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The city of Peterborough is situated in the heart of East England and is currently undergoing a regeneration plan to build new residential and commercial properties, as well as cultural and retail attractions.
Peterborough is a popular place to settle down; not only thanks to its schools, family facilities and affordable housing but also for its entertainment - including entertainment and activities for the older generations to enjoy. Read on for our six top picks of things to do in Peterborough for the elderly.
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First on our list is the Railworld Wildlife Haven, a beloved attraction and community asset in Peterborough. Run entirely by volunteers, the project aims to educate and entertain visitors about the planet
At the attraction, you’ll find beautiful green spaces, a landscaped haven with ponds and waterfalls and even a solar-powered ‘World’ in the special Globe Hall Earth Centre, which aims to demonstrate the biodiversity and wildlife habitats our planet is home to. There are also over 2,000 square feet of model railways!
You can find the haven right next to the Nene Valley Railways at Peterborough Station. There is reasonable wheelchair access and concession tickets are available.
If your loved one is a fan of the area’s local history, a visit to the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is a must. Discover fascinating histories from the past, explore the many items on display in the Museum and enjoy perusing the latest exhibitions over in the Art Gallery.
From over 150 million years of Jurassic fossils, to Roman artefacts and art, a trip to the museum offers so much to do and see. There are even organised ghost walks for those who want a little mystery and intrigue as part of their visit.
The museum is free to enter, but admission prices apply on special event days. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the museum is not wheelchair accessible. Check out the website here for more information.
If you are lucky enough to get some good weather during your visit, why not head to Ferry Meadows Country Park? Offering woodland walks, train rides, fishing and orienteering, the park is less than three miles from Peterborough city centre, making it a perfect peaceful retreat for sunny days.
If you get tired out walking, there are two cafés and picnic spots at the park, including the Lakeside Kitchen and Bar. There is also a Visitor Centre complete with charming gift and farm shop where you can purchase delicious treats, gifts and items for the home and garden.
There are accessible toilets and changing rooms available at the park.
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre is a multi-award winning heritage farm attraction that has been around since the 1960s and is home to rare breeds of sheep, pigs, ponies, goats, cows, donkeys and more. If you or your elderly relative love animals and nature, this is one of the top spots to visit while in Peterborough.
Visitors can feed the animals, take a tour of the refurbished watermill and explore the outdoor spaces to enjoy the fresh air. The mill offers subtitled and BSL video interpretation, along with fixed location audio narration and there is a touch-screen virtual tour of the upper floors for those who can’t climb steep, narrow staircases. If you’re staying for lunch, sample some of the café’s delicious local produce, from soups and shepherd’s pie to sandwiches and baked treats.
There are wide paths around the majority of the farm site, although some areas may be too muddy for wheelchairs, particularly in the winter months. The reception, shop and café all have step free access and there is an accessible path allowing visitors to explore the area around the mill pond.
A stunning Elizabethan house and grounds, Burghley House and the Garden of Surprises is home to an amazing collection of fine art, great for those who live history and architecture.
The house even has its very own mirror maze, water features and picnic spots, plus hidden trails, Sculpture Garden and herbaceous planting areas. Just nearby is Burghley Park, which offers walking routes and beautiful views of the House and also has a Garden Café.
The House is open daily (excluding Fridays) between 10.30 AM and 4:30 PM, while the Gardens are open until 5 PM. There are stairlifts to the restaurant and state rooms for wheelchair users, and there are a number of manual wheelchairs available for visitor use. The Gardens are mostly accessible, but some of the paths are uneven or made from gravel. Both shops have ramp access and there are disabled toilet facilities and disabled parking. You can find more information on the website.
With no fewer than three heated outdoor swimming pools, the Peterborough Lido is the ultimate place to relax and enjoy some sunshine. With a large lawn area, a balcony for relaxing and a refreshments area, the Lido offers family tickets, making it an exciting day out. If you or your loved one is a fan of swimming and you’re visiting Peterborough between May and September, this beautiful Lido is ideal for enjoying a few lengths in the sun.
For those with reduced mobility, there are accessible toilets and wet rooms, plus a pool hoist to help you in and out of the pool. All information, including opening times and pricing, can be located on the Lido website.
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