The best things to do in Peterborough this week

Peterborough's Cathedral Square will be taken over by the Armed Forces Day celebration and the annual Polish Festival this weekend.

Friday, 29th June 2018, 9:45 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:59 pm
Polish Festival on Cathedral Square. Polish dancers on stage EMN-170625-160650009
Polish Festival on Cathedral Square. Polish dancers on stage EMN-170625-160650009

Polish Festival

Cathedral Square, July 1

Peterborough’s Polish Festival offers something for all the family with traditional Polish cuisine, folk bands, children’s karate and colourfully dressed performers.

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Armed Forces day on Cathedral Square.

From 10am to 4pm

Armed Forces Day

Cathedral Square, June 30

A chance to show your support for the armed forces with a day of fun for all - miltary band, parade, performances, military vehicles, a climbing wall, tea dance, concert band, choirs, dancers, 1940s sing a long.

Vivil War re-enactment coming to Huntingdon

From 10am to 4pm

Summer Nights Beach Party

The Cresset, June 29

Celebrate summer and make the most of the longest days of the year at the Summer Nights Beach Party, celebrating 40 years of the iconic film Grease. Fancy dress is a must, whether you don your best beachwear, or fancy becoming a T-Bird or a Pink Lady for thenight.

Twist and Shout

Key Theatre, June 30

The greatest musical era of the 20th century comes alive with a nostalgic and fun packed musical journey through the sights and sounds of the swinging 60s.

This musical powerhouse of a show starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties.

Sequins and Suits

The Broadway Suite, June 30

An evening of song and entertainment from swing to musical theatre and beyond, featuring Calvin Lawrence, Daniel McCelland, Danny Shackell and Amanda Villamayor accompanied by the Steve Hession Band.

Cresset Comedy Club

The Cresset, June 29

Featuring Tom Ward, one of the most original and distinctive acts in the country. A finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Award and voted Club Comic of the Year with a hilarious sideways take on the world and a terrifying haircut!

Also appearing are Leo Kearse, Scottish comedian of the Year and UK Pun Champion, and Erich McElroy. Your MC is Andrew Ryan.

60th anniversary celebration

Christ The Carpenter Church, Welland, June 30 and July 1

There will a craft fair on Saturday with a number of stalls from various charities and other groups, a BBQ, Palmeston Ukulele Band, Silver Phoenix Band followed by a family disco from 6-9pm. On Sunday afternoon there will be a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and fancy dress competition with children’s entertainment including Dave the Clown.

Summer Fete

St Botolph’s Primary School, June 30

There will be fun for all the family including face painting, bouncy castle, BBQ, bar/drinks and raffle.

From 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Food and music

EMBE2GO, City Market, June 29

Enjoy the Afro-Caribbean flavours as Irie Man and EMBE2GO put on a special lunch with food, music and rum punch. Enjoy the sounds as you tuck into patties, jerk chicken, rice and peas and curried mutton.

From 12noon to 5pm


Huntingdon, June 30

The town centre is going back 350 years as it is taken over by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers in the opening shot for the 2018 Huntingdon-shire History Festival. Members of the Sealed Knot re-enactment group will be portraying Parliamentary soldiers during the English Civil War as part of a free event which runs from 11am until 4pm.

Fun Day

National Centre for Deafblindness, Hampton, June 30, 1pm to 4pm

Deafblind UK are celebrating their 90 th Birthday with a party. There will be a range of fun activities including blindfolded driving, deafblind archery, a

mobile climbing wall, a Deafblind Penalty Shootout, mini hand and head massages, a helter-skelter, a bouncy castle, children’s rides, Boccia

and live music.

Food will also be available and there will be an ice cream truck and a candy floss stall. Peterborough Mayor Chris Ash, who recently named Deafblind UK as one of his three charities of the year will attend.


Family Picnic

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, June 30

The Gardens Trust Family Picnic 2018 will be a very special affair as the trust joins the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust at Wicksteed Park to celebrate the bicentenary of Humphry Repton.

Wicksteed Park is a much-loved leisure park with playground and rides that was created in the grounds of Barton Seagrave, for which Repton created a Red Book hundreds of years ago – a park with a story!

This day is open to all – young and old, Gardens Trust members and non-members, and offers a chance to join friends and family for traditional garden games that Humphry would have known from the 18th century, a giggly and greenfingered gardening project to take home, celebratory cake, a tour of this unique park, and a ride on Wicksteed Park’s fabulous model railway.

Bring your own picnic, and dress up warm!

Tickets are £5 per person and can be booked through [email protected], babes in arms free of charge.

Games and activities recommended for the over-3s.