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Discover Peterborough Visitor Guide 2012

• History • Shopping • Great events • Days out • Visitor attractions


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Contents Historic Peterborough Great events for 2012 Shopping and city markets Cafes, restaurants and nightlife Peterborough for all the family Peterborough’s events calendar A green city Accommodation Sustainable Peterborough How to get here City centre map

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Welcome to Peterborough Welcome to the 2012 Peterborough Visitor Guide. It’s full of information about how you can discover more about one of the UK’s fastest-growing, greenest and most historical cities. Peterborough is a fantastic place to visit – combining a huge range of visitor attractions, a modern city centre and a picturesque network of walking and cycle routes. The city is awash with history. Explore Flag Fen, Britain’s most significant Bronze Age site, while one of the world’s finest Norman cathedrals watches over the city. Every year all aspects of Peterborough’s past come alive during our Heritage festival!

Take time to relax and enjoy yourself in Peterborough city centre which offers shopping at designer stores, high street brands and unique independents – all set off perfectly by a rejuvenated central square which combines modern elegance with stunning heritage. Queensgate Shopping Centre will satisfy all shopaholics and nights out in the city offer superb restaurants and bars.

Peterborough is one of the UK’s Environment Cities and has some of the finest green spaces in the region. A beautiful country park offers walks, views and water sports, while the Green Wheel cycle route encompasses the whole city. 2012 is set to be one of Peterborough’s most exciting years with the Olympic Torch coming to the city in July. Peterborough is just 45 minutes by train from London King’s Cross and may be the perfect place to stay during the 2012 Games for easy access and affordable accommodation.


Alive with history

The city’s history stretches back over 10,000 years. Peterborough has over a thousand listed buildings, sixty scheduled ancient monuments and is linked to every era of British history. Peterborough Cathedral has been voted as one of the top ten landmarks in the country. Katharine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, is buried within this grand building. The original wooden ceiling survives in the nave, making it one of the rarest examples of its kind in Europe.

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It holds daily services and tours are readily available. Choral concerts and art installations are just some of the events held at the Cathedral, follow @pborocathedral on twitter or visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk to find out more.

Tours Peterborough Museum runs regular guided walks around the city – often in period costume! Find out about the life of a Peterborough monk or the ghosts that are still said to haunt the streets. www.vivacity-peterborough.com


Flag Fen is one of the most important archaeological sites in Britain. See how people lived over 3,000 years ago by exploring its recreated hamlet of Bronze and Iron Age dwellings, set within 37 acres of wild fenland.

Peterborough’s seventeenth century Guildhall sits beside the modern central square and used to be home to the city’s butter and poultry markets.

Burghley House offers a unique glimpse into the world of the first Elizabethan age. There are 18 state rooms with splendid interiors and its gardens and parklands were designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. © Burghley House Preservation Trust

The Garden of Surprises, built in 2007, has mirrors, water and sculptures for the whole family to enjoy. www.burghley.co.uk

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Powered by steam the Nene Valley Railway runs for over seven miles and although it has bigger engines, to most visitors, the railway’s biggest attraction is Thomas the Engine. Services run throughout the year including Santa Specials. www.nvr.org.uk

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HIDDEN GEMS

Just over the county boundary lies the beautiful Prebendal Manor House. Dating from 1200, it is Grade I listed and the oldest dwelling house in Northamptonshire. www.prebendal-manor.co.uk

Bronze Age settlers and Viking invaders are just the tip of what you can discover in Peterborough and at certain times of the year they come back for real! During the 23 and 24 June the Peterborough Heritage Festival, organised by Vivacity Culture and Leisure, takes place in the stunning Cathedral Precincts. Expect a living history extravaganza culminating in spectacular battle displays and re-enactments. Longthorpe Tower is a truly rare example of a medieval tower house. Visit the Tower to see one of the most important sets of fourteenth century wall paintings in northern Europe.

Following a multi-million pound facelift Peterborough Museum re-opens on 31 March 2012 with new galleries and breathtaking exhibitions. Stay and play in the family friendly museum all day, with lunch in the brand new café and hands-on fun throughout. Peterborough Museum, Longthorpe Tower and Flag Fen can be easily enjoyed by an overall Vivacity Heritage pass for the three attractions. More information can be found at www.vivacity-peterborough.com or follow on twitter @VivacityPboro.

Also visit…… John Clare Cottage. Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough lies the village of Helpston, the home of John Clare (1793-1864) who is regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets. www.clarecottage.org Norman Cross Art Gallery is situated in the unique setting of the former prisoner of war depot of Norman Cross. During the Napoleonic wars, seven thousand French prisoners were held on this site. www.normancrossgallery.com St John the Baptist Church (picture on page 3) is located in the heart of the city and is the official parish church of Peterborough. The 600 year-old church is also a great place to have a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. www.peterborough-stjohns.org.uk

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Close to the action

Hotels See our hotel listings on pages 26 to 32 to find out where you could be staying this summer.

This guide shows you what a great place Peterborough is to take a short break at any time of the year, but why not base yourself in the city during the 2012 Games. Regular train services can get you to London King’s Cross in just 45 to 50 minutes - with a direct link from nearby St Pancras to Stratford via the Javelin Train. The city also has an extensive range of hotels in the city centre which could make your journey no longer than if you were staying in some parts of the capital.

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Olympic Torch Relay in Peterborough 3 and 4 July Peterborough will be the gateway to the East of England for the Olympic Torch as it makes its journey around the UK. The city has been selected to host an Evening Celebration event which will take place on Peterborough’s Embankment. Find out more at www.peterborough.gov.uk The city’s Olympic hero from 2008 and a major medal hope at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Louis won a Bronze medal in Beijing on the Pommel Horse and became the first British gymnast to win an individual medal for a century.

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The Halfords Tour Series cycling race (29 May) returns to the streets of central Peterborough. It’s a unique gladiatorial and exciting team race featuring 50 professional cyclists. Events take place all day, including the Women’s Grand Prix, during this cycling extravaganza.

Peterborough is set to have one of its best years ever, combining the mood of national celebration with a fantastic calendar of local events. More events can be found in the calendar section starting on page 17 of this guide. The Peterborough Arts Festival (30 June to 8 July), organised by Vivacity Culture and Leisure, will provide an experience that’s not to be missed! From the opening city centre weekend, building up to the grand Festival finale in Central Park, theatre, music, dance and more will be cropping up in a whole range of unexpected places, from street corners to shop fronts. This year, the Festival forms the backdrop to the Olympic Torch Relay when it arrives in the city on 3 July. The Willow Festival took place in Peterborough almost a decade ago and it’s back for 2012. This free live music festival runs from 25 to 27 May on the city’s Embankment. It aims to promote the best unsigned bands and performers in the UK. All tastes will be catered for with over 120 bands on the bill. www.willowfestival.org.uk

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The Perkins Great Eastern Run (14 October) is one of the UK’s top ten half-marathons and takes place through the streets of Peterborough. It’s likely to be the most competitive in its history as the PGER will be one of only five runbritain UK Grand Prix and Championship races in 2012. The race series enables British elite runners to score points which will culminate in a £60,000 prize fund. Thousands of others will be running for charity or taking part in the four kilometre fun run. To sign up or for more information visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

By the end of 2012, Peterborough will want to see it out with a bang. As well as the annual Christmas Lights Switch On (17 November), the New Year’s Eve Party in the Square will also return to Peterborough city centre.

Mama Mia, the Peterborough Italian Festival (15 and 16 September) will be bigger than ever in 2012. The city’s large Italian population, in conjunction with Peterborough City Council, organise the festival which attracted over 8,000 people last year. Antonio Carluccio, the celebrated TV chef, attended the event in 2011 which brought together people to enjoy a day of food, music and traditional flag dancing.

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Shopping and city markets Peterborough’s modern city centre offers the total shopping experience from top designer brands to fiercely unique independent retailers and high street favourites. The city’s market is a lively place where you can get some of the best deals in Peterborough while a farmers’ market is held every week in the city centre.

Queensgate Shopping Centre boasts over 90 stores, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, with more on the way including Primark in 2012. Elsewhere shops and cafés are set around the modern central square with its fountains and views of the Cathedral. Recent additions to the city centre include Nando’s, Patisserie Valerie and TK Maxx. Further indoor shopping can be found at the Rivergate Shopping Centre. Farmers’ and continental markets often bring their tasty produce from across the world (or the Fens) to tempt shoppers in Cathedral Square. The city’s open-covered market has over 100 stalls including a food hall and is a friendly place to come and shop and get a good deal. You can find stalls selling fresh local fruit and veg, meat, fish, clothing and much more besides. The market can be found just off Laxton Square in Peterborough city centre. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm. Outside of the city centre, Serpentine Green is home to a major supermarket alongside numerous high street brands. While the Peterborough Garden Park hosts a large Van Hage garden centre as well as a range of other stores including Le Creuset.

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Cafés, restaurants and nightlife Peterborough has fantastic eateries, relaxing cafes and bustling nightspots where you can finish your day in style. Peterborough has an eclectic range of great restaurants – with the hardest decision being which to pick! The city’s culinary scene prides itself on the strength of its independent restaurants which truly reflect the city’s multiculturalism. There’s a wide variety available with Italian, Thai, Indian, Portuguese and Polish as well as English eateries to choose from. There are plenty of places to sit down and watch the world go by in Peterborough city centre with a vast selection of coffee shops to enjoy the obligatory cappuccino and a number of decadent tearooms to have a brew and a piece of cake.

Peterborough has two theatre venues that bring a variety of entertainment and culture to the city. The Key Theatre offers something for everyone, including comedy, drama, music and fringe theatre, not forgetting its much-loved family pantomime. Find out what’s on at www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Home to the country’s second biggest beer festival you will not be surprised to hear that there are a number of excellent places to have a drink during the evening. Choose from modern bars, typically English pubs or even have a pint on a converted Dutch barge.

Enjoy a family-friendly flutter at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. Every week thousands of people soak up the exciting atmosphere and take advantage of their great value restaurant.

The Cresset is a short drive from the city centre and showcases the best live music, comedy, theatre and shows for the whole family. Find out what’s on at www.cresset.co.uk

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For all the family

Peterborough is the perfect place to bring the family. Packed with events throughout the year, there are opportunities to relax, play and get wet! In 1936 Peterborough’s art-deco Lido was built. The outdoor swimming on offer has been enjoyed by generations of city residents and the complex boasts three heated pools and a vast sunbathing terrace. Open from the end of May to September. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Meet the majestic Shire horses and explore the working watermill at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre. You can tour the farm by tractor, feed the animals and even try on some fashions from yesteryear in their timeline barn. www.sacrewell.org.uk

The East of England Showground attracts over 800,000 visitors a year to some of the biggest events in the region. In 2012 it’s another packed programme including the East of England Show, Just Dogs Live and Equifest. Truckfest will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with some of the most powerful machines in the UK, including monster trucks and motorcycle stunt acts during the first weekend in May. www.peterborougharena.com

There’s loads to be enjoyed in the city including an ice rink, climbing wall, bowling alley, go-karting track and a multi-screen cinema.

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Watersports

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Lakeside Leisure is based at Ferry Meadows Country Park and is ideal for novices and experts alike. Canadian canoes, kayaks, pedolos and rowing boats are all available for hire to be taken out on their 75 acre lake - you can even have a go at windsurfing. The centre is a recognised training centre and courses are available for all. www.lakesideleisure.com

Further afield Stamford Shakespeare Season 2012 The Stamford Shakespeare Company presents an annual season of plays during June, July and August at the Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall. A 600-seat indoor auditorium faces an open air stage set in an idyllic woodland glade. www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

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Peterborough’s events calendar for 2012 There’s a whole host of reasons to come to Peterborough in 2012 From historical re-enactments in the city centre, monster trucks at Truckfest to the glamour of the Burghley Horse Trials, the city’s events calendar for 2012 is bursting at the seams. More information can found at www.visitpeterborough.com or by calling the Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336.

25 March Sport Relief Mile Ferry Meadows Country Park. For more information or to enter visit www.sportrelief.com

3 March to 29 April Lambing time at Sacrewell Farm Come along to Sacrewell to bottle-feed the bouncing baby lambs. www.sacrewell.org.uk or 01780 782254

31 March The National Garden Railway Show Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground. www.16mm.org.uk

16 to 18 March Shire Horse Spring Show Held at East of England Showground, Peterborough. www.shire-horse.org.uk 17 March Burghley House and Gardens opens for the 2012 season www.burghley.co.uk or 01780 752451 17 to 18 March Lambing weekend at Pigeons Farm Watch lambs being born and then have the chance to bottle feed the newborns. Meet the farm’s other animals and have a go at the other activies including a climbing wall, crazy golf and a craft fair. www.pigeonsfarm.co.uk for details and directions or 01733 271020 24 to 25 March Big Bunny Easter Egg Hunt Held at Sacrewell Farm and also running from 31 March to 9 April.

31 March Grand re-opening of Peterborough Museum

2 to 20 April Private South Gardens open at Burghley House Enjoy a magnificent display of spring bulbs. www.burghley.co.uk

7 April Holy Saturday First Eucharist of Easter and Deanery Garden Open Day at Peterborough Cathedral. www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk or 01733 355315 7 to 9 April Opening of Longthorpe Tower Escape to medieval times with a host of costumed re-enactors. www.vivacity-peterborough.com or 01733 864776 8 April Easter Day 9.15am – Choral Matins 10.30am – Sung Eucharist and Sermon 3.30pm – Evensong and Procession www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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6 to 7 May Living Heritage Game and Country Fair Falconry displays and equestrian demonstrations are part of a fantastic weekend at Burghley House. www.burghley.co.uk 6 to 7 May Truckfest The UK’s original haulage and trucking event returns for its 30th year with monster trucks and motorcycle display teams. Held at the East of England Showground. www.truckfest.co.uk 12 to 13 May Peterborough Water City Festival Over two days visit Peterborough city centre to enjoy a wealth of live performances from local musicians. Find more information on www.visitpeterborough.com 12 to 13 May Sheep shearing weekend at Sacrewell Farm www.sacrewell.org.uk 19 to 20 May BMF Peterborough Europe’s largest outdoor motorcycle show takes place at the East of England Showground. www.thebmfshow.co.uk 19 May to 24 June Reflection: Looking beneath the surface Peterborough Cathedral presents a wonderful blend of sculpture, painting, light, sound and music for this contemporary arts event. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 25 to 27 May The Willow Festival The city’s biggest music festival returns for the first time since 2003. This free festival showcases the best unsigned music in the UK with over 120 bands on the bill. Held on Peterborough’s Embankment. www.willowfestival.org.uk 29 May Halfords Tour Series The street cycle race returns to Peterborough city centre. www.tourseries.co.uk

2 to 10 June Peterborough Green Festival Peterborough Environment City Trust will mark the start of the festival with a huge launch event in the city centre. The entire festival period will be filled with fun days out, talks and walks taking place throughout the city. For full listings visit www.pect.org.uk 3 to 5 June Romans at Flag Fen Over the Jubilee weekend Flag Fen will be transported back to Roman times with costumed re-enactors. www.vivacity-peterborough.com 16 June Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Come and watch this Chinese tradition as it takes place on the River Nene in Peterborough city centre. www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough 17 June Open Farm Sunday at Pigeons Farm Free entry and lots of young animals to meet. Visit www.pigeonsfarm.co.uk 21 to 23 June Mobility Roadshow East of England Showground. www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk 23 to 24 June Peterborough Heritage Festival A living history extravaganza with battle displays taking place in the Cathedral Precincts and Peterborough city centre. www.vivacity-peterborough.com 30 June to 8 July Peterborough Arts Festival Celebrating theatre, music, dance and a whole range of arts with events taking place throughout the city. The grand Festivale finale takes place at Central Park on the final weekend. For full listings visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com 3 to 4 July Olympic Torch Relay Peterborough welcomes the Olympic Torch to the city with an Evening Celebration on 3 July on the city’s Embankment.

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Entertainment will also take place along the route. www.peterborough.gov.uk 6 to 8 July East of England Show A celebration of British farming and rural life with animal shows, live music and the best of the region’s produce on display. Just Dogs Live will also be part of the Show in 2012. www.eastofengland.org.uk 7 July Battle Proms at Burghley House Sit in the beautiful grounds of Elizabethan Burghley House and watch the UK’s premier classical picnic proms with Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks. www.battleproms.com 13 to 15 July Festival of the Forties Celebrate the 1940s with three days of entertainment including Oompah bands, an 18 piece big band and a top forties DJ. Held at Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice. www.1940sfest.org 13 to 15 July The John Clare Festival The festival celebrating John Clare’s life and work is celebrated in his village of birth, Helpston, just outside Peterborough. The festival includes poetry readings, tours, stalls, talks and live entertainment. A special garden party will take place on the 14 July. For more information visit www.clarecottage.org or 01733 253330 15 July Vintage Bus Rally Visit Sacrewell Farm to celebrate the iconic British bus with over 40 vintage vehicles to explore. www.sacrewell.org.uk 21 to 22 July Vikings at Flag Fen To coincide with Peterborough Museum’s Viking exhibition (2 June to 30 September) costumed interpreters will be taking part in a live history event at Flag Fen. www.vivacity-peterborough.com 21 to 22 July Miniature Steam Engine Weekend at Sacrewell Farm www.sacrewell.org.uk

15 to 19 August Equifest Equestrian extravaganza at the East of England Showground. www.equifest.org.uk 21 to 25 August Peterborough Beer Festival The biggest beer festival outside of London with over 350 real ales, 80 ciders and perries and dozens of different wines on offer. Plenty of soft drinks, traditional pub games and live entertainment make this one of the city’s most popular events. Takes place on Peterborough’s Embankment. www.peterborough-camra.org.uk 30 August to 2 September The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials The premier equestrian and social event in the international sporting calendar. Burghley is the longest running international 4 star event in the world attracting over 150,000 visitors each year. Indulge in world-class shopping with over 600 trade stands or Burghley’s legendary food walk. For more information www.burghley-horse.co.uk 8 to 15 September Peterborough Poetry and Literary Festival Brought to you by the John Clare Trust and artistically programmed by Sir Andrew Motion. Held at various locations across greater Peterborough. Performers include Sir Andrew Motion, Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, Helen Mort, Clive James, Attila the Stockbroker and local Peterborough poets. For full listings and to book visit www.clarecottage.org or 01733 253330 15 to 16 September Peterborough Italian Festival 2012 will see the festival expand into a weekend event. Peterborough has a large Italian community and entertainment includes traditional flag dancing, singing and lots of Italian food. www.visitpeterborough.com

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15 to 16 September Country Life Weekend A celebration of rural life at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre with milling demonstrations using their eighteenth century watermill, sheep dog shows and the chance to meet their friendly farm animals. www.sacrewell.org.uk 20 September The Sixteen – The Choral Pilgrimage 2012 The London-based choir and period instrument orchestra in concert at Peterborough Cathedral. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 6 to 14 October Burghley House Flower Festival During October the State Rooms are transformed with beautiful floral displays created by local flower societies, offering a new perspective on England’s greatest Elizabethan house. www.burghley.co.uk 14 October The Autumn Show Expect to see thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes, from small livestock exhibits including mice and fancy rats to special displays of rare and endangered livestock breeds. The East of England Giant Vegetable Competition will show the fruits of a season of hard work by the region’s vegetable growers. www.eastofengland.org.uk or 01733 363500 14 October The Perkins Great Eastern Run One of the UK’s top ten half-marathons takes place through the streets of Peterborough. The event has been selected as one of only five runbritain UK Grand Prix and Championship races in 2012. Thousands of others will be running for charity or taking part in the fun run. For information or to enter www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk 20 to 21 October Pumpkin Festival at Sacrewell Farm www.sacrewell.org.uk 27th October Halloween Horror Night at Flag Fen A night of terror with eerie ghost stories and costumed characters, not for the faint hearted! www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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17 November Peterborough Christmas Lights Switch On Come out to Cathedral Square to watch the entertainment before the city centre is lit up for Christmas. With live music and bursts of fireworks to mark the occasion. www.visitpeterborough.com or 01733 452336 23 to 25 November The Christmas Festival Featuring hundreds of trade stands providing a perfect opportunity to purchase wonderful Christmas gifts and decorations at the East of England Showground. www.peterborougharena.com or 01733 363500 1 to 2 December Burghley Fine Food Market A celebration of local produce. Stall holders will be selling local cheese, meats, cupcakes, cider and much more in the Courtyards at Burghley. The delicious Burghley venison will also be for sale. www.burghley.co.uk 14 to 16 December Frost Fayre Medieval Christmas market in Peterborough Cathedral Precincts. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 31 December New Year’s Eve Party in Cathedral Square Bring the family and celebrate the New Year with the rest of Peterborough in Cathedral Square. With fireworks, live music and entertainment join in with the countdown to 2013. www.visitpeterborough.com or 01733 452336 12 January 2013 Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival A long held tradition that was revived around 30 years ago and based on a nineteenth century custom of dressing a ploughman in straw, calling him straw bear and parading him across town. www.strawbear.org.uk 25 to 27 January 2013 Katharine of Aragon Festival The annual festival to celebrate the life of the first wife of Henry VIII, a woman of significant historical importance who was buried at Peterborough Cathedral in 1536. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or follow on twitter @pborocathedral


Peterborough’s only city centre 4 star hotel. Weekend rates from only £35.00 per person, bed and breakfast. • 118 en suite bedrooms with facilities • 2 Suites • Over half air-conditioned rooms •1  4 Purpose built conference rooms situated in the hotel and in our Conference Centre with a maximum capacity of 250 Delegates • Brasserie Restaurant with a la carte & table d’hôte menus • Pastroudis Bar & Lounge • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies • Free Wireless internet in all areas • Over 100 Car Parking Spaces • Less than 5 minutes walk from the Peterborough Train Station

Bull Hotel Westgate, Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE1 1RB T: 01733 561 364 rooms@bull-hotel-peterborough.co.uk www.peelhotels.co.uk

Car park and internet is complimentary for all residents

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John Clare Cottage The John Clare Cottage and Heritage Centre is the birthplace and family home of John Clare (the renowned romantic ‘peasant poet’) and following a major restoration project is now open to the public. Visit our lovely arts and crafts shop and our relaxed cafe which specialises in homemade fayre, such as our delicious soups, cakes, and specialty cream teas. With magnificent surrounding countryside, glorious gardens, vibrant events calendar and a fascinating cottage to explore, there’s something for everyone at Clare Cottage.

A brand new Poetry and Literature Festival for the greater Peterborough area featuring Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, Attila the Stockbroker, John Hegley and much more. Artistically directed and starring Sir Andrew Motion (former Poet Laureate). Contact Clare Cottage for further details 01733 253330 / www.clarecottage.org

Clare Cottage 12 Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE6 7ED 01733 253330 www.clarecottage.org


A green city Peterborough is one of the UK’s Environment Cities and lives up to that reputation with beautifully landscaped green spaces, country parks and wild areas to explore. City residents enjoy one of the highest ratios of green space per head of population in the UK – and there’s more than enough to be shared with visitors!

Ferry Meadows Country Park is full of activities for the whole family and is the perfect place for a picnic, a relaxing walk or cycle ride through endless meadows, woodland and along the River Nene.

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There’s also horse-riding, fishing, sailing and boat trips for all to enjoy. Visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk for a full list of activities throughout the year.

Peterborough’s Green Wheel is a network of cycle routes that circles the city with ‘spokes’ leading into the city centre. The Green Wheel provides over 45 miles of continuous cycling which shows off the beautiful countryside which encompasses Peterborough. www.pect.org.uk

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Peterborough parks

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The city has some of the finest parks in the country with our beautiful flower beds and wonderfully maintained green open spaces. Central Park is the jewel in the crown and holds a prestigious Green Flag award. Visitors can enjoy

the sunken garden, a sensory garden, two play areas and a paddling pool. There’s also an aviary, bowling greens, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and the extremely tasty Buttercross Tearooms.

Peterborough Sculpture Trail Peterborough Sculpture Trail displays works across the city from a wide range of artists including Antony Gormley, Sir Anthony Caro and John Maine. The city has many artworks that will inspire and delight. www.peterboroughsculpture.org

Golf courses Peterborough’s gorgeous green spaces lend themselves to a selection of golf courses to perfect your putting on. • • • •

Peterborough Milton Golf Club Elton Furze Golf Club Thorpe Wood Golf Course Orton Meadows Golf Course

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Visitor Information Centre Whether you want to buy theatre, coach, rail or bus tickets, find out about local attractions or book a room for the night, you’ll find it all under one roof at Peterborough City Council’s Visitor Information Centre. It’s the one-stop shop for businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors to the city. Visitors and residents can buy a range of items at Peterborough City Council’s Visitor Information Centre: • Cresset Theatre tickets • Key Theatre tickets • East of England Showground tickets • Tickets for Peterborough Cathedral events • Tickets for Peterborough Male Voice Choir events • Peterborough guided walk tickets • Tickets for a wide range of other local events • Coach day trips • A range of coach holidays • National Express tickets • Train tickets • Senior railcards • Book accommodation at a wide range of hotels, guest houses and campsites

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Local souvenirs and gifts Local interest books Walking guides Local maps Locally produced art prints and cards …and much more besides

The staff at Peterborough City Council’s Visitor Information Centre compiled this guide and have additional information on all the attractions, events and destinations within the city. They also hold an extensive range of regional and national tourist information. Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 5pm Visitor Information Centre 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ Telephone: 01733 452336 Email: tic@peterborough.gov.uk Website: www.visitpeterborough.com

Pcard

The Peterborough Pcard is a great way to shop, eat and have a day out in the city while saving you money. For a year’s membership the Peterborough Pcard costs £5 to buy from the Visitor Information Centre and is recognised by dozens of participating shops, attractions and restaurants across the city. To use your Pcard simply show it before paying or present it whilst ordering. To find out more contact the Visitor Information Centre or visit www.visitpeterborough.com

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Accommodation Select your quality accommodation from cosy cottages and friendly B&Bs, to fine hotels and well-equipped campsites, you’re bound to find somewhere that’s perfect for you in and around Peterborough. How to book

Cancelling a booking

If you wish to stay in any of the accommodation featured in this guide there are a number of ways you could book: • Directly with the proprietor • In person at the Visitor Information Centre If you have not booked ahead and you have nowhere to stay once you’ve arrived in Peterborough, visit the Information Centre in the city centre and the staff will help you book your accommodation. • www.visitpeterborough.com

When you accept accommodation on the telephone or in writing, you enter into a legally binding contract. This means that if you cancel your reservation, fail to take up the accommodation or leave early, the proprietor may be entitled to compensation if the accommodation cannot be re-let.

Where will I be staying? The serviced accommodation section has been divided into three sections: City (within a 15 minute walk of the city centre) Surrounding area (within 5 miles of the city centre) Villages and townships (more than 5 miles from the city centre)

How much will I pay? Unless stated the price shown is per room for one night, midweek, including English breakfast if served and VAT. Family room rates are available on request. Special rates may apply for longer stays and weekends at some establishments. Please note prices should be used as a guide only as they can change during the year. You should confirm rates at time of booking.

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Quality you can trust The serviced and self-catering accommodation featured in this guide has been quality assessed by either Visit Britain or the AA or has recently applied for a rating and is awaiting assessment. More information and verification on ratings is available by visiting www.enjoyengland.com or www.theAA.com. A small number of establishments in this guide have decided to be listed as self-accredited.

Key to accommodation Car parking Television Satellite/cable tv Telephone in room T ea/coffee making facilities in bedrooms Hairdryers in bedrooms Evening meals available Special diets can be catered for Special rates for children Ground floor bedrooms available Family rooms available

Licensed bar No smoking Residents’ lounge Health/fitness facilities Indoor swimming pool Conference facilities available Passenger lift Dogs by arrangement Garden for the use of guests D  isabled facilities but please check with hotel for details W  i-fi access

Additional symbols for self-catering accommodation Electric cooker Gas cooker Launderette Microwave LF L inen provided for free LH L  inen for hire C hildren welcome


Peterborough Marriott Hotel

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Map A Lynch Wood, Peterborough Business Park Peterborough, PE2 6GB Tel: +44 (0)1733 371111 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 236725 www.peterboroughmarriott.co.uk

A superb location for any occasion whether it’s for business or pleasure. The hotel is set in 11 acres of landscaped grounds. Fantastic food and extensive leisure facilities.

B&B Per Room Weekday rates from Weekend rates from

£145 £89

The Haycock Hotel

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Map A London Road, Wansford Peterborough, PE8 8JA Tel: +44 (0)1780 782223 - Fax: +44 (0)1780 783031 sales@thehaycock.co.uk www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

The Haycock Hotel, one of England’s finest coaching inns, dating back to 1620. Its impressive facade dominates the idyllic stone village of Wansford-in-England, set in unspoilt countryside on the banks of the River Nene. Discerning guests can enjoy our award winning gardens and beautiful grounds. B&B Per Room 8 Doubles ensuite 1 Families ensuite 1 Single ensuite 3 Suite 5 Twin ensuite

£95.00 varies £75.00 varies £95.00

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Ramada Peterborough

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MAP MapAA Thorpe Meadows Off Longthorpe Parkway, Peterborough, PE3 6GA Tel: +44 (0)1733 564240 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 565538 reception@ramadapeterborough.co.uk www.ramadapeterborough.co.uk

Situated close to the river with views of the International Rowing Lake, the Ramada Peterborough is ideal for you. Whether it is a weekend break or just an overnight stay, you are not far from something to do. For residents we offer a complimentary pass to a local health club. Please quote ‘Peterborough Visitors Guide’ when enquiring.

70 Bedrooms, room only basis Single/double/twin from £59.00 Suites £20.00 upgrade (breakfast available)

BEST WESTERN Orton Hall Hotel and Spa

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The Village, Orton Longueville Peterborough, PE2 7DN Tel: +44 (0)1733 391111 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 231912 reception@ortonhall.co.uk www.abacushotels.co.uk

Superbly appointed 19th century manor house set in 20 acres of parkland. Impressive, spacious, airy and quiet rooms, four-posters, lounges, a choice of dining. Conference and banqueting facilities. Leisure club and Imagine Spa. Separate village pub in the grounds.

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£50 - £160 £90 - £170 £120 - £180

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Holiday Inn Peterborough West

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Map Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG Tel: +44 (0)1733 289988 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 262737 hipeterborough@qmh-hotels.com www.holidayinn.com

We are a modern, friendly and welcoming 4 star hotel situated in lush green surroundings and a convenient location just minutes away from the A1(M), 2.5 miles from the city centre and East Coast Mainline train station. We offer extensive leisure and conference facilities including 133 bedrooms, 14 air-conditioned meeting rooms, leisure facilities including a swimming pool and a stylish restaurant and bar area. B&B Per Room 115 Standard double/twin rooms 16 Executive King Bed rooms 2 Family rooms Weekend rate

£90.00 - £140.00 £110.00 - £160.00 £90.00 - £140.00 from £50.00

Bell Inn Hotel

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Map Jo Grimshaw, Great North Road, Stilton, Peterborough, PE7 3RA Tel: +44 (0)1733 241066 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 245173 reception@thebellstilton.co.uk www.thebellstilton.co.uk

Stunning 16th century coaching inn located in the idyllic village of Stilton. Offering comfortable accommodation, traditional bars, fine food and conference facilities.

B&B Per Room 3 Single ensuite 7 Deluxe Double ensuite 10 Double ensuite 2 Four-Poster ensuite 1 Family ensuite

£78.00 £98.00 - £118.00 £85.00 - £105.00 £118.00 - £138.00 £118.00 - £193.00

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Queensgate Hotel 5 Fletton Avenue, Peterborough, PE2 8AX Tel. +44 (0)1733 562572 www.thequeensgatehotel.co.uk

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Newly redeveloped and beautifully appointed. Now one of the finest hotels in the area. Independent too! Long known for its traditional charm and friendly welcome. In walking distance of the city centre attractions. You’ll enjoy our food, especially Sweet Olives restaurant. With a full health and beauty salon and floatation suite, the inclusive executive rooms and weekend breaks are a super treat as well as great value. *Lower rates apply at weekends and for longer stays. Per room prices from* 42 Bedrooms Superior rooms £49 - £89 Executive with health and beauty £99 - £123 Weekend with health and beauty £125.00 - £199.00

The Great Northern Hotel

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Station Approach, Map Peterborough PE1 1QL Tel. +44 (0)1733 552 595 - Fax: +44 (0)1733 564855 Umesh Sewnundun MIH General Manager reception@thegreatnorthernhotel.co.uk www.thegreatnorthernhotel.com

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Iconic hotel in the heart of Peterborough which offers excellent accommodation and conference facilities. Experience our Carriages restaurant for pleasure or business and choose from an array of seasonal menus. We also cater for all special occasions including, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and Proms. Our 37 bedrooms all include flat screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, 24 hour room service and free Wi-Fi. Overnight stays include a full breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you at The Great Northern Hotel.

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£95 - £210

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Bull Hotel

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Westgate, Peterborough, PE1 1RB Tel. +44 (0)1733 561364 Fax. +44 (0)1733 557304 www.peelhotels.co.uk

Stoneacre

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Peter and Elizabeth, Elton Road, Wansford, Nr Peterborough and Stamford, PE8 6JT Tel: +44 (0)1780 783283 www.stoneacreguesthouse.co.uk

Originally dating back to the seventeenth century, this grade two listed building has been extensively developed and tastefully refurbished to provide guests with 4 star comfort. Situated in the heart of the city centre, with 118 beautiful bedrooms and stunning public areas full of antiques with walls dressed by fine works of art. Brasserie restaurant, Pastroudis Bar Lounge and Coffee Shop, free Wireless Internet and complimentary car park.

Luxury country house, tranquil location, spectacular views, small golf course, self-catering. 4 hostelries serving excellent meals in picturesque Wansford. Recommended by ‘Which’. Convenient for Burghley House, Nene Valley Railway, Sacrewell Farm, Elton Hall and Showground. 2 Doubles, 2 Twins and 2 Family.

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Room Rates £68.00 - £170.00

Castle Farm

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Stephanie Gould Castle Farm Guest House, Fotheringhay, Peterborough, PE8 5HZ Tel: +44 (0)1832 226200 Mobile: 07762 516 735 castle_farm_bnb@hotmail.com

Self Catering Per Room 1 night £45.00 - £55.00 Weekend - 2 nights £65.00 - £75.00 7 nights £130.00 - £150.00 Midweek - 4 nights £85.00 - £100.00

19 West Street

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19 West Street, Kings Cliffe Peterborough, PE8 6XB Tel: +44 (0)1780 470365 Fax: +44 (0)1780 470623 kjhl.dixon@gmail.com www.kingjohnhuntinglodge.co.uk

www.castlefarm-guesthouse.co.uk

Excellent accommodation in delightfully situated farmhouse with river frontage. Historical surroundings. Within easy reach of major routes and midlands towns.

Grade II listed. 500 year old stone house, reputedly one of King John’s hunting lodges. Delicious breakfast, beautiful walled garden. Locked off-street parking. Wonderful countryside, including Rutland Water. Central location for many magnificent stately homes.

B&B Per Room 1 Single ensuite 2 Double ensuite 2 Twin ensuite 1 Family

B&B Per Room 1 Single £40.00 - £45.00 with private bathroom 2 Double/twin £60 - £65 with private bathroom 1 Family (sleeps up £60.00 - £120.00 to 4) can be let B&B VB Bed and or self catering Breakfast

£45 £85 - £90 £80 - £85 £100

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The Graham Guest House

Common Right Barns

Mrs Elizabeth Hext 296 Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9QA Tel: +44 (0)1733 567824 Fax: +44 (0)1733 567824

B&B Per Room 1 Single ensuite £30.00 - £35.00 3 Singles standard £27.00 4 Doubles/ £50.00 - £55.00 twins ensuite 2 Family rooms from £65.00 ensuite

The Dairy Annexe, self catering bungalow style conversion with accessible features. New extended lounge for 2012. Private garden and parking. Easy access to A47 and 20 minutes drive to Peterborough. Rural hamlet location. Pub/restaurant and bus stop 800metres.Village 2 miles. 5 miles from Wisbech. Adult only site. WiFi available.

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Per cottage 1 Cottage - sleeps 2 £200.00 to 4 people £420.00 pw Short Break £40.00 pppn

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Papley Farm Cottages

The Lily Pad Cottages

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Mrs Joyce Lane, Slade House, Papley Farm, Warmington Peterborough PE8 6UU Tel: +44 (0)1832 272583 Fax: +44 (0)1832 272583 papleyfarmcottages@gmail.com papleyfarmcottages.co.uk

The Chestnut Tree cottage and The Bungalow are both comfortable, peaceful and very well equipped. Each has a double, a twin and a single bedroom, kitchen/ diner and separate sitting room. Between Lutton and Warmington villages - near Peterborough, Oundle and Stamford. ‘Couple only’ price available. Free brochure.

LF Per cottage Prices per cottage £320 - £480 per week 1 Cottage sleeps 5 1 Bungalow sleeps 5

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Teresa Fowler Common Right Farm, Plash Drove Wisbech St Mary, PE13 4SP Tel: +44 (0)1945 410424 Fax: +44 (0)1945 410424 teresa@commonrightbarns.co.uk www.commonrightbarns.co.uk

grahamguesthouse@btinternet.com

This is a friendly, family run guest house. Close to the city centre, restaurants and bars. Ample private parking.

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VB Self Catering

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Jane Thorpe-Codman No’s 1,2,4,5,6 and 7 The Lily Pad, Northfields Lane, Nassington, Peterborough PE8 6QJ Tel: +44 (0)1780 784394 / 07833 680110 bookings@stamfordcottages.co.uk www.stamfordcottages.co.uk

Six, bespoke, stone built cottages, from one bedroom to five bedrooms. Only 15 minute drive from Peterborough, ideal location to explore the area. Indoor pool, function room, gardens and BBQ area. Can sleep from one to forty people, all lengths of stay available. Owners live on site. Good shop and pub in the village. Ideal for guests with mobility issues. Often used by locals as convenient accommodation for visiting friends and family. Rooms may be as doubles or twins. Business people return again and again. Peaceful location, no road noise.

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VB Self Catering

From £50 per person per night up to £1500 per cottage per week.

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Sustainable transport in Peterborough Peterborough is one of the UK’s four Environment Cities and promotes the benefits of sustainable transport to all of its residents. The city’s Travelchoice project has been recognised nationally for efforts to reduce Peterborough’s carbon footprint. City bus routes

Electric vehicles

Over 12 million bus journeys are taken in Peterborough every year. The eight main bus routes are operated by Stagecoach and offer a high frequency across the city. Weeklong ‘megarider’ tickets allow you to take advantage of unlimited travel around the city. For routes and bus times visit www.stagecoachbus.com

Peterborough is part of the government-supported ‘Plugged in Places’ project in the East of England. The project aims to roll out a network of 1200 charging points for electric vehicles across the region. Peterborough is working with EValu8 Transport Innovations to add points around the city during 2012. Visit www.sourceeast.net to check the availability of charging points.

Adult cycle training Cycle training is available for every adult in the city, to encourage them to get back in the saddle and to travel around Peterborough sustainably. For more information visit www.travelchoice.org.uk or call 01733 747474

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Peterborough How to get here Peterborough is well-placed on the UK’s road and rail network and is within easy reach of major airports.

By road Birmingham Cambridge Dover Ely Gatwick Heathrow Lincoln London - Central Manchester Norwich Stansted York

87 miles 40 miles 150 miles 29 miles 128 miles 92 miles 54 miles 80 miles 132 miles 79 miles 66 miles 125 miles

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Birmingham 1 hour 45 mins Cambridge 53 mins Edinburgh 3 hours 45 mins Leicester 55 mins London King’s Cross 45 mins London/Waterloo - Paris, France 3 hours - Brussels, Belgium 3 hours Newcastle 2 hours 15 mins Norwich 1 hour 40 mins Nottingham 1 hour 6 mins York 1 hour 10 mins

There are many city council car parks for long and short stay: • Dickens Street PE1 5EA • Wellington Street PE1 5DU • Regional Swimming Pool PE1 5AP • Bishops Road PE1 1YZ • Riverside PE1 1EG • Wirrina PE1 5AP • Pleasure Fair Meadow PE2 9PB • Car Haven PE1 1YY • Market multi storey PE1 1AY • Brook Street PE1 1TU • Craig Street PE1 2EJ

For more information on car parking visit www.peterborough.gov.uk

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Call Peterborough’s Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336 or visit www.visitpeterborough.com to book your perfect place to stay.


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