5 things to do in January

Jan 2

The beginning of the New Year doesn't mean there is nothing to do as there is lots happening in Peterborough this January, so you won’t even have time to feel bored. We’ve handpicked five things happening locally this month that you will not want to miss.

Person, POV and Character I

  • Tuesday 7th January 2020, 11.00am to 1.30pm

If you’re a keen writer or want to get into writing then why not come along to 'Person, POV and Character I' at Samm's Bar, 29 Bridge Street, Peterborough? Covering how to train your writing voice and find your narrative style, this short course also looks closely at the use of person and perspective in fiction writing. Learn to write in an informal and friendly atmosphere with a local author.

Future Network - Not Your Average Game Show with Talia Randall

  • Thursday 16th January 2020, 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Future Network ‘Art Quiz’ is a ‘pub quiz’ style twist of their regular networking evening for creative people working in any artistic discipline. This is a great opportunity if you’re creative and want to meet creatives alike. It will be taking place at Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, Peterborough. Anarchic, silly and definitely not safe for prime time TV ‘Not Your Average Game Show’ doesn’t care about your general knowledge or whether or not you can do anagrams under a giant clock.

Circus of Horrors – 25 Years Tour

  • Thursday 16th January 2020, 7.30pm

The new Circus of Horrors show is coming to the New Theatre Peterborough with an immersive celebration of it’s astounding 25 years. It will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter.

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End and worldwide hit and will take you on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of unbelievable, bizarre and beautiful acts. It is a circus like no other and a show you simply can’t afford to miss. Whether a Rock fan or theatre goer The Circus of Horrors has something for everyone.

For more information visit: www.newtheatre-peterborough.com/events/circus-of-horrors-25-years-tour 

Straw Bear Festival 2020

  • Friday 17th January to Sunday 19th January 2020

This will be the 41st Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. If you’re after a fun weekend of music, barn dances and storytelling sessions then head over there.

In Whittlesea, it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a 'Straw Bear'. A newspaper of 1882 reports that "... he was then taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef". The custom was revived in 1980 by the Whittlesea Society, and for the first time in seventy years a 'Straw Bear' was seen on the streets accompanied by his attendant keeper, musicians and dancers, about 30 in all. Various public houses were visited around the town as convenient places for the 'Bear' and dancers to perform in front of an audience - with much needed refreshment available!

An Audience with Katharine of Aragon

  • Saturday 25th January 2020, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

If you love your history, you’ll love this! For the first time Lesley Smith, who is famed for her compelling costumed monologues, will take on the character of Katharine of Aragon. An authentic costume is being made especially for the occasion. Queen Katharine's arrival will be heralded by period music from Gareth Williams. This event will be happening on Saturday 25th January 2020 at Peterborough Cathedral from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and is just part of a whole weekend of events for the Katharine of Aragon Festival.

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