Keeping it Local – Things to see and do in Peterborough

We love travelling around the UK and we are always looking for new places to visit so I decided to ask some of my blogging friends to tell me all about their local area in a blog series called Keeping it local. This is the first post in the series where Jaymee from The Mum Diaries tells us all about Peterborough.

My name is Jaymee, I am a 28 year old mum to 3 boys (fun right?) and I live in Peterborough. My blog is called The Mum Diaries and I write about my family, sharing everything from crafts to reviews on our days out. I have lived in Peterborough my entire life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

Peterborough is such a beautiful city bursting with history and plenty of places to visit. From Peterborough Cathedral which this year (2018) celebrates 900 years to local zoo and parks.


Visit Ferry Meadows – Ferry Meadows is such a beautiful place. Although they do now charge for parking. You can either pay when you leave or at home within 48 hours of a visit. Ferry Meadows is ran by the Nene Park Trust who looks after the park and the animals within the nature reserve. There are 3 children’s play areas with 2 of the areas recently refurbished. One of the parks called Otter Park (the boys favourite) is primarily just a large sand area with swings, a slide and a climbing frame. Ferry Meadows also offer Free duck feed too and a feeding platform in which to feed the ducks. There are planned activities which are on weekly as well as a water sports area, fantastic café and lots of walking trails.

Hamerton Zoo – Just on the outskirts of Peterborough, around 20 minutes from the city centre is Hamerton Zoo. Animals from Anteater to Vultures including Lions, Cheetahs and Monkeys! With lots to see and do including a stroll-a-safari, small train ride and the recent opening of “land of the Tigers” enclosure. Lunch is sorted too, with a small café, covered outdoor seating area and fab outdoor play area with a section toddler area.

Peterborough Museum (Charges for some activities) – The Museum is one of the most haunted places in the city and you can go on a ghost walk!(extra charge) There are some pretty amazing exhibits, including a Victorian operating room, interactive displays and lots more. Throughout school holidays they run themed exhibits with lots to craft! There is also a free Art Gallery attached too which hosts local exhibits.

Peterborough Cathedral – Peterborough Cathedral is bursting with history. This year ( 2018) the cathedral are celebrating 900 years! although a monastery was founded on the cathedral site in 655AD. There is plenty to explore and it is a great opportunity to see some local history. Peterborough Cathedral also recently launched their “Explorer Backpacks” which are free to hire (subject to a refundable deposit) the backpacks include everything you need to go on a tour of the cathedral. Inc, Magnifying Glass, Binoculars and Torches.