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VISITOR

GUIDE

2017/18


Contents Welcome 3

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Visitor Information Centre 28 event listings 30 sport city 32 map 1– city centre map 34 family city 39 Central Park 40 shop and dine city 43 culture city 49 night city 53 stay city 55 regional city 61 travel city 63 city borders 65 map 2 – regional map 66

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Welcome. This is your guide to our city. Delve inside and you’ll see just how much Peterborough has to offer. There are pages and pages of where and when to enjoy the passion we have for our heritage, our award-winning green spaces and our fabulous events that continue to get national recognition. Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. Situated in the heart of rural east England and with a population of approximately 200,000, it shares borders with Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

This handbook serves as a guide and for the very latest information, make sure you drop into our Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street. Telephone 01733 452336 or alternatively you can email vic@peterborough.gov.uk or take a look at www.visitpeterborough.com The city and its region have an important place in the history of Britain and modern Peterborough is thriving. We have a passion for Peterborough and now it’s your turn to indulge…

Passion for Peterborough Handbook design & artwork by Chris Lane – www.artinfusion.co.uk

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I’ve photographed people in our city for nearly 40 years to reflect the life and energy of the place I know and love. My images have helped to tell the Peterborough story and you can be part of the next chapter. Chris Porsz – street photographer www.chrisporsz.com

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Our glorious cathedral is the jewel in the city’s crown. In 2018 the cathedral and city will join together to celebrate the 900th anniversary of this magnificent place. Visiting is a truly special experience of beautiful grounds and majestic architecture. With a new Visitor Centre, tours, musical events and festivals, the cathedral is a great place to visit all year round. A look around the Visitor Centre, which was recently opened by historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey, is the perfect complement to a visit to the cathedral. Its free exhibition helps you to discover some of the characters and stories from the cathedral’s amazing 1300-year history.

heritage city It has a timeline showing priceless artefacts from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, as well as hands-on exhibits, a digital touch-table and an audio presentation for those of you who prefer to listen rather than to look. Amongst the priceless artefacts on show are the original letter from King James I, written in 1613, requiring the mortal remains of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, to be removed from Peterborough to Westminster Abbey. Also on show is the actual Deed of Endowment by which King Henry VIII changed Peterborough Abbey into a Cathedral on the creation of the Diocese of Peterborough in 1541.

Passion for Peterborough I had friends visit from Australia and took them to the cathedral. I forgot what a magnificent building we have on our doorstep! We have visited many cathedrals in many countries and Peterborough still stands out as one of the best . Sheila, Trip Advisor

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Cathedral Square is the cosmopolitan heartbeat of the city. It’s a true blend of heritage and modern, a city square where you can sit outside cafés and restaurants and watch events, listen to music or just unwind and people watch to your heart’s content.

The square’s centerpiece is the majestic Guildhall. It stands boldly above all the shopping hustle and bustle and it’s a landmark that is unmistakably Peterborough. Cathedral Square leads to tree-lined walkways through the rest of the city’s dining and retail offering, which includes two shopping centres. At either end of the immediate city centre you’ll find places to relax and picnic at the city’s award-winning Central Park and walking and cycling routes along the River Nene. 6

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It’s my favourite place in the city centre. You can admire the beauty of the cathedral, Guildhall and St John’s all at once. Cathedral Square has been a meeting place for hundreds of years and you can really appreciate the history of it all. There are nearly always performances or events going on too. Chris Brudenell, local photographer www.chrisbrudenellphotography.co.uk


The Heritage City Route walking tour is available from the Visitor Information Centre. It takes just 10 to 15 minutes. Cathedral – Guildhall – St John the Baptist – Museum and City Gallery – Town Hall – Visitor Information Centre – Coats of Arms Gallery

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St Peter’s Arcade Coats of Arms Gallery

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St John the Baptist Church completes our beautiful Cathedral Square. Here you can relax on the green or enjoy regular events and exhibitions.

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A superb experience awaits at the beautifully restored Peterborough Museum and City Gallery. It houses more than 200,000 items with key specimens of national and international importance. Guided tours of the museum are available for individuals or groups. Tours last about 90 minutes and cover the major items on display, the history of the museum building - and can sometimes include a look behind the scenes. Groups can also book to visit the museum in the evenings to explore the galleries exclusively. Refreshments can also be provided by the museum’s Squires Coffee House.

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Peterborough is a unique place historically, with an unbroken story of people making their lives here stretching back for more than 3,500 years. It has an incredible set of treasure be it our Bronze Age site at Flag Fen, Norman cathedral, medieval paintings at Longthorpe, the Elizabethan splendor of Burghley, the international treasures in the city’s museum or our railway heritage. Stuart Orme, local historian

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Nostalgia never fades. Step on a train and back in time. Enjoy 7.5 miles of nostalgic bliss and great scenery, perhaps enjoy a walk in the countryside then visit our superb café at the Wansford halt. We run Steam services most weekends and Wednesdays throughout the year. Get on at any station and pay on the train.

* Pick up a guide and timetable from the Visitor Information Centre. Adult £16, child £8 (concessions and family fares available) Nene Valley Railway Wansford Station, Peterborough PE8 6LR

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Garden Railway l 00 Gauge Model Railway l See Britain’s high speed hover train venture RTV 31, saved by our volunteers. l View the site of the1885 LNWR Loco shed. l Watch the Big Screen with historic images of trains around Peterborough. 6-track hands-on Model Railway for children of all ages.

Tel: 01733 344240 (when open) l Web: www.railworld.org.uk Find us through the arches in Pleasure Fair Meadow car park at the city centre end of Oundle Road (A605), next to Peterborough Nene Valley Railway Station. See the city centre map in the centre pages of this guide. Open weekends and school holidays from Easter, check out our website.

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Experience the thrill of riding a steam engine whilst exploring the beautiful Nene Valley Railway, which is the UK’s leading steam engine and locomotive attraction. Go to the end of the line to walk to the beautiful villages of Yarwell and Nassington or stop off at Ferry Meadows or Orton Mere for walking, cycling and sailing. Begin your journey from Wansford or Peterborough stations and fuel up at the Turntable Café. Don’t forget to purchase a memento of your trip from the gift shop at Wansford. (Map 2/18) Two attractions - one price. See Railworld and the Wildlife Haven at the Nene Valley Railway - only a short walk from the city centre. The restored Flying Scotsman crosses the River Nene Viaduct. Completed in 1850, it is the oldest cast iron bridge in the world carrying mainline high speed trains. Photograph by Terry Harris.

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We brought our son to Railworld and enjoyed a fantastic day out for under £10! Our son is three years old and has some additional needs. We didn’t know how long he would be happy to stay and four hours later we left after a wonderful day. What a refreshing change to find a place unspoiled by commercialism. Louise, Cambridge

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We are very proud to boast Flag Fen Archaeology Park as the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in northern Europe. (Map 2/8) It is home to a unique ancient wooden monument and a kilometre-long wooden causeway and platform are perfectly preserved in the wetland. It was built 3,300 years ago and used by the prehistoric fen people as a place of worship and ritual.

Passion for Peterborough Flag Fen is a cleverly organised centre, making archaeology clear and accessible to all. The preserved causeway is amazing – a privilege to see. Peggy Ivy, Trip Advisor

More than 60,000 upright timbers and 250,000 horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen. There’s a great range of ancient objects on display including Britain’s oldest wheel. Best of all it’s only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre. Or, if you’re cycling, Flag Fen can be accessed via the Green Wheel and is five miles from the city’s train and bus stations.

Longthorpe Tower is a surviving part of a 14th century fortified manor house with the finest set of medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting anywhere in western Europe. (Map 2/14)

Passion for Peterborough I found something totally incredible right on my doorstep, Longthorpe Tower. Historic society enthusiasts volunteer to be there to tell you more about medieval life, local medieval history and of course the amazing wall paintings. Lara W, Trip Advisor

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www.railworld.org.uk/#outdoors Railworld Wildlife Haven is primarily our volunteers habitat creation programme, however its deeper purpose is to emphasise the important links between ‘Our Man-Made World’ and ‘Our Natural World’. The Environmental Centre will ‘Entertain and Educate’ with hands-on activities and a celebration of the Wildlife Trusts Centenary on the Big Screen. Find us at: the city end of Oundle Rd, alongside Peterborough Nene Valley Railway Station.

Home to the finest poet of nature in the English language. Relaxed Cafe, Cottage Shop, Beautiful Gardens Year round programme of events, workshops and education activities Open selected days all year. See website for Summer and Winter opening days and times. Group bookings can be arranged.

Clare Cottage, 12 Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED

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The Sacrewell Farm and Activity Centre has been in existence for more than 50 years and in 2015 the 18th century Sacrewell watermill was restored to its former glory thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The restoration has made it a national centre for milling excellence and has boosted the educational facilities already in place. Sacrewell is an attraction steeped in history and is a fascinating visit for the whole family. You’ll meet Shire horses and other friendly animals plus there are tractor rides and farm trails to entertain the children. (Map 2/30) John Clare Cottage is the home of one of the great English poets. Here you can discover the traditional Soke of Peterborough that inspired him. There’s an all year-round programme of events, workshops and educational activities and beautiful gardens to admire. No visit is complete without a stop in the café and a browse through items in the cottage shop. (Map 2/12)

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I have created a garden to give a feel for the natural flora that were so important to John Clare. It adds to the total experience of the cottage, the events, talks and exhibitions that bring to life and echo his passion for the landscape of this beautiful area. Adam Frost, Designer of John Clare Cottage’s RHS Chelsea Garden ‘The Rural Muse’.

Thorney Abbey was founded in 972 like nearby abbeys at Peterborough, Crowland, Ely and Ramsey. Thorney Museum (free entry, open Sundays only) showcases the village heritage including its famous Abbey and the history of how the Fens were drained. (Map 2/34)


Grand stately homes and beautiful period properties are scattered in and around Peterborough. Some of these are among the finest in the county. No visit to the city would be complete without sampling the charm and beauty of these wonderful buildings. Miles Website Telephone Norman Cross Elton Hall Crowland Abbey Prebendal Manor Wothorpe Towers Apethorpe Hall Burghley House Oundle Museum Lilford Hall Southwick Hall Lyveden New Bield Grimsthorpe Castle Deene Park Moulton Mill Peckover House Wisbech Museum Kirby Hall Lyddington Bede House Rockingham Castle Peterborough Parish Churches

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www.normancrossgallery.com 01733 245189 www.eltonhall.com 01832 280468 www.crowlandabbey.org.uk 01733 211763 www.prebendal-manor.co.uk 01780 782575 www.wothorpe-towers.co.uk 01780 481977 www.english-heritage.org.uk 0870 333 1181 www.burghley.co.uk 01780 752451 www.oundlemuseum.org.uk 01832 272735 www.lilfordhall.com www.southwickhall.co.uk 01832 274064 www.nationaltrust.org.uk 01832 205358 www.grimsthorpe.co.uk 01778 591205 www.deenepark.com 01780 450278 www.moultonwindmill.co.uk 01406 373237 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover 01945 583463 www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk 01945 583817 www.english-heritage.org.uk 01536 203230 www.english-heritage.org.uk 0870 333 1181 www.rockinghamcastle.com 01536 770240 www.robschurches.moonfruit.com

GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE Park & Gardens

Beautiful parkland setting l Immaculate gardens Miles of traffic-free trails l Adventure playground l Cycle hire l Historic house packed with treasures l Good food l Space to relax and unwind

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New for 2017 6-track hands-on model railway for children of all ages. Activate the Garden Railway. Cross the River Nene footbridge, stroll over one of the Victorian bridges and maybe picnic in the delightful Railworld Wildlife Haven. Enjoy the incredible model railway and Big Screen film shows including ‘Steam on the Main Line around Peterborough’.

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The traditional Soke of Peterborough has beautiful stone villages reminiscent of the Cotswolds. They run across the rural north of the city from John Clare Country to Rutland and Northamptonshire in the west. It’s great for cycling, walking, woodlands and nature reserves. To the east is the unique landscape of the Fens and Wisbech. Fotheringhay Castle (remains) is where Mary Queen of Scots was executed and there’s a superb church that stands proud over the picturesque landscape. Photo © The Moment magazine – www.themomentmagazine.com

Prebendal Manor and Gardens has been described by Alan Titchmarsh as: “A stunning example of a recreated medieval garden.” (Map 2/29) Crowland Abbe y

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Peterborough has rich heritage across the city and its ancient rural areas and landscapes. The green rural counties that border the city reinforce what an historic area this patch of England truly is. Dorothy Halfhide, Thorney Heritage Museum

Lyveden New Bield is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age and is a picture-perfect setting for a leisurely stroll on a summer’s day. (Map 2/15) Peckover House is a wonderful gem and a classic Georgian merchant’s town house. Here you’ll enjoy two acres of sensory delight with simply outstanding gardens and secret spaces. (Map 2/21) 17


Passion for Peterborough As a local, I have visited Burghley House many times over the years and have witnessed the loving restoration and refurbishment to keep this beautiful building looking its best. In my opinion it is one of the most stunning stately homes in the country. Ruth M, Trip Advisor

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The highlight of the rural north of Peterborough is Burghley House, England’s greatest Elizabethan house. It’s the jewel in the crown of a halo of stately homes and period properties around Peterborough. Burghley House is home to events and festivals, music, fireworks and exhibitions and the world-famous Burghley Horse Trials. (Map 2/1)


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Ferry Meadows is at the heart of the Nene Park; an area which offers a wide range of relaxation and recreational activities. Visitors to the park can enjoy lakeside views, woodland, meadows and much more.

Take a walk, a boat trip, bird watch, cycle, sail, golf, fish or horse ride throughout the year. Nene Outdoors offers a wide range of watersport activities at Lakeside from sailing to windsurfing – all less than three miles from the city centre. You’ll find all this and more - including cafes, hard-surfaced routes for wheelchair users, a miniature railway, busy events and activity programme and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Visitor Centre at Ferry Meadows offers the chance to purchase some beautiful gifts for friends and family and can tell you everything you need to know about the area. You can then explore the wider Nene Park with either a short walk or cycle ride to Thorpe Meadows or Orton Mere. There you will find more lake views, a Sculpture Park and a purpose built rowing lake. These are great places to walk the dog, cycle, jog and relax. For more information, please call 01733 234193 or visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk (Map 2/7)

Photo © Chris Porsz – www.chrisporsz.com

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Where else can you live five minutes from the city centre, 45 minutes by train from London, yet next to a 10-mile country park full of interest, steam railway, large lakes, country walks, children’s play, golf courses, 1,000m rowing course, wild bird sanctuary and a sculpture park. Nene Park with Ferry Meadows as the core. Graham W, Trip Advisor

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Peterborough is a green city at the heart of green rural England. Some highlights of the green places to visit on the city borders are listed below. Nature Sites Miles Holme Fen NNR Ramsey Heights Yarwell Dingle & Pond Deeping Lakes SSSI Old Sulehay Barnack Hills and Hollows ‘Great Fen’ area of NNRs Bedford Purlieus NNR Woodwalton Fen NNR Collyweston Quarries NR Barnwell Country Park Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue Upwood Meadows NNR Top Lodge Fineshade Woods Bourne Woods & Sculpture Trail Wakerley Great Wood Monks Wood NNR Titchmarsh nature reserve Anglian Water bird watch centre Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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Peterborough is dotted with distinct landscapes and quaint villages. To the east is the unique Fen landscape and to the west John Clare country running through Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland borders with its beautiful stone villages.

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The Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves circle the city and three living landscapes bring these together: John Clare Country is the limestone area to the west of Peterborough, extending into Northamptonshire. This picture book area was home to the poet John Clare. (Map 2/12) The Great Fen is one of the most important habitat restoration projects in Europe and it’s situated eight miles south of the city centre. (Map 2/9)

John Clare’s lyrical descriptions, written during the turmoil of the Enclosure Acts, expressed his heartbreak at what he saw happening to his beloved open landscape. Now, the surviving fragments of Clare’s countryside are being protected, linked, managed and made accessible to local people. Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Photo © Nene Park Trust

The spectacular Nene Valley comprises of three wetland reserves within the city and a further nine extending south west along the valley.

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Peterborough has great walking countryside to the north and the west of the city and a dense footpath network in rolling, wooded landscape where you can follow published and signed routes or plan your own walk. To the east of the city the Fens landscape gives you huge, dramatic skies and views that stretch for miles. Long distance paths are the Hereward Way and Nene Way and a highlight woodland walk area is Bedford Purlieus.

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Cycling in our city is safe and designed with miles of routes connecting it all together. We have on-road and off-road routes on the Green Wheel and there’s practically nowhere you can’t get to on a bike. It’s all about having fun, getting healthy and saving money at the same time. Lewis Banks, Travelchoice

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If cycling is your favourite leisurely pursuit then Peterborough doesn’t disappoint. There are more than 150 miles of cycle routes connecting the city and its rural areas. Key leisure routes are The Nene Park Loop, The Nassaburgh Trail, John Clare Country, Celtic Causeway and the Crown Lake Link. The innovative Green Wheel route is a must for cyclists and walkers. (Map 2/10)

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In recent years we’ve made substantial improvements to our public spaces, which has enabled our events to flourish and captivate thousands of people. Cathedral Square and the Embankment are home to a diverse range of community festivals and events that attract visitors from all over the region. Our cultural celebrations such as the established Italian Festival and Diwali Festival are among the best in the country and our heritage and arts festivals are a sight to behold. Peterborough does events extremely well. You won’t be disappointed! Councillor John Holdich OBE, Leader of Peterborough City Council

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Peterborough is a city recognised for staging large scale national events that attract visitors from all over the world. Throughout the year you can expect to see day to fortnight-long festivals and tours across the historic city centre and rural areas. Cathedral Square is home to established events like the Italian Festival, Diwali Festival, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series (cycle race), Black History Month, Heritage Festival, Arts Festival and the Green Festival. The nearby River Nene Embankment will in August this year host the 40th Peterborough Beer Festival, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. In 2016 it attracted 50,000 visitors!

Every year the festival showcases more than 400 beers from 120 different breweries across the UK. In addition, it features around 80 different ciders and perries and also hosts a wine bar serving the best of English wines. Entertainment is provided each evening with bands performing and an open mic night.

Peterborough Arena is the region’s leading venue and home to some of the UK’s major national shows, exhibitions and concerts. The arena sees some 800,000 visitors a year and there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.peterborougharena.com/events (Map 2/22)

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The Embankment has also played host to McBusted, Olly Murs, JLS and in 2016 Bryan Adams played to 10,000 people.

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Visitor Information Centre Peterborough’s Visitor Information Centre has something for everyone. It’s one of the first places to go if you’re a short break visitor looking to plan a stay in our city. If you’re a local, then there’s no better place to pop into and find out what’s on where you live. The Visitor Information Centre has rapidly become a hub for everything going on in Peterborough. Hundreds of people visit the centre every week and manager Tracy Snooks, whose team also operates the travel kiosk at Peterborough Bus Station, is constantly adding to its offering. She said: “Our services are as much for local residents as they are for visitors. We provide information and tickets for transport of all kinds, from local buses, to coach trips, holidays and even boat licences. We also issue parking permits, Blue Badges and bus passes. 28

“Aside from travel we also sell tickets to local shows, trips, events, and special attractions, whether it’s an international pop artist performing on the Embankment, shows at the local theatres or events at Peterborough Arena.” The team regularly updates www.visitpeterborough.com with all the latest events and activities on a local and regional level. They also maintain dedicated social media accounts, issuing daily tweets and posts to an ever-increasing number of online followers. The Visitor Information Centre is run by trained customer service advisors who are friendly, outgoing and passionate to make sure everyone gets the best experience out of Peterborough and its surrounding areas. Tracy continues: “We see ourselves as the eyes and ears of Peterborough. Not only do we know what’s on and how best to get there, it’s our job to give the best advice, whether it be for an individual visitor, resident or the whole family.”


The centre also offers a range of unique gifts. It has its own bespoke Peterborough branded souvenirs, from mugs and stationery to books and glassware. You can also purchase handmade jewellery and unique artworks created by local artists. For those with a keen interest in yesteryear there’s a range of items for sale featuring historical photographs of the city - and of course, it’s ideal for buying local postcards! Football fans can also enjoy the pick of gift merchandise from Peterborough United Football Club. So, if you’re ever stuck for ideas on what to do, need a unique gift for someone or tickets for an upcoming event, drop into the Visitor Information Centre or Peterborough Bus Station kiosk. A warm welcome awaits you, together with all the advice and information you need.

The Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street is open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday (tel: 01733 452336, email vic@peterborough.gov.uk). Opening hours for the kiosk at the bus station are 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 2.30pm on Saturdays.

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For full details and events diary listings updated weekly see www.visitpeterborough.com/events April 7–9 8–9 13–17 14-15 14–17 16 17–21 18 19 20–21 21–23 22–23 28–3 May

Diesel Gala Nene Valley Railway Burghley Fine Food Festival Burghley House & Gardens Annual Easter Beer Festival Charters Peterborough Festival Of Antiques Peterborough Arena Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Lyveden New Bield Burghley Easter Egg Hunt Burghley House & Gardens Exploring Easter Family Activities Peterborough Cathedral The Wizard Of Oz The Cresset Goldilocks And The Three Bears The Key Theatre Beauty And The Beast The Key Theatre National Motorhome Show Peterborough Arena Open Weekend Nene Valley Railway Uncle Sams American Circus Embankment

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May May Day Cheese Rolling Fair Stilton 4 Professor Brian Cox Live Peterborough Arena 5 Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show The Key Theatre 6 Rat Race Dirty Weekend Burghley House & Gardens 9 Remembering Fred - Dance Tribute With Strictly Stars The Cresset 12–14 Yaxley Festival Yaxley 13–14 Viking Re-enactment Group Central Park 20 The Elvis Years The Cresset 21 Thomas Big Adventure Nene Valley Railway 2–3 June Peterborough St John The Baptist Church, Arts Society Exhibition Cathedral Square 27–3 Sept Summer Opening Peterborough Lido 27–29 Teddy Bear Picnic Weekend Nene Valley Railway 28–29 Living Heritage Game and Country Show Burghley House & Gardens 31–1 Jun Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain The Key Theatre 31 Great Fen Spring Clean Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Ramsey Heights

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1–18 Exhibition Of Work By Crispin Heesom 2–4 NVR 40th Anniversary 2–4 Tour Of Cambs Gran Fondo 5 An Evening With Merrill Osmond Cherry Fair 5–26 6–26 Aug Stamford Shakespeare Company Summer Season 10 80’s Greatest Hits Show 10 Dragon Boat Festival 10 Motorcycle Event 10–11 The 80s Music Festival 10–11 Thomas Branch Line Weekend 11 Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night Tour 11 Open Farm Sunday 17–18 Heritage Weekend Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club 24–25 Annual Rally 25 Grimsthorpe 10 28 A Midsummer Nights Dream 28–1 Jul Rose Fair

July 7–9 Just Dogs Live 7 The Illegal Eagles 8 Battle Proms Concert 8 Woodwalton Fen Guided Walk 8 Bretton Festival 14–16 John Clare Society Annual Festival 16 Garden Day 17–18 Heritage Festival 22–23 Classic Car Weekend 22–23 Portuguese Festival 26–30 Burghley Film Festival 28–30 Peterborough Sausage & Cider Festival

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Green Festival Itter Park Fun Day Equifest Green Meadows Festival Monty Python’s Spamalot Lions Centenary Celebration 40th Peterborough Beer Festival Burghley Fine Food Festival Land Rover Burghley House Horse Trials


City Gallery, Peterborough Museum Nene Valley Railway Peterborough Arena The Cresset Embankment Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre Burghley House & Gardens Peterborough Rowing club Cathedral Square Peterborough Arena Nene Valley Railway ABAX Stadium Various locations across Peterborough City centre Burghley House & Gardens Grimsthorpe Castle John Clare Cottage Peckover House, Wisbech

Peterborough Arena The Cresset Burghley House & Gardens Great Fen Nature Reserve, Ramsey Heights Bretton Park John Clare Cottage Grimsthorpe Castle City centre Nene Valley Railway Peterborough Rugby Club Burghley House & Gardens Elton Hall Cathedral Square Itter Park Peterborough Arena Elton Hall The Key Theatre Cathedral Square Embankment Burghley House & Gardens Burghley House & Gardens

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Classic And Vintage Vehicle Show Embankment Key Fest Embankment Italian Festival Cathedral Square September Steam Gala Nene Valley Railway Dreamboys The Cresset The British Invention Convention Peterborough Arena Bridge Fair Embankment Abba Forever Key Theatre Magic Of Motown The Cresset Peterborough Festival Of Antiques Peterborough Arena

October 6 8 8 12 14 14–15 18–31 21–29 23–5 Nov 27–28

From The Jam “The Gift” 35th Anniversary Tour 1982-2017 The Cresset Perkins Great Eastern Run Embankment Autumn Food & Country Fair Peterborough Arena Sleeping Beauty By The Vienna Festival Ballet The Cresset Diwali Festival Cathedral Square The National Festival Of Railway Modelling Peterborough Arena Spooky Tours And The Burghley Pumpkin Trail Burghley House & Gardens Half Term Autumn Trail Peckover House, Wisbech Mr Fips Circus Embankment Wizards Express Nene Valley Railway

November 4 Ed Byrne – Spoiler Alert 4 Firework Fiesta 9 The Bowie Experience 11 Armistice Events Remembrance Sunday 12 15 Milton Jones Is Out There 18 Christmas Lights Switch-On 22–23 John Bishop Winging It Tour 24–24 Dec Santa Specials

The Cresset Peterborough Arena The Cresset City centre City centre The Cresset Cathedral Square Peterborough Arena Nene Valley Railway

December 1 7–7 Jan 9–17 10–31

Christmas Services Peterborough Cathedral Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Key Theatre Christmas Celebration Peckover House, Wisbech Snow White Pantomime The Cresset

All events correct at the time of going to print.

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Peterborough has a great range of sports venues, facilities and activity across the city, so there is always something happening. Mark Granger, Peterborough Greyhounds

Peterborough has four sports arenas at Peterborough Greyhounds, Peterborough Phantoms (ice hockey), Peterborough Panthers (speedway) and an all seater stadium at Peterborough United Football Club. The football club is nicknamed ‘The Posh’ and club merchandise including match tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre or the Posh Club Shop at the London Road football ground just five minutes’ walk from the city centre. The Phantoms have weekend fixtures from August to March and the Panthers play every Tuesday, March to October. For a great evening’s entertainment all year round, head to Peterborough Greyhounds. Peterborough Rugby Club play from their ‘Fortress Fengate’ ground and runs four senior sides, junior teams, ladies and girls sides and teams right down to under 6s. It’s free to watch the rugby and there’s regular entertainment hosted from within the clubhouse.

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Peterborough is very proud of its rare art deco lido that was built in 1936 and renovated to modern standards in 2012. It has heated outdoor pools, sunbathing terraces and outdoor eating areas on the lawns. Vivacity operates the leisure centres below: Sports Centre

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Peterborough Lido Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre Jack Hunt swimming pool Hampton Leisure Centre Vivacity Premier Fitness Werrington Sport & Recreation Centre Bushfield Sport Centre

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Peterborough District indoor bowls club The City of Peterborough Tennis Club Peterborough Town Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club AMF Bowling Court Pool and Snooker Club Planet Ice

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sport city Thorpe Wood and Orton Meadows are Peterborough’s two superb golf courses. There are nine golf clubs in total in and around the city.

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Thorpe Wood is proud to be recognised as one of the leading pay and play courses in the country. We strive to maintain a high standard of greenkeeping throughout the year, which means the course is rarely shut. The wonderfully picturesque surroundings and beautiful natural scenery add to the personality of the Orton Meadows course. Simon Fitton, Nene Park Golf

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Enter one of the UK’s fastest half marathons!

In 2016 the Perkins Great Eastern Run had the highest turnout of runners in the race’s history. A total of 4,262 runners ran the half marathon and 1,257 people took part in the Anna’s Hope Fun Run. The event had the strongest ever representation from elite runners and there were six wheelchair entries. Runners came from all over the UK and, indeed, the world, with entries from USA, the Netherlands, Italy and France. At one stage during the event more than 10,000 people were on The Embankment as runners crossed the finish line to cheers from a huge number of supporters and spectators. Unlike many UK half marathons, the Perkins Great Eastern Run takes in plenty of sights along the way, starting and finishing in the heart of historic Peterborough. It offers a fast, flat couse giving runners an excellent chance of a personal best. The race is lined throughout with supporters, giving runners lots of encouragement and support. Runners also welcome the high-quality goody bags that are given out at the finish line, which include a technical t-shirt, a commemorative medal and other running-related treats.

There’s entertainment and a funfair on the day at Peterborough’s River Nene Embankment, where the half marathon starts at 10.30am. This year’s race is on 8 October and organisers Peterborough City Council are gearing up for another bumper year. To enter, visit:

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Passion for Peterborough As I grew up in Peterborough, sport became an important part of my life and drove me on to all of my achievements. I’m proud of my city and the sporting achievements associated with it. The Perkins Great Eastern Run for example, is a major event that attracts thousands of participants who are all at different levels of running and fitness. It’s open to everyone and is one of the best half marathons in the country. Louis Smith, Olympic medals winner

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Two adults and three kids can enjoy a whole day on the Nene Valley Railway for little more than the cost of a meal out for two. Jump on and off at will (the kids will love the children’s play area at Ferry Meadows, adults will appreciate the break!) Steam services most weekends and Wednesdays throughout the year. Get on at any station and pay on the train.

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family city The children will never be bored on a visit to Peterborough. With plenty of parks, green spaces, cycling routes and regular heritage and leisure activities; there’s something for all the family to enjoy. Photo courtesy of Sacrewell Farm

Passion for Peterborough Sacrewell Farm: We had an absolutely fabulous time. From pond dipping to pony grooming and tractor rides there’s definitely something for everyone. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and I can’t wait to return at Halloween and Christmas, as I’ve heard they put on quite a show. Em2104, Trip Advisor (Map 2/30)

When it’s school holiday time there are excellent attractions that’ll provide all the activity children will need to keep them entertained. Sacrewell Farm is a multiaward winning heritage farm attraction and 18th century watermill nestled between Peterborough and Stamford. Part of the William Scott Abbott Trust, which was founded in 1964 to provide an agricultural education for all, the centre is an ideal place for children to see animals, run around in beautiful countryside and let off steam in a state-of-the-art Playbarn. There are more outdoor activities on offer at Railworld Wildlife Haven where you can explore the rich biodiversity alongside an incredible model railway. Bring a picnic too and then head to the Nene Valley Railway, home to a well-known little blue engine named Thomas.

Passion for Peterborough Nene Valley Railway: I have taken my grandchildren and their friends on several occasions. It’s always a lovely day out, sometimes we’d pop into Wansford station for a drink and a piece of cake and use the play area. Other times we’d take a train and jump off at Ferry Meadows and feed the ducks. Ann Wight-Boycott, resident (Map 2/7)

Built in 1947, Thomas spent his entire working life at the British Sugar Corporation Peterborough factory pushing wagons of sugar beet up an incline until the day came when a diesel engine replaced his steam power. The Peterborough Railway Society purchased him in 1973 and he was moved to the Nene Valley Railway, where he has since delighted his friends and children of all ages. 39


Central Park Central Park, situated on Park Crescent, is Peterborough’s most prestigious park and is positioned at the heart of the city, just a 15-minute walk from Cathedral Square. It has won the national Green Flag award for 12 years in succession and several areas of the park have been recently refurbished.

There is also a charming tea room, The Butter Cross, officially opened in March 1993 by the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral. It’s open all year round and offers a wide range of refreshments (Tel: 01733 563634).

The park provides something for all ages and interests in a beautiful mature landscaped setting and has a combination of formal and informal recreational areas including:

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History of Central Park Jimmy the Donkey is buried in Central Park. Jimmy was a courageous wartime mascot of the First Scottish Rifles Regiment during the First World War. He transported injured soldiers and boosted wartime morale. After ● The partially completed park was the war, Jimmy was bought by opened in 1877. the RSPCA and adopted by the ● Admittance to the park was originally Peterborough branch where he by subscription only. In 1900 the cost helped to raise thousands of pounds of summer seasons tickets was 15/- in funds until his death in 1943. for families and 5/- for single people. ● The tree was planted at the same ● The stone archway entrance from time as the Willow trees on the Broadway was presented to River Nene Embankment. Peterborough City Council by the Great Northern Railway in 1913. Since 1908 Central Park has been the city’s main public park and today it continues to be enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year and has become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Peterborough.

Other city parks Itter Park is situated on Fulbridge Road in Paston, which is a ten-minute drive from the city centre. Facilities at the park include a refurbished play area, hard and grass tennis courts, a bowling green and a putting green. There are two football pitches, which are used by a local team in the winter season. Events at the park include an Easter egg hunt (16 April), Paston Church Fete (8 July) and the Itter Park Fun Day (6 August). There’s a car boot sale on the last Sunday of every month from April until September. For more information about events, visit www.thefriendsofitterpark.weebly.com Stanley Recreation Ground (next to City College Peterborough) sits on the edge of the city centre. It’s an ideal spot for the family to play sports and unwind after a day’s shopping. See page 19 for information about Ferry Meadows Country Park.

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Queensgate Shopping Centre is integrated into the historic heart of Peterborough. It’s home to some of the biggest names and brands including; John Lewis, Primark, Marks & Spencer, Lakeland, Office, Next, Superdry, Pandora, H&M and many more.

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You won’t go hungry either, with a selection of eateries from a taste of Italy at Carluccio’s to indulgent sandwiches and coffees at Pret a Manger. Peterborough’s recently refurbished Westgate Arcade cuts through Queensgate and is awash with independent stores offering unique items from antique jewellery and luxury denim to designer sunglasses and an award-winning butchers. The City Market is only five minutes away from Queensgate and here you’ll be amazed by the quality and price of cuisine from around the world in the impressive food court. You’ll get only the best fruit and vegetables and the best value items for miles around.

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You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to quality dining in and around Peterborough. Here’s just a taste to whet your appetite…

Location Restaurant Cuisine/Hotel Telephone Historic Centre @ the River Nene The Grain Barge Peking Cantonese @ the River Nene East Oriental/Eastern @ Rivergate Fratelli Italian Bill’s Breakfast to bedtime @ Cathedral Sq @ Cathedral Sq Wildwood Grills, pizza, pasta @ Cathedral Sq Wagamama Asian inspired/Japanese @ Cathedral Sq Carluccios Italian @ St John’s Sq Pizza, Pots and Pints Italian Pizza Express Italian @ Cathedral Sq @ Cathedral Sq Nandos Portuguese chicken @ Cathedral Sq Prezzo Italian @ Cumbergate Sunday’s British/barbeque @ Church St Chimichanga Mexican Cote Brasserie French @ Church St @ Cowgate The Pizza House Italian @ Cowgate The Pizza Parlour Italian @ Cowgate Topo Gigio’s Italian @ Priestgate Prevost British Argo Lounge Lounge menu all-day @ Bridge St @ Wentworth St Park Inn Park Inn Handmade Burger Co Fresh food philosophy @ Queensgate @ Westgate The Brasserie Bull Hotel The Brewery Tap Thai @ Westgate @ Westgate Banyan Tree Indian @ Broadway Ba Shoh Asian @ New Road Turkish Kitchen Turkish @ Fletton Ave Sweet Olives Queensgate Hotel Circa 1852 Great Northern Hotel @ Station App Peterborough Area @ Fengate P’boro Greyhounds Raceview Restaurant @ Lynchwood The Source Grill Marriott Hotel @ Orton Huntley Restaurant Best Western @ Wansford The Orchards Haycock Hotel @ Elton The Restaurant The Crown Inn @ Stilton Galleried Restaurant The Bell Inn @ ThorpeWood The Restaurant Holiday Inn West @ Orton Waterville The Windmill Pub gourmet @ Werrington Cherry House Fine Dining @ Marholm The Fitzwilliam Pub gourmet @ Etton Golden Pheasant Pub gourmet @ Ufford White Hart Inn White Hart Inn

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Peterborough is a one of the region’s major attractions for retail, with a vibrant city centre and surrounding retail parks.

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The city centre is great for heritage, events, festivals, theatre, shopping, dining, café culture and nightlife. You’ll want for nothing. Explore and you’ll see that Peterborough has it all. Pep Cipriano, Marketing Manager, Peterborough City Council Boongate Retail Park Boulevard Retail Park Bretton Shopping Centre Brotherhood Retail Park City Market Peterborough Garden Park Queensgate Shopping Centre Rivergate Shopping Centre Serpentine Green

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Peterborough’s excellent Key Theatre is situated on the River Nene Embankment just a five-minute walk from Cathedral Square. The venue has ample car parking. Lovers of art will enjoy perusing the collections at Peterborough Museum and City Gallery. There are also occasional exhibitions at the cathedral and St John’s Church in Cathedral Square. Choral and organ concerts at the cathedral are often led by internationally acclaimed director of music and Royal Wedding organist Robert Quinney. There are a variety of concerts held all year round by famous artists.

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Passion for Peterborough

As well as three theatres there’s a growing arts community focus in the city. The Peterborough Arts Festival, street theatre, artists’ open studios, Art in the Heart, the art galleries at the museum and the arts cinema have all created a huge following. Then there’s the cathedral and St John’s Church, which both stage exhibitions and music. The music festivals and venues for concerts and bands are all growing too. Peterborough is well and truly on the cultural map. Tracy Snooks, Manager, Visitor Information Centre

The Norman Cross Art Gallery is an independent fine art gallery situated in the picturesque converted stables of the historic Napoleonic prisoner of war camp on the outskirts of the city. Visit www.normancrossgallery.com for details. (Map 2/19)

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Big name comedians, live music and spectacular dance productions… The Cresset Theatre is an 800-seater venue that’s been hosting a wide variety of entertainment for everyone for 37 years. There’s a pub restaurant on-site that offers excellent pre-show suppers too. (Map 2/3)

Passion for Peterborough The Cresset is a fantastic venue that offers a huge range of entertainment. I’ve loved my time there in pantomime and the Peterborough audiences have been brilliant. I’ve talked to loads of people who’ve been going to The Cresset for years and have seen all sorts of famous faces there. It’s a great asset to Peterborough. Ricky Groves, Actor

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night city Peterborough’s night-time economy offers up plenty of choices in bars and clubs. Bar/Nightclub Website Argo Lounge www.thelounges.co.uk/argo-lounge Charters www.charters-bar.com Edwards www.edwardspeterborough.co.uk Flares www.flarespeterborough.co.uk Halo www.halo-peterborough.co.uk Red Room www.barsandvenues.co.uk/ redroompeterborough Puzzles? www.puzzleslounge.co.uk Solstice www.thesolstice.co.uk College Arms www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk O’Neills www.oneills.co.uk/peterborough The Brewery Tap www.thebrewery-tap.com The Draper’s Arms www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk Sir Henry Royce www.sirhenryroyce.co.uk The Stoneworks Bar www.thestoneworks.co.uk The Bumble Inn Micro Pub www.thebimbleinn.wordpress.com

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stay city Peterborough has a wide variety of quality accommodation across the city centre and surrounding beautiful villages and rural areas. Many of the Peterborough accommodation establishments listed on www.visitpeterborough.com are inspected by VisitEngland or AA national accreditation schemes.

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Great Northern Hotel Station Approach, Peterborough PE1 1QL ✆ 01733 552595

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Whether for business or pleasure, the Great Northern 15 Hotel is the perfect retreat for all. With the friendliest welcome in Peterborough, the hotel features 41 stylishly decorated and furnished en-suite rooms, offering space, elegance and sumptuous comfort.22 Each room and suite has a luxurious, classical style, yet has many of the modern day facilities that you would expect from a first class hotel. Our relaxing bar, restaurant and coffee shop serves delicious British classics daily. Find us in the city centre, opposite the train station with ample onsite parking and free Wi-Fi for guests.

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Peterborough Marriott Hotel, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6GB ✆ 01733 371111

* Suzanne.Reynolds@marriotthotels.com 8 www.peterboroughmarriott.co.uk Explore the beauty of Peterborough, from our hotel. Ideally situated on 11 acres of lush, immaculately landscaped grounds, the Peterborough Marriott Hotel welcomes travellers to England with a rare blend of modern comfort and refined sophistication. We boast an unbeatable hotel location, only three miles from Peterborough city centre and next to the East of England Showground. Unwind in four-star style in our elegant hotel rooms; all lodging features a pillow top mattress, air conditioning, 24-hour room service and a spacious work area. Treat yourself to delectable international cuisine at Source Grill, or indulge in a craft cocktail at Senses Lounge. In addition, we boast a tranquil spa and a state-of-the-art leisure club, which offers an indoor pool, a fitness centre, changing rooms, a children’s pool, steam room and a sauna. We also provide a variety of full wedding packages.

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The Bull Hotel and Conference Centre, Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1RB ✆ 01733 561364

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Lower Farm

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Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast, Main Street, Barnwell PE8 5PU ✆ 01832 273220

* lowerfarmbandb@btconnect.com At Lower Farm we can provide you with a comfortable and relaxed country retreat tucked away from busy roads in a picturesque and traditional farm setting. Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast is situated in the attractive East Northamptonshire village of Barnwell, three miles from the historic town of Oundle. Accommodation is provided in 10 modern en-suite rooms converted from the farm’s old stables and milking parlour. Barnwell is a village full of character with its many thatched houses, village shop and 300 year old pub, The Montagu Arms.

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Castle Farm Guest House,

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Beautiful accommodation in a perfect village location. Ideal for exploring the area or home from home for the business or recreational traveller. Ten minutes Single from £45 15 16Racetrack, 17 Oundle 18 School 19 from Peterborough Arena, Rockingham Twin from £90 and 20 minutes from Rutland Water and Stamford. Double from £95

22 The Bell Inn, Great North Road, Stilton, 1 2 3 4 Peterborough PE7 3RA ✆ 01733 241066 * reception@thebellstilton.co.uk 8 Single From £87.50–£127.50 Double From £112.50–£147.50 Twin From £112.50–£127.50

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Lodge, West End Road, Lake Lodge Lake Maxey, Peterborough PE28 5LS

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Luxury lakeside home set in own gardens, woods and lakes. Tennis, rowing, kayaking, birdwatching, walking and open swimming in the grounds. House per week: Short breaks available. Stamford and Peterborough close by. 3 £1400 4 to £1500 5 6 Ideal for families and groups. Contact: Maggie 1 Tebbit. 2 Short breaks available Sleeps 8/10 LF

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regional city Peterborough is a regional city with excellent direct links to the A1(M). Virgin East Coast mainline train station is 50 mins to London and links to UK major cities.

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Find the right meeting facilities city or conference venue with the accommodation, capacity and networks for a superb experience. Excellent venues in both city and countryside locations.

www.visitpeterborough.com/conferences Perfect venues for your wedding and reception in the city and its beautiful rural areas. Approved premises to hold civil ceremonies and your reception. Š www.chrisbrudenellphotography.co.uk

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Peterborough CORE is a city-wide pure fibre network, that now brings ultra-fast internet to Peterborough – at least 100 times faster than most business connections.

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At Peterborough Regional College our city courses give you the experience of work combined with in-depth industry knowledge from inspirational teaching staff, all of whom are experts in their industry. www.visitpeterborough.com/information

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University Centre Peterborough offers UK and overseas students a welcoming and supportive learning environment.

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Peterborough sits just off the A1, so it’s very accessible from all major cities. Once you arrive you’ll find the city remarkably easy to navigate to. Rail: Easy access with Virgin East Coast Line direct to London (50 minutes), Newcastle, Edinburgh and also to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Lincoln, Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge.

travel city Air: Stansted Airport is just over an hour away by car and is on a direct train line from Peterborough. Luton airport is approximately 75 minutes by car. Cycle routes: Peterborough has more than 150 miles of cycle routes connecting the city via its Green Wheel route. Pick up a copy of the Your Cycle Map Peterborough for £1.50 from the Visitor Information Centre or visit www.travelchoice.org.uk for further information and suggested off-road leisure routes to enjoy. Photo © Nene Park Trust

Bus: The Travelchoice Centre in Queensgate Bus Station is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am until 2.30pm. You can get travel advice and National Express tickets, plus tickets for day trips and holidays.

Cycle hire: From the railway station you can pick up a bicycle through the Brompton Dock bike hire scheme for just £2.50 a day. Just fold it up and take it on the train then unfold it and ride back to the station to return. Visit www.bromptondock.co.uk/our-docks. Electric vehicle charging points: There are a number of free to use charging points located around the city, and many more planned for the future. Visit www.travelchoice.org.uk for up-to-date location information.

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When you discover rural Peterborough you will drift into the surrounding four counties and districts. The towns and borders around our city are beautiful and should be experienced.

Cambridgeshire Fens

To the north and west are Stamford, Oundle and Rutland, with Rutland Water. To the east and south are the unique Fen landscapes of South Holland, Fenland and North Huntingdonshire.

Some of the best border walks are definitely worth putting your walking boots on for:

www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org

Huntingdonshire

www.huntingdon-accommodation.org

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South West Lincolnshire

www.southwestlincs.com/stamfordtouristinformation

South East Lincolnshire

www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure/visiting/TIC.htm

Rutland www.discover-rutland.co.uk East Northamptonshire Tourism www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Stamford Town Trails Stamford River and Rural Walks Stamford 4 Counties Walk Easton On The Hill and Collyweston Apethorpe Walk Nene Way Ashton to Wansford Barnwell to Wansford Market Deeping and West Deeping Fotheringhay and Woodnewton Nassington and Yarwell Trail Oundle Walk Oundle Heritage Trail Stilton Stamford Fenland

city Car Park Name Bishops Road

borders

parking

Spaces Post code

Car Park Name

Spaces Post code

222

PE1 1EG

Regional Pool

197

PE1 5AP

Riverside

164

PE1 1EG

Brook Street

142

PE1 1TU

Car Haven

220

PE1 1YY

Trinity Street 53

PE1 1DA

692

PE1 5DU

500

PE1 5AP

167

PE1 5EA

Wellington Street

Northminster Multi-Storey 703

PE1 1AY

Wirrina

Pleasure Fair Meadow

PE2 9PB

Dickens Street

396

All car parks are a short walk to Cathedral Square (see map 1)

Quote the number at the car park eg. 1170 www.visitpeterborough.com Visitor info page

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Grantham & the North

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Grimsthorpe

Essendine

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A15

Exton Ryhall

31 d

West Deeping

Belmesthorpe Whitwell

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Upton

Thornhaugh

Duddington

12 d Helpston

Southorpe

Wittering

A47

Morcott

Bainton

Barnack

30 d

Wansford

Uppingham

Sutton Ailsworth King’s Cliffe

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Water Newton

29 d Nassington

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Polebrook

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Stanground

10 d

Hampton

Farcet 37 d

Yaxley

A1M

19 d

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Stilton

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Holme Glatton

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Cambridge 38 miles London 82 miles 12

London 50 minutes by rail

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Marholm

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Newborough

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Postcode PE9 3JY PE9 3JX PE3 8DX PE6 0EN NN17 3EW PE8 6SH PE2 5UU PE6 7QJ PE7 3PT n/a PE10 0LY PE6 7ED PE16 6NN PE3 6LU PE8 5AT PE6 7AG PE6 7QD PE8 6LR PE7 3TB PE2 5UU PE13 1JR PE2 6XE PE1 4YZ PE1 5BJ PE2 6XE PE3 8YN PE6 0TD PE3 8YN PE8 6QG PE8 6HG PE9 4BH PE6 0QD PE6 0TJ PE6 0QE PE3 8XJ PE6 7EL PE7 3AZ

Attractions Key

Attraction Burghley House Burghley Golf Club Cresset Theatre Accommodation Crowland Abbey Deene Park Elton Hall Conference centre Ferry Meadows Flag Fen Archaeology Park Great Fen (Holme Fen) Information Green Wheel Grimsthorpe Castle M John Clare Cottage Museum London Glassworks Longthorpe Tower Lyveden New Bield Visitor Milton Golf Club centre Moor Farm Shop Nene Valley Railway Norman Cross Gallery Orton Meadows Golf Course Peckover House Peterborough Arena Peterborough Garden Park Peterborough Greyhounds Peterborough Panthers Peterborough Phantoms Ice Hockey Pigeons Farm Shop/Café Planet Ice Prebendal Manor Medieval Centre Sacrewell Farm Stamford Shakespeare Company Thorney Abbey Thorney Golf Centre Thorney Heritage Museum Thorpe Wood Golf Course Willowbrook Farm Shop/Café Crown Lakes Country Park

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This guide is produced by: City Services and Communications t: 01733 452336 e: vic@peterborough.gov.uk

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