Vikings are boarding their longboats and sharpening their swords in preparation for battle this weekend at Peterborough Heritage Festival.
The re-enactments are the highlight of a weekend of free heritage festival activities in Peterborough city centre, involving 300 costumed re-enactors and 30 historical societies, representing key periods throughout Peterborough s local history, from Bronze Age warriors to World War II soldiers.
Organised by Vivacity Peterborough Culture and Leisure, in association with Peterborough Cathedral, and supported by Perkins Engines Company Limited, over 34,000 are expected to attend.
Free guides are now available from the Vivacity website. Illustrated guides will also be handed out at the main weekend. In celebration of local talent, Vivacity commissioned local Peterborough artist Laura Barnard to create the illustrations.
Visitors can also enjoy a period market and food fayre, as well as a children s zone in the Cathedral s cloisters. In addition to the main weekend, there are a wide variety of fringe events, running from 25 June to 10th July. People can also sign up for the Keynote Lecture by Dr Janina Ramirez at Peterborough Cathedral.
Chief Executive of Vivacity, Kevin Tighe, says: Whether you live in Peterborough or further afield, you are invited to come and enjoy a free programme of family-friendly events, especially the main weekend of activities being held in Peterborough City Centre. With the support of Perkins as our main sponsor, we are looking forward to giving visitors another first-class experience.
David Nicoll, Marketing Director at Perkins, which is providing generous support to the Heritage Festival, says: Perkins is very happy to support the Peterborough Heritage Festival and to enable so many people to learn more about our shared local history. Please come and join us for what promises to be a truly exceptional programme of events.