Join us for the launch of the Festival

There are only a few days until the start of the 6th Nene Valley Festival and we are very excited!

The Festival will be running from 14 – 22 September and kicks off with a launch event at Peterborough Cathedral from 11am – 4pm on 14 September.

Following an official ribbon cutting event by local dignitaries, the event is set to be fun for the whole family with a wide range of activities running from 11am.

Karen Williams, Tourism Promotions and Development Officer at East Northamptonshire Council said:

“We have been working extremely hard to put together the festival, working with all of our partners across the Nene Valley and hope this year’s festival will be the best yet.

The festival is now in its 6th year and through Heritage Lottery Funding via Nenescape, it is constantly growing. From walks through the Nene Valley to historical tours and everything in between, we are looking forward to sharing the hidden delights of the Valley with those who live in the area and wider afield.

We look forward to seeing lots of you at the official launch in Peterborough and at events across the Festival.”

Plus there is an extra reason to celebrate as this year’s festival will launch alongside the annual Heritage Open Days with the official opening event being held in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral.

David Jost, Special Projects Officer for Peterborough Civic Society and Heritage Open Days organiser added:

“We are excited about this year’s Heritage Open Days events and are delighted that the events will coincide with the Nene Valley Festival, especially as the launch event will be held in the grounds of the Cathedral.

More that 40 interesting buildings in the Peterborough area will be open for free over the weekend 15 – 17 September. Some events require pre-booking like visiting the oldest shop in the city, Darcy’s Jewellers in Westgate or the cathedral’s Table Hall. But for most, no booking is required and full details of visiting arrangements to all of the buildings are available on the website

I am enormously grateful to the owners and managers of the buildings which open these historic attractions for free and am delighted to be part of the Nene Valley Festival.”

The Nene Valley Festival launches on the 14 September and runs until 22 September.