A prize-winning poet, theatre, music and some great half-term ideas in Peterborough this week (October 19)
Wizards and witchcraft
Queensgate, Oct 25 & 26
It’s time to dust off your broomstick, perfect your swish and flick and visit the Queensgate School of Potions and Wizardry. Be prepared for a whizz-popping two days of entertainment, crafts, theatre and games in an enthralling weekend for both children and adults – all for free.
Mini-monsters can expect theatrical storytelling, join in and make a magic potion in The Witch’s Kitchen, but watch out for Emlyn the kitchen frog who hops to life for the ribbiting Frog Show every hour. Cast a spell with Queensgate’s wand making in the witchcraft area where families will be able to weave magic into their wands with the help of renowned witch, Wanda Wishwaft. After two lessons in the classroom, perfect your flying on the broomstick flight simulator with Cecil Skycraft.
Mini art classes
Norman Cross Art Gallery, October 21
Artist Tony Nero, who currently has an exhibition entitled This Is Me, will be running a “mini art for little artists” class with limited places offered on a first come basis.
01733 245189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
University Centre Peterborough, tonight
TS Elliot Prize winning poet George Szirtes opens the festival, speaking in the main lecture theatre from 7pm to 8pm.
Sing For Life Concert
The Cresset, October 21
Join the Sing for Life 2017 women together with
Peterborough Voices for what promises to be a spectacular celebration, while raising money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall.
Lance Ellington Sings Broadway
The Key, tonight
Join the BBC Strictly Come Dancing star vocalist for his exciting new show, which features many new and exciting arrangements of all your favourite, classic Broadway hits with an all star musical line up led by George Michael’s sax soloist, Ed Barker.
The Barn, Baston, October 26
Four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene bring the sound of Orkney. Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price ’s three fiddles and a piano produce
a fiery sound, rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.
Peterborough Arts Cinema
John Clare Theatre, tonight
The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina) tells the story of renowned painter Zdzislaw Beksinski. A 28-year family saga unfolds through his disturbing dystopian paintings, family feuds, near-death experiences, love-hate relations and consecutive funerals. The true story of the artistic Beksinski family: Zdzislaw, his wife Zofia and their talented yet trouble-making son Tomasz.
Fat Girls Don’t Dance
Stamford Arts Centre, October 20
Blending theatre, storytelling and killer moves, spoken word artist Maria Ferguson questions how we all look at body-size.
Mr Fips Wonder Circus
The Embankment, October 24
Mr Fips returns to the Embankment with more great Big Top fun including for the first time the amazing transforming robot car.
Brewery Tap, October 20
Oxjam Peter-borough Festival Launch Party with special guests Motor City Vipers and support from Nick Corney & the Buzz Rats. It is a ticket only event, £10 per person. Tickets available from the venue or onine.