These boots were made for walking!


Creative Peterborough & Peterborough Presents invite you to come and take a walk on the wild side with them as new arts initiative aims to give Peterborough audiences a new perspective on their city

On the 23rd of May, as part of The Green Festival, Creative Peterborough, has alongside over 30 other artists, created “Walk this Way” a series of free events and projects all designed to get those attending to see, discover and appreciate their city in a different light.

 The project, which is part of the three year programme devised by Peterborough Presents, starts with a set of quirky and unusual Peterborough walking tours led by some very remarkable tour guides. The tours will see participants encountering a variety of unusual, extraordinary and quirky experiences which include a pop up art gallery, street theatre, poetry footbridge and even the opportunity to have your feet massaged and washed. More information on this below, Please do keep an eye out on this page and also on our facebook page and twitter @CreativePboro for developments.

Make sure your book your place on the tours & the Every Journey takeover as we would hate for you to miss out on them.

Takeover number one: Walk This Way- Guided Tours
These guided tours bring these exciting takeovers together.

If you take one of these tours then you will get to a bird’s eye view through the pop-up art gallery, the footbridge of poetry and experience the Peterborough museum in a new way. Your guides will help you to discover strange and wonderful events in unexpected places and be prepared for them to be strange and wonderful too.

There will be two tour leaders, who aren’t sure what city they are in, and their group doesn’t always do what they are told, but they do discover some interesting “facts” and some unexpected art on their tour, and everyone goes home appreciating the city a little more.

Be prepared to be astonished by the city you live in through its vivid stories, wonderful journeys and the best kept secrets that are all around us.

The tours will take place in the city centre of Peterborough and we ask you to meet your tour guides outside the Visitor Information Centre at least five minutes before your tour. Visitor information centre: 9 Bridge Street | Peterborough | United Kingdom | PE1 1HJ

Please wear comfy shoes and maybe bring an umbrella, if the weather looks dismal and some cake too.

Where: In the city centre, but please meet at the Visitor information centre for the tour you have booked on.

When: 23rd of May 2015

How to get involved; Please book your tour through  event brite by entering:  or by emailing:
or come to the Visitor Information centre on St Peter’s arcade on the day.



Takeover number 2: Walk This Way- Pop-up Art Gallery

The back of St John’s on the outside of the Church going onto the green space of St John’s square, will become a pop-up art gallery with 12 artists of all disciplines presenting a shoe or a pair of shoes. These will include shoes that have been mosaicked, painted or bejewelled. These will be presented on Plinths and the audience can come up close to the work and walk around them.

To draw people toward this pop-art gallery there will be a large scale installation that hi-lights the scale of consumerism around shoes in the UK and also pays homage to the ritual of shoes being thrown onto telephone wires throughout the world. This piece will be interactive and again the audience can come close and even walk under it. Some of the artists will be there during the day so you can talk to them about the work and find out more about their work and the creative community in Peterborough.

Where: St John’s The Babtist Church and St John’s Square, city centre Peterborough
When: 23rd of May 2015
Time: 12-4pm

Takeover number Three: Walk This Way- Every Journey

Inside St John’s Church and in the Lady’s chapel, you can take part in this unique event.

Every Journey’ is a creative response to the theme of ‘Sustainable Transport’ and seeks to inspire individuals to form their own interpretation or personal response in relation to their experience of this activity.

Foot-washing is an act and a ritual which has appeared in many traditions and cultures across civilisation. Here we are offering the experience, in collaboration with each participant, to explore the wonderful strength, potential and stories our feet have and to offer a moment of quiet reflection in a unique space. Each participant will have a foot-massage & wash. Luke will then document part of this process, the results of which will be displayed as part of his solo-exhibition in July. This per-formative and photographic piece by Luke Payn, with support from trained massage therapist Lauren Patrick will only be available to a limited number of people on the day.

Where: At the Lady’s Chapel within St John’s the Baptist Church, city centre Peterborough.
When: 23rd of May 2015
Time: 12-4pm

How to get involved: through event brite by entering: or by emailing:
There will be slots available on the day, so please go to the lady’s Chapel to book your place.


Takeover number Four: Walk This Way- The Bridge of Poetry

7 Poets have been riding on the bus routes of Peterborough and have created pieces of spoken word based on these journeys with many positive and personal hi-lights. These poems have been recorded by some of our real people of the city and have been presented into a podcast that will be played in the footbridge between Peterborough train station & Queensgate shopping centre. Come and experience this bridge as it will be transformed into a place of peace above the busy road and road works below.

Where: At the footbridge between Peterborough train station and Queensgate Shopping centre
When: 23rd of May 2015
Time: 12-4pm

How to get involved: Make your way down to the footbridge on the day.



Takeover 5 : Walk This Way- Have you been?

An improvised performance in a space that is one of the best destinations in Peterborough, where you will experience the museum in a new way.

For one day only you can happen upon Phyllis and Sybil who are honorary cleaners of Peterborough museum, these two exceptional professionals will show people how to clean and interact with the great exhibits at the museum. If you want to meet these two then you will have to seek them out as they can be quite shy and Phyllis and Sybill don’t talk but their mannerisms tells you all there is to know.

Where: Peterborough Museum, on Priestgate in Peterborough City centre
When: 23rd of May 2015
Time: 12-4pm

How to get involved: Come down to Peterborough Museum on the day.













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