About the Festival 

What is it all about?

Peterborough Celebrates Festival is a free-to-attend family-focused festival organised by Nene Park Trust in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and community organisations across the city. The event will shine a light on everything that is great about our city, and thank the many people who have helped us get through the last couple of extremely challenging years.

Where will the Festival be located?

The Festival site will be on an area of Coney Meadow, behind the Visitor Centre area at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough (PE2 5UU).

Is there an entry fee? 

Entry to the Festival is FREE. The majority of the activities are FREE but there will be a charge for the climbing wall, pay and play water sports activities and fun fair rides.  

What are the timings for the festival? 

Friday 13 May 18.00-21.00 

Saturday 14 May 11.00-21.00 

Sunday 15 May 11.00-18.00 

Are there running times for performances during the festival? 

 A full programme of performances is available here

*Please note: times may be subject to change on the day. 

Activities 

What will there be for children to do? 

There will be activities throughout the day including Nene Outdoors climbing wall, children's fun fair rides, art and craft workshops including kite making, circus skills workshops, circus performances, music and more. On Sunday there will be have-a-go sporting activities and a mass participation activity! Please see the programme for days and timings.  

What will there be for teenagers to do? 

There will be activities throughout the day including Nene Outdoors climbing wall, pay and play water sports activities on Gunwade Lake, art workshops suitable for all ages and theatre and music performances.

What activities will I need to pay for? 

Many of the activities are FREE, but there will be charges for the children's fun fair, Nene Outdoors climbing wall and pay and play water sports activities.   

Travel and Parking 

How can I get to the festival? 

The Festival site will be on an area of Coney Meadow, behind the Visitor Centre area at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough (PE2 5UU).

We encourage visitors to travel by foot, bike, or bus, but there will be FREE car parking all weekend at the following locations: 

Lynch Wood Business Park (PE2 6FY)

  • Free Park & Ride (minibus, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-18:45 only) from Lynch Wood Business Park (PE2 6FY) to drop off point at Ferry Meadows entrance – just a short walk to the Festival site.
  • Free Park & walk from Lynch Wood Business Park to the Festival site (15 min walk/ 1 mile). Walking route will be signposted with marshals to help you. 
  • Car park opening times: Friday 17:00-22:00, Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00.  Please note, there is a 2.1m height restriction in place for vehicles at Lynch Wood.

Railworld Wildlife Haven (PE2 9NR)

  • Free Park & Ride (rail) from Railworld Wildlife Haven car park (PE2 9NR) to Overton Station, Ferry Meadows.  

  • Free Nene Valley Railway Trains will run throughout the Festival weekend. Park & Rail service to Peterborough Celebrates Festival update: Unfortunately the scheduled Nene Valley Railway Offical shuttle trains will not be running on Sunday 15th, however they will be operating their normal service free of charge for festival visitors, details of which can be found here. Two additional trains will run from Overton Station back to the town centre at 4pm and 6.15pm. Thank you!

  • Car park opening times: Friday 17:00-22:00, Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00.

  • Free accessible parking onsite at Ferry Meadows main Visitor Centre car park for blue badge holders 

  • Bus route from Queensgate in Peterborough city centre: No. 1 – runs throughout the day every 15 minutes on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday. Get off the bus at Orton Wistow and walk 15 minutes to the Festival site. To download a bus timetable, go to: Live Bus Times & Timetables | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com) 

  • Taxis can drop off visitors at the entrance to the Park.

Festival staff, signage and lighting will be at key points along the routes from car parks to help visitors find their way to and from the event. 

Where will I be able to park? 

We encourage visitors to travel by foot, bike, or bus, but there will be FREE car parking all weekend in various off-site locations.

Blue badge holders can park at Ferry Meadows main car park.

Public parking will be available at Lynch Wood Business Park (PE2 6FY) with a minibus service to Ferry Meadows (Saturday and Sunday only), or a 15-minute walk.

Visitors can also park at Railworld Wildlife Haven (PE2 9NR) and catch a FREE Nene Valley Railway service to and from Overton Station on the edge of Ferry Meadows (a 5–10-minute walk to the Festival site).

Please note the main Visitor Centre car park at Ferry Meadows will be for performers and blue-badge holders only. 

How much will it cost to park? 

There will be FREE car parking all weekend at Railworld Wildlife Haven, Lynch Wood Business Park and FREE parking for Blue Badge holders at Ferry Meadows main car park by obtaining a QR code from event staff on the day. 

Food and Drink 

What food and drink will be available onsite? 

We will have a range of food and drink available all weekend on the festival site. Lakeside Kitchen & Bar and Ferry Meadows café at Ferry Meadows will be open as usual. On Saturday you will be able to sample some delicious world food created by local community groups. There will be a bar serving alcoholic drinks but please drink responsibly. This is a family-focused festival.

Can I bring my own food and drink with me? 

Ferry Meadows is the perfect location for a picnic. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic and their own refreshments. 

Can I bring a barbecue? 

Barbecues will not be permitted in the Festival site. Visitors are welcome to bring their own barbecues to Ferry Meadows to set up away from the Festival site, although please note that gas barbecues are not permitted. 

There are a number of permanent barbecue stands around the Park available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see our BBQs and picnics leaflet for further information. 

Visit our onsite Visitor Centre and Farm Shop to discover our range of picnic items and barbecue packs, catering for families and visitors who wish to extend their visit at the Park. You can even pick up charcoal in store! 

All barbecues brought to the Park must be raised off the ground and never placed on picnic tables or benches; many of our picnic tables feature metal pull-out trays for disposable barbecues. 

All litter must be taken away or placed in the bins provided, and hot ash and disposable barbecues must be sufficiently cooled with water before disposal. 

Should I bring chairs or a rug? 

There will be some seating provided in the central covered area but visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and rugs and enjoy the Festival site. If you do bring your own chair for a performance please sit at the edge of the audience area, being mindful not to block the views of people sitting on the ground.  

Accessibility 

What facilities are available for visitors with access needs?  

Key access highlights are below but for more detailed accessibility information on the Festival, please see the Festival Access Guide. 

  • FREE parking for blue badge holders is available at Ferry Meadows main Visitor Centre car park, next to the Festival site by obtaining a QR code from event staff on the day 
  • Accessible toilets and changing facility 
  • There will be a quiet area next to the Nene Park information stand.  
  • Members of staff and volunteer team will be on hand to provide assistance and support.  
  • Information will be available at the Nene Park information stand or the Visitor Centre. 
  • Mobility scooters and All terrain manual wheelchairs are available for hire throughout the festival. 

I am a wheelchair user; can I get around the site? 

The Festival is taking place on Coney Meadow. Whilst the area is reasonably level the grass meadow is a natural landscape which may be uneven in places. All terrain manual wheelchairs can be hired free of charge from Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre. 

Please refer to the Festival map for the location of the event activities, the Ferry Meadows map for more detail of the path network including steep and unsurfaced sections or contact us for more information. 

I am a blue badge holder, where can I park? 

FREE parking for blue badge holders is available at Ferry Meadows main car park, next to the Festival site, by obtaining a QR Code from event staff on the day 

Will there be accessible toilets on site? 

Accessible toilets will be available on the Festival site, at Ferry Meadows public toilets, Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside car park. The nearest  accessible changing room, with hoist and height adjustable changing bench is at Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre at Lakeside. Users are required to provide their own slings. Nene Outdoors is approximately 1.1km from the festival site using the footpaths, however an alternative car park is adjacent to the building. The facility is available during the centre's opening hours which are  11:00-17:00 on Friday, 10:00-17:00 on Saturday and 11:00-17:00 on Sunday. For more information on using this facility, please get in touch with the Nene Outdoors team on 01733 234193. 

Please refer to the Festival map and the Ferry Meadows map for details of the locations, routes and distances between the facilities.  

For a more detailed Access Guide to Peterborough Celebrates Festival, please go to Festival Access Guide

Health and Safety

Covid Policy 

Our Covid policy will be in line with government regulations and advice at the time of the event. You are welcome to wear a mask if you feel comfortable doing so.

First Aid 

First Aid is being provided by AMS UK (Event Medics and Training); the first aid point is located next to the stage. Please contact a member of staff for assistance. In case of an emergency dial 999. 

Lost Children or Vulnerable Adults 

Nene Park Trust has a safeguarding policy in place which all festival partners are required to follow.  If you have concerns regarding a lost child or Vulnerable Adult while at the Festival, please contact a member of festival staff at the Information tent located near the food and drink area or the Visitor Centre, Gift and Farm Shop. 

Key dos and don'ts

  • No smoking in Festival marquees/gazebos/Big Top
  • No glass permitted on the Festival site
  • Keep dogs on leads at all times
  • Please drink responsibly
  • Respect other festival visitors - Peterborough Celebrates Festival is for all.

Baby Changing  

Baby changing facilities are available on the Festival site and also at Ferry Meadows public toilets, Ferry Meadows Cafe and Lakeside car park. 

Dogs 

Dogs are very welcome to the Festival, but must be kept on a lead on the Festival site at all times. Whilst assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Festival site other dogs may not be permitted in some of the indoor performance areas.   

Dog drinking bowls are provided outside the Visitor Centre, Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar. 

Our Park Code contains some useful information on bringing dogs to Nene Park. 

Sustainability  

We aim to make Peterborough Celebrates Festival as green and sustainable as possible: 

  • We encourage visitors to arrive on foot, bike or by bus if possible and we are supporting and promoting sustainable travel options with our Park and Ride options detailed above 
  • We are committed to minimising the use of single-use plastics at the Festival. Our drinking cups are washable and reusable. Please pay a deposit for your cup when you buy a drink which you can claim back when you return your cup.  
  • We will work across all aspects of the festival’s activities to limit our carbon footprint; monitoring the environmental impact of the festival, offsetting carbon and making sustainable choices wherever possible. 
  • Please dispose of your litter responsibly, recycling where you can in the bins provided.

Filming and Photography 

There may be professional photographers and drone operators at the Festival taking photos and videos of the Festival activities for publicity purposes. Please be assured that you or your children’s photos will not be taken unless you give consent. 

If you would like to share your own photos of the Festival over the weekend on social media, please use the hashtag #PeterboroughCelebratesFestival and tag in @PboroCelFest (Twitter), @PeterboroughCelebratesFestival (Facebook) and @pborocelebratesfest (Instagram). Thank you.