Peterborough Cathedral is inviting visitors to the city’s Heritage Festival this weekend, 17th and 18th June 2017, to come inside and take a look at some new and unusual sights.
Alongside the free 20 minute taster tours around the Cathedral, and the popular pre-booked rooftop tours, the Cathedral is using the family friendly Festival to launch its new children’s activity guide entitled Monks, Mischief & Marauders.
The colourful 12 page guide has been created by the children’s illustrator Emma Metcalfe and its cartoon style pages are packed full of puzzles and fun facts about characters from the Cathedral’s history. Pick up a copy at the Cathedral for just £2 and it will keep the family amused for hours.
Another unusual sight at the Cathedral for the Heritage Festival weekend will be a Cabinet of Curiosities. This brings together a small display of peculiar and rarely seen items in the Cathedral’s possession and amongst the exhibits is ‘the Peterborough tortoise’. The tortoise lived in the bishop’s garden during the 18th and 19th centuries and was said to be 220 years old when he died in 1831. In his lifetime he was famous for gobbling up the fruit crops, much to the annoyance of the gardeners.
Back by popular demand is the teddy bear drop inside the Cathedral. You can make a parachute for a miniature teddy bear and watch as he is taken up to high level and launched over the side for his downward flight. The teddy bear drop runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 17th and from 12 noon to 3.00pm on Sunday 18th June. It is £5 per teddy bear, or for £6 you get a copy of Monks, Mischief & Marauders as well.
Meanwhile, in a Portico at the front of the Cathedral, look out for the gardeners’ plant stall selling penstemon, day lily, yellow loosestrife and golden rod amongst other garden favourites. The Festival is also a good opportunity to look around the new Cathedral Visitor Centre, with its timeline and interactive digital touchscreen showing aspects of the Cathedral’s 1300 year history.
On Saturday 17th June the Heritage Festival Lecture at 7.30pm will be given by historian and broadcaster Professor Kate Williams and her subject is ‘Queen Victoria, the first Royal rebel and her struggle for the throne’. For ticket details see the Vivacity website www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/theatre-and-arts/keynote-lecture-kate-williams/
Peterborough Heritage Festival, which is the UK’s largest multi-period city centre heritage event of its kind, fills the city centre with living history encampments, period music, a medieval market and have a go sessions at archery and traditional crafts. There is also a children’s activity area in the Cathedral Cloisters and a food court. The Festival is a collaboration between the Cathedral and Vivacity, with support from Perkins Engines Ltd.
For more information visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/heritage-festival-2017.aspx or www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage/heritage-festival-2017-save-the-date/