Peterborough Heritage Festival

Peterborough Heritage Festival

The Peterborough Heritage Festival is back even bigger and better than before! This year’s historical extravaganza will take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June, with fringe events running 13 – 29 June 2014.

The Peterborough Heritage Festival is a unique chance to experience 3,500 years of heritage in the UK’s only city centre multi-period living history festival. This is a historical extravaganza for all to enjoy – unlike anything else in the city!

Arranged in association with Vivacity, Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough City Council, the Festival is set in the historic Cathedral Precincts, Cathedral Square, Bridge Street, St John’s Square and Peterborough Museum. The Festival offers plenty of FREE activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Heritage Festival features over 300 costumed re-enactors from some of the country’s top Living History groups, giving you a chance to meet all sorts of colourful costumed characters from our past, from Bronze Age warriors to World War II airmen.

The main arena occupies Cathedral Square with a packed programme of live period music, falconry displays and spectacular battle displays. Over 30 local history societies, community groups and historic attractions put on displays to show off the best of our local heritage. The period market is held on the main Cathedral green, while the craft fair on Cathedral Square provides fantastic shopping opportunities.

You can relax with the family in the Children’s Zone – an activity area for the kids with jesters, storytellers, games and activities. There will be fun family activities too in the hands-on science marquee on St John’s Square, arranged in association with the Natural History Museum, as well as vintage vehicle displays, folk dancing and more!

New for 2014!

Visit the new ‘Food Fayre’ on Bridge Street, to discover an exciting taste of unusual local produce, foods and drinks for you to sample or to buy and take away. Plus, commemorating the First World War, there will be a large Living History Encampment on site, along with a full-sized replica of a tank!

Celebrate the life and work of our famed local poet John Clare, with poetry readings, and performances of his music. Discover the Bard’s best bits with performances of sections themed around ‘Patriotism and Kingship’ from Shakespeare’s History plays by Mask Theatre on St John’s Square each afternoon

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