11 of the best things to do in the Peterborough area this week

Stalls around the John Clare Memorial on the Village Green EMN-160525-100817001
Stalls around the John Clare Memorial on the Village Green EMN-160525-100817001

What Words Are Ours?

Key Theatre, May 17

What Words Are Ours? Part of Platform8 festival of theatre at the Key Theatre on Friday.

What Words Are Ours? Part of Platform8 festival of theatre at the Key Theatre on Friday.

Glitter-drenched cabaret, hip hop inspired drag, award- winning poetry and Britain’s best deaf poets - together for one night only.

Created and hosted by the sublime and distinctive poet/clown Talia Randall,

What Words Are Ours? is a thigh-slapping, tear-jerking poetry/cabaret starringhard of hearing performers alongside deaf artists, featuring some of the nation’s most exciting performers as well as local Peterborough talent. Part of Platform8

festival of theatre.

Letz Zep

Letz Zep

Tickets at vivacity.org

Helpston Gala

Helpston Village Green, Saturday, May 18

The village green is taken over for an afternoon of family fun with a barbecue, Pimms, teas, traditional games and stalls selling plants, books, toys, and bric-a-brac. There is also a bouncy castle, vintage tractors, fun dog show, exhibitions, and entertainment from the John Clare Primary School Choir and Ukulely Band.

There is a Delaine bus on the hour from Stamford Bus Station and also Bay 9 on the hour from Queensgate.

Stamford International Music Festival

Various venues, May 17-19

The festival 2019 programme

A chance to enjoy established favourites and discover lesser known gems, starting with the opening concert in The Ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre (7pm-9pm £15). Also: Late Night Schubert - Browne’s Hospital on May 17; An English Afternoon – The Ballroom Stamford Arts Centre, May 18; Vivaldi Four Seasons - The Ballroom, May 18th; Free Sunday Concert at Browne’s Hospital, May 19; and Festival Finale at The BallroomMay 19.

Times and full details from www.simfestival.com

Oundle Vintage Festival

Oundle, May 18

Across three of the main central streets see displays of fired up steam engines, vintage tractors, classic cars, vintage buses, historical exhibitions, afternoon teas, classic bicycles, a mini-railway with ride-on scale model trains, an antiques & vintage goods market, and old style fairground plus live music in Market Place.

oundlevintagefestival.co.uk

Busfest

Whittlesey, May 19

Classic buses and coaches will be giving free rides across the city at the Fenland Busfest & Ramsey Classic Car Show plus there will be a display of vehicles in Market Street.

Open 10am to 5pm

Peterborough Arts Cinema

John Clare Theatre, tonight

Peterloo (7.30pm) is Mike Leigh’s epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.

peterboroughartscinema.co.uk

Tuesdays till 2 concert

St John’s Church, city centre, May 21

Cellist Molly Parsons-Gurr and pianist Christopher Benham will be performing Chopin’s exuberant cello sonata and some elegant Beethoven variations.

www.stjohnscic.wordpress.com

Letz Zep

Key Theatre, May 17

Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin remain as iconic and influential today as ever, and Letz Zep are the official number one tribute.

Tickets at vivacity.org

The Goonies

Showcase, May 18,19 and 20

This timeless adventure classic - remastered in eye-popping 4K quality - has an ensemble cast of stars in their breakout roles.

www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

King of Pop

The Cresset, May 19

This incredible production stars the world ’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi who is joined on stage by Michael Jackson’s iconic female guitarist - Jennifer Batten.

www.cresset.co.uk

Sawtry History Society

The WI Hall, Gidding Road, Sawtry, tonight

Terry Bignall will be giving a presentation called Allways Cottage and Garden - The Glatton Home of Beverly Nichols. Members attend free, non-members welcome, £2 by donation.

Contact 01487 831441 for for details