Peterborough Celebrates Festival featured an exciting, eclectic and diverse range of entertainment, activities and attractions. From grassroots to the main stage, from food and drink, to music, performances, theatre, crafts, culture, and sports, there will be so much to explore for all the family. Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2022.

I was there in the morning on Saturday doing some exploring of what was available for everyone. Very well organised with FREE parking in other allotted areas like Lynch Wood and Nene Valley Railway donating FREE train rides to and from Overton station to reduce the traffic. I actually rode the Sweedish train back to Peterborough for the experience and although very busy it was a nice ride home that saved a parking space.

Lots of small stall holders from around the city with their books, food, charities, coffee, activities and more. Nene Park had kite creating (you’d have found me there on Saturday from 1-4pm until we ran out of paper!!!) It was so popular! I am now a master kite maker and lots of little people went away so chuffed with their own-designed kites it was fabulous. You could also create star hats, design your own tote bags and more little bits of creativity for the kids. Along with lots of fairground rides to entertain them, there were also some sporty activities like the climbing wall and also football skills from POSH.

Food was ample from Caribbean to a Brown Meadow Pizza van, from savoury and sweet crepes from the Crepe Cabin to coffee and pastries from Bean Around in town – plenty to eat. Including a bar in the beer tent.

Lots of the stage too with things going on. Films from Del from around Peterborough and Millfield. Graffiti walls for your to scribble your ideas on, a stage for Lamphouse to do their Peterborough Show (fabulous I’ve seen it before in the Cathedral) and their madcap capers, and of course the Big Top with the circus acts going on. Quite a lot to do for the whole day and to enjoy the sunshine – not so much today as I think the sun has left us for Sunday, but still a good day to go again today.

During the festival, visitors were also be able to view the ‘Peterborough’s Royalty’ exhibition, (you may have seen our own faced flag there too – thank you for the nomination!!!) a vibrant large-scale display of flags and banners. The exhibition of drawings by Peterborough residents acted as a collective ‘thank you’ to some of the city’s special individuals who have gone the extra mile over the last two years.

The festival was organised by Nene Park Trust in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and community organisations across the city, Peterborough Celebrates was shining a light on everything that is great about our area, and to thank the many people who have helped us get through the last couple of extremely challenging years.

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