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PETERBOROUGH’S CULTURAL VENUES GET READY TO OPEN AGAIN



Exciting times are ahead as City Culture Peterborough’s attractions fully reopen on Monday May 17 promising loads of special treats and new additions.

Flag Fen Archaeology Park and the city’s libraries were partially reopened following government guidelines in April.


The latest lifting of restrictions from next week will allow the Key Theatre and Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery to open their doors to the public.


Dr Pat Carrington, CEO, said: “We are very much looking forward to fully welcoming back visitors to our attractions and libraries. The teams have been working hard to prepare our venues so that they are safe and ready to provide the best possible experience for everyone.


“There are some new additions to the museum that will enhance the visitor experience and the Key Theatre is all geared up for half-term week with some promotions and free treats for the family.


“We’ve all been looking forward to being able to fully open within the guidelines and we hope our residents and visitors to the city will make the most of what’s on offer.”


The Key Theatre

An exciting programme of live theatre, comedy, film and half-term family entertainment will await visitors to the Key Theatre from Monday.

The riverside embankment venue has been made safe allowing for socially distanced performances.

As a special welcome back treat for the May half-term holiday, families will receive complementary ice cream on tickets purchased for Horrible Histories (May 29 and 30), Sarah & Duck (June 2) and free popcorn on tickets bought for Peter Rabbit 2 (tickets only £4).

In addition, the theatre has launched its ‘See 3 and save 1/3’ on selected drama shows. Also back is the popular ‘Silver Screens’ offer where people can see some of the latest cinema releases and enjoy complementary tea or coffee and biscuits from only £3.

All tickets should be purchased via the online box office from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday.



Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

A new temporary photography exhibition will be on display at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery as it welcomes back visitors.

‘200 Years of Peterborough’s Hospitals’ includes a selection of local NHS photographs taken over the last four decades by city street photographer Chris Porsz.

People will also be able to enjoy the indoor experience of the museum galleries, displaying historic objects from Jurassic fossils to Roman archaeology.

The art gallery will be showcasing the talent and scope of city-based artists with an eclectic mix of artwork titled Restart.

A new look ‘Georgian Kitchen’ café will be offering a selection of cream teas and cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks.

The museum will be open 10am until 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm until 4pm on Sundays.

Monday openings are during Peterborough school holidays. Entry is free except on special event days.



Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Visitors will be able to enjoy outdoor walks and fascinating indoor displays at Peterborough’s world-famous Bronze Age attraction.

Flag Fen Archaeology Park visitor centre, gift shop and restrooms will be open and hot and cold drinks including snacks will be available to purchase.

Walkers are reminded that dogs are not permitted due to the large number of sheep on the parkland, but owners with assistance dogs are welcome.

Cyclists looking for a stop-off on the city’s Green Wheel cycle route, which runs past the front of Flag Fen, are also welcome and can use bike racks at the attraction.

There is ample, free parking and the attraction is open from 10am until 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Entry for adults is £6, children £4 and children under the age of five are admitted for free. A family ticket is £16 (two adults and three children). Concessions are £4.


Libraries

City Culture Peterborough reopened all ten of its libraries on April 12 and more than 4,000 customers have passed through their doors, making 15,000 book and e-book loans during this time.

Building on this success, all libraries will have Wi-Fi available from next week and Story Time and Rhyme sessions will be held in Central library, Bretton library, Orton library, Werrington library and Hampton library.

The sessions will be restricted to small groups and places can be booked via email, telephone or at the relevant library.

Dedicated study spaces will be available in Central library, Bretton library, Orton library, Werrington library and Hampton library. Spaces are bookable on a drop-in basis dependant on availability. Computers will also be allowed for general use.

Search ‘City Culture Peterborough’ online for more information about the reopening of venues.

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