Queensgate brings medieval Peterborough to life to celebrate the city’s 900th anniversary…

You don’t normally expect to see a Medieval village in a shopping centre but Queensgate has recreated Peterborough as it used to be back when it was known as Medeshamstede, when Peterborough was born, as part of a week-long celebration and festivities to mark the 900th anniversary of the city.

From now until Sunday August 5, Medeshamstede is open to shoppers, complete with a castle and towering turrets, in Central Square. Walk across the drawbridge, through the giant gates and into the courtyard and be greeted by real knights, villagers and churchmen.

The grand hall houses a giant banquet table, creating the perfect setting for activities to take part in, such as bread making, crown and shield making workshops, Merlin’s spell school, dressing up, stories of bravery and valour and much more.

Watch knights of the round table battle with incredible sword skills, listen to traditional harps and folk music, and for those that have been naughty, it’s off to the village stocks!

“Embracing Peterborough’s heritage during this special year is important to Queensgate,” said Marketing Manager, Laura Chandler. “The Medeshamstede village is a fully immersive interactive experience replicating life in Peterborough 900 years ago. From a working water mill to the peasant’s house, this is going to be a great way to show where Peterborough came from.”

There’s also the chance to find the king or queen of Peterborough as shoppers are invited to pull the sword from the stone.

The Medeshamstede village, the name of Peterborough in the Anglo-Saxon period, is completely free and a full schedule of events and timings can be found at

Photos: Emma Bothamley for ESP Magazine

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