The first Peterborough Celebrates Festival has been declared a big success with around 20,000 people estimated to have attended.

Now the organisers are keen to hear your thoughts to shape plans for any future events.

The festival ran from Friday evening on May 13 throughout the weekend and rounded up at 6pm on May 15.

ESP went along on the Saturday and the site at Ferry Meadows was full of visitors enjoying the free performances and a wide range of family activities.

The sunny weather really made the day and it was the perfect way to spend the weekend tasting delicious food, watching live shows and bands, browsing the stalls or trying different activities.

From car park data and observations on-site, Nene Park Trust estimated around 20,000 people attended the festival across the weekend. In addition, Nene Valley Railway reported that 800 people travelled to the festival on the free shuttle train service.

Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive of Nene Park Trust and Peterborough Celebrates Festival event manager said, “We are absolutely delighted that the festival was so successful and that so many people had such a great time. Perfect weather (almost!) and a huge effort by the Peterborough community - and the incredible team of people behind the scenes made our recovery and thank you festival one of the best!

“We will work with our many partners to review every aspect of the festival and we hope to be able to share future plans very soon. Watch this space!”

Throughout the weekend, there was music, theatre, dance, circus and activities including art and community workshops and have-a-go sports and games. Performers ranged from local music and dance groups such as Peterborough Opera, Ritu Ranga and rock band Austin Gold to renowned international acts such as the circus company Lost in Translation and 70s/80s disco group Odyssey.

The Thank you Peterborough film, which was created with community groups across Peterborough in the lead up to the Festival was premiered on the Friday evening of the festival and shown throughout the weekend. This film is now available to view online at

The Festival organising team is keen to hear everyone’s feedback on how the festival went, so if you went along to Ferry Meadows over the weekend please share your views by completing the brief survey using the following link:

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