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MARCH 2018 Issue 223

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It’s the big Sport Relief fundraiser on Friday March 23 and loads of local people will be doing their bit to raise cash for some great causes. The team at RSA Peterborough have been chosen once again to man the phones for this year’s Sport Relief having done such a brilliant job for Comic Relief last time. They’ll be manning 75 phone lines from 10pm – 3am taking the donations from callers all over the country and doing plenty of fundraising in the office themselves too! Over at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium on Friday March 23 the restaurant staff are doing a virtual London to Brighton on a bike for Sports Relief – 54 miles from the start of the first greyhound race to the last. Can their team do it? Don’t forget to pick up your T-shirts, wristbands and much more to support the cause and if you’re raising money through an event let us know on our social media or email

DRIVE IN MOVIE NIGHTS Look out for a new series of drive in movie nights coming to Sacrewell near Wansford this Easter break from March 30 – April 14. They’ll be showing family favourites and classics including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Spectre, The Lion King, Frozen, Grease and many more! It’s £10 per car, with snacks and drinks available to purchase on site. All movies have a start time of 8pm. For more information and tickets please visit

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Star Wars fans will be in Jedi heaven at Burghley’s 2018 exhibition in the Sculpture Garden, thanks to a full-scale replica model of a Star Wars TIE Silencer spacecraft. Stamford inventor and YouTube sensation Colin Furze has made the full size replica of Kylo Ren’s fighter from the latest Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, using only parts sourced from EBay. It hit the headlines after being briefly previewed late last year in the parkland at Burghley, but the model will now go on display as the star attraction of the new ‘Otherworldly’ sculpture exhibition in the Sculpture Garden from May to October. Exploring the surreal, strange, magical, cosmic and interplanetary, other exhibits include a helicopter-ish UFO, a giant origami rocket ready to launch from the ice house and a man polishing the moon.

successful within the arcade and since trading, they’ve moved to a bigger unit which is where it is today. Since the boutique store opened, the brands on offer have grown significantly and now include Vendula, which is exclusive to Peterborough, Trollbeads, Virtue and Butler and Wilson to name a few.

EASTER BEER FEST @ CHARTERS It’ll be brews and tunes this Easter over at Charters bar on Town Bridge. The big Easter Beer Festival is on from Thursday March 29 – Monday April 2. As well as a wide variety of ales they’ll also have a range of gins and ciders to try too. Free entertainment kicks off with a quiz on the Thursday, followed by music from Groovapolitan on the Friday, Retrolux on the Saturday and rounding up Sunday afternoon at 3pm with The Stringlers. Let’s hope it’s sunny and we can get out in their huge beer garden!



Queensgate Shopping Centre’s Westgate Arcade retailer, Style, is now under new ownership as the current manager, Amanda Dinatale has taken over the company. Amanda’s been the manager for nine years, ever since popping in to buy herself a bracelet and chatting to Sandra Marshall, the now former owner. Sandra has retired from the business and Amanda is now the proud owner of Style, something she’s always dreamed of. Style, which was opened ten and a half years ago by Sandra, has been extremely

Known for their delicious chocolate chip morsels and giant personalised iced cookie cakes, Millie’s Cookies in Queensgate Shopping Centre has donated £1,000 to local charity and Queensgate’s Charity of the Year, Anna’s Hope. The SSP Foundation supports charities across the UK, including those nominated by employees and those working to promote healthy eating. The manager of Millie’s Cookies in Queensgate, Megan Watson, put Anna’s Hope forward. “I am beyond thrilled that my nominated charity was chosen to receive £1,000,” says Megan. She continued “I decided to put Anna’s Hope forward as they are the centre’s Charity of the Year and I think the work they do is so important and really does provide vital support to children and families who have

gone through an extremely tough time. I hope this donation gives them a helping hand for 2018.” So far, Anna’s Hope have raised a fantastic £10,982.31, with the help of being Queensgate’s Charity of the Year.

10% OFF CHEMICAL PEELS @ MBE If you want to freshen up your tired winter skin there’s a great offer at My Body Essentials this month to get your skin glowing. You could start with a luxury diamond peel at just £25 to take the surface layer down. Something that goes a little deeper revealing those healthier layers of skin is a series of clinical peels. With 10% off the course of treatments at MBE during March you will certainly be summer ready with healthy, glowing skin. For more advice or information give MBE a call on 01733 234251 or take a look at www.mybody

FRENCH MARKET RETURNS The popular French Market is set to bring us some tasty treats from Thursday March 8 – Sunday March 11 in Cathedral Square and Bridge Street The traders will offer a wide range of top quality products including local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, provencal soaps, and much more.


The new M&S Foodhall at Serpentine Green has got off to a great start and has brought a new 52 seat café to the shopping centre. The 10,000 sq. ft. store is packed with thousands of inspiring M&S food and drink products – including a new

range of dishes from M&S’s Eat Well health range, which features Asian-inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes. The store also features a bakery offering a wide variety of breads and pastries. The new Foodhall also offers M&S’s Click & Collect service, giving customers the option to have their Clothing & Home orders delivered to the store next day, completely free of charge. The new M&S Foodhall is open Monday – Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

FOOD @ FILM FESTIVAL We’ve just heard there’ll be a new foodie element to add to this year’s Burghley Film Festival in Stamford. The outdoor screenings return this summer on July 25 - 29 and new this year will be a street-food market-style area offering filmgoers a host of foodie treats alongside top movies, timeless classics and family favourites during daytime and evening shows. In the meantime the House and Gardens re-open on Saturday March 17 until Sunday October 28. For full details of opening times, all events and to book online tickets at discounted prices, visit or telephone 01780 752451.


Clubbercise Instructors Sarah Mason and Lucia Templeman are joining forces with YMCA Trinity Group to host their 2nd annual YMCA Clubbathon charity event at Queen Katharine Academy on Saturday March 3 from 7pm – 9pm. The Clubbercise event using glowsticks and dance music will be raising money to provide YMCA mental health support in schools across Peterborough. Tickets are £10 and are available through


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e Lock In 'Folk Fairy Tale' ft e Demon Barbers So what do you get when you combine folk music and dance with… hip hop? One of the most exciting dance theatre events that’s what. Join The Lock In on Thursday March 29 at the Key Theatre as the Breaking Tradition Dance Company bring us a comical new version of their critically acclaimed folk and hip hop dance show. With live music from The Demon Barbers (Winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) they’ll be bringing some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance bang up to date with some of the youngest, in a high energy celebration of dance culture. Combining elements from Grimms’ classic fairy tales with a funked up musical score and colourful new choreography, along with audience favourites such as Hip Hop Morris and Pool Cue Longsword, The Lock In Remixed promises a clash of cultures and a dance floor stand-off. Tickets are £17.50 or £14.50 concessions on 01733 207239.

The Bob Dylan Story The Times They Are A Changin’… but the music of Bob Dylan lives on in this celebration of the music icon at the Key Theatre. The Bob Dylan Story will take you through the musician’s back catalogue of hits with evocative visuals and insights into the stories behind the songs. Planted firmly in the 60s this concert takes you through the defining moments of the decade and the Dylan tunes that told the story of the times. Expect everything from Blowing In The Wind to Subterranean Homesick Blues and Like A Rolling Stone as well as love songs like Lay Lady Lay and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight with All Along The Watchtower and Knocking On Heaven’s Door all the way through to Mighty Quinn. Catch the Bob Dylan Story on Sunday March 25. Tickets are £21.50 on 01733 207239. 6

The X Factor stars and ‘Kings of Popera’ are back with the first of two great concerts coming to Peterborough this year. G4 are at the Cresset on Monday March 12 but have also just announced they’ll be bringing their amazing Christmas concert to Peterborough Cathedral for the first time on November 21 – great news as the cathedral celebrates its 900th year! This month though you can enjoy G4’s renditions of classic hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessa Dorma plus recent tracks from their latest album, G4 Love Songs. Tickets are £29 (VIP Package £76.50 including Meet & Greet) on 01733 265705.

Circus of Horrors: Voodoo Simon Cowel loved them… but don’t let that put you off! If you fancy a break from the norm this night of the bizarre will certainly rock your week. Circus of Horrors took to the road over 22 years ago and have been touring ever since – now they bring us a brand new incarnation of their shock/horror performance with Voodoo. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts all woven together with the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level! Catch it if you dare on Wednesday March 28 at the Key Theatre. Tickets are £27 on 01733 207239.

Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story He started out as a street busker and became an international superstar and you can follow his success story in this great tribute to the legend that is Rod Stewart. Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance in this fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of the rock icon. Featuring all the hits, if you’re a Rod Stewart fan this will be a great evening at the Cresset on Saturday March 3. Grab your tickets quick (£23) from the box office on 01733 265705.

The Tina Turner Experience Tina is back with the big hair, high heels and huge voice! If you love the lady with the powerhouse tunes, the Tina Turner Experience should tick your boxes for what makes a night out well, Simply the Best! Expect hits like Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary and Let's Stay Together combined with powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines. Catch this show at the Cresset on Friday March 9 and you will be up and dancing. Tickets are £22 on 01733 265705.

Peterborough Music Festival If you want to enjoy some great music and see some fantastic young talent The Peterborough Music Festival is back this month. The event returns with a series of concerts at the Key Theatre for a second year of music making from Tuesday March 13 – Saturday March 17. Young instrumentalists and singers from across the city and beyond will compete in this annual competition. Once again the New Youth Music Showcase competition returns to the Key Theatre as part of the festival on Thursday March 15. This provides a fantastic opportunity for young people (under 18) writing new music to perform their work in public, receive feedback from an industry professional and compete for cash prizes. The line up of Festival concerts include: – Tuesday March 13 – Heritage Music Celebration – Thursday March 15 – New Youth Music Showcase – Saturday March 17 – Final Concert including the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year Competition For all the festival details visit

The Dreamboys It’s the perfect girls’ night out as the boys are back in town! If you need a little Magic Mike style fun and thrills The Dreamboys will definitely deliver. Their breathtaking spectacular is just the thing for hen nights, birthday parties and a girl’s night out with all your friends They’ve made special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out worldwide tours, so catch them here while you can. They’ll be live at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre on Friday March 23. Tickets are £24.50 on 01780 766455.

Peterborough Arts Cinema

If you fancy some films with a difference head to Peterborough Arts Cinema at the John Clare Theatre inside the Central Library every Thursday. This month’s showings include A Man Called Ove on March 1, The Death of Stalin on March 8 and Slack Bay which was rescheduled from last month to March 15. All screenings start at 7.30pm and for all the details of what’s showing just visit

Oliver! If you’re ‘reviewing the situation’ and ‘consider yourself’ in need of a night out RARE Productions, the UK’s leading youth musical theatre production company have just the thing. They’re bringing Lionel Bart’s classic musical Oliver! based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist to The Cresset from Thursday March 15 – Saturday March 17 featuring a cast of talented local youngsters and featuring all the songs you know and love you’ll definitely be asking for more! Tickets are £16 (concessions £15) on 01733 265705.

John Godber’s classic comedy is back at the Key Theatre and bang up to date. Blackeyed Theatre revives its highlyacclaimed production about life at a struggling ‘sink school’. Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good. Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Tickets for the show on Monday March 5 are £17.50 (£13.50 concessions, £11.50 schools) on 01733 207239.

A great new musical stage show celebrating the life and music of the legendary Dusty Springfield and the popstars of the Sixties is stopping off at the Key Theatre this month. Dusty and the Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of the great Dusty Springfield. Starring singer and actress Emily Clark with the singing trio The Shades it’s a night dedicated to the invention of pop music, the songs and the stars of the 60s. The show’s UK tour heads to Peterborough on Wednesday March 7 and features all the favourites including You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Son of a Preacher Man, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself and You Don’t Own Me. The talented cast will perform a roster of Dusty hits as well as others from the era including Say A Little Prayer, Downtown, Natural Woman and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Tickets for the show at the Key Theatre in Peterborough are £18.50 from 01733 207239.

Rock for Heroes Photo: Godley Photographic


Dusty and The Shades of the 60s

Coldplace If you want the next best thing to Chris Martin and the boys this tribute concert at the Cresset should take you on the adventure of a lifetime! Coldplace have over 13 years of experience on the tribute scene and have played over 700 shows across the globe so deliver an authentic Coldplay experience. Expect a great concert on Wednesday March 28 with a plethora of special effects including video and lasers. Tickets are £21.50 (concessions £19.50) on 01733 265705.

Here’s the heads up on a great night of rock music coming our way in support of Help for Heroes. It’s all happening at the Cresset on April 12 and promises the perfect combination of your favourite rock & pop artists across the eras, in a concert experience reminiscent of the great charity rock concerts with a fantastic band and incredible timeless classic songs. Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers it’ll feature music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Simple Minds and so many more. This isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute to the legends in music. Tickets are £21.50 on 01733 265705.



Vivacity’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Vivacity has Easter activities covered from a sports holiday club to family theatre, Footy Reads at the library to Time Travellers at the Museum. Vivacity’s sports holiday club, powered by Club Viva, runs at four locations across Peterborough; Hampton Leisure Centre, Werrington Leisure Centre, Jack Hunt Pool & Gym and Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre. Each day is jam-packed with exciting activities and is uniquely themed including Lego Day and Disney Day. You’ll need to book in and they run from Tuesday April 3 – Friday April 13 (excluding weekends). If you’re simply looking for a fun day out with the kids you can join in at the Museum’s Easter Eggstravaganza where kids can get their face painted, take part in an Easter egg hunt trail and so much more on Saturday March 31. This Easter also sees the return of Vivacity’s popular Time Travellers family workshops at the Museum running from April 3 – 5 and April 10 –12. Travel back a century and design a tank and celebrate the first votes for women in this hands on, family friendly workshop. If your kids are mad about football, then Footy Reads, at selected Vivacity libraries, is the place to be over the Easter holiday. Inspired by authors such as Frank Lampard (Frankie’s Magic Football series) and Tom Palmer (Defenders books) participants get the chance to make football themed artwork, take part in football reading quizzes and so much more. Book now at

Star Party @ Sacrewell If you were one of the many people gazing up at the super moon a few weeks back and are partial to a bit of star gazing you might fancy a night out at Sacrewell. Peterborough Astronomical Society (PAS) are holding their biannual Star Party on Saturday March 10. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert they’ll bring along their telescopes and give you the lowdown on the sky at night. They also create a planetarium-style display and walk you through the sky at night, using apps and technology that is available to all and easy to use. Doors open at 5.30pm and the event finishes at 9pm (last entry at 8pm) with a programme of talks and displays throughout the evening. Entry costs £6 per adult and children under 16 can visit for free. Buy your tickets online at

If you want to get the kids out in the fresh air, wear them out at Ferry Meadows on Friday March 30 at the park’s big Easter Egg Hunt. There’ll be some seasonal spring crafts, a chance to explore the park and hunt for eggs and collect a prize and the end, (1 prize per child booked). There are two sessions from 10.30am – 12 noon or 1.30 – 3pm, and it’s £4 per child. You’ll need to book in advance on 01733 234193. There is also a holiday trail available throughout the holiday – just grab a sheet form the Visitor Centre and follow the clues to win a prize.

If your garden just doesn’t cut it when it comes to sending the kids out hunting for Easter eggs, supersize their Easter fun with a trip to Burghley House in Stamford. The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April 1 should do the trick! It’s all taking place in the Gardens of Surprise, from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) with a treasure hunt and riddles to solve to claim a full size chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny. You can also test your own Easter knowledge to try and win an afternoon tea in The Orangery Restaurant. All entries will go in to the prize draw for a giant chocolate Easter Bunny.

There’s plenty of Easter fun lined up at Springfields Outlet Centre in Spalding so you can keep the kids amused while you grab a bargain. An Easter Egg Hunt runs from March 29 – April 2 and includes an activity pack, King Kong Sunflower seed with pot, compost and instructions and chocolate egg. It’s £6 per entrant and there’ll be a prize draw with the chance to win a Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey game Other entertainment includes face painting on March 29/30, and April 3, 6 and 9. There’ll be lambs and handlers on April 3 and 6 and a mini farm with pigs, goats and alpaca on April 9 and April 13. There are also craft sessions to make wildflower seed bombs and paint a mug/plate which have a small cost and must be booked in advance so for more details call 01775 722249 or check

Egg Hunt @ Ferry Meadows

Burghley Easter Egg Hunt


Easter fun at Springfields

Grab Your Paddles @ Tallington Lakes Here’s something a little different – why not join the Easter SUP Hunt at Tallngton Lakes this holiday. Stand Up Paddle boards are increasingly popular and great fun and the guys have come up with a new idea where you have to paddle around the lakes to find the egg pictures. There’ll be a prize for the person who finds the most. If you’d like to join in the hunt there’s a £5 entry fee and it’s £5 to hire a stand up paddle board if needed but you can launch your own board for free (must have third party insurance). Wetsuits and buoyancy aids are compulsory and it’s on from 9am – 10am on Sunday April 1.

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We marked the start of the Year of the Dog at Serpentine Green with… a dragon boat! Shoppers joined us to climb aboard and beat the drum to mark Chinese New Year and encourage more entrants to the 20th Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival. Organised by Gable Events it’s all happening on Saturday June 9 at Peterborough Rowing Lake, Thorpe Meadows and up to 50 teams will battle it out over the 200-metre course, cheered on by their supporters who’ll be able to enjoy lots of bankside activities between races. ESP is proud to be the print media partner for the event and our ESP Motley Crew will be climbing aboard once again to challenge local businesses, groups and organisations to a great day of racing. We had such a laugh last year and would encourage anyone thinking of giving it a go to sign up. You really don’t need to be an expert or super fit and it’s a really enjoyable day out in between races chilling with a BBQ on the bank enjoying commentary by Connect FM. Several teams have been quick to sign up already including XL Displays, Rawlinsons, Fitzwilliam Hospital, Froglife, PJ Care Ltd, Manor Fresh, PS Financials, Ballast Phoenix, Buckles and of course the main event sponsor Motorpoint. It’s great for team building if you’re part of a business but any group can take part even your local pub or sports team! Everything’s provided and you’re guaranteed at least three races. Crews are invited to raise money for Thorpe Hall Hospice before and on the day of the race. It will cost £3.3 million in 2018 to provide incredible care at the Sue Ryder hospice - £2.3 million of that has to come from fundraising. Come on… get your names down folks and enter now!

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It’s the 900th anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral this year and we’re all invited to join the party under the banner of Peterborough Celebrates. Local businesses, groups and attractions are being encouraged to back the 900 campaign and also to use the year long celebrations to help promote what they do. ESP is right behind it and is bringing you all the latest on how the city is celebrating so make sure you let us know how you’re getting involved. Contact us on Twitter, Facebook or email Helen Love, Tracey Daglish and Jack Harris from the City Council’s Quality Assurance Team

CITY WORKERS TAKE THE 900-STEP CHALLENGE Peterborough City Council is setting its staff various 900-themed challenges this year as part of the Peterborough Celebrates campaign. In February they were invited to take The 900 Step Challenge. Using an app to record their footsteps, employees set out on a walk into the Precincts and around the Cathedral Visitor Centre. The route then took them into the Cathedral itself, down its whole length and back again, taking in the sights along the way. The route finished in Becket’s Tea Room. The Council’s Quality Assurance Team were quick to put their footsteps to the test and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “Our team has a really 12

strong team ethic and we’re always looking for ways to be healthy together so the 900 Steps Challenge was a good fit for us. We were really impressed by the warm welcome we received at the Visitor Centre and thought the displays were attractive and informative. The Cathedral itself is a stunning piece of architecture and a rich treasure trove of Peterborian history. We were treated to a warm welcome here too and particularly enjoyed talking to the two ladies who were stationed at the leaflet display who generously shared their first hand experiences of Peterborough through the ages. It was great to see so many school groups enjoying the space too.”

NENE THE CONCERT There are dozens of special events already lined up as part of the Peterborough Celebrates campaign including several new additions. One of these is a new orchestral piece being presented by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, Rutland Music and Peterborough Music Hub at the Cathedral called Nene. Nene is being performed on Saturday March 17 and is written by local composer Benjamin Till. The piece celebrates the people, places and history of the River Nene as it flows from Northamptonshire, through Peterborough and out to the sea. Premiered last November at the Music for Youth Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, the piece will feature youth orchestras and choirs from around the region. Tickets are £15 Nave seats (£10 concessions), £10 side aisle seats (£8 concessions) – restricted view. You can book online via Peterborough Cathedral's page at Oundle Box Office or call Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, visit Peterborough Information Centre or call 01733 452336.

When it came to doing something for Peterborough Celebrates the 900th Anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral the Nene Valley Railway team thought that they’d better do something really spectacular. With the theme being '900' they thought... why not give away 900 free rides?! This month the railway will be doing just that, throwing open the carriage doors as part of their open weekend on March 17 and 18. Those visiting the Railway's Wansford headquarters will be entitled to free entry to the site plus a free complimentary ride on the shuttle service to Yarwell station and back. Nene Valley Railway is a local gem, famous for great steam rides, Thomas the Tank Engine and a popular filming location since 1977 and the ever-popular open weekend gives visitors the chance to go behind the scenes and see how the NVR operates from day to day. There’ll be lots happening all weekend with special rides and tours, trade stands and much more. For full details see:

900 STEPS TO HAVEN At Easter on April Tuesday 10, Wednesday April 11 and Thursday April 12 the Railworld Wildlife Haven is also offering a 900 step route around its gardens and model railway site. The network of little walks around the landscaped site are ideal for children to explore. The start and end of the route will be marked out, but it has to be completed in 900 steps ... No more no less! You’ll be able to practice before your final attempt! The first 9 people to do it get a Family Pass for the rest of the season! For opening times and details please visit

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According to a new study, one in 20 British men have never seen their other half without make-up on. Nevermind that. It’s been so cold that most of us men haven’t seen her without anything on for months.

Impressed is an understatement. I can't remember having better fish and chips locally and I've certainly never eaten it out of a box, sitting on a Chesterfield sofa with a pint in a pub!

Big Shout to my Ladies

Marion (our office cleaner): you come in every morning to a bowl of items that haven’t been washed up. It’s not your job to do it but you do. You’re a saint. Tina (in Nisa on Fletton High Street): those pizza slices are heaven. Enough said.


Alison Elmer: is there a better bread and butter pudding maker in Britain? I think not. Tracy Snooks (Visitor Information Centre manager): look up enthusiasm in the dictionary and it’s you. I still think you look a bit like Natalie Wood too. Karen Cornish: you’ve got a knack with handling sausages… How do you make those honey mustard ones so tasty? Valerie: surely the city’s best kept homeless lady? Gosia (my neighbour): for the last three weeks you’ve put my bin back. It’s the little things. Thank you. Sharon (my editor): 19 years of ESP and still going strong, with dignity. Legend. My Mum: for giving me cuddles and overfeeding me. Happy Mother’s Day (without a big meal please).

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It's International Women's Day this month as well as Mother’s Day and it’s got me thinking about some of the ladies I know and how they deserve some praise. But rather than highlight the usual suspects like business leaders and other prominent and successful women in our city that normally get the headlines, I thought I’d give a thumbs-up to everyday ladies that I think deserve recognition. They are in no particular order; all these women are just as important as one another. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are dozens more names – you know who you are – and I’m respecting your privacy.

The Beehive is the only pub in town when you can get takeaway fish and chips and sit at the bar and enjoy them with a pint. Lauren Trevor took over this historic pub two years ago and only those living on Mars could be blamed for not noticing the excellent transformation it's undergone during this time. Décor is all about vintage and retro and there's appreciation for Posh too with some great framed examples of London Road jerseys from yesteryear. There's also a bright, modern restaurant too. But if you want your chips on the go then you can use the takeaway entrance, which is situated at the end of a fabulous mural (by the talented team at Street Arts Hire!) that extends along the

length of the outside wall. On Mondays at 8pm there's a poker tournament, which is part of a national league and anyone can join in – and there's an open mic session every Wednesday. You're spoilt for sport on the box too with three big TVs with all Sky and BT Sport programmes available. The Beehive is good for a game of pool too and the comfy booths allow plenty of space to play chess (the board is part of the table) or scrabble. And if you're into music there are live music nights twice a month with local bands and solo artists and there’s a jazz funk event on Easter Sunday. But seriously, try the delicious fish and chips. Yum.

Anne-Marie - what toppings? Dave - house price coffee time Emma - thanks for being ‘useful’ Bryan - I didn’t get the call… Chris - coming boxing show? Gary - doing scooter run?

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An Evening with Chris A man that we’re no stranger to here at ESP and a photographer I’m a big fan of. The local lens legend that is Chris Porsz will be giving a talk in aid of the Mayor’s charities about his passion that’s spanned over four decades. Chris will be taking centre stage at the Town Hall on Tuesday March 20 (7pm) where he’ll be sharing the stories of some of his best street photography work and giving us an insight into his life as the son of parents from wartorn Poland. His book Reunions has sold all around the world and his latest project Streets of Britain is currently in the making, but Chris will be sharing some of the images from it exclusively on the night. Tickets are just £5 and to secure yours, call the Mayor’s office on 01733 452319.

right I was. This is what I love about going to R A Baker, no job is too big or too small and they even do custom work like with yours truly. Ronnie’s business is a well-respected one that prides itself in providing a whole range of top quality glass products and glazing services for both commercial and residential clients. Congratulations Ronnie. Now, how about creating a mirrored birthday cake for the showroom…?

It’s a tradition I look forward to every year and I’ve been polishing my chrome ready for this special ride. Likeminded scooter owners from miles around will be converging at The Heron pub in Stanground on Saturday March 17 for the 21st Easter Egg Run in aid of Sue Ryder. The run starts at 1pm and there’s a custom show beforehand at 12 noon. Hundreds of scooterists are expected and even if you don’t ride it’s worth coming along just for the atmosphere alone. This is a brilliant annual event in the city and long may it continue. Free evening entertainment is being laid on at The Heron from 7.30pm too. For more details, call Grinner on: 07988 193745.

SPRING At last! The clocks go back and everyone comes out of hibernation. Here’s what spring usually signals: 9 degrees and in flip-flops, Bank Holiday booze-inflicted madness in A&E, fake tans, girls deciding to go lighter with their hair, wearing a t-shirt on a pub crawl because 9 degrees is warm enough, BBQ’s in the rain and scoffing Easter eggs until you weigh the same as you were at Christmas.


On my last count there were 12 city pubs hosting the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz between March 4 and 8. The quiz brings the country’s pub industry together to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and other good causes. More than 50,000 quizzers in 2,000 venues raised £200,000 for 800 charities in the two years since it was launched. Anyone up for getting a team together? To see which pubs are taking part, visit

R A Baker is celebrating 40 years in business and there aren’t many other Peterborough independents who can say they’ve been operating for as long. I popped in to see owner Ronnie with an unusual request (not for the first time) and he made it happen. Sadly, I crashed my Jaguar XJ6 and the grille was the only salvageable part, well, half of it was. One side of it was caved in, so I removed it and thought it’d make a great mirror to hang in my man cave – and how


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Step up to Platform8 for a festival with a difference…

Live Before You Die

According To Arthur

Ugly Chief

We have an exciting season of shows returning to Peterborough this month in some unusual locations. The Platform8 Festival is now in its fourth season and it’s all about bringing us some really interesting productions and theatre events. Kate Hall from Jumped Up Theatre is one of seven partners chosen to work with Battersea Arts Centre to create seasons of exciting new theatre events in cities and towns across the UK and Peterborough is one of them. In the past they’ve staged events at The Green Backyard, in boxing gyms, shopping centres, colleges and community centres, and this season there are six shows, with one week of performances in March and another in April. The first show to kick the festival is Live Before You Die by Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn which is a fun show that tackles a tricky topic. Byron Vincent has a reputation for creating hilarious shows about difficult subjects and Live Before You Die, which is

coming to The Brewery Tap on Tuesday March 20 is no exception. What do you do when you have a best mate who is so sad he might die? Especially when up until now your friendship has mostly consisted of a mutual appreciation of 90’s hip hop, borderline alcoholism and finding creative ways to insult each other. In a world where female friendships are celebrated, from Loose Women to Gossip Girls, it’s Byron and Dave’s mission to explore what their friendship means to them. These are two blokes who don’t normally talk about stuff like this. This show also includes a Curry & Chaat night on Monday March 19 for anyone wanting to talk to Byron about his work. Later this month families in Bretton and Hampton can look forward to two performances of the show According To Arthur brought to us by Paddleboat Theatre

Company on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. According To Arthur is about an old man, who lives alone in his attic, never venturing outside, with only his friend, the moon, for company. But with the audience’s help, and Paddleboat’s imaginative blend of puppetry, play, music, mime and storytelling, he might be able to find the courage to rediscover his love of the world, and the exciting and adventurous life he once-led. Other shows to look out for in March are The Headwrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance at The Gladstone Centre and Anonymous, a digital theatre piece by the young people of URock Ensemble at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre. And then in April, Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody is a father-daughter comedy with a jazz band and a taboo busting funeral, and Sponge is a groovy dance show for the under 4’s by Turned On Its Head. For more info on all the great shows coming our way go to www.jumped

Toploader To Headline Oundle International Festival The Party at the Wharf and Oundle Festival just keeps getting better and better and this year Toploader will be one of the star attractions.

Toploader Tickets have just gone on sale for the Festival and this year's Party at Oundle Wharf takes place on Saturday July 14 and will be headlined by multi-time Brit Award nominated band 16

Toploader, famous for their 2000 hit Dancing in the Moonlight. Here at ESP we’re also delighted to see that Peterborough break-through band Austin Gold who we’ve been raving about in our music pages have secured a support slot, along with local covers band Desperate Measures. We love this event – there’s a relaxed atmosphere, full of fun and entertainment. There are plenty of food and drink stalls or you can take along your own picnic.

The ever popular International Festival is now in its 34th year with a programme full of 1920s, jazz, folk and classical as well as outdoor theatre, the Oundle Classic Bike Rally, Open Oundle and the Big Afternoon Tea. There is something for everyone to enjoy so take a close look and take your pick! Further information and tickets are available online at, by calling 01832 274734 or by visiting the Oundle Festival Box Office.

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March Entertainment 3rd Beachy Head Diving Club 10th Thunderhead 16th Cheltenham Gold Cup 17th The Returns 17th St Patrick's day afternoon

24th High Rollers 31st True British Mayhem 31st 2nd Anniversary opening BBQ Kids Easter egg hunt and Uncle Mic children's entertainer.

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Food Glori us Food The Chubby Castor officially opens its doors The long awaited new restaurant, The Chubby Castor, has finally opened its doors and the positive reviews are flowing. After months of extensive renovation to the Grade II Listed building eager diners were keen to see the changes and taste the delicious menu. Anticipation mounted as preparing such an old building brought about a few complications which delayed the original opening plans but last month the doors were finally opened and it was well worth the wait. Chef and owner Adebola Adeshina said – “We are really looking forward to welcoming you to The Chubby Castor and serving you the highest quality of food. We hope that you appreciate the attention to detail we have

Pop up – Resist! Vegan Kitchen brought to the renovations. From our William Edwards dinner service to the Newby London teas or fine wines from Anthony Byrne, we have selected some of the finest British products for our customers.” Promising civilised dining Adebloa says all of the ingredients used at the restaurant are traceable assuring quality and freshness and fresh meat is supplied by Stilton Butchers. The interior of the beautiful thatched restaurant is a blend of modern and vintage design and Adebola hopes it will prove to be a destination restaurant.

We’re loving the new trend for pop-ups but here’s one that should make vegans and foodies very happy indeed. Diners can choose from a selection of menus including a la carte, set lunch, dinner menus, and Sunday roasts. A private dining room which seats up to 8 is available throughout March and additional private function rooms will be available from April onwards. To view the full menus and to book a table at The Chubby Castor please visit

Pop-Up Burritos & Bubbles We’re all for a bit of variety so we’re excited to see that The Lightbox Café in Bridge Street, Peterborough, is playing host to a very special Mexican pop-up on Friday March 23. They’re inviting innovative outside catering Bread Meat Cheese to cook up a true taste of Latin America for the night. BMC has recently expanded its team and is now joined by the well-known ‘Macho Burrito’ queen Claire Morgan who’s spent a great deal of time living and cooking in Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina. For this special night diners can expect something different with a delicious sounding menu including burritos of Barbacoa beef cheek, Pollo Loco, and a Viva Vegan which will all be served with Pica de Gallo, queso, crema, jalapeno and refried beans. The burritos will be accompanied by 18

a side of Mexican slaw with a choice of authentic Valantina hot sauce or the Muy Picante Valantina Black label. Lightbox owner Eve Warner said: “We believe this authentic cooking presents our customers a chance to try food they haven’t come across before, and priced at £12.95 per head including a glass of Prosecco, or beer/soft drink, also represents exceptional value. The BMC team will also be preparing additional starters and side dishes, while our bar team will be mixing up Latin cocktails and a special dessert/drink called a Hot Choc Shock Shot, which is Tequila, a shot of rich hot chocolate and a dusting of chilli flakes.” The Bread Meat Cheese team of Jim and Nigel Davis and of course Claire, will be serving from 7pm. You’ll need to book in advance at The Lightbox Café (31 Bridge Street) or via

Resist! Vegan Kitchen appears at The Ostrich Inn (17 North Street) on selected days, and is already proving a big hit with local residents. Resist! started when Peterborough local Gareth Ellison's came up the idea when he discovered feeding hungry gig goers went down so well that he became inspired to take the idea to the next level. Resist! has made its home at The Ostrich Inn - which supports local music and art as well as many of Resist!'s own events. It’s run by Gareth with the help of another Peterborough local, Lynn . As well as their in-house set up, they provide the food for Battle Lines - a monthly live art head to head at the pub and cater for weddings, events and a range of fundraisers. It’s certainly not just for vegans though, their plant based dishes have been enjoyed by people with a varied range of diets and tastes, and their Doner Kebab has proved to be a massive hit along with their Slow Cooked Sticky BBQ Ribs (with Sugar Cane 'Bone') and Pulled Jackfruit, with the menu set to expand and adapt to customer feedback. Resist! also actively promote Peterborough music events, with recent performers including Billy Pettinger aka Billy the Kid (Canada), Andrew Paley (Chicago) and Norwich's Ducking Punches. So if you fancy fresh, tasty and cruelty free food, Resist! should be next on your list of must tries in Peterborough. The next Resist! pop-up event will be at the Battle Lines event at the pub on Friday March 30.

Treat Mum this March Lunch at The Burghley The Burghley on Burghley Road is well known for its Sunday lunches (5 star food rating) so why not treat mum to a tasty two course meal for £9.95 with a free glass of bubbly for mum. Bookings now being taken on 01733 896989.

Lunch and Afternoon Teas @ Orton Hall Orton Hall hotel is in a beautiful setting of woodland and gardens and is a lovely venue for treating mum. Enjoy a 3 course Sunday Lunch for £19.95 (served 12 noon – 2pm) or a delicious Afternoon Tea for £14.95 (served from 12 noon). Both are served in the Huntly Restaurant whenever possible although Afternoon Teas can be taken in the Drawing Room on request. To book call 01733 381111.

High Tea for Two The lovely Becket’s Tea Room at the Cathedral will be serving up a high tea for two with a bottle of Prosecco for £24.99 this Mother’s Day. The high tea will include sandwiches, crisps, side salad, clotted cream scones, mini savouries and a selection of mini cakes with a bottle of Prosecco with two glasses. Bookings can me made via email or by phone 07702 948216 and will be available from 11am and will stay open until 6pm if demand is needed.

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Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea on this Mothering Sunday in the delightful settings of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery laid on by Squires Coffee House. The teas are £9.95 per person (under 16s £4.95) with a 1pm start and you’ll need to book in on 01733 864663.

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E C I F O S E L I M 100 Surprisingly, running 100 miles across a frozen Mongolian lake at -47c wasn’t ever something I had on my bucket list. However, when the opportunity came up, I was all over it, why wouldn’t I be? We were invited by Rat Race Adventure Sports to be guinea pigs to see if this could be done, to cross this epic lake, 85 miles long, 22 miles wide and 262m deep. shake out the snow that formed in my sleeves! Breath would freeze your eyebrows and eyelashes together. I lost feeling in my fingers too many times, just from losing an outer glove long enough to grab a snack. This was painful and worrying every time.


usually aim to take on at least one big challenge each year to raise money for local charity Anna’s Hope, and I figured this one counted as a biggy. So, three flights and a 100km drive across the two million year old lake, I was on the startline – yes, we drove in convoy across the ice! Our Mongolian support crew were amazing and such humble people who we learned so much from. Their simple lives can be an example to us all. We really don’t need half of the tat and clutter in our needy, over-busied western lives. A crucial thing about surviving in such conditions is personal admin, looking after your kit. If it’s not within three feet of a fire, then everything freezes; toothpaste, wet wipes, food, socks, even your own breath on your face. In these temperatures, you can have as little as sixty seconds before exposed fingers start to go numb, and other parts too when you need the loo! I was even able to perform a neat science trick, where I threw a cup of hot water in the air and most of it turned to misty snow and didn’t come down (watch on Instagram @dgrigas). We started on the ice at sunrise, having already packed in darkness, the temperature was -47c but I had to slightly underdress so once running I didn’t sweat too much – sweat is bad, it freezes inside your clothes – I had to take off my jacket to 20

We started on the ice at sunrise, having already packed in darkness, the temperature was -47c...

The enormity of the lake was jaw dropping, the vast sheet of ice over a metre thick would expand and contract and you could hear it constantly creaking and crunching, huge bangs like cannons firing in the distance would echo through the ice.

For the three days, we ran all day and then camped on shore at night, the first couple of days were roughly marathon distances but in very unusual conditions. At night, we sat around the campfire eating wild boar or reindeer that had been hunted and prepared for us. Around us in the treeline wolves were howling (this was amazing), as we ate and drank to refuel for the next day, the Mongolians sang, as did the Scotts and the English and we traded songs. At night it dropped to -50c and even inside our Yurts with the wood burner going, we believe it was around -20c and a very long uncomfortable night. On the second night, a nomadic Shaman visited from the mountains to bless our journey. We watched in awe as she went on a spiritual trip in front of us, speaking intongues, howling, growling and spinning so frantically she fell into the fire. It was so surreal being in this place, in this situation and environment, an experience to treasure. The final day was around 35 miles, a long tough slog across such varied terrain on very tired legs. I couldn’t believe how many variations of ice there could be on one lake. It freezes, flat, rippled, as waves, snow-covered and even in large jellyfish shapes, it was amazing. The rest of the team followed in over

the next hour or so and we had a well-deserved meal and drinks that night. This was truly an incredible adventure in a most surreal environment that I’ll never forget. Following our inaugural experiences and lessons learned, this has since been launched as the first of a series of ‘bucketlist’ events by Rat Race and is open for just 100 entrants for March 2019. It’s worth visiting the website just to watch the epic video at the very least –

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WHAT IT WAS ALL FOR… At the last count Darren’s incredible ice adventure had raised over £3,700 for Stamford based charity Anna’s Hope which supports children with brain tumours. Carole Hughes, founder of Anna’s Hope said - “Darren is an inspirational Ambassador for Anna’s Hope. Not only does he raise significant funds for our charity through his unique challenges but he also raises awareness for Anna’s Hope and children with brain tumours. His '100 miles of ice endurance attempt in Mongolia was an incredible achievement and we are so pleased that he completed the run and returned home safe and sound. “On behalf of Anna’s Hope we would like to thank Darren and all his supporters for raising an amazing amount. Every penny will make a difference now by funding 6 months specialist neurorehabilitation for five children with a brain tumour.”

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Personal If you’re looking for a different idea for a Mother’s Day gift, or even if you just want to shake up your own look because you’re stuck in a rut, booking a personal styling session could be just the thing.


ny mums who’ve lost their confidence in what to wear would love this or it would make a great mum and daughter day out. We sent ESP’s Rachael Clarke along to John Lewis in Queensgate to try out the service… I wanted to test out this idea as a potential treat for Mother’s Day so went along to John Lewis in Peterborough to meet personal stylist Alison Smith. Alison is one of four stylists at our local store who offer this no obligation free service. Alison told me – “We have recently doubled the size of the team in an effort to expand the service and encourage more ladies to come and see us. It's a relaxed friendly atmosphere. We have women such as mothers who've just had a child and want to return to work with a 'new wardrobe' to ladies who are looking for that special outfit for a party.” During my visit I explained


to Alison my own problem areas like my lower tummy. I have a slim waste but larger hips and need something to flatter that area. I'm also only 5’3” and pale skinned, so brighter colours suit my skin tone. Alison then guided me around the store to look at brands such as All Saints, Ted Baker, French Connection and Coast. We picked out the three outfits you see here. Bright colours to suit my skin tone and loosely fitting over those problem areas. And it's not just clothes! We had a look at shoes to match the outfit and handbags and statement jewellery to make sure the look was complete. In all we selected three outfits for different occasions – a casual day out, a day in the office and a glam night out. In my opinion I had an excellent service from Alison who was friendly and made me feel at ease. I think this is a great confidence boost for any mum – or woman who’s lost track of what to wear – and would make a real treat for Mother’s Day. The service is free but you could tie it in with a gift voucher towards an outfit she finds on the day! Rachael Church

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The Fayre Spot Bar & Restaurant at The Cresset in Peterborough recently reopened after a £250k refurbishment, and it’s looking great!


he Fayre Spot opened in 1993 at The Cresset, and has served as a popular community pub ever since, as well as offering a full menu catering for breakfast, coffee, lunch and pre-show meals for theatregoers at the Bretton venue. The refurbishment now offers more seating, an increased dining capacity, plenty of space for pool and darts, and two screens

for those all important sporting occasions. Disabled access has also been improved, with the new open plan layout, and the new design offers a warm and welcoming feel for all customers. Opening day on February 10 saw locals enjoying the football and rugby over drinks and meals during the day, and some fantastic live music from Citizen Smith on Saturday night to kick off proceedings in style. Our ESP Paparazzi photographer Emma Bothamley was there to capture all the action and we have to say the place looks classy and cosy. Plans are now underway to develop new menus, as well as adding more live music, theme nights and some special events for the forthcoming World Cup. You can check out all the venue’s gigs in our Gig Guide and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve got planned!

The Fayre Spot isn’t just a pub, they also do a great cup of coffee! Open from 9am Mon-Sat and 12pm Sun, you can pop in for a freshly brewed latte or cappuccino any time, and it’s much better value than the big chains!

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paparazzi Caught in the act? The Fayre Spot Opening Night

The Fayre Spot in Bretton has reopened after a complete revamp and ESP’s Paparazzi popped down to check out the changes on the opening night. We were impressed with this community pub’s great new look and layout and customers told us they thought it looked amazing too. Popular local band Citizen Smith made sure there was a party atmosphere while ESP’s photographer Emma Bothamley captured the crowds. You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.



The Peterborough Biscuit business event proved a huge success as it returned for the second year running with numbers dramatically up on last year and a fresh format.

Meeting up with other business people took on a whole new look and feel with this big networking day at the East of England Arena proving it can be enjoyable ‘talking shop’. The event’s the brainchild of Stephen and Sharon Smith of Sphere Risk, Health & Safety Management to raise the profile of local companies and help each other connect.

“The business to business networking scene in the city was pretty stale,” said Stephen. “It was always the same people, and I wanted to break down the barriers and have a fun, lively event that wasn’t cost prohibitive – the whole thing was about doing more business locally, because there are some brilliant small businesses here. We’ve had some really great feedback on the event.”

The organising team headed up by Edward Smith and Lorna Holland created a fun and lively day which included entertainment, a mascot race and over 250 exhibitors. If you missed out it’ll be back on February 6, 2019 and you can find out more on by calling 01733 669405 or visit



Top 10 things you may not know about Shakira! Mikey Clarke

As the Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira prepares to bring her El Dorado World Tour to London, ESP’s Mikey Clarke looks into some interesting facts you may not know about the celebrity…

Surely you’ve heard of the international superstar, Shakira? Her 11th studio album, El Dorado, was released in May last year and reached #1 on iTunes in 37 countries, with the worldwide hits La Bicicleta, Chantaje, Me Enamoré, and Déjà vu helping Shakira to become YouTube’s most-streamed female artist of 2017 – with the video for Chantaje alone having more than 2 billion views!



She doesn’t like her ears. Therefore, she does not like her hair up and often tries to cover them while her hair is arranged in ponytails. Yep, even someone as stunning as Shakira has insecurities.


In October 2011, the celeb was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.


Spielberg offered her a part in the film 'The Mask of Zorro' in 1998. However, she felt unable to accept, as she felt that her English wasn't good enough. The role went to Catherine Zeta Jones instead.

And at some point we’ve all tried to reenact the hip shaking moves from her music video for Whenever, Wherever, right? It can’t just be me. If you’re a fan, you’ll be pleased to hear that Shakira recently announced that she’ll be performing at The O2 in London on June 11. This will be her first UK concert since 2010, when she sold out The O2 and wowed Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage. Here’s the bad news… the world tour, produced by Live Nation, is already pretty much sold out. At the time of writing this article there were a few single seats scattered around the stadium. If you’re keen to go solo, you may just be in luck – but unless more dates are announced, it’s not looking good if you’d like to see Shakira with your mates. If you’re not able to see her live, here are some random facts about the singer to give you a Shakira fix nonetheless… 1

Firstly, her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.


She is the youngest of eight siblings. That’s quite the family get-together!


Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide. She’s the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade.


The singer recorded her very first album when she was only 13. I could barely even colour inside of the lines at 13!


At the age of 18, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa.


The legend is immortalised with a 5meter (16-foot) iron statue in her home city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. I’d have demanded a second be made to go in my back garden.

10 Shakira is a smarty-pants with an IQ of 140. The average is 100. Yeah… I won’t tell you what mine is. *sighs Regarding her tour, Shakira said “I can’t wait to be onstage in London again singing along with all of you, all of your favourites and mine. It's going to be fun! The road to El Dorado starts now!” To keep an eye on ticket availability, announcements and more things Shakira related, visit

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Movie Previews

TOMB RAIDER Cast: Alicia Vikander, Nick Frost, Kristin Scott Thomas Director: Roar Uthaug Video gaming legend Lara Croft has been rebooted as a movie franchise – with Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) taking on the title role. After the last series fizzled with Angelina Jolie as the headlining hero in poorly-received sequel The Cradle of Life, film execs decided to use the impressively-reviewed last Tomb Raider game as a starting point for this new version – and it definitely has a look and feel akin to that visual style. She stars as the fiercely independent daughter of her Released ‘missing’ adventurer father (Dominic West) who pushes herself beyond her limits as she tries to track him down on the island he disappeared, with Walton Goggins’ (Predators) rival archaeologist – and member of shadowy organisation Trinity – on villain duties. Expect the usual death-defying leaps, wildlyconceived booby traps and bow/arrow marksmanship to be retained for the latest iteration – as well as Nick Frost adding comic relief…


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James Corden stars as Beatrix Potter’s lovable bunny in Sony’s live action combined with computer-generated animation comedy adventure. He voices the rebellious Peter Rabbit – who spends his time stealing vegetables from nearby Released farmland – but he may have bitten off more than he can chew with Domhnall Gleeson’s (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) determined farmer’s nephew Thomas McGregor. Sam Neill and Rose Byrne co-star, with Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie and songstress Sia joining Corden on voice duties, in this heavily British-inspired classic tale.

Steven Spielberg’s latest directorial outing sees him tackle a virtual reality world – and without the aid of an A-list star. When the creator of this world – called the Oasis – dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all users to find his ‘Easter Egg’, which will give the finder his fortune. Tye Sheridan (Cyclops in XMen: Apocalypse) stars as young outcast Wade Watts, who finds the first clue, and the game begins… with Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn, Dunkirk’s Mark Rylance and Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg in support.







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RED SPARROW Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) stars as a ballerina who is recruited to Sparrow School – a Russian intelligence service where she’s forced to use her body as a weapon. But when she’s assigned to seduce an American rookie agent (Bright’s Joel Edgerton) – who handles the CIA’s most sensitive information – the two young officers collide in a tryst that threatens to unravel the security of both nations.





A WRINKLE IN TIME After the disappearance of her scientist father (Star Trek’s Chris Pine), Meg Murry (Storm Reid) works with her highly intelligent younger brother, new best friend, and three interplanetary travellers – Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling) – to save him from captivity on a distant planet, in this latest big-budget Disney spectacle based on the acclaimed novel.


Amongst the winners at this year’s film BAFTAS was a former pupil of Fulbridge Juniors and Deacon’s school in Peterborough.



team effort with so much input behind the scenes. I’d worked with Gary on a previous film (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) and not only is he an incredible actor, but he’s also a very nice guy."

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING After a nearly five-year hiatus we have a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s (who’s only executive producer this time round) giant robot versus monster masher, with Star Wars’ John Boyega taking over the lead by starring as Jake – the son of Idris Elba’s deceased Stacker Pentecost from the original. He headlines a new generation of Jaeger pilots – including Scott Eastwood’s Nate – who combine forces to take on a new Kaiju threat.

David Malinowski (39) picked up the award for Best Makeup and Hair at the event at the Royal Albert Hall thanks to his stunning work on The Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman and his portrayal of Winston Churchill. David was the prosthetic supervisor and part of the team who helped transform actor Gary Oldman into the wartime leader for filming.




It was a double celebration for David as Gary Oldman also won the BAFTA for Best Leading Actor at the event.

UNSANE This intriguing-looking horrorthriller from Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) sees young woman Sawyer (Claire Foy from Netflix series The Crown) involuntarily committed to a mental institution after constantly believing that someone from her past is stalking her. But when things start unravelling around her she can’t tell if the threat is real or simply in her head. Carrie star Amy Irving plays her longsuffering mother.




Speaking to ESP the morning after the night before David described the evening as - “Pretty epic!” He told us – “People dream of being in this position, just to be nominated is a huge honour but to win was just amazing, especially as Gary won for best actor as well.” Gary Oldman had to undergo hours in the make-up chair in order to become Churchill and David said he enjoyed working with him. “He was so respectful of what we did, but the film was a massive

David is no in LA for the film awards season, which has also seen him nominated for several awards including a prestigious Oscar. His parents Paul and Christine still live in Peterborough, but while David and his wife Elizabeth were at the BAFTAS his parents drove down to David’s home in Aylesbury to look after his two pet cats! “They went to our local pub to watch the BAFTAS on television with all our friends and I spoke to them afterwards and they’d all been celebrating with champagne,” David told us. David began his career working as a make-up trainee after leaving Stamford College. His first credited role was on the set of ITV’s London’s Burning and the scenes of a huge train fire filmed at the Nene Valley Railway in 1997. (His Mum Christine was also involved as an extra). Since then he’s gone on to run his own special effects make-up company and amongst his many credits are Ready Player One, X – Men First Class and The Revenant. Everyone at ESP extends their warmest wishes to David over in Los Angeles during the forthcoming award season and his family and friends back in Peterborough who’ll be keeping their fingers crossed he can follow-up his BAFTA win. Marc Hernandez



theatre in the family We meet three generations of one family who are working alongside each other on Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society’s latest show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels… Lucille and Amanda both auditioned for PODS together in 2015 to be part of their smash-hit show Hairspray. “Mum and I had both just relocated to Peterborough when we went to see PODS do The Addams Family and thought the production was really slick,” says Amanda. “It had been a while since I’d been part of a theatre company and I knew mum missed being part of the am dram circuit so we thought, why not? Luckily we both got in and it’s been a major part of our lives ever since.” Mum and daughter so loved being part of Hairspray, which later scooped a prestigious NODA award for best musical in the region, Lucille and Amanda couldn’t wait to return to the company again for their 2017 show 9 to 5. But this time with the extra addition of Amanda’s son Charlie. “I went to see Hairspray and thought it was amazing so started attending a few PODS social events with mum,” says Charlie, a student at New College, Stamford. “I loved the friendly atmosphere and community so decided to audition and it’s the best decision I made.” Amanda, Charlie and Lucille


ll theatre actors know that putting on a show means the whole cast and crew pulling together like one big family. But for Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) three of their members are actually related! Charlie Haynes, 17, mum Amanda Villamayor and grandma – or ‘nanny’ as she’s known – Lucille Ash are all working together to put on the society’s latest musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at The Key Theatre this month. Musical theatre is definitely in this family’s genes and it all started with Lucille who spent her career as a professional dancer in the late Sixties, doing cabaret in Portugal, Spain, the Middle East and Africa. This then passed onto Amanda who spent many years working in the West End on shows including Sweet Charity, The Witches of Eastwick and Bat Boy. She’s now a tutor for drama and singing school Little Voices in Peterborough as well as running three handmade businesses from home. 32

Lucille, this year’s Wardrobe Lead This year all three generations are once more involved, this time for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the hilarious musical caper set in the French Riviera based on the hit 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. Here Amanda takes a lead role as Muriel, the extravagantly wealthy target of the swindling scoundrels, while Charlie joins an all singing all dancing ensemble, as well as helping out with photography for the society. Lucille, meanwhile, has this year

The cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels become Wardrobe Lead for the show meaning that for the past few months she’s been glued to her sewing machine creating the cast’s costumes, with Charlie often roped in as the mannequin – and accidental pin cushion – to test out her outfits. Lucille says “PODS is a great community and it’s always great being with likeminded people.” The whole family now can’t wait for curtain-up this month and the show has become a constant topic of conversation among the family. In fact, you’ll often find Amanda and Charlie practicing their harmonies while cooking a spag bol. Amanda says “I learned so much from my mum having spent a lot of time in the theatre with her as a child and I really hope that Charlie can now take something from performing with me – and not just the money from my purse for tea in the break! I treasure spending time like this with him and try not to embarrass him too much.” Charlie adds, “I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing, talented society and I love performing with my family, in fact I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is at The Key Theatre from March 20-24. To book tickets, visit The Key box office, call 01733 207239 or visit

Youth Jam ’18 Be A Part Of It Peterborough Celebrates programme of events.

Come and join the Jam! A fantastic showcase of our talented young people is coming to Peterborough this summer and not only are the organisers looking for performers but also volunteers to make the day a big success. Youth Jam ’18 is back, bigger and better than ever thanks to Big Lottery funding and is being organised by YMCA Trinity Group and The Cresset in conjunction with the

perform, this is a great opportunity.

Young people aged 8-28 will get the chance to take the spotlight through live music, theatre and dance. They’ll perform throughout the day in Cathedral Square on Saturday July 21. It’ll be a day for the whole community to enjoy and for the city’s young people to shine. This year the city’s cathedral is 900 years old and Youth Jam ’18 will form part of the citywide programme of events under the banner Peterborough Celebrates. There are so many talented young people in the city but Youth Jam can’t happen without an army of helpers. If you can spare a few hours to help, or know someone who’d like to be involved but who doesn’t want to

Verity Swinscoe from YMCA Trinity told ESP – “If you’re aged 8-28 years old and have a skill or talent that you want to share, we want to see it at Youth Jam ‘18. We’re looking to fill our stages with a wide variety of artists and entertainers, anyone with fire in their bellies and an urge to be a part of something worthwhile. The more original the act, the better. Not only will your passion be seen by thousands of people over the festival day, but you’ll be able to use the opportunity to further develop yourself and make your flame burn brighter.” There will also be exciting education and careers opportunities as well as the chance to try a variety of activities that are available in the local community. For more on how to be a part of Youth Jam ‘18 just call the team on 01733 373188 email or visit

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The Nostalgia Lounge If you fancy something a little quirky for your home or just like the old and unusual there’s a new den of collectable goodies opened up in the city which will really take you back.


he Nostalgia Lounge is packed with an amazing array of cool items that would create a real talking point in your home or satisfy collectors. This place has it all including decorative salvage, vintage, retro and collectable items, toys that bring back fond childhood memories, you name it, it’s heaven for anyone with an eclectic taste

for something different, stylish and downright cool. It’s been a passion for owner Flav Cipriano who’s amassed an incredible collection. "I've spent the last few years buying quality, quirky and cool items at antique fairs and events around the UK. It was a hobby at first, but before long I started to run out of room at home, so I decided to

Walk for Nadia Two Deeping women are set to walk almost 30 miles around Rutland Water to raise funds for their friend’s young daughter battling Leukaemia. Four year-old Nadia has been fighting the cancer since she was just 18 month’s old and needs daily trips to hospital. Single mum Ewa needs support and her friends Sam Mulligan and Catriona Forsyth have pledged to help raise funds for transport and to arrange some fun events for Nadia. They are walking almost 30 miles round Rutland Water and its peninsula on Saturday March 10 and will be setting off at 6.30am hopefully completing the challenge before it’s dark. Sam told ESP – “We’re walking to raise funds for transport support to enable Ewa to take Nadia on her daily trip to hospital and also to arrange some event days for Nadia to enjoy as she has spent nearly all her life lying in one hospital bed or another.


turn my passion into a business. I've forged friendships and associations with some of the most prominent dealers and collectors in the country and this means I'm able to source some really good stock. "The beauty of what we sell is that it literally can be anything, as long as it’s old! But it has to have style, character and personality. More importantly, I need to love it and that’s why I purchase it in the first place. I don't just buy from the trade, I'm always keen to see what customers have to sell too. If there’s a specific item someone is looking for then I'll source it for them." There are hundreds of goodies on display at The Nostalgia Lounge and here’s what you can expect to see: art, bicycles, clothing, die-cast models, furniture, Hi-Fi's, jewellery, lighting, memorabilia, mirrors, ornaments, paintings, posters, records, signs and advertising, telephones, toys and much more. Any item for sale is also available to rent for use as a prop at a wedding, party or photo-shoot. There's also a limited number of cabinets and shelves available for traders to rent and sell from. You'll find The Nostalgia Lounge at 54 Second Drove Industrial Estate in Fengate. Parking is plentiful and free and it's open seven days a week.

“When she was cancer free last year she had to learn to walk again as her muscles had wasted but sadly in just 10 weeks it was back.” Sam and Catriona are walking to raise funds and have already received support from several Deeping companies – “It’s just wonderful to see a town support local people,” says Sam. “I would personally like to thank Jessica Jellis at Promotional Threads in Market Deeping who’s very kindly supplied, designed and printed T shirts for us for free and Qualpaint Commercial Painting Specialists, Empire Gym, Kiss and Make Up and Party With Us who have all sponsored us and come together to help a local girl.” Local parents, Danny Coor and Jeannetta Lasala, who sadly lost their daughter Shannon Corr to cancer have generously donated £1,200 to the fund. Sam added – “I’d like to thank them so much for the huge donation and show people that are going through this that people do care. If anyone wants to donate or even join in the walk they can join us. “It really is keeping Ewa going just seeing something is being done and that they aren’t alone.” If you’d like to join the walk or donate please contact Their go fund me link is


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Treats For Mum March can only mean one thing – it’s time to celebrate all our lovely Peterborough mums and how much they do for us every single day. Here are some great health and beauty gifts you can pick up locally.

Gifts to keep mums healthy and happy…

Gifts for mum’s beauty regime

Mother and Daughter Days – Imagine Spa at Orton Hall Hotel With fantastic facilities and extensive list of treatments coupled to their double treatment rooms, Imagine Health & Spa really could be the ideal location for the perfect mother & daughter day. And, what better way to say ‘thank you’ or to simply catch up than a morning, afternoon or even a full day of pure pampering? Prices start from £22pp

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Waver Infused with Coconut Oil Look how pretty this is! If that’s not enough, this wand will not only make mum look beautiful but it has coconut oil infused within it. Coconut oil is a natural nutrient that provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and repairing damaged hair. It’s one of the best ingredients you can use on your hair and it’ll create all kinds of fashionable bohemian curls. £19.99 at Superdrug.

The Everything Chocolate Gift Hamper Collection With some of the best known chocolates in their collection, this is a great chocolate gift hamper for any chocolatelover. Suitable for vegetarians and alcohol free… so that’s healthy enough, right? Hotel Chocolate, Queensgate, £25 T2 Feelin' Good Tea Selection These five brews are all about banishing the bad, bringing in the good, and getting back to your best. So what a great extravagant gift for tea loving mums? Maybe even go round and make her breakfast in bed once she’s opened it?! £22 at John Lewis.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Collection This pack contains everything mums need for a complete anti-ageing skincare regime to visibly improve deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin. It contains day cream, night cream, serum, and a primer. Mum will love this. Plus, the set is only £45 but the products are worth £92.50 in total. Yay! And it’s available at Boots. TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum Spray Voted ‘perfume of the month’ at The Perfume Shop recently, says it all. It might be expensive, but it’s a damn good perfume, and mum will be totally indulged. It goes without saying, the smell lasts all day! It’s an exotic island summer in a bottle. It’s not too sweet, but has a smooth tropical creaminess to it that makes it my favourite summer fragrance. £82 at The Perfume Shop.

Alwalton Hall celebrates first anniversary I can’t believe it’s been a year already since Alwalton Hall opened in Peterborough offering us fabulous pampering right on our doorstep. I was so excited when this beauty and wellness sanctuary arrived and now a year on, they’re already planning to expand their range of services. This stunning Georgian country house in Alwalton has proved the perfect location for a well deserved bit of ‘me time’. They have a great range of beauty and wellness treatments, and specialist skincare including the latest CACI non-surgical anti-ageing treatment as well as Decléor. “Our first year has flown by for us and the positive feedback from clients has been fantastic,” said Maggie Jones. The Hall offers individual treatments or half and full day pamper packages including lunch or afternoon tea served in the dining room overlooking the five acres of stunning landscaped grounds. “As we head into the warmer weather, we will be reopening our outdoor heated 15m swimming pool with spa pool and we will also be revealing an exciting new beauty offering in late March/early April, we’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks,” added Maggie. To find out more about the new services being launched register to receive advance information on or telephone 01733 391166.

Join the Big Colour Clash Did you know that March is Ovarian cancer awareness month? Eleven women die in the UK every day from ovarian cancer. Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and GPs, with two-thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread. This March Ovarian Cancer month wants you to ‘Start Making Noise’ so we can make sure women have the best chances of survival. An easy way to help

spread the message is to join the Big Colour Clash. Join hundreds of people across the UK and shout out with your boldest and brightest clothes on Friday March 9. Ask your colleagues to donate for taking part and drum up support with a prize for the most outlandish office outfit! Sign up to The Big Colour Clash by visiting their website today and make sure your share with ESP on social media.

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Time for a Spring Clean from about 4am in the morning it starts its clearing out action. Whilst the body’s cycles are ongoing to some extent during the day, there are times where each cycle is heightened and the morning is much more noticeably of elimination. Our body needs space to digest and assimilate foods and therefore naturally needs a time without it. Looking at nature and how animals eat, you don’t see them eating all the time, even if food is in front of them. They know when they’re full, they know what their body’s needs are, and one natural desire is a time of NO food and more rest.

Finally we can say spring is almost here. This is the month we naturally feel that shift in our energies from one of dormancy curled up on the sofa, to one of renewal and a need to get going! It’s the time we want to push forward with new plans and ideas as well as a natural inclination to cleanse ourselves and our surroundings.


his natural shift may mean you feel the urge to lose a few pounds, or clear out and declutter whether that be the body, wardrobe, office or bedroom. Tuning into your body’s own needs and wisdom can be a little harder as we’ve learned to ignore our natural calling. When we’re stressed out, feeling out of sorts and caught up with modern day living we do anything but listen to our body let alone give it what it needs.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Right now your body may be saying – get me out of this job and fly me off to the beach where I can lay in a hammock all day and read, lap up the waves and the sunshine! It’s highly unlikely that many of us can do that right now, but what your body may be saying its needs are could be: • • • •

Improved work/life balance More rest Craves a bit of solitude and alone time More nutrients – better eating habits


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Fresh air and to be in nature It needs a job with less demands… and so on.

TUNE INTO YOUR FOOD NEEDS One need that I try to help people with is to tune into their food needs. Believe it or not most people eat because it’s said to be ‘time’ to eat or they mistake the call of hydration for hunger. For instance, are you one of many people who aren’t hungry in the morning and yet you eat because you’ve been told you need to eat? I hear this more often than someone saying they wake up starving hungry and ready for a big breakfast. The body works in cycles, the morning time is a natural elimination cycle and doesn’t always need a heavy breakfast poured in whilst it’s doing the fine job of eliminating its waste. Naturally we poop in the morning because the body’s been detoxifying during the night and

Fasting for 12 hours for us as adults is natural, and yet we habitually eat food all day and especially in front of the TV at night which we don’t need. Whether you wake up not ready for food or with a huge need for breakfast, getting into a daily habit of 12 hours of no food is something most of us can do when we’re in general good health, the good news is this includes sleep time so it’s not that difficult. If you’ve eaten your last meal/food at 7.30pm then by 7.30am you’ve completed 12 hours.

RESET YOUR DIGESTION Today, we’re surrounded by too much food, with too much variety and combinations. We’ve become so addicted to foods and eating that we’re literally eating ourselves sick. Or we dumb down our senses with too much food so we’re less creative, more irritable, sleepy and lack vitality. Spring time is a natural time for cleansing, so why not try the simple way to allow your body to eliminate fully and help reset your digestion in an easy, effective way. Try 12 hours a couple of times a week (or every day if you like), work it to the times that suit you. For instance you may eat your main (technically last meal) at 5-6pm so have a snack a little later in the evening say 78pm. Or you may eat your last meal by 7-8pm at night so stop any snacking after that and just enjoy herbal teas before bed. I tend to suggest 8pm is a good cut off time for snacking and eating, but you can continue with water or herbal teas. In health Karen

Arm yourself against cervical cancer If your daughter’s due to have the HPV vaccination, at school, the whole process can appear quite daunting. However, knowing the facts about the vaccine and why it’s offered to young women across England can help reassure you and give you confidence in making that decision. Cervical cancer is still the leading cause of death in women aged under 35yrs in the UK - deaths which can be prevented with the HPV vaccination, combined with regular cervical screening.

If your daughter misses a vaccination, can she still have it? Yes. If your daughter missed any of her vaccinations you should speak to your nurse or doctor about making another appointment as soon as possible. It’s important to have two doses before the age of 15 years.

In order to protect women from developing cervical cancer the HPV vaccine is recommended for all girls from the age of 12 years up to their eighteenth birthday.

The vaccine There are many types of human papillomavirus. The HPV vaccine protects against the two types that cause most cases (over 70%) of cervical cancer. HPV vaccine is used in 84 countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, and most of Europe and more than 80 million people have received the vaccine worldwide.

be given up to 24 months after. It’s important that your daughter receives both doses to be protected.

Having the vaccination Your daughter will be offered the first injection in year 8. The second one will be offered 6 to 12 months after the first, but it can

If your daughter has not had any HPV vaccine by 15 years she will need three doses to develop full protection; the response to two doses in older girls isn’t quite as good. Again, speak to your nurse or doctor, if you’re unsure, or visit where you can download a questionand-answer sheet. For details about cervical screening visit

Please don’t forget that... • Girls who have the vaccine will significantly reduce their chance of getting cervical cancer. • Having this vaccine will also protect you against most cases of genital warts. It won’t protect you against any other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia. • Having this vaccine won’t stop you getting pregnant. • Cervical screening (smear tests) will continue to be important whether you have had the HPV vaccine or not.


A new 24/7 gym opens in Peterborough this month as Anytime Fitness throws open its doors with the help of The World’s Strongest Man!

The World’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall


ddie Hall will be launching the new gym in the Orton Centre at the grand opening on Saturday March 24 at 2pm with an afternoon of competitions and giveaways. One of the main excuses we all give for having that gym membership we never use is that we just can’t find the right time to go. This new concept blows that out of the water so get ready for access to your favourite gym machine at a time that suits you – even the middle of the night! “Anytime Fitness offers affordable and convenient exercise and 24/7 access means you can work out at any time that suits you, day or night,” says manager Tom Fletcher. “We offer a relaxed and friendly environment, which sets us apart from our competitors. Working out should be fun, and we want our members to enjoy coming to the club.” Equipped with your own special security key you can head to the gym literally whenever you like – and not just at 40

the new gym in Orton – it’ll gain you access to more than 3,700 Anytime Fitness gyms that are open all over the world. “Access is only allowed with a key, so you are guaranteed a safe environment with members only,” says Tom. “The remote monitoring of surveillance systems and personal safety devices ensures you are safe at all times.” Whether you’re a regular gym goer or a gym newbie their team of friendly fitness professionals offer you a unique personal service. With tailored fitness consultation and ‘get started plans’ for all members your goals become their goals and they promise they never miss a target! With a mix of state of the art cardio equipment, fixed resistance machines, free weight area and functional training equipment including a multipurpose rig, they have equipment for every aspect of your training. For those who can’t make class times they even offer an array of virtual classes on offer in their studio for you to enjoy at any time of day or night! They aim to make you part of their gym family offering everything from exciting group exercise classes such as Studio cycling, Bootcamp, Insanity training and many more, through to personal one-to-one training with some of the industry’s best. Whether you wish to increase fitness levels, lose weight or something a little bit more specialised Anytime Fitness trainers won’t give up on your dreams. They’ll be with you every step of the way! There’ll be special opening promotions, member discounts and no joining fees plus they’re offering all potential members the chance to have a free trial in the club upon opening.

Everyone’s welcome to join in the fun on the opening day and there’s free parking. To find out more about Anytime Fitness Peterborough and information on memberships, please call 01733 530678 or visit

Tom and the team at Anytime Fitness

The ESP Comedy Guide Sarah Slack brings us the ESP guide to where the laughs are at this month… Do you remember where you were last year when you found out you'd been nominated for Best Newcomer? How did it feel? “I do remember, very clearly. I was stunned, but I quickly came to my senses as I was at work stuffing envelopes with GCSE results. Nothing will bring you back down to earth faster than paper cuts and time-sensitive admin. I still am blown away. Every time I look at the nomination trophy (they give you a nomination trophy!) I struggle to believe the crazy ride.”

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You’re currently performing a massive run at the Soho Theatre in London. Now that bookings for The Elvis Dead have gone crazy, what are you doing to keep your throat muscles intact?

Performing on Sunday March 11 as part of the Key Theatre’s comedy festival, this month I had a catch-up with the multi-award winning comedian Rob Kemp, creator of cult Edinburgh hit The Elvis Dead and most recently awarded Best Performer at the Comedians’ Choice awards:

“” I tend not to drink before a show, and avoid dairy where I can – not easy for a tea-fiend.

Firstly, many thanks for taking the time out to have a chat – I think your Peterborough performance will be my third time seeing your show, but how would you describe The Elvis Dead to those who’ve never seen the show before?

“A musical retelling of Evil Dead 2 via the songs of Elvis Presley, with props and video-backing. A weirdly successful folly. A private joke that went too far. A love letter to two things I am into thanks to my Dad.”


“I tend not to drink before a show, and avoid dairy where I can – not easy for a teafiend. Oh, and I try to do some warm-ups I have been taught... if I have time... and if I remember. A part-time vow of silence might be in order!”

Is a love of Elvis songs/Bruce Campbell a must for enjoying the show? “I am told that it really isn't. In fact, I have it on good authority that a member of the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards panel disliked horror movies and was not a fan of Elvis, yet still came away a fan of the show. That said, if you DO love one or both, you may enjoy it slightly more. (As an aside; if you don't like horror movies and are concerned about gruesome content, let me assure you, it is pretty much a PG).” You had a lot of celebrities attending your show last year, including Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne. Who made you the most starstruck? “Given that spotting Dara O'Briain's face loom out of the darkness made me lose my place and forget a lyric, I would probably say he gets that 'honour'. He paid me a great compliment on the night after the show, he told me that he once got so involved in an IMAX film that he didn't eat his sweets. He then proceeded to pull an unopened packet of crisps from his pocket – better than crisps, what an achievement! I often wonder if he ever ate those crisps...”

You once said your next show would be a mixture of Carpenters’ classics and the plot of The Thing (as directed by John Carpenter, of course) – is this still a possibility or have you had any other ideas for the Fringe this year? “I still might do that at some point. I make for a striking Karen Carpenter and The Thing is one of my favourite films. I have a silly time-travel idea, and a sort of Twilight Zone thing, and I fancy having a go at being in a sketch duo. Maybe something personal someday, and possibly, eventually a follow-up/companion piece for The Elvis Dead. I just need to flesh some of them out now. How many 'flash in the pan, one-hit wonders' have a newcomer nomination? Asking for a friend...” Tickets for The Elvis Dead are available on 01733 207239.


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COMEDY CAVERN Stamford Corn Exchange will be bringing a brand new comedy club to town this month with the launch of their Comedy Cavern, where on the night you’ll be able to enjoy three up and coming acts for just £5! Performing this month will be Birmingham-based stand-up and songwriter Hannah Silvester, alongside MC Tom King. Tickets available on 01780 766455.

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VOODOO STANDS UP There’s a cracking line-up at the Voodoo Lounge’s comedy club this month, including established writer and radio performer Bennett Arron as well as one of the country’s most popular improv troupes The Noise Next Door, so make sure you get your tickets fast! Tickets available on 07595 412056 or email



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Described as an ‘absolute crowd pleaser’ by Chortle, this is your chance to see a comedy star on the rise as Stephen Bailey brings his new show Can’t Think Straight to the Key Theatre. Stephen has previously supported both Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours, and his friendly, honest and gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable up-and-coming acts on the UK comedy circuit today. Tickets available on 01733 207239.

PINT OF COMEDY CLUB Headlining this month’s comedy club at the Stamford Arts Centre will be Sunil Patel, a London based comic who was previously a finalist in 2011’s Leicester Square Comedian of the Year competition. Joining him will be character comedian Jack Kirwan and 2015’s Jewish Comedian of the Year Philip Simon. Tickets available on 01780 763203.

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JASON MANFORD There are still some tickets left for Jason Manford’s brand new show Muddle Class, which he’ll be performing at Peterborough Arena at the end of this month. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Bigheads, don’t miss your chance to see some well-crafted observational comedy from one of the country’s most popular comedians. Tickets available on 01733 363500.



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ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United…

Roy Banham and Peter McNamee

At the football club, we are always striving for innovative ideas for our fan base and I know that everything we do is not always universally welcomed or applauded, but nothing in this world is perfection – poor old KFC ran out of chicken in February – I think we can all agree that’s one thing that is necessary for such a restaurant.


owever, while the colonel was handling dissatisfaction at the lack of ‘finger licking chicken’, here at the ABAX Stadium we were preparing to put season tickets on sale for the 2018-2019 campaign. We haven’t put prices up and in the first couple of weeks of sale, there was a big discount to be had and we were pleased with the response of our supporters.

At the time of writing, we’re still very much in the mix for the play-offs and that is what we need to do over the next few weeks, stay in that mix. Of course, fortunes on the pitch do have a big say in things off it, but we can also affect things on the pitch, off it, if you see where I’m attempting to come from. On the last Wednesday of every month, starting on Wednesday March 28, we’re holding an event exclusively for senior citizens. This is something that I’ve been personally working on and I really hope it will be a success.

A lot of senior citizens seek company, they seek conversation with like-minded people and often they’re just happy to be out of the regularity of their homelife. So we’ve come up with a concept where senior citizens can come to the Posh Venue between 12pm and 2pm on the last Wednesday of each month and listen to a former Peterborough United player talk about his career, back in the ‘good old days’. Peter McNamee and Roy Banham, two players from the late 1950s and 60s will be chatting candidly about their time on and off the pitch on the day and we hope that those memories can trigger other recollections from that era for those present. It will be a good chance to talk about the wonderful decade of the 60s for those supporters and chat in a relaxed environment. The event is free to attend and with free parking and a bus stop in the vicinity, we hope that it will be something that can

prove popular. We have a very loyal fan base at this football club and a lot of our demographic is the older generation and sometimes they can be left behind in this world of multimedia, ever-changing technology and Ant and Dec ruling the roost.

We have a very loyal fan base at this football club and a lot of our demographic is the older generation...

This simple idea should hopefully be a winner. Rather like a chicken dinner. KFC take note.

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Your guide to the night time scene

UP TO MISCHIEF ON FRIDAY NIGHTS The Solstice is shaking up Friday nights with Mischief every week. DJs Allesandro Vacca, Jake Baines and Robbie H bring you the tunes in every room. Every third Friday it’s Urban Classics and then on the last Friday of the month there’ll be live music.

SOLSTICE STAGES ANOTHER BIG NIGHT OUT The Solstice on Northminster bring us another huge night on Saturday March 3 with four rooms of music and plenty of added entertainment. It’ll definitely be a big night with stilt walkers, fire breathers, live musicians accompanying the tunes and much more. Don’t miss out!

THE BIG QUIZ Test your brain power at the new Big Quiz every Wednesday night at the Sosltice on Northminster. It starts at 9pm, entry’s just £1 and there are cash prizes up for grabs. There’s rock ‘n’ roll bingo before the quiz to get your evening started.

HEAVY CRATES Charters bar on the river has introduced a brand new monthly event called Heavy Crates with this month’s event on Saturday March 24. Popular local DJ’s Otis & Pat Unwin will be playing an organic soulful music from around the world from jazz, soul, reggae, Latin, 80’s soul and beyond from 9pm.

ECLECTIC BALLROOM NIGHTS @ LIGHTBOX CAFé It’s been great to see the Lightbox Café on Bridge Street make a name for itself as an evening venue as much as for its daytime trade. Dim the lights and the Eclectic Ballroom guys take over every Saturday night to create a city centre venue playing the dirtiest, funk, soul and disco you’ve ever heard. Every Saturday this month Glastonbury regulars Jim and Zed will be keeping you moving from 9pm till 1am with free entry and 2-4-1 on cocktails.

KARAOKE @ THE SOLSTICE DJ Rob needs you to take the mic and belt out your favourite tunes in this new karaoke sessions every Sunday. It’s on from 9pm – late and there’s a big £250 cash prize on offer.

GROOVIN’ @ THE TAP Get your groove on at The Brewery Tap on Westgate every Saturday night. Head onto the dance floor on Saturday March 10, 17 and 24 for 9pm. Then on the last Saturday of the month, March 31 it’s The Get Down with DJ Eddie Nash from 9pm.


NIGHTS OUT @ CHARTERS Charters continues to mix it up each month with some different nights. On Saturday March 3 DJ Anthony Thornhill serves up the Indie tunes from 9pm, and on Saturday March 10 it’s all things funky with DJ Jo G & guest from 9pm. For something completely different there’s a regular spoken word open mic night on Monday March 12 with What the Thunder Said! at 8pm. Take your LPs and 45s along for a spin at the bar’s Vinyl Night on Friday March 16.

SOURCE @ THE VOODOO LOUNGE Craig and Grant Gordon head up Source at Mama Liz’s in Stamford on Saturday March 31 with guest Lee Haslam, with resident DJs Dan Wallace and Jason Veitch. Get down there from 10pm – 3am. 46

Get those hips swivelling and join a fun fuelled Tuesday evening of dancing with their professional and bubbly salsa instructors at Flares! With a range of Salsa and Bachata classes starting from £6 and 50% off drinks on the bar until 10.30pm. Classes start at 7.30pm. Beginners welcome, no need to pre-book.

KARAOKE NIGHTS AT EDWARD’S Always thought you had what it takes to be the next winner of X-Factor? Now you can put yourself to the test and join DJ Rob every Wednesday with half price drinks until 10.30pm and prizes to be won. The night goes on until 2am and it’s free entry! What better way to spend your evening?

MADAME ELECTRIFIE @ LIGHTBOX CAFé The Eclectic Ballroom guys Jim and Zed are joined by special guest DJ Madame Electrifie on March 24 at The Lightbox Café. She’s the alter ego of breaks/electro/techno DJ Little Jo, fusing together her love of all things vintage with a love of dirty bass driven music. Jo’s amassed some 10 plus years on the decks, playing some of the UK’s leading venues across the years, from Ministry to Turnmills, once a regular at the now legendary Cross and has graced many of the leading London warehouse parties. She’s supported some of the biggest names in electronic music from Annie Nightingale to A Skillz, Krafty Kuts to 808 State, Jon Carter to Elite Force and a host of others - splicing tech-funk and dirty breaks with progressive and techy beats. Take this experience and introduce the vintage edged sounds of Electro Swing, smear with some classic funk and soul, add some crazy showgirl-clad glitter fuelled antics, and Madame Electrifie is born. It’s the glamour of the 20’s meets the filth of the 00’s. Fusing the best vintage beats with the best of the modern age; Madame Electrifie takes classic grooves and threads through everything from hip hop, to house, breaks and drum and bass to create a raucous dance floor focused party all with that distinctive driving sound that’s a firm nod to her tech and breaks roots. Its swing meets synth, and big band meets bass- all complete with a pin curl and lashings of vintage fused bass ridden fun.

SEANI B - BBC RADIO 1XTRA Bringing you the undisputed Vanity sound combined with BBC Radio 1Xtra's Dancehall, Reggae and Bashment king you are set for another night of the finest urban music Peterborough has to offer! Get ready for a mash up of music coming at you thick and fast and stay tuned for another mixtape giveaway! Join the Vanity residents alongside Seani B on Friday March 9 in the RED ROOM on Broadway.

ELECTRONIC NIGHTS @ LIGHTBOX Friday March 2 Electronic presents Supersonic at the Lightbox Café with DJ Anthony Thornhill playing Indie/Brit pop classics. Then on Friday March 9 Electronic welcomes the formidable Julian Roberts taking your Friday night through the gears. Julian like Pat Unwin have both been at the forefront of bringing the alternative dance music scene to city. Expect classic early house to rare groove. Anthony Thornhill is back on back Friday March 16 with deep house, electro, breakbeat.

Friday March 23 Electronic welcomes Pat Unwin. There’s no dance floor that the mighty Pat Unwin hasn’t hustled with his collection of vinyl. Excited you bet! Finally Anthony Thornhill returns to take control for the last Friday of the month. Music begins each night from 9pm till 1am with free entry and 2-4-1 on cocktails.

SOUL COLLECTIVE The regular Soul Collective nights in the Tap Room at The Brewery Tap have moved to the second Saturday of the month. This month’s session on March 10 features Michael Gudge from Ease your Soul in Banbury and guest DJ Ian Pass joining residents Mick Mckenna and Lady J.

EDWARD’S QUIZ NIGHTS It’s not just DJs at Edward’s, why not head out on a school night with your mates and join their weekly Quiz Night. Every Tuesday 8pm start - test your knowledge, win prizes. Grab your work mates and start a team!

WILLOUGHBY’S BAR AND CLUB The Stamford venue on Broad Street has your weekend sorted. It’s free admission on Fridays and free admission on Saturdays before midnight, just £3 after. There are DJs from 11pm – 3am both nights playing everything from chart to classics, hip hop to R’n’B and plenty of house.

OFF THE CUFF Off the Cuff is back serving up the best in RnB, 60’s Soul, Northern and Motown and Classic Soul crowd pleasers. Get on board with DJs Julian & Glen McCully for this monthly event at Charters. Head down on Saturday March 17. Free entry from 9pm – late.

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

I love to see new bands locally, and so I was very pleased to experience a gig from Carpark Rendezvous. They’re a 5 piece outfit consisting of Danny Dill on vocals, Martin Humphrey on lead guitar, Toby Eldred bass, Robbie Beckwith on rhythm guitar and Will Wells on drums. They perform some great harmony numbers and have a wide range of classics on their set list. They covered Temptations, Green Day and Killers hits and showed real versatility that would see them fit into weddings, corporate events and festivals as well as pub gigs (which is where I saw them). They were formed in February 2016 and I asked how the band came about. Lead singer Danny Dill told me – “I was an assistant manager at The Sugarmill in Bourne and had been serving Martin and his family at the restaurant for over a year. After all that time, it was by chance that I carried their food out one evening and Martin clocked a treble clef tattoo on my finger and asked ‘what's the significance of that tattoo?’ to which I replied ‘I'm a singer’. He said he was a guitarist and as we both had nothing going on we agreed to meet the following week to get together for a jam and the rest they say is history. We advertised for a bass player and a drummer and carried on as a 48

four piece for a while adding keys later on. Danny continued – “As life does, it tends to get in the way for some people so within our first year we had people come and go and replaced the bassist and drummer, then keys went and we replaced with Robbie (rhythm guitarist), our newest member Will Wells (drummer) has just joined us and life is good.” So where did the band name come from? “It was from that first jamming session,” Danny explains. “Martin asked to meet me for a first rehearsal and would pick me up from the Co-op car park in Bourne. When he pulled in I was stood under a street light in the middle of the car park and the rendezvous point in the car park was spoken about again and again until the name stuck.” It’s always difficult for new bands to establish themselves on a busy local circuit so how has it gone in two years? “We approached no less than 40 venues on the local circuit and got some hits back for bookings but progress was slow, we

rehearsed once a week and kept plugging away for bookings. Then we had our break in the first year in the Peterborough circuit by playing at Charters and soon after that the bookings came flooding in.” They now have bookings up to January 2019 including festival and wedding bookings. They even had the opportunity to play for a couple of Stamford school events last summer. The band play a little bit of everything and are adding new songs monthly to keep the crowds guessing, and they have a varied range of music influences from Elvis, The Beatles to Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys. “We have a varied set list with almost 50 songs under our belt so the venue and event will depict what we pull out the bag. We also get a feel of what's motivating our audience so will chop and change genre to cater for them.” They’re also working on a catalogue of originals they’ve written and are looking to get into the studio this year and get some work recorded and mastered. As they told me life is good for Carpark Rendezvous and it shows in their performance. Danny told me; “We have the best time on stage and although we're serious about the performance are always clowning around and enjoying what we do. The band is the strongest it's ever been now and our bookings just reinforce our confidence and belief in the band.” You can check out the band on March 24 at the Prince of Wales Feathers in Castor, on March 31 at Ebeneezers in Woodston and they are at the Golden Fleece in Stamford on April 14. You can contact Carpark Rendezvous via their Facebook page.

It’s 50 years since Led Zeppelin were formed, although they didn’t really hit the headlines until a few years later in the early Seventies to become the trailblazers of heavy rock. They achieved their popularity by playing great live gigs and by producing real rock classics. The band are no more so how about marking their anniversary by watching one of the top Zeppelin tributes at The Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday March 9? Throughout 2018 Whole Lotta Led will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Led Zeppelin with a show that’ll include songs from all of their studio albums, ranging from their beautiful acoustic songs to the huge anthems we’ve come to know and love.

Now in their 22nd year, Whole Lotta Led claim they’re widely regarded as the closest to the original that you’ll ever hear with their five piece line-up reproducing the songs as near to the album versions as possible. Fifty years on, Led Zeppelin’s influence and importance is as strong as ever, Whole Lotta Led are here to demonstrate why. Tickets from the box office at Stamford Corn Exchange on 01780 766455.

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The Motor City Vipers revisit The Brewery Tap on Saturday April 7 as part of the Randall Rootz fundraisers. I’ve been to some of their previous gigs at the Tap and once again the night is to raise awareness of Sue Ryder Hospice and to raise badly needed funds to support the invaluable work they do at Thorpe Hall. MCV love playing at the Tap because the atmosphere is always electric. Vipers frontman, Andy Whittaker told me – “We’re looking forward to yet another top night of soulful shenanigans and hope it will be another sell-out for this great cause. It’s quite possible that we will exceed the £15,000 mark this year, so we’re really excited about supporting this event again this year!” The 8 piece MCV were formed in the spring of 2009 and have gained themselves a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live soul bands – playing a vibrant set of Motown and Northern Soul classics, The Vipers’ repertoire is like a who’s who of soulful floor-fillers from the 60s and 70s – from The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops and Dobie Gray, to The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Otis Redding. DJs Julz and Ollie will be keeping the music going whilst the Vipers have a break. It’s sure to sell out, so get in quick if you want tickets. They’re available from the Brewery Tap on 01733 358500.

Peterborough’s always loved a soul gig and it looks like soul legends also love the ‘Boro! USA legends Shalamar played here last year for the first time and have now decided to round off their tour right here in the city. Shalamar featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and Carolyn Griffey are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the multi-million selling Friends album, Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel said – “We were knocked out by the reception the crowd gave us. It was as if they’d been waiting 34 years for us to come! So we said to our tour agent that we had to visit the city again on the Friends tour!” Tickets are now on sale for the band’s gig at The Broadway Theatre for the very last night of the

Friends 35th Anniversary Tour on Sunday May 13. If you remember their iconic Top of the Pops performances back in the day you’ll recall Jeffrey Daniel demonstrating the first moonwalk on European TV. The album Friends released in 1982 featured four top twenty hit singles - Friends, There It Is, I Can Make You Feel Good and the iconic A Night To Remember. Shalamar are regarded as one of the most influential soul bands of their time, injecting their unique style, energy and passion into sounds that have commanded dance floors the world over. After the show Walters Bar at the venue is going to play host to a special 80’s club night to remind people just how good that era was for soul music! Don’t miss out on tickets priced at £32.50 and £24.50 from The Broadway box office, 01733 306071, and from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street Peterborough online at, or (subject to booking fee).

There’s a treat in store for hardcore rock fans at Mama Liz’s in Stamford. The Amsterdam Red-Light District are doing a one week tour of the UK prior to an extensive European tour and they’re starting in Stamford on Saturday March 3. The French 4 piece hardcore band bring high energy and an explosive performance to all their gigs and have been together since 2005 during which time they’ve toured extensively and released very successful albums. Their latest album release, Sapere Aude, is being launched to coincide with the tour. For the Mama Liz’s date support comes from Spoilers, Smart Alex and Peterborough punks Distorted Idols. Tickets available from

I see that Promoter Peter Haywood has organised another charity day in aid of Oppo2Oppo on Sunday March 11. This is a charity that was formed to help Armed Forces veterans affected by their experiences serving this country in conflicts. The cause is often neglected and it deserves our support. Six months ago, a similar day proved very successful and raised important funds at The Crown Inn on Lincoln Road, New England. The same venue plays host to a great bill of music starting at 4pm through to 11pm. It features four bands playing throughout the evening: Fired Up, Glam Slam Glitz, The Broadcasters and Third Stone from the Sun. There’s a BBQ and auction during the event and it’s all to raise money for a great cause. A good way to spend a Sunday evening. For more info phone 07951 773689.




The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard



Mama Liz's, Stamford



Rose & Crown, Oundle

Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue




Mama Liz's, Stamford



The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe




The Ploughman, Werrington CIRCA 73

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road CJ HATT

Puzzles?, Bridge Street DIRTY RUMOUR

The Golden Fleece, Stamford

Jubilee Garage, Bourne CUBAN & COGNAC

The Ostrich, North Street DIRTY RUMOUR

The Ploughman, Werrington FRANKLY MY DEAR

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road LOOSE ROCKET

The Mason's Arms, Bourne MATT HOWARD

Puzzles?, Bridge Street






The Golden Fleece, Stamford

Charters, Town Bridge

The Peacock, London Road






Brewery Tap, Westgate


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Crown, Lincoln Road

Nelson's Head, St Ives KEITH LUCKEY (3PM)

The Frothblowers, Werrington

Charters, Town Bridge PENNYLESS (4PM)

Mama Liz's, Stamford


The Burghley, Burghley Road HUSH


The Black Bull, Kirton

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



Puzzles?, Bridge Street MON MAR 5 SUGAR & SPICE

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate TUE MAR 6 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER


Fletton Club, Fletton NO WAY OUT

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor RAMSHACKLE SERENADE

The Yard of Ale, Woodston RETROLUX

The Stage, Market Deeping THE DOOLS

The Ostrich, North Street

The Queen's Head, Queen Street

The Blue Boar, Eye



The South Holland Centre, Spalding

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


The Halcyon, Netherton



Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford ONE EYED CATS

The Burghley, Burghley Road PHOENIX




Mama Liz's, Stamford THE ATARIS

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street THE DEPPS

The South Holland Centre, Spalding

The Burghley, Burghley Road



The Fox, Thrapston THE LAZOONS

The London Inn, Stamford THE MIGHTY PERSUADERS

The Ostrich, North Street 50

The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard FRI MAR 9 KAINE + KILL CONFIRMED

Mama Liz's, Stamford LIVE MUSIC

Lakeside Bar, Tallington STEVE YOUNG

The Queen's Head, Queen Street



The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor


The London Inn, Stamford The Golden Fleece, Stamford

The London Inn, Stamford SUN MAR 11 DARREN BETHELL (3PM)


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH BON ROGERS-WHITE

The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard TOCO RANKERS + PETROL BOYS





The London Inn, Stamford

Charters, Town Bridge

Mama Liz's, Stamford


O'Neill's, Broadway


The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

The Blue Bell, Werrington



Quinns Bar, Whittlesey

The Fayre Spot, Bretton

The Ostrich, Northminster



The Mason's Arms, Bourne



The Queens Head, Queen Street OPEN MIC NIGHT

The London Inn, Stamford OUTLAW EAGLES

The Frothblowers, Werrington

The Ploughman, Werrington

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard




Puzzles?, Bridge Street

The Golden Fleece, Stamford





The Ostrich, North Street

The Crown, Lincoln Road




THE 707


The Stage, Market Deeping The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Blue Bell, Werrington


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Burghley, Burghley Road







The Plough & Harrow, Littleport


The Church Keys, Boston


Puzzles?, Bridge Street

The Five Horseshoes, Barholm




The Railway, Ramsey


The Blue Bell, Werrington

The Boat Inn, Whittlesey


The Stage, Market Deeping


The London Inn, Stamford



Lakeside Bar, Tallington


The Ploughman, Werrington

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



The Angel Inn, Yarwell

The Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road THE MONEYSHOT

The Ostrich, North Street

Mama Liz's, Stamford BON ROGERS (3PM)

The Frothblowers, Werrington GEMMA MCDOWELL (3PM)

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate IT COMES IN WAVES

Puzzles?, Bridge Street OAKLEAS RISE (3PM)

Charters, Town Bridge



Lakeside Bar, Tallington

The Sportsman, Chatteris

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The Queen's Head, Queen Street

The Angel Inn, Yarwell

Kings Cliffe Club, Kings Cliffe




The Ploughman, Werrington

The Ploughman, Werrington






Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The London Inn, Stamford

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH THE BOATMEN & PHIL Q


The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard PAGAN

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe LUKE MAY

Puzzles?, Bridge Street REVOLVER

The Stage, Market Deeping STEALER

The Crown, Littleport THE 707

The Crown, Lincoln Road THE CONTACTS

Fletton Club, Fletton THE OVERDUBS

The Ploughman, Werrington


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER




The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor




Mama Liz's, Stamford



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Burghley, Burghley Road




The Crown, Lincoln Road

Mama Liz's, Stamford

The Blue Bell, Werrington




The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard DIRTY RUMOUR

The Cross Keys, Oundle Road

Puzzles?, Bridge Street




The Crown, Lincoln Road VELOCITY

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor SUN APR 8

Puzzles?, Bridge Street

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Stage, Market Deeping

The Solstice, Northminster THE GUARDS


The London Inn, Stamford DIRTY RUMOUR

The Stage, Market Deeping



The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

Puzzles?, Bridge Street





Brewery Tap, Westgate





Brewery Tap, Westgate


The Glasshouse, Key Theatre

Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

Lakeside Bar, Tallington


The Ostrich, North Street

The Ostrich, North Street


The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Queen's Head, Queen Street




The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Golden Fleece, Stamford The Crown, Littleport MEG MCPARTLIN

Puzzles?, Bridge Street OUTLAW EAGLES

The Burghley, Burghley Road RAMSHACKLE SERENADE

The Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road RETROLUX

Charters, Town Bridge




Browns Bar, Boston FRI APR 13

Mama Liz's, Stamford



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

Charters, Town Bridge 3pm String quartet arrangements of pop, disco, new wave, rock and soul



The Mason's Arms, Bourne THE JUNK PUPPETS

The Blue Bell, Werrington THE MEMBERS + THE FACE (TICKETED)

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street THE RAINMEN

The Crown, Lincoln Road

Lakeside Bar, Tallington



The Church Keys, Boston

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


Lakeside Bar, Tallington



The Stage, Market Deeping



The Stage, Market Deeping

Puzzles?, Bridge Street

The Frothblowers, Werrington

10.30pm Great disco classics and funk masterpieces

10.30pm Rock out to tunes from bands like Cream, Free, The Beatles and The Who



The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor



Puzzles?, Bridge Street





Charters, Town Bridge

Charters, Town Bridge

The Mason's Arms, Bourne

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The London Inn, Stamford

The Dragonfly, Orton Malbourne

The Fayre Spot, Bretton TIGER CLUB

The Blue Bell, Werrington

Charters, Town Bridge


GIG of the MONTH


The Crown, Lincoln Road, Peterborough from 4pm – 11pm Charity Day in aid of Oppo2Oppo supporting veteran soldiers to keep them off the streets and helping them back into everyday life.

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