As planning continues for Peterborough Celebrates Festival - the region’s biggest FREE family festival hosted by Nene Park Trust - the first performance acts are now confirmed: Three female acrobats, a giant balloon spectacle, a dog show with a difference and a comedy giant slug will all be wowing festival-goers across the weekend of 18th-19th May.


Some of the professional touring performers heading to Ferry Meadows for this year’s festival include female acrobatic group Mimbre with their show Weight(less), offering a joyful escape from everyday life, leaving you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step; Dizzy O’Dare, the contemporary circus and theatre company, will be bringing two different shows to the weekend filled with comedy, mayhem and madness. Vanhulle Dance Theatre, the Cambridgeshire-based dance company, will be returning to the festival for the second year, bringing with them their feel good and funny dance duet Olive Branch and Pif-Paf touring theatre will be causing great hilarity with their highly visual fantastical show SEED.

Many local performers are returning to the festival this year including Gabriella Pineda Rodrigues with her ever popular family concert filled with Disney and show tunes. Xidus Pain will be back rapping and showcasing local young artists and Peterborough Pride will be sharing a joyful celebration of our city. 

You can also look forward to a wide range of community performers such as Indian dancing from the Peterborough Diwali Festival, traditional brass band music from the Peterborough Salvation Army, local choirs, Willow Sings and Peterborough Rock Choir and performers from Peterborough College and UCP. The full line up is still being developed but will be shared soon on the festival web page

As well as the many music, drama and dance performances, the festival will have a packed and diverse schedule of other entertainment across the weekend – from arts and crafts, sport and adventure to local organisations showcasing what they do in the city, there will be something for all the family to enjoy. There’s still time to get involved in the community heart bunting project too, where schools, care homes and community groups have been busy decorating hearts for an installation at the festival. Find out more about how you too can get involved on the festival web page.

The weekend is free-to-attend, but there are some exciting ticketed cinema showings planned in the Big Top on the Thursday and Friday evenings leading up to the festival weekend. On Thursday 16th May we’ve got Wonka and Grease Sing-A-Long, and on Friday 17th May, enjoy Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical Sing-A-Long and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are now on sale via the Peterborough Celebrates Festival web page and include free parking on those evenings.

Parking charges apply at Ferry Meadows over the festival weekend but Railworld Wildlife Haven and Nene Valley Railway have partnered up again to offer FREE parking at Railworld in the city centre and return tickets on the train to Ferry Meadows for £2 over the weekend - a great way of travelling sustainably to the festival.

The festival is being organised and hosted by Nene Park Trust alongside involvement and support from local communities and organisations. If you would like to get involved, through sponsoring or volunteering at the event, or by getting involved in the community heart bunting project, the festival team at Nene Park Trust would love to hear from you. For more information about the festival, please visit