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SAVE THE TAP.
When it comes to pub culture Peterborough does not figure very highly in most peope's opinion. One oasis in a desert of blandness is the brewery tap. Claiming to be the biggest brew-pub in Europe the Oakham brewery has put together a great watering hole.
Unfortunately the area is due for re-development with an extension being sought to the shopping centre. A very well organised campaign has been organised to try and save the pub. The most creative suggestion each week can get SEVENTEEN pints as a prize or a bottle of Champayne. Here are some recent entries :
David Lockley from Huntingdon.
JHB is the only beer my wife drinks.
Do you want to ruin my life!!!?
Simon Miles from Peterborough.
Plants need sunlight,
Deserts need the rain,
Men need women,
I need the Tap!
Rodney Wolfe from Ashford.
You don't demolish cathedrals,
You revive them and this is peterboughs second cathedral for sure,
Come in and see.
Kevin Hughes from Peterborough.
I love the Tap,
It really isn't crap,
Its open till late,
And unlike a Fiat really shouldn't be scrapped
Written Apr 1, 2009
Why not treat yourself to a night at the dogs. The track is always offering deals on specific packages which normally gives you a drink or two, a bar snack and at least one free bet. You don't have to worry about the betting side of things as someone comes around before each race and takes your bets from you. It's a pleasant way to spend an evening and you never know you might win a few pounds.
Written Jul 7, 2007
Address: 1st Drove, Fengate, Peterborough
There are two main pools in the city although the Lido is only open during the summer months. The main pool, or regional pool, is what it promises. You won't find flumes or slides this pool is used mostly by serious swimmers and lacks a certain air of fun. Not helped by the drab colour schemes that they insist on using. If you want a splash around I wouldn't recommend you use the regional. If instead you want a serious work out then come in you'll find a full size pool with seperate diving pool.
Written Jul 7, 2007
There is a trainline that runs from the city centre to a small village some 15 miles to the west. The purpose of the train isn't actually to get anywhere it is simply to feed the need for nostalga with the puffing engine pulling some old rolling stock along through quite pleasant countryside. I would estimate that you would spend maybe 2 - 4 hours no more.
Written Jul 7, 2007
Address: Nene Valley Railway
Peterborough has two cinemas, one of these actually doubles as a theatre. The main cinema is a modern american style complex with a large number of screens showing all of the latest hollywood productions. Even though this is a cosmopolitan city I have never know them to show anything apart from the normal best sellers, no bollywood or foreign language films. The other issue about the cinema is that it's about 2 miles from the city centre and therefore you'll have to get a taxi or a bus. Prices are steep with a movie costing about £7 per person.
Written Jul 7, 2007
Address: Showcase Cinema, Boongate, Peterborough
Several days into my visit Berni and Carl took me to the Greyhound races in Petersborough. I have only been to the horse races and that was many moons ago so I was really looking forward to this. We went on a Wednesday night and for 12 pound 50 pence we enjoyed window seating, our meal including dessert (sorry, pudding) and free race program and entry for the races. Note: Make reservations ahead of time to secure the "deals" they have going on throughout the year.
They ran 13 races that night, I am a conservative better lost just 1 pound 80 and Berni was the big winner at 80 pence, I believe. There were some folks who took this betting seriously, like the ones behind us. They were betting large sums of money and ended up being out quite a bit of cash. So take care that you don't throw your hard earned money out the door, but do have a good time, even if you do not bet. It is the fun of picking the winners and seeing how good you are at it. Naturally I thought the dog that was limping off his hind leg would lose, HA! What did I know? The dog came in first with that race. I think he was "faking" his limp to throw off his competiters. Cheeky mutt!
Written Mar 9, 2007
Phone: 01733 296939
This provides a delightful jaunt from the city into the countryside (or vice versa). It runs between Peterborough city centre and Wansford (on the A1). It was used in several films and TV shows, including the James Bond movies Octopussy and Goldeneye, plus the TV series Reilly: Ace of Spies and Band of Brothers.
The Nene Valley Railway runs mostly during the summer, but also has special holiday excursions.
Updated Jan 8, 2007
Phone: 01780 784444
What a a great cycle, you can whizz round and round here, more. more more.
Daddy says you need to partake of a pint of Samuel's Smith Old Brewery bitter (Whatever that is) in the pub next door, after all that exertion. Rubbish. More More More.
(The Botolph pub is situated on Oundle road in Orton Longueville)
Updated Oct 5, 2006
Now we are talking. Look at this wonderful choo-choo train. Nut-naw. Nut-naw.
Every weekend in the summer you can come and see this wonderful hissing machine. Just leave me in my pushchair all day here - i'll be fine.
Written Oct 5, 2006
Peterborough hosts the largest beer festival outside of London. Two massive marquees house more beer than can possibly be drunk, even by the crowd I went with. As well as beer there's real larger, cider, fruit beers and wines - mix them all and you'll have a quality hangover.
The festival is held at the end of August each year and details are available on the website (see below). As well as beer there's a good selection of food on site.
Things get pretty crowded on Fri and Sat night, but the festival runs from the Tuesday so my tip would be to try it midweek.
Updated Aug 29, 2006
Address: The Embankment, Bishop's Road, Peterborough
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