Explore city’s exciting heritage
COME and experience 2,000 years of history brought to life, all in one day!
Visit the historic surroundings of Peterborough’s beautiful Cathedral Precincts and the newly refurbished Cathedral Square for a living history extravaganza for all to enjoy.
This year’s Heritage Festival, part of the Peterborough Festival, will feature costumed reenactors from throughout history, who will be staging arena displays and living history encampments including Roman soldiers, Norman knights, English Civil War Roundheads and Napoleonic Redcoats.
Displays will take place in the arena every half an hour, from 11am until 4pm tomorrow, and from noon until 4pm on Sunday. The festival will also spill out on to the square, with a First World War tank and recruiting party, Second World War tea van and even more re-enactors.
A medieval market will be staged on the green, with the cathedral’s magnificent west front as a backdrop. Costumed characters will be seen on the streets, including servants carrying a Georgian sedan chair, Medieval jesters and a royal visit from Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Katharine of Aragon, who will be having an audience inside the cathedral each afternoon at 2pm.
As part of a special living history project, we will be reconstructing the tower of Peterborough Castle on the motte in the Deanery gardens, so visitors will have the first chance to visit it in 900 years.
From archery in the Dean’s gardens to living history precinct tours, a sumptuous hog roast and children’s entertainment, what better way to spend a summer weekend?