This year’s theme is “Invaders and Settlers”. Look out for the free Children’s Zone activity area in the Cloisters with its jesters, storytellers and games, and the period market on the green outside the Cathedral.
Details of the wider programme are on the Vivacity Heritage Festival webpage.
Inside the Cathedral will be these special events and activities:
Festival Lecture, Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm
An evening with art historian and broadcaster Dr Janina Ramirez
Janina Ramirez will take up the themes of her recent book, The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England. Saints, far from being the one-dimensional pious figures we imagine, were the power players, king makers and politicians of their day. Read more
Tickets: Adults £14, children/concessions £11 (includes a glass or wine or soft drink during the evening). The seating is unreserved. Available from the Key Theatre Box Office on 01733 207239 or online at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/evening-with-dr-janina-ramirez
Family Activities, Saturday 2 July
Ready Teddy Go!
Make a parachute for a little teddy bear dressed as a monk, then watch as he is taken up and launched over the balcony, zooming down to land!
Saturday 2nd July (only), 10.00am – 3.00pm in the Cathedral
Cost: £5 per child, including teddy bear monk to take home and the craft activities below.
Crafty Viking and Anglo-Saxon crafts
Are you an Anglo-Saxon or a Viking? Choose your side and make a warrior's shield, and have a go at making your own Viking coins and Saxon jewellery to take home.
Saturday 2nd July (only), 10.00am – 3.00pm at the Nave crossing
Cost: £2 per child (free if you have paid for Ready Teddy Go!)
Shhh … it’s quiet in St Kyneburgha’s Chapel
Leading off the South Transept, the St Kyneburgha Chapel will be a quiet spot for children to think and reflect.
Cathedral Tours, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July
Free Taster Tours
A free, 20 minute whistle-stop tour to introduce you to some of the highlights of the Cathedral's 900 year history. Look out for the Taster Tours sign inside the Cathedral.
Saturday 2nd July from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday 3rd July from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
This 45 minute tour goes up the steep and winding stairs to the bell ringing chamber, along the Nave roof and up to the top of the tower, coming down inside the West Front and passing by the rare medieval masons’ windlass.
Saturday at 11.30am, 1.45pm, and 6.15pm
Sunday at 1.45pm
Tickets: £10 (£8 / £3). Ages 10+ only. Book online via http://shop.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/rooftop-tour-ticket or via Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ (01733 452336). Limited places so advance booking strongly recommended. Suitable only for those in good health, aged 10-80 years. Participants must sign insurance declaration before tour.
Archaeological dig tours
Take a free guided tour of the archaeological dig that has been underway for two weeks in the north west corner of the Precincts. Experts from Access Cambridge Archaeology will be on hand to explain what they have been looking for and what has been found.
Due to limited space, tours will be conducted at intervals in groups.
Read more about the archaeological dig.
Historical Characters, Saturday and Sunday
Re-enactors will be out and about in the Cathedral. See if you can have a chat with Katharine of Aragon, Mary Queen of Scots, Old Scarlett the gravedigger or Edith Cavell.
Saturday from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
Becket's Pop-up Café, Saturday and Sunday
This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break from the action whilst still being at the heart of the Heritage Festival. In collaboration with Peterborough Regional College, there will be a pop-up café in The Becket Chapel and on the terrace outside.
Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Eternal Father, Lord of the years
We give you thanks for the heritage of this city
and the wonderful tales of people from long ago.
As we live out our own story in this present age
inspire us with the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ
that we may find a loving home in your presence
and a hope in your promises.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord
With thanks to Mick George Skips for providing skips for the Heritage Festival Weekend.