March 01, 2018 Events

Have you got nerves of steel and are a risk-taker willing to take part in a 150 foot abseil down the front of Peterborough Cathedral?

The event’s being held on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19 to raise money for both the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity ‘Shine’, which provides specialist support for people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus – complex conditions affecting movement, learning and health.

CathedralThe abseil itself will not be for the faint hearted. Having ascended the ancient spiral staircase within the great North West Tower and taken in breathtaking views across the City, participants will clip in and descend the 150 foot vertical drop, cheered on by friends, family and colleagues (watching from a safe distance) below. Derby Mountain Rescue will be on hand to safely guide the proceedings.

If you fancy taking part in this exciting challenge you can book directly via Registration will cost £50 (plus a booking fee) and entrants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 to support the two worthy causes – prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. You have to be at least 16-years-old in order to take part, and all entrants will receive a personalised image to share on their social media platforms in the lead-up to the event. Places will be limited and are sure to sell fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The abseil will be one of a number of special events taking place in Peterborough in 2018 as part of the ‘Peterborough Celebrates’ campaign – a year-long festival to mark the 900th anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral – which ESP magazine is pleased to support.Peterborough Celebrates logo-orange_cmyk

Live coverage of the event on will be broadcast on Heart FM – the event’s official media partner – on Friday May 18 (

For further information about the event, contact You can also join in with the buzz on social media by using the hashtag #900abseil.

To find out more about Peterborough Cathedral’s 900th anniversary year, please visit or

To find out more about ‘Shine’, go to or call 01733 555988.

For more information about the ‘Peterborough Celebrates’ campaign, visit