The city centre will be alive with festival fun as the BBC’s Big Day Out event and Peterborough’s Portuguese Festival take over on Saturday July 19.


It’s being held in Cathedral Square, hosting up to 10,000 people with the magnificent backdrop of Peterborough Cathedral.

Musically, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on the outdoor stage, whilst the streets will be brimming with traditional Portuguese food, drink, arts and crafts.

Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall became BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Charity Partner at the start of the year and this is one of many fundraising events which aims to raise £6 million to build a new local hospice. Thorpe Hall provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness whether it’s helping people to make the most of their life, or bringing comfort to someone’s final days.


Kicking off at 1pm, the day will be bursting with rock ‘n’ roll, folk, electronic, opera, dance, rhythm and blues, top and tailed with a continental carnival infusion from Portugal. Expect to see a hot line-up of must see local talent, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s finest presenters, an injection of Portuguese hospitality and a very special headline guest who we guarantee will put his heart and soul into entertaining you.

Following on from Peterborough County Council’s successful Italian, Diwali and Latvian Festival’s, BBC have teamed up with The Portuguese community of Peterborough to bring an authentic continental twist to the day.


The One Eyed Cats will get you dancing with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues favourites. Local choirs Peterborough Voices with the Sing for Life Women and The Take Note Community Choir will bring you songs from West End shows, choral favourites and ballads whilst dance act Goldstar turn up the volume with upbeat basslines under anthemic pop melodies.


Finally, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Big Day Out will be brought to a perfect close by the stunning voice of Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts.

David Harvey, Managing Editor said “We’re thrilled to be organising the Big Day Out in support of Thorpe Hall, raising money and raising smiles for a cause that will benefit the people of Cambridgeshire. It’s an incredible charity which makes such a difference to people’s lives and we’re proud to be part of it.” 

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will be broadcasting live from their Peterborough Studios from 12-2pm and live from Cathedral Square from 18:00-20:00 bringing you the highlights in-between. If you can’t make it, listen to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire all day on 96FM/ 95.7 FM, like them on or follow them on Twitter @BBCCambs.

ESP will be there to capture the action so keep an eye out for more coverage online and in our next issue out on July 30!


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