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What’s hot in t Liv Slater has the ESP guide to the best events

OUNDLE EXPLODES There are still a few tickets left for the Fireworks Concert as part of the Oundle International Festival on July 17. As well as a spectacular fireworks display, top Rolling Stones tribute, The Counterfeit Stones, will recreate the magic of Jagger and Co. They’ll be supported by 70’s legends Showaddywaddy, who will be performing all their hits, such as Under the Moon of Love and Hey Rock and Roll. Also playing are The OG’s, a local band whose blend of 60’s hits has been wowing crowds at the Fireworks Concert for the past 3 years. If you’re thinking of taking a picnic with you – there will be loads of delicious food on site too – then take a stroll down to the Oundle Food Festival on Market Square. Buskers and street entertainers will lend the place a carnival atmosphere and you’ll be able to sample delights both local and global, while watching demonstrations from chefs.

CHERRY TREE GETS CHARITABLE The Cherry Tree on Oundle Road will be hosting a Charity Afternoon for Sue Ryder Care on July 25 featuring live music from Pennyless, Les Woods, Taking Care of Business, Road Crew and White Spirit amongst others. You can bring the kids along to play in the beer garden or on the bouncy castle while you munch on the BBQ. Ann and Jess are also hosting heats for Cambridgeshire’s Battle Of The Bands on July 31 from 8pm, if anyone is interested in taking part then just pop into the pub for details.


CLARE CRAZY? Celebrating the life of one of England’s greatest poets, the John Clare Festival runs in Helpston, near Peterborough (his birthplace) – from July 9 – 11. With poetry readings, folk music, guided walks and lots of talks, this is a must for anyone with an interest in poetry or just local history. Carry Ackroyd, an artist inspired by John Clare’s poems will be giving a talk, as well as Judith Allnot, writer of The Poet’s Wife. For more info visit or call 01353 668438.


Can’t wait for the CAMRA Beer Festival? Head to Charters on July 30 – August 1 and you’ll be able to sample over 30 beers from different breweries, Oakham Ales’ award-winning beers and traditional ciders in the sunshine while listening to live music all weekend – bliss! These guys have the biggest beer garden in the city centre so make the most of it.

S.O.R.T.E.D LIVE MUSIC DAY Cathedral Square will be even busier than usual on July 24, thanks to a whole day of music from lots of local acts, including Indie heroes The Brays and X Factor’s Nicole Lawrence. It’s all put together by Stamp Out Retail Theft Every Day, and aims to point out to youngsters that there are better ways to have fun than committing crime. There’ll be loads of information about activities and events through the summer and youth groups – although it’s only a tiny minority of teenagers that do get on the wrong side of the law, this event aims to remove all temptation!

Britain’s been going dance mad recently, thanks to loads of successful reality TV shows – if you’ve caught the (jitter)bug, then don’t miss the Big Dance Goes East events running on July 1 and 4. Practice your moves and pick up a few tips – beginners and experts alike – on July 1 with workshops and taster sessions covering styles such as hip hop and street dance. The main event takes place inside Queensgate on July 4 when Velocity Dance Company and Cruise Control take to the stage, along with special guests Zoo Nation, whose West End show In The Hoods received rave reviews and awards. For more info call 07967 449630 or visit

BRETTON – WILDER THAN THE WEST The Bretton Community Festival is back on July 17 at the new Peterborough Lions Rugby Club at Bretton Park. Thanks to the massive space they’ve got this year, there’ll be a Wild West re-enactment including a horseback gunfight and the chance to try your hand at lassoing, alongside a dog show – this could get interesting! Other entertainment includes live music, a craft fair, mobile climbing wall, fairground rides and a car boot sale. Entry is free. For more information, call Bernard on 01733 263019 or visit

CASTOR GETS FESTIVAL FEVER The Caribbean comes to Castor on July 9 with a party night on the school field as part of the Castor Festival running all weekend. Get dressed up in your best beach wear and enjoy the sounds of a steel band while taking part in a limbo competition. There’ll be a bar and refreshments, which will also be in place for the School Disco on July 10, the following night. School uniforms are optional, but dancing is obligatory as local band Easyer Said and special guests The Motivators will be bringing you hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Tickets for Friday are £5 for adults, £2 for children while tickets for Saturday are £10. Box Office: 01733 380900 / 380410 or p m ag .co.u k ( July )

RETRO RAILWAY IN THE LIMELIGHT Step back in time at the Nene Valley Railway Vintage and Rail Mail weekend on July 10 and 11. There’ll be plenty of old-school engines running all weekend, and you’ll get the chance to examine how the railway helped the postal system back in the day. For more info call 01780 784444 or visit

The Lime Tree in Walton will be busier than ever on July 31 as they’re hosting a Family Fun Day to raise funds for Sue Ryder Care. Starting at midday there’ll be a bouncy castle, assault course, face painting, merry-go-round, fun boxing, a karate display and a BBQ and cake stall, for when all of that has worn you out! The fun continues into the evening for the adults, with the Mighty Quinn playing live and a raffle with a fantastic prize – a week in Marbella, plus £100 towards the flight. Entry to the evening’s £3, which includes a free hog roast roll.

THOMAS’ BIG WEEKEND Stuck for things to do with the youngsters this summer holiday? Take them down to the Nene Valley Railway on July 31 – August 1 for Thomas’ Big Weekend. The famous blue engine will be pulling carriages along the line to Wansford and while there you can have a tractor ride, take part in games and see the stalls at the Fete. For more information, call 01780 784444 or visit

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