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Guidebook for Peterborough

Helen

Guidebook for Peterborough

Shopping
This is a really handy supermarket just round the corner which will probably become your go-to shop, with a sandwich / pizza / deli counter, fresh cakes etc.
Nisa Local and Post Office
126-132 High St
This is a really handy supermarket just round the corner which will probably become your go-to shop, with a sandwich / pizza / deli counter, fresh cakes etc.
This is a huge Tesco (with homewares, electricals, toys, lots of fresh food counters etc) which is in a shopping centre called 'Serpentine Green' which is just a short drive away. In the shopping centre there is also an H&M, Outfit, WHSmith, Game, Holland and Barratt, River Island, Next, Costa and M&S Food.
Tesco Extra
This is a huge Tesco (with homewares, electricals, toys, lots of fresh food counters etc) which is in a shopping centre called 'Serpentine Green' which is just a short drive away. In the shopping centre there is also an H&M, Outfit, WHSmith, Game, Holland and Barratt, River Island, Next, Costa and M&S Food.
Our local Waitrose has the usual supermarket plus fresh bread, a bakery with many cakes, a juice bar, a butchers, freshly made sushi and a cafe.
Waitrose & Partners
Our local Waitrose has the usual supermarket plus fresh bread, a bakery with many cakes, a juice bar, a butchers, freshly made sushi and a cafe.
Essentials
High Street Launderette & Home Care Centre
50 High St
Parks & Nature
This is a lovely city centre park which we use often as we live just nearby, enter via gates on either Princes Gate, Broadway or Park Crescent. There's a cafe, two children's play areas, a paddling pool open in the summer, outdoor gym equipment and if you look on Facebook you'll find details of exercise classes and bootcamps etc people hold in the park.
Central Park
This is a lovely city centre park which we use often as we live just nearby, enter via gates on either Princes Gate, Broadway or Park Crescent. There's a cafe, two children's play areas, a paddling pool open in the summer, outdoor gym equipment and if you look on Facebook you'll find details of exercise classes and bootcamps etc people hold in the park.
This is a nature reserve with huge holes in the landscape which were made from the stone being dug from here to build the cathedral. To enter, look for the gates at the side of the road with a map next to them, drive slowly as they're easy to miss! Great for a walk / explore (kids love walking along the top of the 'hills') and very close to a great pub which I'll list on here too - The White Hart at Ufford.
Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve
This is a nature reserve with huge holes in the landscape which were made from the stone being dug from here to build the cathedral. To enter, look for the gates at the side of the road with a map next to them, drive slowly as they're easy to miss! Great for a walk / explore (kids love walking along the top of the 'hills') and very close to a great pub which I'll list on here too - The White Hart at Ufford.
Huge country park, great for walking, activities and families. Cycle hire, big swan-shaped pedalos on the lake, sailing, boat rides, a mini train, play areas, water and sand play areas, adventure playgrounds, den building areas, weekend park runs, the list goes on!
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Ferry Meadows in Nene Park
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Huge country park, great for walking, activities and families. Cycle hire, big swan-shaped pedalos on the lake, sailing, boat rides, a mini train, play areas, water and sand play areas, adventure playgrounds, den building areas, weekend park runs, the list goes on!
Drinks & Nightlife
This is a cute cafe in the day and a bar in the evening, and they sometimes have live music in the evenings.
Lightbox
31 Bridge St
This is a cute cafe in the day and a bar in the evening, and they sometimes have live music in the evenings.
Charters is a pub on a barge on the river, with real ales, a large beer garden and sometimes music and events in the garden. In the summer they have 'Summer Sundays' with events every Sunday.
Charters Bar
Charters is a pub on a barge on the river, with real ales, a large beer garden and sometimes music and events in the garden. In the summer they have 'Summer Sundays' with events every Sunday.
Loads of two for one cocktail deals which are nearly always on and caribbean food too. Gets full of 'kids' at the weekends but if you get a table outside or away from the bar you can still get some peace!
Turtle Bay Peterborough
Loads of two for one cocktail deals which are nearly always on and caribbean food too. Gets full of 'kids' at the weekends but if you get a table outside or away from the bar you can still get some peace!
If you want to sit in a wing chair, somewhere quiet and enjoy a drink and chat then this is the place for you. They do a good afternoon tea too, with the option of a sweet or savoury version, which is lovely.
The Bull Hotel
If you want to sit in a wing chair, somewhere quiet and enjoy a drink and chat then this is the place for you. They do a good afternoon tea too, with the option of a sweet or savoury version, which is lovely.
Food Scene
This is a Thai / Malaysian restaurant on the same barge on the river as Charters, but upstairs. The food is great and there's a Sunday buffet at lunchtime.
East
This is a Thai / Malaysian restaurant on the same barge on the river as Charters, but upstairs. The food is great and there's a Sunday buffet at lunchtime.
This is a lovely pub, really cute inside with great food and a friendly landlord. Kids are really welcomed too. Perfect to go to after a walk at Barnack Hills and Holes which I've also listed.
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The White Hart
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This is a lovely pub, really cute inside with great food and a friendly landlord. Kids are really welcomed too. Perfect to go to after a walk at Barnack Hills and Holes which I've also listed.
Great pub / restaurant (more restaurant than pub) with fantastic food, in a cute little village. if you fancy walking off your lunch after, go to the spot where Fotheringhay Castle stood, ask the bar staff to direct you to the path leading to it as it's tricky to pinpoint on here!
The Falcon Inn
Great pub / restaurant (more restaurant than pub) with fantastic food, in a cute little village. if you fancy walking off your lunch after, go to the spot where Fotheringhay Castle stood, ask the bar staff to direct you to the path leading to it as it's tricky to pinpoint on here!
This is a gem of a place, you will wonder if you've got the right place from outside but the food is great, really good food with a tasting menu sometimes offered and a great Sunday carvery around. There's a mini farm out the back where children can go and pet a few pigs and goats etc too.
Dog in a Doublet
This is a gem of a place, you will wonder if you've got the right place from outside but the food is great, really good food with a tasting menu sometimes offered and a great Sunday carvery around. There's a mini farm out the back where children can go and pet a few pigs and goats etc too.
Part of the Cote chain, this is nice if you are looking for something different (and slightly French influenced) in the centre of town.
Côte Brasserie - Peterborough
4 Church St
Part of the Cote chain, this is nice if you are looking for something different (and slightly French influenced) in the centre of town.
A lovely pub which serves great food and has a kitchen garden where you can eat from the main pub menu or, on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays between April and September, they serve pizza from their pizza potting shed. On Thursdays and Sundays between April and September, you can eat and drink while you watch a film in the heated outdoor garden cinema. Seats are not bookable in advance, if the weather is good, arrive early to secure a seat. The Garden Cinema will show films, come rain or shine.
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The Bull and Swan
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A lovely pub which serves great food and has a kitchen garden where you can eat from the main pub menu or, on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays between April and September, they serve pizza from their pizza potting shed. On Thursdays and Sundays between April and September, you can eat and drink while you watch a film in the heated outdoor garden cinema. Seats are not bookable in advance, if the weather is good, arrive early to secure a seat. The Garden Cinema will show films, come rain or shine.
This is our favourite, it's in a nice village and is run by a friendly, helpful team. It has a large garden, has pizza nights and an outside bar in the summer and the food is great, they do really good roasts too.
The Black Horse
14 Overend
This is our favourite, it's in a nice village and is run by a friendly, helpful team. It has a large garden, has pizza nights and an outside bar in the summer and the food is great, they do really good roasts too.
Sightseeing
Our cathedral is beautiful and worth a wander round or a sit on the grass outside. It's free for people to look round and there's a museum too, in the building with the black door on the right as you look at the cathedral (it's not very well signposted!) There's also a cafe, Becketts, which overlooks the cathedral through an enormous stained glass window.
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Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew
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Our cathedral is beautiful and worth a wander round or a sit on the grass outside. It's free for people to look round and there's a museum too, in the building with the black door on the right as you look at the cathedral (it's not very well signposted!) There's also a cafe, Becketts, which overlooks the cathedral through an enormous stained glass window.
Really lovely beach with sand dunes and beach huts, Wells and Brancaster are also nice beaches.
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Old Hunstanton Beach
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Really lovely beach with sand dunes and beach huts, Wells and Brancaster are also nice beaches.
Burghley House is a grand sixteenth-century country house set in beautiful grounds with a deer park, woodlands, river, gardens and orangery, sculpture garden and 'Garden of Surprises' which has fun water features which children love to play in. The house was built by and is still lived in by the Cecil family and the park was laid out by Capability Brown. Visitors can go inside the house for tours, to see a circuit of grand and richly furnished state apartments. The house hosts many events such as the Burghley Horse Trials and various Food and Drink and Country Fairs.
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Burghley House
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Burghley House is a grand sixteenth-century country house set in beautiful grounds with a deer park, woodlands, river, gardens and orangery, sculpture garden and 'Garden of Surprises' which has fun water features which children love to play in. The house was built by and is still lived in by the Cecil family and the park was laid out by Capability Brown. Visitors can go inside the house for tours, to see a circuit of grand and richly furnished state apartments. The house hosts many events such as the Burghley Horse Trials and various Food and Drink and Country Fairs.
Arts & Culture
A great museum with art, nature, wildlife and history exhibits. Very child friendly with a nice cafe too.
Peterborough Museum
A great museum with art, nature, wildlife and history exhibits. Very child friendly with a nice cafe too.
Theatre and cinema in the centre of Stamford, which also hosts exhibitions, visit www.stamfordartscentre.com for more info.
Stamford Arts Centre
27 St Mary's St
Theatre and cinema in the centre of Stamford, which also hosts exhibitions, visit www.stamfordartscentre.com for more info.