People put down roots in Peterborough. With the highest ratio of urban green space per person in the UK and a lively leisure and culture offer, Peterborough is simply a great place to live and bring up a family.

Going out

Like most modern cities, we’re well served for nightlife with wine bars, brasseries, pubs and clubs. Our cultural diversity is reflected in the range of eating places with most tastes catered for including fine dining at independently operated Prevost, gastro pub The Beehive and Indian cuisine The Banyan Tree.

National chains are well represented too with Wagamama’s, Five Guys, Turtle Bay, Nando’s, Patisserie Valerie, Bills, Wildwood, Prezzo, The Handmade Burger Co., Argo Lounge and Pret A Manger.

We have two tenpin bowling alleys, an ice rink, a multiplex cinema complex (with another two planned), a range of health clubs and gyms, a greyhound track and Peterborough Arena – a 5,000 seat indoor venue that hosts shows, concerts, events, conferences and exhibitions throughout the year.

The Cresset Theatre, Key Theatre and New Theatre deliver full programmes of concerts, shows, screenings and plays including national touring productions.

The city supports a League One football team – Peterborough United; a National League speedway team – Peterborough Panthers and a National League Ice Hockey team – Peterborough Phantoms.

Family activities

Our 2000-acre Nene Park  stretches 11km from the city centre via a network of paths and cycleways.  Ferry Meadows is a country park at the heart of Nene Park and hosts outdoor family activities including water sports and horse riding.  It’s a popular spot for family picnics and safe and scenic bike rides.

Sitting alongside the park is the Nene Valley Railway,  famous for its steam trains which carry visitors to the city centre. Two golf courses hug the banks of the River Nene with one of the country’s top purpose-built rowing clubs making the most of 10km of rowable water.

Nearby, popular Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre  – the location of the BBC production Victorian Bakers – offers a fun, family-friendly day out.

Close to the city centre we have a waterpark, BMX track and athletics facilities, and right in the heart of the city, our Victorian Central Park offers tennis courts, an aviary, bowls green, play area and tea shop. The Green Wheel  is a specially developed 50-mile route of cycle paths, footpaths and bridleways that encircle the city.

Did You Know?

  • There are a variety of leisure and gym clubs in the city
  • Our city Sports Club has climbing, hockey, squash, cricket and football facilities
  • Peterborough hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year
  • We host the largest beer festival outside of London
  • Our diverse communities celebrate their shared and varied heritage throughout the year
  • We have a 25 piece collection of permanent sculptures across the city