CBeebies Land at Alton Towers

Ok so I know this isn’t in Peterborough, but if you can find me a young child who isn’t going to be bugging you day after day to go to this I will eat my hat!

I heard rumblings of a CBeebies land attraction coming to Alton Towers so being partial to a bit of Mr Blooms Nursery myself, headed over to Twitter to see what I could find out.

Below is a press release with all the information.

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Something Special, In the Night Garden, Mr Bloom and more CBeebies favourites to feature in CBeebies Land at Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers Resort has unveiled further details of the rides, attractions and characters to feature in CBeebies Land. Opening on 24 May 2014, the new area of the resort will feature some of CBeebies’ best-loved characters and shows including Something Special, In the Night Garden, Tree Fu Tom and Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

CBeebies Land will include rides, immersive play areas, live experiences, character appearances and will be a fun and safe environment for pre-schoolers to play and learn. Discover the Something Special Sensory Garden, or set sail through the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride to see if you can spot Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka.  And it’ll be mayhem in Justin’s House where Justin and Robert need help to put the cherry on top of the perfect custard pie with the Pie-o-matic 5000. Justin’s House is a madcap attraction allowing indoor active play. Test out Robert’s inventions as you help Justin, Robert and Little Monster make the best custard pies ever!

There’ll also be a chance to meet The Veggies in Mr Bloom’s Allotment; learn about the our five senses in the Nina’s Science Lab; get delivering with Postman Pat’s Parcel Post; practice Tree Fu magic moves in Tree Fu Tom’s Training Camp; drive a Numtum Cart in the Numtums Number-Go-Round and enter the imaginative world of Charlie & Lola’s Moonsquirters and Greendrops.

CBeebies Land also features The Big Fun ShowTime pavilion which will host live experiences and entertainment including shows from Mike the Knight, The ZingZillas and Nina & The Neurons. Throughout the park, children will have opportunities to meet their favourite characters from In the Night Garden, Postman Pat, Mike the Knight, The ZingZillas and Tree Fu Tom.

The attraction will be updated with new content, while a varied programme of events will run alongside the main attractions ensuring that no two visits to CBeebies Land will be the same.

CBeebies Land opens at the Alton Towers Resort on 24 May 2014. Visit www.cbeebiesland.com for more information and to book tickets. Follow @cbeebiesland on Twitter or Facebook.com/cbeebiesland for the latest news.

Full list of attractions within CBeebies Land :

Postman Pat’s Parcel Post, In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride, Mr Bloom’s Allotment, Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure, Something Special Sensory Garden, Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory, Nina’s Science Lab, Charlie & Lola’s Moonsquirters and Greendrops, The Numtums Number-Go-Round, Tree Fu Tom Training Camp, Big Fun Show Time, CBeebies Photo Studio


New play area coming soon to Ferry Meadows

On my last trip to Ferry Meadows I noticed signs up at the play park near the Visitor’s Centre stating there would be work starting soon.  I have received some information regarding this which shows exciting and modern changes.

Work to install a new exciting play area at Ferry Meadows is set to start early February.  Aimed at younger children the new Otter play area will provide an engaging play space to explore and enjoy.

A meandering path will travel through the play area taking children on a journey of discovery and, with an area dedicated to water and sand play, the cradle swings, oversized slide, hollow log, clambering bridge, tree den and swinging acorn pods, there is lots to see and do.  The play area will also contain established trees giving shade and weather protection as well as plenty of seating.

Andrée Davies, of landscape architects Davies White Ltd, said “Nature is the ultimate playground and that’s exactly what we have designed here. Inspired by the local wildlife and landscape, this nature play area is inclusive and fun for all the family, especially young children and toddlers.”


Teresa Wood, Visitor Services Manager, said  “The Otter play area will be an exciting place for young children to come and explore.  This is the first of a three year programme aimed at improving the play areas in Ferry Meadows.  We have worked with local schools, our Nene Park volunteers and other groups to understand what our visitors want from the play provision in the Park.  Things like the acorn seats are a direct result of this work.”

The existing play area, nearest to the Ferry Meadows Café, will be closed from 3 February for approximately six weeks whilst the play area is extended and the new equipment is being installed in the Otter play area.  A model and artist’s impression of the new play area are available to view in the Visitor Centre at Ferry Meadows.


Sacrewell Farm celebrates 50 successful years.

There can’t be many of us who haven’t taken a trip to Sacrewell Farm at some point! I didn’t realise they had been around for 50 years though, please see below for a press release sent about the celebrations.

In January 1964, the widow of a farmer near Peterborough created a legacy for her late husband by forming a trust in his memory.

Fifty years later The William Scott Abbott Trust is still going strong at Sacrewell Farm near Wansford. The ideology of the Trust and all it stands for is an agricultural education for all.

Although William Scott Abbott and his wife Mary would not recognise parts of the Farm as it stands today the educational values they were so desperate to achieve are still very much alive.

Marketing and Communications Officer at the Trust, Megan Horner said: “William and Mary had no children and their views on farming were thought to be very radical at the time! William had a background in engineering and spent some time in America where he learned about the farming methods they used and brought them back to the UK.

“When the Trust was formed 50 years ago the aim was to teach people about agriculture, food and farming by giving them hands on experience. People would come to the Farm to watch and observe the farmers as they worked.”

In 1958, the year before his death, William wrote: “I have always had in mind the creation of a sound, practical, enterprise, preserving what is best in our country way of life, and based on sound, practical farming, as all country life must be.

“At the same time it has been my endeavour to preserve and enhance the beauty of the country-side by the erection of appropriate buildings, also by the planting of trees, in this way integrating forestry on a small scale with the general farming policy.”

In 1982, William’s nephew David Powell, who was managing the Farm at the time, made the decision to create a visitor centre at Sacrewell. It was the first step in creating the farm centre at it is known today.

The farm land was leased to other companies so that the Trust could focus on running the centre and creating an educational facility in the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside. The Farm currently welcomes about 8,000 school children each year who come to see the animals and learn about farming.

Miss Horner said: “Now more than ever it is important that children learn where their food comes from. It constantly amazes us how few children know how their baked beans, chips and sausages are made!

“Our land is currently leased out to Riverford Organic who work with us to provide tours of the Farm so that our visitors know what is growing in each field. Next month we will be launching two ramble routes so that visitors can explore the Farm on foot for free!”

The Trust is very proud to have also worked alongside PGRO (Processors and Growers Research Organisation) since 1967 when they first moved to Sacrewell for research purposes.

Now, in 2014, the farm centre is once again undergoing a transformation. To mark the 50th anniversary and the beginning of the £1.7m Watermill Project the farm centre is rebranding as Sacrewell Farm and Watermill.

The Trust is also investing more than £100,000 in upgrading its Activity Barn and its small animal village to create even more provision for families when they visit the Farm.

Miss Horner says regular visitors to the Farm will start to see changes taking place almost immediately. She added: “It’s something that all the staff and volunteers at the Farm are excited about and we are really looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months have in store.

“All money raised from people visiting the Farm goes into the Trust funds and we are now investing the money back into the Farm by upgrading the wonderful facilities we already have on site.

“As part of the Watermill Project we will be recruiting more volunteers to assist in bringing the history of the site to life-right back to the Romans who first lived on the land!”

A Watermill is first recorded at Sacrewell in the Domesday Book. The current Watermill was built in 1755 and although it is still working, will soon fall to disrepair without the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund financed Watermill Project. During the Second World War the land was tended by the Land Army Girls who inspired the 1940s themed Mill House on site.

The Farm has also revamped its events programme to celebrate its 50th anniversary to include a Spring Fair on May 4th and 5th which will celebrate the rich history of the Farm and the surrounding countryside.

For more information about what’s on at Sacrewell this year please visit http://www.sacrewell.org.uk

Get involved with NCS this year with Peterborough United Football Club

I received some exciting news last week regarding an initiative being run at Peterborough United Football Club. Please see below for details.


National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 15-17 year olds across England. Teens meet and learn how to work with diverse groups of people they don’t normally get the chance to meet.

NCS helps teach the skills employers say they are increasing looking for in candidates: confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.

Every teen can participate, whether they are academic, sporty or creative and regardless of income, background or ambitions.

Delivered by Peterborough United Foundation, you can have the experience of a lifetime this Summer with every young person who sign’s up to the programme receiving 2 free tickets to a Peterborough United FC match.

Peterborough United Foundation is the official charity of Peterborough United Football Club and works with people of all ages in the Greater Peterborough area.  Peterborough United prides itself on being a Community Club and, through the Foundation, recognises its responsibility to the local area.

About NCS

You can sign up to NCS in Peterborough for the small fee of £50* (which includes transport to and from Culmington Manor, all accommodation, food, all activities and graduation event) and can look forward to the following:

Away Residential – Starting Monday 21st July 2014

Spend 5 days and 4 nights at Culmington Manor in Shropshire and enjoy activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, archery, team building and plenty more fun in the sun!

Home Residential – Starting Monday 28th July 2014

Spend 5 days and 4 nights at a venue in Peterborough where you will learn new skills, build your confidence and self-esteem and even take part in our very own ‘Come Dine with Me’ challenge

Social Action Project – Starting 4th August 2014

Now is the time to put your new found confidence and skills into practice and make a real difference in your local community! YOU and your team are in charge and are responsible for planning and carrying out a project of your choice that will benefit your local area – whether it’s revamping a school playground, arranging a tea party for elderly residents or holding a family funday – the choice is yours! What would make a real difference to your local community?

Graduation – Date TBC

There’s only one way to celebrate what you and all your new friends have achieved this Summer, and that’s with an Official Graduation Ceremony. Get your best outfit on and bring your family to Peterborough United Football Club to celebrate your fantastic achievement and receive your NCS Certificate signed by our Primeminister – David Cameron.

So now you’ve completed NCS, your CV looks great, you’re feeling great and you’re ready to take on the world – well the fun doesn’t stop there! Not only do we run a graduate programme for everyone who completes NCS but you could also be given the opportunity to come back as a volunteer and experience it all again but this time you’ll have the added responsibility of making sure the next cohort of young people have the best time possible!

‘If you are in doubt about whether to sign up, my advice is do it. Definitely do it. It only costs £50 to take part in something that’s fun, where you make new friends, and is memorable for a lifetime’ Robert Austin – NCS Graduate

So what are you waiting for?! Places are limited so Sign Up now and one of our team will be in touch with all the information you need.

If you require any further information please email foundation@theposh.comor call 01733 563947

*Bursaries are available – please contact us for more info

Bird hides at Ham Mere receive a makeover

If you are a keen birdwatcher or just enjoy a walk through Ferry Meadows, you may be interested in the following press release from Nene Park Trust.

Nene Park Trust unveils the newly refurbished bird hides on Ham Mere nature reserve. The bird hides have received an extensive makeover to increase their appeal to Park visitors of all ages and ornithological ability providing both engaging and fun educational opportunities.

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Trainee Rangers, Thomas Davison and Peter Hogan, designed and implemented the refurbishments as part of their one year Traineeship placement with Nene Park Trust.
Both the Heron Hide and Teal Hide were given an attractive makeover along with stunning new signage and interpretation. The approaches to both the hides have been opened up to create new wildlife opportunities which will change throughout the seasons.
Tom Davison said, “I am very pleased with how my bird hide looks following its makeover, and hope that it will be enjoyed by both new and existing users of the nature reserve. I’ve particularly enjoyed using oak harvested in Ferry Meadows to create the shelving in the Heron Hide”.
Peter Hogan added, “It’s been great to see the projects develop from our original designs and vision into successfully completed works. When visiting the new bird hides look out for wintering wildfowl such as Teal and Shoveler; or you may be lucky enough to see a Bittern or Bearded Tit, both of which have recently been recorded on the reserve.”

bird hide2NenePark Trust is the independent charity that manages over 1,700 acres of land to the west of Peterborough at no cost to the taxpayer, including the 500 acre FerryMeadowsCountryPark. The Trust was established in 1988 with the aim of improving the quality of life for Peterborough residents and visitors through providing high quality and accessible open spaces.

NenePark stretches six miles along the valley of the river Nene to the west of Peterborough. The estate includes Thorpe Meadows, with its large rowing course and diverse collection of contemporary sculpture, two 18-hole golf courses at Thorpe Wood and Orton Meadows, and Ferry Meadows Country Park, which contains a wide range of visitor facilities including a watersports centre, areas for camping and caravanning, a visitor centre, gift shop and three children’s play areas. The estate is linked to open countryside by a riverside footpath running west for six miles from the city centre with extensive footpaths, cycleways and horse routes linking to the adjacent villages.

Feature – Knighton’s Family Butchers, Eye



Situated in the village of Eye, just a few miles from Peterborough, Knighton’s Family Butchers has been running since the 1940’s. The shop itself has been in Eye for over 100 years and was previously a slaughterhouse.

Stan (88) came with his parents and together they ran the butchers. Darren started working in the shop when he was just 13 in 1978 and took over the running of the shop in the  90’s, renaming it to Knighton’s.

Supplying public and trade, Knighton’s pride themselves on service and the ability to offer quality local produce.  All products such as haslet, burgers and sausages are made the good old fashioned way by hand!  


As part of their commitment to customer service they deliver FREE within 20 miles, perfect for those who cannot get out to Eye or just simply don’t have the time!  Meat packs can be made to each customers specification, swapping chops for extra sausages etc.


Ryan started in 2005 and recently began a social media experiment, swiftly gaining close to 1,000 followers in 2 months and 10+ new regular customers. The mix of information and chat (including the inevitable commiserating on the Posh score) has proved a hit with customers and businesses alike.

Knighton Family Butcher’s, 73 High Street, Eye, Peterborough, PE6 7UX.  01733 222248

http://www.knightonsfamilybutchers.co.uk      info@knightonsfamilybutchers.co.uk    @KnightFButchers



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