Top 10 Things to do in Peterborough During the School Holidays

Peterborough has a vibrant sporting, leisure and culture scene with fun activities for all the family. Below is a list of the top 10 things to do in Peterborough during the school holidays, to make the most of the summer weather; both good and bad!


  1. MFA Bowl Peterborough

Tenpin bowling is a classic all weather family activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Bowling is the perfect activity for families and friends as it is simple but fun, and addictive to play. MFA Bowl cater for even the youngest member of the party with rolling ramps and pop up gutter guards to help keep your shots on the straight and narrow, also offering a selection of lightweight balls.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: New Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1FJ

Open to: All ages


  1. Bounce Trampoline

Bounce sprung into Peterborough last year, and offers over 100 interconnected trampolines covering over 20,000 sq ft of entertainment.

The Bounce parks consist of a number courts including our Main Arena, Dodgeball Court, Kids Court, Slam Dunk Area, Foam Pit, Airbag Jump, Touch Walls, Gladiator Pits and Tumble Tracks.

Bounce also holds regular Beatz Teen Fridays and annual Dodgeball Tournaments for people to get involved in, and if you want to get fit while having fun, they also offer a Reboot Fitness Programme.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: 1 Wedgwood Way, Peterborough PE3 8AY

Open to: Age 3 and up


  1. Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows offers somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, and explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland: all less than 3 miles from Peterborough’s busy city centre. Take the time to relax in one of the cafes, or enjoy a picnic or BBQ in the sun.

Ferry Meadows caters for different ages and has an events programme throughout the year with lots of activities for children including trails during school holidays and orienteering courses for older children.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Nene Park Trust, Ham Farm House Ham Lane, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 5UU

Open to: All ages


  1. Laserforce Peterborough

Laserforce is a thrilling participation fantasy war game allowing players over 7 to be the hero that they have always wanted to be.

Using laser guns players battle friends and a computer controlled alien within a futuristic, interactive maze arena. This is a fantastic game for children (and adults), and is fun whether it is for a family day out, a birthday party, a corporate event or just to meet up with friends.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: 23 Brook Street, Town Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1TU

Open to: Age 7 and up


  1. Hamerton Zoo Park

With a fantastic collection of animals, Hamerton Zoo Park is not to be missed!

There is lots to explore, as the park stretches over twenty acres, with highlights such as the Giant Anteaters and the beautiful Corsac Foxes, just a few of the different animals waiting to be discovered.

The zoo offers a ‘stroll a safari’, which is perfect for younger children, with the opportunity  to meet and feed a range of domestic animals, including Donkeys, Rabbits, Sheep and Alpacas. You can then relax in the coffee shop while children go wild in the two play areas.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Near Sawtry, Hamerton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 5RE

Open to: All ages


  1. Rutland Water

Rutland Water Park is a premier country water park based in the East Midlands which offers: fishing, walking, cycling, watersports, weddings, beaches, concerts, sports events, relaxing and picnics.

This rural retreat gives you a chance to enjoy the great outdoors this summer time, with the walking and cycling route being particularly popular. There are also outdoor play areas for children, as well as picnic areas and crazy golf.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BT

Open to: All ages


  1. Tolethorpe – The Stamford Shakespeare Company

The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall. The open air theatre offers a dramatic back drop for the fantastic performances.

To start your visit go early and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful picnic area, perfect for a warm summer afternoon.  This summer the productions on offer are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Hobson’s Choice.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4BH

Open to: All ages


  1. East of England Showground

The East of England Showground hosts some of the UK’s major national shows, and this all-purpose venue is becoming a number one choice in the East of England for indoor and outdoor shows. With a number of events and shows taking place this summer, from stand-up to speedway, you are sure to be able to find something to entertain the whole family.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: The East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

Open to: All ages (dependant on event)


  1. Showcase Cinema

The recently renovated showcase cinema is a perfect choice for those summer days that don’t have the best weather. Showcase are committed to providing you with the ultimate film-going experience.

There are many films being shown this summer, and they offer student, child and family tickets at reduced rates, providing fun for all the family.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Boon Gate, Mallory Rd, Peterborough PE1 5AU

Open to: All ages (dependant on film)


  1. Activity World

Activity World has one of the largest and most exciting indoor play area frames in the UK. The frame covers almost 10,000sq ft of space and spans three levels, with a huge range of play equipment, including the double drop slide, giant spiral slide, spiders web and dizzy donut.

They also have a café which serves superb coffee and great hot food and snacks, perfect for the parents and adults to relax while the children enjoy themselves.

For more information visit:

Can be found at: Padholme Road East, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5XH

Open to: Ages 0-12


We hope there is something in here that has caught your eye, this is just a snippet of the things going on this summer, and there are many more activities you could get involved in, for more information about things to do in Peterborough, visit: