Photo courtesy of Ady Kerry QEP

Culture

Peterborough has a rich historic heritage and a blossoming cultural scene too.

Every year, our city hosts a huge variety of celebrations across our diverse communities. From Diwali, Mawlid, Ramadan, Portuguese and Italian Festivals to Peterborough’s annual heritage festival that celebrates over 3,000 years of history and has become the UK’s largest multi-period living history festival.

Undoubtedly one of Peterborough’s biggest tourist attractions, our Norman Cathedral – the burial place of Katharine of Aragon – provides a powerful backdrop to the history and culture of our city.

We have one of the largest collections of sculptures in the country which now includes a three piece work, ‘Places To Be’ by renowned sculptor, Antony Gormley, which now overlooks cathedral square in the city centre. Other works around our city have been created by names such as Barry Flanagan, Sir Anthony Caro, Lee Grandjean and John Maine.

Our museum and art gallery houses over 200,000 items of national and international importance, and offers permanent and temporary exhibitions from interactive ancient history to stunning contemporary art.

Metal Peterborough provides space for artists and creatives from its base at Chauffeurs Cottage – the original gatehouse at the entrance to the Cathedral. It curates an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, educational activities, meetings and events.

Flag Fen Archaeological Park is a 28 acre site of significant historical value built on a Bronze Age settlement. It was home to the world’s first crowd-funded archaeological dig that helped create a worldwide community of enthusiasts. A recent tender opportunity with Must Farm, another nearby archaeological site, aims to widen access of the findings to the public and educational centres. Applications for the tender closed in February and the successful bid will be announced soon.

Clare Cottage in nearby Helpston is the former home of poet John Clare – regarded as one of the greatest English poets of all time.

Fifteen minutes from Peterborough stands Burghley House – one of Britain’s finest Elizabethan houses and venue for music and art events, and the famous Horse Trials.

We’re also home to three theatres- The Key Theatre, New Theatre and The Cressett – that host a lively programme of activities, with something for everyone ranging from comedy to children’s shows, Christmas Pantos and live musical performances.

Visit Vivacity to find out more about our culture, history, arts and leisure.