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Flag Fen Family Summer Solstice Event To Mark Longest Day

Posted on: 01/06/2021

Families are being invited to book their place for a summer celebration to mark the full reopening of Flag Fen Archaeology Park on Sunday 20 June.

Sponsored by City College Peterborough, the Flag Fen Summer Solstice is a ticket-only event that will provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy special activities at the city’s world-famous Bronze Age attraction.

Children will be able to enjoy a treasure hunt trail with their families and take part in fun challenges as they explore the unique landscape and its attractions.

The reconstructed roundhouse will be the site of storytelling sessions and there will be various demonstrations of traditional heritage crafts throughout the day.

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to celebrate summer solstice - flower fairies and warriors are welcome!

There will be a variety of stalls with gifts to buy and hot and cold food options. Visitors will also be able to enter a prize draw to win a year’s free entry for a family of five (under 5s free) to Flag Fen.

“The team at City Culture Peterborough has been keen to showcase the very best of what Flag Fen has to offer and a celebration of mid-summer provides the perfect backdrop.
Everyone’s super excited to be welcoming visitors back to a safe event that can be enjoyed without having to sacrifice any of the planned activity that children will engage with, learn from and most importantly, have fun taking part in.”

- Councillor Steve Allen, cabinet member for culture and recreation at Peterborough City Council

Spaces are limited to ensure safety and the event is repeated twice on the day, starting 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm. Each slot has staggered arrival times, which people can specify when booking.

Tickets should be purchased in advance (£10 per car). Admission on the day will be only to pre-purchased tickets.

Visitors must wear a face covering in indoor areas unless medically exempt.

Please note that dogs will not be allowed to this event (except guide dogs).

Flag Fen will be closed to general visitors on the day of the event.

For more information, email flagfen@cityculturepeterborough.org.uk or telephone: 01733 864468.

Additional Information

Note to editors

Flag Fen is famous for being the site of an ancient Bronze Age causeway, discovered by Time Team’s Francis Pryor. At Flag Fen, you can discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors in a reconstructed Bronze Age village. You can see an uncovered section of the ancient causeway, which once led Bronze Age people to their place of worship. You can view some exceptionally rare objects, including one of the earliest examples of a man-made wheel, as well as swords, jewellery and personal items which were buried as part of ritual offerings to the watery ‘fen’.

About Flag Fen

  • Flag Fen Archaeology Park is home to a unique ancient wooden monument built as a place of worship and ritual by prehistoric people 3,300 years ago.
  • This kilometre-long wooden causeway and platform is perfectly preserved in the wetland.
  • More than 60,000 upright timbers and 250,000 horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen.
  • The site is also home to an abundance of wildlife owing to the variety of habitats, which includes extensive grassland, traditionally managed hedgerows and woodland and a freshwater mere (lake). Flag Fen is located on the outskirts of Peterborough, towards Whittlesey. For more information, telephone: 01733 864468 or visit Facebook www.facebook.com/flagfen

About City Culture Peterborough Ltd.

  • Created in 2020, City Culture Peterborough’s mission is to make Peterborough’s rich arts, culture, heritage, library and archives services accessible, engaging and enjoyable for the Peterborough community.
  • Through a year-round programme of events across a diverse portfolio of venues, City Culture Peterborough is committed to working with partners and local organisations to make sure Peterborough’s proud cultural fabric continues to thrive in the city.
  • City Culture Peterborough Limited is part of City College Peterborough, who provide education and training services for the city.

Media contact

Pep Cipriano, Communications and Marketing Manager

City College Peterborough | City Culture Peterborough

Telephone: 01733 761361 ext. 359

Email: pcipriano@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk

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