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Enjoy a week of fun-filled Green Festival Fringe Events

PECT Update
Don’t miss this year’s PECT Green Festival, held in Peterborough city centre on Saturday 13 August 2016. In addition to the Festival’s Launch Day, there will also be a week-long series of Fringe Events that run from 13-21 August.

The aim of these Fringe Events is to promote sustainable living and encourage people to take positive action for their local and global environment. With everything from a ‘Meet the Artists’ event – a chance to hear from the specially-commissioned Green Festival artists – through to exhibitions, children’s events, guided walks, film screenings, litter picks and workshops, there’s plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with!

“We are delighted that so many fantastic organisations from across the city and surrounding areas have been involved with putting on fringe events for this year’s Green Festival,” explains Festival Organiser Jennie Orrell. “It is great so many people and organisations are keen to get involved with environmental issues in a fun and educational way.”

For more information and to be kept up to date on the latest event details visit: Join in the conversation online @SustainableCity with #PECTGreenFest.

Fringe Events

Exhibition: Resident
Who: Metal Peterborough
When: Friday 22nd July-Sunday 28th August, 10am-5pm
Where: City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate PE1 1LF. (City centre location, 5min walk from bus and train station)
Price: Free
What: Cities share a complex and evolving dialogue between the rural and urban, the industrial and agricultural, the built environment and green spaces. Artists Marc Atkinson, Jessie Brennan and Matt Lewis have spent the last year ‘in residence’ in Peterborough. This exhibition shares their sound recordings, imagery and film.

Coffee to Van Gogh
Bewiched Peterborough
When: Saturday 13th-Saturday 27th August (during opening hours)
Where: Bewiched Coffee shop, Bridge Street PE1 1HJ. City centre location, 5min walk from bus and train station
Price: Free to view (pieces will be available to purchase, with proceeds going to PECT)
What: A collection of work by local artists as part of the PECT Green Festival on the themes of coffee, sustainable transport and Van Gogh.

Sound Recording Workshops
Metal Peterborough
When: Sunday 14th August, 11am-2pm
Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road PE2 8AT. 5min walk from city centre. City 1 and 3 buses stop directly outside
Price: Free
What: Contribute to The Green Backyard audio archive by making a sound-recording about why the place matters to you. Booking essential, call 01733 893077 or email [email protected]

Vegetarian & Vegan Food Share
Peterborough Vegetarian & Vegan Group
When: Sunday 14th August, from 12 noon
Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road PE2 8AT. 5min walk from city centre. City 1 and 3 buses stop directly outside
Price: Free to attend, just bring a dish to share!
What: This group is for local vegetarians and vegans and other like-minded people to get together to share some good food, recipes and advice for healthy eating and sustainably-sourced food.

Along the Outskirts Photo Walk
Metal Peterborough
When: Sunday 14th August, 1.30pm-4pm
Where: Start outside the Key Theatre, Embankment Road PE1 1EF. 5min walk from the city centre
Price: FREE
What: By slowing down and veering off the beaten track you will be led on a fascinating meander covering 3-4 miles to the edge of the city, thinking about the changing nature of the city’s development. Booking essential, visit

Nature Kids
Nene Park Trust
When: Week days from Monday 15th- Friday 26th August, 9.30am-3pm
Where: Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane PE2 5UU. Meet near Lakeside Toilet Block. Easy to reach via bus routes and cycling
Cost: £15 per child per day
What: Fun nature-based activities for children over 7 years old. Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and use natural materials in woodland crafts. Booking essential, call 01733 234193.

FoodCycle Dinner Party
FoodCycle Peterborough powered by Cross Keys Homes
When: Monday 15th August, 7pm
Where: Westgate Church Hall, 70 Westgate PE1 7RG. National Route 12 on the Green Wheel and located directly opposite Peterborough Bus Station
Cost: Pay what you feel it’s worth!
What: Join your local community for a meal prepared by local volunteers, helping to prevent food going to waste.

Nature Detectives
When: Tuesday 16th August, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Flag Fen Archaeology Park, Northey Road PE6 7QJ. Close to Green Wheel cycle route
Cost: £5 per child, accompanying adults free
What: Learn about the different plants and wildlife native to the Fenland area, hunt for clues and find out how different living things adapt to their surroundings. Try your hand at make-and-takes to encourage wildlife into your garden! Booking essential, call 01733 864468.

Guided Walk with Hyperlocal Rainfall
When: Tuesday 16th August, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Where: Meet at the Guildhall in Cathedral Square. Walk ends in front of the Cathedral. Easy to reach by foot, cycle, and bus
Price: Free
What: Join a short, leisurely walk from the city centre along a new Walk Peterborough route. On the way you will be able to find out how the Hyperlocal Rainfall app works and give it a go, with the ability to download your own copy on your Android phone. The route is wheelchair accessible.

Big Local BBQ
WestRaven Big Local
When: Tuesday 16th August, 1pm-4pm
Where: WestRaven community garden at the back of WestRaven community garden at the back of Ravensthorpe Primary School, Brigstock Ct, Peterborough PE3 7NB.
Price: Free entry, food charges apply
What: Join a BBQ cooked by the manager of the Big Local café, which is opening later this year. Find out more about this community project and how you can get involved.

‘Dash for Diesel’ Debate
When: Tuesday 16th August, 6.30pm
Where: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bridge Street PE1 1QT. City centre location, 5mins walk from bus and train station
Cost: Free event
What: Britain has experienced an extraordinary ‘dash for diesel’ over the past 15 years and today over half of the 2 million new cars bought each year are diesel. Travelchoice is hosting a debate on the virtues of the diesel car. We want to know

Peterborough Nappy Library Event Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Who: Peterborough Nappy Library
When: Wednesday 17th August, 10am- 12noon
Where: Asda Community Room, West Rivergate Shopping Centre PE1 1ET. City centre location, 5min walk from bus and train station
Price: Free
What: Did you know that disposable nappies can take anywhere up to 500 years to degrade in our landfills? Attend this event to find out more about cloth nappies as well as other products.

Wild Wednesday
Nene Park Trust
When: Wednesday 17th August, drop-in session 10am-2pm
Where: Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane PE2 5UU. Meet at the Discovery Den. Easy to reach via bus routes and cycling
Price: Free event, suggested donation £2
What: Join in some seasonal and wild crafts. This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Meet the Artists
When: Wednesday 17th August, 6-8pm
Where: Allia Future Business Centre Seminar Room, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road PE2 8AL. 10min walk from the city centre.
Price: Free
What: Join us for a ‘behind the scenes’ talk from the Green Festival commissioned artists, made possible by Arts Council England and Travelchoice. Find out what they did, why they did it and what’s next! Drinks and nibbles provided.

Pond Dipping
When: Wednesday 17th August, 1pm-3pm
Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road PE2 8AT. 5min walk from city centre. City 1 and 3 buses stop directly outside
Price: Free
What: Give pond dipping a go at this local urban green space and see what you can find! Froglife will be on hand to help you identify species.

Moor Farm Walk
Moor Farm
When: Thursday 18th August, 11am-12.30pm
Where: Moor Farm, Newborough PE6 7QD. Bus route to Decoy Pub, and on the Green Wheel cycle route
Cost: Free
What: Discover what goes on at a real farm. Walk through the fields, join a tractor ride and see how your food is grown. There will be a quiz for children and the option to purchase a homemade sausage sandwich.

Peterborough Litter Pick
PECT and Investors in the Environment
When: Thursday 18th August, 4pm-6pm
Where: Meet outside the Key Theatre, Embankment Road PE1 1EF. 5mins walk from the city centre
Price: Free
What: Help make a difference to your local environment! Communities and local businesses are joining forces to tidy up the local area along the river and surrounding space. Equipment provided.

Go Green Salsa Party
When: Thursday 18th August, 7.30pm-11pm
Where: Fenman public house, Whittlesea Rd, Stanground PE2 8RR
What: Join a salsa party plus a free taster class for everybody who would like to ‘have a go’ at this fantastic Latin dance. The dress code for the evening is ‘wear something green’ and first time dancers are welcome (including under 16s when accompanied by an adult). For more details call 01733 344934 or visit

Celebration of Youth Day
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
When: Saturday 20th August, starting at 9am
Where: Peterborough town centre, including Cathedral Square. Near bus and train stations
Price: FREE
What: An event to celebrate the diverse, dynamic and exciting youth culture in our city featuring live music, sport, entertainment, arts, youth organisations, academia, business activities, employment opportunities and much more!

Project Wild Thing Film Screening
When: Saturday 20th August, film starts at 7.30pm
Where: Wildwood (Cinema room), Cathedral Square PE1 1XH. City centre location, close to bus and train station
Price: Free (suggested donation £3)
What: What might happen if a generation becomes completely disconnected from the outdoors and the natural world? Find out in this documentary starring Chris Packham and George Monbiot.

Discussion: Consumerism
Peterborough in Transition
When: Sunday 21st August, 1pm-3pm
Where: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road PE2 8AT. 5min walk from city centre. City 1 and 3 buses stop directly outside
Price: Free, donations welcome
What: Peterborough in Transition aims to find ways of strengthening our local community and economy, encouraging local skills and food production. Head to the relaxed setting of The Green Backyard to discuss consumerism – what we buy and the alternatives.