Katharine of Aragon Festival 2014

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Colourful programme to commemorate Katharine of Aragon’s Peterborough anniversary

 Look out for a colourful start to the 2014 Katharine of Aragon Festival in Peterborough on Friday 31st January. Civic dignitaries and children in Tudor costume, accompanied by musicians from the band Hautbois, will proceed from Peterborough Museum to the Cathedral where a Commemoration Service will take place at 10.30am. The annual Service marks the anniversary of Katharine of Aragon’s burial in Peterborough Cathedral (then an Abbey) in 1536.

All are welcome at the service which will be attended by representatives of Peterborough City Council and the Spanish Embassy, as well as local schoolchildren. Another special guest will be Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld Bt, whose ancestors “minded” Katherine of Aragon during her exile at Kimbolton.

Pupils from Dogsthorpe Junior School, Middleton Primary School, The Peterborough School and Southfields Primary School – many of them in Tudor costume – will sing during the Commemoration Service. Tina Doyle, a teacher at The Peterborough School, will give a dramatic reading of Katharine’s last moving letter to King Henry VIII, which she wrote just before her death. After the service children from these and other local schools will take part in an afternoon of activities in the Cathedral, learning from historic re-enactors how people lived in the early 16th century.

The Katharine of Aragon Festival continues over the weekend with an array of activities for all ages, including a Tudor Music and Ale evening, a guided walk exploring Tudor Peterborough, talks from two bestselling historical novelists – Vanora Bennett and Elizabeth Fremantle – who have been inspired by the Tudor period, and an action packed Tudor Family Day at Peterborough Museum. Full details of the events are given below.

The Festival is extremely popular with visitors. Last week a visitor from Madrid wrote on Trip Adviser: “I went [to the Cathedral] last year with a friend on the day of the tribute to Catherine of Aragon….. The Cathedral is beautiful and the tribute was very emotive. If you are around I would recommend a day trip. And if you have the chance, go to the tribute! I would go again!”

The Katharine of Aragon Festival is a collaboration between Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough City Council and Vivacity. For more details call 01733 355315 or visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk and www.vivacity-peterborough.com



Friday 31st January at 10.30am at Peterborough Cathedral

Dignitaries and local school children dressed in Tudor costume, led by the City Beadle and accompanied by Hautbois playing period music, will proceed from Peterborough Museum via the Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral for a service to commemorate Katharine of Aragon. All are welcome and admission is free. The service will be followed by a Tudor activity day at the Cathedral for schools.


Friday 31st January at 5.30pm at Peterborough Cathedral

Evening worship with Peterborough Cathedral Choir, featuring music from the time of Katharine of Aragon.


Friday 31st January at 7.30pm at Beckets Chapel, Peterborough Cathedral

A merry Tudor evening with hog roast, apple pie, local real ale and music from the Tudor period performed by members of the Peterborough Cathedral Choir. Tickets £25 per person, available from 01733 355315

or email jackie.newman@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk


Saturday 1st February at 10.30am starting at Peterborough Museum

Join us for a fascinating tour around Peterborough’s historic city centre with a costumed guide, to explore what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon and discover some of the surviving buildings.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children and concessions. For more details and to book call 01733 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com


Saturday 1st February at 2pm at John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library

Two bestselling historical novelists, Vanora Bennett and Elizabeth Fremantle will give a talk about Katharine of Aragon and her impact on British history. Admission £5 (£4 concessions and reading group members). Book at any Peterborough Library, Peterborough Museum or Waterstones Peterborough.

Call 01733 864280 for more details or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com.


Sunday 2nd February at 10am-4pm at Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum heads back in time to the Tudor Age for one day only, with a chance to meet Tudor characters, such as the Barber Surgeon (beware of his cures!), learn manners from a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour or try period food in the kitchen. Take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme or go on one of our hourly tours to the rarely-seen Tudor parts of the building!

Admission: £3 adults, £2 concessions, £7 families, under 5s and Heritage Pass holders FREE. There’s no need to book, just drop in! Call 01733 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.


Past Event

Katharine of Aragon Festival 2014

Fri 31 January 2014

10:00AM See details

Ends: Sun 2 February 9:00PM

Peterborough Cathedral


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