Green Festival Fringe Events – 23-31 May 2015

The 2015 Green Festival Fringe events comprised the following:

Walk This Way

Sat 23 May, 12noon-4pm
Peterborough city centre

This project will take you through a pop-up gallery, art installation, and strange and wonderful events in unexpected places, with unusual characters leading unpredictable guided tours hourly. This event is hosted by Creative Peterborough. Walk This Way has been developed as part of the Peterborough Presents programme and in conjunction with the Green Festival. To book your free place, please click here

Detective [Insert Name]

Sun 24 May & Sat 30-Sun 31 May, every 30 mins between 10am-3pm (12.30pm-3pm on Sun 24 May)
Secret Location in the city centre (sent to you in advance)

You will be briefed on a secret mission and given a secret location… and then the adventure begins. Travelling to different locations and meeting other characters, you and your team of detectives have to solve the puzzle. You are investigating something that could affect the entire city. Are you up for the challenge? A walkabout performance for a group of 6 at a time. Booking is essential. Free places are available, book tickets from or Please wear suitable clothing for walking outdoors. Suitable for 12 years+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The Biological Evidence for Climate Change – A talk by Sir Ghillean Prance FRS VMH

Sat 23 May, 7.30pm
Peterborough Cathedral PE1 1XS

Sceptical about climate change? Professor Sir Ghillean Prance will explain why biologists are increasingly alarmed by the evidence of climate change that they see. Sir Ghillean was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew until his retirement in 1999. He is an expert on the flora of the Amazon rain forests and has lived with at least 16 Indian tribes in the Amazon. He was Scientific Director of the Eden Project in Cornwall (1999-2013) and is a Visiting Professor at Reading University. He is also a Trustee of A Rocha, the international Christian environmental organization. His talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Free entry. By Peterborough Eco Faith Network and Peterborough Cathedral.

Peterborough Wildlife Festival

Sat 23- Sat 30 May, various times
Ferry Meadows Country Park PE2 5UU

Peterborough Wildlife Festival is your chance to explore the great outdoors and discover your local wildlife . You can join free bird walks, bat evenings, pond-dipping, bug hunts and fun craft activities. By Nene Park Trust, Froglife, the Wildlife Trust and Buglife, with financial support from Big Lottery Fund. For more information visit

Sponsored Bike Ride

The Green Backyard
Ride one of two routes sometimes between Sat 23-Sun 31 May

Download a sponsor pack and ride one of two routes to raise money for The Green Backyard – The whole 45 miles of the green wheel or a 7 mile fun ride to Nene Park. If you would like some company a group will be leaving The Green Backyard at 10.30am on Sunday 24 to ride the longer route. Download maps and sponsorship information at

Wildlife Week

Sat 23-Sun 31 May, 9.30am-5pm
Sacrewell PE8 6HJ

Take a walk on the wild side at Sacrewell in May half-term. Join in with pond dipping, a mammal safari and really ‘wild’ events taking place throughout the week. Normal admission prices apply.

Peterborough Bus Walk

Sun 24 May, 11.30am or 12noon
11.30am at Queensgate Bus Station Bay 2 or 12noon at Bretton Centre Bus Stop (No. 3 Bus from Queensgate)

Take part in a 5-mile circular walk, departing from and ending at Bretton car park. Please bring a picnic lunch and wear walking shoes. There will also be the chance to try out Nordic Walking. Free activity. By Peterborough Ramblers and Vivacity.

The Lego Movie

Sun 24 May, local band Rattleshack plays from 7.30pm and the film starts at 9pm
Allenvale Lake, nr Horshoe Way, Hampton

Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you're part of a team. Everything is awesome, when we're living our dream! So bring your friends and family along to watch the highest grossing film of last year in a great setting with the film powered by people cycling!  BY Travelchoice (Peterborough City Council). Free event.

Growing Greener with Queensgate

Mon 25 May - Fri 29 May
Queensgate Shopping Centre

An Eco House built entirely from recycled materials, a spinning art bike, seed planting, arts and crafts; it’s all going green at Queensgate Shopping Centre this half term.

To support the Green Festival, Queensgate is hosting a week-long programme of fun and interactive activities showing that learning about the environment and sustainability is important but also great fun! From Monday 25 May until Friday 29 May, Queensgate is inviting children to build an Eco House made from recycled plastic bottles, milk bottles, cardboard boxes and shoe boxes; all collected from Queensgate stores. Children, and even big kids, can help to decorate the recycled materials and give a hand in building the Eco House.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, jump onto the spin art bike and create a whacky and wild picture by pedal power and at the same time learn how using a bike instead of a car reduces our carbon footprint – plus it’s good for your health! Turn the pedals and squirt the paint to produce a kaleidoscope of patterns and colours.

Children will also be able to plant seeds in recycled bottles and take them home for free. Plus, take a look at our interesting facts and figures of how we help the planet!

Open Evening at Everybody Salsa

Mon 25 May, 7.15pm-11pm
Fletton Ex Serviceman’s Club, 243 Fletton High St 

Come and experience the real Latin vibe! Join in the line-up and freestyle sessions, have a drink and relax while watching the classes. There will be the chance to discover how to improve your health through active salsa. Free event.

Green Festival Community Stewardship Litter Pick

Tues 26th May, 12noon-2pm
Fengate – from Perkins to Showcase Cinemas

Join the Green Festival lunchtime community litter pick, which will head along the riverside from Perkins in Fengate through to Showcase Cinemas, meeting at the North End of Sainsbury car park. This event is supported by IKEA and run in partnership by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, Amey and RiverCare.

We are looking for individuals as well as teams from businesses to take part. If your organisation would like to host its own litter pick near your business, we can risk assess your area, provide you with all necessary materials, as well as promote your activity as part of the Green Festival.

If you would like more information about getting involved, please email Tim Devonshire on

Vegetarian and Vegan Food Share

Tues 26 May, 7pm-9.30pm
The Green House, 4-6 Cowgate PE1 1NA

This group is for local vegetarian and vegans and other like-minded people to get together to share some good food, recipes and advice for healthy eating and local sustainably-sourced food. Bring your own food to share. By the Peterborough Vegan and Vegetarian Society. Free event.

Steam Past to a Brighter Future!

Tues 26 & Weds 27 May, 11.30am/1pm/2.30pm
Railworld, Oundle Road PE2 9NR

Enjoy a fully guided 90min entertaining tour of Railworld and the Wildlife Haven. There will be a nostalgic slide presentation on Peterborough in the 1950s/1960s, when steam trains ruled the railways! £1 per person, children free.

Inside the Box – a look inside Riverford

Wed 27 May, 4.30pm-7.30pm
Riverford at Sacrewell Farm, Sacrewell Lodge Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ

The winner of the Green Awards 2015 for Best Sustainable Food Producer. Come and see how Riverford grow, harvest and pack the organic veg, with a tour of the farm and packhouse, followed by a small taster of their organic veg. Please wear suitable outdoor footwear. Due to the terrain of the walk, not recommended for young children, the elderly and wheelchairs. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. To book please call 01780 781 665. £5 per person.

Swaddywell Geology Walk

Wed 27 May, 7pm-9pm
Main car park between Marholm and Ufford via Stamford Stone entrance

A guided walk exploring the geology of Swaddywell Pit and its link to the local industry, culture, landscape and wildlife. Refreshments will be available. Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. By the Langdyke Countryside Trust and GeoPeterborough. £3 (school age children free).


Weds 27 May, 6pm-8pm
Garden Room, Great Northern Hotel PE1 1QL

Do you love fashion but hate trawling the shops? Is your wardrobe bulging with clothes you haven’t worn in years? We’ve got the guilt-free solution to a new wardrobe that won’t break the bank. Simply bring at least one clothing item to swap, and then take home up to the same amount of items you bring. Refreshments available. £3 entry fee. Visit

One Planet Living Film Showing

Thurs 28 May, doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start
The Education Centre at Railworld

Join in the Environment Capital Film Night, with ‘Who killed the electric car?’a documentary that explores the electric car industry in the USA. £3 suggested donation (donations to be split equally between The Green Backyard and Railworld). Drinks and nibbles will be provided. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. By The Green Backyard, supported by PECT and Peterborough City Council. Sponsored by TravelChoice.

Moor Farm Walk

Fri 29 May, 10am & 2pm
Moor Farm, Decoy Rd, Newborough PE6 7QD

Discover what goes on at a real farm on the outskirts of Peterborough. Walk through the fields, feed the lambs, join a tractor and trailor ride and see how your food is grown. There will be a quiz for children and the option to purchase a homemade sausage sandwich afterwards. Free event.

Wildlife Festival Grand Finale

Sat 30 May, 11am-4pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park PE2 5UU

Come along for lots of free children’s activities, a chance to find out how you could get involved in caring for the local wildlife and win the opportunity of being ‘a ranger for the day’. There will be bugs to discover, birds to spot and opportunities to join in pond dipping and more. Free event. By Nene Park Trust, Froglife, the Wildlife Trust and Buglife, with financial support from Big Lottery Fund. For more information visit

Live Art Saturday

Sat 30 May, 12noon-4pm
Art in the Heart, 47 Bridge Street PE1 1HA

Craft your own handmade gift! Have a go at making your own little felt item with national artisan felter Eve Marshall. She says that 'It all begins with a bit of fluff', we say 'It all ends with a lovely memento.’ Suitable for all ages and abilities. £1 or £2.

Werrington Family Roller Skating

Sat 30 May, 5pm-8pm
Werrington Leisure Centre, Werrington Centre PE4 6JT

The Fun Family Skate has all the latest with a resident DJ taking your special requests. A fun way to stay active! Skate hire is available in sizes jnr 8 – adult 12 (£1.50) or you can bring your own. Admission is £3.50, with a family ticket for four just £11 (children skating must be at least 3 years old). Visit

Warmington to Oundle Walk

Sun 31 May, 12.04pm
Peterborough Bus Station, Bay 15 for X4 bus

Catch Bus X4 at 12.04. From there enjoy a light Warmington walk through the villages between here and Oundle alongside the River Nene, then into a coffee shop in Oundle. We aim to be back in Peterborough by 3.45pm. Free for bus pass holders, around £6.20 for non-pass holders. By the Peterborough Ramblers.

The Pitch in Picnic

Sun 31 May, 12noon-4pm
The Green Backyard PE2 8AT

Come along to the ultimate bring-and-share community picnic. Bring a dish and add it to the feast! You can also enter the Soup-Off, a competition to find Peterborough’s best soup maker. Judging starts at 1pm. Entrance is free if you bring a dish or donations welcome if you don’t.