10 of the best things to do in and around Peterborough this week

A festival for children, comedy, cinema, music and dance - there’s sure to be something to keep you entertained in Peterborough this week.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 11:15 am
Encore Dance Academy 20th anniversary show dress rehearsal at the Cresset. EMN-200202-192652009

Kids’ Fest

East of England Arena, February 8 and 9

A fun and informative festival for children aged 1 - 14. Jam-packed with 40 attractions to educate, entertain and inspire, there’s fun for all the family. Obstacle courses, circus workshops, arts & crafts, plenty of sports, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), storytelling and face-painting, there is something for every child, no matter where their interests lie. There’s a dedicated area for under-5s, and as a festival that prides itself on being inclusive for all, there are special provisions for those with additional needs, including SEN and breastfeeding mothers.

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Kids' Fest takes place on February 8 and 9


Jonny Awsum

Stamford Corn Exchange, Feb 7

Jonny Awsum shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent with his performances of ‘This Is A Musical’ with Ant and Dec, and ‘The Triangle Song’ with David Walliams, winning standing ovations and unanimous approval from the judges and achieving over 50 million online views. Following BGT Jonny enjoyed a whirlwind 18 months, including a sell-out five-star reviewed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. His very first solo tour will include brand new material, together with the greatest hits from his TV and comedy club sets.

Nathan Carter

Suitable for age 14+

Encore Dance Academy: 20 Fabulous Years

The Cresset, Feb 8 and 9

More than 100 dancers from Encore Dance Academy will be taking part in three shows to celebrate its 20th birthday performing ballet, tap, modern and street dance.

Jonny Awsum

Peterborough Civic Society

St Mark’s Church Hall, Lincoln Road, Feb 10

Kate Carver who will be speaking about The Great Fen Project, launched in 2001 with the aim of restoring the natural fenland landscape. Aside from nature conservation, the Project was also expected to have important roles in flood alleviation, in conserving peatland soil, in providing facilities for outdoor leisure and recreation and in presenting the fenland heritage to a wider audience.


Peterborough Arts Cinema

John Clare Theatre tonight

In The Souvenir , a shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

Critics’ No 1 film of 2019.

Starts 7.30pm


Crowland Abbey, Feb 8

Divers Voyces, directed by Joe Bolger, will be performing music by the 16th and 17th Century masters including works by Josquin, Lassus, Tomkins, Purcell and others. Featuring the Missa Sonus Musicae by the 16th Century nun and noted jam-maker Veronica von Dieselheim.

Tickets are £8 and only available at the door.

Nathan Carter

New Theatre, February 7

Nathan is a country-pop star, famed for being Ireland’s number one entertainer, he has 7 top 10 albums under his belt including 3 #1’s, and has even beat the likes of Drake and Beyonce to the top spot. In recent years he’s also headlined his own arena shows at the Arena Dublin and SSE Arena Belfast.

Tickets at newtheatre-peterborough.com

The Counterfeit Stones

Key Theatre tonight

Now in their 29th year, these fraud-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of “Spinal Tap” humour, it’s Satis-fiction guaranteed.


Tony Stockwell

The Cresset, tonight

The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy, demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones in a

show that’s remarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and humorous!

Tickets at www.cresset.co.uk

The King Is Back

The Cresset, Feb 7

Internationally renowned Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to show why he is regarded as the best ‘Elvis’ in the business.

Tickets at www.cresset.co.uk

Werrington Local History Group

Village Centre, Church Street, tonight

Prostitution and Death in Victorian Peterborough - a talk by Claire Richardson.

This talk looks at how the poorest in society lived and died in the slums and back alleys of our city, exposing the fascinating lives of penniless Peterborians in Victorian times.

Visitors welcome, £3 at the door.


Queensgate, from Feb 13

Photographs of eighty four local people will be displayed as part of the #1000Moments project, carried out by Peterborough Presents, We Love Peterborough and Jumped Up Theatre. It combined a travelling gameshow, a poetry film and a photography campaign all aimed at getting local people talking positively about the city. More than 250,000 people have engaged with the online campaign, Highly Commended for Best Campaign of the Year at Peterborough Media and PR awards.