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rogue traDers, your time is uP! Cowboy tradesmen cost the UK population nearly a billion a year in botched jobs The office of fair trading estimate there are over 9 million disputes between home owners and tradesmen ever y year, a staggering 25,000 ever y day. 7 out of 10 homeowners are unhappy with the level of ser vice they receive from tradesmen. Other statistics show that most of us have had, or know someone who has experienced incidents with ‘cowboy’ tradesmen and 85% of us worr y about the quality of workmanship prior to commissioning them. Thanks to award-winning Peterborough-based company you can now feel safe in the knowledge that when you need a local, reputable and quality trade professional, for both domestic and commercial work, a FREE and EASY one-stop-shop is at your finger tips. protects consumers from cowboys and rogue traders by providing free and easy access to local reputable tradesmen, suppliers and ser vices across the PE Postcode district. All members are CRB checked (they do not have a criminal record), highly recommended, vetted and approved, have agreed to abide by a Ser vice Char ter and will be rated on an ongoing basis; giving you, the consumer,

much needed peace of mind. Award winning director and RSA Fellow Eileen Le Voi says “when looking for a reputable tradesman or ser vice, research has shown that 98% of the population rely on personal recommendations. Choosing a tradesman from a director y is often a lotter y as you never know who you are going to get so don’t take risks with your biggest investment—your proper ty! is

all about bringing ‘word of mouth’ recommendations into the 21st centur y using modern technology and the internet. During the extensive local research carried out by safelocaltrades. com over the past three and half years, we have learnt that there are quite a substantial number of

local trades that consumers would NEVER recommend to anyone. We at also know that there are 100’s of honest, reliable trades in our local area who all deliver an excellent ser vice and we have made it our mission to find them on behalf of the general public; this will restore their faith that not all are bad and will redeem any tarnished reputation that our local trades have been branded with, due to unscrupulous cowboys. If anyone has a favourite tradesman, or supplier that they feel would be a suitable candidate, then please let us know by recommending them on”. As par t of our referral scheme, if your recommended person successfully gains Approved Member status, then we will pay you £20! The ser vice covers the entire PE Postcode District and is split into 4 geographical sectors. We only require a maximum of 5 trade professionals for each sector so our message to tradesmen, ser vices and suppliers is “don’t let your competitors get ahead of you, register your interest on the website NOW or you will get left behind. Our goal is to continue to establish the logo as a symbol of QUALITY & TRUST within our local communities. This in turn will give homeowners a muchneeded convenient one-stop-shop of reputable trades and ser vices.”

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Style Community Education News Events We hope you enjoy our first issue Welcome to the all new City Scene magazine, a local magazine for local people and published by a local independent company. This first edition is packed full of great news on events, enter tainment, wildlife, travel, cars, outdoor living and a book review much, much more! Every month the City Scene will be available at the outlets listed above, so please take home your free copy and enjoy the ar ticles and information we have written for you. The City


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Scene is published to allow us to share information, advice and handy tips as well as entertain you with puzzles, features and lifestyle articles. As a magazine published for you we are open to all of your suggestions, so please do not hesitate to contact us on 01778 345875 or email if there is something you would like to see in the magazine in the future. Are you are involved in an organisation, a sports or charity club

or possibly involved in organising an event and would like to let the people of Peterborough know all about it? You can send your details through to the City Scene events desk and we will be happy to publicise this information for you – please email We do hope you enjoy reading the first edition of the City Scene magazine.







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Rogue Traders Useful numbers Green Festival Dragon Boat race Music Scene ‘Cut out’ World Cup Fixtures Sporting Photography Feature Learn Tu Danse ‘PULL OUT’ Fun in the Sun Interview with Freya North Book reviews Free Electric Check Wild Scene Outside living Competition with Royal Taxis What’s On diary Ford Focus RS Travel Scene Puzzle Motoring

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PoLice For all non emergency enquiries – 0345 456 456 4 emergencies – 999 Police information crimestoppers 0800 555 111

heLPLines childline – 0800 11 11 Parentline Plus Phone: 0808 800 2222 samaritans Phone: 08457 909090 32-34 St John’s Street, Peterborough PE1 5DD Usual hours open 12 noon - 8pm citizens advice Bureau 16-17 St Marks Street, Peterborough PE1 2TU 0844 499 4120 / 01733 558383 gingerbread 0808 802 0925 For lone parents and their children

utiLities electricity Emergency number 0800 7838838 gas Transco Emergency Service 0800 111 999 anglian Water Water and sewerage service queries and emergencies 08457 145 145 (24 hours) reporting a leak Ring asap 0800 771 881(24 hours) consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 Clear, practical consumer advice.


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Useful numbers and websites community suPPort home-start 01733 315087 Family action Peterborough Children & Family Services, St Barnabas Community Centre, Taverners Road, Peterborough PE1 2JR. 01733 892858

eDucation Peterborough regional college 01733 767 366 Peterborough college of adult education 01733 555197

heaLth nhs Direct 0845 4647

hampton childrens centre, St Mary’s Church, New Road, Peterborough PE1 1TT 01733 566380

Peterborough hospitals (switchboard, non emergencies) 01733 874000

Paston & hampton Well Family Honeyhill Centre, Chadburn, Paston PE4 7DR 01733 579025

Dental access centre 5 Midgate, Peterborough 01733 295854 Mon-Fri: 7.45am to 7.00pm closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm each day.This service is available to anyone who is not registered with a dentist. Appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis. People seeking urgent or out of hours treatment can telephone the dental emergency service on 01223 471798.

salvation army Peterborough Citadel, 1203 Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough PE1 2AU 01733 564540 Peterborough council for Voluntary service (PcVs) 01733 342683 / 311016

counciL city council Peterborough Direct Call Centre 01733 747474 for information on housing, education and schooling, local council, community, leisure and culture, planning and building, rubbish, waste and recycling and traffic, travel and parking in Peterborough. Peterborough museum Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF 01733 864663 Library service Automated renewals line 08458 505 606 Information enquiries 01733 864280

youth rainbows, Brownies, guides & seniors Contact the County Office for your area unit 01487 773211 Beavers, cubs & scouts in Peterborough National Information Centre 0845 300 1818

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Werrington sports centre 01733 576606 Bushfield Sports Centre 01733 234018

these are a small selection of useful numbers and local websites in the Peterborough area. Please do contact us with information about your club via or calling 01778 345875

sPorts Badminton Peterborough City Badminton Club 01733 572663 Bowls Peterborough & District Indoor Bowling Club 01733 566709

netball Peterborough Netball Club Peterborough Mixed Netball

Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club 01733 202209

rugby Peterborough Rugby Union Football Club 01733 569413

Bridge Peterborough Bridge Club 01733 342885

Peterborough Lions Rugby Academy www.peterboroughlionsrugbyacademy.

Football Peterborough & District Junior Alliance League

running Yaxley Runners & Joggers 01733 810033 or 07880992014 www.

Peterborough & District Football League gymnastics Sims Gymnastics 01733 235003 City of Peterborough Gymnastics Club 01733 573017

alzheimer’s society 01733 893853 Bridgegate Drug services 01733 314551 DiaL (Disablement information and advice Line) 01733 265551 Drink sense 01733 555532 Family mediation service 01733 347353 harP (help and advice for relatives of Prisoners) 0800 389 3003 Leukaemia research Fund 01733 572236 Peterborough and Fenland mind 01733 768211

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Nene Valley Harriers 01733 260716 www. Eye Community Runners www. Bushfield Joggers www. swimming Jack Hunt Swimming Pool 01733 264 644 Regional Swimming Pool 01733 551474 hockey, tennis and squash Peterborough Town Sports Club 01733 262202

Werrington Joggers 01733 350930

Watersports Ferry Meadows Watersports Centre 01733 234418

Thorney Running Club 01733 270868 www.

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charities & community age concern Peterborough 01733 564185


Peterborough association for the Blind 01733 703570 Peterborough Dial-a-ride 01733 394545 Peterborough Women’s centre 01733 311564 / 311568 relate Peterborough and District 01733 568551 royal British Legion 01733 748122

salvation army good neighbours scheme 01733 892013 st theresa’s Family centre 01733 898424 st theresa’s charity for the adult homeless and other needy people in Peterborough 01733 894989/893762 sue ryder care, thorpe hall hospice 01733 330060

royal British Legion Womens section 01733 242322

young Lives 01733 341345

the royal British Legion (welfare section) 01733 757082

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rsPca 24-hour animal cruelty emergency line 0300 1234 999.

Peterborough & District round table Mark Wells 07837 482136

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Green Festival 2010...

Now in its 19th year the Peterborough Green Festival is all about encouraging local people to do their bit for the environment in a fun way. From green comedy, and eco fashion, to nature walks, picnics, and bike rides, the nine-day event will bring a host of exciting activities and entertainment to the city including a glamorous clothes recycling evening to family-wildlife-fun days to keep children entertained during half term. Much of the Festival is free, and everyone is invited to kick the whole event off in style from 10am on Saturday 29th May for the launch day in Peterborough City Centre. The launch includes games and competitions, creating a wildlife garden in the city centre, meeting Captain Splosh and finding out how you could save £40 on your water bill. After the launch day, fantastic family fun

continues right through until Saturday 6th June including; • Family cycle event on Monday 31st May • Eco-film screenings on Wednesday 2nd June • A ‘Trashion’ Show on Thursday 3rd June • A Green Comedy Night on Friday 4th June • Community Picnic Party on the 5th June • And BBC Springwatch will be coming to Peterborough for the Green Festival finale on Sunday 6th June. The Green Festival has been made possible thanks to support from organic wine producer Cono Sur, Opportunity Peterborough, Riverford Organic Veg, and Peterborough City Council. Green Festival 01733 866435. 2010 launches on

Saturday 29th May running until Sunday 6th June.

Gymnastics in Peterborough The obvious benefit from participating in gymnastics is fitness, but alongside this, the emphasis for all ages is also participation, fun and good sportsmanship. Many children begin their tumbling years with a class in movement, gymnastics or exercise of some form and they do not even realise they are exercising. Gymnastics should be accompanied by warming up, cooling down, and proper stretching to help avoid injury. The correct warm up and stretching routine for your children, is best provided by a skilled and qualified coach. Gymnasts at all levels require physical fitness, balance, coordination, and overall conditioning, but these can be achieved by participating in gymnastics. There is no need to arrive already prepped and trained! High impact exercise like gymnastics can help to build strong muscles and bones and increase bone density that can lessen the chances of developing

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osteoporosis later in life. Peterborough can be proud of its sporting facilities and achievements over the years including rowing, athletics, hockey, football, cricket,

squash and most recently cycling. For the past nine years, Peterborough has been the home of Sims Gymnastics Club and for the most recent two years it has been based in a spacious facility in Wainman Road in Woodston. Sims is the only full time dedicated gymnastic facility in Greater Peterborough,

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utilising the professional equipment and spring flooring essential for providing bounce and cushioning required and helping to reducing the risk of injuries. Gymnasts from the club have been medallists’ at National schools championships and for several years in a row have been county champions. Sims is the only Peterborough gymnastic club to have girls in County squads representing the county and region. Sims take children into recreational classes in various groups from ages six months to 12 years and currently host classes for over 400 students. Competitive squads are open to everyone by tryout only, both for girls and for boys. A more informal Playgym runs on weekdays for an hour and a half for just £3. Holiday classes and classes for teens and adults are also available as well as a great party venue to wear out your party guests! 01733 235003


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12th Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival To celebrate Chinese New Year, Gable Events has joined with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices to launch the twelfth Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival. One of the largest charity dragon boat events in the country, the Festival takes place on Sunday 20th June on the River Nene opposite the Key Theatre with more than 50 crews expected to battle it out over the 200m race course watched by several thousand spectators. Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history and the Festival is a re-enactment of a tragic event that took place more than 2,000 years ago in the kingdom of Chu. Legend has it that falsely accused of treason and exiled by jealous rivals in the government, despairing warrior poet, Qu Yuan, threw himself into the Mi Lo River. Local fishermen paddled out to save the drowning poet and tried to rescue him from vicious fish by beating the water with their paddles. But their attempts failed and every year in Hong Kong a Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival is held as a mark of respect for the fishermen’s frantic efforts and to commemorate the tragic death of Qu Yuan.The dragon boat’s fierce looking dragon’s heads were added later to ward

off evil spirits and, in Hong Kong, special dumplings are eaten to represent the dumplings that were thrown in to the river to stop the fish eating the mighty Qu’s body. According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, symbolising great courage, stealth and fearlessness - attributes which competitors will definitely need as the races get underway!

Life-threatened This spectacular event is a fantastic chance for local companies and organisations to promote themselves whilst seeing what makes their competitors tick; no previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit so why not take up the challenge? The 40’ dragon boats and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.The Festival offers superb family entertainment on land as well as water with activities on the bankside throughout the day. The teams taking part in the racing will be encouraged to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) which is the Festival’s new official charity. EACH is the

children’s hospice service for families in Peterborough and the surrounding area helping life-threatened children and their families with the challenges they face.They do this by providing a range of care in a home-from-home environment at the hospice in Milton, near Cambridge, or in the comfort of their own home. Liz Brinsdon, Corporate Fundraiser at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), comments, “Having heard what a fantastic local event this is, we are very excited to be the new official charity of the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival. Relying as we do on voluntary public support for the majority of our funding, any monies raised at the Festival will help us to provide the one-toone nursing care and support that is so vital to local children and their families.” The team raising the most money for EACH will win the charity trophy and a special Pan Asian buffet lunch kindly donated by floating city centre restaurant, East Restaurant and Bar. And with trophies up for grabs not only for the top fundraisers but also for the top three crews, best-placed mixed crew and the best-dressed - there really is something for every team to aim for!

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Four-piece band, I Only Date Models have, in a short space of time, already supported several great bands and gigged throughout the Midlands. With roots back to Peterborough, IODM took a moment between gigs, rehearsals, work, studies and general life to speak to the City Scene. Who are ioDm? sammy ault: Vocals/guitar michael meadows: Lead guitar tim Bollans: Bass tom Ford: Drums

how did you get together? Sammy, Tim and Tom met at Nottingham Trent University, and Tom used to be in a band with Meadows back home in Peterborough. The band just grew from there was refreshing to be friends first and a band second. We started gigging in May 2009 and have been very fortunate to have been asked to support some great bands, including Iglu & Hartly, Example and Fenech-Soler. We’ve also had the chance to do a live session for the BBC which was awesome. highlight so far… Gigging at Rock City Nottingham is always great as the sound there is

awesome...but I think our best gig was supporting Fenech-Soler. Writing songs… Sammy is the principal lyricist, but as far as the music is concerned, we are all heavily involved. tips & advice Leave it to the professionals! Only kidding……. Don’t rely on Myspace, it’s not the only way to get noticed. The best way to succeed is to have a passion for what you do and be friends before being a band. next gigs Friday 14th May, Met Lounge, Peterborough Saturday 12th June, Jack Wills Varsity Polo Tournament

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ocal photographer, John Owen, is working on a project to capture the personalities of sports people playing at grass roots level. Sports people at high levels have their photographs taken regularly and we are all used to seeing their pictures in press and advertising. But there are a whole raft of regular ‘weekend heroes’ that play all types of sport at grass root levels. Some might be semi-professional, some will get paid but the majority of them play for the love of the game. John enjoys portrait photography, taking those pictures of people and showing their character, challenging it may be but that is part of the enjoyment. The project started for John at Kettering RFC. The pictures are taken post game - sweaty and dirty, they aim to show the true character of the game and the people that play them. When the final whistle blows, John takes a number of players and starts photographing them. Later on, details are added about the player from signatures

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and playing positions to full player history. John works with the club on

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John is now looking for the next team to capture so if you are part of a local sports team take a look at the Characters of Sport website.


If you like to dance, you’ll love Tu Danse Studios are now going into their third year of providing dance and drama classes to children from the age of 18 months, and have been delighted at the way the school has grown. There have been two ver y successful ISTD examination sessions and Anita Winter, the Studios Principal praises the high standards set by her staff and the enthusiasm and commitment by both the students and their parents for this continued success. Alongside the weekly classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Street, there are many Workshops arranged through School holiday periods during the year. These Workshops are open to ever yone including nonstudents and range from High School Musical and Hannah Montana for the younger age group, through to working with West End professionals on show choreography from shows such as Hairspray, Chicago, Mamma Mia & Grease for the older students. See for Summer Workshop schedules!.. Adults are also well catered for. Tu Danse Studios are one of the few dance schools in the area that offer Adult beginners Ballet & Tap with New Adult Couple Ballroom Beginners classes star ting regularly. At Tu Danse we truly believe that it is never too young or too late to learn to dance so we offer Mummy & Me classes to children from 18 months, progressing to Baby Boogie at 2 ½ and we have fun daytime dance classes for the retired students. So whatever your age, whatever your ability, we will have something to offer and look forward to welcoming you to Tu danse.


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Disney Princess Summer Party

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Summer Ballet School July 28th & August 24th 10am-3pm

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For all budding ballerinas….A great opportunity to dance with a professional ballerina from the Matthew Bourne Company. For ages 5+ this promises to be a fun day and one not to miss!!

Summer Workshops hannah montana WorkshoP 27th July 10am-3pm Age 5+ Cost £20 Will you be Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana? Be a pop star for a day!! high schooL musicaL WorkshoPs 29th July & 10th August 10am-3pm Age 5+ £20 per day Dancing, Singing and Cheerleading fun…Both days will be different so come along to both!! camP rock WorkshoP 12th August 10am-3pm Age 5+ Cost £20 A workshop based on Disney’s very popular Camp Rock

tu Danse summer schooL - a musicaL in a Week! If you love to perform, then this is the workshop for you. Through the week you will have the opportunity to work with professional actors & singers, many who are currently in West End shows, who will be helping you to improve your performance techniques. On Friday evening you will perform for your parents and friends. An intensive but fun way of spending a week of your holidays. Both weeks will be different! 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. Performance 7pm Friday Cost £90 per week. (£20 discount if you do both weeks) Age 7-16 - 2nd-6th August & 16th-20th August

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Young Lives was established in 2006 as an umbrella organisation for the voluntar y and community sector (VCS) working with children, young people and families across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Based in Peterborough and St Ives, Young Lives has seen significant growth over the last three years, which has seen the team expand from a team of six to nearly 30 staff and operate out of three offices to compliment its position as a leading suppor t organisation offering its ser vices both locally and regionally. Young Lives suppor t organisations to help young people have a say in the ser vices the Council offers them. This is achieved through a number of projects

that engage children and young people, including: Young Activators; Young Inter viewers; Kids as Commissioners; Youth Grant Panels. Through the Get Creative team, organisations can make use of the Jam Van - a van packed with media technology that allows children and young people to make films, CDs, photos and animation as a way to express their opinions and put forward their ideas. 2010 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Young Lives with the launch of it’s new website offering new ser vices to both existing and new members, as well as a host of new initiatives and fundraising activities aimed at giving young people more oppor tunities in their community .

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it’s all aboard at the international market Walton’s ver y own International Indoor Market is now a reality, with over 75% of the stalls already signed up. Located off Lincoln Road, next to the Farm Foods superstore and opposite Morrisons, the market is shaping up to be a shoppers paradise. From home made traditional foods from the UK and around the World, a traditional family butcher, fresh organic fruits and some wonderful gift ideas, the experience is suppor ted by a high tech online market. The owners of the Indoor market have signed up top local designers, i-lid Design, to create the dream shopping experience. The challenge has been to create a real cosmopolitan feel in the market, fusing Italian, Indian, Chinese and Polish foods, combined with Homemade English cakes, fudges, home grown fresh vegetables, and a mix of quality jeweller y, toys and gifts and clothes from around the world. Stef Malajny who also runs the highly successful Papa Luigi business, can be contacted on 01733 777007 to discuss the last few spaces available.

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Struggling for something to do this summer? Check out our guide to some fantastic days out to a variety of destinations including:

Cadbury World – A sweet treat for kids: Attracting over 500,000 sweettoothed visitors each year, Cadbur y World has blossomed into one of Birmingham’s largest leisure attractions; and with only a 2 hour drive separating you from its chocolaty-goodness, make sure you grab a slice of the action this summer. Cadbur y World is a one-way selfguided tour, which allows you to experience ever ything up-close and personal and really get stuck in to the histor y of chocolate making. Whilst it’s not a factor y tour, visitors are offered the oppor tunity to discover and learn about the origins and stor y of the Cadbur y business – one of the world’s largest confectionar y manufacturers, as well as picking up some tasty freebies along the way. The tour currently


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by Charlotte Chorley features 14 zones which tell the stor y of chocolate and the business through a variety of static sets, animatronics, video presentations, multi-sensor y cinema, interactive displays and activities that are sure to keep all ages amused and occupied. Complete with a children’s playground, Cadbur y World also

provides a respected education programme set up by the company’s original founding fathers to educate and enter tain children in an imaginative and captivating way. This attraction may break your teeth, but it won’t break the bank; an adult ticket is £13.90 and child and concessions are £10.10, so you can enjoy your day guilty-free!

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Providing a selection of “worldsfirst” roller coasters, it’s no surprise that Alton Towers is the second most visited theme park in the United Kingdom. Situated in Staffordshire, a gentle twohour drive away, the theme park and resor t draws in around 2.8 million visitors each year, and why? Nemesis, the first invented roller coaster in Europe. Oblivion, the world’s first ver tical drop roller

coaster. Rita, a launched roller coaster which accelerates to 60mph in approximately 2.2 seconds, and now, Th13teen, the world’s first ver tical free fall drop roller coaster. A selection of the world’s finest roller coasters and attractions that provide thrill-seekers of all age’s unlimited excitement all situated in one place. It’s wor th staying over at the resor t in one of the two hotels to get the most out the trip; The Alton Towers Hotel and Splash Landings Hotel are both situated in the resor t, both offering different experiences. The first is themed to the eccentric fictional character Sir Algernon Alton with the rooms decorated

in a classically English style and pictures of Sir Algernon's inventions including the coasting roller adorning the walls. Whilst Splash Landings has a Caribbean theme and the main feature of the hotel is the Cariba Creek Waterpark. If however, you can’t stay over and prefer to simply spend the day enjoying the rides, there is undoubtedly plenty to keep you, and your family, occupied, and at a reasonable £108 for a family of four

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Woburn Abbey Safari Park: Woburn Abbey Safari Park offers intrepid explorers and animal lovers alike an amazing oppor tunity to see wild animals roaming free and uncaged, whilst guaranteeing a day you’ll never forget! After an hour’s drive from Peterborough, the picturesque and welcoming Abbey will loom into sight, and on arrival, you’ll be given your free information leaflet and map, which helpfully details the times of talks and demonstrations that you’d be foolish to miss out on. A guidebook is also a necessity

to purchase, and comes free with a children’s spotter guide which is perfect for keeping your cheeky monkey’s interested and aler t! It’s well wor th the money; at £58 for a family ticket, a summer visit, from March – October, averages at about 6 hours long, and you can repeat the exciting Road Safari as many times as you like. There are loads of activities on offer, from the Wild World Leisure area which

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offers more interaction with the animals to the Mammoth Play Ark for indoor adventurous fun to the Junglies Gift Shop where you can buy all of the coolest souvenirs. It’s a great oppor tunity to meet the animals and talk with the keepers who spend ever y day caring and looking after those wondrous animals.

Sacrewell Farm: Situated in Peterborough and providing the oppor tunity of not only a day visit but the ability to stay and camp in the spacious pitches provided, Sacrewell Farm is chock-full of things to keep your family enter tained this summer. The farm and watermill attraction opens its doors to thousands of visitors each year, and allows animal lovers to feed the vast selection of farmyard animals for themselves, take a ride on the tractor around the farm or race around the kar t track. It’s also rather educational, as children can learn about the olden day farming methods and practises as well as getting some hands-on experience with the animals. The Stables Restaurant, which is situated on location, provides a variety of tasty, hear ty, homecooked meals that will satisfy ever yone after a busy day in the fresh outdoors, and at only £19.95 for a family day ticket, you can afford to pick up some local treats and gifts from the Three Little Ducks shop. If you, like so many before, are captivated by the farm, you can stay on their charming campsite for a sensible family price of £28 per night, which includes entrance to the Farm Centre. Open all year round, Sacrewell Farm is an attractive family campsite with spacious pitches overlooking some wonderful views over the


countr yside and all the necessar y facilities to make you wish you could stay there forever!

Tallington Lakes: Take some time out and make Tallington Lakes’ 205 acres of clean, fresh, spring-fed water your playground this summer ; if you want to try something adventurous and adrenaline-inducing, then look no further! A truly unique experience in the UK, Tallington Lakes allows you to water-ski, wakeboard, tube-ride, jet ski, windsurf, dinghy sail or simply canoe on the peaceful water all in one place, as well as having the ability to enjoy off water spor ts such as tennis, climbing, snowboarding and skiing for those who’d rather stay nice and dry. Located in South Lincolnshire, about 13 miles from Peterborough, the exciting attraction boasts five colossal lakes dedicated to water skiing and wakeboarding as well as one large one for sailing windsurfing and canoeing. A 130 metre dry ski slope for snowboarding and skiing is available in addition, and there’s even a restaurant, bar, terrace and barbeque which overlooks the lakes. Children can take time out from the masses of activities (as if they would!) and enjoy themselves in the adventure playground. Vastly surrounded by mature woodlands and pleasant countryside views, Tallington Lakes is a place where you are able to maximise your time on the water, or just relax and let the worries and pressures of the daily grind simply wash away...


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Pigeons Farm: If you’re looking for a friendly, animalfun-filled day, then look no fur ther that Pigeons Farm which is practically situated in Thorney, Peterborough. Open 7 days a week, and at only £16 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), people young and old are guaranteed a very warm welcome and a fantastic day brimming with fun. With a variety of animals, birds and activities, you’ll never be bored, and if you’re interested in animals then

and rearing techniques as well as having the oppor tunity to play in the spacious and well-equipped play area. The Tea Room is a welcome retiring place after a long day, providing warm natural homemade foods and scrumptious desser ts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding and Malteser Cake. There is an outdoor eating area for sunny days, and a large log burner keeps things cosy inside on cooler days.

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Pigeons Farm is the place for you. Children are encouraged to get up-close and personal with the animals by collecting chicken eggs and learning about their breeding

Pigeons Farm is a popular destination for ever yone and anyone with a passion for animals, and you’ll sure to leave with ver y fond memories.


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interVieW What was the first book you read? Probably some daft picture book – but the first book I read which had an impact on me was Black Beauty. I remember throwing the book when it ended – I was sobbing and just so staggered that words on a page could have such a massive effect on the reader. What inspired you to start writing? I had a scholarship all set up…and I was learning my way around my first PC when I found myself writing the opening to the sort of book I wanted to read but couldn’t find in the shops back in 1990. I ditched the PhD and worked part-time and temped for the next four years until I finally struck my first deal. Who is your main influence? My Grandmothers – they’ve both passed on now, but they were very different women and both quite extraordinary in their own right. They had many tales to tell and so much love to give. I miss them still. What are the 3 things you can’t live without? My children. Butter. And horses. ten years from now you will be…. Giving my son’s wannabe girlfriends a good grilling…or else showing them cute baby photos of his bare bum. What is your best memory from your childhood? My fabulous eccentric Grandpa Alfred hiring a Rolls Royce, driving from Birmingham to London to collect me from school then taking me to a posh café where he drew dice on the sugar cubes with a felt tip pen. What is your ‘karaoke song’? Nickleback – This is how you remind me. Where is your favourite place to eat? Krispy Kreme donuts, from the bag, in


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Q&A with.....Freya North

the car, just as soon as I’ve left Tesco. What’s your favourite drink? I’m a bit of a Two Drink Tessy…My all time favourite drink is original fat coke in a glass bottle, not can. But I

shoes, one was black, one was blue. I spent the whole ‘do’ with one leg tucked behind the other. What are your hobbies? I’ve ridden horses all my life but the last five years I’ve totally embraced Parelli natural horsemanship so when I’m not writing, or running around after the kids or the dog, I can be found riding bareback and bridleless (or, rather, the horse is bareback and bridleless) What is your most proud moment? The birth of Felix and Georgia and all the remarkable things they’ve done. Walking up and over the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough (I don’t do heights), and winning the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2008 for Pillow Talk.

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am rather partial to a vodka, lime and soda – with fresh lime, not cordial. What is your most embarrassing moment? The first author event I did, I wore odd

marmite, love it or hate it - love it cheese and biscuits or dessert - cheese, the stinky oozy type shower or bath - bath, with excessively extravagant Jo Malone bath oil country or city - Country. I was born in the city but I’d never live in one again.

Bestselling author of 10 novels, Freya north launches our new books page


Winner of the 2008 romantic novel of the year for Pillow talk, Freya is currently working on her 11th novel. secrets, her most recent novel, is out now in paperback. each month, our Books Page will highlight the best new releases in fiction, factual and children’s books, as well as titles you may have missed and classics you might want to try.

New For March – Quality fiction... Lovers and newcomers by rosie thomas, harpercollins, £12.99 One of my favourite authors, Rosie Thomas has set her new novel in Norfolk. Miranda Meadows, a widow, invites five of her oldest friends to live alongside her. All have reasons for accepting. Initially, they have a great time - generally behaving badly. Soon enough, old attractions resurface alongside new tensions and they discover the clock can’t be put back. Then, building work reveals an Iron Age burial site of a tribal queen - suddenly the outside world wants a piece of their idyllic retreat and as the past is revealed, the future which unfolds is very different to the one they imagined.

Autobiography... smile though your heart is Breaking by Pauline Prescott, harpercollins, £18.99 Come on - who isn’t just slightly inquisitive about what life behind closed doors must be like with John Prescott? He may have compromised his dignity on a number of occasions - but Pauline has always maintained hers. Pregnant at 15 by a married US serviceman, she resisted all attempts to give her son up for adoption. When he was three, she was persuaded it was for his own good and she expected to never see him again. John was a waiter when they met and his ambition to become a union activist meant 8 years at university during which time Pauline supported the family. Then, 40 years after she last saw her son, her world was turned upside down. The press had found him and Pauline was reunited. Warm, moving and at times painfully sad, her autobiography is a good humoured and articulate account of a fascinating life.

What I’m currently reading... skippy Dies by Paul murray hamish hamilton, £18.99 Set in a grand old boarding school with a cast of colourful characters, this is the second novel by Paul Murray. Van Doren and Skippy are two geeks (their hobbies are extreme maths and the concepts of extra terrestrial life). However, when Skippy falls in love with the Frisbee-playing cool chick at the neighbouring girls’ school all hell breaks loose, culminating in a to-the-death doughnut-eating race. Extremely funny, bittersweet and touching. Five go to Billycock hill by enid Blyton hodder children's Books, £4.99 I love reading to my children. Interestingly, nothing quite grabs their attention so totally as Enid Blyton's classic children's adventure stories, first published in the 1950s. Memorable baddies, plenty of cliffhangers and fab picnics, these books

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A Classic You Should Read.... moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (with an introduction by Freya north) Vintage classics, £5.99 It was an honour to be invited to write an intro to this extraordinary novel. If Defoe can be revered as the godfather of the romp, his spunky protagonist, Moll, is the godmother of feisty literary heroines. The pace is frenzied and the plot outrageous. Our heroine marries every eligible male between Lancashire and Virginia - including her brother. She's a very modern icon - whatever befalls her, she picks herself up, dusts herself down, rearranges her cleavage and rampages off again.



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Local electrician Martin Brown and his team of qualified electricians are offering recession-busting FREE electrical house checks. Martin, the franchise owner for Mr. Electric in Peterborough and Lincolnshire is concerned about the number of electrical-based injuries and deaths in the home. Government statistics show that every year up to 4,000 people are injured and 30 die due to electrical faults in the home. “Electrical dangers in the home are completely avoidable if people use the right experts for the right jobs,” explains Martin. “I hear more and more reports of people either doing their own electrical DIY or using non-approved electricians. The recession means that everyone is looking to save money where they can but the true cost can be people’s lives.” Martin’s “Mr. Electric” FREE house electrical check includes a 45-minute visual assessment of the home focusing on wiring and electric shock risks. “I’m keen to put something back into

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One of Nature’s little oddities Every now and then nature throws in an oddity it shouldn’t. Variation amongst individuals of the same species of animal or plant is usually confined to just differences in sex and age. For example an adult male Blackbird will look pretty much identical to another adult male Blackbird. But every now and then, nature throws in an oddity it shouldn’t. In early March a completely white bird appeared in my back garden. Now I’m not talking about a pale sort of colour, like a Collared Dove, I’m talking ‘Dazz’ white. I’m talking as white as a Hollywood star’s teeth white. At first only fleeting glimpses were had but eventually it became clear what this bird was; it was a Blackbird. It looked Blackbird shaped, acted like a Blackbird and even called just like a Blackbird… but it was white. It even had the yellow bill and eye-ring confirming it was an adult male but for this individual the black pigments in the feathers were completely absent, a condition known as leucism. Now I have seen Blackbirds with the odd specs of

The white ‘Blackbird’!

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white in their plumage before, some even with nearly completely white heads but a completely white one was new to me. Naturally I grabbed the camera but photos proved rather hard to obtain. Most Blackbirds are fairly tolerant of humans. We even have a pair building a nest in the hedge at the bottom of our garden, which boarders next door’s busy path way. This bird however is rather shy. At first I thought the other Blackbirds were chasing it from our garden but having spent some time watching it, it became clear that the other Blackbirds weren’t really bothered by it. A couple of males had a scrap over our back garden and with all the food we supply them with, who can really blame them, but they completely ignored the other male present- the white one. It’s almost as if they don’t quite realise it is the same species as them! So if the locals aren’t upsetting it, what is making it so camera shy? Well I can only guess that this dude actually knows it is white and therefore shines out like a beacon for passing predators. The reason I thought other birds were picking on it at first was because every time they flew up it would fly off, but now it seems clear it is just fleeing ‘just in case’, as it feeds alongside other birds happily. This bird’s instinct has reacted to it’s own genetic curve-ball by making more cautious about hanging out in the open and hanging around when those around it are flying off. Undoubtedly without this instinct it wouldn’t have lived to reach adulthood as any passing Sparrowhawk would have seen it from outer space, let alone from half a mile up! So what will happen now with our white Blackbird? Will it stay? I don’t know; it’s encouraging that it has turned up in early spring. Who knows it might even breedwould be interesting to see the outcome of that. All I know is that nature does produce oddities and these make it worth looking out the kitchen window once and a while.

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All fares for every journey are detailed on the website so you can be sure you know the prices before you travel, you can even book on-line! Or call 01733 777000. Planning a holiday can be a stressful process, and working out how to get to the airport in time only adds to this stress.Why not ask Royal Taxis to pick you up and drop you off, right outside the terminal, so need to park and ride!

For your chance to Win a LuXury transFer Please send us your contact details and you will be entered into a draw. Email details to: or send them to 96 Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate, Peterborough. PE6 9BA. (There are no cash alternatives and dates of transfers are subject to availability – T&C apply. Entries will not be valid for competition details posted on websites other than the Scene Magazine website, where applicable)


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the city scene has teamed up with oundle golf club to offer a green fee of just £10 per person, per round. Subject to other tee reservations, City Scene readers can play on Thursdays all day and on Tuesday afternoons. Tee times must be booked in advance using the reference “City Scene Offer”. Contact Richard Keys or Andy Simmonds in the Proshop on:

01832 273267 or Oundle GC has 18 very individual holes all set in hundreds of acres of peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

Check out the course on Not to be combined with any other offer. Offer ends 26th August 2010.

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What’s on

may cinema

June eVents

‘the men Who stare at goats’ 27 may, 7.30pm John Clare Theatre, Central Library, Peterborough Annual membership of the John Clare Theatre is £6.00 for the period from January 2010 to December 2010 and entitles members to pay the concession rate of £4.00 per film. Those entitled to concessions will receive free membership. Shows are open to non-members at £5.00 per show.

get arty For may haLF term 1- 4 June. 10.30am - 1pm Peterborough Museum 01733 864663

theatre steVe hession Big BanD with Lance ellington and hayley sanderson (pictured) 22 may, 7.30pm Key Theatre, Peterborough £15.00 (£13.00 concessions) 01733 207239

eVents green FestiVaL 22 may – 6 June (see page 11) thomas’ Big aDVenture 23 may Nene Valley Railway Come and join Thomas as he takes the main line to Peterborough. Advanced Booking Required, Adult £15, Child £10, Children up to 1 travel free. Tel: 01780 784444.


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tour series 15 June 10 teams of five highly tuned professional cyclists will engage in combat against each other to become the overall champions of The Tour Series. Debuting in Peterborough in 2009, the Tour Series is returning to the City Centre for speed, chases and time trials like you’ve never seen…. DragonBoat race 20 June River Nene opposite the Key Theatre peterborough More than 50 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course watched by several thousand spectators. To make sure your company, club, organisation or group of friends is on the start line in June, please call Festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470718. (See page 14) PeterBorough FestiVaL 26 June – 10 July 26 & 27 June – Central Park Weekend 3 & 4 July – Heritage Festival Weekend in Cathedral grounds and Cathedral Square

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New University building WINS DESIGN AWARD

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The new University Centre Peterborough has been praised as ‘a flagship educational building’ by judges at the annual East Anglia Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards. The centre – a joint venture between Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University constructed in the grounds of Peterborough Regional College – is expected to be the

first stage in developing an ‘education quarter’ in Peterborough. It won the best education building award at a ceremony with over 250 professionals from the construction industry attending to recognise

and reward the most innovative construction projects Kevin Dawson, building control manager at Peterborough City Council, said: “The quality of all the nominations was very impressive , it was wonderful to celebrate these achievements and reward people from different disciplines who worked together as an inclusive design team.”

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Green can be mean motoring

In a world obsessed with green credentials, it seems some eco-mentalists, when commuting round town, egotistically grasping their hessian shopping bags, actually look back to check if they have left a carbon footprint. A combination of government campaigning and social misunderstanding have led to the performance car becoming public enemy number one, (despite never even taking a certain Mrs. Bridge for a ride.) In response, car manufacturers have turned to alternative drive-trains, the most popular being hybrid systems, which combine a relatively low powered petrol unit being used in conjunction with a torque vectoring electric motor to deliver extremely low carbon emissions. In an almost comedic fashion, Hollywood’s elite, slip out of their SUV, with a thirst to match the late Oliver Reed, into their Toyota prius, a dull, unimaginative and completely soulless machine. It is not that low emissions and efficiency are a negative for me, the problem lies in this image, that in order to be green a sacrifice must be made. Recent developments have demonstrated that ‘green can also be mean’. The Tesla roadster carries out a 0-60 sprint in less time than an Aston Martin DBS, the Wrightspeed X1, a wholly electric car with zero emissions is faster than a Ferrari Enzo. Admittedly this technology is simply being used in high end, lightweight performance cars, that resemble little more than a piece of scaffolding stuck to an engine, which is why when Ford; a name synonymous with boy racers, for the iconic RS line, shocked the motoring world when alluding to the fact that the next generation focus RS was going to be >


a, dare I say it, ‘hybrid’. The current RS, acclaimed for its ability to ameliorate dynamic handling and blistering midrange acceleration, in an all encompassing practical package, thanks to its revolutionary revoknuckle suspension system, is the 22nd incarnation of the Ford RS brand, which began with the Escort RS1600 in 1970. This raucous machine has set new standards in power delivery through the front wheels, a combo which usually ends up in a tree being redecorated with a splash of bumper and a lump of exhaust. With a realistic combined cycle delivering a reported 18.1 mpg and a CO2 emissions figure being conservatively measured at 225g/km, the car is simply outdated in a real world environment, not only from an environmental point of view, but due to government legislation, the car barely misses the highest tax band (one years tax being £550) and running costs with services and petrol included are nothing short of ridiculous. Given that the idea behind the high performance hatch back is primarily bargain basement performance, it may be that ford, in speculatively pitching the ‘performance hybrid’ have paved the way for performance which escapes the tyranny of government taxation. The mk III Focus will provide the platform for the futuristic performance crossbreed. Furthering the Kinetic design initiative, the third rendition of Ford’s most successful production car ever, although presently little more than conjecture, the RS is expected to boast a 2.0 EcoBoost

direct-injection turbo, replacing the coveted 2.5 litre V5 Turbo which is a tuned version of the T5 unit used in all ‘hot’ Volvos. The upshot is similar performance but with significantly reduced carbon emission. The unit will mate to a 95 bhp electric motor co-developed with Peugeot, driving the rear wheels. The combined power should match the 300 bhp of the current model but will allow for torque to be directed to the rear wheels from 0 rpm allowing for smoother power delivery. Regenerative technology will also feature with braking resistance providing power for the electric drive train and start stop technology will be lifted from the rest of the ford Econetic range to deliver even more efficient emissions. Expect further refinement coupled with a 5 second 0-60 time. Rivals such as the Golf R, Leon FR and Megane Sport Tourer, will continue to suffer the rigorous taxation that come with petrol powered performance, whilst the focus will drop into a category including much smaller cars, only producing a sea breeze like 150 g/km of carbon dioxide. So it seems in the not so distant future we may find ourselves in the local Sainsbury’s car park donating guilt free, and while protestors may carry on their misguided onslaught against the car before being transported back in their gas guzzling camper van to their compost heap, it seems the performance car really does have a future after all. by Wesley thompson

eagle Business Park bucks the trend Whilst the general word on the street is that business is tough, and we see many empty shops units on the high street and commercial units locked up for sometime, it is great to see a local business park bucking this trend. Eagle Business Park in Yaxley launched in the summer of 2009 and has seen exceptional levels of interest, despite the apparent slow market. Seizing the opportunity to develop the site whilst materials and labour prices have been low has meant that a cost effective design and build package has been


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available, perfect for those interested in determining the size of their building which then suits their business needs. With both freehold and leasehold options also available on some units, the one size fits all approach has been thrown out of the window. Barker Storey Matthews in Peterborough have worked with R & H Estates Ltd in bringing this ultimate property solution to the area. For further detailed information contact Barker Storey Matthews on 01733 897722.

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The Hyundai ix35 is worthy of your consideration When Hyundai launched its Tuscon in 2004, you could count its direct rivals on the fingers of two hands. Back then, the market for compact 4x4 vehicles hadn't yet gone supernova and buyers interested in this type of vehicle had a comparatively easy task deciding which model to plump for. Hop in your Tardis and fast forward to 2009, the year that the Tuscon's replacement, the Hyundai ix35 was unveiled. Suddenly, sock removal is essential for anyone attempting to assign a digit to all the various compact 4x4 contenders. If you include the growing cluster of crossover models that split the difference between 4x4 and family hatchback, you'd need another pair of hands altogether. To stand out in this crowded marketplace, the ix35 will need to be special. Not all ix35 models will be four-wheel-drive. As has increasingly become the case with crossovers and compact 4x4s designed mainly for road use, the entry-level ix35s will be front-wheel-drive only. This means the extra traction to help you out in slippery conditions is lost but all ix35s still have the extended ground clearance to stop them coming to grief on speed humps and high kerbs. The 2WD versions also bring fuel efficiency benefits. The size of the ix35 places it in the middle of the compact 4x4 class. It's around 10cm longer than a Nissan Qashqai but smaller than the larger compact 4x4s like the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet's Capitva. It retains the elevated ride height whether customers choose two or four driven wheels, so getting in and out should be straightforward as should loading. Decent head and legroom in the back make this a bona fide family car and the build is as sturdy as recent Hyundai efforts have led us to expect. The engine range available on the ix35 is usefully diverse. A pair of 2.0-litre units, one petrol and one diesel head up the range but Hyundai has big hopes for smaller engines it's offering with the car. A 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 1.7-litre diesel look set to be big sellers thanks to low running costs

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and affordable up-front pricing. The 2WD models will bring efficiency savings over the 4x4 ix35 models and the two smaller engines in particular look to be solid performers with regard to running costs. Emissions of 149g/km for the 1.6-litre petrol model and 139g/km for the 1.7-litre diesel are good going for a compact 4x4. Part of the credit for the parsimony of the ix35 can be laid at the door of Hyundai's ISG Idle Stop and Go technology that turns off the vehicle's engine when it's standing still to save fuel. The market for compact 4x4 vehicles has certainly undergone some changes over recent years, the biggest single factor being the huge increase in the number of different models that are vying for the attention of consumers. As Hyundai's representative in this increasingly influential sector, the ix35 has a lot riding on it and it looks to be yet another mid-sized 4x4 that's worthy of consideration.

Facts at a gLance car: Hyundai ix35 Prices: £16,495-£20,745 - on the road insurance grouPs: 10-13 [est] co2 emissions: 138g/km-160g/km [est] PerFormance: [2.0 petrol] 0-60mph 10s / top speed 125mph [est] FueL consumPtion: [2.0 petrol] (combined) 46mpg [est] stanDarD saFety Features: ABS, ESP, four airbags WiLL it Fit in your garage?: length/width/ heightmm 4400/1835/1680mm Who to see: emg hyundai, st John’s road, spalding, Pe11 1Ja.telephone 0844 880 7960


The City Scene Issue 1  

This is the first issue of the City Scene, a new community magazine distributed throughout Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

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