Lots of half term fun at Peterborough Cathedral

October 4, 2021

Parachuting teddy bears, space exploration and a Tudor tour with Mistress Scarlett are all part of an exciting October half term at the Cathedral.

The Cathedral provides a special focus for families in the week beginning 25 October, with a wide range of fun-filled activities, including the famous teddy bear parachute drop. This is also the last week to see the lunar artwork, One Small Step by sculptor Peter Walker, which recreates the lunar surface using NASA imagery.

The teddy jumps form part of a 90-minute children’s activity session, One Giant Leap, which includes astronaut training games and crafts. There is a teddy to take home for each child who is booked in.

You can kick-start half-term, on Saturday 23 October, with a tour with a costumed guide, suitable for all ages. ‘Mistress Scarlett’, wife of the Cathedral’s famous Tudor gravedigger Old Scarlett, will tell you what happened at the Cathedral during her lifetime.

The National Space Centre in Leicester brings its amazing Star Dome inflatable planetarium into the building on Thursday 28 October, to give tours of the night sky, pointing out stars and constellations. The event, last held in the Cathedral during the exhibition of Tim Peake’s Soyuz Spacecraft in 2018, will require advance booking for one of the seven presentations throughout the day.

The space theme continues on Monday 25th and Thursday 28th with supervised activities and drop-in demonstrations from the Cambridge Science Centre. There will also be some unsupervised activities available on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October.

Throughout half term the pop-up shop near to the One Small Step artwork will be offering many of its space-themed toys and games at 20 per cent off their usual prices. It’s a great place for pocket money treats!

For more information about all these events is on the Cathedral website here www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/halfterm.aspx or call 01733 355315 during office hours.