit www.bastonblitz.org
THE DARK TOWER Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick Director: Nikolaj Arcel
British stalwart Idris Elba headlines this science-fantasy-western – which is a continuation of the popular Stephen King novel series. It’s intended that The Dark Tower will revert to a TV series depending on how well the movie is received – so there’s pressure on Elba to see whether he really has got that star quality Hollywood big-screen presence to pull it off. He portrays Roland Deschain, known as The Gunslinger, who roams an ‘Old West’ style landscape in a post-apocalyptic world searching for the fabled Dark Tower – a mythical structure which supports all realities as the nexus point between time and space – which he hopes will save all existence from extinction. Along the way Roland calls upon 11year-old Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) – whose mother is played by Vikings’ starlet Katheryn Winnick – to help him on his quest, but with various creatures and the infamous ‘Man in Black’ (Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, they soon realise their journey will be fraught with danger. It will be interesting to see if this builds into something special, or will just fade into darkness . . .
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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS This is another film that is hard to gauge – as visionary The Fifth Element director Luc Besson returns to the sci-fi genre with this big-budget space adventure. As a dark force threatens Alpha – a vast sprawling metropolis and home to a species from a thousand planets – special operatives Valerian (Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Suicide Squad’s Cara Delevingne) must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard the future of the universe. Ethan Hawke (Training Day), Clive Owen (King Arthur), Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), John Goodman and Rihanna are just some of the star names that Besson has brought into the mix.
Tom Cruise re-teams with Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman in this 80s-set biographical crime film which chronicles the life of ex-airline pilot Barry Seal who became a drug smuggler – after being recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal’s role in a major covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin cartel – which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House administration after the Iran-Contra scandal became public. Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Domhnall Gleeson, Get Out’s Caleb Landry Jones and TV’s PParks and Recreation's Sarah Wright co-star.
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Acclaimed Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) helms this based-on-a-true story crime drama situated around the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 Detroit riots – which involved the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people. Being released to commemorate the Golden anniversary of the chilling event – which resulted in one of the largest race riots in American history – Bigelow has brought together an impressive ensemble cast for the highly-anticipated movie, which includes John Boyega (The Force Awakens), Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), Anthony ‘Falcon’ Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) and John Krasinski (13 Hours).
It was only a matter of time before one of social media’s greatest tools was turned into a movie – and this animation unlocks the secret world inside your smartphone. Gene (Deadpool’s TJ Miller) is an exuberant filter-less emoji – where everyone else has just one expression – boasting multiple facets, and wanting to become ‘normal’ enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 (Brit star James Corden) to go on an epic ‘app-venture’ to try and fix himself.
ATOMIC BLONDE The co-director of John Wick attempts to do for Charlize Theron what he helped do for Keanu Reeves in this kick-ass mystery action-thriller. Undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) – the crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service – is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent. She partners with James McAvoy’s station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
ANNABELLE: CREATION Early reviews for this prequel to the hitand-miss original – the fourth film in The Conjuring series – have been outstanding. Twenty years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a closed orphanage into their home – but they soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation. The Lord of the Rings’ Miranda Otto stars in this horror from the director of Lights Out.
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Ryan Reynolds’ special protection agent Michael Bryce is tasked with guarding the life of his mortal enemy – Samuel L Jackson’s notorious hitman Darius Kincaid – by escorting him to the International Court of Justice. But they’re forced to work together to tackle Gary Oldman’s ruthless dictator – while being pursued by a bevvy of deadly assassins – when things don’t go to plan, in this comedy-actioner from the director of The Expendables 3.
LOGAN LUCKY Siblings Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Clyde (The Force Awakens’ Adam Driver) and Mellie (Mad Max: Fury Road’s Riley Keough) Logan, set out to execute an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina – in this comedy crime-drama from Oscarwinning Traffic director Steven Soderbergh. An all-star cast also boasts Daniel Craig, Ted’s Seth MacFarlane, Sebastian ‘Winter Soldier’ Stan and Alien: Covenant’s Katherine Waterston.
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Film Music Gala to celebrate 80 years of cinematic history…
THE ODEON RE-UNITED
One of Peterborough’s most iconic buildings (The Broadway Theatre formerly the Odeon Cinema) celebrates its 80th birthday this September. To mark the occasion the BBC Concert Orchestra will perform live on stage in a spectacular musical salute to Hollywood’s greatest ever composers.
Many former Odeon staff and patrons are set to attend the event including the cinema’s longest-serving manager Michael Turner. Turner (pictured holding the 50th Anniversary cake in 1987) was the Peterborough Odeon’s general manager from 1976-1989 and rejuvenated the cinema’s fortunes during one of the most exciting eras in movie history. It will be the first time he’s set foot in the building since leaving in 1989 to run the Ipswich Odeon. Now retired to the Suffolk countryside and speaking to ESP he said – “The opportunity to celebrate the building’s history is something I really think I need to come back for. I had the happiest times of my career with the Odeon in Peterborough and it doesn’t get much bigger than having the BBC Concert Orchestra perform for the occasion.”
Eighty years to the day since the theatre opened as Peterborough’s first custombuilt cinema – the Odeon – on 2nd September 1937, with the exotically titled and very popular Hollywood romantic comedy Theodora Goes Wild, the concert will pay tribute to the long heritage of the building which operated as a cinema for over 50 years and continues to be an important and muchloved landmark in the city’s cultural landscape. Showcasing music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, James Bond and many 30 www.espmag.co.uk
more, it will feature performances from the city’s award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir. William Prideaux, the choirs’ director, reflects – “It’s a real thrill to be able to invite people to relive the glorious history of the building with a programme packed with some of the greatest film music ever written, all performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Generations of local people have fond memories of watching all the great films here on the giant screen. Who knows what stories of romance took place in the flickering darkness… if only those back row seats could talk!” Tickets for the Film Music Gala start from £18 and are available at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, online at www.peterboroughsings.org.uk or by telephone on 0333 666 3366.
Meanwhile, former cashier and usherette Helen Cave (pictured with her leg out in this photograph from 1984 in front of the refreshment kiosk) is urging any ex-Odeon staff or relatives to purchase tickets for the event and help celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Odeon first opening in style. "There’s not many of us left now, but I’d love to hear from anyone who worked at the Odeon either while I was there during Mike Turner’s time or before it!” Helen can be contacted on 07880 621728. Don’t miss it… get your tickets before they’re Gone With The Wind! Marc Hernandez
THE POSH PAGE ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United…
n that day at Wembley Stadium, we overcame Chesterfield 3-1 in front of close to 20,000 Posh fans and as previous winners of the competition, we have often been canvassed for our opinion on the format of the trophy. I think most people will accept that last year, the introduction of under 23 sides from Category One sides divided opinion. Crowds dwindled and interest in the trophy was at an all-time low, however, the revenue stream that it can provide means you can never dispense with the idea. The concept could be adapted. Last month, myself and manager Grant McCann, who was in that Posh side that lifted the trophy three years ago, headed down to a posh hotel in London for a media briefing and the final group stage draw of the first round of this year’s competition. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out how new life has been breathed into the competition. Posh are in a group with local rivals Northampton Town and Cambridge
United with one of the best Academies in the country, Southampton, also joining the mix. I’ve worked at the club for just over 15 years and during that time, we’ve never played Cambridge United in a competitive fixture. I can’t wait. I know that the fans can’t wait either. The game will be played at the Abbey Stadium in November, yet I have had more questions about prices and arrangements than any other fixture. The gaffer is excited too. “I think that everybody is looking forward to it, I know I am and I know the players are. We haven’t played Cambridge since 2001 so when you have that length of time between games, it builds the excitement level. We want to win the game and we want to go as far in the tournament as we can.” I know that the chairman Darragh MacAnthony wants to win the Checkatrade Trophy. And the league. You have to have ambition. You have to have a dream. Reach for the moon and fall among the stars is my motto. We will give it a right good go.
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Ashwood Homes is going from strength to strength
Is it time to make the move? If you’re looking for a new house, Ashwood Homes has now launched its latest collection of exclusive homes in Swineshead and Moulton. Both villages are tight knit semi-rural locations but with plenty of amenities including schools, newsagents and doctors surgeries. The developments offer the chance to live in a village location but in close commuting distances to the major towns/cities of Peterborough, Spalding and Boston. Abbey Walk in Swineshead offers a variety of styles to suit families, first time buyers, investors and professionals with 25 bedroom houses many with agricultural views. The showhome is now open to view so you can see for yourself the high specification that Ashwood Homes has to offer.
All Ashwood Homes are traditionally built with a modern feel, with a specification that sets them apart from other house builders
All Ashwood Homes are traditionally built with a modern feel, with a specification that sets them apart from other house builders. Some of the features you can expect as standard are integrated kitchen appliances; USB charging points for that all important mobile phone and a choice of carpet and vinyl floor coverings. Within Moulton on the Kingfisher Gardens site Ashwood Homes offers a range of new houses and bungalows which are proving ever popular with three being sold off plan on the first opening weekend.
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by Pep Cipriano
y l g n i k a e r b t r a a r e a H l C s u o e G rg I’m not one to stray but damn I was so tempted. Her majestic curves, the way she wears her drop-dead chrome, the sexiness in her voice just like Lauren Bacall and her dark, sophisticated exterior that is so Ava Gardner…Clara Buick is a woman I could drive off with forever… and I nearly did.
he’s caught my eye more than once and I’m not proud to admit it, but I followed her to the Baston Car and Bike show last month. She knew it though and loved the chase. I was loitering next to where she’d parked and then she flung open her door to invite me in for some flirty chat...
Clara, you're obviously not from around Peterborough. Do you come here often? “Hi Peppino, you’re looking swell. Hope you don’t mind me calling you Peppino ‘cause I think it’s kinda cute… I'm actually from the GM Buick factory in Framingham, 34 www.espmag.co.uk
Massachusetts, USA. My first carer, an older gentleman, bought me from Haus Buick of Brattleboro, Vermont. My second carer was the Prouty family in South Londonderry, Vermont and they took great care of me using me sparingly, mainly for parades, processions, proms and special occasions – hence my original 18,000 miles. In 2005 a man called Richard Allman of Naugatuck, Connecticut, took over my care up until 2016 and in those 11 years he added a further 11,000 careful miles on me. Due to retirement Richard felt it was time for someone else to care for me and that’s when a deal was struck to bring me across the
pond to Great Britain and ultimately Peterborough. Once customs clearance was done I set sail from New Jersey and after approximately five weeks of rough seas, I arrived here!” Peppino’s fine – and Clara's a lovely name – do you know where it came from? “It was a kind of tradition back in the day to name a new car after the lady of the house, so in my case I became ‘Clara’ after Mrs Clara Prouty, who sadly passed away in March of this year aged 86.” I reckon you could do a bit of modelling work with that curvy figure of yours. Do you mind sharing your vital statistics with me? “I’m officially a Buick Super Riviera four door sedan. I’m one of the first to be fitted with the legendary ‘Nailhead V8’ and have a slick Dynaflow gearbox for a smooth ride. I carry five people – six including the driver –
and another two in the trunk (if we were sneaking into a drive-in movie!). As you can see I’m not overly long or wide, I’d say I’m just right. And when you get my motor running I’m good for a top speed of 105 miles per hour. Not bad eh?” Yes, impressive. I quite like experienced ladies. Can I ask how old you are? “Oooh Peppino you know you should never ask a lady her age but as it’s you, I’m 64 years old, born on 26 June 1953.” So, if you don’t mind me asking, have you had any cosmetic surgery? “Let’s just say I'm almost all original and a natural beauty with all the right curves just like Jayne Mansfield. In 1953 my chrome plating was put on a little thinner to help with the Korean war effort, so some of us mature ladies from that time have poor chrome. For that reason, I had my rear bumper re-chromed. Then in 2012 a snow avalanche fell from a house onto my roof, so sadly my head was re-painted. Apart from those two bits I’m the real deal Peppino.” We all know how important it is to have an annual health MOT. How did yours go?
and film sets and even have my own Facebook following ‘ClaraBuick’. So, if you ever see me out and about feel free to come over and say hello, wave or give me a honk of your horn.”
“Well, luckily for me I don’t need an MOT because I’m a mature lady and the other benefit of having life experience is that HMRC has officially classed me as a ‘Vehicle of Historical Interest’, so I don’t pay road tax either. To be safe, I go to Rob Nottingham of SMS Motor Services in Yaxley who takes good care of me and keeps me running my best. Our relationship is strictly professional Peppino, so don’t go getting all jealous on me.” I bet you get a lot of people giving you the eye, don't you? “I sure do, but it’s all the right kind of attention and makes me feel loved and special. I love doing modelling, photo shoots
What's your idea of a perfect day out? “A dry sunny day cruising quiet roads with not too much traffic and a little bit of Doo Wop or blues playing in the background. Maybe attending a fete or car show where I can talk to people and share stories of yesteryear, perfect.” Is that how you met that bubble-gum pink '57 Chevy I’ve seen you hanging around with? What's that all about? “Oh yeah that's ‘Teddy the ‘57 Chevy’. He’s awesome looking and wow, have you heard how loud he can growl? Magnificent! But no need to be jealous Peppino, I can assure you he’s just a friend. He’s not my type, too young and boisterous. He’s been in Peterborough a little longer than me and has kindly been showing me around and introducing me to various people. Not that I'm one to gossip, but I heard he’s just finished doing a film shoot. I’ll tell you more, but not on the record.”
Don’t Miss These Classics! Now we’re well into the summer it’s worth pencilling in some classic car show dates for your diary that are too good to miss. Sunday August 13 is the Boston Classic Car Club Annual Show. The event takes place in Graves Park, Kirton and it’s always a great event for attracting vehicles from the north of our region, which you don’t see too much at shows closer to home. Sunday August 27 is the turn of the annual Stamford Car Show to put on another car packed event. This is always well attended by owners and visitors alike and is organised by the Stamford and District Round Table. It’s free entry and just over 500 vehicles will be on display, all bidding to win awards at the judging ceremony on the day. And finally, it took years for Peterborough to host its own annual event but it was well worth the wait. The Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show on the city’s riverside Embankment is now in its fourth year and growing. More than 500 vehicles have registered for the weekend (September 2 and 3) and organisers Peterborough City Council are still taking entries via their website. It’s shaping up to be the biggest weekend show of its kind in East Anglia and is open to caravans, motorcycles, scooters, commercial and agricultural vehicles, buses, ex-military and other forms of transport from yesteryear to modern classics.
Rocket Performance in Red Bull Soapbox Challenge Congratulations to the team from Viridor’s Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) who finished 30th out of 69 competitors at the Red Bull Soap Box Challenge. Their ‘Refuse Rocket’, which was practically made from a Sulo bin and reclaimed materials, navigated the downhill challenge by reaching a terrifying top speed of 25mph! The team also raised awareness and funds for local children’s brain tumour charity Anna’s Hope. Carole Hughes, founder of Anna’s Hope, told me: “It was an amazing event to watch and I was so proud of the team and their performance. I am grateful they chose to support
Anna’s Hope and as a result we got some wonderful coverage on national television. So far, the team has also raised £840.” It’s not too late to make a donation, so visit www.justgiving.com/fundra ising/PBOROSoap Box1 If you want to see the amazing 25mph Refuse Rocket and meet the team, it’ll be at Queensgate Shopping Centre on September 24.
ESPâ€™s Rachael Church has all the latest health and beauty newsâ€Ś
very popular, along with cheek fillers which are fashionable right now.â€?
The Advanced Skin Clinic on Park Road had a launch day in July, and I went along to find out all about what they can offer the beauty lovers in Peterborough. As soon as I arrived, I realised that this isnâ€™t your regular beauty clinic. Alongside the standard treatments, such as waxing, facials and threading are several Botox, filling, and skin peels aimed at everyone. The Clinic has a sister centre which has been open for 4 years in Stamford, and after it received a strong following a new centreâ€™s opened in central Peterborough. Demand has never been higher for such a range of treatments. On entry, you feel immediately at ease. Itâ€™s a bright and stylish reception area with welcoming staff who are all extremely knowledgeable about the treatments on offer. Kirsty King said, â€œOur laser treatments are our biggest seller as itâ€™s so reasonably priced. The Botox and lip fillers are also
They also use a great skin care product range called Environ which is packed with vitamins, which you canâ€™t just buy off the shelf at the supermarket, but only their specially trained therapists use it on clients. The Environ facials arenâ€™t done by hand, so even though they cost a little bit extra than a standard facial, you can see the difference. The machine uses microwaves allowing the product into your pores in your skin â€“ so itâ€™s even more enriched with the product leaving your skin feeling amazing. No one else in Peterborough offers this service. Plus, the lovely staff at the clinic can combine this with a nutrient plan with Environ specialist vitamins to ensure your skin continues to stay healthy. But donâ€™t forget they also have the usual beauty treatments. I was particularly impressed with the Orly nail varnish and they use a miniature bottle for treatments which you can take home after your manicure for touch ups â€“ a great idea for those of us who hate having to buy the bottle at extra expense! They also offer a make-up service using Jane Airdale products, which are mineral based so super good for your skin. So loads to check out â€“ a must visit for those in Peterborough really into their beauty treatments. You can find the clinic at 41a Park Road or call 01733 567888.
Over the summer making your garden a haven to relax in can have many health benefits. You can get some great exercise and use muscles you never knew you had (well, I did). You can create a small fruit and veg plot and inspire healthy eating with home grown produce, and you can create a 36 www.espmag.co.uk
relaxing space encouraging you to switch off more from the 9 to 5. I did find though, that being out in the garden did affect my poor hands, so hereâ€™s my top tip. The John Lewis Crabtree & Evelyn Gardenerâ€™s Hand Care Duo â€“ a gardenerâ€™s hand therapy and hand wash in a re-useable canvas tote. Blended with natural ingredients and botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden, it contains notes
If you were walking along Bridge Street last month, you might have noticed the cityâ€™s Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service being launched. I went along to check out what was going on and find out more about their plans. The service has a strong focus on creating a healthy body, healthy heart and lungs â€“ through things such as exercise, stopping smoking and healthy eating. Solutions4Health were on hand to provide information and support to enable residents to make better lifestyle choices and take control of their health. Itâ€™s clear that the new scheme can really help to transform peopleâ€™s lives if they want the help. We all know that quitting smoking, exercising and eating better can help improve our lifestyle, but sometimes itâ€™s hard to make the change (especially with all the great restaurants in the city centre there to tempt us.) So, if you think they might be able to help you and you couldnâ€™t make it on the day but are keen to start living a healthier, happier life, the Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service will be outside the front of the town hall offering health checks and mini MOTs most Saturdays from now on or you can find out more about their services on their website www.healthypeterborough.org.uk.
of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme and oak moss. A bit pricey at ÂŁ31, but totally worth the indulgence.
After all that lovely sun is your skin looking the worse for wear? You may find youâ€™re needing to cover lots of sun spots or tiny veins and blemishes with loads of makeup. If this is you then you need to pop along to Shrewsbury Avenue and get some help from the lovely team at My Body Essentials. Itâ€™s estimated around 65% of UK adults suffer with some kind of skin issue at any one time. Their IPL treatments can splat sun spots into touch and their great ThermaVeinÂŽ sends those pesky little veins into oblivion. You can also get a wonderful healthy and rejuvenated look with radio frequency or micro needle pens. Along with years of experience, MBE have everything from effective professional strength Cosmecuetical products to the very latest medical grade
treatment technology. Using IPL, Radio Frequency, ThermaVeinÂŽ, Micro Needling and Cryo Pens, they can combat your blemishes and ageing skin giving you the confidence to cut back on the makeup and be ready to face the world. Sounds good to me! They know their stuff and are all fully qualified Aesthetic Therapists, so sort those skin issues and give them a call on 01733 234251 or check out their website www.mybodyessentials.co.uk for more information.
celebrate what lies beneath. Theyâ€™ve been baring all since early last year, through even the coldest winter days to be photographed by Carrie Wilson.
Iâ€™ve got to congratulate a great bunch of women whoâ€™ve braved a slightly risquĂŠ calendar shoot to raise funds for Peterborough Breast Unit and Cancer Research UK. The Gracefully Uncovered For Breast Cancer calendar is flying off the shelves and the five brave ladies are attracting a lot of attention in the media. The ladies are from Market Deeping, Deeping St James, Langtoft, Baston and Deeping Gate and theyâ€™ve all had breast cancer and been treated at Peterborough Breast Unit. Michelle, Kerry, Steph, Sharon and Caroline, have come together to remove their clothing, and uncover and
Sharon told me â€“ â€œWe wanted to give something back to those that helped to treat us and save our lives so came up with the idea of a sort of Calendar Girls style calendar which is on sale now for ÂŁ5.â€? Each of these ladies has endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hair loss and mastectomies. Yet instead of surrendering and retreating away from life, theyâ€™ve bravely embraced it to the fullest. I think the calendar is a brilliant idea so please show your support. Theyâ€™ve setup an online shop to cope with demand. You can buy the calendar at Deeping Raft Race, through their Facebook page or at gracefullyuncovered. bigcartel.com
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Cleansing isn’t just for the winter months, and castor oil isn’t just an old fashioned remedy…
One of my old favourites is using castor oil packs. Using castor oil therapeutically has been common amongst many naturopathic practitioners for years. I was first introduced to this and many other natural gifts over 20 years ago when I studied nutrition and naturopathy and have used these in my practice, and retreats ever since. You can use it topically (not ingested) to treat skin issues such as acne, athletes foot, inflamed joints, dry skin on cracked heels and elbows as well as a range of other conditions. Castor oil uses have dated back to early Egyptian times, used by many folk healers and popularised by the psychic healer Edgar Cayce and used by many naturopaths worldwide. I’ve used castor oil in the form of a ‘castor oil pack’ which can help increase the absorption into the skin. For me this is the best application when working with detoxification, liver/gallbladder clearing, period pains etc.
What you need to make a castor oil pack •
A high quality cold pressed castor oil
A cotton flannel large enough to be folded over a couple of times and still cover a good area of the abdomen i.e. placed over liver/gallbladder area.
Hot water bottle or a heat pad
An old towel placed to protect the surface you’re going to rest on from the oil
Plastic zip up bag to place the used oiled flannel in for further use, if reusing all you have to do is add more oil to the flannel and use again as needed.
How to make a castor oil pack I like to place the flannel I’ll be using under the hot water bottle to warm it for 5 mins, then add the castor oil until it’s soaked through but not dripping. Place the flannel over the area you wish to treat such as liver or lower abdomen for period pains etc, then place the hot water bottle or heat pad on top. Place another old towel over the top, wrap in a blanket to keep warm. You can then lie there for 45-60mins, read, listen to music, meditate or whatever you want to do to relax.
ugust has to be one of the most social months of the year with festivals, parties, weddings, hen/stag parties, BBQ’s and of course holidays. It always feels like a month of freedom and lightness, however that’s far from how the body feels. We often feel toxic over those winter months after the Christmas excess but mid summer also takes its toll on our health. More alcohol (probably more than the short period of Christmas), and of course hotter weather and less sleep, all contribute to dehydration. Add to this the BBQs, holiday foods and eating your own body weight in ice-cream and it’s highly likely that you feel tired, sluggish, heavy, bloated, irritable and out of sorts! Of course there are more high water content fruits and vegetables at this time
of year but a scattering of strawberries or salad leaves on your plate can’t always compete against the other unfavourable foods/drinks that we’re chugging down the gut in the heat. Water of course is key, maybe an extra glass or two than you would in the winter. A good pick-me-up in the summer is needed as much as during those winter months. A day or two (or longer if you can) of raw foods – salads, juices, smoothies, fruits etc will not only help bowels improve, but also hydrate, nourish and support cleansing and try and reduce your intake of bread, red meat, alcohol and caffeine. There are many other natural therapeutic approaches such as saunas, yoga/pilates etc, colonics (see below for my August only offer) and more.
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When finished, remove the flannel and wipe the skin with a clean cloth and soap/water mix. You may also want to wear an old T-shirt as once this oil is on the material it rarely comes off. When cleansing you can use the packs daily or when you can. The best reported benefits are from those that use it several times a month. Using a castor oil pack can also give you some head space, and a bit of relaxation! In health, Karen https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168117
Clay Pigeon Shooting For Father's Day a few weeks back, I was a bit stuck for ideas for my dad and likewise something nice for me to do with my children Ethan and Oonagh-Mae. I prefer to give experiences and memories as gifts rather than stuff and things.
My partner Sarah and I had been regularly passing a new site of some sort developing halfway between Thorney and Newborough on Bukehorn Road and then realised it was a new Clay Pigeon Shooting venue. Wow, this was it! A perfect Father's Day treat. Plus we could also book me in as a treat from my own children, lucky me! (So that was very thoughtful of them.) So after finding them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bukehorn we booked in a few places for a promising Dads 'n' Lads day. The motley crew was made up of me
and my dad, my son, brother and also my girlfriend's dad Terry. Upon arrival we were met by the owners and family members running the registration process and they were all very welcoming and nice to chat to. There was a food and drinks stand so I could imagine it could be nice to spend a leisurely afternoon there, shooting and spectating. The weather was great and we were excited and ready to have a go an see how well we could do. There was an underlying manly competitiveness brewing, and my brother was already counting up the clays, sizing up the guns and quietly getting his game face on. We love a bit of healthy competition! We signed ourselves in, were given a safety briefing, and then proceeded to the shelters where we'd shoot from where a very lovely chap ran through the process. The instructor was fantastic; very patiently, calming and enthusiastically talking each one of us through our turns, adjusting our stance, how we held the gun, advising how to look down the barrel with one eye or two and getting everything just right. I didn't know I was right-eyed until I learned this that day. Being left or right-eyed affects how you look down the barrel to the clays so it was handy to know. With his remote control he'd release the clays on a three-count and as if we had all the time in the world would be like a gunman whisperer, gently telling us "well done", "slow down", "don't panic". All credit to him for the patience you just need in order to watch people miss so many times!
However, as we each worked through our batch of shots we all hit enough clays to be pretty satisfied with ourselves. Terry turned out to be a dark horse, hitting about ten-in-a-row to finish big and steal the show. Needless to say, he reminded me to treat his daughter well as he's a bloody good shot! Message received Terry... We had a great time and would love to go back again soon. For now there are only select dates available as the current licence only allows so many shooting days per year but they'll hopefully soon be able to increase this. I'd definitely recommend this as a great novel treat for a sunny weekend and to book ahead to make sure you get the dates, you'll have a great time. Peterborough Clay Shooting Ground is on Bukehorn Road, Thorney, PE6 0QG. Get in touch via Facebook or 07590 194330.
Sports Connections Foundation Former professional Premier League player Junior McDougald has put his passion for football to good use using his skills and contacts to create a charity supporting disadvantaged youngsters. Junior the superstar is just a regular guy – “It’s still hard to believe he’s one of the most famous, recognised people on the planet – and what I love is I bumped into him when we were doing a Sporting Wish in LA – and he hasn’t changed at all. He’s really down to Earth.” As well as mixing with the celebs Junior has had his own time in the limelight both as a player and on the Sky One football drama Dream Team back in the late 90s. But it all could have been very different.
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ports Connections Foundation is based in Peterborough and has supported thousands of local kids but despite this seems to have a low profile. ESP has teamed up with the charity to promote its work and has been given unique access to some of its celebrity ambassadors. We’ve already caught up with Jeff Brazier and Craig Mackail-Smith, and will be talking to more in future, but for this issue it’s time to meet one of the main men behind SCF. Junior’s passion is evident – “It’s a calling not a job,” he tells us. “There are so many disadvantaged and vulnerable children that don’t get the support they need – to transform the life of a child is just the best thing ever.” Sports Connections Foundation works in schools delivering projects such as its ProKick Schools Challenge, Inspire Through Sports programme, mentoring as well as fundraising for an orphanage in West Africa and also delivers Sporting Wishes for children with life threatening conditions. Junior knows first hand how easy it is to have a poor start and head down the wrong path, so he’s determined to help provide youngsters with some strong role models and help identify the kids who need extra support. He grew up on a typical council estate, his mum went to prison and as a child he was regularly fostered. Discovering a talent for football was his way out. It led to him training and playing with a generation of footballing stars including the likes of Sol Campbell and David Beckham. This provided him with a wealth of life long friends he can call upon to support his charity work. Not many can claim to have trained and played with David Beckham but to
There are so many disadvantaged and vulnerable children that don’t get the support they need...
“I wasn’t academic and I soon got into trouble,” admits Junior, “but discovering I could play football was my way out and my life began to change. But if I’m one in 2,000 that make it as a pro, what about all those others who don’t? “I wanted to be a positive role model and help children like me.” That’s something he’s been determined to fulfil with SCF. The ProKick schools challenge uses sport to help and
inspire children. They raise money which is divided between the school and the orphanage in Africa which in turn promotes global citizenship. When the school children see how poor youngsters elsewhere in the world still love football playing with a ball made of rolled up elastic bands, the fact their fundraising helps provide football equipment is a real eye opener. “It’s lovely showing kids here what a difference they can make. It’s a small charity with a big reach,” says Junior. SCF are holding a triathlon style event called the Cycle, Splash and Dash at the David Lloyd health club in Cambridge on August 20 to raise more money for their Sporting Wishes and you can sponsor the event on www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charit y/sports-connections/cyclesplashdash Next month you’ll see SCF in action in Serpentine Green Shopping Centre which we’ll tell you more about in the next issue. Junior is hoping more companies will support SCF with sponsorship, asking staff to help with volunteering and even by providing role models to show children what they can aspire to in a career and prove that success is achievable for them too. If you’d like to get involved with SCF to support the charity, involve your school or request a Sporting Wish you can contact them through their website www.scfchildrenscharity.org.uk
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DOM FROM LOVE ISLAND HEADS TO BORO It’s been all about Love Island for the last few weeks and to keep fans happy Dom from the ITV2 hit show is heading our way on Friday August 18. He’ll be appearing for a live Meet and Greet and picture opportunity in Edwards, Flares and Red Room and hopefully dishing all the gossip about all the couples! All the event information is on the Antics Facebook page (facebook.com/AnticsEvents) along with how you can get your priority meet and greet wristband.
Your guide to the night time scene
House Proud presents Adam Shelton and Bobby O'Donnell (One Records) on Bank Holiday Sunday August 27. It’s time to celebrate with the team at House Proud as they invite One Records to take over the terrace at their summer closing event. Stand by for more great music from 5pm – 4am on the SolGarden terrace with Adam Shelton & Bobby O'Donnell (One Records), Russell James, Chris Young and friends who’ll play out to a crowd of 800 party goers for the final time this year. Early bird tickets will be available on Resident Advisor.
Throwback returns to Edwards on Friday August 25 with special guest and host Gracious K, known for the huge anthem Migraine Skank. Gracious will be on hand to get the crowd hyped and perform his original Napa anthem! DJ's Jake Baines, AJ and Nick T will also be bringing you a mash up of nostalgic house, garage and urban anthems!
SANDY RIVERA (KINGS OF TOMORROW) COMES TO CITY The next SolGarden Terrace Sessions sees the debut appearance of the one and only Sandy Rivera on Saturday August 5! He’ll be DJing at The Solstice before jetting off to Ibiza the next day for another full-on night. He’ll be joined by their resident DJs Phil Drummond and Alex Vacca for another unforgettable night. As one of the most highly regarded producers of his, or any other, generation, Sandy Rivera’s place in house music history is already assured. Recording under both his
own name and his legendary Kings of Tomorrow moniker, Rivera’s timeless house records have placed him in a league of his own. There’ll be music in three rooms on the night from 9pm – 4am with confetti bombs, CO2 cannons and extra sound and light. Tickets available on Resident Advisor and more details are on Facebook.
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There’s a huge lineup of student events throughout August with the YoYo Team at Edwards, Flares and Red Room on Broadway. Every Thursday night they bring you some of the biggest student style antics in town with plenty of giveaways, themes and prizes to be won! One of the biggest Thursday sessions of the year is The A Level Results Party on Thursday August 17 with all 3 venues open until the early hours! Head to facebook.com/yoyoclubnights to join the event.
It’s a busy month at the Solstice and in addition to the big events listed on this page they have loads more lined up. Thursday August 17 it’s their ALevel Results Party with a special guest PA, and every Thursday it’s their brand new Student Survival night. It’s Urban Classics on Friday August 18, Friday August 25 it’s Home and Saturday August 26 it’s Alex P on the decks.
Kiss FM's Steve Smart is back in the building on Friday August 4 for his next date in his new monthly residency at The Solstice. Steve is one of Kiss FM’s top DJ’s and showcases the hottest new dance music to the nation, presenting the start to the Kiss Weekend with Friday Night Kiss (7-10pm) and Saturday Night Kiss (8pm-11pm) across the UK on the Kiss Network. You will be able to catch him on the first Friday of each month in the SolGarden joined by resident DJ Alex Vacca. It’s free entry until 11pm and more after so get in early.
How has the nightlife scene evolved over the last few years in Peterborough?
“There’s no denying that the House Proud celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and stages events nightlife scene has changed every Bank Holiday on the SolGarden terrace. Charles El-Imad puts the dramatically over the last few questions to House Proud DJ and promoter Russell James… years. We went through a phase where it felt like a venue closed Charles: What can people expect if down every week. There are they head to a House Proud event however a small group of and have never been along before? passionate people working day and night to bring new international Russell: “For those that haven’t acts to Peterborough. The Solstice been to House Proud before they offering an incredible 800 capacity can expect everything from a huge terrace and Red Room, recently club packed into an intimate investing in their venue also venue. We install a Void Acoustics continue to impress with their DJ sound system, additional lighting, bookings. Without these 2 venues, and CO2 cannons. The event’s where would we be?” different to everything else in the area, it starts in the sun and ends Have you noticed an increase or under the stars to create an depletion in the number of immense atmosphere.” people going out? What is it like being a DJ and “I don’t think people are going out music events in Peterborough, promoter in the city? less, times have changed and there’s nothing quite like seeing all people seem to want different “I love playing and organising of the smiling faces on the night things. We’ve built up a great events in the city, it’s hard work but and people sharing their stories reputation in the city and our very rewarding. Having a residency online the next day. events are always at capacity, I’d is incredible, you really get to know “I know I’ve mentioned it before, if imagine the team behind Mixology the crowd, build a connection and it wasn’t for the venue believing in will all have the same opinion.” experience something special. me, the residents continuing to do Where do you see the nightlife “The likes of Groovaholic, DubDup, such an outstanding job and the scene going in future? What Dizzy Funk and A Touch of Class all crowds of people attending then would you like to see? inspired me whilst growing up. I’m none of this would be possible. I’m grateful to have been given the so thankful to everybody that’s “Over the past year, there’s been a opportunity to promote house been involved from start to finish.” lot of new restaurants and pubs
starting to appear which is great as it's attracting people back into the heart of Peterborough. It would be nice to see independent music venues with late licenses in the city, variety is key. It’s going to take continued investment and a team of dedicated people to keep things moving forwards.” You have also been signed with your own music, tell us more. “I’ve had a number of releases, some charting in the Beatport Top 40. My latest productions have been signed to the incredible Respekt Recordings and the robust Italian techno labels, Redrum Music and Unusual Recordings. I’m continuing to work hard in the studio and have a lot of unsigned material waiting to be sent out.” Where does your inspiration come from and what would you like to achieve? “Inspiration can come from anywhere; you have to have an open mind and learn to listen to everything, even the everyday sounds around you can lead to your next musical idea. “I’ll continue hosting local events as it’s nice to have a foundation. In the future, I’d love to become a touring DJ travelling the world with a unique production style that keeps my sound fresh.”
Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene…
Photo: Roger Sargent
August is festival month and therefore it provides a rich source of live music. So I thought it would be worthwhile previewing what you can expect at five of the main festivals in and around Peterborough. In addition to The Peterborough Beer Festival there is The Thorney Music Festival, The Water Newton Festival, The Green Meadows Festival and the return of Randall Rootz!
Reverend and the Makers
Green Meadows Music Festival The grounds of Elton Hall in the village of Elton, once again will host The Green Meadows Festival on the weekend of August 11-13. The Green Meadows Festival first took place in 2012 and was originally set up with the intention of raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. There is a wide variety of music and activities, featuring established acts and unsigned bands, whilst also showing festivals can be affordable without compromising on facilities and quality. The organisers have donated a total of over £5,500 to the TCT so far, and through the donation buckets spread around the site expect more this year. Every year the festival has grown, with well-known acts, facilities and children’s 44 www.espmag.co.uk
activities. Also, due to the vast expanse of fields surrounding Elton Hall, camping is available over the weekend. Three fields are available for camping with one set aside for families, which boasts flushing toilets and showers and even a kids’ cinema! There are multiple activity areas and stages for the music and headliners on The Meadow stage this year include The Sugarhill Gang Ft Melle Mel and the Furious 5, Reverend and the Makers and Stereo MCs. Whilst on The Garden Stage headliners include Danny Rampling, Stanton Warriors and Shades of Rhythm. For further ticket and camping booking information go to www.greenmeadows festival.org
Cheers For 40 Years @ Beer Fest! It’s the 40th anniversary of the Peterborough Beer Festival this year. As always the big marquees on Peterborough’s Embankment will host over 400 real ales, ciders, wine and bottle beers, all with strange sounding names. I hear also that the organisers are embracing the latest gin craze and will for the first time have a Gin Bar which will be bringing you a range of around 20 different and unique gins to sample. (Goodo!). Although the festival attracts many visitors to the city over the week, this really is one of the most important social gatherings of the year for Peterborough people. Thousands of locals will attend whatever the weather and there’s always a fantastic vibrant atmosphere all through the week. This year the festival runs from Tuesday to Saturday August 22 –26 and the live music on offer is really exciting. On Thursday, newcomers to the Beer Festival stage are The Ouse Valley Singles Club who produce a memorable live show. They’re one of the most original outfits currently doing the live circuit. Heavily influenced by the sounds and traditions of 1950’s skiffle, they combine this long forgotten genre with the energy of punk, whilst occasionally dropping some reggae urban flavours into the mix and then layering this with hilarious folk-like story-telling. These are preceded by the energetic Tom Wright Band. Tom is a 21 year old, local singer-songwriter, and has just released his debut album. His act is always full of energy and superb guitar playing. Traditionally the big night features three favourites of the festival, (in order of appearance) The Palmerston Ukulele Band, Retrolux and the Rocket Dogs. A great night in the music tent! And on Saturday, there really is a great variety of music genres throughout the day, for instance from 2pm where The Band of Tramps take the stage we have in order of appearance The Fedz, All Shook Up, Ramshackle Serenade, and headlining at 9.15pm, The Motor City Vipers. What a final night! Very fitting to the 40th anniversary of the Peterborough Beer Festival and really the only problem is deciding which nights to attend. For more information visit www.peterborough-camra.org.uk
Water Newton Music Festival
Water Newton Music Festival is back after a year’s break, and it takes place on the village green on Bank Holiday Sunday August 27. The line-up has now been finalised and includes: Pennyless, Wansford Ukulele Folk, The Gangsters, Latino Sound, and Gone to The Dogs. Gates will open at 12 noon with live music commencing at 1pm through to 7.30pm. Great ‘street food’ is on offer, together with fresh wood fired pizzas. There’ll be a wine and beer tent with real ales supplied by Castor Ales plus a Pimms and Bubbles bar.
This is a charity gig with all profits going to Friends of St Remigius to help maintain and improve the ancient church in the village on the banks of the River Nene. The organisers recommend taking your own chairs and sunshades. What could be better on a Bank Holiday than to follow that advice, place the chair on the village green and soak up the atmosphere of a real English countryside festival along with friends and family. Tickets are available online at www.waternewtonvillage.co.uk
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Randall Roots Returns
As reported exclusively in last month’s ESP, the Randall Rootz Festival is returning to Peterborough this summer, over the weekend of August 18, 19 & 20 and the line-up looks like a veritable feast of local talent and musicianship. Now in its 10th year, the event first ran in 2007 to commemorate the life of local musician and music promotor, Mark Randall. From that initial ‘get together’ of friends and family, the weekend’s grown into a three-day event, with all profits being raised for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. While the Saturday and Sunday daytime events are completely free of charge, the Friday night kicks off at The Brewery Tap as an exclusive ticket-only show featuring the UK’s only Pogues tribute band, The Dead Rabbits, (think Dirty Old Town, Fairytale Of New York, The Irish Rover, Fiesta etc). Supported by reformed local acoustic/rock heroes, Angryman, with whom Mark Randall’s musical talents were also very much associated with. Tickets are limited and priced at just £10 each, available from the venue on 01733 358500. After Friday night’s shenanigans, the event moves over to the open sunny space of Charters beer garden from midday Saturday and Sunday. Totally free of charge and very family-friendly, the full line-up of around 20 bands includes the fantastic Palmerston Ukulele Band, The Chris Watson Sound (jazz/blues/latin), Ramshackle Serenade (swingbilly), Lexie Green (blues/rock), Heather McVey (acoustic soul), Dan Donovan (bluesy delta swamp), Americana (country/rock), local reggae masters Zeb Rootz, plus many, many more… Event organiser, Andy Whittaker told me – “The difficulty this year hasn’t been about which bands and musicians to include, but who to exclude. “We’ve been blown away by the good will shown by local acts, some of which have given up lucrative shows to be here over the weekend, so whoever turns up to watch and listen are in for a real treat. We’ve also been delighted by local companies such as PPS Print and RA Baker Glaziers sponsoring our efforts and would like to say a big thank you to them too – including ESP of course!” The weekend events start each day at midday. In addition to the quality musical entertainment, there will also be performance poetry, morris dancing, a barbecue and plenty of real-ale flowing – with Oakham Ales brewing a special one-off Randall Rootz Ale for the weekend. For more information, give a ‘like’ to the festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RandallRootzOfficial
The Bluetones Are Back
Brit Pop band, The Bluetones, are scheduled for a nostalgic return to The Met Lounge in Bridge Street, on Friday August 11. All four original members, Mark Morriss, Adam Devlin, Scott Morriss and Eds Chesters are heading to Peterborough this month to mark their 20th anniversary together. It’s their 5th appearance at The Met, the previous shows in 2003 and 2005 were all sell outs – the band becoming the first band ever to sell out four consecutive shows at the club. The Bluetones, who were a huge part of the Brit Pop era, were always an engaging and dynamic live outfit. Fronted by the enigmatic Mark Morriss, they had an impressive run of hit singles that included the Bluetonic, Slight Return, Marblehead Johnson, Solomon Bites The Worm, If and Keep the Fires Burning. As tickets are likely to sell out once again so I suggest a quick call to The Met Lounge on 01733 566100.
Thorney Goes Live
As always, the day after the Beer Festival closes, sees the annual Thorney Live Music Festival. This is the twenty-second year of the event and once again takes place in the grounds of the Bedford Hall, Thorney, on Sunday August 27. The event, originated by organiser Andy Stuffins, has raised in excess of £60,000 for charity in its 21 years and that figure is bound to increase due to the quality of the line-up which includes: Third Stone From The Sun, Up The Function, Grounded, The Mesh Band, Brotherhoods Roundabout, Amy Palmer and The Motor City Vipers.
The gates open at 11.30 with the first band on at 12.30 and the entertainment continues through to dusk. There’s a licensed bar, hot food and drink, children's inflatables and stalls on the site and the charity beneficiaries this year are Cancer Research UK, NGNPUK and Thorney Ex Servicemen Club. The Club have been heavily involved in the event from its early days and have provided much needed resources to ensure the success of the Festival.
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WED JUL 26
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OPEN ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH THE BOATMEN The Railway, Ramsey
ANNA AND JIMMY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU JUL 27 ZELDA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI JUL 28 3 PARTS DIRT The Duck and Drake, Yaxley CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Bell Inn, Sawtry CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION New Crown, Whittlesey CIRCA 73 The Crown, Lincoln Road COCOON Charters, Town Bridge HIGH ROLLERS The Golden Fleece, Stamford LEFTOVAS The Punchbowl, Spalding MOTOR CITY VIPERS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue THE GANGSTERS The Solstice, Northminster TIGER CLUB The Ploughman, Werrington UP THE JUNCTION Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington Lakes WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
SAT JUL 29 CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Ploughman, Werrington DEJA VU The Burghley Club, Burghley Road KEITH LUCKEY 3PM The Lancaster Club, Yaxley LEE JOSHUA ROSE The Fayre Spot, Bretton LEGEND The Golden Fleece, Stamford NEW GENERATION CRASH N BURN Fletton, Stanground and Woodston Ex service and Working Mens Club, High Street OFF THE RECORD Ebeneezers, Woodston PETER BARLOW The Braza Club, March STEALER The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road STINGRAY The Crown, Lincoln Road VELOCITY The Ostrich Inn, North Street WOOFSTOCK FESTIVAL The Angel Inn, Yarwell
SUN JUL 30 ACOUSTICATS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate FRUMENTY + HOLLY JEAN + ANDY SPEECHLEY + RESONATE TRIO The Glasshouse, Key Theatre THE HIGH ROLLERS 3PM Charters, Town Bridge WOOFSTOCK FESTIVAL The Angel Inn, Yarwell
TUE AUG 1 MILLSTONE ACOUSTIC SESSION The Millstone, Barnack OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Crown, Lincoln Road OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU AUG 3 ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate FACEBOOK LIVE OPEN MIC Puzzles?, Bridge Street VOODOO UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford
FRI AUG 4 BLACKOUT UK The Dragon, Werrington CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Burghley Club, Burghley Road CUTTIN LOOSE The Mason Arms, Bourne GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Crown, Lincoln Road ON THE CEILING The Ploughman, Werrington RPM The Pig n Falcon, St Neots THE COLLECTIVE & FRIENDS Mama Liz's, Stamford THE SCUTTLERS Charters, Town Bridge
SAT AUG 5 CATCH 22 The Braza Club, March DIRTY RUMOURS The Deeping Stage, Deeping HOOKER London Inn, Stamford MANKYBEDS The Grainstore, Oakham MEG MCPARTLIN Puzzles?, Bridge Street MULLERED AT THE MILL The Granary, Long Sutton SOUL PROVIDERS Ebeneezers, Woodston THE DEPS Burghley Club, Burghley Road
SUN AUG 6 BOBA FETT (3PM) Itter Park, Walton CARPARK RENDEZVOUS Deeping Raft Race, Deeping CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Itter Park Festival, Walton DIRTY RUMOURS The Wheatsheaf, Edith Weston HOOKER Iron Horse Ranch, Market Deeping IAN & KATE (3PM) Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate NEW IN TOWN Puzzles?, Bridge Street OPEN MIC NIGHT Brewery Tap, Westgate REVOLVER The Stage, Deeping
SUNDAY SESSION WITH OAKLEAS RISE 4-6PM Mama Liz's, Stamford THE GANGSTERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge THE NUGGETS (1PM) Itter Park, Walton
MON AUG 7 GROOVE SISTAS Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC NIGHT Charters, Town Bridge
TUE AUG 8 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Blue Boar, Eye OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
WED AUG 9 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Railway Inn, Ramsey LATIN JAZZ DUO Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU AUG 10 ZELDA Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI AUG 11 ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington NEW GENERATION CRASH AND BURN The Fayre Spot, Bretton NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + THE BRAYS + THE LARTEY SISTERS Mama Liz's, Stamford STEREO MCS + REVEREND AND THE MAKERS + THE SUGAR HILL GANG + LIVE BANDS Green Meadows Festival, Elton Hall THE BLUETONES The Met Lounge, Bridge Street WALKWAY Charters, Town Bridge
SAT AUG 12 ANDY HUGHES Puzzles?, Bridge Street ANTOINE FLEURIOT The Angel Inn, Yarwell CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Dragonfly, Orton Malbourne CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Ruddy Duck Duckfest, Peakirk DIRTY RUMOUR The Ploughman, Werrington GRUMPY OLD MEN Ebeneezers, Woodston LIVE BANDS GLASTONBURGHLEY FESTIVAL The Lord Burghley, Stamford MEL STEVENS AND CLASSICS The Braza Club, March PAUL & GEOFF The Three Horseshoes, Werrington STEREO MCS + REVEREND AND THE MAKERS + THE SUGAR HILL GANG + LIVE BANDS Green Meadows Festival, Elton Hall
THE GUARDS The Bluebell, Dogsthorpe THE INTRUDERS Burghley Club, Burghley Road THE NUGGETS The Five Horseshoes, Barholm
SUN AUG 13 CALUM STEWART Puzzles?, Bridge Street HELEN SMITH (4PM) Mama Liz's, Stamford JIMMY & RUSS (3PM) Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate MOTOR CITY VIPERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge STEREO MCS + REVEREND AND THE MAKERS + THE SUGAR HILL GANG + LIVE BANDS Green Meadows Festival, Elton Hall
SUN AUG 20 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Five Horseshoes, Barholm COURTYARD JUKEBOX Mama Liz's, Stamford JIMMY DOHERTY Puzzles?, Bridge Street MOTOR CITY VIPERS 2-6PM Whittlesey Square, Whittlesey RAMSHACKLE SERENDAE Randall Rootz Festival (6.30pm), Charters SOPHIA SOUL Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate SOUL RUNNERS 3PM OUTSIDE GIG The Peacock, London Road
MON AUG 21 AGI Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
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TUE AUG 22
LIVE MUSIC Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate SONGWRITERS EVENING The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH STACY Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment
TUE AUG 15 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate POWERED OPEN MIC The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
WED AUG 16 PAGEN Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU AUG 17 HOLLY JEAN Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI AUG 18 CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIENCE The Fayre Spot, Bretton CUTTING LOOSE Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington RETROLUX The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road ROB BULL ACOUSTIC The Ploughman, Werrington THE DEAD RABBITS + ANGRY MAN Randall Rootz Festival (ticket only), Brewery Tap
SAT AUG 19 COURTYARD JUKEBOX Puzzles?, Bridge Street MULLERED AT THE MILL Burghley Club, Burghley Road RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Lime Tree, Walton RANDALL ROOTZ FESTIVAL Charters, Town Bridge REVOLVER Bands on the Bank, Wainfleet TEXAS GUN The Braza Club, March THE RETURNS The Ploughman, Werrington
WED AUG 23 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Railway, Ramsey
THU AUG 24 CARPARK RENDEZVOUS Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate FACEBOOK LIVE OPEN MIC Puzzles?, Bridge Street LEWIS SPEIRS + STEPHEN HERO Mama Liz's, Stamford TOM WRIGHT BAND + OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment
FRI AUG 25 MATT GROCOTT Puzzles?, Bridge Street PLAMERSTONE UKULELE BAND + RETROLUX Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment RISKY TRICK The Grainstore, Oakham THE GUARDS The Ploughman, Werrington THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN Charters, Town Bridge UNION AVENUE The Grainstore, Oakham WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
SAT AUG 26 BAND OF TRAMPS + CHRIS WATSON BAND + THE FEDZ + ALL SHOOK UP + RAMSHACKLE SERENADE + MOTOR CITY VIPERS Peterborough Beer Festival, Embankment CAUSTIC LIGHTS The Elm Tree, Dogsthorpe COURTYARD JUKEBOX The Angel Inn, Yarwell
FUNK SOUL BROTHER, PEMBROKE TENNESSON AND BLUE SKIN BLAKE The Grainstore, Oakham GO WITH THE FLOW Burghley Club, Burghley Road HAZARDVILLE, FOWOKAN, ELENI DEMETRIOU The Grainstore, Oakham KENNY LEE & HUSTLER The Braza Club, MARCH LISA HAMMOND Puzzles?, Bridge Street LOOSE ROCKET The Anchor, Sutton Bridge NEW GENERATION The Ploughman, Werrington RPM The Crown, Lincoln Road THE GUARDS Ebeneezers, Woodston THE NUGGETS The London Inn, Stamford
SUN AUG 27 DARREN BETHELL (3PM) Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate GRUMPY OLD MEN The Letter B, Whittlesey LAOE Puzzles?, Bridge Street PENNYLESS + WANSFORD UKULELE FOLK + THE GANGSTERS + LATINO SOUND + GONE TO THE DOGS Water Newton Music Festival, Village Green RETROLUX Charters, Town Bridge SKYFIGHT + MEENA LEE TRIO + CARTER DOLBY + SOPHIE FREAR The Glasshouse, Key Theatre THE DEPS The Fayre Spot, Bretton THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN + UP THE FUNCTION + GROUNDED + THE MESH BAND + BROTHERHOODS ROUNDABOUT + AMY PALMER + MOTOR CITY VIPERS Thorney Music Festival, Bedford Hall
MON AUG 28 PENNYLESS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge SALMON DAVE Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate VARIOUS LIVE ACTS 1-4PM St Andrews Hall Summer Fete, Whittlesey
TUE AUG 29 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU AUG 31 THE LAZOONS Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate VOODOO LOUNGE LIVE PRESENTS LEWIS SPEIRS Mama Liz's, Stamford
FRI SEP 1 3 PARTS DIRT The Duck and Drake, Yaxley