#SummerFun | Free for all!

The holidays can be an expensive time as regular family outings quickly add up. If you’re looking for some great value days out make sure you get out and about to enjoy these fabulous – and completely free – days out in Peterborough

Follow the sculpture trail
Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough PE3 6LN
Did you know that Peterborough has 27 sculptures dotted throughout the city? Together they form a permanent collection featuring works from some of Britain’s finest internationally acclaimed sculptors, including Sir Anthony Caro, and Robert Erskine. The best place to see them is at Thorpe Meadows, where 15 of the sculptures are displayed within a parkland setting around the rowing course. The trail takes no longer than 30 minutes and once you’re done you can explore the rest of the park, taking to one of the many footpaths or cycle ways or strolling alongside the River Nene. ● Download a trail map at

A day out to go down in history
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
Peterborough Museum is as enthralling and diverse as the best of the country’s museums. It’s located within one of the city’s oldest buildings – a stunning Georgian mansion that lends an air of grandeur to the setting inside. Learn about the history of Peterborough from fascinating and unusual objects and interactive displays suitable for visitors of all ages. With a vibrant temporary exhibitions programme, a café offering delicious lunches and cakes, a shop, art exhibitions and the ghostly Priestgate Vaults all under one roof, there’s enough to keep everyone in the family happy. ● 01733 864663,

Be an art critic
City Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
The City Gallery hosts a fabulous rolling programme of contemporary art – perfect for the aspiring art critic! Look out for the excellent family workshops held there too. The City Gallery is situated within Peterborough Museum, so why not make a day of it and combine the two? ● 01733 864663,

Join the gym and enjoy the Lido for free!
Join Vivacity gym and you could get access to up to six gyms across Peterborough. Membership starts from just £27 per month with flexible packages to suit your exact requirements. Premium and Gold Membership includes unlimited access to the Lido, while Silver and Bronze Members enjoy 50% off entry. ● 01733 864000,

Cool off at the Lido
Bishops Road, Peterborough PE1 1YY
For just a little extra why not head down to the Lido? There’s no better place to cool off on a hot summer’s day than Peterborough’s answer to the seaside! This hugely popular outdoor venue offers not one but three heated swimming pools: a 50m main pool, plus teaching pools for children and toddlers. There are terraces for relaxing and enjoying the weather, a sizeable lawn and a play area for the children. Keep your cool with an icecream or drink from the on-site café. ● All children under 5 swim for free at the Peterborough Lido, as well as the three indoor pools across Peterborough. ● The Lido is also free to enjoy if you’re a Premium or Gold gym member. ● 01733 864761,

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