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Family fun promised for summer festival

Dozens of activities for youngsters lie ahead in the school holidays during The Summer Festival Of Family Fun.
Key Theatre
Key Theatre external. Photo: John Baker

The event, devised by thanks to City Culture Peterborough combines exciting experiences for children and parents with learning and discovering more about Peterborough and its history.

Activities, workshops and events begin at the end of July and continue throughout the school holidays.

Themes and subjects will include nature, dinosaurs, the Romans, Bronze Age crafting, reading and film, while the highlight of the festival is a children’s carnival in August - a vibrant and colourful celebration of the city’s different communities with music, culture and food at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.

More activities are being added to the festival’s timetable and so far, families will be able to enjoy the following at City Culture Peterborough’s attractions:


Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 

July 27 and August 3 - Dinosaur Day 

August 10 and 17 - Rotten Romans

August 24 and 31 - The Natural World

August 27 to 28 - Children’s Carnival


Flag Fen Archaeology Park

28 July, 4, 11 and 18 August - Sticks and Stories

August 6,13 and 20 - Friday Fledglings  

September 4 and 5 - Viking re-enactment


Key Theatre

August 1 - Summer Reading Challenge; free film: Jungle Book

August 8 - Summer Reading Challenge; free film: Peter Rabbit 2

August 9 and 10 - Space Jam 2

August 14 and 19  - The Croods 2

August 15 - Summer Reading Challenge; free film: The Witches

August 25 and 26 - Hexwood School of Sorcery

August 28 and 31 - Jungle Cruise

August 30 - Fireman Sam


Peterborough Libraries

Summer Reading Challenge at Central Library - July 24 and 31

Summer Reading Challenge at Central Library - August 7, 14, 21 and 28

Summer Reading Challenge at Orton Library - August 16

Summer Reading Challenge at Bretton Library - August 18

Summer Reading Challenge at Werrington Library - August 19

There will also be afternoons of circus fun with the Lost In Translation Circus in parks at Millfield, Bretton, Paston and Orton in August.

Children can try their hand at juggling, acrobatics, hula hoops and trapeze, followed by performances and skills demonstrations from the very best in circus performers.

In addition, Flag Fen Archaeology Park will be offering all keyworkers a free family ticket for entry to the attraction from August 14 to 20.

For more information and a timetable of the festival email museum@cityculturepeterborough.org.uk or telephone 01733 864663.