Heritage & Culture

Feeling Historical  

Are you pining for the past? Do you yearn for the days of chivalry? Have you developed an uncontrollable urge to take up the longbow, put on green tights and wear a hat with a ludicrously large feather? You may be suffering Heritage Festival withdrawal. But fear not! The best thing about history is there’s always a bit more coming along...  

Knights and Princesses
Longthorpe Tower, Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 August 2015, 10am – 5pm, admission £4 adults, £3 concessions, £10 families
Ever wanted to be a knight in shining armour? Or perhaps a princess in a wonderful gown? Now’s your chance to learn how! Longthorpe Tower will be populated by medieval characters, to bring the building to life for the whole family to enjoy. There will be ‘How to be a princess’ sessions with visitors at 10.30am and 1.30pm each day, and ‘How to be a knight’ sessions at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily, where prospective princesses and knights of all ages can learn their trades. Visitors can find out what the lord of the manor is having for dinner, learn to write with a quill with a monk from the abbey or see the Barber Surgeon for a cure, all surrounded by the country’s most spectacular medieval wall paintings. ■ For more information call (01733) 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com ■ Longthorpe Tower, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6LU

Behind the Scenes of Peterborough Museum 
10 & 11 September 2015, 11am & 2pm daily, admission FREE (donations welcome)
What happens behind the scenes at the museum? What treasures are not normally on display? What secret parts of the building are not normally open to the public? Find out more about the work of the museum, its key collections and the story of its building with these free guided tours for Heritage Open Days. No need to book, just come on the day! Tours will involve the use of stairs, and last about 100 minutes. ■ For more details call (01733) 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com ■ Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF  

Centurians and Catapults 
Flag Fen Archaeology Park Sunday 30 & Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015, 10am – 5pm, admission £8 adults, £5 concessions, £20 Families
An action-packed day out as you are transported back 2,000 years to meet the Romans, with spectacular displays of their mighty catapults being fired! This bank holiday weekend, Flag Fen will be living under the rule of the Romans! Come along for the opportunity to experience the many aspects of Roman life, both on the battlefield and in the home, with dozens of Roman soldiers performing drill, a display of Roman cavalry and even a chance to see their catapults at work! Plus hands on activities, tours and much more! ■ For more information call (01733) 864468 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough. com ■ Flag Fen Archaeology Park, The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough, PE6 7QJ

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