Heritage Festival at St John’s

Beneath one of Antony Gormley’s “Places to Be” sculptures, preparations were taking place today for the Heritage Festival just outside St John’s.

But plenty will be happening inside St John’s too during the festival. On Saturday between 10am and 4pm:

June and Vernon’s exhibition and the café will also be open between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday.


2nd July – All day: Peterborough Heritage Festival at St John’s

Peterborough Heritage Festival has long been one of the city’s most spectacular events. But there’s more to celebrating our heritage than reenacting battles and dressing up in old-fashioned clothes. This year, in conjunction with Peterborough U3A, St John’s will be hosting speakers and exhibitions from some of Peterborough’s longest established clubs and societies. Our Saturday café will also extend its regular opening hours and will be open throughout the day, so please drop in any time for a tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and check out what else is happening!


10am – Talk : “The Diary of a Victorian Surgeon” with Liz Davies from the Museum Society
11am – Concert: U3A Harmony Singing Group
12pm – Poetry: Poetry about Peterborough with Poets United and the U3A Poetry Group
1pm – Concert: U3A Concert Band
2pm – Talk: “The Blue Badge Trail” with Toby Wood from Peterborough Civic Society
3pm -Tai Chi Display: U3A
3.45pm – Talk: “Peterborough – A walk through its yards!” with June & Vernon Bull from St John’s

All day exhibitions:

Peterborough Photographic Society
U3A Water Colour Group
Peterborough Cycling Club
Photographs of Peterborough during the First World War from June & Vernon Bull’s collection
Andrew Cole – Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

Further attractions:

Mask Theatre will be performing extracts of “Much Ado about Nothing” – this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production in St John’s Square

Meet a nun! Sisters from The Community of St Francis will be parking their mobile monastery outside St John’s and will be in St John’s all weekend. Take a break from the excitement of the Heritage Festival and enjoy a few minutes of quiet reflection in our Lady Chapel.