Explore. Admire. Immerse.

To help you plan your stay and to ensure you don’t miss out when visiting us, below we have an array of places of interest and activities within our local area.

History & Houses | Parks | Activities | Sports

 

History & Houses

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral, also known as Saint Peter’s Cathedral, is dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, whose statues look down from the three high gables of the famous West Front. Although it was founded in the Anglo-Saxon period, its architecture is mainly Norman, following a rebuilding in the 12th Century. It is one of the most important 12th Century buildings in England to have remained largely intact, despite extensions and restoration. Click here for more information.

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Longthorpe Tower

Displaying one of the most complete and important sets of 14th-century domestic wall paintings in Northern Europe and has been cared for by English Heritage since 1984. This varied ‘spiritual encyclopaedia’ of worldly and religious subjects includes the Wheel of Life, the Nativity and King David. You can view the paintings of rare and mythical beasts on the walls and soak up the atmosphere of a 13th-century manor house. It is a fascinating insight into the way medieval people lived and how they viewed the world. Click here for more information.

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Burghley House

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the 16th Century and a magnificent example of the great Elizabethan ‘prodigy’ houses. Conceived by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, Burghley is a testament to the ambition and vision of the most powerful courtier of the first Elizabethan age. Click here for more information.

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Elton Hall

The house contains superb treasures, including fine French furniture, one of the best libraries in private hands and a magnificent collection of paintings. Art enthusiasts can gaze upon works by Renaissance artists dating from the early 15th century to marvellous 19th Century works by J.F. Lewis, Landseer and Millais. With an array of rooms, including The Chapel, The Marble Hall, Upper Octagon Room and Drawing Room there are many wonders to be seen. Click here for more information.

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Rockingham Castle

William the Conqueror ordered a motte and bailey Castle to be built at Rockingham around 1070. The Castle has welcomed many Kings and Queens including Richard the Lionheart, King John, Edward I, and Queen Eleanor. In 1544 Henry VIII granted Rockingham Castle to Edward Watson who turned the dilapidated Castle into a family home. Since then, for almost 500 years, Rockingham Castle has remained in the hands of the Watson family. Click here for more information.

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John Clare Cottage

Widely regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets, John Clare lived in the village of Helpston, for his first forty years from 1793 until 1832. The Cottage has been restored, using traditional building methods, to create a centre where people can learn about John Clare, his works, how rural people lived in the early 19th Century and also gain an understanding of the environment. Click here for more information.

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Kirby Hall

One of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th Century houses, once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. Although the vast mansion is partly roofless, the walls show the exceptionally rich decoration that proclaims that its successive owners were always at the forefront of new ideas about architecture and design. The Great Hall and state rooms remain intact, refitted and redecorated to authentic 17th and 18th Century specifications. Click here for more information.

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Flag Fen Archaeology

Famous for being the site of an ancient Bronze Age causeway, discovered by Time Team’s Francis Pryor. At Flag Fen, you can discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors in a reconstructed Bronze Age village. See an uncovered section of the ancient causeway which once led Bronze Age people to their place of worship. Get a chance to view some exceptionally rare objects, including one of the earliest examples of a man-made wheel, as well as swords and jewellery. Click here for more information.

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Parks

Ferry Meadows in Nene Park

The country park opened in 1978, it occupies a site approximately three and a half miles long. The Park has three lakes, one of which has a water sports centre which provides sailing, kayaking and windsurfing classes. Another lake has a pedaloe and rowing boat for hire shop, and the third lake contains moorings for boats and has access to the River Nene. Nene Park also has three children’s play areas, located in different points of the Park and a small miniature railway. Click here for more information.

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Rutland Water

Set around beautiful Rutland Water and covering 4,200 acres of open countryside, the park offers everything from walking and cycling to fishing and water sports. There is also the fantastic nature reserve, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and home to the Rutland Osprey Project. Click here for more information.

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Activities

Sacrewell Farm

You can explore food, farming and the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside on your visit to Sacrewell Heritage Farm and Country Centre. With animals to meet, outdoor spaces to discover, a recently restored 18th Century watermill and a large indoor soft play centre, there is something to find & learn throughout the site. Click here for more information.

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Peterborough Arena

Peterborough Arena continues to attract returning and brand new public shows, trade shows and events to the venue. Live music concerts, exhilarating ice shows, touring comedy shows, nationally acclaimed antique festivals, faith and family events are core to the arena’s success. Click here for more information.

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Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering four other stations within the Peterborough area. As both a living heritage railway, which is tended to by its loyal volunteers and a thriving attraction for the public to enjoy all year round. Nene Valley Railway offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding a steam engine; learn about the railway’s history; and explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area. Click here for more information.

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Peterborough Art Gallery & Museum

One of the city’s most historic buildings and just a two-minute walk from the City Centre. The building contains interactive displays and galleries for all ages and the museum’s collection includes over 200,000 objects of great national and international importance. There’s always something new to see in the contemporary galleries which showcase nationally and internationally renowned artists as well as talented local artists. Click here for more information.

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Stamford Arts Centre

Drawing on a rich heritage dating back to the 18th Century, Stamford Arts Centre is a thriving multi-arts venue that provides the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide selection of art forms from theatre, cinema, music and poetry to sculpture, dance, painting and drawing. The theatre also doubles up as the cinema which has become a film hub for the local area, showing a huge variety of genre including Hollywood blockbusters, Art House and World Cinema. Click here for more information.

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Vivacity Key Theatre

The Key Theatre hosts over 300 plays, screenings, comedy nights and music events every year, as well as Peterborough’s longest-running traditional family pantomime (since 1973). The theatre has two auditoriums, a 360 seat main house and a 112 seat ‘black box’ studio theatre. Click here for more information.

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Sports

Huntingdon Racecourse

The Cambridgeshire venue is regularly chosen as ‘Best Small Racecourse’ in the South Midlands and East Anglia and is much loved by followers of jump racing. There are racing fixtures on 18 days of the year, with the highlight being the prestigious Peterborough Chase, run a fortnight before Christmas, a contest with history and heritage having attracted some of the greats like Desert Orchid, One Man, Edredon Bleu and Best Mate over the years. Click here for more information.

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Nene Park Golf Club

Thorpe Wood is an 18-hole course designed by Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas in 1975. Lessons from an expert PGA instructor and a 23 Bay Driving Range are available for pre booking. Orton Meadows is an 18-hole course which also includes a Pitch & Putt. The beautiful surroundings of both courses, the challenging golf courses and informal atmosphere all combine to make you feel relaxed and able to enjoy golfing. Click here for more information.

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Burghley Park Golf Club

The 18-hole course has a great mix of difficult holes, with a variety of long and short holes, to test many aspects of a golfer’s game. The club has extensive practice facilities include a high-quality putting green, a large chipping green, 2 practice bunkers, and a large practice ground. There are also two hitting nets available for use as part of your warm-up process. Click here for more information.

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Dear Guests,

The Haycock Manor Hotel will NOT be opening on 4th July. We know this will be disappointing for our regulars but there is very good news. The Haycock is undergoing refurbishment and when we re-open you will be able to enjoy so many amazing changes and upgrades to our facilities.

You can book with us now for dates from October onwards.

We will be so excited to share our progress with you in the coming weeks to keep you updated, so if you wish to receive the first previews & pictures join our mailing list;

Will you join us at our opening events? We would love you to be our guest at the many launch events planned for October and November. Join the Haycock Members Club now for your personal invitation;

We can’t wait to welcome you to the beautifully restored Haycock Manor Hotel

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