The best things to do in Peterborough this week
Prepare to be taken back in time, back to Medeshamstede, when Peterborough was born, as Queensgate Shopping Centre puts on a week-long celebration and festivities to mark the 900th anniversary of the city
From Monday to Sunday, step into a medieval village, complete with a castle and towering turrets, in Central Square.
Walk across the drawbridge, through the giant gates and into the courtyard where real knights, villagers and churchmen go about their daily lives.
The grand hall houses a giant banquet table, creating the perfect setting for activities to take part in, such as bread making, crown and shield making workshops, Merlin’s spell school, dressing up, stories of bravery and valour and much more.
Watch Knights of the Round Table battle with incredible sword skills, listen to traditional harps and folk music, and for those that have been naughty, it’s off to the village stocks.
Peter Pan: The Musical
Sacrewell Farm, July 28
Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they bring their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, Captain Hook!
The stage is set beside the mill stream at Sacrewell, beneath the boughs of the willow tree, with the sloping bank providing a gradual slope to set up your picnic blankets.
and low-backed chairs on. The performance is recommended for ages 4+ and will continue even if the weather is wet so please ensure you come prepared. You are welcome to bring your own picnic or to purchase snacks at Sacrewell on the night. Book your tickets online. Children £8, Adult £10, Family £32
Tuesdays Till Two
St John’s Church, city centre, July 31
Apollo Opera will be performing an audience-pleasing selection of arias, duets and trios from operas such as Carmen, Rigoletto and Barber of Seville.
Make a Clay Farm Animal
Sacrewel Farm, July 27
Get hands-on with one of the oldest art forms on the planet. Simple clay, made from water and earth, has been used to make pots, ceramics and decorative items for thousands of years. In our children’s workshops this summer, you will create your own farm animal from air-drying clay with the help of Richard Gibson, who has 20 years of experience as a practising ceramicist and sculptor.
Book at sacrewell.org.uk
Peakirk, July 29
Check out some stunning village gardens. Tickets cost £4 and proceeds go to Sue Ryder and Peakirk Church.
Tea and cakes will be on sale at the village hall.
1pm to 5pm
Ferry Meadows, August 1
Children and adults are welcome to come and join the drop-in session where they will get to create some seasonal and wild crafts.
10am-2pm at the Discovery den
Last Minute Brigade
The Broadway, July 27
Anthemic rock to indie pop, the band will be playing covers to overload your senses.
Family Fun day
Huntingdon Market Square, July 28
From 10am to 4pm activities for all the family including The Playbus, a climbing wall, electric go-karts, free facepainting and Dave the Balloon Man. There’s also a children’s roundabout and a bungee trampoline for some thrills and spills.
Family Circus Day
Ayscoughfee Gardens, August 2
Have a go at juggling, plate spinning, unicycle, stilt walking, aerial circus skills and circus crafts. These activities are free.
12noon to 6.30pm
Sausage and Cider Festival
East of England Arena, July 27-29
Food and drink galore plus entertainment from more than a dozen tribute acts over three days and fun for the young ones - softplay, workshops and games.
NHS 70th birthday party
Central Park, July 28
Come along and join the celebration of the National Health Service’s 70th birthday with a family fun day from 11am to 4pm. There will be lots of free activities for all ages including laser quest, a giant slide, face painting, arts and crafts, hook a duck and tincan alley.