What to do at the weekends for the ENTIRE year! – Peterborough Edition

It is often asked “What can I do at the weekend with a 4,6 and 10 year old” etc. Well here is a list of 52 things to do at the weekend in Peterborough. Some are free or little costs involved whilst others have more of an expense. There are also some seasonal activities too!

Always check back to my blog for What’s on during the school holidays and for things to do with pre-schoolers. Hopefully you will find these really useful.

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Places to Visit

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  1. Visit the Cathedral – Between 11th August and November 5th make sure you visit the Cathedral to see Astronaut Tim Peak’s Soyuz spacecraft. Peterborough Cathedral offers FREE explorer backpacks for young children (subject to a refundable deposit of £5).
  2. Visit the Museum – Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral all the family. There are some amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages. The collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance. Free entry (Charges to some exhibits) – Please note there is no parking.
  3. Flag Fen – Visit Flag Fen Archaeology Park to explore how the prehistoric people of the fen lived over 3000 years ago. Wander through a Bronze Age village, sit within the reconstructed roundhouses, and stand where our ancestors once stood by the ritual causeway.  Admission charges – Adults £6, Children and concessions £4, Family Ticket £16 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Special admission charges apply on event days. Opens from April to September 10am-5pm.
  4. Sacrewell Farm – Great for a day out come rain or shine! There’s more than enough to keep your family entertained for the whole day at Sacrewell. Take a trip to our 18th century working watermill; explore our play areas indoors and out; or make firm friends with our rare breed farm animals. Adults £7, Children £10, Family £30.
  5. Exotic Pet Refuge – Open on selected days throughout the year. A great chance to come face to face with some of the most exotic creatures.
  6. Longthorpe Tower  – Open from 30th March 2018 every weekend 10am-5pm. Adults £3, Children (5-15years) £2, Family of 5 (2A+3C) £
  7. Burghley House and Gardens –Open from 17th March- Tickets are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase – Prices are for House and Gardens, please see their website for information on garden only entry. Adult £19, Children £10 Family (2A+3C) £54
  8. Nene Valley Railway – Tickets can be purchased on the day, online, or on the train. Please check the website for timetables. Rover ticket prices (can be used to travel all day) Adults £16, Children £8, Family (2A+3C) £40
  9. Tramp2Lean – Please see here for review
  10. Railworld – In the heart of the city with plenty of parking. Great for train fanatics! Adults £4, Children £2, Family £10
  11. Ferry Meadows – Lots to see and do including Discovery packs from the visitor centre, free to hire (£10 refundable deposit) – Car parking charges apply
  12. Hamerton Zoo Park
  13. Activity World –  The frame itself covers almost 10,000sq ft of space on three levels. It has a huge range of equipment, with the double drop slide, giant spiral slide, spiders web and dizzy doughnut being the main features. Adults £1, Under 1cm £2.50, Toddler World £4.99, Activity World £6.50. Return in 5 days with valid receipt for entry at £1.50
  14. Crown Lakes Country Park– Whatever time of day or year you visit, the rich population of animal, bird, insect and plant life means there’s always something to see at Crown Lakes.
  15. Wicksteed Park – There’s nowhere quite like Wicksteed Park. Along with 30 exciting rides and activities, including one of Europe’s longest zip wires, there are 147 acres of beautiful rolling parkland – perfect for a game of frisbee, or a big family picnic.
  16. Fossils Galore – Open Monday – Saturday 10am -5pm (except Tues 1pm). Activites run throughout school holidays. See Jordanicthys the Big Fish and many other exciting new finds being excavated out of the rock by the Fossils Galore Expert. Also, see the nationally important specimen Stompy the Woolly Rhinoceros Skull on Display
  17. Planet Ice – Ice Skating – Public skate is great fun for all the family and where better to glide about than Planet Ice. We want you to have hours of fun and to see you smiling like never before! – Please check their websites for times and prices
  18. Bretton Water Park – Open throughout the summer months, free of charge. Bring lots of water and a picnic and make a day of it!  Please note There is no shade.
  19. Hill Farm Pick Your Own – Opens from June. Free to enter and only pay for what you pick. See our review here. Pick Strawberries, Raspberries, Tayberries, Sweetcorn, Pumpkins, flowers and lots more.Hill Farm Pick your own
  20. Central Park (aka Town Park) – Free – Take your pick from the Outdoor play park or the large sand area. Or maybe you want to dip your feet in the paddling pool. Visit Butterfly Cafe for their well loved cakes and ice-cream.
  21. Visit the Rowing Lake – Why not try something a bit different and watch a rowing race?
  22. Library –
  23. Go swimming – Plenty of places to go for a swim. The Lido opens in the summer, or there is always the Regional Pool, Jack Hunt Swimming Pool.
  24. Join the National Trust – Monthly cost under £10 for entry into all National Trust places such as Belton House and Wimpole Farm.

Things to do

  1. See a pantomime– Through December and beginning of January why not take in a pantomime!
  2. Feed the ducks – a visit to Ferry Meadows , Crown lakes or maybe you have ponds/lakes near your home. Ducks love to eat Grapes (cut in half to prevent choking) Cracked corn, barley, oats, birdseed or other grains. Please don’t feed them bread.
  3. Go on a picnic – Everyone loves a picnic! and an impromptu picnic is always better! Pack a mat, picnic, ball and go and find a field.
  4. Go on a bike ride –  You can always pack your picnic and take it with you on a bike ride.
  5. Peterborough Mystery Treasure Trail – Why not explore Peterborough on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit?
  6. Find all the blue plaques in Peterborough – All over the city centre are blue plaques representing a little bit of our city’s history. Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor centre and see if you can track down them all!
  7. Go out for breakfast (some places offer kids eat free) – My boys especially love eating breakfast out. Maybe give it a try?
  8. Potato Printing-  If you don’t want to go out then maybe a few activities inside may help? Potato printing is a great way to use those old potatos and make some pretty lovely artwork.
  9. Paint a rock and hide it – Love on the Rocks has really taken off! Why not try and design your own? I use acrylic paint (white for the background) and then a clear varnish to coat it. You can also use permanent markers on them too.Collection of painted rocks
  10. Go on a rock hunt – When hiding the rocks you have just made, why not see if you can find any yourself! When you have join Love On The Rocks Peterborough to post your find.
  11. Visit Family and Friends – especially those you don’t see often
  12. Go on a train to Stamford (or another local area) –
  13. Go bowling – We have 2 bowling alleys in Peterborough AMF(Bretton) and MFA(City Centre).
  14. Visit a pet shop – My 3 boys love going to a pet shop to see the animals. It’s the next best thing to owning a pet. 
  15. Watch a show – Key Theatre, Cresset and Broadway all host a variety of shows.
  16. Take your little ones to Junior park run – It is a 2k run for juniors only (4-14 year olds) at Town (central) Park.
  17. Do some baking – Spend the day baking treats, chocolate Brownies, CheeseCake or maybe some Oat Bites.
  18. Go on a bug hunt – 
  19. Take a ball to a field – Could be football, cricket, rounders
  20. Make a Film!
  21. Watch a Race – either running, cycling or car
  22. Cycle the green wheel – Peterborough’s Green Wheel is a network of routes in and around the city created as part of a Millennium project.
  23. Pond Dipping – Only available at Crown Lakes, Nene Park Trust do not allow members of the public to go pond dipping. They do however hold regular sessions.


  1. Go on an Easter Hunt (or make your own!)
  2. See Santa
  3. Buy a Christmas gift for a charity appeal
  4. Make your own cards (easter/Mothers Day/Christmas/Birthdays) – There are some ideas here, here and here.
  5. Make seasonal collages with items you have found on a walk (twigs, leaves, pinecones)


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