Peterborough’s historic Flag Fen Archaeology Park is set to reopen featuring a brand new walking trail.
The popular Bronze Age site opens for visitors in line with government guidelines from Monday April 12.
It’ll be a welcome return for the tourist attraction which will provide a great stop-off for cyclists, families wanting to get out in the fresh air and walkers keen to take in a little history and wildlife spotting.
Sarah Wilson, Heritage and Arts Programming Manager at City Culture Peterborough, said: “Flag Fen has been closed for a year and we know people have missed visiting. There’s a focus now more than ever before on the benefits of exercise in green open spaces. The parklands that surround the attraction are perfect for a good walk.”
The world-famous site will now have a phased reopening which will initially see the parkland at Flag Fen welcoming visitors to explore its prehistoric landscape. The Visitor Centre, gift shop and restrooms will also be open and limited takeaway food will be on offer.
The buildings that house artefacts and exhibitions will remain closed until further guidelines permit their reopening.
You can look forward to a new walking trail, which highlights fun activities for all the family, including spotting some of the wonderful wildlife. The trail leaflet can be picked up on entry to Flag Fen or downloaded via a QR code at the attraction.
If you’re walking, don’t forget 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.
When you arrive you’ll be requested to wash your hands with hand sanitiser on site and a Test & Trace scheme will also be in place.
“We’ve taken every careful step to ensure Flag Fen is safe for people to visit,” added Sarah Wilson, “which includes adjusting our opening times and managing the number of people simultaneously permitted to be inside the main building.
"I strongly encourage anyone to visit and enjoy what Flag Fen has to offer and to find out about what we have in store in the coming months. For example, while restrictions remain, we are planning free online talks by archaeologists on some amazing objects and exciting discoveries from sites across the country.”
There is ample, free parking at Flag Fen and the attraction is open, on Monday April 12 onwards, from 10am until 4pm.
Photo: Martin Bird Photography