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MAY 2018 Issue 225


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If you’re involved in a local charity – or know someone who is – now’s the time to apply to become Queensgate Shopping Centre’s new Charity of the Year! Applications have just opened for the 2018/2019 placement to receive twelve months of marketing, fundraising and event support, designed to give local charities a powerful platform to raise funds. Queensgate’s current Charity of the Year, Anna’s Hope, collected nearly £8,000 through the Christmas gift wrapping service alone. Once the charity has been selected, they’ll be offered free use of the centre’s commercial space, professional marketing and public relations support, volunteering hours donated by Queensgate’s centre team and involvement in the centre’s events to help raise awareness of their cause. To apply please call Queensgate on 01733 311666 to request an application form or email Carol.wakelin@queensgatec

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The Boat House at Thorpe Meadows tell us they’ll be staging a series of fundraising events called Macmillan May throughout this month. All of the details for the events will be displayed within the pub with different events being added so pop in and see how you can get involved. You can also try out their new summer menu as well that’s just been launched.

PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS BEER FEST We always feel summer’s getting underway once the local beer festivals kick in and The Prince of Wales Feathers hasn’t disappointed. They’re

staging their 12th Castor & Ailsworth Beer Festival from May 11-13 supporting the RAF centenary. There’ll be 30 real ales & cider as well as a rum bar. Live music comes from The Money Shot & The Guards.


If the kids like their history here’s the chance to experience the story of Norman Peterborough through family craft activities at Peterborough Cathedral. From Monday May 28 to Friday June 1 they can construct a castle for Tout Hill for Abbott Turoldus, make a chest to hide treasure from Hereward the Wake, and create an arch to help rebuild the Abbey after the fire of 1116. Entry’s free and there’s no need to book, just head along to the cathedral Nave, 1pm - 4pm. Donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

BURGHLEY FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS Discounted early bird tickets have gone on sale for the popular outdoor film screenings returning to Burghley House in Stamford this summer. There’ll be five days and nights of great movies to watch under the stars in the glorious garden setting. The Burghley Film Festival runs from July 25-29 and includes hit movies ranging from Saturday Night Fever to The Lion King – along with a spot of Murder on the Orient Express as well as acclaimed war epic Dunkirk but also some tasty extras too. New for this year will be a new food market style area offering filmgoers a host of foodie treats – including American classics served from an airstream trailer – alongside top movies, timeless classics and family favourites during daytime and evening shows. See

1940s THEMED PARTY Fancy a boogie woogie this June? Tickets are on sale for a 1940s dance party at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday June 16. Go in costume and get ‘In The Mood’ to dance to swing and jazz classics from Rita & The Rogues. Food and a complimentary drink will be provided, as well as a pay bar, and while ration books will be in use, it won’t stop you from having a fabulous time! Tickets are £25 and you can book online on the cathedral website or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.


The organisers of St. Botolph’s Festival tell us plans are well underway for the thirteenth year of the family event on Botolph Green. It’ll be held on June 15 – 17 and this year’s theme is ‘Meeting your neighbour’. Having started as a BBQ between neighbours, the event is now a wellestablished community-run event. It’ll be packed with live bands, Military Wives choir, snail racing, stalls and funfair, a stage play, classic cars, children’s storytelling, village games and a dog show. Now with more catering outlets, coffee stalls and gin bar! or Green


It’s time to get your tickets for the luxurious annual charity Deeping Summer Ball so you don’t miss out. This popular event returns for a sixth year on

Saturday June 30 and tickets are on sale now. It’s always a great occasion for getting dressed to the nines and enjoying a glamorous night out and this year it’s all in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young in memory of Lucy Jessop. There’ll be around 300 guests in the marquee at the Deeping Sports and Social Club enjoying fizz on arrival, a four course dinner and great music from Funk Soul Brother so make sure you’re one of them! You can get snapped by the photographer on the red carpet as you arrive and enjoy drinks at The Cocktail and Champagne Bar, or a pint of real ale if you prefer! Tickets are £55 from or call 07523 861289.

GREAT ORMOND STREET FESTIVAL CHARITY DAY They’re a charitable bunch over at The Bull in Newborough and they’re staging a special charity day to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The Mayor will be opening the event on Saturday May 5 at 2pm and it’ll run through until 9pm. There’ll be plenty of family fun throughout the day including a bouncy castle, tombola, face painting and lots more. You can belt out some tunes on the karaoke in the bar and enjoy a disco. There will also be live music from Frenzy Unplugged, Black Hawk Down, Bewildered, Pegler, DB5 and Car Park Rendezvous.

VIVACITY ORGANISES HALF TERM FUN This half term Vivacity encourages you to try something new with the family in Peterborough at their various locations. From special event days to a sports holiday club, there’s something to keep you and the kids entertained. Learn about unbelievable bodies at the museum, go back in time at Flag Fen for the Villainous Vikings event, eat the same fruits as the Very Hungry Caterpillar at selected Vivacity libraries and rummage through the Peterborough archives with the kids this half term to discover the past of Peterborough. For all the details, prices and to book make sure you visit


Here’s a fun way to raise money for a school, charity, club or good cause. Peterborough Greyhound Stadium plans to let the human hounds take to the track for a series of special races throughout May that should be a laugh and raise some cash at the same time. There’ll be three heats over the first three Fridays of the month, with the final being on the final Friday and you can enter a Human Hound to run on behalf of your chosen charity or team to raise some much-needed funds. It’s free to enter, and you’ll get £50 for your chosen charity just for participating. If you get through to the final by coming 1st or 2nd in your heat, then you could win up to £500. Call 01733 296939 or visit www.peterborough to find out more.

DEMENTIA DROP-IN NIGHT Alzheimer’s Society in Peterborough is calling on everyone to unite and take action, big or small, this Dementia Action Week, May 21 - 27. On Wednesday May 23, Peterborough’s Dementia Resource Centre on Lincoln Road will extend its opening hours until 8pm offering a drop-in event for access to information, guidance and support. Anyone wanting to help by becoming a volunteer can also attend to find out more. Alternatively call the Dementia Resource Centre on 01733 893853. Hear more about Dementia Action Week and how you can get involved at DementiaActionWeek.


Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story

The Magic of Motown: Under The Stars Now seen by over a million people you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that The Magic of Motown is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre. The group is bringing their dazzling dance moves and glittering costume changes to outdoor venues all over the UK. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Blame It on the Boogie, Endless Love and many more from the likes of Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. Head down to Burghley House in Stamford on Saturday June 9 for a breathtaking outdoor concert celebrating the sound of a generation. Tickets are £37.50 on Phoebe Gill

Swan Lake @ The Key and the Cresset! If you love ballet, you’re in luck - head to the Cresset to watch the Vienna Festival Ballet take on one of the best known love stories, Swan Lake. Enjoy their lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and glorious music. Join them on this magical evening on Thursday May 24. Tickets are £24.50 from 01733 265705 or at The Royal Ballet is also bringing fresh eyes to this classic ballet in the Royal Opera House. Watch it screened live at the Key Theatre and lose yourself in this heart wrenching story on Tuesday June 12 at 7.15pm. Tickets are £16.50 (concessions £14) from the box office on 01733 207239 or at Phoebe Gill

‘Tonight’s the night’ when you could see a brand new theatrical production celebrating the life of rock icon, Rod Stewart. Be amazed by Paul Metcalfe assuming the persona and characteristics of the singer-songwriter and experience how it would’ve felt to witness a real Rod Stewart concert. Metcalfe will perform all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career such as Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Sailing, Tonight’s The Night and many more. Head down to the Cresset on Sunday May 20 to relive these classics. Tickets are £23 on 01733 265705 or at Phoebe Gill

The Jive Aces

The Little Mix Show

Britain’s Got Talent semifinalists The Jive Aces have been named the UK’s top Jive and Swing band. They bring a combination of their own original tunes and fresh takes on classics all in a true swing style. You can enjoy their bright suits and high energy in this incredible live show coming to Stamford Corn Exchange on Sunday May 20. Tickets are £17.50 (concessions £16.50) on 01780 766455. Phoebe Gill

Following a sold-out show last year it’s no surprise The Little Mix Show is returning to the Cresset on Sunday May 27. This energetic tribute to the hugely successful girl band will have fans up and dancing to all the hits like Black Magic, Hair, Wings, Shout out To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on The X-Factor. With live vocals and pop-video choreography it’ll bring the full pop concert experience to life. Tickets are £16.50, (concessions £13.50) on 01733 265705.

The Bon Jovi Experience The Bon Jovi Experience claim to be the world’s first and finest tribute act to Bon Jovi and have even performed on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. Their five piece band will power their way through 2 hours of rocking tunes as the soaring vocals help you relive the best songs of the rock era. Join the Bon Jovi Experience on Friday May 11 at the Key Theatre for the musical night of your life. Tickets are £21.50 from the box office on 01733 207239 or at Phoebe Gill 6

An Audience With Anfield Legends Liverpool fans get the chance to hear the banter from their heroes live at the Cresset in An Audience With Anfield Legends on Wednesday May 30. This should be the ultimate evening of football-themed entertainment, hosted by one of the best sports journalists and authors in the business - Ian Ridley. It's your chance to see Liverpool legends John Barnes, Jan Molby and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock on stage together and a great opportunity to quiz the pro’s! Tickets are £31.50, concessions £30 on 01733 265705.

Peterborourgh Arts Cinema If you fancy some films with a difference head down to the Peterborough Arts Cinema at the Central Library every Thursday. This month’s showings start with Kills on Wheels on May 3, a Hungarian action-comedy based on a gang of wheelchair-bound assassins. This is followed by Marjorie Prime staring Geena Davis on May 10. Then, Call Me by Your Name staring Armie Hammer takes to the screen on May 17 and on May 24 it’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, a story based on Peter Turner’s memoir, staring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Waters. To end the month, May 31 sees On Body and Soul, a story set on the outskirts of Budapest and the Winner of the Golden Bear Berlin 2017. All screenings start at 7.30pm and for all the details of what’s showing just visit Phoebe Gill

Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare Here’s a treat. TV comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare from Radio 4’s Dead Ringers bring us The Great British Take Off live at the Key Theatre on Sunday June 3. It’s our first chance to catch this show after their sell-out tour earlier in the year and will be a great laugh with unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting! It’s never the same show twice as the audience decides which characters appear and what direction the show takes. Tickets are £21.50 on 01733 207239.

Double the tunes for Elvis Fans Elvis fans are spoilt for choice in the city this month with two top tributes to The King heading our way. First up on Thursday May 10 the Key Theatre brings us Lee Memphis King: One Night of Elvis. Over the last 10 years as Lee has toured his ‘One Night of Elvis’ he has picked up numerous accolades and has headlined and sold out some of the most prestigious venues across the UK and beyond. This brand new show is dedicated entirely to the ‘Vegas Years’ and is enhanced by an orchestra of world class musicians and backing vocalists coupled with impressive video screen projection mapping out Elvis’s life and music. Tickets for this one are £21.50 on 01733 207239. The following night, Friday May 11 A Vision of Elvis starring Rob Kingsley, winner of The National Tribute Music Awards Official Elvis Show takes the stage at the Cresset. Rob brings you a brand-new, high-octane show full of all the classic hits from the early years through to the sensational Vegas era. For over 10 years, Rob’s performed to thousands of fans in major theatres, festivals and arenas worldwide, and made history by being the first Elvis tribute artist to perform at the new Wembley Stadium to over 50,000 people. Tickets for this one are £24 (concessions £21.50) on 01733 265705.


With its tranquil waterside location and historic name, The Boathouse is an idyllic pub, in the heart of the Nene Valley Country Park. • Riverside location • Outside seating • Outside play area • Dog walkers • Walking groups welcome • Car parking

• Lunchtime menu (Monday - Saturday 12-4) • Evening set menu (Monday - Thursday 4-10) • Tesco clubcard voucher + Gourmet society cards accepted

Buffets for:

Wakes • Weddings • Birthdays

Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough PE3 6GA 01733 898469 |


Photo: Emma Bothamley

Walk to Remember for Thorpe Hall Hospice

Steampunk and Steam Trains!

Steampunk is heading back to Peterborough with a gathering at Nene Valley Railway this month, followed by an appearance at the Peterborough Heritage Festival in June. If you’ve not heard of Steampunk it’s a real mix of science fiction and history and typically features steam-powered machinery or clockwork devices, it has a Jules Verne feel to it and results in some incredible outfits and events. Head town to NVR on the weekend of May 12 and 13 and you’ll see what we mean! It’s great fun and there’ll be plenty of Steampunk fans dressed up as well as stalls and exhibits. The steam trains will be operating from 10am along with the Wansford Garden Railway and the Wansford Cafe and Gift Shop will be open. to find out more visit

If you’re keen to get out for some fresh air why not make it count for charity too? A new event’s being held this month which will get you out in some beautiful surroundings with a wander through woodlands raising money for Sue Ryder Care. Walk to Remember is a 5km walk of remembrance and reflection setting off from Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe, giving people the chance to remember loved ones while fundraising for hospice care.

They’re hoping to see hundreds of people joining the walk on Sunday May 20 which starts in the beautiful grounds of the hall before heading out to Longthorpe village, through woodland and back to the finishing line in the grounds of NGA HR, Thorpe Hall’s neighbours, for a celebratory drink and rest. The route’s been chosen to be perfect for families and pets giving everyone chance to remember someone special, celebrate the life of someone who’s missed or just to enjoy a spring stroll. Already more than 200 walkers have signed up with the target of 300 runners in sight. Walkers will be encouraged to wear a back sign dedicated to the memory of someone special. There’s still time to sign up to the family-friendly Walk to Remember. Find details here: walktoremember.

Fashion Charters Hosts Gin & Fizz and Cider

Royal Air Force in Concert Celebrate the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary with their Central Band performing on stage at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The Central Band will be accompanied by the award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Youth Choir directed by William Prideaux in the RAF’s centenary year. This spectacular evening will showcase iconic military themes such as Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Royal Air Force March Past, Battle of Britain March, 633 Squadron Theme, Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 and many more. Join the band for their premier performance live on stage at the Cresset on Saturday June 9 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now starting from £16 from or on 01733 265705. Phoebe Gill 8

If you fancy refreshing your wardrobe a Fashion and Fizz event in aid of Sue Ryder has some bright ideas to liven up your look. The John Lewis fashion advisers are running a fun workshop and advice session as a fundraiser at the Queensgate store which sounds great for picking up ideas on the new trends and what suits your shape. During the event on Thursday May 10 the store’s personal shoppers will show key pieces to refresh your spring wardrobe, as well as offering advice during the evening. There’ll also be the chance to take a peek behind the scenes at the store’s personal styling suite. A glass of fizz on arrival will get you off to a great start from 5.30pm and a prize draw during the evening will help to boost funds. Tickets, priced £5, are on sale now from John Lewis’ customer service desk, Thorpe Hall Hospice reception, Thorpe Road, Longthorpe and by calling 01733 225999.


Two of our favourite tipples are being celebrated at Charters on the river this month. Always good for a pint of real ale, they’re now giving us the chance to try 30 gins & 20 ciders (not all at once!) from Thursday May 3 – Monday May 7. Entertainment during the festival kicks off with a Pub Quiz on the Thursday at 8pm – we’d like to see some of the answers to this one after a few ciders! Friday night features live music with Redemption on stage at 10.30pm and Saturday it’s Indie Night with DJ Anthony Thornhill from 9pm. The festival rounds up on Sunday with music from Division Duo at 3pm. Of course if a cider or G&T isn’t your tipple, the bar’s just been awarded a CAMRA Gold Award for its guest real ales so go along anyway but enjoy a beer instead!


21 July

Time to join the Youth Jam! An event by young people – for young people

Do you know someone aged 8-28yrs or a young group with a skill or talent? It’s time to celebrate the city’s young people and show what they can really do in a big celebration in the city centre this summer. Music | Sport | Poetry | Drama | Performance | Dance’s a chance to shine! Parade starts at 10am kicking off a fun day in Cathedral Square, with stalls, attractions and performances until 4pm. Youth Jam ‘18 is an exciting Big Lottery funded event organised by YMCA Trinity Group and The Cresset in conjunction with the Peterborough Celebrates programme of events.

Register now to take part – call 01733 373188 Email: Website:






Photos: Chris Brudenell


10th Heritage Festival is on its Way Not long to go now until one of our favourite events of the year. Next month the city will host its 10th Peterborough Heritage Festival organised by Vivacity. This year the city will come alive with living history displays and entertainment over the weekend of Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 and it’s a real summer highlight for Peterborough. This year, the theme is ‘Festival of Celebrations’ as 2018 coincides not only with the 10th annual Heritage Festival in the city, but three other significant anniversaries. These are the centenary of the end of World War One, the centenary of Women’s Suffrage and 900 years of Peterborough Cathedral. As usual you can look forward to a large range of spectacular displays, events and interactive opportunities that the festival has become known for in its ten year history. Attractions will include battle re-enactments, arena displays, a vintage fair, have-ago archery and performances throughout the day. A brand new attraction to this year’s Peterborough Heritage Festival is the addition of a 1940s-style dance party on the evening of Saturday June 16 in Peterborough Cathedral. Tickets are £25 and available through the Peterborough Cathedral website or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336. We’ll have full coverage in our June issue but keep an eye on for more details.

Countdown to Oundle International Festival There’s lots to look forward to this summer and July sees the 34th Oundle International Festival bringing us ten days of outstanding entertainment. Some events such as the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have already sold out, so don’t hang about! The Festival runs from July 4 – 14 and is packed to the brim with some great events. One of our favourites is Party at the Wharf which rounds things off on a high on Saturday July 14. This great outdoor picnic concert will see you Dancing in the Moonlight to headliners Toploader with support from fantastic Peterborough band Austin Gold who we’ve featured recently. This festival really has something for everyone including Jazz star Atila, a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's who brings us a celebration of the life and songs of Nat King Cole. There’s Kabantu with their highly infectious blend of world & folk music with Celtic reels, Brazilian samba, Balkan folk and South African influenced pieces. There’s also great open air theatre on Friday July 13 with a production of David Walliams’ popular book The Midnight Gang by Heartbreak Productions, one to pack your picnic for at Barnwell Country Park. Building on the success of last year, there’ll be another 'Oundle On Show' weekend. Events taking place on Saturday July 7 include Barnwell Country Park's Music in the Park with five local brass bands, a Classic Bicycle Ride through the town, and on the Sunday, Open Oundle will provide a chance to look around some of the town's 'hidden' buildings and join historical tours plus there’s the Big Afternoon Tea. Take a look at the full programme online at, by calling 01832 274734 or by visiting the Oundle Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA. Find them on or on Twitter @oundlemusic.

Tribute Stars in Fake Festival The second bank holiday weekend in May sees a great gig on the Embankment featuring the next best thing to many of your favourite artists! Peterborough’s Fake Festival on Saturday May 26 is packed with great performances by top touring tribute acts of The Killers, Queen, Blondie, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones and Peterborough’s very own Bowie tribute star, Aladdinsane. They each aim to provide an authentic reproduction of the stars in sound and performance. It runs from lunchtime through until late in the evening in a giant marquee with food stalls and a bar and if the weather’s good there’ll be other stalls and entertainment too. Tickets are available on 10

Memorial Gig For Musician Mark Perks Last year we reported on the sad news that well known local singer Mark Perks, frontman of The Rocket Dogs had died suddenly of a heart condition. We're now pleased to tell you about a very special memorial gig being staged in his memory later this summer. The Last Bite is a collaboration of local bands who’ll be doing The Rocket Dogs’ famous set list, with key singers stepping in for Mark and filling his shoes for the night. It’s being held at the Peterborough Sports and Social Club on Lincoln Road on Friday August 10. Mark’s widow Karen told ESP – “Mark died suddenly on the 3rd August 2017, just five weeks after we got married and it was caused by a heart condition, which is why we are doing Mark’s memorial gig with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. Mark worked at ABN who are sponsoring the event, which is great, so we would like to thank them for their support.” The Rocket Dogs with Mark on vocals were a hugely popular local band who played many of the pubs as well as larger events including the Peterborough Beer Festival, and he’s sadly missed by many on the local music scene. Tickets for the night will be £5 and available on the door, but get there early as we expect this one to be very busy.


Photos: Mike Kwasniak

Lido Ready to Make a Splash this Summer

Pop-Up Theatre Brings New Play to Hampton Eastern Angles Theatre Company will be bringing their latest spring touring production to a poptheatre in Serpentine Green Shopping Centre later this month. After the success of last year’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart this latest play, Guesthouse, will appear at The Undercroft in Hampton on Thursday May 24. Set in Clacton-on-Sea, Guesthouse tells the poignant story of three women from the same family and the difficult decisions they’re forced to make when their traditional B&B begins to hit financial problems. The mum, daughter and grand-daughter, (skilfully portrayed by Amanda Bellamy, Clare Humphrey and Eleanor Jackson) are caught in an emotional triangle fired by past resentments and secrets. Essex-based playwright, Nicky Werenowska infuses the script with witty dialogue, heart-felt predicaments and an authentic ‘sense of place’ that will really resonate with audiences. To book tickets for Guesthouse visit the Eastern Angles website: or call 01473 211498.

It’s the event that really starts to get you in the mood for your next holiday – the opening of the city’s Lido swimming pool Vivacity throws open the doors to our wonderful Art-Deco inspired outdoor pool on Saturday May 26 with all visitors being offered FREE entry on opening day. It’ll be the perfect start to the Bank Holiday and as a new season begins we’re excited to hear that Vivacity and Friends of the Lido have some exciting plans this year with a some new activities on offer. From celebrating Summer Solstice on June 21 to the introduction of early morning swims and children’s fun inflatable evenings, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. The popular outdoor attraction will offer an opportunity for lane swimming and family splash across the large 50m pool and learner pool and, there’s the paddling pool for the little ones to enjoy too. Also, Vivacity are proud to offer FREE swimming to all children under 5 at the Lido and you can take advantage of this at all other Vivacity swimming pools* across the city. Fingers crossed for great weather so you can relax on their expansive sunbathing terraces, swim in three heated pools plus, enjoy the children’s play area and alfresco café. *Vivacity swimming pool facilities include; Vivacity Premier Fitness, Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre and Jack Hunt Pool & Gym.


Time to reach for the stars at Peterborough Cathedral this half term and join in with their ‘Sensational Science!’ roadshow. COSMOS brings hands-on exhibits, shows and activities for all the family to enjoy to the Cathedral New Building from Saturday May 26 to Sunday June 3. There’s the chance to experience an illuminating illustration of how your mind and body work together to let you sense the world around you. From the anatomy of the ear to the eerie 'velvet hand' illusion, it has to be seen to be believed! It’s open each day from 10am – 4pm. Entry’s free, there’s no need to book but donations are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Open Day Stibbington

Ahoy There! Pirate Fun @ Queensgate If you want a great day out for the whole crew this Half Term and the chance to get practising your ‘Arrgggh me hearties’ pirate impressions, then don your eyepatch and join in the hunt for buried treasure! Treasure Island is sailing into Queensgate Shopping Centre on Thursday May 31 and if you want to keep the kids entertained this pirate themed fun day should save your sanity and stop you walking the plank! There’s loads lined up with storytelling, games and seafaring challenges. They can join Captain No Beard to work

Enter the Cosmos @ Cathedral

out clues on a treasure map, meet Pearl the mermaid in her giant oyster shell and battle it out with under-the-sea-limbo! It’ll be awash with pirates like Long Joan Silver and No Beard Jack who’ll be seeking help as they travel the high seas to find buried treasure! Treasure Island is completely free to hop aboard and take part in and there’s no need to book. The adventures start from 10am – 4pm and run throughout the day. For full details of the event and to find out what else is on in centre, visit

This month Stibbington Residential Centre celebrates its 30th anniversary with STIBBfest. The centre’s known for its outdoor learning and immersive history experiences for school children and on Saturday May 12 they’re staging a fun-filled, family open day at the centre. There’ll be a wide range of activities on offer including pond dipping, environmental art and craft, lessons in the period classroom and a village treasure trail and the chance prepare for a world record challenge by folding Origami butterflies. There will also be a chance to view natureinspired work by local professional artists. Refreshments will be available and entry’s £2 adults, under 16’s £1.

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Royal Instead of Loyal Am I a loyal fan of football? Yes, most of the time. But it’s not been a good year for the teams I support, so on FA Cup final day I’m going to take a break from what will most probably be another game littered with incompetent refereeing and switch over to the royal wedding instead. Unlike the cup final, the result has already been decided. Prince Harry, who I’ve always liked, has gone against the grain and not picked a bride who reeks of royal like his brother did. Instead he’s chosen a wife who has sex appeal, a bit of edge and a woman who has all the skilful attributes to feel at home in the public eye. Look up the word princess in a dictionary and Meghan Markle won’t necessarily come to mind, but that’s the point. She’s stylish, intelligent, can hold her own and independent. More importantly, she’s easy on the eye and that’s why I’ll be watching the royal wedding.





Just The Fillip For Names? Staying on the regal theme, as the country awaits the birth of royal baby number three, it’s predicted the new arrival will either be named Alice or Phillip. Alice I can live with – it’s both old and contemporary and it’s not usually shortened. But Philip is another story. Please Prince William, if it’s a boy don’t call him Phillip! I mean, who still calls their new born boys Phillip these days? So 1970s. The name Phillip means ‘lover of horses’ but there aren’t many boys I know locally who’ve grown up to love horses – horsepower maybe but not the four-legged kind. The baby naming trend tends to follow the names of royal newborns, which is why George is currently fourth in the list of most popular boys’ names. Harry tops the charts and that’s not surprising since Prince Harry is liked by most. Then there’s Freddie and Oliver. Strange how names can throw up negative connotations though. Freddie makes me immediately think of Freddie Starr and the name Oliver draws me to Oliver Reed who liked a shandy or two. Maybe I’m showing my age. I guess I’ve got nothing against horses after all.

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Aldo Zilli Returns! Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli was so impressed with the city’s Italian Festival last year that he’s coming back this time with a cooking demonstration for us to indulge in. The festival is in its 10th year and takes place on Cathedral Square on September 8 and 9 and no other UK city has hosted an Italian Festival for so long and so successfully. The event’s become the launch pad for other community celebrations such as the Diwali Festival and Food and Faith Festival, which are supported by the city council. Expect the city centre to be awash with everything that’s Italian including the finest food, produce, dance, song and other entertainment.

Nutritious Food is Good Stuff! Now here’s a place worth getting your lunch at! Finally, we have a go-to place for nosh where the owner is dedicated to ensuring everything that’s freshly prepared is with healthy ingredients. The Good Stuff in Cowgate is a refreshing change to my lunchtime processed cheese and sandpaper crackers.

Owner Ash is a qualified personal trainer and knows a thing or two about good nutrition. He also knows how to press my buttons with the ‘Avocado Madness’ burrito he knocked up for me. This was proper food porn. It was bursting at the seams with brown rice, black beans, corn, cheddar, salsa, chicken and of course avocado. Damn it was good. So good in fact, I wasn’t paying attention to my lensman John Baker who snapped me caught in the moment, fully embracing that fall in love first bite. Ash and his team have got it all covered. They’re serving (and it’s all healthy!) curry pots, burgers, burritos, pizzas, kebabs, soups, protein pots, breakfast wraps, juices, smoothies and desserts. The protein boxes with a choice of noodles, quinoa or brown rice are actually making me foam at the mouth as I type. Check out pop in to 16 Cowgate or give the guys a bell on: 01733 687600.

That’s like saying a football manager is happy with his team’s result as long as they scored last and won the game. If there’s ever a survey worth reading it’s probably going to be why you’re not getting any matches on Tinder. Seriously, take a look at some of the profile photos and you’ll see why. Do you really need to swipe and see a photo of their pet dog? The best ones – and it’s usually women that do it – are when they think using Snapchat’s face filter to make them look like a cross between a Koala bear and Bagpuss is going to guarantee a swipe right. In 10 years the dating game has gone from asking for a girl’s phone number in a bar after a long conversation, to matching with a Pocahontas lookalike in the palm of your hand, who then can’t be bothered to have an online chat with you. What’s the world coming to? All of a sudden, I feel old.

You’re Twistin’ My Melon Man! Ah the 1990’s... what a memorable decade…Sipping Gatsby’s outside Miss Pears, listening to Soul II Soul, cruising around in my Vauxhall Astra 1.3s, soaking myself in Pino Silvestre on Saturday nights and watching Football Italia on Sundays. They were great times and the music that represented this decade was brilliantly varied. Some of the best soul, pop, house, grunge, boy bands and Britpop came out of the 1990’s and now, thanks to the Cresset, you can relive this soundtrack at their 90s Party Nights starting Saturday May 12. The event is hot off the heels of their successful 80s Party Nights and you can expect all the usual fun, games, props and surprises, plus a fancy-dress competition. So, whether you're a Spice Girl or a Gallagher brother I reckon it’s a good night out not to miss. Advance tickets are £6.50 or £1 extra on the door.


Get ready to #LookUp as Vivacity brings Antony Gormley’s ‘Places to Be’ back to Peterborough.

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One of our favourite set of sculptures is set to return to Peterborough in spectacular style. ‘Places to Be’, three life-sized lead statues, was Antony Gormley Antony Gormley’s first sculpture commission and 30 years ago (yes really!) it was installed at the Peterborough Rowing Lake. This month Vivacity will be proudly re-siting the three figures on the rooftops of Queensgate Shopping Centre, Leeds Building Society and Norwich Building Society taking pride of place on the city’s skyline from May 25. Antony Gormley, famous for creating the iconic Angel of the North says: “Places to Be was my first public commission. It is wonderful that it is being re-sited on a striking modern horizontal parapet, a Victorian corner tower, and the 18th century roof line around the Market Square

in the centre of Peterborough. I am very proud of this work and am delighted that with Vivacity’s help it will again be part of the collective life of the town.” To support the launch of the installation, Vivacity will be encouraging local people and visitors to #lookup and take notice of all the City has to offer. Visit their volunteers in Cathedral Square between May 25 – 27 and take a selfie! Many will remember the figures being displayed outside Greenwoods solicitors in the city centre for a time and also in an exhibition at the City Gallery in Priestgate and the Cathedral, but now having been restored after being damaged it’s hoped they will become a major attraction. Kevin Tighe, Vivacity’s CEO says: "I'm tremendously ambitious for the standing of art and culture within the City and am incredibly proud of the contribution that Vivacity has been privileged to share with this collection. Antony Gormley's iconic work is thought-provoking, inspiring, and internationally acclaimed and I strongly believe that this project will make great strides towards realising our mission of raising the profile for Art and Culture for Peterborough.” This project is just one of many activities that Vivacity will be presenting during 2018, supporting Peterborough Celebrates (900 years) and promoting the development and profile of the Arts within Peterborough.

First Peterborough Pride Festival Peterborough is to have its first Pride event this summer but it won’t be simply a parade, instead the organisers are planning a huge range of events throughout the city in a week-long celebration.

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Running from June 29 – July 6 there’s an exciting range of performances and events lined up and they would like people to come up with even more. Organiser Simon Courtney Green told ESP – “My vision is that it’s Peterborough’s Pride and doesn’t belong to any one group, it’s completely inclusive. It should bring people together, be a bit of a laugh and increase visibility of the *LGBTQIA+ community. “It’s about showing solidarity and I hope everyone will embrace the concept and that during the festival the city will look visibly different – the sky’s the limit.” It’s hoped that schools, communities, churches, businesses, organisations, and neighbourhoods will all get involved and celebrate in whatever way they can. This could include organising a headline event; a retailer having a themed window display during the week; bars offering a themed cocktail, or simply displaying the rainbow flag.

Phil Sanger Simon is working with local arts organisations including Metal and Vivacity amongst others and the programme includes shows at the Key Theatre, a Mixology club night at Edwards, cabaret, music nights and popup events. To get involved or find out more about Peterborough Pride check on Instagram: peterboroughprideuk or Facebook: peterboroughprideuk call 07484 772729 or email *LGBTQIA+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (and Allies)

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Food Glori us Food Oundle Food Festival Here’s one to diary for next month – the Oundle Food Festival is set to return and will be packed to the brim with tasty treats! The highlight of the Festival is the popular street market on Saturday June 23 which will see over 75 of the region's finest independent food, drink and kitchenware producers fill the town's Market Place and New Street. As well as many regular stallholders at the event there will also be plenty of new faces too including Northamptonshire sparkling wine producers Painter’s Vineyard and craft cider makers Healey’s of Winwick, Lincolnshire based Jorge’s Artisan Foods who sell infused oils, balsamics and fig cake to accompany cheese and The Artisan Honey Company who sell delicious locally produced honey, propolis and beeswax products. Nottinghamshire based Hartland Pies will be serving up a selection of pies and scotch eggs and Cambridgeshire’s Kingfisher Chilli will add a bit of spice to the day with their range of chilli based products. There’s always a great atmosphere at this free event and there’ll be plenty of music and entertainment provided by The Oundle Fringe

Festival as well as family entertainment from Corby’s Balls Up Juggling Club and the Nene Valley Festival crew, as well as Oundle’s first ever Grand Snail Race! Whilst the street market is the flagship event of the Oundle Food Festival, there will also be events and offers which celebrate the region’s food and drink running throughout the weeks preceding it. These include a ‘fizz & pizza’ evening and a wine tasting festival held by Amps Wine Merchants, a tour of the Nene Valley Brewery, and demonstrations and book signings at AGA Oundle which includes a fundraising event for the NSPCC – a chance to try Chinese canapés created by the award winning chef Kwoklyn Wan, perfectly paired with Amps’ wines. For all the details visit and social media FB: @OundleFoodFestival Twitter: @oundlefood.

Riverford Picnic Walks

It’s great to see the monthly picnic walks at Riverford are kicking off again this month with the first on Wednesday May 2. These walks are a fantastic way to sample some tasty food while getting the chance to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, find out more about this organic farm and spot some wildlife at the same time!

The walking tours at Sacrewell take place between 5pm and 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month from May until September. The dates are May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1 and September 5. Walks will be followed by a Riverford picnic of freshly made pies, dips and salads. It’s £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children between 5-12 years old, there’s no charge for under 5s. Tickets are available from Unfortunately you can’t take your four-legged friends and the fields aren’t suitable for wheelchair users. To find out more call 01803 227426, email or visit

Veggie Options @ Middletons Steakhouse Now you might not think a steakhouse was the place to take your vegetarian buddies but actually now you can! Keen to make sure there's something for everyone on their menu, Middleton’s Steakhouse on Bridge Street has introduced some more vegetarian options to their spring menu. The Mushroom Wellington may even tempt the meat eaters out there. Mushroom, chestnut, butternut squash and spinach are coated in a creamy sauce before they're wrapped up in a shortcrust pastry for you to enjoy – Yum! 18

At Last Tea Rooms If you’re looking for somewhere a little different for you tea and cake (and much more) the At Last Tea Rooms in Werrington certainly have character and some delicious food. We popped in to sample some freshly made sandwiches, a wedge of cake and squeezed in an ice cream milkshake as well! The vintage themed tea rooms, formerly a newsagents in the village, opened in March 2017, and they’ve recently served their 5,000th customer! It’s owned and run by David (Mitch) and Marie Mitchell who’ve created a great concept. There are two themed rooms, the first has a 1940’s vibe with both a vintage and retro English décor which seats 22 people and then there’s The Green Room at the back which is styled as a 1950’s American Diner complete with a small fully licensed bar, booths and retro stools and tables. You’ll find a great mix on the menu with fantastic homemade cakes, ‘Old School’ puddings and pastries along with all kinds of sandwiches made fresh to order. Their homemade sausage rolls are one of their specialities, made with locally sourced Lincolnshire sausage meat but there’s also a range of paninis, lasagne, chilli con carne, and baked potatoes on the Dinnertime Menu. Pop in before lunch for their Great British Breakfast Menu which is served until 12 noon daily. You’ll find them on Church Street, just next to the church.

Even More @ Harvest Barn Farmshop

We’re pleased to hear that the new Harvest Barn Farmshop and Café has got off to a great start. Not only is it popular for its fantastic range of fresh, seasonal local veg & fresh fruit but the café is also attracting plenty of interest – we popped in and sampled some gorgeous cake! A specialist gluten free range is also available. Now things are stepping up for the summer with even more

reasons to make a visit. Their new outdoor café courtyard is now open along with a play area for the kids. Along with your fruit and veg you can now pick up your meat on site too as their new butcher is on site every Friday and weekends. You can find Harvest Barn on Ramsey Road.

Vegetarian Week at Turtle Bay Peterborough’s Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant looks like an ideal place to celebrate National Vegetarian Week (May 14 - 20) with a huge range of delicious dishes for vegetarians and vegans. An extensive 32 dishes are vegetarian, which now feature as their very own collection, since the launch of their first Vegan and Vegetarian menu in January 2018. From deep fried okra to a jerk halloumi mushroom burger – there’s a great range of flavours and options, plus you can wash it all down with their incredible range of rums.

Peterborough 900 Nave Dinner Here’s a dining event like no other! How would you like a delicious meal served in the spectacular setting of Peterborough Cathedral? To help celebrate its 900th anniversary the Cathedral is holding a black tie dinner on Friday June 29, with an after dinner talk by Reverend Richard Coles – priest, author, broadcaster and both BBC Masterchef and Strictly contestant. Tickets are £100 or £900 for a table of 10. To make your booking, please email admin@peterboroughcathedral or call 01733 475744.

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We love a party and we love Ferry Meadows so we can’t wait for this summer’s big bash to celebrate its 40th birthday!

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You can hop on a bike and help fire up the pedal-powered cinema with a film each day, have a little shop in the craft marquee with traders selling various wares, the kids can take their teddy along to the teddy bears’ picnic or enjoy some children’s craft activities and games, plus you can stretch your legs on a Heritage Guided Walk during the weekend. Ferry Meadows also has a ‘40 things to do at Ferry Meadows’ booklet available. Pick one up from the Visitor Centre today – and if you complete all 40 activities, you’ll receive a certificate!


t’s hard to believe that one of our favourite green spaces was officially opened way back on July 1 in 1978. Since then it’s seen many improvements and has matured into a great space for everyone. We’re lucky to have it.

If you’re making plans for the summer Nene Park has lined up a whole host of events...

If you’re making plans for the summer Nene Park has lined up a whole host of events including two weekend-long festivals, a new trail for the Park, a specially brewed Ferry Meadows ale (we like it!) and much more, all in addition to the usual summer events programme so it’s going to be a busy one.


First of all we have the Ferry Meadows Cultural Festival coming up on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 – a festival of food, fun and culture. This is a great chance to get together and enjoy food, music, a cinema experience, a teddy bears’ picnic on the meadow and much more. There’ll be a main stage located on Coney Meadow with choirs, orchestras, bands and theatre groups providing entertainment throughout the day. You can join in with the interactive music workshop hosted by Beat This CIC to compose a Ferry Meadows Anniversary Theme using the sounds of the Park.

We’ll keep you posted about the second weekend – the Ferry Meadows Activity Weekend – coming up on the weekend of September 1 and 2. So get ready to sing Happy Birthday and we’ll see you down there! Keep any eye on for more details or visit

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The Car Show that’s twice as good heads to the Arena

The modified and customised scene takes centre stage at the East of England Arena on May 26 and 27 when the Peterborough Car Show rolls into town giving fans two car shows in one. This popular event is back bigger and better than before with even more hot rods, classics, rat rods, Americana and custom cars set to be on display. Throw in a bit of lifestyle and culture with plenty of music, fashion and food that’s associated with these cars and I promise you there’s something for everyone. No event at the Arena would be complete without some live stage action, so prepare to be blown away by the Fire & Mayhem stunt show, BMX stunt show, monster truck rides, drift car rides, the Wall of Death and much more. There’s also the Ink & Oil Tattoo Convention where many of the UK’s most talented tattooists and artists are ready to tattoo you, pierce you and even whiten your teeth! For tickets or to book in your vehicle, visit or call 08444 151413.

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Maxey Car and Bike Show coming in August Here’s one to look forward to as the longestablished Maxey Classic and Thoroughbred Car, Bike and 4x4 Show is set to return this summer at its picturesque lakeside venue and this year’s date for your diary is Saturday August 11. Expect to drool over a good mix of more than 200 gleaming two and four-wheeled vehicles from when the show opens at 11am. As in previous years, the organisers Maxey Charity Club have recruited several national motoring journalists to help with the difficult job of judging and picking out some winners. 22

It’s always a great day out for the family with live music, a real-ale bar, barbecue and children’s amusements. Admission will be just £4 and there’s free entry for show car drivers and children under 14. The Maxey show’s motto is: ‘If you drive it or ride it and you love it - come along and show it’. You can’t argue with that! There’s no need to book your vehicle in, just turn up on the day. For more information call Gill Chown on: 01778 344476 or visit

Man Bun Helmets at Balderston! I thought I’d seen everything but for those of you who’ve been growing your topknots and man buns there’s an all new carbon fibre open face helmet just for you. Developed by Balderston Motorcycles in conjunction with AFD design in Milan, the TKH – Top Knot Helmet – is a lightweight carbon fibre shell that offers the ultimate in safety without ruining your stylish curls. Your topknot is allowed to live and breathe through an opening in the carbon fibre shell of the helmet, yet it still surpasses the British Standard BS 6658 for helmet safety. It comes in different sizes and colours to ensure you can stay looking ‘cool’ this summer. If you see David Beckham wearing one remember you read it here first!

Bike Night Returns For seven years the Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping has been hosting its Bike Night every Thursday from April until September. Owner Richard Swinscoe welcomes a host of bikers, trikers and scooterists from across the region and it gets packed let me tell you! It’s become one of the biggest and longest running weekly bike gatherings in the area and thousands of bikers have stopped off over the years. Richard always has a big welcome for everyone and the food he serves up is top notch too. There’s always something going on at the ranch. Check out the latest here www.ironhorse


The 20th anniversary event is shaping up to be the biggest for many years!


ozens of entries have been flooding in for this year’s event on Saturday June 9 and organisers Gable Events are hoping they could top 40 teams. ESP’s Motley Crew will be joining the action on the Rowing Lake once again as the event’s print media partner and we can’t wait. It’s both fun to take part in and to watch with a great day out of exciting racing every few minutes on the water and bankside activities. Local accountants Rawlinsons are keen to support the event

charity Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and say it’s a great experience. “It’s a really fun day out allowing different teams within the office to socialise and build a team spirit. We’ll have a real mix from senior management right through to first year trainees, representing every department in the firm. One of our trainees has been in training since the last event feeling his lack of biceps contributed to us not qualifying for the knock out stages!” The team from Serpentine

Green Shopping Centre’s Steve Coulson joked – “It’s a great day for all involved and raises much need funds for a great cause, this year we are hiring an outboard motor to assist in minor propulsion of our craft to do better than coming last, if we come last we don’t care… we took part and survived and will be ready again for next year.” It’s not just businesses taking part, Christine’s Crazy Crew will be paddling in memory of Christine Seims who was cared for at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough in February this year. Her daughter Melissa said: “In those final days and hours as we all gathered at the hospice to

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paparazzi Caught in the act? The Crown, the Beehive and Charters...

There’s a great entertainment scene in many of our local pubs and this month we celebrate The Crown on Lincoln Road which had opened up its regular live music slots to bring us a different flavour with The Smarties from Corby. Good news to hear the lease has just been extended for this popular pub! The Beehive on Bourges Boulevard was supporting the soul scene with a Jazz Funk, Soul and Motown session which was back by popular demand – look out for another one around the August bank hols. And Charters bar on the river, which is celebrating a CAMRA Gold Award for their improved range of guest ales was holding another great live music night with the ever popular Nuggets entertaining the crowds. Our man behind the lens was Mike Harris. You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.



Demi Lovato

With singles like Confident, Cool For The Summer and Sorry Not Sorry, Demi Lovato has been riding high. ESP’s Sarah Tempest gives us the lowdown on the US star as she gets ready to hit the UK…


f the name Demi Lovato hasn’t appeared on your radar yet, it soon will. Grammy nominated, she’s a hugely successful singer/songwriter with a string of hits behind her, and she’s also one of the biggest names on social media with a massive 67.1 million followers on Instagram alone.

But her talents don’t end with her music; she’s also an actress and business woman and, quoting her own website, an ‘advocate’ and ‘philanthropist’ too. She’s also the woman who made a good fist of making Disney’s Elsa cool when she gave the ubiquitous Let It Go a rock makeover; and was picked by Simon Cowell to be a judge on the US version of the X Factor for two seasons. And now she can add ‘ESP Magazine cover star’ to her growing list of impressive accolades! It’s all a very long way from her showbiz debut alongside a purple dinosaur in children’s TV show Barney and Friends. Now undeniably a global superstar, Demi is embarking on the European leg of her Tell Me You Love Me world tour, and will be kicking off her UK shows just down the road from us as she takes to the Summer Saturday Live stage at Newmarket Racecourses on Saturday June 9 for what will be her first ever UK racecourse show. The show, which is currently


playing to sold out arenas across the US, is named after her sixth studio album, which debuted at #1 on iTunes in 37 countries when it was released last September. No mean feat in anyone’s books. Demi describes the album as having a more “soulful” side than her previous albums and cites Christina Aguilera and Aretha Franklin amongst its influences. But it’s not just her passion for music that drives her; Demi has always been open and honest about her own mental health struggles and, in 2017, was honoured by Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour at UCLA, with the Artistic Award for Courage for her work in mental health and, in the same year, she was named by Global Citizen as the organisation’s official ambassador for mental health, with a special focus on vulnerable communities around the world. She’s also committed to raising awareness around LGBT issues and causes, and received GLAAD’s (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Deformation) Vanguard award in 2016. All that, and she still finds time to tour. That, in itself, surely deserves an award. For tour dates and ticket information, check out

Get ahead of the digital revolution If you were born after 1994 you’ve grown up with the internet, smart phones and computer games. Personal computers, laptops and mobile devices are just part of everyday life. That’s why so many local businesses want to reach you, and customers like you, by going digital. The majority of business and professional jobs advertised in the area are in sales and marketing. Unfortunately employers have been struggling to find local people with the skills needed to reach target markets using the most current and relevant digital tools. That’s all about to change. The University Centre Peterborough (UCP) has just announced new high-tech degree courses that will start this September. The new FdA and BA (Hons) degrees in Digital Marketing and Communications have been developed working closely with the local business community to tackle this skills shortage for employers in the region. They’ve been designed to give students industrystandard skills and experience to compete effectively for these exciting and interesting new digital marketing and communications jobs. If the idea appeals, you could be looking forward to a career in social media, web content management, sales and marketing or marketing communications.

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson Director: Ron Howard With the mixed fan response to The Last Jedi, here’s hoping the troubled production of the standalone Han Solo movie doesn’t continue a negative trend in the Star Wars universe. Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) seems to have steadied the Millennium Falcon and pulled it safely away from the asteroid field that previous directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) had left it floating in – after reportedly being fired deep into the film’s shoot due to creative differences.

This second ‘Star Wars Story’ movie follows the success of Rogue One, and like that, is a prequel to the original trilogy – by chronicling the twentysomething years of a younger Han Solo (the relatively unknown Alden Ehrenreich). During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Solo meets his equally infamous future co-pilot

Released Chewbacca, and encounters Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) years before joining the Rebellion – with Woody Harrelson and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke joining the ride.



DEADPOOL 2 Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, TJ Miller Director: David Leitch

After the big bucks acclaim that the first film garnered two years ago – John Wick helmer David Leitch has taken the director’s chair to try and make the sequel just as successful. Ryan Reynolds returns as the comedically-vulgar ‘Merc with a Mouth’ as he forms a team of mutants called X-Force to protect a young outcast from the mysterious cybernetic mutant soldier, Cable (Avengers: Infinity War’s Josh Brolin). There are some mutants returning – like Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead – and some mutants debuting – see Zazie Beetz’s Domino and Terry Crews’ (the Expendables trilogy) Bedlam – as the ante is upped for this more adult-orientated superhero movie follow-up headlined by Reynolds’ ‘Regenerating Degenerate’.



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TULLY Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (Monster) stars as Marlo, a mother of three children (including a newborn) who is gifted a nanny by her brother in this comedy-drama. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, she comes to form a unique bond with her surprisingly thoughtful, and sometimes challenging carer, Tully (Blade Runner 2049’s Mackenzie Davis).




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BREAKING IN Bad Boys 2’s Gabrielle Union – who is also headlining a spin-off Bad Boys TV series – stars as a single mother who, after the sudden death of her father, takes her two children to his Malibu mansion in order to settle his estate. But what she ends up doing is protecting them from a home invasion by criminals intent on finding her father’s valuable safe.

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ENTEBBE Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Daniel Bruhl (Rush) star in this drama inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. When it’s forced to land in Uganda, Jewish passengers are held hostage as ransom for the release of political prisoners – leading to a daring rescue mission by Israeli commandos.

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LIFE OF THE PARTY When her husband suddenly dumps her, dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) goes back to college – landing in the same class as her daughter who is not entirely sold on the idea. She throws herself headlong into the experience as she tries to ‘find herself’ by embracing fun and freedom – as she does her senior year again in this comedy.



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SUBMERGENCE James McAvoy and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander star as lovers who reminisce about their romance – now separated by two differing scenarios. While Vikander’s Danielle dives in a submersible to the ocean floor, McAvoy’s James is being held captive by jihadist fighters in Africa – which leaves them having flashbacks to their intense relationship.





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PETERBOROUGH 900 NAVE DINNER If you really want to put on the glitz and join the Cathedral celebrations in style you can’t beat some fine dining inside the beautiful setting of the Nave. This year’s black tie dinner on Saturday June 29 includes a talk by the effervescent Reverend Richard Coles – priest, author, broadcaster and both BBC Masterchef and Strictly contestant. Tickets: £100 or £900 for a table of 10. To make your booking, please email or call 01733 475744.


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Host your own 900-themed event or activity Add a Peterborough Celebrates element to your existing campaign, event or activity Add the logo to your marketing collateral Volunteer at or attend some of the planned celebrations Visit the Cathedral Spread the word!

Why not make this the year you get to know the cathedral a little better? You will have walked past it so often, now’s the time to take a tour and see just how amazing it really is! There are long and short tours on selected dates from Saturday May 5 onwards giving you access behind the scenes and to the upper levels of the Cathedral for some stunning views. Tickets for The Long Tour are £10, £8 concessions. The Short Tour costs £8, £6 concessions. Bookings will open soon by the Cathedral website or via calling Peterborough Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336. Tours are limited to 13 people, so you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.


Our fabulous cathedral is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year and all sorts of groups, businesses and organisations in the city are coming up with great ways to celebrate. There’s plenty to join in with but you can come up with your own ways to celebrate so that the party continues throughout 2018. ESP is a proud supporter of the campaign and we’ll be keeping you updated each month with details of the latest events in each issue and online If you come up with a great idea to mark Peterborough Cathedral’s special anniversary, let us know so we can tell everyone else! Follow @pborocelebrates on Facebook and Twitter.



Everyone can find a way of a getting involved with Peterborough Celebrates and Peterborough Rugby Club’s annual beer festival Friday May 4 to Sunday May 6 is linking up with the campaign this year. Expect lots of local beer and cider, local bands, local business sponsors and lots of rugby! They’re aiming to get 900 studs across the 1st team pitch over the festival, and they will definitely pour 900 pints!

Get your fairy costumes at the ready and prepare to be a record breaker! On Sunday June 10 you can join in with a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as fairies in one place, in front of the cathedral. They’re aiming for 900 fairies (in honour of the Cathedral’s 900th anniversary) to raise awareness for local charity Anna’s Hope, the East of England’s leading brain tumour charity. To qualify as a fairy, you MUST wear a tutu, wings and carry a wand! It’s free to take part but you will need to book via


Do you have nerves of steel? If so, you can take part in a 150 foot abseil down the North West Tower of Peterborough Cathedral (under the supervision of Derby Mountain Rescue) on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19. Proceeds will be split between the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity Shine UK, whose work supports those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Tickets are £50 (plus a booking fee). Entrants can book via and must be at least 16 years old in order to take part. You’re encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 for the two worthy causes. If you’re not quite brave enough to abseil yourself, sponsor the Dean via

PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL: A MOMENT IN TIME PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ‘Peterborough Cathedral: A Moment In Time’ is a photography competition launched to mark the 900th anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral in association with Kall Kwik Peterborough. It’s open to amateur photographers of all ages, and the closing date is Friday November 9. The judges are looking for imaginative and eyecatching images that illustrate the theme, so be creative! The public will be invited to see an exhibition of the images and to vote for their favourite. A cash prize is on offer to the chosen photographer. Visit for more details.




On Saturday May 19 it’ll be the big event… but which one will you be watching? – Will you be loyal to the footy or glued to the Royal Wedding? – Shedding a tear at how lovely the bride looks or sobbing if it goes to penalties? – Will you be watching the match or the ‘love match’ as Harry and Meghan tie the knot? – One of you will be trying to explain the off side rule while the other tries to explain what a ‘fascinator’ is!

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– The wedding commentary will no doubt rival any post match analysis Gary Lineker and his pundits can stretch out so it’s Marriage Vs Match – let the battle for the TV remote control commence…



SOME PLACES TO CELEBRATE THE AT LAST TEA ROOMS Church Street, Werrington The vintage and retro tea rooms near the church also stages events during the summer in a marquee on the green at the front of the shop and this year they’re hosting a ‘Right Royal Wedding Party’ screening the Royal Wedding. For any remaining tickets call 01733 574587.

THE BURGHLEY Burghley Road, Peterborough They’ll be celebrating the Royal Wedding in style with a Royal BBQ and Gin Festival on Saturday May 19 from 12 noon.

THE YARD OF ALE Oundle Road, Woodston

ESP’s Mikey Clarke will be opting for the Royal Wedding I'm probably excited about the Royal Wedding for the wrong reason. Sure, I'm happy for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and wish them all the best – but my only reason for tuning in is to see who actually gets invited after all the rumours, and who in the royal and celebrity world turn into the type of people you always see at weddings. A long day mixed with a lot of booze could see guests letting their hair down, perhaps resulting in us seeing a more human side to them. Maybe Meghan will turn into Bridezilla when things don't go her way. Sir Elton John may throw a tantrum due to the photographer telling him what to do. The Spice Girls might enthusiastically rush to the dancefloor upon hearing YMCA and Prince William might drunkenly refuse to call it a night and invite everyone back to the Palace for an after party. It's a long shot, but you never know.

The popular pub is holding a ‘Yard’ Party on Saturday May 19, a family day with a BBQ.

PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL Saturday May 19 is the second day of the charity abseil down the north west tower of the Cathedral, in aid of both Shine UK and the Cathedral. There’ll be stalls in the Precincts, plus a giant outdoor screen in the north portico (the archway to the left of the main door) showing both the wedding and the match, whilst the brave abseilers come down the tower. It’s the perfect afternoon out! There’s no entry fee but please feel free to donate on the day in support of the charities.

LAKESIDE BAR Tallington Lakes It’s party time at Lakeside Bar at Tallington Lakes – they’re holding a Royal Wedding disco starting at 8pm – will there be plenty of ‘dad dancing’ to make it authentic?!

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ESP’s Sarah Tempest chooses the footy They say everyone cries at weddings, but the only tears I'll be shedding on May 19 will be if the wrong team lifts the FA Cup. Why would I want to tune in to Windsor and watch a bunch of super rich, spoiled, primped and pampered people when I could tune into Wembley and watch a bunch of, erm, super rich, spoiled, primped and pampered people? OK, so that may not be the best argument for the footy but I can’t be doing with all that – "who's designed the dress, who's doing the catering, who did the flowers...?" WHO CARES?! She'll wear white, he'll look nervous, they'll say "I will", people will cry. Job done. The footy, on the other hand, will be excitement, goals, and 90 minutes of pure passion. Which, let’s be honest, if Prince Harry hits the beer, is probably more than Meghan Markle can hope for.

The pub’s celebrating both the big events! They’ll be screening the FA Cup final on their TVs and providing a magician in the afternoon to keep the kids amused so you can enjoy the footy. Then in the evening they’re holding their own ‘wedding reception’ with disco from 7.30pm and dressing up for the occasion. If you want to don your wedding outfits or your football tops it’s up to you!

THE FAYRE SPOT Bretton They’ll be staging family activities with fun and games as part of their Royal Wedding celebrations in the afternoon and then screening the FA Cup final on their big screen later on.

THE HERON Stanground The pub wil be showing the FA Cup Final on a massive big screen in the back room of the pub.

THE HALCYON Netheron Head to the pub for a Royal Party with disco and music.

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Here’s what’s new for the summer! May is always such an exciting month. Summer creeps a little bit closer, and whether you’re staying in the ‘Boro or heading off on holiday, make sure you know all the latest beauty trends ready to hit the stores. Here at ESP, we’ve done all the hard work for you. Here’s what you need to know... New from Olay is Total Effects Age Defying Moisturiser with SPF30, £14.99, which is out now. One of my fav Olay products has been given an extra hit of SPF just in time for summer, so this is perfect if you’re heading to hotter climes. The Total Effects Age Defying Moisturiser is now available in SPF30, but still offers the great antiaging qualities and light wear feel as its older sister. It’s top of my shopping list! News in from L’Oreal, they have two new products on the way. Firstly, with summer around the corner, don’t forget about keeping your hair great in all that sunny weather (well, hopefully!) L'Oréal's new hair spritz will act as a shield against UV, protecting it from colour-fade, dryness

and types of damage you didn't even know existed. What more do you need – a must have! Keep an eye out for when this hits the shops. Also, L’Oreal have announced a new Cherry My Cheri palette, with 16 warm, peachy-toned nudes in a range of mattes and shimmers, it's everything your eyelids have been waiting for. The exact launch date is TBC. Another must-have, the YSL Couture Palette Collector Make The City Your Playground, £44, is launching on May 30. YSL's summer make up collection is looking great, and available at our local John Lewis. The star of the range is the new eyeshadow palette which features stunning shades of baby blue, turquoise and soft greys. The concrete-look packaging is also right on trend. I can’t wait for this one to hit stores!

Tom Ford has got everyone excited with a new summer collection. It includes a shade and illuminate glow stick, ultrashine lip colours and a great new cheek palette. Never the cheapest option in the market place, so we will need to save those pennies! The Soleil 2018 Collection is available from Friday May 4. Don’t forget about our local MAC store in Queensgate! They’ve got new lines too. US beauty guru, Patrick Starrr collaborated with MAC Cosmetics, and he’s back with more for the summer. The new Blossom Collection designed by Patrick is all-out pink, there's a bunch of lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeshadows and a dreamy blush duo which all look amazing. The collection is available online now.

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Lunchtime Running Sessions We all make the excuses about not having time when it comes to getting fitter but hopefully a new series of lunchtime running sessions could help. Running and exercise can be part of living a healthier lifestyle and there’s plenty of advice on the Healthy Peterborough website. This series of free lunchtime running sessions makes a return this month through to July and gives you the opportunity to slip on your trainers and get active during your lunchbreak. The runs will leave the Embankment Athletics Track in Bishop’s Road every Wednesday from May 2 to July 4 and are open to all abilities so you don’t need to be Mo Farah! The sessions take place from 12noon to 1pm and there’s a fully qualified England Athletics Endurance Coach on hand. Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council's service director for environment and economy, said: "The hour long sessions are suitable for everyone, even if you’ve never thought about taking up running before. The hour can be based on the athletics track with the option to run out further into the city centre if you want to stretch your legs a little more." There is no need to book in advance, just simply turn up with your trainers and running clothes. You don’t need to worry about getting sweaty and then going back to work as there are changing facilities and showers there – to find out more, email Of course a great incentive to start running is for an event such as Race for Life or the Perkins Great Eastern Run and Anna’s Hope 5k Fun Run. This year’s event takes place on Sunday October 14 and entries are now open on

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HOW TO STRESS LESS FOR MENTAL WELLBEING We all know friends/family or co-workers who suffer mental health issues. This month Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14 - 20) is focused on stress. However, other conditions include bipolar, depression, excessive fears, OCD and many more.

illnesses including anxiety and depression, which are prevalent in society today. Probiotics have the ability to restore normal microbial balance, and therefore have a potential role in the treatment and prevention of anxiety and depression. Altered gut microbes can send the immune system into overdrive and create inflammation.

Depression and anxiety are now very common; millions of prescriptions for antidepressants are given but can come with many side effects and possible dependencies. Depression and anxiety are now very common; millions of prescriptions for anti-depressants are given but can come with many side effects and possible dependencies. For some they help, but that’s not the case for everyone, so the question is – why not, if after all it is an imbalance? We’ve been led to believe that low levels of brain chemicals such as serotonin are a key player in depression (this is the basis for many of the drugs prescribed) or others such as GABA that can cause anxiety for example. However, emerging research is finding that a bidirectional (two-way) communication between the central nervous system and gut microbiota referred to as the ‘gut-brain-axis’, has been of significant interest in recent years. Dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance) and inflammation of the gut have been linked to causing several mental 38

Causes of any mental health issue can vary from person to person, but stressful life events, childhood traumas, low self esteem, little belief in yourself, poor nutrient status, ill health and many other factors can trigger depression/anxiety/stress and other mental health issues. There are a growing number of excellent therapies that can support us through these times but, we can also help ourselves by making some changes in our life…

The Body The use of probiotics (specific strains), prebiotics (from whole foods, particularly fruits and veggies), and a focus on functional foods to help reduce inflammation such as berries, turmeric, ginger, pineapple and many more whilst eliminating foods that can create inflammation and alter our gut bacteria such as sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates etc. A diet rich in phytonutrients that come from the ‘rainbow plate’ should contain foods with red, green, orange, yellow, black/blue pigments to help support cell function, deliver antioxidants, reduce inflammation, feed our microbes and much more. Modern living is eroding our health as our nervous system is constantly wired up and receiving stimulus from the environment. This can trigger the release of stress hormones such

Switch off the constant noises when you can – I love sitting with no sound on and listening to the birds tweeting or the chimes dancing in tune when a gentle breeze sweeps past my patio door. For many, the need for constant sounds is a distraction from feeling or listening to our internal chatter. Youtube has a huge collection of sounds that are healing such as relaxing piano or classical music, or just sounds of the waves or the forest – as I type this that is exactly what I have on in the background. Create peace in your home where you can, even if it is in one room where you can make it peaceful and anyone living there knows this is the quiet/downtime room. If that’s not possible then placing fresh flowers in the home, playing soft relaxing healing sounds for half an hour, having a time where the TV is off so you can do other relaxing things such as draw, write, colour or just close your eyes can help.

Emotions So often what isn’t addressed gets suppressed. Talking therapies and other therapies that help us express ourselves in a safe environment can help us deal with past wounds, some that may be very deep. Searching for the hidden gem in each situation is key to helping us move forward on a new journey, one that releases what is already inside of us, such as wisdom, independence, strength, love, gratitude, finding our true self, our real passions, self love and our inner peace. Hard as it can be when we lose a loved one, or are dealing with a health issue or hardship of any kind, the gift is always there if we begin to look for it. We may not see it as a gift in the moment but in time we can look back and reflect on how far we have come and the insights that have developed following that experience. ‘Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit’ – Napoleon Hill.


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schools across the region. As most young people spend hours on their mobiles, this entertaining and engaging app is designed to help with their mental health in an enjoyable way. It uses a number of clinically proven techniques to assess their overall wellbeing and also provides support tools and strategies to cope. The app already has over 800,000 users and this new partnership will enable schools to join this community from just £2, per user per year, a fraction of the open market cost.* A report in February by the NAHT and Place2Be showed that schools are coming under increasing pressure to help students to not only achieve high standards academically but also to cope with a growing number of pupils who are struggling with their wellbeing. Rod Allerton, Director of Development at YMCA Trinity Group said: “We’ve developed a comprehensive range of mental health services which includes direct intervention and teacher training. Feel Stress Free is a real breakthrough, providing a new, cost effective way to empower students and staff to take control of their personal wellbeing, whilst also identifying those in need of further intervention.

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ell the sun has finally returned and people are leaving their homes and looking for ways to enjoy the bright warm days to come. I ventured out to Tallington Lakes with Ethan and Oonagh-Mae to make the most of it and have a bit of a splash around on the new Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUPs). After getting kitted out in some quality wetsuits and life jackets, we grabbed our paddles and headed out onto the water on one of the XL boards which can take up to around eight people. This was a great introduction to getting our balance and form right before moving onto the single boards which take a little more skill. On the individual boards you can get a little creative and try racing, spinning and


even dare a few yoga moves if you fancy challenging yourself. Inevitably I fell in a few times as I tried to lift the front end by planting my back foot towards the back and lifting the front foot to then spin like a pro, but instead fell in with a splosh. But hey, what’s the point wearing a wetsuit if you’re not going to get wet, right? SUPs are very popular and are a fastgrowing trend. People take them out on lakes, rivers and in the sea. The boards at Tallington Lakes are Red Paddle SUP Ride 10-8. Red Paddle Co produce the world’s most popular inflatable boards of unrivalled quality and have won numerous awards for these boards which are designed to glide smoothly and predictably, no matter what level of rider you are. It takes very little time to get the hang of these and then effortlessly cruise across the water with ease.

SUPs are very popular and are a fast-growing trend.

The 8ft coil ankle leash means that if/when you do fall in, the board quickly comes to you and you can just pull yourself back up using the grab-handle and get straight back to it. I thought this was a nice improvement on a traditional straight leash which can mean having to swim after your board. As well as being able to book and visit at a time that suits you and your group, there are also pre-arranged SUP tours of the lakes which you can join each month. This is a great way to enjoy the SUP experience with a group before settling for a snack and a drink in the sun back at the snack-shack or bar-restaurant when you’re done. There are plenty of water sports activities for everyone at Tallington Lakes to experience, either at the relaxed pace of the SUPs or performing full-throttle tricks on water-skis or jet bikes. Whatever floats your boat (pun intended) you should definitely visit and make the most of the warmer months ahead. The next SUP tour is Sunday May 6. and The Red Paddle Co UK Summer Tour will be at Tallington Lakes on August 25.

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Bill Bailey Interview As well as the tour, you're also currently appearing in a new TV show called In the Long Run with Idris Elba – what was it like working with him? “It was fantastic fun, and Idris is a terrific actor. He’s very instinctive and I think people will be surprised by his skill for comedy because most of the things you’ve seen him in previously he plays a tough guy and it’s all quite serious drama, but he’s actually got great comic timing and he’s really good at improvising.”

Ahead of bringing his brand new show Larks in Transit to the East of England Arena in June, this month ESP comedy columnist Sarah Slack spoke to musical comedy legend Bill Bailey to discuss Idris Elba, Black Books the musical, and the gradual decline of trouser presses... Thanks for taking the time out to chat to ESP – you’ve previously starred in bird watching shows so was this the inspiration behind the name of your new tour Larks in Transit? “It’s a passing reference to birds in flight, but the title refers more to the Dickensian definition of larks as fun. It’s all about the fun of travel and the situations that have happened to me in the last few years of doing comedy.”

I saw you were on Room 101 recently where you fought your case against taramasalata, but did you have any other suggestions that didn’t make it to air? I know time’s a big healer but did Chris de Burgh get a mention?! “Well it seems harsh to put him in there twice, as he went in there last time I was on Room 101 when Paul Merton was hosting. On the old episode they tried to get a Chris de Burgh ‘sound-a-likie’ who’d played him on Stars in Their Eyes, but suddenly he had an agent who said that would limit him as an artist!”


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Some of my favourite moments of your past shows are the musical numbers, so can you tell us a bit more about the songs you’ve got lined up? “There’s a song I play on a cigar box guitar, which has been fashioned from an old Bible and it makes a wonderful sound, so I sing a song about duelling with the devil similar to ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Many fans will know this is not the first time you’ve acted before, as you also played Bernard’s assistant Manny in one of my favourite shows, Black Books. Has a re-hash of Black Books ever been considered? “Not as far as I know, but it was certainly very good fun to work on. Dylan Moran now writes a lot and he still performs stand-up around the world, and Tamsin Greig is doing a lot of acting, so we’re all doing our own thing. We have talked about doing a musical one day, which would be hilarious, but not for the foreseeable future...”

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VOODOO STANDS UP Taking place at one of Stamford’s most popular venues, pop down to the Voodoo Lounge this month for an entertaining evening within the venue’s Victorian wine cellar, where they’ll be hosting their regular comedy club. Line-up TBC. Tickets available on 07595 412056.


11 One of my favourite parts of the Part Troll DVD is an extra feature, which you described as the ‘2004 mainland UK census of tea, coffee and trouser presses’. Are you planning an update for 2018? “I always like making DVD extras, and after years of touring around everywhere you would go to hotels and find the tea and coffee making facilities, so I ended up comparing and contrasting them everywhere I went. “Trouser presses have started to disappear from hotel rooms now, so maybe there’s a sociological reason to do with a decline in public standards, or whether the workplace has become more casual so people don’t need to have their trousers pressed anymore!” Finally, I’m always interested in ‘comedian’s comedians’ and what sort of acts comics watch when they’re not touring themselves. Do you watch a lot of comedy, and if so who are your favourite acts? “I like to watch American comedians like Andy Kindler, who does comedy about comedy and the tropes of doing stand-up, and if you’re a comic you really understand it. I also like watching Patton Oswalt and Norm MacDonald, who’s a very funny and dry storyteller. I’ve noticed there’s a completely different approach to comedy in America though, as comedians get a standing ovation at the beginning when they haven’t even told a joke – come on you slackers, you’ve got to earn it!”



PINT OF COMEDY CLUB This month visit Stamford Arts Centre for their comedy night at the Cellar Bar for a chance to see two fantastic up-and-coming comedians. Headlining the evening will be Liam Pickford, a previous runner-up in Chortle’s Student Comedy Award competition, and there will also be support from Jake Baker, described as ‘imaginative and original’ by The Scotsman. Tickets available on 01780 763203.

DAVID BADDIEL - MY FAMILY: NOT THE SITCOM Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel brings his Olivier-nominated one-man show to the Cresset. Described by the Evening Standard as ‘a rare production that boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears’, book your tickets now before this critically acclaimed comedy show sells out. Tickets available on 01733 265705.



LEE NELSON SERIOUS JOKER Appropriately extended to help with legal fees after handing a P45 to Theresa May, tickets are still available to see Lee Nelson’s Serious Joker show live at the Stamford Corn Exchange. The show is part of a 150 show tour across the country where Lee promises all the money raised will go directly, to himself. Tickets available on 01780 766455.

Bill Bailey will be performing Larks In Transit at the East of England Arena on Saturday June 9. Tickets available on Ticketmaster or by calling 01733 363500.





LIGHTBOX COMEDY CLUB Returning after its debut night last month, the Lightbox Café has officially expanded its services to include coffee, cake, and a cracking comedy club! Make sure you visit this city centre tea room for a chance to see a great line up for a fantastic price (a slice of their carrot cake is also strongly recommended…) Tickets available on 01733 894444.

CRESSET COMEDY CLUB Performing at this month’s popular comedy club at the Cresset will be musical comedian Duncan Oakley, rising star Garrett Millerick and headliner Jeff Innocent, who’s previously been voted the country’s best live comedian in 2016. Tickets available on 01733 265705.


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was captain of my youth teams and I have always been the one to get everyone to stick together and be fighting for the cause. I think back at the time in my life when I was considering the Army, I would have been equipped for the challenge. Leaving my family now would prevent me. I think once I got out there though, I would have coped,” Shephard told me.

Ever since the age of around 11, I have always wanted to work in the media. I know people in their mid-30s who still have no idea what they want to do work-wise. That is not a criticism, some people work out their dream job at different times in their lives.


think if you ask a lot of young children, a large percentage will reply ‘footballer’ when asked what they want to do for work. But what if you are a footballer? I was Liam Shephard fascinated to learn of players who could’ve taken a completely different career path to the one they took. Defender Liam Shephard has always been intrigued by the Army. As a teenager, it was a career that was definitely considered; certainly as a back-up plan should he not

make it in the game. “I always wanted to be a footballer and my plan was to make it, but I remember my parents saying to me, ‘what are you going to do if you don’t make it’ and my reply was always the military. “I think that definitely scared my mum! She said ‘you better make it as a footballer’. I think she was worried about me potentially going out there to fight. My father actually thought about signing up to the Army, but then I was born and it kind of shelved those plans. My great grandfather fought in the World War and my step grandfather fought in Northern Ireland so there is a past history in the military in my family. “I think there are similarities in terms of the camaraderie between football and the Army. I have always been a leader growing up. I

Shephard was in the audience for a recent talk by Ant Middleton, who was the frontman of the Channel 4 hit series SAS, Who Dares Wins and left the Cresset in Bretton feeling extremely positive about the future. “He was very positive. I always wondered how they coped with being in the Army, how would it affect them mentally as well as physically. The mannerisms of him, the standards he set in life, I could relate to it. Even the small things like never being late, that is me all over. I won’t leave the house until I make the bed, being tidy, I find myself quite similar in that respect.

If you have a tidy house and everything is spotless then your game can be spotless too...

“That professionalism that you get in the military is something that I think can be replicated in football. If you have a tidy house and everything is spotless then your game can be spotless too, it is making sure that you give yourself that last little percent.”

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your guide to the nighttime scene

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There’s a new Thursday night at the Met Lounge on Bridge Street. Embrace is open to all but catering musically for the LGBT scene in and around the area. It’s a night they’ve wanted to start for a long time, now they have the right people working alongside them and think it’s going to be a belter! For more info on the night go to

The Soul Collective crew return to the Tap Room at the Brewery Tap on Saturday May 12. Expect the usual mix of great soul tunes played out by Mick McKenna, Ian Pass and Lady J plus guest DJ Otis.

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sTyLo g @ VaNiTy On Friday May 11 Vanity returns to the Red Room with special guest Stylo G Performing Live! He’ll be bringing the heat with his bashment / dancehall sound performing the likes of Yuzimme, Call mi a Yardie, My Number One, Soundbwoy, Badd & more! Expect a standard Vanity shut down with Fontzerelli on hosting duties and Nick T spinning the Tracks. For advance tickets head to the Vanity Facebook page

CHaRTeRs NigHTs The bar on a boat has plenty of entertainment lined up again this month so head to Charters on Saturday May 5 for more Indie tunes with DJ Anthony Thornhill from 9pm. You can take your own LPs and 45s along to Vinyl Night on Friday May 11 from 8pm or enjoy some funky tunes with What the Funk! on Saturday May 12 with DJs Jo G & Juan Baptiste.

Keep your eyes on The Solstice’s social media for latest news of special guests and nights this May. Regular Saturdays host The Big Night Out with Soapy in the Solstice with classic commercial chart and old skool floor fillers. The Sol Garden main arena is hosted by Alessandro Vacca, going back to back with special guests and some of the biggest headline acts in the country playing deep house and vocal club classics. In Eden it’s Zed with some sexy bump and grind RnB and in Harry’s its Kieran with one big party. Club night starts at 9pm – 4am. Strictly over 20’s.

Mega WeDNesDays @ eDWaRDs Edward’s Mega Wednesdays are combining all their favourite events into one night. Salsa and Quiz night has moved from Tuesdays to Wednesday nights alongside their already infamous Karaoke evening. At 7.30pm they’ll start Salsa in Flares and Quiz Night in Edwards, with Karaoke following on in Edwards at 9.30pm. Don’t forget it’s 50% off drinks till 10.30pm. Salsa and Bachata classes are priced from £6. Prizes to be won during Quiz Night and Karaoke. Its £1 entry for the Quiz, free entry for Karaoke.

DJ NigHTs @ BReWeRy TaP The Brewery Tap always enjoys a mixed crowd and aims to get you dancing on Friday May 4 with DJ Eddie Nash and Thank Funk it’s Friday from 9pm. The Saturday Night Groove sessions continue with DJ Rick Allen throughout the month on Saturday May 5, 12 and 19 at 9pm. The last Saturday of the month May 26 it switches to The Get Down with DJ Eddie Nash from 9pm.

On Saturday May 19 it’s Off the Cuff with DJs Julian & Glenn from 9pm and Saturday May 26 it’s Heavy Crates with DJs Otis & Pat from 9pm.

MixoLogy PReseNTs JaCky oNe Big saTURDay – CiNCo De Maya The next One Big Saturday event is all about getting in the Mexican Spirit, celebrating Cinco de Maya on Saturday May 5. Join Edwards for a big night of dancing, with all three rooms open. The party will start at 10pm, and there’ll be plenty of Sombreros to give away! Follow them on Facebook for more information and to get those all-important tickets. 46

Mixology welcomes tech-house party starter Jacky for his debut event at Edwards on Friday May 4. Jacky’s renowned for his high energy sets having made his mark with everyone’s favourite Catalan institution – Elrow in 2015. Aside from Elrow, Jacky’s made his own mark on the underground club scene with the launch of his own event series – Jacky & Friends. Since breaking ground, J&F events have sold out several of Europe’s key venues including: Sankeys MCR, Fire London, Digital Newcastle & Mint Warehouse Leeds. Joining Jacky on the night will be their trio of residents Tom Skinner, James Chan & Dan Clare and two of Peterborough’s rising stars Alisha & ADR. We’ll see you at the front!

soUL aT THe MaRqUee 4 Local soul band The Contacts are playing live at this great night out at The Blue Bell in Stamford on Friday May 25. The event also has three guest DJs playing a mix of modern and rare Northern Soul and Motown floor fillers! It’s £5 entry with all profits going to The Stroke Association UK. Tickets are available on the door.

DJ PaUL WRigHT LiVe @ THe LigHTBox CaFé This month’s special guest DJ with Eclectic Ballroom at the Lightbox Café is Paul Wright on Saturday May 19. Paul Wright spent the late 90’s and early 00’s frequently travelling on a Wednesday night to Camden and Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s legendary Loft – “the hottest, purest dance experience I’ve had and it really showed me that the soul in music is what makes you dance”. He was a regular at Hard Times and Back to Basics in Leeds, and also the Hacienda. “The people who have influenced me have several things in common, a definite style, great music selection, and a real passion for what they do. Tony Humphries has been there from the start and I love the Jersey style. Masters at Work produced some of the best music of the nineties and to see them play together on six decks was awe inspiring. Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson plays a great mix of vocal, deep and disco edged music of real quality. For me, Larry Levan started it all with the Paradise Garage, the ethos of inclusiveness, being part of a family with a common passion and the power of music to control emotion. That’s what it’s all about.” His set list ranges from uplifting vocal and deeper house to classic disco and everything in between and it all has soul to move you.

DJ sWeRVe @ THRoWBaCk Throwback at Edwards brings in another old school mixtape legend on Friday May 25 – DJ Swerve is back joining the Throwback team dropping a #Kisstory anthems style set. If you love the old school, then you don’t want to miss this KISS FM legend in the mix.

MUsiC NigHTs @ THe LigHTBox CaFé This daytime café on Bridge Street turns night time venue at the weekends with some great music for all tastes. On Friday May 4 it’s Supersonic packed with 90’s r’n’b, club classics, indie and pop. Friday May 11 local legend Julian Roberts steps in and takes you through the gears with classic early house to rare groove set. Friday May 25 it’s Periodic with elements of house. Saturday nights the Eclectic Ballroom guys take over playing out the dirtiest funk, soul and disco you’ve ever heard. They’ll be there on Saturday May 5, Saturday May 12 and on Saturday May 19 they’re joined by guest DJ Paul Wright.






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

Bourne Festival is back for its 16th year! The event will be held on the Wellhead Field in Bourne from June 1 – 3. Brought to you by Bourne Round Table they are attempting a very local flavour to the whole 3 day event. They will be showcasing the usual array (100 barrels) of local ales and ciders. By the term local they mean that they are sourcing the beer from South Lincolnshire and North Cambridgeshire. In addition they are introducing some of the American hoppy ales which are becoming more and more popular!

Also, the stage will be occupied by of lots of local, home grown talent. All of the bands and acts are from the local area this year. The Friday headline act is The Brays, supported by Halo. The music starts at 7.15pm The Saturday live music starts at midday and features headline act Clutching At Straws, supported by Dirty Rumour, Cover it Up, Pennyless and Brothers Grim. The Sunday also starts at midday and the headliner is Nick Corney & The Buzzrats, supported by Afterlife, Risky Trick, The Spirit and Steve Francis. To make sure all ages are catered for, other attractions include Roger Tuby’s Funfair, craft stalls, trade stalls, food stands, circus workshops and a wandering magician! There are more artists yet to be announced and as with all Round Table events, profits made from the Festival will go to local charities. Entrance fees as follows: 11s and over £3 per day, Weekend pass £5. U11s go free. For all the information on this and other facts about the event, go to the website on

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Bourne Festival is Back

Kerry Devine releases new album My colleague on ESP, photographer Mike Harris has been enthusing about a great time he had at the Wicken Fen arts event near Ely in early April. It was described as an immersive audio and visual art installation inspired by the landscape and people of the Fens. One of the music artists featured at Wicken Fen was Kerry Devine who showcased her debut album Away From Mountains as part of the event which through photography, film, sound and art the project focused on the female legacy of the Fens, from the dark past of witch hunts that took place in isolated communities, to the role of women in agriculture and those pushing for change in a conservative rural area. Songs from the album, which is released on May 11, were recorded live in the stillness of night in an empty Fotheringhay Church near Oundle giving the album a haunting quality. To further promote Away From Mountains Kerry is doing a series of gigs finishing here in Peterborough on Saturday May 19. The gig takes place at Metal Culture which is situated in the Chaffeurs Cottage behind the Town Hall. Tickets are available from

Idolising Nova To Support The Vamps

We’ve been telling you about exciting originals band Idolising Nova for quite a while now and I’m pleased to see the guys seem to be going from strength to strength with the latest news being a top support slot. The band will be supporting The Vamps on their sell out Night And Day Tour in Amsterdam, Paris & Cologne this month! Jack from the band told ESP – "We are so excited to play these shows with The Vamps. We're just three lads from Peterborough who play music in their spare time, so being given an opportunity like this is just crazy!" Idolising Nova sold out a recent hometown show but can be seen by local audiences at The Met Lounge on Friday May 4 supporting Airways. Tickets are available from 48

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Band Spotlight:

We Love To Boogie To T.Rextacy

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. With Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs, the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including I Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy. And of course, a selection of Marc’s many compositions were the basis for the very successful Billy Elliot movie. On Saturday May 12 the band, which has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’ play the Stamford Corn Exchange. T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically outlives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. Many suggest that had he lived, Marc would’ve been one of the greatest but despite his relatively short life he still achieves the status of Rock Icon. T.Rextasy have visited the area before and have always provided a solid rock’n’roll concert for all ages. If you’d like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, I suggest this show is for you! Tickets are available from the Stamford Corn Exchange box office on 01780 766455.

Look Out For Dirty Days

I’m pleased to see that aside from our brilliant covers band scene in the city we’re seeing more originals bands too. Dirty Days are a new upcoming original rock band in Peterborough and ESP will have more on them soon but don’t miss their gig dates in May. Three young lads, two of which are at university, have come together to form an incredible original rock trio who I’m told bring some real energy to every show they perform. You can catch them locally on Friday May 18 at Mama Liz's Stamford and on Saturday May 26 Dirty Days will be supporting Old School Reasons alongside A Story To Tell and The Lucky Lessons at The Met Lounge in Peterborough. Next month they’ll be appearing at The Ostrich Inn with support from Prey Drive and Soviet Films on June 22. They have two singles released on Spotify, Itunes and many other music sites. Their website is Facebook page - Dirty Days. Instagram page - @dirtydaysuk.

The Money Shot

They only formed last year, but The Money Shot has taken Peterborough’s pubs, clubs and parties by storm with eclectic set lists and songs that you wouldn’t expect to see performed by a covers act. Although the band is relatively new to the music scene they are already followed by an enthusiastic crowd, it’s made up of members who’ve served their time on stage as part of many other outfits around the city. The Money Shot is made up of Peter Rollason (lead vocals), Phil Smith (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Stix Holland (drums) and Ben Hackney-Williams (bass, backing vocals). Their set list contains rock, pop, indie, soul and more, and it’s not just an original approach they take in song choice either, as the list also gives something out of the ordinary. This can be risky so why? “It’s not that we’re trying to exclusively play songs that other bands don’t,” explained frontman, Peter. “There are some numbers that you’ve heard in local bands before, but there are a lot of fan favourites that nobody touches for one reason or another. “We’re just taking on whatever songs that we think will be fun to play, whether it’s Queen’s Radio Gaga or Bad Romance by Lady Gaga – I love them both and the crowds

have done so far, too.” At gigs they seem to like something out of the ordinary recalling one private party having taken place in an inflatable pub full of a crowd dressed as superheroes! “That was a really fun one,” bassist Ben told ESP. “To be playing music that you love with Rogue from the X-men and about three Batmans – Batmen? – staring at you is definitely something to take off the bucket list.” And, as with most bands pubs are where they perfect their act and Ben told us: “We have to give a shout out to Simon at The Ostrich as well, as he’s been not only good to us but to Peterborough in general, and the crowd there always end up jumping around to songs early doors.” To find out if The Money Shot are playing near you any time soon, head to the ESP Gig Guide or take a look at BandTheMoneyShot, or for any enquiries on availability email for more information.




PRESS Ebeneezers, Woodston

REVOLVER Boston Bowl, Boston



The Stage, Market Deeping

The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

The Coalheavers Arms, Woodston

CITIZEN SMITH The Ploughman, Werrington

LOOSE ROCKET The Mason's Arms, Bourne

MATT HOWARD The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard


Mama Liz's, Stamford


The Met Lounge, Bridge Street

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe




The Heron, Stanground

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


Mama Liz's, Stamford

CUTTIN LOOSE The Church Keys, Boston



FRANKLY MY DEAR The Blue Bell, Werrington

GO WITH THE FLOW The Fayre Spot, Bretton



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


The Fox, Thrapston The Mason's Arms, Bourne

The Queen's Head, Queen Street




REDEMPTION Charters, Town Bridge


Brewery Tap, Westgate

The Blue Bell, Werrington



Puzzles?, Bridge Street

Lakeside Bar, Tallington

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road



The Stage, Market Deeping

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street

The Ploughman, Werrington



TRUE 90S Lakeside Bar, Tallington

Rugby Club Beer Festival, Fengate






TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM The Lightbox Cafe, Bridge Street


Charters, Town Bridge


The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard



Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Hurdler, Stamford

The Fayre Spot, Bretton


CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Burghley Club, Burghley Road

CHRISTIAN SMITH Puzzles?, Bridge Street


EYES WIDE OPEN The Ostrich, North Street



HIGH ROLLERS The Ploughman, Werrington

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE The Heron, Stanground





Kings Cliffe Club, Kings Cliffe

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street

The Five Horseshoes, Barholm


The Heron, Stanground

GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Crown, Lincoln Road



Village Hall, Empingham

Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Blue Bell, Werrington


LAZY OYSTER JAZZ BAND The Angel Inn, Yarwell



The Ploughman, Werrington



GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

MIND THE GAP The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

ROB BULL (3PM) The Frothblowers, Werrington

ZELDA FINCH Puzzles?, Bridge Street


HOLLY JEAN Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate





PARK LANE The Crown, Lincoln Road

PEARL JAMM (TRIBUTE) The Met Lounge, Bridge Street


PAGAN Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Railway, Ramsey



Ebeneezers, Woodston


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



The Millstone, Stamford

Puzzles?, Bridge Street

The Royal Oak, St Ives


The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


Mama Liz's,

Charters, Town Bridge


Hub's Place, Whittlesey



Mama Liz's, Stamford


Charters, Town Bridge

The Three Tuns, Doddington

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate


Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



The Ostrich, North Street


The Ostrich, North Street


Puzzles?, Bridge Street




The Glasshouse, Key Theatre

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Ploughman, Werrington

The Ostrich, North Street

The Solstice, Northminster




Puzzles?, Bridge Street

Key Theatre, Embankment

The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Limetree, Walton








The Heron, Stanground

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Blue Bell, Werrington

The Frothblowers, Werrington

The Frothblowers, Werrington


Village Club, Farcet


The Queen's Head, Queen Street

The Queen's Head, Queen Street

Puzzles?, Bridge Street







The Crown, Lincoln Road




Ebeneezers, Woodston

Charters, Town Bridge

Mama Liz's, Stamford



Puzzles?, Bridge Street

SUBWAY 77 The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe




The Crown, Lincoln Road

Puzzles?, Bridge Street


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Mama Liz's, Stamford




The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey

Charters, Town Bridge

Fletton Ex Servicemens Club, Fletton


The Ostrich, North Street


MARIA MARR The Queen's Head, Queen Street

PEMBROKE TENNESON The Fayre Spot, Bridge Street

OUTLAW EAGLES Ex Servicemens Club, Thorney

REVOLVER The White Hart, Sibsey

SCP SNAKE RATTLERS The Ostrich, North Street



The Mason's Arms, Bourne

The Stage, Market Deeping

TIGER CLUB The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road




The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

Charters, Town Bridge



The Ploughman, Werrington

Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Solstice, Northminster



Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road




The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street



The Elm Tree Tavern, Dogsthorpe

HIGH ROLLERS Ebeneezers, Woodston

HUSH The Lord Napier, Kings Lynn

KERRY DEVINE Metal Culture, Chauffeurs Cottage

The Blue Bell, Werrington




The Crown, Lincoln Road

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

THE MONEY SHOT The Ostrich, North Street

THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Heron, Stanground


The Blue Bell, Werrington


Mama Liz's, Stamford




The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey



The Heron, Stanground

LOOSE ROCKET Spalding Festival, Spalding

The George & Dragon, Raunds

Brewery Tap, Westgate


Hub's Place, Whittlesey

The Ploughman, Werrington




Puzzles?, Bridge Street



The Beehive, Bourges Boulevard

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road




The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe



Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Stage, Market Deeping




The Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor


Brewery Tap, Westgate The Blue Bell, Easton on the Hill



Charters, Town Bridge

Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate



Puzzles?, Bridge Street

Smith's, Bourne

The Cross Keys, Woodston

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Blue Boar, Eye


The Limetree, Walton


The Crown, Lincoln Road

Iron Horse Ranch, Market Deeping


Lakeside Bar, Tallington

Puzzles?, Bridge Street



Puzzles?, Bridge Street


The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


Puzzles?, Bridge Street






The Conservative Club, Peterborough

Rugby Club Beer Festival, Boston


The Sportsman, Chatteris


Ebeneezers, Woodston


The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey

The Blue Bell, Easton on the Hill


Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street



The Queen's Head, Queen Street


The Railway, Ramsey



Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Burghley, Burghley Road


The Glasshouse, Key Theatre

Spalding Festival, Spalding



Puzzles?, Bridge Street


Charters, Town Bridge



Lakeside Bar, Tallington

THE BRAYS + HALO + LIVE BANDS Bourne Festival, Wellhead Field

THE EXPLETIVES The Crown, Lincoln Road

WHITTLESEY FOLK CLUB The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey


GIG of the MONTH

The Key Theatre bar, Embankment, Peterborough, 2pm – 5.30pm Featuring Peterborough Music Festival finalists, Tara Pasveer and The Rogue State Circus with an acoustic session from this indie folk rock powerpop original band.

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