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JULY 2018 Issue 227


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CITY YOUTH SERVICES GET LOTTERY BOOST Good news from Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service which has been awarded more than £638,000 from the Youth Investment Fund. This is a £40 million programme jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Big Lottery Fund, using money raised by National Lottery players. PCVS have been awarded £638,416 over the course of three years to create and expand open access youth delivery in the city, providing a wide range of activities across culture, media, arts and sport. It’s hoped it will make a huge difference to the lives of many young people in the city.

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Look high and look very low in Westgate Arcade this July and you could find a mini prize worth a large price. As part of the Arcade’s 90th anniversary celebrations and Independent Retailer Month, shoppers are invited to step into Westgate and join a hunt for treasure worth £360! Each week, a £90 prize will be hidden in the Arcade for shoppers to find. Easy? Not so fast! Each piece of ‘treasure’ is smaller than your little finger nail! From a tiny hairdresser’s comb to a teensy bottle of nail polish, find one of the five treasures to bag the £90 gift card. Starting from Monday July 2, Queensgate Shopping Centre will release clues of what to find and when on social media – then the hunt begins. Find the prize, post a picture using the hashtag #stepintoWestgate, and win! Visit Westgate Arcade each Saturday in July to get your hands on freebies and gifts, plus exclusive offers and in-store events throughout the month. For full details of what’s on in centre, visit

Don’t forget if you’re a footy fan that the World Cup Street Parties continue at The Solstice on their huge outdoor screen throughout the time England are still in the competition. Plus they have all the games live at The Solstice on the big screen within the bar.


Since January, local primary school children have been drawing their own pizza creations with toppings that represent the cathedral's 900th anniversary this year. Papa Luigi has been posting the children's artwork on Facebook where you can vote for your favourites. Finalists will get to make their pizzas at a judging event at the cathedral on Saturday July 14 and the winning pizza will be added to the Papa Luigi menu and sold at the Italian Festival this September. Profits from each slice sold will go to the 900 fund.

ITTER PARK SUMMER FETE From Roman pottery to fairground rides, Paston’s annual free Summer Fete will have something for you, your friends and your family. With entertainment throughout the day from Tu Danse (Peterborough Dance School), local talent, singer and guitarist Thomas Dunleavy and City of Peterborough Youth Ensemble, there won’t be a dull moment. As well as that fairground rides, stalls, games and food will be available. Hosted at Itter Park by All Saints’ Church (in association with The Friends of Itter Park), the event starts at 12 noon and finishes at 4pm on Saturday July 7.

A MOMENT IN TIME PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION If you fancy yourself as an amateur photographer, no matter what your age, there’s a great competition running to encourage you to capture some of the exciting moments during Peterborough Cathedral’s 900th year. This might be the effect of a fleeting moment of light or weather on the building, or the people and events that are part of the anniversary celebrations. Judges include experts from the fields of photography, visual arts, printing and media, as well as representatives of the cathedral itself. The public will also be invited to see an exhibition of the images and vote for their favourite to win a cash prize. It runs until November 9 and if you’d like to take part just visit the cathedral website for more details.


Here’s a great opportunity for any entrepreneurs out there! In celebration of Westgate Arcade’s 90th anniversary and National Independent Retailer month this July, the

search is on to find the most exciting new independent business in Peterborough, for the chance to win a FREE shop in the arcade! From cake bakers to massage therapists, artisan fashion or furniture makers, businesses of all types are invited to apply for a space in the popular part of the city centre, rent free. As well as the free space for a month in the arcade, the successful business would also benefit from Queensgate’s marketing and social media support, and publicity. To download an application form, visit

SLEEP EASY FOR HOMELESS YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and The Light Project have joined together for the Peterborough Big Sleepout on Friday September 28 at Peterborough Cathedral. Together they’re hoping to raise funds to transform homelessness in the city and aim to complete 900 hours sleeping rough. To find out more or be a part of it, search Peterborough’s Big Sleepout on Facebook.



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The first weekend of celebrations is due to take place on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 with the Ferry Meadows Cultural Festival. The main hub of activities will take place around Coney Meadow (behind the Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre) with a festival of music, culture and fun! On the outdoor stage there’ll be local music acts hosted by Josh Lovatt from Heart FM on the Saturday. There’ll be a pedalpowered cinema showing The Greatest Showman at 2pm on both days and entry’s free. There’s a teddy bears picnic, Roman re-enactment, music workshop, a craft marquee, storyteller and fairground rides throughout the weekend. There’s also a new climbing wall and all watersports activities down at Nene Outdoors on Gunwade Lake. The anniversary celebrations continue with smaller events throughout the summer, with the second celebratory weekend, the Ferry Meadows Activity Weekend, taking place on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the shopping centre at Eye relaunched as PE1. To mark the occasion there’ll be special celebrations on Saturday July 28 with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. There’ll be plenty of family entertainment, including entertainers, a craft workshop, kids rides, live music, on stage performances, storytelling shed and face painters plus the chance to win £500 and other prizes. Families will have the chance to meet Gekko from PJ Masks at intervals throughout the day!

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is encouraging cyclists to get back in the saddle for an epic 200-plus mile ride across the region. The charity’s Ride for Life returns on Friday July 20. Cyclists will start and finish at the home of headline sponsor Johnston Logistics UK, in Snetterton, visiting EACH’s three hospices – The Treehouse in Ipswich, Milton just north of Cambridge and Quidenham in the Norfolk countryside – in between. Cyclists unavailable for the entire event can choose to do just one leg of the route, covering around 65 to 70 miles. To book your place and for more information visit or contact Emma on 01953 666770.

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Murder Tale Polstead Heads to Hampton In the Red Barn, a dark secret lies buried, waiting to be discovered… Eastern Angles Theatre Company brings us a new take on a classic story of murder which they’re staging at The Undercroft beneath Serpentine Green shopping centre this month. Polstead is a new retelling of the true tale of Maria Marten and the Red Barn Murder in 1820s Suffolk. Polstead is a quiet village stuck in its ageold traditions and ancient class system. Rich and poor, man and woman, everyone knows their place. Maria yearns for thrills and experimentation and throws herself into the arms of a wealthy landowner and thinks her dreams have all come true. Eastern Angles re-examines the life of Maria Marten and the events that led up to her murder. As part of the writing process, Beth Flintoff has interviewed women from Lighthouse Women’s Aid charity, based in Ipswich, who aim to support and empower women and children affected by domestic abuse or violence. The interviews and historical research will bring a new modern perspective on the notorious murder case. This dark local tale will be dramatically staged by Hal Chambers with an all-female cast at The Undercroft on July 18 – 21 as part of a regional tour. To book call 01473 211498 or visit

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If you love the Fab Four get ready to Twist and Shout at this great tribute gig at The Cresset, The Upbeat Beatles will take you on a magical history tour through the story of The Beatles from Beatlemania to Psychedelia and beyond, celebrating the songs that defined a generation! The Upbeat Beatles are in constant demand and their hard earned reputation for authenticity and attention to detail has taken them around the world. Since 1997, they’ve built a reputation for being the best in the business at recreating the excitement, authentic sound and raw energy of the band with 13 guitars, five costume changes, great powerhouse vocals and close harmonies, teamed with a driving backbeat – this is one night you’ll never forget! Catch them on stage in Bretton on Friday July 6. Tickets are £21 at or on 01733 265705.

Altogether now – ‘Shot through the heart and you’re to blame…’ – top tribute rockers Bon Giovi will have you belting out the words to all the hits at The Cresset on Friday July 20. Fronted by new Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Gary Williams, Bon Giovi are the World’s Premier look-alike and sound-alike tribute to New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi. Formed in August of 1999, with over eighteen years UK and international touring experience as a band and nearly three times that combined from individual members, this act is one of the best tribute acts on the circuit today! The band were also the only UK tribute act to be asked to make a guest appearance on the New Jersey tribute album Garden State of Mind Vol. 1. All the hits will be there such as Living On A Prayer, It’s My Life and Wanted Dead or Alive, as well as a few rarer tracks that Bon Jovi haven’t performed for many years. Tickets are £21 at or on 01733 265705.

Ladies Sing for Life Join the Sing for Life 2018 women as they perform live on stage with Peterborough Voices in a charity concert supporting Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice on Saturday July 21. This great performance is the culmination of a three-month project which has seen many of the women start singing from scratch to join the ladies choir. You can enjoy a varied programme of choral favourites, ballads and songs from the shows so there’ll be something for everyone. Tickets are £17.50 and concessions £16 at or by calling 01733 265705. 6

Bonnie and Clyde The ACT II Theatre Company are set to take you on a wild ride to the wrong side of the tracks this month with those famous outlaws, Bonnie & Clyde. The notorious anti-heroes come to the South Holland Centre in Spalding for the very first time on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 in this new musical from Frank Wildhorn. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Burrows rise from small-town thieves to America’s most notorious criminals in this lively and electrifying show featuring a great rockabilly, blues and gospel score. An essential slice of Americana. Tickets are £9.50, £8 over 60s & under 16s on 01775 764777.

The first Peterborough Pride UK festival kicks off the month with a series of events at various venues throughout the city. It’s all about providing a platform for coming together, celebrating difference, being proud and showing support for our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) friends and family. You can find out more on the Peterborough Pride UK Facebook page and read more in the full programme on June 29

July 1

Film: Desert Hearts 7pm, Key Theatre LGBTQIA+ Speed Meeting 8pm – 10pm, The Lightbox Café, Bridge Street TuesGays Pride 2018 10pm, The Solstice, Northminster Pride Fab Painting Jam 7pm, The Brewery Tap, Westgate

Pink Picnic at The Green Backyard 12pm – 3pm, The Green Backyard, Oundle Road Pride Church Service 7pm – 8pm, St Mary’s Church Sardoville Presents For Only An Hour 7.30pm, Key Theatre Drag Bingo With Drag King Louis Cyfer 7.30pm, Key Theatre

July 4 A-Gender For Change 10am – 5pm, City College, Brook Street Wellbeing Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Soul Happy Wellbeing Centre, Cowgate Cine-Sister LGBTQIA+ Short Film Night 7.30pm, Metal Chauffeurs Cottage behind the Town Hall

Dr John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke – poet; movie star; rock star; tv & radio presenter; comedian; social & cultural commentator – where do we start? Having shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’ his career’s spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents ever since. Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. His influence can be heard in the social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that he’s been involved in two recent global number 1 albums - with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album His latest show is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat - a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game. See him at the Key Theatre on Thursday July 12, tickets are £12.50 on 01733 207239.

Peter Pan Outdoors As it’s summer it’s the chance to catch some theatre outdoors. Immersion Theatre head back to Sacrewell near Wansford for another evening of open-air theatre on Saturday July 28 when they invite you to soar away to Neverland. This magical family musical of Peter Pan will be set beside the mill stream under a willow tree and is filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction and a laugh-aminute script. Grab your picnics and blankets and prepare for any weather as it’ll still go ahead even if it rains! The performance is recommended for ages 4+. Visit to book.

Scottee & Friends 6pm, Metal Chauffeurs Cottage, behind the Town Hall Fastlove A tribute To George Michael, 7.30pm, The Broadway Theatre Mixology Club night with Sydney Charles, 10pm, Red Room, Broadway June 30

July 5 July 2

LGBTQIA+ Fostering and Adoption Seminar 10.30am, The Fleet, Fletton Rainbow Story Time 11am, Central Library, Broadway Pride Cabaret at The Ostrich 8pm, The Ostrich Inn, North Street Icons Of Gay Disco 9pm, The Lightbox Café, Bridge Street

Film: Call Me By Your Name 7pm, Key Theatre Pride Lido Swim Sessions 7.30pm – 8.30pm, The Lido Peterborough Feminist Book Club With Chardine TaylorStone 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Metal Chauffeurs Cottage, behind the Town Hall

July 1 - 6

July 3

Pride Reading Room 10am – 4pm, Metal Chauffeurs Cottage, behind the Town Hall Pride Pit Stop Shop 12pm – 5pm, Vivacity Shop, Queensgate

Tuesdays Till Two; ‘Thank God I’m Gay’ 1pm – 2pm, St John’s Church, Cathedral Square

Politics N Pizza Evening 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Centre 68 (Behind Westgate Church) Live broadcast: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 7.20pm, Key Theatre Embrace 9pm, The Met Lounge, Bridge Street July 6

Film: Princess Cyd 7pm, Key Theatre Velma Celli and Freakspeak 7.30pm, The Broadway Theatre UROCK Theatre Company Presents Dungeness 6pm, Metal Chauffeurs Cottage, behind the Town Hall


Chris Brudenell


xperienced runners like ESP’s resident action man Darren Grigas will be joining the runners once again this year but ever year there is a whole batch of newbies pushing themselves across the finish line. Whether you’re a regular runner looking to get a personal best or only starting out and just hoping to complete it, the PGER marks a real achievement for every entrant. ESP photographer Chris Brudenell will be running the half marathon for the first time this year. Last year he took part in the fun run dressed as Batman and has proved he’s a

real super hero having shed 8st in weight to date and embarking on a get fit campaign running regularly. Entering the Perkins Great Eastern Run is often a goal for many runners and as part of his year of achievements for his 40th he’s hoping to add this to his list. Chris has already abseiled down Peterborough Cathedral, paddled in the Dragon Boat Race and done a tandem sky dive. All things he never thought he would do and so it’s no surprise he’s getting a big pat on the back and proving to be an inspiration to others. Chris said – “Training is going really well and I’m now up to 10 miles. They say that if you can manage 10 easily enough the support from the crowd on the day will carry you through the last few miles, but I’m hoping to do 13 before the race. “I just want to show up and make a good go of things and there’s no shame

in having a little walk! This time last year I hadn’t even started running – I never thought in a million years I could run 13 miles. If you can walk briskly then you can jog, and if you can jog you can run – it’s all about steady progression and I’ve proved that to myself.” If you need a little extra help there are free training sessions for all abilities at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. The training sessions have been organised by Advance Performance and are held in conjunction with experienced runners and coaches from local running clubs, who’ll lead the runs. Each training session begins at 7pm with a warm up. You’re then divided according to level of fitness and aspirations before being taken for a training run. There’s free parking at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre car park and the athletics track has full changing and shower facilities. The training sessions take place every other Wednesday from July. The dates are:

11 July 25 July 8 August 22 August 5 September 19 September 3 October For more information email perkinsgreateasternrun@

Join the Anna’s Hope 900 Challenge If the half marathon is just too much at this stage why not start with the Anna’s Hope 5k Fun Run to get you started? In support of the Peterborough Celebrates 900 campaign the Stamford based charity has set a challenge to provide 900 weeks of specialist neuro-rehabilitation for children with a Brain Tumour To help Anna’s Hope achieve this goal the charity is challenging schools, businesses, families and friends to run and raise funds in the Anna’s Hope Fun 5k Fun Run or the half marathon in the Perkins Great Eastern Run 8

which takes place on Sunday October 14. All you need to do is run and raise at least £30, which will fund one week’s specialist neuro- rehabilitation support for one child with a brain tumour. Everyone who signs up to run and commits to raise at least £30 (one week’s funding) will receive an Anna’s Hope t-shirt to wear on the day. Of course, you can raise funds for more than one week to help Anna’s Hope reach the 900week target e.g. £90 will fund three weeks of support and £150 will fund 5 weeks of support. For more information about the Anna’s Hope 900 Challenge and to enter the run please visit

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If you’re thinking of giving the Perkins Great Eastern Run a try for the first time this October, now is the time to get your training in shape…

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Photos: Mike Harris

An oarsome day for all!

Saturday June 9 marked the 20th anniversary of the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival! Hundreds of people attended the event – which included 48 teams. Some took the race seriously – stretching and giving passionate motivational speeches, whilst others lounged in the sun drinking beer and gorging on sandwiches. The thing we all had in common was that we loved every minute of it. Gable Events once again did a fantastic job of putting the event together. I was a participant in the very first Dragon Boat Race and I can’t believe how much it’s evolved. Back in the day, unless you were racing there wasn’t much at all to keep you entertained. In recent years there’s been fairground rides, music and a general understanding that people are to bring barbecues, games and simply have a lot of fun. This year even saw a flypast which then went on to the Palace for the Queen's birthday.


ESP was the print media partner for the 2nd year running and our Motley Crew came 11th out of 48 – something we are extremely proud of. The champions were Barhale (The Rat Pack) closely followed by Ballast Phoenix Ltd (Phoenix Pirates). The Mixed Crew Champions were Fitzwilliam Hospital (Fitzwilliam Pacemakers) with Coloplast Ltd (Row Farah) in 2nd! Of course, if there was a prize for the best team name (which I’d love to see happen next year) then Row Farah would surely take the crown? Cirrhosis of the River, Cool Rowings and Do Oar Die would make close contenders. The event also raised well over £30,000 for the race charity, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice so everyone’s a winner! Mikey Clarke You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.


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How Pants is That?! British men own 96 million pairs of underpants they’ve never worn. Why’s that so astonishing? Find me a guy who wears more than three clean pairs a week and I’ll give you the moon on a stick.

Market Festival one not to miss There seems to be a new lease of life breathing through our city market at the moment, so well done to the city council's marketing team for facilitating this change.


And I say this because some of the new stalls have clearly taken steps to ensure their products, pricing and appearance is of a standard you'd expect to see in a celebrated market from the capital. Gone are new traders who pitch up with a wobbly table, scrap paper and marker pen – and a display resembling the contents of your child's toy box sprawled across the floor. In have come ambitious folk with passionate ideas that are brought to life with quality and inventive backdrops backed by unique offerings and dedicated marketing. The market is starting to attract budding business people with entrepreneurial flair. These new traders have realised what great value it is to rock

Big shout to all the fighters taking part in an evening of white collar boxing for charity when Vic’s Gym meets Kevin Sanders’ Gym on Saturday July 7 at Vic’s. I’ve seen some of the lads and lasses train for this big night since Easter and let me tell you whatever the results, they’re all winners. Good luck everyone.



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lmost every time I’ve visited this year there seems to be a new stall opening and in particular in the food court. Footfall looks like it's increasing and the quality and variety of traders has gone up several notches. Maybe, just maybe, we're witnessing the first steps towards having a market like those we're used to seeing in London.

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MY up and pitch at the market and they have the promotional know how, especially with use of social media, to draw in customers. This new wave of trader has been backed up by the council's own dedicated marketing efforts for the market and its latest initiative is a food and music festival on Saturday July 21. This is a free event where you can sample some of the market's sumptuous food offering from stalls including Siam Thai, ZeroZero Pizzas, Naz's Curries, Victoria's Sponge House and City Diner. Visitors can also tuck into a meal using market produce in a pop-up restaurant from MichelinGuide listed Prevost. Other new stalls will be showcasing Italian groceries, churros, chocolates, panzerotto, vegan street food and more. There's real ale on tap too and live music from local acoustic acts.

SUNSHINE We've got a month of it left, so let's keep making the most of it: Sand infested cockles, prickly heat, Strawberry Splits, sweaty bed, cheap flip-flops with a Brazil flag on them, Aldi beer, washing your beard in Cathedral Square fountains, too hot for sex, eaten alive by gnats, smelly office, burnt neck and orange girls.

Italy Comeback? Just when you thought the Italian team was dead and buried after failing to qualify for the World Cup, look at what the football gods have assembled in this photo… In a bid to keep the Italian spirit in me alive during football’s most prestigious tournament, my colleagues coaxed me out of retirement to play two hard-fought games at the Powerleague. Typically Italian, our star striker was too busy doing his hair in front of the changing room mirror when this photo was about to be taken, so we shoved our mascot (little boy in the Coventry shirt) in the lineup instead. I hadn’t kicked a ball in 14 years prior to these games and it showed. I must have had 20 chances to score but only converted two. But the important thing is we won (yes, winning is important) both games and I didn’t need a paramedic. Although, I did spend the next week walking around like Charlie Chaplin.

FANCY 80 MILLION MICROBES OF BACTERIA? It’s International Kissing Day on Friday July 6 and playing tonsil tennis with your loved one spreads 80 million microbes of bacteria. I do love a stat. But the objective of this day is to appreciate and enjoy a kiss, so go ahead and swap some saliva because it (should) makes us feel good. The world record for the longest kiss is held by Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarathold from Thailand who kept at it for a massive 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds! I’d just be happy with a quick snog on a night out after being tanked up with beer and a sloppy kebab. I sell it so well I know but interested ladies can apply to This month also marks National Bikini Day (July 5) and I encourage all ladies to take part in this special celebration. Named after the Bikini Atoll, where the United States conducted atomic tests in the 1940s, the two piece bathing suit was debuted by French designer Louis Reard. Never has a piece of clothing worn by females made men, women and Jabba the Hutt (Princess Leia’s bikini) feel good at the same time. Monsieur Reard, pure genius.

The ‘Italian Seinfield’ is back He tours Australia, America and Canada but never forgets to pay homage to the Italian population in Peterborough. I’ve been working with excellent comedian Joe Avati to secure a venue to perform in front of his fans and we’ve managed to bag the Town Hall on Thursday September 20. Joe’s observational brand of comedy has earned him comparisons to Jerry Seinfeld, which is a massive accolade to say the least. He identifies with the current generations of Anglo-Italians by

referencing his life experiences growing up around his family and the characters and traits that are universal in Italian families. His 20/20 Vision anniversary tour has already sold out in venues across the other side of the world and I’m sure Peterborough can do him just as proud. Joining him again is the hilarious Canadian-Italian Guido Grasso who had me in stitches last time. Tickets are on sale from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street. Call 01733 452336.

Food Glori us Food

If you haven’t tried the Riverside Restaurant at the Key Theatre we can certainly recommend it. It’s in a perfect summer setting overlooking the river and there’s currently a great deal offering 40% off main meals after 7pm and you can also enjoy ‘dinner and a show’ with pre-theatre dining and a set menu of two courses (£12.50) or three courses (£15). We dined there recently and the food was delicious with the vegetarian in our

Photos: Emma Bothamley

Photo: Emma Bothamley

Sunday Roast at Harry’s Bar

Riverside Restaurant

There’s nothing better on a Sunday than a good old fashioned roast and Harry’s Bar Café has just introduced a new menu. There’s the choice of beef or chicken accompanied by all your favourites – roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire pudding, fresh veg of the day, roast parsnips and fabulous homemade gravy. It’s great value too at just £7.50 or if you have room for dessert it’s £9.95 for two courses. The delicious desserts include old favourites like sticky toffee pudding and Caramel Apple Bettie as well as Mary’s chocolate cake, or chocolate and toffee sundaes amongst others. Harry’s Bar on Northminster offers everything from breakfast to afternoon tea and is a great food spot at that end of town. You can pop in Monday to Thursday from 8am right through until 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays it’s open from 8am and becomes an evening venue through until 2.30am. Sundays it’s open from midday until 9pm. To book email or call 01733 560231.

party particularly pleased with a really tasty macaroni cheese. The desserts are certainly worth leaving space for if you have a sweet tooth – all beautifully presented and they taste wonderful. It’s open from 5pm – 9pm Wednesday to Saturday and also for lunch on Saturdays from 12 noon – 3pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6pm for a roast and pudding (£12.50). To book call the Key Theatre on 01733 207239.

Feast from the Middle East This month the fabulous ‘pop up’ dining concept at the city’s independent Lightbox Café on Bridge Street offers a real feast from the Middle East on Friday July 13. Artisan foodies Bread Meat Cheese will once again be taking over the kitchens to create a one night only menu offering something distinctly different for Peterborough. Expect three meze served with flatbreads, a classic chickpea hummus; feta haydari with honey and a beetroot tzatziki, followed by a warm king prawn salad with pink radish and red onion with za'atar & orange dressing. The spectacular main course is a spice marinated and slow cooked local lamb shoulder served with dried fruits, cous-cous, sekanjabin (mint syrup) & fresh salads. That’s not all! To round it all off there are then two mouth-watering desserts: first an individual blueberry, lime & ginger ‘cheesecake’ followed by a white chocolate, cardamom &

macadamia square with fresh cream. The menu is priced at £23.95 per person and booking is essential – the table is yours for the entire evening but tickets sell fast. The event celebrates the launch of a new wine menu at The Lightbox - pairing wines specially selected by Amps Wine Merchants will be available to buy on the night. The ‘Feast’ begins at 7pm and to book call The Lightbox Café on 01733 894444 or email

Caribbean Cocktail Tables @ Turtle Bay Here’s some news that’s music to our ears… Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay in the city centre, is great for dining out but just as good for its fabulous cocktails and now you can book a table just to enjoy a drink. A limited number of cocktail tables are available all day long, and then after 9.45pm all tables can be booked for a drinking experience when Turtle Bay turn down the lights and the venue becomes a 16

candle lit party restaurant for diners and drinkers alike. There’s a huge breadth of flavours on Turtle Bay’s cocktail menu and a 40-strong collection of rums available so you’re spoilt for choice. We also love their famous Happy Hour or rather, Happy Hours - which run from 11.30am - 7pm and then from 10pm onwards every day when it’s two for the price of one!

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If music be the food of love… A true passion for excellent food and quality music fired up Peter Fierro’s desire to launch his own independent pizza restaurant in Peterborough.


ome 37 years after setting up city estate agent City & County this successful local businessman finally took the plunge to live out his dream, and as the Pizza Parlour and Music Café on Cowgate prepares to celebrate its second birthday it looks like it’s been a dream come true. “I just love it and I love to see other people enjoying the food and the music” says Peter. You can see the excitement and glint in Peter’s eye as he enthuses passionately about his latest labour of love. “I love to cook, I always have and I used to DJ in the 60s and just love music too. I used to go and see soul bands at venues in London where you could dine as well – there was nothing like that here. “This is a completely different offering and stands out from the crowd – and people like that.” It certainly appears that they do if the Trip Advisor ratings are anything to go by and the restaurant clearly holds its own in the city’s new dining out quarter. This independent will celebrate its 2nd birthday in September and Peter and his team have been honing their craft to get things just right. “I’m very particular about sauces. It’s the prime ingredient of all Italian cooking and it’s got to taste like it tastes at home – it’s all down to the sauce and I’m confident we have it right.” 18

The music side of this venue is equally as important and if he’s a perfectionist about ingredients and food then his music choices are just as hand picked.

The music side of this venue is equally as important and if he’s a perfectionist about ingredients and food then his music choices are just as hand picked. A love of retro music and quality tunes that are easy to listen to while you’re dining out is reflected in the playlist and the popular live acoustic sessions. “The Pizza Parlour is unique,” says Peter proudly. “Providing this food with this experience – you just won’t find it elsewhere. I’ve spent a lot on the sound system and it has to be as good as the food.” The restaurant’s wood fired pizza oven makes it unique and creates distinctly different, truly delicious, crispy pizza. The oven heats up to 350/400 0C and cooks from underneath forming an instant crust which tastes much better with delicious fresh

toppings which haven’t soaked into the dough. There are two particular favourites that have become huge successes. One is the Bee Sting pizza which originated from New York and has now become a best seller at the Pizza Parlour. It’s a delicious margherita pizza with hot Calabrian salami, chilli flakes and a drizzle of honey. Another hugely popular one is the Bada Bing 20” pizza which is a feast for three and great value – believe us we’ve tried it and it’s the business! Inside the venue is adorned with retro photos reflecting the musicians Peter loves from the 60s, 70s and 80s. There’s easy listening performers at their Lazy Sunday sessions from 3pm and popular acoustic acts every Tuesday – a gig that performers are now eager to snap up. Wednesday night entertainment rotates throughout the month with salsa nights on week one, followed by jazz, rockabilly and 80s. On Friday and Saturday night the Pizza Parlour and Music Café transforms into a wine bar after 10pm and now it’s summer the outdoor seating really comes into its own. Why not celebrate ‘independents’ day this July and book yourself in on 01733 902233.

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Beer Festival There’s a party coming to Peterborough, and we’re all invited.

You can’t beat meeting up with friends, trying out ‘a few’ of the 400 draught real ales on offer, whilst listening to great live music at each session.

the picnic table, food and soft drinks yourself but NOT your own alcohol. There will also be a fairground at the back of the festival and games inside the marquees. ESP has always been heavily involved in the Beer Festival. Once again, we’ll be helping to judge this year’s Champion Beer, we’ll be in attendance to hand out our magazines, take your photos for our Paparazzi and we’ll be giving you regular updates via our website and social networking pages.

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he 41st Peterborough Beer Festival kicks off on the River Embankment on Tuesday August 21 - running until Mikey Clarke Saturday August 25. I’ve attended the popular five-day event every year since I was 18. Without revealing my age, let’s just say it’s been a long time. The Beer Fest (which aims to showcase the best real ales from around the UK) is always the highlight of my year. You can’t beat meeting up with friends, trying out ‘a few’ of the 400 draught real ales on offer, whilst listening to great live music at each session. I’d mention the sunshine but with our British summers, who knows – although thanks to the giant marquees, we’re all good whatever the weather. I find that most people share my passion for the Peterborough Beer Festival, and those that don’t simply have misconceptions about it. In the past, some people have said to me, “Why would I go when I don’t like beer?”

Because there’s so much more on offer! There’s a huge range of ciders, perries, wine, soft drinks and a gin bar a range of around 50 different and unique gins to sample! People will sometimes say, “I like to spend the weekend with the family.” Again, not a problem – bring them along! Lunchtime or early evening is the ideal time to take the family, as there’s always an easygoing, friendly atmosphere. The Escape Bar will be selling a range of soft drinks, crisps, ice cream, sweets and children’s drinks from 50p. You can even bring your dog (on a lead),

For more information on the festival, visit Mikey Clarke

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FUN COLOUR RUN WILL BE A RUSH Here’s your chance to run a rainbow! Fun seekers are being urged to sign up to run, dance, skip and walk their way around a 5km route drenched in colour to support Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. It’s time to get messy and get your family and friends together for the second Peterborough Fun Colour Rush. Runners will be doused in powder paint and encouraged to cover each other in colour before and during the 5km race around Peterborough Arena on Sunday July 15. You’ll receive a t-shirt to wear and powder paint to throw creating a spectacular start. Along the route, volunteers pump paint at runners ensuring they’re thoroughly drenched in colour by the time they reach the finish and receive their medal. Entry’s £18 for adults, £10 for children or £40 for a family of four (two adults and two children). To support Thorpe Hall Hospice those taking part need to seek sponsorship – a target of £50 per person is suggested. For more information visit

We’re not sure how, but Peterborough’s managed to host its very own Olympics… for your favourite mascots! Join Peterborough Greyhounds’ Rocket the Hare or cheer on Peterborough United’s very own Peter Burrow when they go head to head with other county mascots; hopping, sprinting and tumbling in a race to grab that gold medal. On Saturday July 14, Peterborough Greyhound Stadium will be hosting the Mascot Olympics, a very competitive and exhilarating series of Olympic style games to determine who is Peterborough’s best. With family entertainment throughout the day, this will be a fun experience for those involved and all you lovely spectators. At just £2 per adult, the event will run from 11am until 4pm, with all proceeds going to Anna’s Hope and the Free Kicks Foundation. If you visit the event, you’ll then receive free entry to the greyhound racing that night. Entry payment is to be made on arrival. For more info, visit Chloe Wilkinson

BOAT TOUR AND WATER SKIING @ TALLINGTON LAKES Prepare your life jackets and wet suits as the excitement is building for MasterCraft Tour 2018 stop 2! For the first time, Tallington Lakes will be hosting the MasterCraft tour on July 28 - July 29, and we’re all ready to get competitive. MasterCraft are a prestigious, luxury high-performance boat manufacturer, with many of their boats being used for extreme water sports. In previous years, the company have presented the Pro Wakeboard Tour and Kneeboard Tour in the US.

If you want to live in the moment, prebook your experience slots as soon as you can by contacting Darren on 01772 851133 or emailing For more action on the water don’t miss the annual Ernie Ward Memorial Cup at Tallington Lakes on Saturday August 18. This is an exciting three round slalom water ski event in memory of the world champion water skier and it’s great viewing. Chloe Wilkinson


DEEPINGS RAFT RACE It’s time to get wet and go wild on the water as the ever popular Deepings Raft Race returns in all its glory on Sunday August 5. This annul event is always great fun as homemade craft of all shapes and sizes take to the river manned by crews in fancy dress – and of course not all make it to the finish! This year’s theme is Heroes and Villains so we’re expecting some great costumes. There’s still time to get involved and build a raft so why not give it a try this year? It’s free to go along and away from the action on the water there’ll be more than 40 traders and charity stalls as well as food and ice cream – get in touch with the organsiers if you’d like to be there Check out the website for all you need to know or their Facebook Page, Deepings Raft Race.

Make your 90’s game show dreams come to life as The Monster comes to Peterborough. At nearly 300 metres long, you’ll be running, dancing and tumbling at the sight of one of the world’s largest inflatable obstacle courses. We can’t think

of a better way to spend August bank holiday! Head down to the East of England Events Arena from Thursday August 30 until Sunday September 2 with some friends to experience one of the craziest, enormous bouncy castles designed just for adults, with 42 new obstacles including the 18 metre ‘Mega Slide’ and the juicy ‘Tunnel of Love’. That’s not all. Expect a day full of cocktails, craft beers and street food alongside non-stop partying with Live DJ’s and the Mega Ball Pit. Who said you had to grow up? Tickets are £20 per person and £2.50 for spectators with group discounts available. To find out more, visit Chloe Wilkinson


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IN A PARK FAR, FAR AWAY… Remember as a kid always wanting to see a Star Wars fighter up close? Have you ever wanted to gawp at Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer? Well take yourself down to Burghley’s Sculpture Gardens this summer and you can do just that. ‘Otherworldly’ is much more than an exhibition. It’s an insane, creative sci-fi experience and more importantly, it’s an opportunity for a nice day out and a picnic. The 2018 exhibition explores the surreal, strange, magical, cosmic and interplanetary surrounded by a mixed array of trees and parklands in a historical setting. So if the sculptures aren’t for you, the nature and history surrounding you will be sure to take your breath away. After hitting headlines last year, Youtube sensation and crazy inventor, Colin Furze will be the ‘star’ of the exhibition this year with a life-size 17 metre long depiction of Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer from Star Wars. The exhibition in now on with the Sculpture Garden being open from 11am-5pm daily until Sunday October 28. Tickets and more information can be found at Chloe Wilkinson



Sharpen your pickaxes, wire up your redstone and get ready because MineVention is back – bigger, better and blockier than ever before, returning in 2018 for its third year at The Cresset! If you’ve ever wanted to meet and greet worldfamous Minecraft YouTubers, take part in Minecraft Tournaments and Build Battle Competitions or dress up as your favourite Minecraft character in their costume contest, then this Official Minecraft Community Event is for you. There’ll be loads of PCs and consoles to play on, as well as some fantastic main stage fun and games to watch and if you’re lucky, even join in with! There’ll also be the opportunity to learn more about online safety and education via Minecraft. So if you or your kids are Minecraft mad, be sure to head to The Cresset on Saturday August 4 and Sunday August 5. There’ll be tons of special guests and YouTube stars attending the event – for the full list of confirmed guests and tickets visit

BE AN ASTRONAUT FOR A DAY It’s one small step towards big fun for young space adventurers at Peterborough cathedral this summer. With excitement building for the arrival of Tim Peake’s spacecraft youngsters can enjoy an out-of-this-world space-themed holiday club experience with various sessions from Thursday August 2 - Friday October 26. Children aged 8-14 years will get the chance to be an astronaut for a day designing their own space suit, setting up an astronaut style experiment and seeing if they can withstand the 'G-force'? Be an Astronaut for a Day runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm on these dates: Thursday August 2 Friday August 3 Thursday August 9 Friday August 10 Thursday August 16 Friday August 17 Thursday October 25 Friday October 26 You’ll need to book as places are limited and it’s £30 per person per day. Email: or call 01733 355307.

Peterborough Cathedral is set to be out of this world all summer as the excitement builds for Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft landing here alongside the ultimate Space Descent VR experience with August. The Cathedral, in its 900th year, will be hosting the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft as it tours the UK following the 2015-2016 Principia mission. It is likely the spacesuit and parachute used during the mission will also be on display… but we are very eager to try out that VR. Using Samsung Gear VR technology, you will be able to experience your own unique 24

virtual reality adventure and you can’t say you haven’t wanted to be an astronaut for a day. The spacecraft is arriving on Saturday August 11 until Monday November 5. If that’s not enough, Peterborough Cathedral will be displaying ‘Museum of the Moon’, a new touring artwork featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface from October 5 to October 14. For more information on the events visit and keep up to date with the journey using #SoyuzTour on social media. Chloe Wilkinson

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BEACH PARTY AT PUZZLES? BAR Get your summer shirts and flip flops on and head to the beach…on Bridge Street! Puzzles? bar is throwing an all day beach party on Saturday July 28. Sun, sea, sand, deck chairs, Pina Coladas – the works! Evening entertainment will be provided by the amazing Gimme 2. Don your summer frocks, swim shorts and sandals; there’s a prize for the best fancy dress!

Several local artists will also be playing at Green Meadows Festival amongst many other up-and-coming acts including Peterborough band Idolising Nova, FES, The Lucky Lessons, Deep City, Among The Citizens, B Sydes, Saltfen, Flint Moore, Morganway and The Islas.

At last, music festival season is upon us and it’s the time for great vibes and good times dancing in a field and stepping out of the 9 to 5. There’s a great one just on our doorstep this summer that just keeps getting better and better. Green Meadows Festival is now in its seventh year and has its biggest ever line up for the annual three day event at Elton Hall near Peterborough.

The festival runs from August 10-12 and has grown year on year, winning a national award in 2017 from as the best small festival. Performers this year include The Specials founder Neville Staple, noughties pop rockers The Hoosiers, Craig Charles Funk n Soul Show, Seb Fontaine, The Utah Saints and acoustic performances from The Levellers' Jon Sevink and The Bluetones’ Mark Morriss. Festival founder Ollie Sharp told ESP – "We are delighted to bring such a range of great acts and activities to the beautiful Elton Hall estate. With plenty for children and adults whether people come for a day or weekend they are sure to have a great time." 26

CASTOR FESTIVAL ROCKS WITH THE HOUNDOGS This is part of their commitment to promoting local talent including their link up with BBC Cambridgeshire Introducing, who take over the Village Stage on Saturday. There are plenty of free activities for kids as well including a performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles by the Illyria outdoor theatre group, forest schools, DJ and break dancing workshops, animal encounters and much more.

The event not only brings us some great tunes but also supports the Teenage Cancer Trust Addenbrookes Ward in Cambridge. Weekend tickets for adults range from £75 - £95, day tickets £30 - £40 and are available now from

It’ll be a big rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly party as Castor Festival celebrates its 21st year with a huge weekend of events and music planned for July 6, 7 and 8.

Fantastic local band The Houndogs kick it all off on the Friday from 7pm til midnight in the marquee on the school field, and will definitely have you up on your feet! There’ll be a licensed bar, local beer from Castor Ales, bubbles bar, raffle and silent auction. Grab your tickets quick (£12) which include a two course meal. Saturday's events start early with a 'big breakfast' in the Village Hall then it’s the Fete and Family Feast at 1.30pm on the school field and marquee with stalls, food court, licensed bar, children's games & entertainer, swing boats, carousel, steam organ and Tug of War. There’s also an art display throughout the weekend in the Cedar Centre. For more info go to and tickets for Friday night can be purchased by calling 01733 380410 or 01733 380900.



What do you get when you mix David Walliams, Toploader and Nat King Cole? Another amazing Oundle International Festival! The Festival returns for its 34th year and has everything from pop to jazz, Nat King Cole tunes to world folk music as well as drama and history tours! Jazz star Atila, a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's, will entertain on Saturday July 7 with his brilliant celebration of the life and songs of Nat King Cole followed by Kabantu on Monday July 9 with their highly infectious blend of world & folk music. Jazz fans are then in for a treat on Friday July 13 when the David Gordon Trio play music from their Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band project.

Families are also in for a treat on Friday July 13 with a performance of David Walliams’ popular book The Midnight Gang by Heartbreak Productions. This is open air theatre at its best – take along a rug or chair and enjoy this hilarious play in Barnwell Country Park. There will also be the Oundle On Show weekend taking place on Saturday July 7 including Barnwell Country Park's Music in the Park when five local brass bands perform throughout the afternoon, a Classic Bicycle Ride, which will include a ride through the town in the late afternoon, and on the Sunday, Open Oundle will provide a chance to look around some of the town's 'hidden' buildings and join historical tours. That’s all followed by a concert by the Rusty Players of Oundle and another hugely enjoyable Big Afternoon Tea. You’ll be dancing in the moonlight as the festival ends in style with the fabulous open-air Party at the Wharf, headlined by Toploader on Saturday July 14. They’re supported by fantastic Peterborough band Austin Gold who we’ve been championing here at ESP, and local covers band Desperate Measures. Tickets are selling fast so grab yours on, by calling 01832 274734 or by visiting the Oundle Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Get your flares on Super Trouper, as the critically-acclaimed Abba tribute, Bjorn Again are headlining EACH FEST alongside the UK’s leading Queen tribute, Supreme Queen and The Rolling Stones Now. Huntingdon Racecourse is hosting EACH FEST, the brand new local music festival in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices on Saturday August 25. Bjorn Again, who’ve been endorsed by Abba themselves and have played Abba’s greatest hits in over 100 countries are set to find the local dancing queens whilst expanding the mini festival which has been running for three years specifically for children cared for by EACH. Not only will this day feature music, it will be fun-packed with stalls, inflatables, face painting and independent traders essentially providing fun for all the family. Parking is free at the site, with disabled parking also available. Tickets start at £25 for adults and £14 for children with the event free for under 4’s. To book or find out more information, visit Chloe Wilkinson

BATTLE PROMS Take a blast back to the past with the firmly established Burghley House Battle Proms as it holds its 14th annual event. This summer celebration with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks has thousands of loyal fans nationwide, so why would you want to miss it? The Battle Proms is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see their signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he composed it: with 193 live Napoleonic cannons providing a thunderous percussion! Led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhides, the full 2

hour orchestral concert will include a host of well-known classical pieces and conclude with a ‘last night of the proms’ flag-waving sing-along. Join thousands of others on Saturday July 7 from 6.15pm until 10.30pm for this unmissable event… and make the most of the free parking! Tickets start at £36 per adult and £18 per child with a Friends of Burghley discount available. For tickets and more information, please visit battle-proms-concert Chloe Wilkinson

GIN AND RUM FESTIVAL Pass the lime! Our love of a G&T has really exploded in recent years with an incredible range of new gins now being gleefully sipped across the country. Clearly it’s time to celebrate this tipple and why not do it in style with a range of rums to accompany it. Peterborough hosts its first Gin and Rum Festival this summer inside our amazing cathedral on Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25.

Expect seven themed bars with 120 different gins and rums, as well as live entertainment, talks and master classes and succulent street food. You’ll also receive a free satchel bag, a Copa glass and a Gin and Rum 'Bible'! There will be three sessions over the two days. For tickets and further information, visit


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BURGHLEY FILM FESTIVAL Whether you want to Hakuna Matata all day long or join Gerard Butler in Sparta for the evening, Burghley Film Festival will have something for you again this year. Open air screenings are returning to Burghley House for five days and nights of fabulous film with two family-friendly daytime films and two films especially for adults in the evening. Set in the beautiful South Garden, the Tudor house and parkland provides a spectacular backdrop to the high quality big screen – so don’t worry about getting a bad view! Brand new this year is a food market area offering a whole range of food – including American classics – with the returning favourites, real ales, the G&T bar and Pimms on tap… plus the chance to hire Burghley deckchairs, unless of course you’d like to take your own. Beginning with The Lego Batman Movie and ending with the Academy Award winning Dunkirk, there are over 15 films being shown over five days from July 25 to July 29. If you’re spoilt for choice, tickets give you access to both daytime, or both evening shows so pick a day, time and go along! A full listing of all of the films, tickets and information can be found at Chloe Wilkinson

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THE GREATEST OUTDOOR CINEMA Cultural phenomenon The Greatest Showman is coming to March this summer on Saturday July 28, and you don’t want to miss out on this open air cinema experience. With a live band to entertain beforehand, the film will begin at sundown (8.30pm) and is guaranteed to be an evening full of fun. Achieving 11 consecutive weeks at number one in the UK Album Charts with the soundtrack, The Greatest Showman has become a staple in popular culture featuring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Brought to you by EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), all proceeds from the event will go to the charity. Tickets are £12 each with free parking available. For more information about EACH or to book tickets, visit Chloe Wilkinson

50th ANNIVERSARY OF STAMFORD SHAKESPEARE Spend a night this summer celebrating, watching your favourite plays performed like no other as Stamford Shakespeare Company complete their 50th year of open-air theatre performances. For the next three months until September 1, The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor will be staged in a real life, outdoor setting whilst you and your family kick back and relax under the covered auditorium, so don’t panic about the rain making your hair go frizzy! If Shakespeare has never been your taste, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal will also be performed so there’s no excuse to miss out on this fantastic theatre experience. Hosted at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do before heading to the auditorium. Take your own picnic, book a readyprepared one from the venue, enjoy a buffet meal in the restaurant or spend an hour or two exploring the grounds. Advance booking is essential. Tickets start at £14 per person and are available through the box office. For more information and to book tickets or meals, visit Chloe Wilkinson 28

OUTDOOR THEATRE ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND In their 19th year of touring, Chapterhouse Theatre Company are preparing to take you down the rabbit hole during their presentation of a family classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. After the success of last year’s Peter Pan performance, the open-air theatre show will be hosted at the well-known bronze-age site Flag Fen on Saturday August 18. This is a production to delight the entire family, presented in Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music. So, why not join Alice as she adventures with the likes of the Mad Hatter and flees from the wicked Queen of Hearts? Themed refreshments will be available to purchase though picnics are welcome. It’s also recommended that you bring your own seating as seats available are unreserved. Tickets start at £16 for adults and £10 for children, with a family ticket available at £46 (only available through the box office). To find out more call 01733 207239 or visit The Key Theatre’s box office. Chloe Wilkinson

THE ELM TREE TAVERN Family Fun Day and Music Fest

7th July 2018 1pm - 5pm Kings School, Peterborough playing field Music 1pm till late on the Elm Tree Taverns ground Live music featuring:

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Local band Caustic Lights and a choir of 900 voices are set to headline at Youth Jam 18 and we can’t wait. We’re really excited about YMCA Trinity Group’s Youth Jam 18 event on Saturday July 21 in Cathedral Square and ESP Magazine will be heading down on the day. It’s all in aid of projects to provide new, dedicated youth spaces in Peterborough and will showcase young people aged 5 - 25 from across the city as they dance, sing and play in a celebration of talent that’s set to kick start the summer holidays.

The day will begin at 10am with a parade led by the Highland Pipe Band followed by dozens of acts performing throughout the day on three stages around Cathedral Square and will end with 900 voices joining to sing Boy George’s version of the classic hit song, YMCA. In addition to the on-stage performances there’ll be immersive theatre from Peterborough Regional College’s league of actors and a huge range of food stalls, games, activities and demonstrations including careers advice, further education options, community organisations, volunteering opportunities and arts & crafts. Three talented young people, Jessie (16), Akshath (12) and Jacob (11) from Wildcats Theatre School have been selected to host the event. The Big Lottery funded event is organised by YMCA Trinity Group and The Cresset in conjunction with Peterborough Celebrates. Follow the event on Instagram @youthjam18. 30

If the thought of the kids being off school is making you nervous Vivacity libraries have the answer to keep them out of mischief! Once again they’ve lined up some great fun to keep them occupied and get them hooked on books. Look out for Dennis, Gnasher and the rest of the gang making their way to Vivacity Libraries for this year's Summer Reading Challenge Mischief Makers. The annual Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children aged 4 -11 and by joining in they can collect stickers, enjoy fun giveaways and receive a certificate by reading six library books over the summer holiday. When they sign up they’ll get a free collector folder to keep their special stickers in – collect all

six stickers and special giveaways as they read. It’s fun and, best of all, it’s totally free. The challenge is suitable for ages 4 -11, but younger siblings can take part in their minichallenge and collect stickers for books shared at home. The Summer Reading Challenge website is now live all year round with information about the great books to read, games and more!


Get ready for some green themed fun this August as Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) celebrates its 25th year with a big celebration at Nene Park. The Green Festival – one of the longest running and biggest environmental events in the whole of the UK – is moving out of the city

centre this time and relocating to the beautiful parkland setting. The big launch event is taking place on Saturday August 11 from 10am - 4pm, plus there’ll be plenty of special fringe events with partners running through until August 19, providing lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved. The Green Festival offers plenty of fun for all the family and encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably. This year the festival also includes exciting environmentalthemed art work created by local artists who are specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways. It’s going to be a packed day out in a perfect setting. For more details visit


Let’s flashback 900 years to Medeshamstede and the birth of Peterborough for one week only in Queensgate Shopping Centre this summer. From Monday July 30 until Sunday August 5, you’ll be invited to a fully immersive, interactive experience replicating life in Peterborough 900 years ago. Have a go at pulling the sword from the stone to be named king or queen of the city, or gaze at the incredible working water mill… all situated inside the shopping centre.

Climb up the towering turrets, stroll across the drawbridge and into the courtyard where villagers, knights and members of the church will be living their daily lives in the medieval Central Square. With various activities to take part in for you and the youngsters including bread making, Merlin’s spell school, dressing up and so much more, there won’t be a dull moment in this heritage-embracing event. Watch as the area comes to life with traditional harps and folk music alongside incredible sword skills shown in battle by the Knights of the Round Table. If it’s comedy you’re looking for, check out those on the naughty list who are heading to the village stocks. The Anglo-Saxon village named after Peterborough’s original name, Medeshamstede, is completely free to all members of the public and a full schedule of events and times can be found at Chloe Wilkinson



Vivacity’s sports holiday club will have the kids celebrating the summer with a jam packed programme boasting a range of activities from NERF wars to roller discos. Taking place across four Vivacity sites including Hampton Leisure Centre, Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre, Jack Hunt Pool and Gym and Werrington Leisure Centre. Brand new this year Vivacity’s Book Bus will be visiting the four sports holiday club sites, giving children a chance to read a variety of books and take part in themed activities. Children can keep an eye out for Mischief Making Max; performances will be taking place across Vivacity libraries this summer as the Summer Reading Challenge returns (see P. 30). Get even more out of the Challenge as Peterborough Museum turns into ‘The museum of mischief’ for the summer. Join Vivacity to further your summer reading experience, take on ‘tricky trails’, enjoy ‘crazy crafts’ and get involved in ‘sneaky science experiments’.

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There’s a great new attraction at Springfields Outlet in Spalding to keep the kids happy this summer.

The new Springfields Adventure Land includes the UK’s largest JCB Young Drivers Zone where children will be able to drive around in bright yellow diggers, enjoy the huge JCB slide and scaffold-themed climbing frame and let their imagination take over on a range of other unique interactive play attractions. Families will be able to walk through the trees in the new Tree Top Village which includes eight wooden towers and a massive 12m² net. Plus, Springy’s Beach offers a sand play area and rock pool water stream all covered by a huge canopy, so children will be able to have fun whatever the weather. Families can try their luck at Dino Golf, with

dinosaurs peering around every corner, then pan for gold at Goldie’s Gold Mine. You can ride the miniature railway, aptly named Springy’s Railroad, through the woodland, or take the over-ground Adventure Land Express train through the scenic, awardwinning Festival Gardens. Then head over to Springy’s Diner for a chance to taste the brand new Americanstyle menu of delicious burgers, milkshakes and gelato ice cream. Check out the details on, book tickets and view the menu for Springy’s Diner.


There’s family entertainment with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the open air theatre in Flag Fen (see P.28) and there’s a variety of family films screening at Vivacity’s Key Theatre. Drop in to Vivacity’s creative craft sessions at the Peterborough central library; each session has its own fun theme. You can explore Once Upon a Festival which will be returning for its second year at Central Park on Saturday August 11 from 11am until 5pm. Families can encounter new friends, storytellers and puppetry along the way on this free, family day out. Listen to stories from around the world and discover park-life shenanigans to see including rabbits, bees and a variety of colourful characters. Keep cool at the Lido, splash around at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre in Vivacity’s family fun inflatable sessions or have a blast at Bretton Water Park. It all starts from Monday July 23 so to find out more and to book visit 32

Whether you’re a tourist who doesn’t really know where to start, or a local who’s just a bit bored of the same shops and restaurants each week, the Summer City Open Day will find something for you to do with your free time. The Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street will be holding the open day on Tuesday July 24 where you can keep up to date on all the places to see, things to do and free events happening right here in the city. There’s a chance to win tickets for The Cresset and a special voucher for tea/coffee and scones on the day courtesy of the Lightbox Café, a raffle, live music plus much more fun on the day, there’ll be something you can do to occupy your time and more importantly, something you’ll enjoy. Keep an eye on the VIC social media for more. Chloe Wilkinson

EXOTIC PET REFUGE OPEN DAY The rainforest is right on your doorstep for two days only this summer. From wolf dogs to alligators to spider monkeys, you’ll be taken aback by these rare, exotic animals. Join many others on July 15 and September 16 and come face to face with over 250 animals, test your luck on the tombola or even get the kids excited with some entertainment. Free parking is available onsite with tickets costing £6 per adult and £3 per child. To find out more visit the website, or call 07706 999838. Chloe Wilkinson

Fairy RECORD BREAKERS There was fairy dust and glitter aplenty as hundreds of fairies gathered outside Peterborough Cathedral – including a few from ESP!

Photos: Mike Harris

We joined in the fun to help Stamford based charity Anna’s Hope make it into the record books for the most people dressed as fairies in one place. It’s subject to official verification but on the day it’s believed 878 people dressed in their tutus, wings and wands and successfully beat the last Guinness World Record. It was all part of the Peterborough Celebrates events to mark 900 years of Peterborough Cathedral. ESP’s photographer Mike Harris was there to capture the fun (in a hat not a tutu!) and you can see more images from the day on our Facebook page.


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ff the back of stellar reviews – and a record-breaking animated opening of $183 million in the States – the Parr family return for another helping of superhero action after a 14-year hiatus. When the family are arrested after a botched mission, their special heroic superpowers have to be curbed after being deemed illegal. But a special deal is brokered by a wealthy conglomerate to keep Holly Hunter’s Elastigirl – thought to be the least powerful member of the

Voice Cast: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson Director: Brad Bird


group – ‘on the beat’ to restore the Incredibles’ public image. This means Mr Incredible (Poltergeist’s Craig T Nelson) is left at home to dauntingly look after newborn Jack – who has devastating emerging powers that need to be kept in check – along with Violet and Dash, while his wife is single-handedly saving the world. Expect this to be the incredible animated blockbuster this summer…



Musical fans are getting spoiled this year as this toe-tapping sequel comes off the back of the goodwill generated by The Greatest Showman – ten years after the beloved original. Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie learns about her mother’s (Meryl Streep) past while pregnant herself – Released experiencing Donna’s young life as she’s portrayed by Cinderella’s Lily James. This pretty much covers the fun her mother had with the three possible Dads of Sophie seen in the first film – and knowing she’ll be a young mother Sophie realises she’ll have to take risks like her mother did. Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth return to join newcomers such as War Horse’s Jeremy Irving and Cher.

Released Following from the events of Rogue Nation, the world is faced with dire consequences when an IMF mission ends badly. But Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfil his original briefing – even if it means him going ‘rogue’ himself to achieve it. So when the CIA – and particularly Henry ‘Superman’ Cavill’s agent August Walker – begin to question his loyalty, Hunt finds himself in a race against time, pursued by assassins and former allies, including the returning Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, to try and prevent a global catastrophe. Oscar nominee Angela Bassett joins series regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Michelle Monaghan.






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There’s no keeping a franchise money-maker down – and after three successful ‘purges’ at the boxoffice it’s time to cash-in on a prequel. This inaugural story depicts the origins of the first annual event – a 12 hour period in which all crime in America is deemed legal. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is arguably the only recognisable cast member in this horror-thriller that has its fan base after the fairly well-received initial trilogy – and should do some cinematic purging when it opens on Independence Day. Released




Blockbuster addict Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is back for his stereotypical summer actioner – and to be fair to him he usually delivers exactly what’s on the tin. This time he stars alongside nineties starlet Neve Campbell (Scream) as former FBI agent (and coincidentally amputee) and Head of Security Will Sawyer, who lives with his family in the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong. But when this seemingly impenetrable building comes under attack by terrorists he has to take matters into his own hands to save them. Released




This horror-thriller from the acclaimed writer of The Orphanage and The Impossible, Sergio G Sanchez, sees a young man and his three younger siblings – who’ve kept the death of their beloved mother secret to remain together – plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live. This 1969 set flick sees a heavily British presence headlined by George MacKay (Peter Pan), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) and Stranger Things’ heartthrob Charlie Heaton and wowed audiences at the Toronto Film Festival.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION Dracula (Adam Sandler) gets a break from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel - after Mavis Released (Selena Gomez) surprises him to take JUL him on his own holiday via a Monster Cruise Ship. This third film in the well-liked animated series sees the rest of Drac’s pack go along for the ride, but when he gets romantically involved with the mysterious ship captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), Mavis stops at nothing to keep them apart, particularly as unbeknown to them she’s a descendant of ancient Drac nemesis, Van Helsing.



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CUT THE PLASTIC AND LOOK FANTASTIC! Back in June, World Environment Day gained loads of attention. It’s that time where we are all encouraged to look at our actions to help protect our environment. Peterborough has always led the way, being a designated Environment City – and together we can all make a difference. The issue - Greenpeace estimated that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. So one of the biggest challenges for us all is to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Many of us already use the bags for life and recycle where we can, but now more and more people want to take it one step further and have ‘plastic free living’. I wanted to give it a try, but one of the issues was staring right at me as I looked at my dressing table. Plastic shampoo and fake tan bottles, plastic wrapping around unopened makeup products, need I go on? So to be truly plastic free, I needed to do some serious Health and Beauty research. For those of you interested in doing the same, here are some top tips…

Soaps and shampoos Lush is leading the way with zero-waste, 'naked' style packaging – and have solved my shampoo qualms. Their shampoo bars say they leave you with ‘buoyant and beautiful hair’. At £6.50 a pop in the Queensgate store they aren’t too bad a price either.

Your makeup must haves Etsy has some great make up products which are all plastic free – you can find everything from eye liner to bronzer here. My fav is UrbaPothecary lips and cheek blush tint stick, which is a zero-waste option with plastic-free packaging and something to use all over your face from your cheek bones to your lids. Available via Etsy for just £8.88.

Bamboo toothbrush Yes, you read it right, the new trend is to ditch plastic and go bamboo when brushing your gnashers. Available at Holland and Barrett, the Humble Brush is the world's most sold eco-friendly toothbrush; and even better, for every Humble Brush sold, a child in need receives a toothbrush or alternative oral care and education in areas around the world where the need is greatest. Plus, they promise it lasts just as long as an ordinary plastic toothbrush!

Ditch the disposal razor Check these out at The English Shaving Company. When it comes to shaving, swapping from disposables to a double-edged razor is a

basic change that goes a long way in reducing plastic waste. Men and women alike shave regularly; if everyone were to make a small change, the difference could be huge.

Get yourself a glass water bottle Perfect for gym work outs and from your local Marks and Sparks - £12.50 Eliminating the worry of plastics, this glass drinks bottle has a silicone sleeve to protect from cracks and scratches and securely shuts with a screw cap, complete with carry loop. Plus you can get it in a range of colours. This water bottle is a must have for workouts at the gym, or just an essential daily addition to your bag to see you through the day.

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A Block Of Choc Can Do You Good On July 7 it’s World Chocolate Day, so here’s a reminder of why good quality dark chocolate can be good for your health (and beauty). 1.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School have suggested that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline as we all get older.

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‘Plant-based’ has become a buzz word in the last couple of years as we’ve seen an explosion in more conscious eating as well as some pushing towards a more vegan diet.


e’ve become so conditioned to believe that meat and dairy products are the only way to get our protein, but thankfully that old song has been sung and we can see that plants offer us plenty of protein when we eat a wide variety.

Research has shown that a high plant food diet rich in colourful fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts has many health benefits including high fibre... I am not about to suggest you all turn vegan, but I do want to point out that only a few decades ago we ate much less meat. I remember a stew would contain a few pieces of meat and the rest would’ve been potatoes and plenty of veggies. Now, that same stew is bursting with meat and less veggies. Meat was far more expensive only a few decades ago, now it is cheap but that comes


at a cost to not only the animals, but the environment and our own health. We’re simply eating too much of it today! Our digestive tract is very long compared to that of a natural carnivore for good reason – they need to pass that meat through before it rots in the gut. Also, they have very high hydrochloric acid to break down the flesh in the stomach, we on the other hand have much smaller amounts. With this in mind, meat may be partially digested so the protein is not broken into the amino acids which are the building blocks of protein that the body needs for repair etc. This partially digested meat can reach further down into the colon rotting and producing toxic byproducts that are linked to inflammatory bowel diseases, bowel cancers and more. ‘Plant based’ is not a passing trend, it is here to stay. Research has shown that a high plant food diet rich in colourful fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts has many health benefits including high fibre, is rich in phytonutrients, rich in vitamins/minerals (especially magnesium) and much more. Eating a high plant based diet and less animal products particularly meats are said to convey many health benefits such as:

Body Lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2, reduced risk of certain cancers particularly bowel as well as inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis and more. Mind Plant foods with their rich phytonutrient content as well as mineral/vitamin content deliver key nutrients to support brain health including essential fatty acids, B vitamins and more. With the increase of cognitive decline, it’s important that we ensure a wide variety of colours in our diet. The fibre also feeds our microbes which have been linked to healthy brain function as well as improved mood and concentration. Eating a little less meat and animal protein in general and increasing plant foods will convey so many health benefits. Do not however let the plant based promotion fool you into thinking if it comes from plants it must be healthy. For instance, including too many plant fats in your diet is not health promoting. Excess coconut and other oils, nuts and seeds can still trigger weight gain and can lead to health issues. I’ve seen vegans and raw foodies consume an excess of plant oils, fats and nuts – so balance is needed. There are numerous cook books out there as well as lots of quick go-to-plant foods in supermarkets, café’s and restaurants. There has never been a better time to make conscious changes and begin to really enjoy nature’s bounty again. In health, Karen

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Two extra dates added for Chris Ramsey! The ESP Comedy Guide Sarah Slack brings us the ESP guide to where the laughs are at this month…

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longside the increasing temperatures and the Edinburgh Fringe brochure landing on my doorstep, June happened to be a particularly good month for me, especially as I had the pleasure of seeing Bill Bailey’s new show Larks in Transit. Performing to Peterborough (and the surrounding area) Bill was back on form with a variety of fantastic songs, including a Theresa May inspired rave track, a rendition of the American national anthem in a minor key, and a musical journey through what it would sound like if Nicki Minaj sampled puffins in her hit songs... Many jokes were naturally had at the expense of the venue, which was referred to as a ‘shed of whimsy’, however the set up at the East of England Arena was ideal for the various musical interludes, especially when Bill activated his emergency ‘instant jazz club’ button after his Brexit routine. Me and my friend Jane had a fantastic time and I’d definitely recommend seeing the show or purchasing Larks in Transit on DVD if it comes out at the end of this year.

Did you miss out on tickets to see Chris Ramsey this month? Luckily the popular comic and TV star has added two extra dates to his brand new tour, which includes an extra performance at the Key Theatre plus a new date at the Stamford Corn Exchange. As seen on Celebrity Juice, Hebburn and star of his own Comedy Central show, Chris Ramsey is quickly establishing himself as one of the country’s most hard working and in demand comedians. In response to selling out his first show, Chris Ramsey will be performing another date of his ‘Just Happy to Get Out of the House’ tour at the Key Theatre on Sunday September 9. He’ll also be performing at the Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday November 23 this year.


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This month you'll be able to see a Fringe preview before it travels to Edinburgh as actor and comedian Jim Tavaré will be performing his brand new show from Deadpan to Bedpan at the Stamford Corn Exchange. In 2017 Jim (who played Tom the Innkeeper in Harry 42

ANDREW MAXWELL & DARREN HARRIOTT This month there’s not just one but two Edinburgh comedy award nominees to enjoy at the Key Theatre’s Bottle Rocket comedy club, with Darren Harriott debuting some brand new material after his newcomer nomination last year. He’ll be performing alongside Andrew Maxwell, who’s best known as the voice of MTV reality hit show Ex on the Beach and for his cutting edge comedy which helped bag him a Best Show nomination back in 2011. Tickets available on 01733 207239.

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Jim Tavaré Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) was involved in a near fatal head-on car accident in Los Angeles. This show tells the story of how a quick trip to the shops changed his life forever. Described as ‘one of the funniest and most original performers around’ by the Independent, this will be Jim's first show at the Fringe in over 20 years so it will be a great chance to catch a Fringe show if you're not planning on travelling to the festival this year. Jim Tavaré will be performing at the Stamford Corn Exchange on Sunday July 15 at 7.30pm. For more information and to book tickets, call 01780 766455.

For more information about the extra show at the Key Theatre, call 01733 207239. For more information about the extra show at the Stamford Corn Exchange, call 01780 766455.





PINT OF COMEDY CLUB Taking place at the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Stamford Arts Centre, performing this month will be musical comedian and writer Ruth Cockburn, metalhead Howard Walker, and talented newcomer Will Collishaw. You’ll also be able to receive £1 off your first drink at the bar during the night with every ticket bought. Tickets available on 01780 763203.

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB Join the Lightbox Café for a great night out thanks to the Funhouse Comedy Club, which this month will be headlined by one of the circuit’s most popular musical comedians, Christian Reilly. Joining him on the line-up will be comedy magician El Baldiniho, compere Stevie Gray, and Northampton-based comic Pete Teckman who won the Silver Stand Up of the Year competition in 2017. Tickets available by visiting


years of the NHS As we celebrate 70 years of the NHS this month who better to mark the event locally than street photographer and Peterborough paramedic Chris Porsz.


e’ve long championed Chris’s work at ESP and having spent over 40 years photographing the changing face of the NHS at the hospital where he works he’s gathered a huge slice of social history. “There have been huge changes in the NHS during the decades and it’s fascinating to look back at the pictures now and see how different it used to be,” said Chris. “It’s quite relentless for doctors and nurses now, with many working 12-hour shifts, but in the past there was more time to socialise.” Chris began working as a porter in 1974 at Peterborough District Hospital which was eventually demolished in 2010 and re-built at Bretton Gate as Peterborough City Hospital. Chris has taken hundreds of his unique candid images over the years, so to view more just visit his website



Your guide to the nighttime scene

FUNK AND GROOVES @THE BREWERY TAP For some weekend funk and grooves the Brewery Tap has your evenings sorted with great ales and Thai food if you fancy making a night of it. Thank Funk it’s Friday with DJ Eddie Nash kicks the weekend off on July 6 from 9pm - late and it’s free entry. Saturday nights see DJ Rick Allen take to the decks with the Saturday Night Groove on July 7, 14 and 21 again from 9pm – late with free entry. Round off July with The Get Down with DJ Eddie Nash from 9pm - late with free entry on Saturday July 28.

MICHAEL BIBI HEADLINES MIXOLOGY One of the most talked about underground DJs in the UK, Michael Bibi will headline Mixology at Red Room in Peterborough on Friday July 27. The London based producer / DJ has honed his craft between countless hours in the DJ booth and locking himself away in his South London studio, curating the distinctive sound and brand that is SolidGrooves! Playing, making music and a love for the party scene are the three key elements that motivate the SolidGrooves boss. With a discography that includes releases on Viva Music, Lost Records, Snatch! Madtech and SolidGrooves coupled with a unique DJing style it’s no wonder Bibi has played at the likes of Fabric, Studio 338, Egg and Mint! 2018 is set to be a massive year for Bibi and the guys at Red Room are delighted to welcome him for his first appearance at Mixo. Joining him on the night will be their trusty trio of residents: Tom Skinner, Dan Clare and James Chan and they also welcome back Peterborough talent Alisha whose reputation for mega DJ sets is going through the roof.

TUNES @ CHARTERS There are plenty of Saturday night tunes to suit all at Charters again this month. If you like your indie tunes then join DJ Anthony Thornhill at 9pm on Saturday July 7. There’s funk with DJ Jo G on Saturday July 14 at 9pm and then DJs Julian & Glen McCully bring us Off the Cuff on Saturday July 21. The month ends with Heavy Crates with DJs Otis & Pat Unwin at 9pm on Saturday July 28. If you prefer to pick your own tunes and like it retro – grab your records and head to Vinyl Night with Derek Gibson at 8pm on Friday July 20.

URBAN CLASSICS BLACK AND WHITE PARTY @ THE SOLSTICE Get your black and white gear on and get ready to party at the next Urban Classics night at The Solstice on Friday July 20. Tunes on the night are hip hop, RnB and bashment in SolGarden with Mr Lion, T.Rez and Super T, dance anthems in The Solstice bar and DJ Kizzy in Harry’s bar. The party’s on from 10pm til late. Entry’s free before 11pm and just a fiver afterwards. 44

FRIDAYS ARE FULL OF MISCHIEF Feeling like you need to get up to some Mischief on a Friday night? Join the crew at The Solstice for some great preweekend vibes. In the SolGarden Alessandro Vacca will be playing out the tunes backed up by Jake Baines inside The Solstice bar and in Harry’s bar it’s Robbie H on the decks. The last Friday of the month features live music with Tom Cridland live on Friday July 27 and Urban Classics take over on the third Friday of the month.


Glasgow duo Shaka Loves You boast a truly unique show and you can see it for yourself when they head to The Lightbox Café on Bridge Street on Saturday July 21. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with turntable trickery, tight live percussion and custom visuals, ‘SLY' create the perfect, good times live show. Since forming in 2012, Jamie & Marty have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Jacksons, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Craig Charles, Joey Negro, Mr Scruff & The Reflex and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them. As well as their residencies in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the boys have played clubs from Athens to Amsterdam with regular festival appearances up and down the UK. Add Canadian and European tours to this and you get a picture of how the ‘SLY' boys are spreading their funky sound internationally – and now bring it to Peterborough city centre for what promises to be a great night. With a busy gigging schedule and their debut album on the way, 2018 is set to be another big year for Shaka Loves You so don’t miss out.

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Make the middle of the week go with a bang at Edwards/Flares/Red Room on Broadway with their mega Wednesdays. These combine all their favourite events into one night across all three venues every Wednesday. At 7.30pm they start Salsa classes in Flares and Quiz Night downstairs in Edwards, with Karaoke following on in Edwards at 9.30pm. Don’t forget there’s also 50% off drinks till 10.30pm. Salsa and Bachata classes are priced from £6 and there are prizes to be won during Quiz night and Karaoke! It’s just £1 entry for the Quiz and free entry for Karaoke!

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ONE BIG SATURDAY - IBIzA zOO PARTY Another One Big Saturday is coming to Edwards on Saturday July 28! This time they’ll be hosting an Ibiza Zoo Party. They’ve got animal masks to give away and face painters on hand to make you look fierce! And they have a special deal with WKD… 3 bottles of WKD for just £7! Don’t forget it’s 50% off selected drinks before 10.30pm too. Tickets available online now!

GO LOCO ON THURSDAYS Kick your weekend off early and get ready to go Loco every Thursday at The Solstice with the Roscoe brothers. It’s open 9pm – 4am with £1 shots and selected drinks offers for £1.50 all night.

THE SOLSTICE SATURDAY SESSIONS Four rooms of tunes means your Saturday night out is sorted. In the SolGarden it’s house music, in Eden it’s RnB and urban tunes, inside The Solstice it’s commercial chart and dance and in Harry’s bar you’ll get the best party tunes. On Saturday July 28 the Platinum Radio crew take over! For more details check out and facebook.


It’s the summer of love (island) again… Chloe Wilkinson reports on the reality show that’s riding the tide of success.


et set Islanders as we’re heading for another summer of love, heartbreak and big drama with Caroline Flack returning to lead the way for a fourth year... Love Island managed to brainwash the nation last year with Chris & Kem becoming the UK’s favourite ‘bromance’, and Muggy Mike managing to ruffle everyone’s feathers with his sneaky behaviour… but who’s going to be ‘Mr Steal Your Girl’ this year? With a batch of new singletons the show has already created a lot of anticipation for who’ll win, who’ll come and who’ll go, and Caroline Flack is there to watch all the action unfold. “For me, all three series have been special,” said Caroline. “The momentum has picked up as it’s gone along, which is always nice to see in a series. I don’t think any series has been more special than another.” Over the duration of the programme, it has been heavily criticised for lack of diversity and its staged nature, more so than other reality programmes of a similar style, although the public don’t seem to mind as Love Island has become ITV2’s most viewed show ever whilst also managing to dominate headlines, which we can expect for the duration in the longest Love Island series ever. “Last year, we reached a bigger audience across different ages. I think people started realising the show is a lot more than what it might seem on the surface. People have realised it’s so much more than just being another reality show. It’s about real relationships and how they develop and people always see a bit of themselves in everyone,” said Caroline. “I think they might think it’s soulless, but in fact that’s the opposite of what it is. I think if you watch, it reminds you of the old fashioned way of dating. These days, when everyone is on Tinder and Instagram, and on their mobile phones, it actually is the style of having a conversation and getting to know one another. It’s old school dating.” Joining the villa this year was 27 year old Dr Alex George and 29 year old air hostess Laura Anderson leaving quite an age gap between other fresh contestant 20 year old Wes Nelson, alongside Dani Dyer who is the daughter of cockney actor Danny Dyer. Caroline had a good approach when asked what attributes she would be looking for if she was responsible for casting the show - “[I’d make it] as diverse as possible with lots of different character types. I quite like it when we put people in who are a bit older. We have a few in this year who are maybe a bit more experienced. I always like the girls and guys in there that I relate to; the ones who have made a few mistakes. We all make mistakes and it’s good to know other people do as well.” Last year’s Love Island jaw-dropping bombshell saw the male and female islanders move into separate villas and face the ultimate temptation… new single people. ITV called it the ‘ultimate test of loyalty and relationships for existing couples and a chance for the ones who haven’t found love to find it’. Who better to announce the twists in the show than Caroline? Will they become even more devious this year? How will Islanders cope? “I get very excited; it’s always a really exciting feeling. It’s very late at night when we do it, often when they’re least expecting it. It’s a one take as well. For me I have to be mentally very prepared. You can’t deliver news twice; you have to do it first time. From a professional point of view I’m very prepared and from a viewer point of view I get excited and star struck.” We expected nothing less of the show this year, with more tears, tantrums and true love now unfolding on our screens. Love Island airs at 9pm every night on ITV2 with spin-off studio show Love Island: Aftersun following at 10pm where Caroline is joined by celebrity guests and dumped islanders ensuring we are first to be in on all the gossip and goings on.





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Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene… Proudly sponsored by

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Summer means that we can see our favourite bands perform in the open air and not just at festivals. More and more pubs are putting on live music at the weekends, and I was attracted to The Five Horseshoes at Barholm recently to see the brilliant Children of the Revolution. They started at about 3pm and struck up with Gimme Some Lovin’ segued straight into All Day And All Of The Night and that set the tone for the afternoon. The thing about COTR is they’re versatile and love to try their own version of classic songs from different genres of music. They covered The Hives, Stevie Wonder, Billy Ocean and Eddie and the Hotrods hits and pleasingly for me, found time to do two Stones classics, Gimme Shelter and Sympathy for the Devil. I always enjoy Children of the Revolution wherever I see them.

It was a great Sunday afternoon in beautiful weather and lovely surroundings. The Five Horseshoes has a large beer garden with a bar and food tent and a play area with bouncy castle for the kids. I so enjoyed it, that I decided I would go back the following week to see The Nuggets. They were as always exciting and hugely entertaining. For me, it was a great way to spend Father’s Day – band, beer and burger! They have more Sunday afternoon gigs planned at Barholm. Sunday July 15 sees The One Eyed Cats, whilst Children of the Revolution are back by popular demand on Sunday August 26. Sandwiched in between there is the Inns’ Annual Beer and Cider Festival on the weekend of August 17 to 19. Saturday features Paul Lake in the afternoon and The Nuggets in the evening. Sunday the festival ends with Reggae masters Zeb Rootz. 48

Local promoter Terry Narraine tells me he’s organised a Charity Band Day at The Crown Inn, Lincoln Road, New England on Sunday July 22. It’s scheduled to start at 3pm and run through until 11pm.

Help For Heroes Music Day @ The Elm Tree Tavern I love this time of year and the fact we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to live music every weekend. The start of this month sees a day of music to raise money for Help For Heroes. The Family Fun Day and Music Fest is being held at The Elm Tree Tavern in Dogsthorpe on Saturday July 7. There’s music from 1pm till late at the pub and on the King’s School playing field. There’s a great day of live tunes lined up raising money for this worthy cause including: Arc Nation, Caustic Lights, Thunderhead, Outlaw Eagles, True British Mayhem and young singer Thomas Dunleavy. As part of the fun day there will also be a fire engine, bouncy castle, dog show, cheerleaders, stalls and food, rides, raffle and tombola, so plenty to keep the whole family happy.

Terry explained – “We are raising money for the End Youth Homelessness Charity. We held a similar event for this charity last year and managed to raise £500 in one afternoon to help this cause. However, there are currently 17,000 young people without a roof over their head in the UK and we feel we need to do more to combat this growing social problem. In today’s Britain, no young person should have to live rough.” So to attract people to attend The Crown will have a BBQ, a selection of real ales, raffle and auction. But the most important attraction will be the music and Terry told me – “I have secured the services of five bands who are giving up their time and play free of charge to help raise funds on the day.“ And what a good bill it is! The line up includes True 90's (90's tribute band), The Expletives (70's, 80's punk & new wave tribute band), Another Girl Another Planet (punk, pop, rock, new wave, ska, 2 tone and northern soul covers), Glam Slam Glitz (70's glam rock tribute band) and Rocket ’57 (late 50's and 60's rock 'n' roll and chart hits). I would’ve thought that there’s something in that line up to attract most people down to The Crown on Lincoln Road and to help Terry and the bands to earn very important funds for a very deserving charity.

Water Newton Music Festival

The ever popular Water Newton Music Festival made a very successful return to the local scene last year and the organisers have announced a great line up showcasing a great selection of popular local bands. The open air one day event to be held on Bank Holiday Sunday August 26 starting at 12 noon is held on the beautifully located village green by the River Nene. There’s continuous music through to 7.30pm, featuring the return of some established favourites who are joined by some new names to Water Newton. The acts include - The Gangsters, Latino Sound, Pennyless, Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats and The Houndogs. Throughout the day there’ll be delicious ‘street food’, wood fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and a wine and beer tent serving real ales supplied by Castor Ales. There’s always a laid back friendly atmosphere at this charity gig which has all profits going to The Friends of St Remigius to help maintain and improve the ancient church in Water Newton. The village is on the banks of the River Nene and is just 6 miles outside Peterborough, accessible from the A1. Tickets are selling fast on

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A Story To Tell Locally based pop rock group A Story To Tell, are playing a very special hometown show at The Met Lounge on Friday August 10. The show’s in memory of Julie Davis who sadly passed away recently. Julie was a huge supporter of the band, following them all over the country. Julie was also a big supporter of the local music scene in general and a regular at The Met Lounge where she would watch and support all the Peterborough bands.

Open Mic is Buzzing @ The Beehive It’s good to see the new monthly open mic night return to The Beehive near Asda. Hosted by Bon Rogers-White, the event is now on the first Friday of the month. Head down and join in the fun! You can sign up to be a part of it from 7.30pm and the music is from 8pm. As an added incentive there’s a free drink for anyone who plays! If you’d like to book your slot in advance, give them a call or visit their facebook page.

A Story To Tell will be donating profits from the night to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice that looked after Julie. The band’s been very busy in the studio recently, recording a new single and playing shows, most recently in London. The band members are Jack Wycherley (vocals), Sam Amos and Mark Smith (guitars) with Dave Leighton (bass) and Joe Pickett (drums). They’re not short of travel experience either, because their latest single Nebbiolo Place was written by guitarist Mark when he and his brother-in-law, Jack were visiting their family in Australia during a break from touring. Mark explained – “Nebbiolo Place is an area of Western Australia famous for its wine making and definitely for me a special place in the country.” So The Met Lounge gig gives the band’s very loyal fan base an opportunity to see them perform locally so tickets are bound to be in demand for the show. Mark told ESP – “Our fans can expect our longest set to date. It will be packed full of old favourites, new material and a few surprises. On the night we will also have brand new merchandise that will be exclusive to those at the show. All the lads can't wait to meet and greet everyone on August 10th.” Tickets will be available on the door or in advance from

The Ploughman Beer Festival Summer means beer festivals and The Ploughman in Werrington never disappoints. Once again they’ve lined up a great selection of brews and tunes at the pub for its Beer Festival running from Tuesday July 3 (CAMRA preview day) through to Sunday July 8. Treat your tastebuds with a range of 50+ real ales and ciders along with 47 speciality gins. Treat your eardrums to great music from some top local bands. Friday July 6 kicks off with the ever popular Children of the Revolution followed by afternoon tunes from Bobafett on Saturday July 7 followed by The Nuggets in the evening. Sunday lunchtime it’s The Lava Lamp Lighters with Groove Cartell taking the stage from 3pm onwards. Feast on good old German Jeff’s barbecue when you get the munchies!

Memorial Gig for Mark

Nearly 12 months ago we reported the sad news that Mark Perks the lead singer of the very popular local band The Rocket Dogs had died suddenly of an undetected heart condition. Now his widow, Karen, and former band mates have organised The Last Bite to celebrate Mark’s life with all proceeds going to The British Heart Foundation. It takes place at Peterborough Sports and Social Club on Lincoln Road New England on Friday August 10 from 7.30pm til midnight. Karen said – “The Last Bite is a collaboration of local bands who’ll be playing The Rocket Dogs’ set list, with original members of the band, and all with key singers stepping in for Mark and filling his shoes for the night.” The event is sponsored by ABN (Associated British Nutrition) who were Mark’s employer. Karen told ESP – “All of the performers are giving their time for free for this event, and so we would like the place to be busy for the first set (why be late and miss it?) so make sure your there by 9pm.” This is a very good point because a lot of Peterborough musicians remember their colleagues by turning up and jamming at gigs like this. And if you are late, you don’t know who you’ll miss performing. The evening is bound to be emotional at times but will also be full of fun and energy that Mark would totally approve of. He was an absolute entertainer and I’m sure that will be reflected on the night. There are a limited number of tickets available to buy in advance, which you can do by using the link and the rest of the tickets will be available on the door. This PSL Peterborough Sports and Social Club, is off the Triangle on Lincoln Road, and you’re urged to get there early.


GIGGUIDE WED JUN 27 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH THE BOATMEN The Railway, Ramsey THU JUN 28 INTERIM OPEN MIC LIVE Puzzles?, Bridge Street THE GUARDS The Solstice, Northminster FRI JUN 29 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey DIRTY RUMOUR The Ploughman, Werrington ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road HOOKER The Burghley, Burghley Road HUSH The Bell, Sawtry MARIA MARR Queen's Head, Queen Street PENNYLESS (4.30PM) Oakham Beer Festival, Oakham Museum PORKY PIG The Blue Bell, Werrington REVOLVER Peterborough Town Sports Club Beer Festival, Bretton Gate THE GANGSTERS Brewery Tap, Westgate THE GUARDS The Crown, Lincoln Road THE MONEY SHOT Charters, Town Bridge SAT JUN 30 BAND NIGHT Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor BEACHY HEAD DIVING CLUB The Heron, Stanground CROSSFIRE The Jubilee Garage, Bourne ELECTRIC WARRIORS Ebeneezers, Woodston LIVE BANDS Midsummer Festival, Chatteris 50

LIZZY ON THE LOOSE The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road OPAQUE Charters, Town Bridge REVOLVER Ramfest, Ramsey SCARY CLOWN LIVE BANDS ALL DAYER Mama Liz's, Stamford STEALER The Dragon, Werrington STONE PONY The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe THE CONTACTS The Burghley, Burghley Road THE FYZZ WALLIS BAND Puzzles?, Bridge Street THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Crown, Lincoln Road SUN JUL 1 IT COMES IN WAVES Puzzles?, Bridge Street KEITH LUCKEY (3PM) The Frothblowers, Werrington LIVE BANDS Chatteris Midsummer festival, Chatteris MIZMERIZE (3PM) The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OAKHAM MIC NIGHT Brewery Tap, Westgate STEVE GIBBS + DOG HOUSE + JENNY EVA (2.30PM) The Glasshouse, Key Theatre THE 4 SMITH + RETROLUX + CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION + THE EXPLETIVES + LAST MINUTE BRIGADE + 3RD STONE FROM THE SUN The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge MON JUL 2 ONE FOR THE ROAD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH STACEY The Blue Bell, Werrington


ARC NATION + CAUSTIC LIGHTS + THUNDERHEAD + OUTLAW EAGLES + TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM + THOMAS DUNLEAVY The Elm Tree Tavern, Dogsthorpe BOBA FETT (5PM) The Ploughman, Werrington BOOBONYX Fletton Ex Servicemens Club, Fletton CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road CAUSTIC LIGHTS The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


DIVISION DUO The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Ploughman, Werrington

GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Crown, Lincoln Road

CIRCA 73 The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road DIVISION Queen's Head, Queen Street JUNK PUPPETS The Fayre Spot, Bretton LOST AND SOUND The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe OPEN MIC WITH BON ROGERS WHITE The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard THE BROADCASTERS The Crown, Lincoln Road

LIVE MUSIC Smith's, Bourne PINKED FLOYD (TRIBUTE) The Met Lounge, Bridge Street SUBWAY 77 Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey THE GUARDS The London Inn, Stamford THE MONEY SHOT The Ostrich, North Street THE NUGGETS (9PM) The Ploughman, Werrington SUN JUL 8


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CJ HATT The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Castor


SONGWRITERS NIGHT WITH STEVE GIBBS The Boat Inn, Whittlesey STILTON OPEN MIC NIGHT The Talbot Inn, Stilton TUE JUL 10 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate WED JUL 11 BACKROOM ACOUSTIC The Railway, Ramsey LATIN JAZZ DUO The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


DIRTY RUMOUR The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe DIZZY MISS LIZZYS The Burghley, Burghley Road FRANKLY MY DEAR The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road JUNK PUPPETS Car Show and Music Festival, Parson's Drove LEE ROBERTSHAW Puzzles?, Bridge Street OUTLAW EAGLES The Crown, Lincoln Road PEGLER The Ploughman, Werrington REVOLVER The Goat Beer Festival, Frognall

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Golden Fleece, Stamford

STEALER The Letter B, Whittlesey

DIRTY RUMOUR Barnsdale Charity Event, Barnsdale


DIZZY MISS LIZZYS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

TOPLOADER + AUSTIN GOLD Party on the Wharf, Oundle

KICKBACK The Ploughman, Werrington

SUN JUL 15 ADAM LEON Puzzles?, Bridge Street

CHRISTIAN SMITH Puzzles?, Bridge Street

THE PERSUADERS The Ostrich, North Street

GROOVE CARTELL (3PM) The Ploughman, Werrington

VELOCITY The Blue Bell, Werrington


MATTY HAYNES (3PM) The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

RICH YOUNG Queen's Head, Queen Street

MOTOR CITY VIPERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge

ROCK OUT The Blue Bell, Werrington


THE BROADCASTERS Charters, Town Bridge

ANDY HUGHES Puzzles?, Bridge Street

BLACKOUT UK The Limetree, Walton


LEFTOVAS The Mason's Arms, Bourne




THE HOUNDOGS (TICKETED) Castor Festival, Castor

WRONG JOVI The Met Lounge, Bridge Street

VELOCITY The Whittle, Stanground


ANNA & JIMMY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate ONE EYED CATS The Five Horseshoes, Barholm PENNYLESS Grimsthorpe Castle Open Day, Grimsthorpe ROB BULL The Frothblowers, Werrington THE EXPLETIVES (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge

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JORDAN POOLE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

AIRWAY + SUPPORT Mama Liz's, Stamford


ANTOINE FLEURIOT The Angel Inn, Yarwell

IAN RICHARDSON The Duck & Drake, Yaxley

BAKLASH The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe



OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate WED JUL 18

DIEHARD 80S The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road HOOKER The Ploughman, Werrington


PAGAN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate FRI JUL 20 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Ostrich, North Street


ONE EYED CATS The Blue Bell, Werrington REVOLVER The Mason's Arms, Bourne STEVE YOUNG Queen's Head, Queen Street THE GUARDS The Golden Fleece, Stamford TIGER CLUB The Crown, Lincoln Road UP THE FUNCTION The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

MON JUL 23 CLAUDIA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

JOHN QUINN The Bull, Newborough MATT HOWARD Puzzles?, Bridge Street RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Burghley, Burghley Road THE EXPLETIVES The Heron, Stanground

TOM CRIDLAND The Solstice, Northminster

TUE JUL 24 SAT JUL 28 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate



BILLY G AND THE HEARTBEATS Fletton Ex Servicemens Club, Fletton


DIRTY RUMOUR The Whittle Way, Stanground

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZRATS Puzzles?, Bridge Street


DUSK TIL DAWN The Ploughman, Werrington



GIMME 2 Puzzles?, Bridge Street

THE RAINMEN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

LOST AND SOUND The Crown, Lincoln Road


CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Burghley, Burghley Road CIRCA 73 The Crown, Lincoln Road CUTTIN LOOSE The Golden Fleece, Stamford DIRTY RUMOUR The Royal Oak, Swayfield

HUSH The Crown, Littleport

THE VELTONES The Fayre Spot, Bretton

NEW GENERATION CRASH N BURN The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe PAUL LAKE The Burghley, Burghley Road RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Ostrich, North Street

IAN & KAT (3PM) The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

OPEN MIC WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Blue Boar, Eye OPEN MIC WITH JIMMY DOHERTY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate THU AUG 2 OPEN MIC NIGHT Mama Liz's, Stamford

HERBIE LAMB QUARTET The Five Horseshoes, Barholm

HIGH ROLLERS The Ploughman, Werrington

HUSH (5.30PM) The Wildfowler, Terrington

MEG MCPARTLIN The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard

REVOLVER The Gliderdrome, Boston

PENNYLESS Village Hall (3pm), Swayfield

PENNYLESS (TICKETED) Wild Heart Cafe, Bourne

STEALER The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

PORKY PIG The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

THE DIZZY MISS LIZZYS The Heron, Stanground

MULLERED AT THE MILL The Crown, Lincoln Road

SUBWAY 77 The Blue Bell, Werrington


OPEN MIC WITH BON ROGERS WHITE The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard

THE NUGGETS Brewery Tap, Westgate

VELOCITY Ebeneezers, Woodston

THE GUARDS The Burghley, Burghley Road

ROMY GENSALE Puzzles?, Bridge Street THE FEDZ + STEVIE H (2PM-6PM) Market Square, Whittlesey

VELOCITY The Fayre Spot, Bretton

THE GANGSTERS The London Inn, Stamford

THE NUGGETS Brewery Tap, Westgate

WALKWAY The Ploughman, Werrington

THE JUNK PUPPETS The Crown, Lincoln Road

TOM BRYANS (3PM) The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

STACEY WOOD Queen's Head, Queen Street

FRI AUG 3 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Blue Bell, Werrington CJ HATT The Yard of Ale, OU


GIG of the MONTH

The Elm Tree Tavern, Garton End Road, Dogsthorpe. Tel: 01733 358134. Family Fun Day and Music Festival in aid of Help for Heroes with live music from Arc Nation, Caustic Lights, Thunderhead, Outlaw Eagles, True British Mayhem and young singer Thomas Dunleavy. It’s all on from 1pm – late with family fun including a fire engine, bouncy castle, dog show, cheerleaders, stalls and food, rides, raffle, tombola and more.

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