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Feel the love for Peterborough Celebrates Festival!

Festival season is on its way at last – it’ll soon be time to kick back on the grass and enjoy some music, entertainment and activities for all the family.

Peterborough Celebrates Festival, the region’s biggest FREE family festival returns for the third year over the weekend of May 18 - 19 at Ferry Meadows. The ESP team has been to them all and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store. Our advice – take your picnic blanket and prepare to settle down for a few hours to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Hosted by Nene Park Trust, the weekend promises to be another fabulous celebration of our city and all the reasons we love it – our culture, our music, our diversity and our talented communities – bringing the city together in a love letter to Peterborough. 

Steph Peachey, Head of Visitor Engagement at Nene Park Trust said – “The best thing about Peterborough Celebrates is that it brings communities from across the city together to share things they love with others – performances, food, music. In return we share things we love from the city and further afield – circus, walkabout puppets, theatre and dance. This makes for a weekend filled with joy and happiness, especially when the sun shines! Peterborough is a special place, filled with talent and community spirit and it’s important that we celebrate that.”

The festival weekend will be filled with a wide range of performances and experiences for all the family. From music and theatre, food and drink, dance and culture, arts and crafts to poetry and literature the programme will be bursting at the seams.

As well as all of the creative and cultural entertainment there’ll be health and wellbeing, and sports and activities to enjoy as part of the eclectic and diverse schedule across the weekend.

The full detail of the programme and what’s on when will be shared on the festival website, but if previous years are anything to go by there will be something for everyone.

The festival weekend is free-to-attend, but there are some exciting ticketed cinema showings planned in the Big Top on the Thursday and Friday evenings leading up to the festival weekend. Details of these will be announced soon.

A community art project will be installed at the heart of the festival site this year with a number of different schools and community groups already involved in decorating love heart bunting in the run up to the festival. If you too would like to get involved, please contact to find out more. There are also two public drop in heart decorating workshops at Ferry Meadows on Thursday April 4 and Friday April 12 from 11am-3pm so head down and join in!

The festival is being organised and hosted by Nene Park Trust alongside involvement and support from local communities and organisations. If you’d like to get involved, through sponsoring or volunteering at the event, the festival team at Nene Park Trust would love to hear from you.

For more information about the festival, please visit



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