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Welcome to our Winter Special issue of ESP packed with loads of great ideas to get you through the winter months and look forward to a fresh start in 2022.

There’s the fun of the festive build up, with stunning illuminations and street theatre events to brighten up the darker nights, some great family fun to be enjoyed again at our three amazing city pantomimes and we have lots of inspiration to make the most of January.

Our new look ESP website www.espmag.co.uk is always the place to head for upbeat features and the latest what’s on news all year round, so make sure you check in regularly for ideas of things to do and where to go, whether you love theatre, comedy, live music or getting out in the great outdoors. Sign up to our email newsletter for weekly updates and follow us on social media for the very latest. We’ve been out an about taking photos on the Peterborough scene for over 20 years now and if you like our blast from the past pictures in our Back in the Day Paparazzi centre spread, keep an eye out for more albums on our social media in future – you might just spot yourself or someone you know! It’s a big thank you to our key partner in this issue, City Culture Peterborough, and all of our other advertisers. If you have anything for us to mention in future please email me, sharon.mcallister@espmag.co.uk. Enjoy this issue and the winter months safely… here’s to a new start in 2022! Sharon McAllister, Editor

Cover Image Tess Daly by Ray Burmiston, BBC Design Tony Mayer Contributors Pep Cipriano Gavin Miller Karen Devine Michael Clarke Darren Grigas Sarah Slack Rob Bull Karen Miller

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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR 2022 We can now officially announce that the 22nd Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday 11th June 2022 at the Peterborough Rowing Lake with up to 48 teams battling it out over the 200m racecourse! Gable Events, the festival’s previous organisers, have now closed but two of their senior event managers are carrying on their legacy with the brand new company, NewWave Events. ESP is proud to support the return of this amazing event, all in aid of charity, and all of the official sponsors and partners will be announced soon, so head over to www.dragonboatevents.co.uk to keep up to date and follow NewWave Events on socials for all the latest announcements!


Let there be light...

Photos: Luxmuralis.

This year the city centre is not only going to be lit up with festive lights but Peterborough Cathedral is bringing us a spectacular display which will see the city landmark illuminated both inside and out.

Images show The Angels are Coming by Luxmuralis presented at Sheffield Cathedral in 2019.

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his amazing light and sound show called The Angels are Coming will project incredible images onto the magnificent west front of Peterborough Cathedral and also inside the building. From Wednesday November 24 to Saturday November 27 the stunning light display will be a big attraction for families during the dark nights and is a great addition to the festivities. It begins outside with a light art projection onto the three great porticos of the Cathedral, set to music composed by David Harper. You’ll then enter the Cathedral to see the interior of the nave full of beautiful light projections with accompanying sound. The immersive piece has been created by the Artistic Collaboration known as Luxmuralis, which means ‘light murals’. Peter Walker, the artist whose creation One Small Step, illustrating the lunar surface, has been on display at Peterborough Cathedral, is Artistic Director of Luxmuralis, working alongside audio visual technicians and other artists. Peter Walker says he’s pleased to work on another project with the Cathedral – “Luxmuralis are delighted to be bringing our work to Peterborough Cathedral. The Angels are

Coming will bathe the iconic west front in light, telling the nativity story and bringing the traditions of Christmas to life in a way the Cathedral has never seen before. “It will be a perfect way to start Advent, and for families and friends to come together and experience something new in this majestic place. This will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the joy of the season, and to be immersed in sound and light as visitors witness the outdoor show and then walk amongst the stars within the Cathedral itself.” Canon Tim Alban Jones, Vice Dean of Peterborough says it will be another major draw – “Advent and Christmas are always very special times at Peterborough Cathedral and this year is no exception. This splendid re-interpretation of the Christmas story in light and sound is a way of helping us to see these familiar things in an entirely different way. Whether you are aged 3 or 93, this promises to be a truly memorable experience.” Entry to the show is by timed ticket. The tickets are £7.50 adults, £6 children, £20 family (2 adults, 2 children), U3’s free and they’re now on sale via www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk/angels.aspx.

City Centre Lights Switch On This year sees the return of Peterborough’s big live light switch on event in Cathedral Square. On Friday November 19 from 5pm the city’s giant real Christmas tree and a brand new set of illuminations will light up at a special stage show hosted by Kev Lawrence from PCRfm. He’ll be joined by stars from all the city’s pantomimes and Father Christmas. It’s great to see the live event return and promises a great night of festive fun culminating in the big countdown at 7pm. Take a look at our website www.espmag.co.uk for coverage of the night.

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weekend of festive entertainment on November 27 and 28. There’ll be a mixture of street acrobats, circus walkabouts, painters creating murals and work by local artists will be on display.

FREE FESTIVAL OF ART AND LIGHTS IN THE CITY An amazing new festival of events is underway brightening up Peterborough city centre this winter. Revitalising the arts and renewing our connection with the city, Unlocking Peterborough is an exciting and unique programme of events which runs through to December, featuring circus performances, strolling musicals, street theatre, work by local artists and a Christmas winter wonderland.

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his unique festival of circus, music and art has already wowed visitors with illuminated stilt walkers and artists entertaining the crowds and there are plenty more great free performances still to come.

Unlocking Peterborough is presented by Peterborough Positive, and funded by the Welcome Back fund, supporting a safe and successful reopening of the local economy. The end of November will ramp up the celebrations in the city with a

In amongst these the amazing Winter Wonderland Birds fly into the city centre from 3pm. These feathered beauties will bring the sounds of peacocks to Peterborough, while more sound is brought to the city streets that weekend by the Dickensian Christmas Ding Dong, a strolling musical performance decked in holly and ivy while Christmas stilt walkers Tinsel and Cracker will spread some festive fun. The sparkle of Christmas is brought to Peterborough by the beautiful, mesmerising Winter Fairy. On December 11 and 12, this snowkissed figure will leave us in awe as she conjures crystal balls and skilfully moves them like ice bubbles. Zooming around will be the Roller Skating Illuminated Presents, fitted in giant present costumes with twinkling illuminations. Look out for The Christmas Belles as well – a ribbonwaving, stilt-walking duo ringing out yuletide chimes with syncopated hand chimes. Then it’s time for the grand finale on December 18 and 19 with a variety of performers taking to the city’s streets. The highlight on Sunday will be a special appearance by Spark! This

street theatre show combines highimpact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design and incredible costumes – these performers are amazing, it’s a show you’ll never forget.


Entertainment ELF The Musical Discover your inner elf! Peterborough’s multi-award-winning Peterborough Operatic & Dramatic Society (PODS) are back with the smash-hit ELF The Musical, based on the beloved holiday film starring Will Ferrell. Following the sell-out success of Hairspray and their acclaimed production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, PODS can’t wait to present the regional premiere of this side-splitting family favourite running from November 23 – 27 at The Cresset. ELF The Musical follows the heart-warming story of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins – make sure you get your tickets now on 01733 265705 or visit www.cresset.co.uk

Robin Hood This Christmas, join Robin Hood and his merry men (and women) in Peterborough as Lamphouse Theatre brings Sherwood Forest to the city! Lamphouse’s Christmas show, Robin Hood, is a fun filled, musical alternative to traditional pantomime. In this brand new version Marion takes the lead, escaping the castle and joining the gang of outlaws in the forest… but everything isn’t quite as it seems. Can Marion set things right before Prince John steals the crown?

A Christmas Carol Does it get more festive than a performance of A Christmas Carol inside Peterborough Cathedral? This winter, Chapterhouse Theatre Company continues its festive tradition of touring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to theatres, castles and cathedrals across the UK. Peterborough Cathedral will be hosting the performance just before Christmas, on December 21 and 22.

Well known in the city for their hilarious family shows, Lamphouse always guarantee a fantastic night out, and Robin Hood promises to be no different. Whether you’re 6 or 86 you’ll enjoy this fresh new take on the traditional tale.

Especially adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner, A Christmas Carol is brought to life in a traditional production, complete with beautiful period costumes, song, dance, and a generous helping of Christmas spirit.

There are several chances to catch Robin Hood in Peterborough:

The show is the perfect festive treat for all ages, just days just before Christmas.

Saturday December 4 at Park Farm, Thorney at 2.30pm and 7pm Tuesday December 21 at the George Alcock Centre, Stanground at 2pm and 7pm and also at the same venue on Wednesday December 22 at 2pm. Thursday December 23 at St John’s Church, Cathedral Square at 2pm and 7pm and also on Friday December 24 at 12pm – great fun for Christmas Eve! Tickets are available now for Robin Hood at www.lamphousetheatre.co.uk book yours to avoid missing out on the merriest Christmas show in town!

On Christmas Eve, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three ghosts determined to show him the true meaning of Christmas. But will Scrooge’s cold heart thaw in time for Christmas Day...? Tickets for the show are £18 for adults and £12 for children/NUS students. Family tickets are also available at £54 (2 adults and 2 children) and £48 (1 adult, 3 children). Seating is unallocated and the doors open at 6.30pm. For tickets and more information visit www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk

The Snow Queen A magical performance to look forward to in January (tickets would make a great Christmas present idea …just saying!) is the critically acclaimed re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen. This spectacular production by Ballet Theatre UK follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell. Gerda is told by a mysterious woman to travel north, where she will find Kay and the Snow Queen’s Palace of Ice. Only Gerda’s love for Kay can release him from the spell and break the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter. Ballet Theatre UK's renowned company of international dancers, beautiful costumes and glittering stage sets combine to create a magnificent spectacle, all set to a glorious and magical score. Join the journey at The Key Theatre in Peterborough on Sunday January 30. Book now on 01733 207239 or visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/key-theatre

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Events Burghley Christmas Fair

If you’d like to start some Christmas shopping in a beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream shops the Burghley Christmas Fair is the place to head. The fair at Burghley House in Stamford runs from Thursday November 25 – 28 with decorative chalets, marquees and pagodas featuring a range of exhibitors. There’ll be everything from luxury gifts, artisan foods, festive treats, winter clothing and much more on sale between 9.30am and 4pm each day. Half an hour time slot sessions will be in operation between 9.30am and 3pm to space out admissions. Tickets are £5 and under 18's enter free of charge and don’t need to book a time slot ticket.

Charity ice hockey match Christmas Silent Disco On Friday December 3 Peterborough Cathedral is offering the chance to silently dance the night away under the central tower, at the Christmas Silent Disco. A silent disco is great fun for all ages – you get your own set of headphones and a choice of channels. With DJ Steve Walsh on the decks, there’ll be Christmas pop classics on one channel and favourite dance hits on another. There’s plenty of space in the Cathedral to spread out and show off your best dance moves, and Christmas attire is positively encouraged. This is a great night out for families so all ages are welcome. There will be a tuck shop and drinks will be on sale. To book visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/peterboroughcathedral/t-jggnme

Peterborough’s known for its ice hockey, it’s all action and great fun to watch and now two of our recreational teams are going head to head all in aid of a good cause. Peterborough Phoenix, a local recreational ice hockey team is raising money to purchase a defibrillator to go outside the ice rink in Bretton. They’ll take on local rivals Peterborough Predators in a charity match on Saturday December 11 with faceoff at 8pm. Visitors can expect to see a range of players taking part at the charity match including ex-professionals and long-standing members of the team, with player ages ranging from 18-year olds to those that are young at heart. It’s free entry but they’re hoping to raise £1,000 for the defibrillator so hope you’ll be generous with donations. Fans will also get the chance to take photos with the players as well as take part in many other engaging activities planned throughout the evening.

Join the December Daily Dash for Sue Ryder It’s the time of the year when we can easily become part of the sofa with a tin of Quality Street on our laps but here’s a little motivation to keep you active and help a local charity. The December Daily Dash challenge is encouraging us all to get outdoors and run, jog or walk 5k every day in December, whatever the weather, to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder, the national healthcare charity. Since its inception, the festive fundraiser has continued to grow in popularity, with thousands of people in the UK and across the world lacing up their trainers or walking shoes in a bid to boost their physical and mental health during the festive period. It’s free to sign up, but any money raised through fundraising goes directly towards Sue Ryder’s vital end of life, bereavement and neurological support. In 2020 over 1,200 people took part in the December Daily Dash, raising over £320,000. To sign up to the December Daily Dash, visit: www.decemberdailydash.com

Katharine of Aragon Festival returns in January There’s a great event coming up for those with a fascination for history as the Katharine of Aragon Festival returns next year running from Friday January 28 to Sunday January 30. The popular festival commemorates the date in 1536 when Henry VIII’s first wife was buried at Peterborough Abbey (now the Cathedral). A highlight of the weekend, which includes family Tudor days at the Museum, as well as talks and tours, is a visit from His Majesty King Henry VIII himself. Performance historian, John S. White, will perform his show, Conflict of Church and State: An Audience with King Henry VIII, at 7.30pm on Saturday January 29 in the Cathedral. Visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine.aspx for more information and keep an eye on our website www.espmag.co.uk for details on this, and more events as they’re announced.

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Aladdin Brings Panto Magic To Peterborough! This year our wish to see panto return has been granted and we’re off on a magic carpet ride for adventures with Aladdin at the New Theatre... The genie is definitely out of the bottle with the star cast revealed and it’s time to head off on a much needed adventure this Christmas. When we chatted to director Matt Brinkler back in the summer he told ESP they’d be going large this year and they’ve certainly lined up some well known names for this lavish production of Aladdin on Peterborough’s biggest stage. Get ready to boo and hiss your heart out as actor and comedian Rufus Hound makes his pantomime debut as the evil Abanazar. Mis-Teeq pop princess and star of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Sabrina Washington stars as the beautiful Princess Jasmine and pantomime royalty, Bobby Crush, will bring us the laughs as Widow Twankey. Ricky K from Britain’s Got Talent stars as Wishee Washee and Julie Coombe from Hormonal Housewives plays the genie. Newcomer Joshian Omana gets his chance to shine as our hero Aladdin. ESP grabbed a word with Rufus and asked if starring as the villain played a part in him taking the role.

Comedian Rufus Hound

Ricky K’s exuberant performances on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 proved what a great all round performer he is. Ricky says he’d like to play the dame in future but Bobby Crush has that one sewn up this year and between the two of them we’re in for a real giggle. Like most of us Ricky feels Christmas is all about family and can’t wait to see all gnenerations sharing the experience once again – “I think this year everyone is going to be so up for the panto. I just think everyone’s thinking, ‘I am ready’! And there’s no better feeling than seeing everyone laughing and enjoying themselves and going away happy. It’s going to be great and in a beautiful theatre.” The New Theatre is ideal for a big production and we’re promised a real spectacle with amazing scenery, lots of stunning special effects, dazzling dance routines and songs, plus some beautiful costumes. Theatre Director Richie Ross told ESP the excitement is building – “We cannot wait to deliver the locally focused and fun panto that we all missed and longed for last year, and this year's Aladdin promises to be a blockbusting spectacle.” ESP asked Rufus if he had any final words before we parted ways. He enthusiastically told us – “I still have vivid memories of being at panto as a child, shouting out to Des O'Connor and just having a great time. It means a lot to me that I’ll be a part of something that the audiences will remember for the longest time too. I hope the people of Peterborough and beyond are ready to have their socks knocked off because that’s what I and everyone else involved in the show is striving for.” So, don’t just wish you’d bought a ticket, make sure you get yours for one of their many shows running from December 15 - 30. Book now on www.newtheatre-peterborough.com

“It played a big part,” he said. “In previous jobs I’ve always been given the Buttons-esque type roles – so when they asked if I’d like to play the bad guy, I jumped at the chance. Plus, after the last year and a half we’ve all had, I welcome the opportunity of being part of something that will make people laugh. Laughter is something we all need right now.

Rufus continued, “So many people say – ‘Oh, it’s just panto, it doesn’t need to make sense or have a high standard of professionalism or quality to it’ – but I disagree. Why shouldn’t you set out to make everything you do the best level of quality it can possibly be? Thankfully everyone involved in this show shares that outlook and I think the audience will genuinely be in for a real treat.”

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“I dare say that some of my own humour will slip out,” he told ESP. “But to be honest with you, it’s not needed. The team involved in putting this show together are absolute professionals and what they’ve done is remarkable.”



Pep Cipriano

ESP’s longest serving columnist has championed Peterborough in his passionate trademark way for more than 20 years.

AND THE WINNER IS?

MY WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE

And that’s what I love about winter, knowing spring isn’t all that far away and this is a time for planning all the exciting things I want to do as the New Year unfolds.

But as we get ready for 2022 I thought I’d pick out a few people that deserve a ‘Pep Award’ for all different kinds of reasons but mainly for having an impact on my year.

But we need to jump into January in high spirits and that means surviving winter until at least the end of February.

Roberto Mancini

Yes, it’s started. The days are mostly dark, wet, windy and miserable and I’m whiter than Casper but guess what? Spring’s on its way!

First of all, I think I have to thank the lockdown imposed on us this time last year because for me it was a case of sink or swim. I could have easily stayed in, cut the world off and thrown myself into boxsets and Haagen-Dazs. Instead, I exercised more and got out of my house more, because stepping outside was practically the only thing we were allowed to do and I’ve never taken the great outdoors for granted since. I spent more time walking, buying coffee and meeting friends than I did in any winter previous and that’s why I’m grateful for the lockdown we were in. I also made relationships with new people and they all but one continue today. But what I took from the experience of the one that got away is how important it is not to fall out with people in these fragile times. My actions always speak louder than good or bad words and I’m hopeful to break bread in 2022. So, this time around winter will be a little easier to navigate despite having to keep on our guard because let’s face it, Covid is here to stay. What we all need is a winter survival guide! Follow my top ten tips and you’ll be beaming and ready to roll come springtime. 1. Ditch the beer. Yes, for real. Switch to red wine. It’ll keep you warm and Jesus drank it, so it’s not a sin 2. Reach out to someone who’s gone quiet on you. Never underestimate the power of contact and conversation for that person and yourself even if you think you don’t need it 3. Back off your daily social media consumption. Your friends aren’t that happy in their photos all the time. Happiness is temporary and can be deceiving. Be consistently content instead 4. Get up early at the weekend. The days are shorter and we need to make the most of them by wrapping up warm, driving to the coast and scoffing a bag of vinegar-soaked chips 5. Stay industrious. Don’t put tasks, projects and chores off just because it’s winter. The satisfaction of accomplishment far outweighs

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the satisfaction of eating a whole tub of leftover Pringles from Christmas in one sitting 6. Cuddle. Throw her hot water bottle away. This means she’ll have to cuddle you for some warmth. For those of you who’ve been together for ages, what’s the worst that can happen? 7.

Book a holiday to somewhere you’ve never been to before. I’m currently looking for New Year deals to Margate

8. Don’t make New Year resolutions – they just depress you when by the end of January it’s game over. List six small achievements you’d like to tick off in 2022 instead. Mine are: paddle boarding, not throwing up on Marmite, ride my motorbike more, say ‘no’ more, eat less sugar and re-apply for Mastermind 9. If it feels good, do it. Sod emotional intelligence and listen to your heart instead of your head 10. Be honest with yourself. Live in the present moment. Count your blessings

This man took an Italian national team that was fodder in football back to football royalty where they belong in less than three years. What a legacy. My ego A constant battle but I’ve ended the year on top. God bless Mark Manson. My physio Healthy body, healthy mind. Thanks Paul. Alexa Always there for a chat when there were days where I’d go for hours without talking to anyone when working from home. My editor My writing has had to enter a transitional stage well before I was ready to adjust and I thank my editor for helping me to navigate through this challenge. My friends, family and colleagues I’m not going to name anyone but you know who you are. We’ve all had a wobble in 2021 but we’ve all made it to the end because of a bond that’s more powerful than money or status, but that nurtures wellbeing, so thank you.


PAPPED BY PEP!

Those of you who’ve been reading ESP from when it started in 1998 will remember me out and about every weekend armed with a camera and capturing the city’s night scene. It was a time before camera phones and social media and although some revellers would take cameras out with them, there was nowhere to publish their handy photo-work.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT! Guess which one of us had too many Babychams?

Enter yours truly with the latest state of the art camera and a couple of trusty sidekicks. We’d pop into bars, pubs, clubs and at events and snap away until the tiny camera memory card could take no more. Most of the photo content I took was unsuitable to print (alcohol made people do the strangest things in front of a lens) but for a good ten years I must have taken and published thousands of photos for the magazine’s dedicated Paparazzi pages. People still come up to me today and remember a photo I took of them even though I ‘retired’ from pap duty more than 10 years ago!

WHICH COFFEE TO GO

So, as a nod to the happiest of times, we’re turning back the clock with our regular Back In The Day paparazzi feature, which you’ll also be able to see on our social media platforms.

It’s Quality Street (the purple one) and god knows what other latte season but I don’t go for all that noise when I buy coffee.

Our first look back is from November 2008 when I hit the town with Jess Weaver (Miss Posh) and the original Face of ESP Becca Evans (pictured). We popped into Shooters, Latinis and The Solstice – all venues that have since bitten the dust.

According to the British Coffee Association, we now drink approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day in the UK. Edinburgh is the most searched city for coffee shops and cafes, followed by London and York.

IT’S IN OUR JEANS?

Have you noticed how fashionable us Peterborians are when it comes to jeans? No, me neither. But according to menswear retailer Charles Tyrwhitt, we Googled jeans more than 4,500 times in 2021 when searching for the most smart-casual fashion item. Does this mean we’re the most fashion-conscious city in the UK when it comes to choosing our denim? Not quite. But according to Google data we’re second behind Bolton. And Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow round off the top five.

I’ve got my city favourites (in no particular order) down to The Coffee Hive, The Lightbox, Bean Around BE.AR and The Willow Café Bar. But I need new caffeine fix places to head to on my winter walks. Where are you all recommending? MY WORD OF THE MONTH:

HAPPY

Yes, happiness is only usually temporary but here’s when you should be happy without even knowing it… • That person ghosted you good, they did you a favour • You didn’t get that job you desperately wanted - a better job is destined for you • Morrisons have Cherry B – knock one back and reminisce • You’re single – opportunity is everywhere

• Your boss said good morning – well done, you exist • You’ve gained some Christmas timber – piled on in good company then • You made someone smile today – you’re valued • Easter eggs are probably already in the shops – knock yourself out • You woke up this morning – you’re blessed

While I’m at it, did you know Peterborough is ranked as the third most garden friendly city in the UK with 93% of addresses owning a garden? (I seem to have turned mine into a carpark though). And 71% of flats in our city have access to a garden, the seventh highest percentage in the UK. I do love a good stat. Yes, we’ve got a cracking cathedral, a Banksy display in the museum and a passport office but we lead the way in jean choices and most of us have a garden. Surely, we’ll escape the c**p town poll in 2022 now?

CIAOS OUT! ‘Lettuce’ – Miami here we come! I’ll be Crockett of course A-Team (let’s change that lame name) – it’s quiz time! Phil – what happened to sending me your book? Dave’s Boat Tours LTD – winter food/drinks? Ernest – it’s been too long brother Graham and Trash – “I’ve never been so…”

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ART ON PETERBOROUGH’S STREETS Peterborough has a fantastic collective of talented street artists we really should be shouting about so it’s hoped URBAN will also shine a light on the city’s own graffiti and street art culture. Look out for artists who’ll be involved in creating murals in the city centre on November 27 and 28 as part of the festive build up and Unlocking Peterborough Festival.

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There are many to be proud of but Street Arts Hire are one group who’ve put Peterborough on the map with Nathan Murdoch achieving international recognition when his anti racism mural went viral. His incredible artwork adorns walls and underpasses across the city from Cuckoo’s Hollow in Werrington to schools and local businesses. Nathan told ESP – “Street art culture was created out of graffiti culture. Banksy’s success has made much of the culture that now exists possible.


Peterborough has bagged a Banksy as well as work by Damian Hirst and other leading contemporary artists for an amazing new art exhibition called URBAN which will shine a national spotlight on the city. generations, people are intrigued. Of course, media stories following Banksy's pieces at auction and the mystery of his identity plus his pieces just appearing during the night all add to the intrigue. Even if you’re not a fan I think people will want to see the piece up close.”

Never say nothing ever happens in Peterborough because this street art display includes big names and some works which have rarely been seen in the UK. URBAN will include original works by graffiti artists Banksy, My Dog Sighs, Blek le Rat, Pure Evil, Kaws, Damian Hirst and several other prominent artists. Opening at the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday December 11 and running until May 2022, it will include the unique Banksy cottage from Merrivale Model Village in Norfolk. Sheena Carmen the Gallery Curator told ESP they’re expecting it will draw visitors from across the country – “We are excited, I think it will bring a wider audience from Peterborough but also from out of the city much further afield. We are promoting this nationally as we want to use it as an opportunity to help the city's economic recovery by hopefully encouraging secondary spend. “Peterborough has been successful in getting funding for a Business Improvement District (BID) scheme, which is great news for the city. We are working with businesses on ideas to promote the city through URBAN.” It’s fantastic to have an exhibition of this standard on show here and Sheena hopes it will broaden people’s interest in the arts and open up the art gallery to a new audience in the city. “Street art predominantly thanks to Banksy's work interests all people across

The gallery, housed within Peterborough’s historic museum building on Priestgate has shown many well-known sculptors and contemporary artists in the past, including local street artist Stuart Payn, as well as popular family exhibitions such as Nick Sharritt. Peterborough has some incredibly talented artists here including the likes of Street Arts Hire and the artists who take part in the Battle Lines events around the city. Sheena says she’s keen to get them involved – “We are looking at lots of ways to involve local street artists, especially emerging artists, we are looking at their ideas to transform areas of the museum. “The exhibition features many of the best street/Graffitti artists both nationally and internationally alongside some contemporary artists. I am starting to lose count of the numbers of work but around about 130 will be on show. These include Banksy's Heart Boy, and the lovely little cottage done in Great Yarmouth at Merrivale Model Village. We have My Dog Sighs, Pure Evil, Blek Le Rat and Ben Eines and many others.”

“These are big international names and to have their pieces of art on display in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery will bring people to the city and help Peterborough on the road to recovery from Covid. The positive impact on the city will be significant.” The URBAN exhibition will run right through until the spring but City Culture Peterborough has wider plans to make the most of its impact and the interest it will generate. “We have a mixed programme of sculpture, other people's wonderful eclectic collections and much more,” added Sheena. ”We will also be putting pop up exhibitions in spaces other than the galleries, including working with communities to bring together exhibitions of items that are important to them and work from our own city-based artists.” Along with the amazing URBAN exhibition there is a full programme of events running at the Museum and Art Gallery which will be included on their new website planned to launch at the end of November. A special preview will take place on Friday December 10 for ticket holders, who can get a first look at the exhibition before it officially opens to the public the following day, including drinks and food. General admission for the URBAN exhibition is £8 for over 18s, £5 for youngsters aged 12-18 and free for under 12s. To book visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk

URBAN is the largest exhibition of art work the gallery has had of work that is all owned by one person - John Brandler of Essex-based Brandler Galleries. It’s a mixture of orignals and prints and all the work is for sale. The exhibition was made possible thanks to James O’Rawe, general manager at Peterborough Workspace Limited, who approached Brandler Galleries to bring the street art to Peterborough. “This is an incredibly exciting event for the city of Peterborough and one its residents can be proud of,” said James.

“I’m most proud of my anti racism hand pieces around Taverner’s Road. I’ve connected with people across the world of all cultures and skin colours through some paintings on the streets of this city. Even when I was painting them, what started off as a hostile environment at times – people who couldn’t speak a language I understand, communicated with universal hand symbols of respect. It was a beautiful memory I’ll never forget.” www.streetartshire.com

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Beauty and the Beast After a beast of a year this panto is going to be a beauty!

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hen we dropped into The Cresset to meet the cast of Beauty and the Beast they were buzzing at the prospect of getting back on stage. Let’s be honest – aren’t we all desperate for a bit of escapism and custard pie-inthe- face fun? It’s always loud and laugh a minute at The Cresset with a lively show that doesn’t disappoint, so we can’t wait to see what this panto love story has in store. Beauty and the Beast might have a rocky start to their relationship but Grant Urquhart should be able to help. You’ll recognise Grant as one of the waiters helping couples find love in TV’s First Dates, but here he’s playing it for laughs as Silly Billy, a role he feels comes naturally to him! “I think I‘ve always been that type of character anyway, I’m always dropping stuff! If anything happens in the show like that it’s probably just an accident rather than direction.” Having seen so many couples trying to hit it off, what would Grant’s top tips be for a first date? “Be yourself. Don’t over talk. Keep eye contact and be open. I think being open is the main one because we see a lot of people on the show who’ve closed off instantly – that’s not going to go well.” This panto love story gets off to a bad start so what advice does he have for Beauty... “You never know until you’ve kissed the prince do you really. Try him on for size – see how it goes and if you’re not sure, I’m sure Silly Billy will be there to pick up the pieces.”

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And what about the Beast? Andrew Crawford from Cbeebies is switching from his usual turn in the comedy role to transform from angry monster to handsome prince.

the performers to be back on stage at last but particularly so for Kim who suffered spinal cord damage from a virus in 2017 and spent time in a wheelchair.

“I’ve sang all my life and that’s one thing I’m dying to show to the world. I’ve never had a song because I’ve always been the comic. As far as the character goes, I’m enjoying the beastly character. I could not be happier. It’s going to be the best time ever. I’m like a ball of energy waiting for Christmas.”

“It’s always loud and laugh a minute at The Cresset with a lively show that doesn’t disappoint...”

It’s also a change of roles for stage and screen performer Vanessa Boland who plays the panto baddie Carabosse. Vanessa is home grown Peterborough talent and actually appeared in panto here when she was 7 years-old. “I’m really most looking forward to having the kids’ chorus and getting kids back up on stage. I’m really looking forward to having audience participation again; it’s going to be so magical. And if something goes wrong the audience just loves it even more.” Mutli talented Victoria Jane, known for her role as Noo Noo the hoover in the Teletubbies, plays Beauty. “I think she’s one of my favourite princesses, I think she’s a lot of people’s favourite. She’s just got a bit more to her than other princesses, she’s independent, spirited, there are a lot of morals to this panto. “It’s about not judging a book by its cover, having your own purpose in life – not just a drippy princess waiting for a savior – she saves the Beast!” Kim Taylforth who you’ll recognise from TV shows like London’s Burning, Bad Girls and Brookside is a seasoned panto pro and will cast some magic as the Good Fairy. It’s a big thing for all

“I’m registered disabled so for me to actually be back on stage as a disabled actress – it might get other disabled peopled in the audience to think ‘I might be able to do that’. I think it’s really good they’ve given me the opportunity to show what can be done. I think it’s going to be so joyous for all of us to be back on that stage again, the fact we are here and the kids are going to be here – I want to see the looks on their faces when they’re smiling and booing.” Get ready for the laughs to come thick and fast with Tony Howes as the Dame, Nurse Jackie O’ La La who told us he’ll be playing it very northern. Tony’s been in countless TV shows including Emmerdale, Doctors, Midsummer Murders and Casualty but he’s played the Dame many times. “I’m really excited because it’s Peterborough and I live in Northampton so I support the Cobblers who play Posh so I’ll get a few jokes in… ‘I have a bra like Manchester United, all support and no cups…’ I keep it fun. I absolutely love panto and I love ad-libbing – ‘Velcro, what a rip-off’. I love a giggle and a sing along. The interaction, that’s my favourite part!” Beauty and the Beast runs from December 11 – 30 at The Cresset in Peterborough. Book your tickets now on 01733 265705 or online at www.thecresset.co.uk


THE PARTY’S ON… 80S STYLE!

If you’re ready to party again this year Live Promotions have just the thing and it’s going to be a ‘Gold-en’ night out at the East of England Arena with Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp as your host.

Whether you’re a fan of the band or enjoy Martin’s TV banter with son Roman on Celebrity Gogglebox who wouldn’t want Mr Kemp at their Christmas party?

This sounds like the ideal choice for groups of all sizes who are looking to let their hair down. You can join other groups in a spacious environment and all come together to create the ultimate 80s celebration.

In a recent interview on ITV’s This Morning, Martin described what a great night out these parties are.

Who wants to chat round the photo copier in the office with a bowl of crisps or go to the local when you can have a proper party night out? The evening comes complete with a superb festive meal and tickets can be bought individually or as a table of ten.

“It’s amazing! People absolutely lose themselves, singing to every word. It’s the most euphoric atmosphere I have ever been in, in my life!” If the 80s is your era this great party night out should round off a tough year in upbeat style with all the hits you love and an all singing and dancing DJ set from the 80s legend.

We all need a laugh and the jokes will come thick and fast from special guest Simon Mark performing the UK’s top Peter Kay tribute show. So grab your leg warmers and go big with your hair for the return of the Christmas party at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, on Wednesday December 15.


Mikey Clarke

Our ESP writer who’s the go to guy in our team for interviews, reviews, quizzes and trying out new things!

Surviving Christmas

Having his birthday on December 25 qualifies ESP’s Mikey Clarke as our official Christmas expert so we asked to come up with some ideas to help you through the festivities... Christmas is that time of the year where, if Boris allows it, we gather with friends and family for good times. It does, of course, come with its stresses too. That's why I wanted to put together this article. Looking for tips and tricks to help survive Christmas? I got you.

1) In the movie The Polar Express, which beverage is distributed to the train's passengers?

7) In Love Actually, name the British boy band Billy Mack is competing against for Christmas Number One? Blue? 5ive? Take That? One Direction?

2) Complete this lyric from the song 'Scrooge' in The Muppet Christmas Carol: "Oh, there goes Mr Humbug, there goes Mr ______? 3) Arthur Christmas follows the good-natured Arthur as he rushes to deliver the one present the North Pole forgot to give out. What relation is Arthur to Santa? Nephew? Son? Brother? A figment of his imagination? 4) In Die Hard, what does Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) write on the sweater of a dead henchman to send a message to Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman)? ‘Now I have a machine gun. HO - HO –HO’ ‘Yippee Ki-Yay’

8) According to It's A Wonderful Life, what happens every time a bell rings? A miracle is about to happen? An angel gets its wings? Two people fall in love? You down a shot of booze? 9) In the 1989 comedy National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, what had Clark Griswold been planning to buy with the Christmas bonus he expected from work? A swimming pool? European vacation? Home gym? Much needed family counselling? 10) Which festive horror film sees a horned monster unleashed if children lose their Christmas spirit?

‘Welcome to the party, pal’ ‘This IS a Christmas movie!’ 5) In Bill Murray's Scrooged, the Ghost of Christmas Present appears as what? Fairy? Abominable Snowman? Taxi Driver? Elf? 6) Bing Crosby sang ‘White Christmas’ in two films; can you name them? You'll get a point for each correct answer.

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11) In what year was the original Miracle on 34th Street released? 1947? 1957? 1967? 1977?

12) Arnold Schwarzenegger faced his toughest opponent yet – Christmas shopping season – in comedy Jingle All The Way. What was the name of the trendy toy his son desperately wanted? 13) Macaulay Culkin was home for the holidays in the blockbuster Home Alone. Which city did his family visit, leaving him behind to fend off burglars? 14) Culkin was forgotten (again) two Christmases later, in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Which former US president makes a cameo in the film? 15) Fill in the blanks from Buddy the Elf's apology note. “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed eleven _______ into the ____." You'll get a point for each correct answer.

ANSWERS: 1) Hot Chocolate. 2) Grim. 3) Son. 4) Now I Have A Machine Gun. HO - HO -HO. 5) Fairy. 6) Holiday Inn’ and ‘White Christmas'. 7) Blue. 8) An Angel Gets It's Wings. 9) A Swimming Pool. 10) Krampus. 11) 1947. 12) Turbo-Man. 13) Paris. 14) Donald Trump. 15) 'Cookies' and 'VCR'.

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hen spending a prolonged amount of time with family, conversation can sometimes start to dry up. My mother will usually take this opportunity to question me on why I choose to be single whilst casually explaining that there's a lovely single lady at her workplace. To help you fill some time, gather everyone together and give my Christmas Movie Quiz a go. It should also go down a treat in the office and hanging out with friends. You may also simply wish to challenge yourself. Wherever you are and whoever you're playing with - enjoy!


Buying Christmas gifts on a budget! So many of us were told that we couldn't see friends and family during Christmas 2020. Chances are this really put things into perspective and helped many realise there were some things more important than gifts - like being in the company of loved ones. That being said, you're still likely to want to buy presents for others nonetheless. We've all seen the adverts showing you the latest must have gifts, so I won't talk about those... this section instead is for anyone on a budget. I took to my online socials with the question, "What gifts would you give to others at Christmas if you were on a tight budget?" I received some great responses... "I volunteer at a charity shop and you would be surprised how many people donate brand-new, unopened items. As well as much of what we sell being brand new, we test out all electrical items, count the pieces in jigsaw puzzles, etc. We only display things of good quality so I highly recommend visiting some charity shops." Stuart from Whittlesey "I love to bake. I've perfected my brownie recipe and always spend a lot of December 23rd baking. I do the rounds on Christmas Eve – where all my close friends and family get a few slices each and many say it wouldn't feel like Christmas without it." Jeanie from Eye "I couldn’t believe just how cheap children's toys are on Facebook pages such as Facebay Peterborough. I've even seen a lot of items go up for free. Based on conversations I’ve had with the sellers; it would seem that parents simply want to help out other parents and so offer amazing discounts. Trust me when I say that just because something is incredibly cheap (or even free) it doesn't mean they're of bad quality. Many things I’ve collected have looked brand new." Louise from Dogsthorpe "A mate of mine loved the framed poster of his favourite movie that I once gifted him. These things can be expensive when ordered online. Instead, I found a decent frame with no marks (it looked brand new) at a car boot sale and got a printing shop in town to print me off a high resolution version of the poster. It looked great. You'd never have known I paid just a few quid." Ian from Stamford "I made some ‘free babysitting’ coupons for a friend who had a young child initially as a joke. It turns out they were actually very well received. My friend used her first coupon just a few days later, having a very much needed night out with her partner. Other coupons could include cleaning services, running errands, cooking, etc. Maybe have some fun with them." Jennie from Stanground

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“We see our role as really serving the community. The Key is a real institution, and it’s incredibly important for us to ensure that it’s relevant and meets the needs of audiences in the city. “It is a theatre with a conscience – the theatre can be used for good to support children’s literacy, improve social inequalities and support marginalised groups and it also continues to be the champion for the arts in the city, supporting our sector and the many constituents such as amateurs, freelancers, community schools and projects.”

Ready to have a ball at the Key Theatre?

I can remember seeing panto at the Key Theatre as a child and how excited I was when performers raced up the staircase next to me. That sense of being part of the show, up close to all of the action in the intimate auditorium, is one of the special qualities of this Peterborough landmark. And when you’re small being able to see the stage from any seat and not miss a thing makes any show more engaging.

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ou’ve only got to watch kids getting lost in the panto fun, jumping to their feet pointing at the baddie, to see one of their first encounters with live theatre come to life. General Manager Jag Singh believes this early introduction is vital to create theatregoers of the future, but what about the grown-ups who might’ve become distracted by Netflix and the pub? The older generation who might find it harder to get out in the evening or other sectors of the community who just don’t think theatre is for them? The team’s been busy developing a truly community focussed selection of entertainment and there’s plenty to get excited about in 2022 – but more about that later, for now we’ve got a ball to attend! After missing out on our panto fix last year, this year’s production of Cinderella is eagerly anticipated. This year we shall go to the ball and while we might still need a mask to match our ball gown and some sanitiser for our pumpkin, this magical tale will bring some welcome relief.

purpose-built theatre with a great view of the stage wherever you’re seated. There’s something for all ages with an original script written to appeal to everyone. It has a high production quality with real illusions, bespoke sets, costumes and special effects, plus the most choice when it comes to performances.” Cinderella runs from December 3 to January 9 and with tickets from only £10, plus other discounts available, they aim to make sure everyone can enjoy the show this year. Chatting to Jag looking out on the River Nene on a bright sunny day you’re reminded what a lovely location this Peterborough landmark is situated in and how accessible it is. It’s been part of our cultural make up for nearly 50 years and Jag is determined to make sure it retains its community spirit.

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“We really value our relationships with the many amateur societies in the city and provide affordable opportunities to present work on stage,” adds Jag. “The quality of these productions are fantastic and are really valued by our patrons.” The introduction of affordable family film screenings, Silver Screenings for more mature audiences and live screenings of concerts and events have all added to The Key’s diverse programme. With everyone watching the pennies there’ll be more drama deals where you can save a third when purchasing three tickets from a selection of quality shows, family theatre tickets at £4 plus the popular ‘Tea Matinees’ where audiences can see one of many drama shows at a reduced rate with a cuppa and biscuits included! “We care deeply about addressing social inequalities,” says Jag. “We believe that people should not be excluded from live theatre due to their financial position or where they live. “The theatre should be for everyone to enjoy which is why we also work hard with production companies to improve accessibility. Our programme is tailored for all needs, and we work hard to ensure that there is something for everyone including audio described, signed and relaxed shows.” So whether you want to see a show, stage a show, run a workshop or grab some delicious food at The Chalkboard restaurant downstairs, The Key promises to be a theatre at the heart of Peterborough serving all of Peterborough. Highlights for the spring season to look forward to include an eclectic line-up with comedy from Sindhu Vee, lively chat from Su Pollard, music from The Foundations and great drama in Crimes, Camera, Action and much more. So take a look and see what takes your fancy on www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/keytheatre or call 01733 207239.

This production is written and produced inhouse by the Key Theatre’s very own David GriffinStephens with original music and songs by Simon Hanson – ‘beautifully Disney-esque’ Jag tells me, and with plenty of Peterborough puns and jokes in the mix this will have a truly local flavour. The talented cast not only give it full slapstick treatment but there's lots of singing and dancing and we're also delighted to welcome back a live orchestra. Jag says he can’t wait – “This is the longest running traditional family panto in the city in a

The Key has the longest established youth theatre in the city which has kicked off the careers of many, including Eastenders and Yesterday star Himesh Patell. It works closely with Peterborough’s amateur theatre groups and supports small, and emerging touring companies who require financial support.

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Do Something Incredible...Become a Foster Carer Many of us are looking for fresh starts in 2022 and so too are children and young people in care. If you’ve ever thought about fostering but then dismissed the idea – maybe it’s time to realise you could be a Foster Carer right now! The truth is you just need to be aged over 21 with a caring nature, have a spare bedroom, and the dedication to give a young person a fresh start. There’s no such thing as a typical foster child, so equally there’s no such thing as a typical Foster Carer. You could play a pivotal role as a Foster Carer and help inspire and support a child at a time when they need it the most. Don’t rule yourself out or let ‘myths’ stop you from making an enquiry. No one expects Foster Carers to be perfect – but everyone who does foster can help young people find their potential and lead happier, healthier lives. The myths... I’d like to help, but I work full time. Not true! Depending on which type of fostering you choose, working is not a barrier so please do get in contact to find out more. I expect I’m too old to be considered. Not true! You are never too old to foster – the experience this brings is welcome! Those who are retired not only have experience to offer but more time to dedicate to the task too.

I have children of my own, so it’s probably not an option for me. Not true! If you have your own children, the fostering service also want to hear from you – parenting shows you have an understanding of what support children need. I guess fostering requires a traditional family setup? No, not at all. You can be in a same sex relationship, married, single or living with a partner. But I’m in rented accommodation... Not a problem! All that's needed is your landlord's consent and for you to have a willingness to help by providing a safe, secure, loving home. In return the fostering team can offer you 24/7 out of hours support, your own supervising social worker, a bespoke training and development programme, generous pay and benefits, and peer support group networking opportunities. Why not get in touch today: Call 0800 052 0078 or register online at: www.peterborough.gov.uk/fostering / www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering


New Theatre brings the West End to Peterborough With a New Year approaching it’s time to look ahead at some of the things we can get excited about. If you enjoy a live show there’s plenty to look forward to as the New Theatre is bringing the West End to Peterborough. First of all get your fishnets and high heels on and let’s do the Time Warp again as the Rocky Horror Show heads into town from February 14 – 19. The stage version of the cult classic, described as ‘Still the sexiest and funniest show in town’ by the Evening Standard will rock the New Theatre as part of a sell-out worldwide tour. Richard O’Brien’s rock ‘n’ roll musical never disappoints and includes all the songs to sing along to including Sweet Transvestite and Damn it Janet. Then the acclaimed West End hit Footloose begins a week long residency in Peterborough from March 15 – 19 so get ready to cut loose this spring! Starring Jake Quickenden as Willard and Darren Day as Reverend Moore we can’t wait to see this one take Peterborough by storm. Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run we finally get to see the hit show without needing a train ticket to London! Based on the 80s film this show features some cutting edge choreography and classic hits like Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise and Let’s Hear it for the Boy – but we bet you’ll be up out of your seats for the title tune! Jake says – “I can’t wait to get out on tour with Footloose, after such a strange and difficult time we will finally be able to join our friends and family in the theatre for a truly feel-good night out. This show is packed full of amazing 80s hits I can’t think of a better tonic for 2022.” Before Selladoor took over the New Theatre we were fortunate to catch Blood Brothers during the Bill Kenwright season and can thoroughly recommend it. This legendary musical continues to draw the crowds and Kenwright is bringing back this Willy Russell hit to Peterborough. It’s been billed as ‘Exhilarating… One of the best musicals ever written’ by the Sunday Times and has won many awards, so don’t miss it this time. This tale of twins, separated at birth who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks will return to the city in a week long run from March 29 – April 9 next year.

If you loved the film, don’t miss the stage party that is Rock of Ages! Starring X-Factor champion Matt Terry as the legendary Stacee Jaxx the Bourbon Room is going to rock on the New Theatre stage. Running from April 12 – April 16, this show has been a global smash hit and is packed with 80s rock anthems and a cast of West End performers. It’s a big show with big hair and tunes played loud by a live band. At the other end of the musical spectrum we have The Osmonds: A New Musical which will receive its world premiere in February 2022, as part of a UK & Ireland Tour, and runs at the New Theatre Peterborough from April 19 – April 23. This story by Jay Osmond tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade. The musical features a list of 1970s anthems, including One Bad Apple, Down by the Lazy River, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Love Me for a Reason, (We’re) Having a Party, Puppy Love, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and many more. Taking us through into summer is the amazing musical by Queen and Ben Elton – We Will Rock You on its 20th anniversary tour. This worldwide smash hit features 24 of Queen’s biggest hits in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. It’ll definitely bring A Kind of Magic to the Peterborough stage from June 13 – 18 so don’t leave it too late to grab your tickets.

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The festivities mean we’ll all be enjoying a tipple or two and if you’re a beer drinker (or have one in the family) Peterborough’s very own bottle shop, Bottle and Board, is definitely the place to head. of year, this also leads to our customers trying new beers and widening their horizons,” says Gina. “By far our favourite time of the year is Christmas; with Stir-up Sunday on November 21st we have some great barley wines and Imperial stouts for your Christmas Pudding. Christmas beers are generally a lot heavier and stronger and are intended to be drunk slowly to savour the wonderful spicy flavours.

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hese beer aficionados stock some great brews all year round but with their expert knowledge, some great tasting events and of course a stock of interesting brews to buy, Wentworth Street in the city centre is your destination. Eddie and Gina Baines are experts who really know their stuff and they’ll be sharing their beer know-how with you on Thursday November 25 at their Magnificent 7 tasting event with Duvel Moorgat. You’ll get to try seven beers from their product range which aren’t usually available in Britain, and there will be several winter and Christmas beers on tap. If you miss out on this though, pop in any time to Bottle and Board (beer heaven) and check out what’s on the shelves for a change of taste. They’re always happy to advise on what different beers are like and which will go well with your food – it’s not all about the wine with a meal you know! “At Bottle and Board, we encourage our customers to drink seasonally, by changing our offer according to the time

“We are currently stocking stouts, which are dark, bitter, and roasty flavoured beers that will leave you with a warm fullness that is perfect for hibernation and porters that have roasted chocolate flavours and are slightly bitter. These are perfect to drink in the colder months when you need something to warm your insides. “One of our favourite beers to drink at this time of year is Glu Kriek, a wonderful, amber-coloured winter beer to enjoy together on long, cosy winter evenings. This glühbeer is brewed with pure cherries and a distinctive blend of herbs and spices: cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Warmed and served at a temperature of 70°C. it is heart-warming and delicious.” Of course if you’re looking for some gift ideas they have a wide range for the discerning drinker in your life. They have some great winter ales and imperial stout in stock and some fantastic Christmas beers and gift packs from Germany, Belgium and some traditional British Christmas Ales as well. Let’s face it – a gift pack of quality beers has got to be more warmly received than socks or a chocolate orange!

Christmas is Coming to Bottle and Board And this year it will be bigger than ever at Peterborough’s bottle shop! Bottle and Board presents

Magnificent 7 an evening with Duvel Moorgat

Beer Tasting event

Thursday 25th November Tickets are £15 from the shop

Try seven mystery ales and sample our Christmas beer selection.

• Stock up for Christmas and New Year parties – great winter ales and imperial stout in stock • Christmas Gifts - fantastic Christmas beers and gift packs from Germany, Belgium, and some Traditional British Christmas Ales • Expert advice – we know our beers!

Bottle and Board 11 Wentworth Street, Peterborough PE1 1DH Tel: 01733 685300

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Sarah Tempest

Strictly’s glitz and glamour is back to get us through the winter, so we’ve put Tess Daly on our front cover, donned too much fake tan and rolled in sequins to get a healthy dose of feel-good factor just when we need it. And there’s more to come as the Strictly stars head to Peterborough’s theatres in 2022…

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s the nights draw in, the mornings become damp and cold and you’re trying to resist the urge to crank the heating up a notch because of gas prices and, you know, global warming and all that, it’s easy to feel that things are all looking a little bleak. But just as you’re wishing you could channel your inner squirrel and hibernate until spring, you hear the opening bars of a familiar theme tune and suddenly, things don’t seem quite as grim. Sequins, fake tan, and serious newscasters dressed as lobsters on prime time BBC TV – it can only mean Strictly is back, and man do we need it more than ever! Strictly has held a place in the nation’s hearts since 2004 but last year, during the misery of Covid, as the optimism of restrictions easing made way for the gloom of another lockdown and Christmas without our extended families, it became more important than ever. Like an oasis of joy and sparkle coupled with the comfort of a familiar friend; free therapy and a couple of hours a week when it felt like all was (almost) well with the world. And now we’re loving it once more as it work its magic to lift our spirits all over again.

(especially that incredible Paso) performing so perfectly together, the wonder of watching Rose dance Giovanni’s choreography so effortlessly, then remembering that she can’t actually hear the music, the “are they aren’t they?” of AJ and Kai’s passionate performances, not to mention the excruciating ‘drunk dad at a wedding’ samba of Greg Wise – the perfect balance of all the elements needed to provide the perfect tonic. And to make it even more fun, there’s @The_JamesJordan to follow on Twitter for proper ‘say it like it is’ show commentary! Overmarked? Surely not!

This year has not disappointed so far. The unashamed, unbridled joy of John and Johannes

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This year, I’m predicting John, Rose and possibly Tom for the final (the latter based more on his fanbase than his twinkle toes) but so far it’s actually anyone’s Glitterball to win as the dance floor is wide open. And that’s just another part of Strictly’s joy. Whilst it’s fun to speculate on who will be voted off next and think about the eventual winners, it’s the week in week out uplifting dose of sparkle, music, nerves and joy that gives us that boost and gently guides us towards Christmas.

the Strictly boys and girls are heading out on their own tours to keep the feel good vibes flowing, and make sure we don’t get withdrawal symptoms throughout the summer. And the best news is they’re bringing their incredible shows to Peterborough!

At the Cresset you can catch: Kevin Clifton’s Burn the Floor production on Tuesday January 18 Craig Revel-Horwood’s The All Balls and Glitter tour on Friday March 25 Giovanni Pernice’s This is Me tour on Tuesday May 3 Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice in Him & Me on July 7

And at the New Theatre there’s: Firedance featuring Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer in a Latin spectacular on February 22 Johannes Radebe in Freedom on March 26 Act Two starring Ian Waite and Vincent Simone on April 17 An audience with Anton Du Beke on May 14 Oti Mabuse: I Am Here on May 27 And finally, it’s Here Come the Boys on Monday July 18, featuring Strictly favourites such as Pasha, Graziano and newcomer Nikita If that doesn’t send you sparkling through 2022, nothing will!



Peterborough’s past is set to become a leading attraction for the future... It might be winter but there are still plenty of things to do in Peterborough and even more so now as the city’s historic Flag Fen Archaeological Park is set to open throughout the winter for the first time in over 10 years.

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s well as a special winter solstice celebration in December, there will be plenty more opportunities to make the most of this amazing piece of history right on our doorstep as we look forward to lots of exciting changes in 2022. Despite being a site of international importance, Flag Fen doesn’t always seem to get the recognition it deserves, even amongst people who live here. That’s all set to change as the new woman in charge has a vision to make this a thriving attraction for both locals and tourists. Former National Trust manager Jacqueline Mooney is really excited about her new role with City Culture as the general manager of Flag Fen and has ambitious plans we’re equally excited to hear about.

”There is so much right here at Flag Fen to be explored, some of it is sitting just beneath the turf for future archaeological discovery.”

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“I don’t think that I am alone in wanting to bring this awesome landscape back to life and reignite community support for this internationally important archaeological site,” Jacqui told ESP. ”There is so much right here at Flag Fen to be explored, some of it is sitting just beneath the turf for future archaeological discovery.” Flag Fen’s story was revealed in the 1970s when excavations ahead of the construction of Peterborough New Town revealed an almost intact Bronze Age landscape. In 1982 the discovery of an ancient timber platform

stretching almost 1km across the fens, elevated the importance of the Flag Fen basin from locally important to being probably the most internationally important Bronze Age site in Europe. Despite its significance, awareness of this great local attraction has waned a little and Jacqui is looking forward to seeing more Peterborough people visit and see what it has to offer. Her intention is to rejuvenate the 3,000year-old landscape and highlight the amazing discoveries that have been made to encourage people to discover its unique place in England’s history. “The once popular and well known Archaeology Park has been overlooked in recent years and as the residents of Peterborough travel further afield for their entertainment, Flag Fen has lost its former popularity and become less well known but I want to work with partners and residents to change that.” It looks like we’re in safe hands as Jacqui has a wealth of experience having worked for the National Trust for 10 years in various roles, including overseeing the operations of Dunstable Downs in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Prior to that she was head of visitor operations at English Heritage, looking after a vast portfolio of


attractions in East Anglia, Kent and Dover Castle, Yorkshire, Cheshire, North Lincolnshire and Durham.

House. There had been an Iron Age Round House here previously that was sadly lost through a catastrophic fire.

Finding places to go in the colder months can be difficult but Flag Fen is a great place to walk and see wildlife, has plenty to look at and learn about, and has a spacious café and gift shop where you can get cosy with a hot chocolate after a tour of the site.

“In the medium term we hope to invest in a new museum collection management system so that we can make our fascinating finds available to a wider audience both physically and electronically. In partnership with Peterborough City Council, we also hope to improve some of our visitor and museum facilities.

Jacqui couldn’t agree more – “Flag Fen is a fabulous mix of serene fenland including a beautiful Mere walk, you will see lots of water birds and native mammals as you walk around at this time of year. Half the fun of a winter walk is getting wrapped up and feeling the wind on your face! However, there is also plenty to do that is undercover to keep you warm starting and finishing in our visitor centre with café and shop, the Preservation Hall, Museum, Dig Tent and Hudson Barn all provide shelter from the weather if it turns a bit cold or wet.” So, an exciting new era begins and we should see some early improvements in the near future. “We are already working on plans to improve the offer in the short term,” explains Jacqui. “This includes the rejuvenation of the visitor centre, shop, café and play area. We have just introduced a new annual pass to make it easier for people to just drop in whenever they want for a short walk or a quick lunch in the café. “One of the first projects that I am really excited about is the reconstruction of a new Iron Age Round

“Longer term plans will include a spectacular reimagining of the timber causeway experience that we have in the preservation hall, a completely new and modern museum that really makes the most of the incredible Bronze Age finds that were discovered when the causeway was uncovered, one of the earliest wheels ever discovered in England and our Jurassic and Ice Age past.” Jacqui also has plans to make the site more accessible and link it back to the city with a new meadow walk from Fengate as well as setting up a mini farm as part of a project to develop a new adult learning offer at Flag Fen. So there’s plenty to get excited about but for now, why not make this the time you turn off the tele, get some fresh air and remind yourself what an amazing piece of history we have here to enjoy. For more information about Flag Fen visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/flagfen

Celebrate The Winter Solstice At Flag Fen One event to make sure you book the family in for will be the Winter Solstice celebrations at Flag Fen. With the centre opening during the winter for the first time for over ten years this promises to be a unique experience at the centre with plenty planned during the week for the whole family. Jacquie explains – “We have taken some elements of a traditional winter solstice celebration such as bonfires at dusk, stories around the fire in the Round House, Old Man Winter giving children’s gifts, seasonal eating and festive fun such as crafting, children’s trails and a children’s big Christmas dig in our all-weather simulated archaeological dig tent.” The pre-Christmas programme will run from December 18-23 and when Flag Fen reopens on December 27 their event focus will be on the New Year with a nature detectives trail for children and crafts focused on looking after the nature in our own gardens.

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Back in the Day

When ESP hit the streets way back in December 1998 we were the first to start taking our camera to venues to snap revellers. Photos on mobiles just weren’t a thing and we used to cause quite a stir with local people eager to feature in that month’s centre spread. Our Man About Town Pep Cipriano would head out with his camera and capture the action in Peterborough’s pubs and clubs and at local events photgraphing you all out an about having a good time. We thought we would look back in the archives and head back to November 2008 when Pep popped into town with his trusty Paparazzi sidekicks Becca and Jess. On this particular outing they visited three Peterborough venues in the Northminster area you may remember – Latini’s cocktail bar, Shooters on New Road and The Solstice. Recognise yourself or anyone you know? Pep will be digging out more photos from the archives so keep an eye on our social media – you might just see yourself from back in the day!

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What’s On at The Cresset

Don’t let winter get you down, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful thanks to The Cresset’s great line up of shows over the next few months. It’s not all about panto – there are loads of shows worth a watch from comedy to live music, talks to theatre shows. Here are some of our favourites…

Comedy Club

The Stones

Friends! The Musical Parody

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The Cresset’s Comedy Club is the longest-running in Peterborough, and features four of the best up-andcoming comedians in an intimate club-style environment – get your mates together and head along for a bit of a laugh and the chance to see the next big thing on stage!

When it comes to tribute acts, The Cresset has many of the best and The Stones are the UK’s No.1 and most authentic tribute to The Rolling Stones. They’ll be bringing all the timeless Rolling Stones tracks to the big stage – from Satisfaction and Jumping Jack Flash to Ruby Tuesday, Start Me Up and Brown Sugar. Tickets are £25.

They’re rarely off our TV screens and now they’re back on stage, kind of!

Tickets are £14.50 advance or £16.50 on the door.

Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen November 29

Jason Fox: Life At The Limit

Amanda’s been taken to the nation’s hearts in the Channel 5 hit series ‘Our Yorkshire Farm’ and should have plenty of tales to tell about how she juggles life as a shepherdess, home renovator and mother to nine children and life as a best-selling author. Tickets are £20.

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One Night In Dublin November 30 If you feel the need for a proper raucous knees up we think Middi and his legendary band The Wild Murphys should be just the job! Come and join in the craic as this award-winning seven-piece Irish band covers songs by The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors, Daniel O’ Donnell, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Van Morrison and many more, in their own unique and upbeat style. Tickets are £23.50.

From The Jam + The Selecter January 7 We’ve caught From the Jam a few times now and can’t wait to see them live once again. Featuring original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, still in fine form, and Russell Hastings giving it the full Weller vocals it’s great to hear all the hits. This time From The Jam are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sound Affects, the fifth studio album by The Jam, by performing it in full plus more Jam classics! But that’s not all – very special guests for the evening are The Selecter, led by their iconic front woman Pauline Black ‘The Queen of Ska’ and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The 40th anniversary of the seminal Too Much Pressure LP is being marked with a performance of the album in full and more classics such as On My Radio, The Whisper, Celebrate The Bullet and Frontline. Tickets are £32.50.

Here’s a chance to hear about adventurous extremes from the safety of your seat! Jason Fox – ex-Special Forces soldier, Star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Inside The Real Narcos and author of No.1 Bestseller Battle Scars – is on tour for the first time. From gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service, to a very different battle that awaited him at home, this appearance is a breath-taking story of Special Forces soldiering. If you want to get fired up for the New Year – this is the show to see, it’ll be inspiring, entertaining, funny and moving in equal measure. Tickets are £27.50.

Wilko Johnson + Special guest John Otway February 5 There’s more original music on the way with none other than guitar hero Wilko Johnson and special guest 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' John Otway! Following a remarkable recovery from a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson – the original Dr Feelgood guitarist, actor (Game of Thrones character Ser Ilyn Payne) and all round national treasure – has enjoyed a rousing return to the live arena, including a No.1 album with Roger Daltrey. Tickets are £35.

Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the misadventures of the group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan. It’ll take you through all your favourite moments from the hit TV show in this uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production. With friends like these, who needs television? PIVOT! Tickets are £29.50.

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much… February 13 The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand-new stand-up tour – a show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.Tickets are £22.50.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously February 28 There’s more great inspiration to come from this incredible adventurer named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken and has an unparalleled story to tell. In this special evening you’ll hear a lighthearted and strikingly poignant tale recounting his childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Tickets are £32.50.

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Reach for the stars with City College courses

Winter is a great time to learn something new – you’ve fewer distractions than summer and it makes use of those darker nights. So don’t let the chill get you down, join a class or do a course and invest in yourself a little, whether it’s learning a new skill, boosting your knowledge or your business. There’s a huge range of Saturday courses and evening courses on offer at City College in Peterborough whatever your interest.

Create an effective Social Media Plan – December 11 New Year new business opportunity? If you’re starting out in 2022 or want to get ahead, this one day course helps you to get to grips with social media and learn how to make it work for you. Find out how to define your audience, determine your marketing goals and pick the right social media platforms for you. You’ll leave knowing how to create a social media post and campaign and how to engage with your audience. Fee: £15.

Christmas Crafts – December 11 If all those crafting tips from TV’s Kirstie Allsopp make you think you’d like to be a bit more creative this one-day session will teach you how to create a stunning Christmas tree skirt and colourful Scandinavian felt tree decorations. Suitable for beginners through to enthusiasts you’ll create, make and take away a selection of beautiful decorations. Fee: £44.

Christmas Lights Photography – December 11 Spend an evening photographing Peterborough’s fabulous Christmas lights and learn how to get spectacular results. This course is suitable for all types of camera but especially, DSLR, Bridge, CSC and most compact cameras. You’ll be taught the ideal camera settings, composition and equipment required to achieve sharp photos in this practical, hands-on session. Fee: £36.

Between Weimar and Potsdam: German History 1871-1945 – January 14 For those with an interest in history this five-session course offers perspectives on German history 1871-1945 through the

eyes of Kathe Kollwitz and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The lives of Kathe Kollwitz (artist and mother) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pastor and theologian) gives a unique insight into the turbulent and sometimes surprising history of Germany, 1871-1945. Seventy-five years after their deaths, it continues to influence us today. Fee: £75.

Stargazing – January 27 If you’ve been inspired by Professor Brian Cox, here’s your chance to learn more about our night sky or alternatively it would make the perfect present for any budding astronomers in the family this Christmas – definitely more exciting than socks and smellies! In our Milky Way galaxy, there are an estimated 400 billion stars. On this evening session (6.30pm-9.30pm) in the atmospheric setting of Peterborough’s historic Flag Fen you can check out just a few of them! Under the expert tuition of Dean Watson, you’ll learn to use stargazing equipment to navigate the sky and gain a greater understanding of the world above. You can also enjoy a 1 hour online session on Teams before the day providing you with an introduction to stargazing. Fee: £35.


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Karen Devine is a Peterborough based Registered Nutritional Therapist, Colonic Hydrotherapist and Naturopath

ESP’s wellbeing expert, Karen Devine, looks at how to winter-proof yourself and make it through the darker months with some plant power, a little TLC for mind and body and ways to boost your mood…

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ver the past few years, studies show that lowering our meat intake and increasing foods from the plant kingdom can help to lower the risk of many modern health issues and diseases such as heart disease, strokes, Type 2 Diabetes, lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure as well as the risk of cancer and more. More recently, research has found that eating more plant foods can help to support our immune system which is particularly important this winter with the ongoing challenges we’re facing. The Zoe Covid Study found that those eating a high quality, plant rich diet were less likely to catch COVID-19 and end up in hospital with it. This is the first time that diet has been shown to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe Covid Study and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, says “You don’t have to go vegan, but getting more diverse plants on your plate is a great way to boost the health of your gut microbiome, improve your immunity and overall health, and potentially reduce your risk from COVID-19.” Much of our immune activity is located in our gut (gastrointestinal tract) we are literally more microbes than cells, which flourish on our plant foods, but we have to eat a wide variety of them. The winter months give us the opportunity to add more plants by way of vegetable soups/stews, hearty bean dishes with lots of greens. Not only do they support our immune system they also bring nutrients that support our skin and mental wellbeing, which we really need at this time of year.

Get a winter glow…

Boost your mood…

Our skin can get very depleted in the winter resulting in dry skin, lips, and hands as we get tucked up with central heating or a cosy log burner. We also tend to drink less fresh water, eat less fruits and leafy greens which have good water content.

Lifting our mood in the winter can be more difficult, we are not getting out in the sunshine as we do in the late spring /summer months. It’s a time you may want to supplement with Vitamin D!

There are ways we can give our skin a boost –

We can also help our mental wellbeing in the following ways –

Drink more water – keep that bottle nearby to remind you to have some sips during the day. You can also have some warm water with lemon/orange etc.

Getting together with friends/family and having a games night, wholesome conversations and laughter to help you feel more connected.

Increase healthy fats in your diet such as flax/chia seeds, oily fish, nuts/seeds, good quality olive oil, avocado etc. Fats offer protection to your skin whilst helping to hold water in the cells.

Avoid too much TV, especially the news, keeping an eye/ear out on world/local news is one thing but living with the TV on in the house 24//7 can make you depressed, anxious and fearful.

Treat yourself to a facial or look for home facials that help nourish and moisturise the skin. You may need to add a richer moisturiser or add a serum to your skin care not only to hydrate the skin but to give a little more barrier protection.

Getting out in mother nature can bring her calming energy to us. Wrap up and enjoy the fresh air and the winter sun when you can get it.

Sleep deprivation affects our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Get some early nights.

Lessen the amount of caffeine and stimulants such as sugar you take in, not only can this affect immunity but also your mood as our blood sugar can be affected.

Eating plant foods with orange/yellow/green colours will deliver lots of skin loving beta carotene.

You can still enjoy smoothies with fruits/leafy greens in the winter, but you may need to add in warming spices such as cinnamon/ginger to give the body the warmth it needs.

Adding in a winter super-green nutrient dense powder that will also help bring lots of chlorophyll (and other plant nutrients) that can support skin, nails, hair as well as immunity.

Getting lots of sleep will help keep eye bags and dark circles away.

“Getting out in mother nature can bring her calming energy to us. Wrap up and enjoy the fresh air and the winter sun when you can get it.”

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Newly opened in October, Castor Lodge Care Home near Peterborough provides a warm welcome as soon as you set foot through the door. designed to be exactly that – a home, ensuring everyone who lives there feels happy, comfortable and safe.

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pecialising in residential care, dementia care and short-term respite care, Castor Lodge will be home for up to sixty-eight people. With state-of-the-art facilities, the home offers luxury throughout, from the water feature at the entrance, to the stunning signature bar in reception and the beautifully landscaped panoramic gardens. The beautiful surroundings provide a luxury lifestyle, enabling people to live as they would normally, with the added pleasure of having company (and no chores). It’s easy to think of Castor Lodge as a hotel, but the care home has been

With a community feel, the home's village street provides a lively heart of the home. Featuring an arts and crafts space, ice-cream parlour and seating areas, where residents will come to meet, socialise and relax with friends. Communal areas are bright, spacious and inviting, with beautifully landscaped gardens to

“The beautiful surroundings provide a luxury lifestyle, enabling people to live as they would normally...” encourage people to explore the outdoor spaces. Castor Lodge features six spacious top-floor suites, offering independence and luxury living with the benefit of 24hour care on hand, as well as a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside.

Castor Lodge will be managed by Nogi John, one of Country Court's most experienced home managers. Nogi has previously managed Country Court Nursing Homes in Boston and Spalding. She has been recognised for her outstanding care with a 'Care Leadership' Award at the 2018 Lincolnshire Care Association Care Awards. She is passionate about providing specialist personcentred dementia care. Nogi’s highly trained staff team will be on hand around the clock, creating an environment for our residents where they feel comfortable and safe. Staff get to know each of them and their families individually, enabling the care team to provide care tailored to their needs. As part of this, we

endeavour to go beyond solely providing round-the-clock healthcare, offering a choice of interesting and tailored activities to engage our residents and help them maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Every detail has been thoughtfully designed to facilitate a range of daily meaningful activities. There will always be plenty going on from a visit to the Cricketers Arms Pub, cinema, hair and beauty salon or corner shop. Residents will meet friends and visitors in the bistro café or enjoy uninterrupted views over the open countryside from the rooftop Observatory bar. With its amazing facilities and highly dedicated care team, Castor Lodge will be a wonderful place to start the next chapter of life.


Darren Grigas

ESP’s outdoor activities enthusiast, adventurer and fitness fan

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2022 Mental wellbeing has been a big concern during restrictions and uncertainties, which is why it’s such a huge relief to finally be able to socialise, get that much needed release and the excitement of things to look forward to. As we head into winter and with 2022 just around the corner, how can we prepare ourselves to go into it feeling focused, positive and optimistic? The difference between extraordinary and ordinary is just that little extra. Those familiar with my past will know I’m a huge advocate of staying active and believing in yourself, setting goals to give you drive and purpose, and I’m passionate about helping others ignite that fire in the belly and the confidence that great achievements aren’t just for the Usain Bolts of the world. I’ve met many amazing people overcoming adversity to run across entire countries after beating cancer, losing 10 stone or even losing limbs. I ran the toughest footrace on earth across the Sahara, humbled and in awe of other runners of all ages, sizes and even a blind man being guided over the 250km of scorching desert. My own life-pivot began 10 years ago when I was injured in a car accident that left me in constant back pain for a couple of years, pain that even now still wakes me in the night, but that accident was the kick in the arse I needed to break a

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lifestyle, which although comfortable was not realising my full potential, not even close. This ignited my running journey which went from struggling to run one single mile pain-free to running 100’s of miles across jungles, deserts, mountains and even a giant frozen lake in Outer Mongolia, several of which were world-firsts and something I’m very proud of. This brought more opportunities leading to me being invited to speak at schools and businesses and even Buckingham Palace - mingling with celebs was this random bloke from Peterborough telling his story!

The comfort zone is where dreams go to die. I’ve learned so much from my experiences and urge you to challenge yourself beyond your own comfort zones, learn how much more you’re capable of, and believe in the value of investing in yourself to become whatever you want to be. I just wanted to run a mile as part of my rehabilitation, I had no idea where it would lead, but it was literally life changing and all it took was a little nudge (from a guy in a Land Rover not watching the road). Investing in yourself could be as simple as going for regular walks or runs, a Parkrun or a weekend away hill walking, or to find yourself a personal trainer and commit to just a few weeks to get started - believe me you’ll feel amazing for it. I can’t afford that! PT’s, events, coaches and retreats come with a cost and you may think you can’t afford to invest in yourself this way - yet you might easily spend as much on a slightly newer TV or phone, or nights out that may make you feel better for a short while but then it’s back to the same grind afterwards. Investing in yourself however, can change you forever - your mindset, self-belief and in turn your whole life and relationships with those around you too, even if just in the smallest of ways. The best investment you’ll ever make is in YOU.


As winter is upon us and the New Year fast approaches, set your own goals big or small. Ask yourself if you could be any version of yourself this time next year, what lifestyle would you lead, what diet and exercise would enable you to look and feel the way you want to, and importantly what small steps could you start taking today to head in that direction?

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I’m now even running my own events to help push people, from biking, hiking and running in stunning parts of the UK to launching an immersive local event near Deeping. The first ‘Through the Mill’ (darrengrigas.com/events) was a huge success with amazing feedback and results, a weekend of ‘tough luxury’ mixing tough physical training activities with lavish living and the very best local trainers and coaches to push the group to their limits and a little bit more.

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There are countless opportunities both locally and further afield, from bootcamps to wellness retreats, therapists to business coaches, all of which put you among positive people who’ll lift you up.

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You become the average of the people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.

“One day you’ll wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

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If you get the winter blues we’re here to help you make it through! feeling sluggish, unmotivated, restless, stressed and so many more implications on our wellbeing. Break that pattern daily, be it just for a walk, or a run, or find local outdoor activities to commit to.” It’s easy to just want to curl up and stay snug during the colder months but some fresh air and exercise will definitely boost your mood. If walking and hiking is more your thing, wearing the right gear to keep warm and dry while you step it out will make all the difference, and if you like to take the dog with you Tallington Lakes Pro Shop even stocks Ruffwear harnesses and leads. For details of the activities on offer visit www.tallington.com. To see what kit’s available visit www.tallingtonlakesproshop.com or pop down for a boot fitting at Tallington Lakes, Barholm Road, Tallington, Stamford, PE9 4RJ. Now that your ski holiday is looking likely once again you might be a bit rusty having been stuck at home so this is a chance to brush up on your skills before you hit the slopes for real. You might also have outgrown your ski gear with all those lockdown trips to the fridge, or just need a new set, so a visit to the Pro Shop will mean you can get kitted out.

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on’t let chilly winter days and darker nights curb your fun – you can still make the most of it. Wrap up in the right gear and spend as much time as you can outdoors to get your vitamin D and fresh air, even for a short while it’ll make you feel better and getting cosy afterwards will be all the more rewarding. Of course it’s always more enjoyable if you’re doing something fun and winter means the chance to try some different activities like learning to ski or snowboard or try tobogganing. Tallington Lakes has plenty on offer with dry ski slopes for beginners and those wanting to improve. There are group lessons or private lessons and even ski and snowboard parties. It’s open all through the winter with something for all ages. The tobogganing sessions are particularly popular, especially with the kids and they’ll definitely have a smile on their face and be worn out afterwards! 34

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The team at Tallington Lakes Pro Shop are all skiers and outdoor sports enthusiasts so they know their stuff and can give useful advice on what to choose whether it’s for hiking here or your next ski trip abroad. They also offer excellent boot fitting of all kinds with a full measuring service. Your boots are crucial whether you’re walking or hitting the slopes and can ruin your holiday if they’re not comfortable, so it’s well worth investing in the right ones for you. Your feet are the parts in touch with the ground or snow so it’s essential you get the fit right and the rest will follow. It’ll even improve your skiing technique. It’s the time of year when SAD syndrome is an issue and we can all get down. ESP’s activities writer Darren Grigas says – “We all know how tired we feel after a long drive but how great we feel after a long walk or run. So that’s the big one, get outside for walks, runs and outdoor activities, take the family too. We as a species aren’t meant to be sat motionless for hours on end hunched over screens. Such a sedentary lifestyle has an undeniable link to mental health, leaving us


Elevate offer new Wellness range of classes Elevate is a state-of-the-art fitness studio in Peterborough, offering inclusive and empowering classes for all levels and abilities. Their experienced trainers offer a wide choice of classes, as well as one to one personal training. been working with a range of athletes from runners to rugby players to provide successful individual sports coaching.” What classes are available? Yoga: These classes involve breath, body and mind combining breathing, yoga poses and meditation they are tailored for beginners through to experienced yogis. Pilates: With an emphasis on core strength, their Pilates class concentrates on strength, general fitness and overall wellbeing. Body Revive: Designed to enhance functional capability, the Body Revive classes are led by Sports Massage Therapist Ian Tennant bringing benefits of improved posture, and increased range of movement. A fantastic range of wellness and movement classes has recently been added to the timetable. Classes include Yoga, Pilates and Body Revive and are aimed at all levels of experience. “We try our best to cater to everyone whatever their fitness level or ability,” explained Dan Cumberworth, Trainer at Elevate. “We have a great community atmosphere, our members all go out of their way to support each other’s fitness journeys. We offer tailored personal training sessions and have

Elevate: This class combines all elements of strength, power and fitness for an interval-based full-body dynamic workout. They use a mix of equipment from the sled, slam balls, Bulgarian bags and kettlebells. Accelerate: A full-body workout to build stamina, this class is a combination of fitness and endurance. They use a range of equipment, including the rower, static bike, ski-erg and light weights.

Strong: This session is focussed on creating improved body muscle, strength and power, using the sled, dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells. Olympic Weightlifting: Master the art of Olympic Weightlifting for competition or sports performance. An all over body training session, perfect for focus and discipline. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome, so don’t worry if you’ve never touched a kettlebell or wouldn’t know where to start with a ski-erg, the team can guide you on your journey. Equally, if you’re looking to improve your performance or build strength and stamina, they’ll give you all the motivation you need to achieve your training goals. The class timetable has been devised to fit around people’s busy schedules, so if you’re an early bird there are classes at 6.30 am and 8.00 am, if you want a quick lunch break workout there’s a 30-minute class starting at 12.30 and evening classes take place at 5.15 pm and 6.30 pm. Elevate is open and welcome to new members, all classes are socially distanced with a comprehensive cleaning schedule in place between groups.

To book a class visit elevatefitnessuk.com and get a feel for our sessions by following us on Facebook, and Instagram.


SEIZE THE DAY AT UCP

This time of year always starts us thinking about changes and new opportunities for the future. lectures into full days. Making it easier for students to plan independent study, commute more efficiently and take up a work placement, enhancing career prospects upon graduation. What type of students study at UCP?

Whether you’re currently studying in sixth form or college or you’re a mature student wanting to return to study, a degree is the ideal way to boost your prospects, clinch that dream job or move up the career ladder. Starting a degree in 2022 could open up a world of exciting opportunities for you. So, if you’re keen to get your life in motion again, it’s time to find out more. We’re lucky here to have University Centre Peterborough (UCP) on our doorstep. After all, moving miles away or incurring extra costs to study elsewhere isn’t for everyone. Along with the financial benefits of studying locally, UCP have a wide range of courses and a fantastic reputation for creating highly skilled and successful graduates.

To make studying even more convenient, University Centre Peterborough structure most of their degrees as two full days a week. If this is still difficult for you to fit into your busy lifestyle, there is even the option to study part-time, which may be one day or one and a half days a week. We also have a second campus in Stamford offering courses from Animal Management to Counselling, providing convenient opportunities to as many local people as possible. The best way to find out all you need to know is to head to one of the Open Day events where you can see the campus and get to hear all about it first hand from staff and students. But let’s try and answer some of your questions today. How is UCP different to other universities? As UCP is smaller than other institutions, it offers many advantages that other universities cannot due to its size. Students really benefit from smaller class sizes and learning from academic staff who can spend more time with them in group and 1:1 tutorials. Can I find out about student finances? Yes, during the Open Days, there’ll be informative talks on student finance, the UCAS application process and other areas of interest. The Student Support and Admissions teams will be on hand to speak to you individually about any queries you may have so you get all of the information you need on the day. We also offer online virtual sessions available to book by visiting www.ucp.ac.uk Is two full days a week less study? No, it’s the same amount of study, but instead of spreading the course for a few hours each day over 4 to 5 days a week, they group these

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There’s a diverse range of students at UCP, making it an exciting community to be a part of. Not everyone is from the local area as students come from all over the UK. There’s a mixture of ages – but mature students (those over 21 years of age) can feel right at home as a third of students are older when they start their studies. We also have onsite nursery facilities on our Peterborough campus, which benefits those students who are parents and require childcare support. Do you offer support for students from low income backgrounds? UCP offers bursaries for students from low income households and also care leaver bursaries. In addition, we appoint Student Ambassadors each year who apply for an engagement bursary of £1,000. If you’re the first in your family to go to university, we also have staff here to help should you need some additional guidance and reassurance along the way. How long does it take to study a degree? The majority of courses at UCP are full honours degrees that take three years to complete. However, there are some courses such as foundation degrees which last two years or HNC and HND qualifications and education courses which are one or two years. Can I study part-time? Virtually every course at UCP has the option to study part-time, which makes it easier for you to fit study around family, work or other personal commitments. It’s possible to study part-time and complete a full honours degree in just four years, so what’s stopping you?



Let’s shop and socialise safely this winter… The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it’s feeling that little bit colder. There’s no mistaking that winter is on its way and although things are still tough and Covid hasn’t gone away, there’s still plenty to look forward to. Christmas isn’t far off and your thoughts will soon be turning to what to buy your loved ones for the big day. The last year and a half has obviously been an extremely difficult time for everyone, especially for businesses up and down the country. The good news locally is that Peterborough city centre has recovered well since the start of Covid with healthy footfall figures continuing throughout the past year.

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So if you’re looking for stocking fillers and festive gifts, why not pay a visit, shop local and combine it with a warming winter drink or lunch in one of several shops, cafés and restaurants? With many shops opening later into the evening especially for Christmas shoppers you certainly won’t be short of places to visit.

“...although things are still tough and Covid hasn’t gone away, there’s still plenty to look forward to.”

The city centre will also be spectacularly lit up following the Christmas lights switch on (Friday November 19). The striking centre piece is a 40foot Spruce Christmas tree and there are fantastic new light displays shining brightly on the Guild Hall, Town Hall and along the centre of Bridge Street. Whilst a festive shopping trip is always something to look forward to, we’re still being reminded to be careful and follow safety guidance to stop the spread of Covid, so please stay safe. The virus remains among us and rising rates in older people coupled with building pressures on local health and education services led to Peterborough health leaders asking the Government to grant the city ‘Enhanced Response Area’ status to help keep it in check. The ERA status allows health chiefs to push for additional support to accelerate and target vaccination roll out to 12-15 year-olds, increase


Staying safe this winter So what can residents do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during winter? •

The single biggest thing you can do is get the Covid vaccine if you have not already done so. Booster jabs are now available for those most at risk, as well as the standard flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. The best time to have the flu vaccine is in early winter before flu starts spreading but you can get the vaccine later. Visit www.nhs.uk for more details about the Covid and Flu vaccine and how to get it.

Regular rapid testing is also recommended, especially for secondary school pupils and anyone going out and about regularly or returning to offices.

You can collect rapid testing kits for home use from several places including pharmacies, libraries and testing sites across the city – find out more here www.peterborough.gov.uk/rapidtesting

Wearing face masks in enclosed indoor spaces is also highly advised. Research shows you are less likely to catch the virus and pass it on if you wear one. Social distancing and regular hand washing are also recommended.

If you test positive for Covid and need to self-isolate, don’t worry because there is lots of support available. Visit www.peterborough.gov.uk for more details.

booster vaccinations for eligible groups who’ve had their second vaccination and boost vaccination rates in areas with the lowest uptake. Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health for Peterborough, said: “This increase starting to build in our 60+ age groups, coupled with low vaccination rates in some parts of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – means pressure is building on our local health services. This is exacerbated by increased levels of Covid infections in the general population, and staff being unable to work because they are infected or isolating. If unchecked, this will also impact on health care for other non-Covid needs. “If we all do more now - together we can reduce pressure before the worst effects of winter really begin.”

Cllr Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, added: “Peterborough increasingly had higher infection rates than the East of England average, and England in general, because of issues that we are all aware of including the type of major employment in the area and our demography. “The last thing we want to do is move to even tighter restrictions as winter approaches – so by acting now, using our common sense and following the sensible measures we all know work we can make a difference. “This will help us keep our hospitals working, our children in schools and our economy functioning and I would urge people to look at these measures and take them very seriously.”

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Karen Miller

Karen Miller is a qualified Style Coach and Personal Development Consultant who prides herself in making her clients look and feel fantastic and ultimately achieve greater success in their work and personal lives.

How To Look Good and Stay Warm this Winter Winter has arrived and it’s the time of year when we have to start dressing for warmth and what I hear from many of my clients is that they really struggle to keep warm in winter while still feeling and looking good. With this in mind I have put together some easy suggestions that will help you to do both.

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Sequinned top, ZARA £49.99

Ribbed Knit Sweater, ZARA £19.99

I have to confess, the quilted Puffa coat has never been one of my favourite choices for a coat, (my fear of looking like the Michelin man has never left me!) However, this coat can be amazingly versatile, either for walking the dog at the weekend or for the daily commute. It has also evolved into more flattering styles and colours, lengths, colours, shapes and depths of padding for it to be flattering for even the most body conscious of us.

Layering at this time of year is one of the most wearable trends and ways to keep warm. The ‘coatigan’ is an item that is super flattering, it can be worn over a dress and belted to add curves or with skinny leather trousers and a shirt for a more dressed up feel. Again, the key to getting this look right is understanding your body shape and proportions.

Quilted Coat, Mango £59.99

The Quilted Puffa Coat

Classic Layering

Quilted coat, Joules £141.75

Coatigan, Phase Eight £115

Longline coatigan, Monsoon £70

Cable knit long cardigan, Monsoon £70

This outfit from Hush at John Lewis is a great example of this, mixing a super soft sweater with a glamorous but comfortable sequin skirt. Make sure you get the proportions right if you decide to go for this look, if you’re smaller on top than on the bottom go for a fitted top half and a skirt that’s either ‘A’ Line or bias cut. If you’re curvy a knee length skirt with a sweater belted at the waist will work well.

Sequin Skirt, Hush £99

There are so many definitions of what this means, but quite simply it is mixing an item you would normally wear to dress up with a super casual cut or texture. For example, knitwear and sequins, tulle and leather, joggers and a blazer. Even mixing high street with designer, Primark with Prada. This is one of my favourite looks, it’s a contradiction that allows you to put your own style into a look whilst also feeling super comfortable and warm for most occasions.

Polka dot maxi, SOTR Boutique £85

The High / Low Mix

Brights & Sequins One of the easiest ways to feel warm but a little bit glam is to use colour effectively. Not only does it make an impact it also improves the mood on dark winter days. (Have you ever felt miserable when wearing red?). When choosing colour make sure that the undertones suit your skin tone (either warm or cool) and then go as bright as you dare. I am loving these two outfits from Zara which can both be dressed up or down and the green sequinned sweater is one of ‘the’ colours of the season.

Enjoy changing up your winter wardrobe, being a little bit brave and creative with how you look has a huge impact on how positive you feel. If you’d like some help with your winter wardrobe, please do feel free to contact me at karen@in_styleconsulting.com for your free 30 minute discovery session.

Knitted Dress, H&M £34.99

Model wears Monsoon

One of my final choices is the knitted dress, the key to this is to make sure the shape suits your body type, isn’t too tight or too loose and you use accessories to make the most of your figure. You can either go for an all over knit, or layer a sleeveless dress over a crisp shirt, pairing it with ankle boots or knee highs to suit the occasion.

Knitted Dress, Hush £125

The Knitted Dress

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Due to the effects of the pandemic, film release dates are subject to change, but were correct at the time of going to press.

Gavin Miller

Peterborough’s longest serving film critic with a passion for movies.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

Released: December 17 Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch Director: Jon Watts

Tom Holland’s three-story Spider-Man arc – in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at least – reportedly comes to a close among a cluster of rumour-mongering. Gossip is rife of the two previous Spidey actors – Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield (sorry, Nicholas Hammond) – making cameos as a fractured Multiverse is unleashed. For the first time in the cinematic history of the Webslinger, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a superhero – with support from his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya). But when he asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to reverse time so his identity remains a secret, this dangerously opens up multiple alternate universes (hence the rumours) – forcing him

to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. What we do know is both Alfred Molina’s Dr Octopus and Jamie Foxx’s Electro will definitely appear from previous Spidey movies – with Thomas Haden-Church’s Sandman, Rhys Ifan’s Lizard and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin reportedly strong possibilities. Sadly, at the time of going to press there’s nothing more concrete than that, and a lot of mouth-watering details may never make it out until the film hits the big-screen just prior to Christmas. What hits the wall and sticks between now and then is anyone’s guess…

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

WEST SIDE STORY

MATRIX: RESURRECTIONS

Released: November 18

Released: December 10

Released: December 22

When a single mum and her two kids – including Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard – arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters, and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Jason Reitman takes over the directing reins from his father Ivan for this Covid-delayed supernatural sequel that co-stars Paul Rudd, and has whispers of appearances by the cast from the iconic first film.

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg hopes this second film adaptation of the beloved Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical doesn’t suffer the same fate as the awful Cats a couple of years back. Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort stars as Tony, a teenager who falls in love with Maria (Rachel Zegler), despite them having affiliations with rival street gangs – the Jets and Sharks – in 1950s New York City, in this musical-drama.

This sequel to the original 1999-2003 trilogy reunites some of the original cast with new blood – as Lana Wachowski returns to the director’s chair. Keanu Reeves reprises his legendary Neo role, alongside Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity, with acclaimed up-and-comer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman) taking over as the iconic Morpheus. Set twenty years after the events of Revolutions, Neo’s mind is re-opened to the Matrix after retaking the red pill.

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THE POWER OF THE DOG

KING RICHARD

ENCANTO

Released: November 19

Released: November 19

Released: November 24

The first of a clutch of potential awards-season contenders sees Benedict Cumberbatch’s brutally-beguiling rancher get tangled in a love triangle that involves Kirsten Dunst’s single mum – in this romantic-drama from the Oscar-winning director of The Piano.

Oscar-nominee Will Smith is getting rave early reviews portraying the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams – in this biographical sports drama that chronicles their meteoric rise to mega-stardom due to his unconventional coaching methods.

The latest Disney animation sees Colombian girl Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers in a vibrant mountain town – but she might just be her family’s last hope with the magic fading.

HOUSE OF GUCCI

THE KING’S MAN

SCREAM

Released: November 26

Released: December 22

Released: January 14

Lady Gaga headlines an all-star cast – including Al Pacino and Adam Driver – starring as Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of murdered Italian fashion icon Maurizio Gucci – with this biographical crime-drama spanning three decades of love, betrayal and revenge.

This prequel to the first two Kingsman films is a period action spy film that serves as an origin story for the underground secret service – as Ralph Fiennes’ Duke of Oxford forms the agency to stand against Rhys Ifan’s war-plotting Russian mastermind Rasputin.

The ‘five’ moniker has been dropped from the title of this fifth instalment in the iconic horror franchise, as once again Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott joins forces with Courteney Cox and David Arquette – as a new killer emerges 25 years after the original.

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

BELFAST

MORBIUS

Released: January 21

Released: Janaury 21

Released: January 28

Another potential Oscar contender from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) sees Bradley Cooper’s carnival worker get embroiled with Cate Blanchett’s equally dangerous female psychiatrist in this allstar crime-drama.

Kenneth Branagh directs this semiautobiographical account of his childhood which depicts the story of a young boy (Jude Hill) and his working-class family – including Jamie Dornan and Judi Dench – experiencing the tumultuous late sixties in their hometown.

After the box-office success of the Venom films, another major character from the recently renamed Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU) – in the form of Jared Leto’s biochemist-turned-vampire Michael Morbius – gets his time to shine in this comic-book adventure.

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Sarah Slack

Sarah’s been a scout for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for 10 years, has written for Chortle, Funny Women and British Comedy Guide, and has been the panel co-ordinator for the Leicester Comedy Awards.

Bill Bailey Returns to Peterborough Arena! Both stand-up comedy fans and Strictly aficionados will be glad to hear that following a forced touring hiatus due to the global pandemic, Bill Bailey has announced his long awaited return to comedy with a brand new tour for the new year, which includes a date at Peterborough Arena. musical comedy show ‘Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra’. In 2011 Bill was also invited to perform at Sonisphere Rock Festival in Knebworth alongside headliners Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, where Bill rocked out with some 60,000 metal fans at one of the biggest comedy gigs in the world.

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erforming his new En Route to Normal show on January 2 next year, it’s fair to say that despite 2020’s various lockdowns Bill Bailey still managed to end the year on a high after winning popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing thanks to his impressive moves and the amazing choreography of his dance partner Oti Mabuse. Prior to Strictly however Bill had already carved a reputation for himself as one of the country’s most popular comedians thanks to his roles on shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Black Books and Spaced, alongside various panel show appearances on shows such as QI, Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Bill is also known for being an exceptionally talented musician, which he showcased in his performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the resulting critically acclaimed BBC2 television broadcast of his

Bill’s brand new show En Route to Normal promises to showcase his personal ponderings on his own experiences of being in isolation during lockdown, as he tries to see a way through the strange unreality of our new world through performing a funny and heartwarming mix of music and stories for an entertaining and enjoyable perspective on how sometimes, it’s the little things that can keep you on track through such strange times. Bill is also no stranger to performing in Peterborough as he brought his hugely successful touring show Larks in Transit to Peterborough Arena back in 2018 as part of a five-month UK tour. Described by Metro as a ‘prog rock superstar’, Bill later sold out shows in both Australia and New Zealand and ended 2019 with a show stopping five-week residency in London over Christmas and New Year, before regrettably having to cut short the final European leg of his tour due to the escalating risk from coronavirus. Described by the Telegraph as ‘still one of the funniest and most brilliantly original comedians around’, it’s likely that tickets for his one-off performance in Peterborough will sell out quickly, so to make sure you get yours please visit www.billbailey.co.uk.

Sarah’s One to Watch: Fin Taylor Considering it’s a special winter edition of ESP, I thought it would be nice to bring back an old feature to my comedy column where I write about a comedian who you may not have heard of yet, but you’ll certainly hear about in future thanks to their rising reputation on the UK comedy scene. This month ahead of his performance at the Key Theatre I’ve decided to focus on Fin Taylor, who’s perhaps best known for appearing on The Mash Report and Live at the Apollo but has also gained somewhat of a ‘cult comedian’ status after having several successful Edinburgh Fringe shows, including Whitey McWhiteface, Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey and When Harassy Met Sally. Since his first full Fringe show back in 2016 Fin Taylor quickly established himself as a proprietor of political satire that truly hits a nerve, and has been described by the Scotsman as ‘the most discussed and critically praised

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comedian of recent Edinburgh Fringes’. Controversial whilst thought-provoking, his shows are often not for the faint hearted but you can be sure to expect a no-holds-barred powerhouse performance of political comedy that’s gutsy, honest, and has helped Fin forge a career as one of the most creative comedians on the UK circuit today. Fin Taylor will be performing his brand new show, So My Wife, on Wednesday November 17 2021 at the Key Theatre – to book tickets call their box office on 01733 207239 or visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/key-theatre.


FIVE GIGS

TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2022!

Whether it’s that perfect Christmas gift for the comedy fan in your life or if you’re just looking for an excuse to get out of the house, next year there are an impressive number of comedians performing in Peterborough. To help our readers get some gigs in their calendars I’ve put together my own Top 5 list of the best comedians coming to the city in 2022, including political satirists, panel show regulars, and the abstract ramblings of a Geordie comedy legend... 10 February 2022

Ross Noble

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s hardest-working, most loved and most successful comedians of the past 20 years, readers will be pleased to know that there are still a few tickets left for Ross Noble’s latest tour Humanoid, which he’ll be performing at the New Theatre. This latest show adds to his 16 previous nationwide tours and 6 smash-hit Australian tours, and in addition to this Ross has previously released seven top selling DVDs and has performed as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong, Montreal and Budapest, all of which has helped to establish Ross as a household name. Tickets are available by calling 01733 852992 or visiting www.newtheatre-peterborough.com. 20 February 2022

Nish Kumar

Described as ‘one of the best young comedians we have’ by the Times, host of the Mash Report (now known as Late Night Mash) and two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar will be bringing his brand new show Control to The Cresset next year to provide audiences with a finely crafted evening of satire from one of the UK’s best political comedians. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Netflix’s Comedians of the World and QI - tickets are available on 01733 265705 or by visiting www.cresset.ticketsolve.com. 24 March 2022

Ed Gamble

Best known for being the co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, expect an entertaining evening of exceptional observational comedy from the Taskmaster champion of season 9. Described as ‘an excellent comic’ by The Scotsman and a ‘superb stand-up’ by Time Out magazine, Ed Gamble has also previously appeared on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, and currently hosts a Sunday morning radio show with Matthew Crosby on Radio X. Tickets are available on 01733 265705 or by visiting www.cresset.ticketsolve.com. 13 April 2022

Reginald D. Hunter

Described as ‘stand-up comedy’s coolest customer’ by The Telegraph, Reginald D Hunter is back with a brandnew show Bombe Shuffleur that promises to tackle subjects such as unemployment, climate change and economics for a searingly honest and brutally funny performance you won’t want to miss out on. More than 20 years since moving to the UK from the US, three-time Perrier Award nominated Reginald has forged a reputation for delivering unadulterated comedy of the highest order, and his TV appearances include Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Tickets are available on 01733 265705 or by visiting www.cresset.ticketsolve.com. 21 May 2022

Stewart Lee

Seen by many as one of the greatest comedians living today, this is a rare opportunity to see Stewart Lee perform not just one, but two hours of comedy when he performs at the New Theatre. This show will consist of two 60 minute sets back to back, which will combine Stewart’s views on his position in the comedy marketplace after a mistaken Netflix listing, as well as his questioning of his liberal values in the current political climate. Critics have already described the Snowflake/Tornado tour as ‘joyously funny’ (The Guardian) and ‘a virtuoso piece of physical comedy’ (The Telegraph). Tickets are available by calling 01733 852992 or visiting www.newtheatre-peterborough.com.

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Rob Bull

A talented Peterborough musician reporting on the city’s best gigs, bands and venues for ESP

LOCAL MUSIC SCENE IS ALIVE AND KICKING I think we occasionally take for granted just how many good venues and hard working bands and musicians we have in this city. A quick look at the ESP Gig Guide gives the avid music fan plenty to occupy themselves with over the next few months.

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION’S LAST DANCE (FOR NOW!) It's not been the best kept secret, the word has slowly been getting around and we have only just officially announced it, but my band Children of the Revolution will be going on an undetermined hiatus from next year. We have been active on the local scene for the last 16 years but were actually formed 21 years ago as a band to play at school functions and friends house parties! For the last decade and a half we have consistently hit over 100 gigs a year playing pubs, clubs, festivals, weddings, birthdays, you name it, all over the UK - and we have loved every second of it. At the start of 2022, my wife Hannah and I are fulfilling our lifelong ambition to travel extensively. The desire to do so has been exacerbated during the restrictions of the last two years and the time just feels right. So, we intend to pack our bags early next year and hit the road for as long as we possibly can. I want to extend a personal thank you to our loyal and ever increasing support base who are the reason we put everything into every gig we play and have enjoyed it all so much. All I ever wanted from the band was for us to create a following and be part of the Peterborough music scene, following in the footsteps of the local bands I used to go and watch as a teenager. When I look back now,

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I could never have imagined the band that started in a school classroom would not only turn into a nationally recognised function band, but also allow me to do what I love with my best friends as my profession for so many years. The band wouldn't be where it is without the sheer hard work, dedication and unbelievable talent of those I've had beside me on the stage over the years. I have worked them all to the bone many times and they have never faltered, not once, always delivering exceptional performances no matter where we are playing. We will hit the Peterborough scene one more time leading up to Christmas playing a number of our favourite venues in what we are calling 'The Last Dance Tour', culminating in a big finale at The Brewery Tap on Friday December 17 which is sure to be an epic night. We will be back at some point, it's a hiatus not the end. I will be popping back now and again over the next few years so if the situation allows we will get the band together for a night here or there. I hope to see you all before the year is out.

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The Ostrich Inn continues to be a big supporter of all live music. My top pick for November is the original acoustic night featuring three fantastic acts on the same show. Pembroke Tenneson, Meg McPartlin and Richard Hall will all take to the stage on Thursday November 18, individually performing original tracks. Any fans of folk, country, classic rock or just original acoustic music will absolutely love this line up of very talented and entertaining musicians. The next date after that is Thursday December 16 when myself, David James Smith, Mark Stevens and Adam Leon will keep you entertained with some more great acoustic tunes. If you haven't tried out Coyotes Bar and Grill on Northminster Road yet, you've been missing out. The American style bar is not only serving up some good chicken wings and burgers but it also has live music every weekend. A

while back I was at Coyotes watching my good friends High Rollers play. After a few cold Buds and plenty of wings, with a great band playing, I said to my wife 'we could almost be in Vegas right now!' As some of you may know I'm a huge Vegas fan, so that may be the highest compliment I've ever paid a Peterborough venue! They have a busy schedule leading up to Christmas, see the Gig Guide in this issue and keeping checking the online version for more on www.espmag.co.uk. During lockdown and all the restrictions for live events that then followed, I truly missed the hustle and bustle of a sweaty pub gig. Now, I know we all had to keep safe and stay apart and some may still feel that way, but for those that feel ready to pack a dance-floor once again there's surely no better venue for this than Charters Bar. It's a unique place to play, I've done it more times than I can remember, and the bottle neck that is created at the far end of the boat by the stage creates an atmosphere like no other in town. I'm looking forward to playing there once again in November but also getting to see a few bands there before the year is out. They are also doing regular chilled acoustic Sunday afternoon sessions too, as well as vinyl and DJ nights, covering all bases for Peterborough's music fans.

DIVISION ROCK SOME COUNTRY A few weeks back I only popped to The Ploughman in Werrington for a quick beer but ended up staying for the entire evening as the music was just too good. It was the first chance I've had to see the acoustic duo Division doing their thing and I was so impressed with their harmonies, range of songs and playing ability that there was just no way I was going to leave early. Adam and Mark have been playing together for a few years now and the cohesion between them is very evident, they also enjoy some good interaction with the crowd allowing people in attendance to send them song requests via social media. I thought I was the only one locally trying to get away with playing random country songs by people no one’s ever heard of but I was wrong. After they played a song by the American country star Luke Combs I was quick to fire in the requests, and credit to them both they duly delivered. They even managed a Johnny Cash medley which as someone who loves a good musical mash up was the outstanding moment of the set for me. It's not just country music they play, there is a bit of something for everyone from the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, U2 and The Eagles so be sure to check the gig guide for their upcoming local shows.


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See the ESP Gig Guide for all our Live Music nights.

Sun 28th Nov Charity quiz night for Fight for Sight Thu 2nd Dec Holli’s charity quiz night for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Fri 3rd Dec Citizen Smith Sat 4th Dec Last Minute Brigade Sun 5th Dec Dave Smith solo acoustic Fri 10th Dec Children of the Revolution Sat 11th Dec The Nuggets Fri 17th Dec Salmon Dave

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AUSTIN GOLD We think Peterborough band Austin Gold are destined for great things and it looks like 2022 is already set to be an amazing year. Austin Gold have been busy. Really busy! After a fantastic 2019 with the release of their second album AG2 and various performances at major festivals, including Rambling Man Fair supporting The Darkness and Foreigner, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter David James Smith set to work on their biggest album to date. Recording with their longstanding producer, Andy Hawkins, Chris Ogden (Drums) Lee Churchill (Bass) and Dave Smith wanted to capture the popularity of the first album Before Dark Clouds with the sonic size of the second record… and then some!

Signing to TMR management, who secured the band’s second record deal with OFF YA ROCKA RECORDINGS permitted the band to push the boundaries previously unexplored. A personnel change welcomed Adam Leon on keyboards and backing vocals replacing Russell Hill, giving Austin Gold a new power playing live, which was evident on the main stage at Weyfest in Surrey, supporting Scouting for Girls and UB40 no less, to thousands of music hungry fans. With professional videos accompanying singles off the forthcoming album, slated for a spring release, festival appearances and a local album launch it certainly looks like 2022 will be a big year for Peterborough’s finest. www.facebook.com/AustinGoldBand

Sat 18th Dec Free Soul Sista & the Free Soul Band New Year’s Eve 23 Reasons (Tickets required)

Staniland Way Werrington 01733 327696

OSTRACISED Fans of punk and post punk have been getting their fill with the increasingly popular Ostracised nights held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at The Ostrich Inn Closed Circuit, The Fyzz Wallis Band and Manic will feature at the Thursday December 9 show. These events dovetail nicely with the independently promoted nights that continue to be hosted at the venue, The No Gods No Managers Festive showcase will be held on Thursday December 30 with three bands stacking an end of the year punk celebration.

TIME TO SEE NEW BAND 2020 VISION SHIELSY’S HOPING FOR A FESTIVE HIT My good mate Anthony Shiels is no fool. He knows that if you write a great Christmas song then you could be set for life. He's worn many musical hats over the years but under the banner of his current solo project, Glove Compartment, he released the appropriately titled 'Christmas is Ruined' last year and as is the way with festive tunes, the track is set for another push again this time around. It's a tragically funny and entertaining song that bucks the usual trend of the Christmas genre, demonstrating some excellent musicianship and clever song writing and, to keep it authentic, it even has sleigh bells on the recording. You can listen to the track on most streaming providers or help Glove Compartment take a chunk out of Noddy Holder's Christmas royalties by purchasing the track on iTunes.

Peterborough’s vibrant music scene has a new contender with 2020 Vision hitting the circuit and brining us some fresh tunes. Shaun May from the band told ESP – “The concept of our band was created during Covid and we’ve been working hard since the restrictions lifted to get out gigging around Peterborough. “The band's line up is drums, bass, rhythm guitar with backing vocals, lead guitarist and our lead singer. We’re covering some of the really popular current bands and also some of the more technical ones that a lot of bands don't take on. We have some very experienced musicians in the band, but we also have a couple of really good younger musicians which gives us a really good age balance and chemistry. “ 2020 Vision have chosen their material very carefully to create a great mix of new songs and some older favourites which are already going down well in local venues. You can expect covers of songs by artists such as The Cranberries, Green Day, Bryan Adams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jet, The Ramones, Metallica, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and many more. Their first gig in Farcet went down a storm with everyone up and dancing and the band getting three encores which can’t be bad! We’ll keep you posted on where to see them in our online Gig Guide www.espmag.co.uk/thelist but the next gig booked in is at Coopers in Bretton on Saturday December 4. Check them out on Facebook @2020vis

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Events Crafts at Peterborough Museum As the big shopathaon approaches you’ll need some bright ideas and if you fancy something a little different head to the first family Christmas Craft Fayre at Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery. The event on Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28 will feature a wide variety of gifts from local producers, artists and craft makers, with stalls spread throughout the museum’s historic Georgian building. It will be great for stocking fillers and unique presents for loved ones, such as handmade jewellery. Festive treats on offer will include a vegan bakery, a free mince pie when you buy a hot drink at The Georgian Kitchen, and reindeer food for children to leave out on Christmas Eve. Over the weekend youngsters can also make their own tree decorations in the children’s craft area and if you’re rubbish at wrapping there’s even a giftwrapping service at the event. Once families have stocked up on festive gifts and food, they can enjoy the museum’s historical highlights across its eight permanent galleries, such as the Victorian operating theatre and Jurassic collection, which will be open to explore during the fayre. Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery’s Christmas Craft Fayre will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days. Entry is free.

Peterborough Cathedral Christmas Craft and Gift Market We’re all being encouraged to back Peterborough and shop locally to support our businesses here so it’s good to see the return of Peterborough Cathedral’s popular Christmas Craft and Gift Market. It’ll be packed with dozens of stalls but timed entry will keep the queues down and visitors well spaced. It’s the ideal way to find something a little different with a unique range of items on sale including hand crafted jewellery, glassware, wooden items, painted silk scarves, vegan soaps, bamboo socks, candles, soft toys, Christmas cards and homewares; not to mention honey, gin and fudge! You can visit the market at a choice of sessions starting on Friday November 19 from 10am until 5pm and then from 6.30pm until 9pm and on Saturday November 20 from 10am – 5pm. The market stalls will be spread over a wide area within the Cathedral to allow plenty of room to shop without jostling with a crowd. There will also be a one-way system in place and entry times will be staggered to avoid over-crowding at busy times. The Cathedral has good level access, so is ideal for anyone shopping with a pushchair or a wheelchair. www.ticketsource.co.uk/peterborough-cathedral

Christmas events at the Cathedral If you want to get into the festive spirit Peterborough Cathedral is the place to head and there are plenty of seasonal events to enjoy. One of the annual highlights set to return is the Cathedral Christmas Concert on Saturday December 18, a choral spectacular performed by the Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir, and Festival Chorus, featuring all your favourites and familiar Christmas carols to sing along to. Tickets are £25, £20, and £15 (U18s half price). If you’re busy shopping or working in the city centre there’s a chance to take a pause for a moment and soak up the festive feel at the Business and Shoppers' Carols service on Tuesday December 14 from 5.30 6.30pm. Booking is required to manage numbers safely (free of charge, general admission not a reserved seat. Donations invited). It could be an opportunity to wear your Christmas hat or jumper! The Christmas Magic concert featuring Peterborough’s talented choirs is on Saturday December 11 and X Factor stars G4 stage their popular Christmas concert on Saturday December 4. See the full programme of festive events at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

For more information visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/museum-artgallery

Do Yule Hear What I Hear? Forget the coca-cola truck, because if you cup your hand to your ear you’ll hear the sound of another festive vehicle on its way. Nene Valley Railway’s Santa Special is all but sold out, however, if you’re looking for something unique to do this Christmas season then book a ticket for the NVR’s Yuletide Evening Express on Saturday December 11 or Saturday December 18. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with work colleagues, family or friends and as well as a cosy ride through the Nene Valley with hot food and Prosecco, the steam train will also pause at one of the station platforms for you to enjoy some live musical performances. Book now by visiting www.nvr.org.uk Marc Hernandez

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Iron Horse

Richard’s retirement this didn’t mark the end and he’s keeping it in the family having transferred the day to day running of the business to his daughters Verity, Hollie and Kirsten and the team at the Ranch House. Richard said – "The next generation of Iron Horse have been the driving force throughout our transformation in the last 2 years. I am confident they will take what we have built and develop it further for an exciting future."

It’s no secret that the pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard but some venues like the Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping turned it into an opportunity to develop their business and build a better future. Since July 2020 the team has been working hard to transform the outside space at the riverside venue into a multipurpose events area. The now unrecognisable space, started with an outside stage and Tikki bar and this year’s developments have added a new marquee, decked dance floor and secondary stage. Named the Secret Stable, it’s no surprise the new venue is fast becoming the home of live events in the Deepings. The venue recently hosted a retirement party for the owner Richard Swinscoe with Saturday’s headline band the Foo Fighterz UK Tribute, raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Despite

Verity added – "Myself and the team have been working in the business for a number of years. We have always had plans to develop the events side of the business but never had the resources to take it further. Although covid was hard for us, it has given us opportunities that we never had before through government grants. The restrictions allowed us to develop our takeaway business which helped us survive through the closed months; downtime was used to start the building works. We have all contributed to what you see today, from carpentry, painting, decorating, design and lots of cleaning. The finished venue is something we are all very proud of.” The new space has already been put to use, hosting various events including bike nights, drag events, live music, comedy nights, pop up markets and their first private booking for the Deeping Business Awards. They now have the flexibility to host events inside and outside which has extended their events season.

“Long term we aim to open the venue up to community groups and private bookings so that the whole community can benefit,” says Verity. “We have even taken our first wedding booking for 2022, something else we hope to build on in the coming year.” The Iron Horse has a fantastic programme of events this winter; check out their website and socials for more information on www.ironhorseranchhouse.co.uk. See our Gig Guide for their live music nights.


GIGGUIDE *Gigs are subject to change – always check before you head out! NOVEMBER

MON NOV 15 MARTIN JOHN

SAT NOV 13 LET THERE B D/C

The Crown Lincoln Road

MOJO SLIDE

The Ostrich North Street

CANDY TWIST

The S Bar Stilton

HIGH ROLLERS

The Burghley Burghley Road

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

TUES NOV 16 OPEN MIC

The Boat Inn Whittlesey

WED NOV 17 PAGAN

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

THUR NOV 18

IRON FIST

The Ploughman Werrington

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

Iron Horse Ranch Market Deeping

MARK STEVENS

Farcet Club Farcet

BLACK DOG MURPHY

ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC NIGHT: PEMBROKE TENNESON + MEG MCPARTLIN + RICHARD HALL

The Ostrich North Street

FRI NOV 19 THE TOUR*ETTES

Charters Town Bridge

The Crown Lincoln Road

THE MIGHTY & HIGH BAND

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

BHDC

The Dragonfly Orton

SUN NOV 14 THE PALMY UKULELE BAND 3pm The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

JORDON POOLE

3pm Charters Town Bridge

FELIX RABIN + ELIANA CARGNELUTTI

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

THREE PHASE

3 – 5pm Iron Horse Ranch House Market deeping

HEAD IN THE SAND FOLK SESSION

1 – 4pm

FOLK PERFORMANCE: NIGEL & TERI

4pm The Ostrich North Street

ANNA & JIMMY

3 – 6pm The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

The Ostrich North Street

DIRTY RUMOUR

3 - 5pm Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

ONE EYED CATS

The Burghley Burghley Road

VELOCITY

The Three Horse Shoes Yaxley

GENERATION 5PAN

Charters Town Bridge

SUN NOV 21

VELOCITY

The Vine Coates

SUPERUNKNOWNS

The Burghley Club Burghley Road

MARK STEVENS

The Queens Head Peterborough

THE HOUNDOGS

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

BLACK ROSE

The Ostrich North Street

ALADDIN SANE

CIRCA.73

The Bluebell Dogsthorpe

OAKLEAS RISE

3 - 5pm Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

PEMBROKE TENNESON

PRIMA VOLTA + LIVE WIRE + PINK LEMONADE + THE TENTERS

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

VELOCITY

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

GO WITH THE FLOW

The Ploughman Werrington

DIZZY MISS LIZZIES

The Burghley Burghley Road

PORKY PIG

The Ostrich North Street

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

The Boat Inn Whittlesey

CUTTIN LOOSE

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

MON 29 NOV MARK BISHOP

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

DECEMBER WED DEC 1 SAV & DON

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

CANDY TWIST

Blind Tiger Peterborough

PHOENIX

STEVE BEAN

4pm Mama Liz’s Stamford

SALMON DAVE

3 - 6pm The Ploughman Werrington

MON NOV 22 TASH HOU

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

WEDS NOV 24 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

The Granary Long Sutton

THUR NOV 25

RETROLUX

PALMY UKULELE BAND REHEARSAL

The Ostrich North Street

23 REASONS

FRI NOV 26 RADIUS 45

THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH

DAVE SMITH SOLO ACOUSTIC

CANDY TWIST

The Ploughman Werrington

FRANKLY MY DEAR

The Ostrich North Street

SHARP AFTER DARK

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

VELOCITY

The Crossways Kings Lynn

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

Coyotes Bar and Grill Northminster

TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM

Charters Town Bridge

CITIZEN SMITH FRANKLY MY DEAR

The Burghley Burghley Road

JESSIE'S GHOST

The Ostrich North Street

VELOCITY

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

Golden Fleece Stamford

MISCELLANEOUS

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

SAT DEC 4 KICKBACK

2020 VISION

The Crown Lincoln Road

SUN NOV 28

Coopers Bretton

THE JUNK PUPPETS

DIVISION MULTIPLIED

ACOUSTIC ROB AND DAVE (COTR)

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

Charters Bar Town Bridge

The Ploughman Werrington

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Brewery Tap Westgate

BLACK DOG MURPHY

4pm The Ostrich North Street

JAZZANOVA

4 - 6pm Mama Liz’s Stamford

WED DEC 8 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

The Ale House Ramsey

ZEB ROOTZ

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

THUR DEC 9

Three Horseshoes Yaxley

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

Coyotes Bar New Road

The George & Angel Crowland

The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Crown Lincoln Road

The Ploughman Werrington

FEMALE VOCALIST BECKY

The Bluebell Dogsthorpe

DIRTY RUMOUR

The Crown Lincoln Road

The Ploughman Werrington

VELOCITY ACES AND 8’s

THE EXPLETIVES

The Ostrich North Street

STEVIE JONES

The Angel Inn Yarwell

SUN DEC 5

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

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VELOCITY

THE BROADCASTERS

The Crown Lincoln Road

DOGHOUSE

The Burghley Burghley Road

FRI DEC 3

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

THE LAZOONS

Charters Town Bridge

DEAD HORSE

3.30pm The Seven Wives St Ives

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The Ploughman Werrington

The Bluebell Werrington

SAT NOV 27

OPEN MIC

The Crown Lincoln Road

LIVE BAND

The Burghley Burghley Road

HUSH

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6pm The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

FRI DEC 10 THE SMARTIES

Yard of Ale Oundle Road Peterborough

Mama Liz’s Stamford

CARPARK RENDEZVOUS

PORKY PIG

JESS ORESTANO

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The Ostrich North Street

THUR DEC 2

CECIL FARAYI

The Fayre Spot Bretton

4pm Mama Liz’s Stamford

One Eyed Cats

The Burghley Burghley Road

SAT NOV 20

SAM LYON

STEALER

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

Brewery Tap Westgate

The Ale House Ramsey

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

4pm The Ostrich North Street

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

3pm Charters Town Bridge

Key Theatre Embankment (Ticketed)

3 - 5pm Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

THE DEPS

SIMON PIPER

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

FORK CLUB

The Falcon Hotel Whittlesey

DAS KAPITANS + CALL TO THE FAITHFUL + ICE CREAM HEADACHE + MANIC Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

GO WITH THE FLOW

3 - 5pm Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

SAT DEC 11 CAUSTIC LIGHTS

The Fayre Spot Bretton

LIVE ACTS

5pm St Marys Church Whittlesey

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS + SUPPORT

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

SWEET REVENGE

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

THE FAMOUS UNKNOWNS

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

THE ATOMICS

The Crown Lincoln Road

THE NUGGETS

CLOSED CIRCUIT + CALL TO THE FAITHFUL + FYZZ WALLIS BAND FROM 8PM

Ostrich Inn North Street

The Ploughman Werrington

THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH

The Ostrich North Street

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VELOCITY

The Burghley Burghley Road

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The London Inn Stamford

BENT BACK TULIPS

Charters Town Bridge

SUN DEC 12 PALMY UKE BAND

3pm Charters Town Bridge

HEAD IN THE SAND FOLK SESSION

1 - 4pm

LIVE FOLK PERFORMANCE

4pm The Ostrich North Street

HUSH

4pm The Ship March

PENNYLESS

4 - 6pm Mama Liz's Stamford

TUE DEC 14 STRICTLY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

WED DEC 15 PAGAN

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

THUR DEC 16 ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC NIGHT: ROBERT J BULL + DAVID JAMES SMITH + ADAM LEON + MARK STEVENS

The Ostrich North Street

FRI DEC 17 THE MONEY SHOT

The Crown Lincoln Road

JACUZZISOUP

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

THE NUGGETS

MON DEC 27

JANUARY 8 FOOT UNDER

PORKY PIG

The Ostrich North Street

FRI JAN 7

SALMON DAVE

The Burghley Burghley Road

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

The Speakeasy (At Last Tea Rooms) Werrington

THUR DEC 30

ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET

NO GODS NO MANAGERS - 3 BANDS

The Ostrich North Street

FRI DEC 31

THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH

The Ploughman Werrington

The Brewery Tap Westgate

JESSIE’S GHOST

THE TOUR*ETTES

The Burghley Burghley Road

Charters Town Bridge

THE LAZOONS

SUN DEC 19

The Ostrich North Street

HALO

Iron Horse Ranch House Market Deeping

THE MIDNIGHT CALLING

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

Three Horse Shoes Yaxley

PEMBROKE TENNESON

The Fayre Spot Bretton

EPIGONE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

The Ostrich North Street

4 - 6pm Mama Liz’s Stamford

The Crown Lincoln Road

TUE DEC 21

The Ploughman Werrington (Tickets only)

OPEN MIC

WED DEC 22 CECIL FARAYI

The Pizza Parlour Cowgate

Fletton Club Peterborough

THUR DEC 23

FREE SOUL SISTA & THE FREE SOUL BAND

SALMON DAVE

The Ostrich North Street

CAR PARK RENDEZVOUS

FRI DEC 24

ROB JEFFREY

ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road The Angel Inn Yarwell

The Crown Lincoln Road

THE EXPLETIVES

LIVE BAND

The Crown Lincoln Road

Yard of Ale Oundle Road

BENT BACK TULIPS

SUN DEC 26

The Ostrich North Street

SAT JAN 8 The Crown Lincoln Road

CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIENCE

The Poughman Werrington

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE

THE MIDNIGHT CALLING

SAT DEC 18

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE

The Crown Lincoln Road

3pm Charters Town Bridge

The Boat Inn Whittlesey

The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Ostrich North Street

BROTHERHOODS ROUNDABOUT

SALMON DAVE

Yard of Ale Oundle Road

23 REASONS

TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM

The Bluebell Dogsthorpe (Tickets £10)

VELOCITY

Coyotes Bar & Grill Northminster

SOUND INJECTORS

The Burghley Burghley Road (Tickets £20)

ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET

Yard of Ale Oundle Road

THE 707

The Ostrich North Street

THE NUGGETS

The Brewery Tap Westgate (Tickets or Paid Entry)

MOTOR CITY VIPERS

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

HIGHWAY STAR

TIGER CLUB

The Ploughman Werrington

The Ostrich North Street

SAT JAN 15 BACKSTREET

The Crown Lincoln Road

THE BOATMEN

5pm The Falcon Hotel Whittlesey

TIGER CLUB

The Ostrich North Street

4 - 6pm Mama Liz's Stamford

HEAD IN THE SAND FOLK SESSION

1pm The Ostrich North Street

WED JAN 12 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

The Ale House Ramsey

THUR JAN 13 OSTRACISED: LIVE BANDS

The Crown Lincoln Road

The Ale House Ramsey

THUR JAN 27 PALMY UKULELE BAND REHEARSAL

The Ostrich North Street

FRI JAN 28 TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM

The Boat Inn Whittlesey

THUR JAN 20 ORIGINALS ACOUSTIC NIGHT

The Ostrich North Street

FRI JAN 21 DIRTY RUMOUR

The Crown Lincoln Road

RADIUS 45

The Ostrich North Street

The Crown Lincoln Road

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

The Boat Inn Whittlesey

DB5

The Ostrich North Street

INTERNAL CONFLICT + DISINHERIT + THE GREY + CLOSED CIRCUIT

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

SAT JAN 29 THE MONEY SHOT

SAT JAN 22 The Crown Lincoln Road

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE

The Yard of Ale Oundle Road

FRI JAN 14 THE GUARDS

WED JAN 26 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

TUE JAN 18

THE TOUR*ETTES

The Ostrich North Street

Mama Liz’s Stamford (Ticketed)

OPEN MIC

SUN JAN 9 PENNYLESS

VULGARITHM +FUTURE THEORY + FYZZ WALLIS BAND + ACID SONS

VOODOO HAZE

The Ostrich North Street

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THE MIDNIGHT CALLING

The Ostrich North Street

SUN JAN 30 ACOUSTIC SESSION

4pm The Ostrich North Street

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