20 Best Things To Do In Peterborough Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Peterborough

Let off steam with all the fun things to do in Peterborough - it's the perfect family day out for train lovers!

Start by visiting Nene Valley Railway - it’s home to the ‘official’ Thomas the Tank engine!  After meeting everybody’s favourite Blue Engine, take a ride on  the Ferry Meadows Railway, board a miniature 60-seater train for a ride around the countryside. Also, make sure you put Railworld Wildlife Haven on your list of railway attractions in Peterborough, it’s a budget-friendly day out too.

If relaxing in nature sounds like your idea of a good family day out in Peterborough, Ferry Meadows Country Park is a great place to go with the kids. Explore the meadows, lakes and woodland to find your ideal spot and for a picnic. 

If the sun’s out and feel like taking a refreshing dip, the Peterborough Lido is near the centre and has not one, but three outdoor heated pools. With a large outdoor space and separate paddling pool, it’s a wonderful place to spend a warm afternoon.

Let’s add some indoor attractions to our list of cool things to do with the kids in Peterborough! There’s lots we could offer but to begin with, why not go skating at  Planet Ice Arena Peterborough or choose from Big Sky Adventure Play and Activity World for hours of soft play fun.

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Horses at Grasslands Equestrian Centre in Peterborough

Grasslands Equestrian Centre

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Grasslands Equestrian Centre is a friendly, BHS approved offering families and kids a variety of well mannered mounts for lessons and hacking! Their...

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Curious about local history? Visit Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and discover fascinating histories from the past that will have your whole fam...

Laser room at Laserforce Peterborough

Laserforce Peterborough

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laserforce is a thrilling participation fantasy war game allowing players over 7s to be the hero that they have always wanted to be, in a safe and ma...

Lifeguard and swimmers at Peterborough Lido

Peterborough Lido

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Peterborough Lido is the place to be during the summer. Boasting three outdoor heated swimming pools, of which the main pool is 50m long, a teaching...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Peterborough Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Whodunit? And where, or why?! There are more than a few riddles to solve on the Peterborough Mystery Treasure Trail, and you’re the crack team to get...

Family looking at miniature village at Railworld in Peterborough

Railworld Wildlife Haven

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

If your tykes LOVE trains, where better to take them than Railworld Wildlife Haven? This model railway has all kinds locomotives, beginning with a cl...

Person diving into swimming pool at Regional Fitness Swimming Centre in Peterborough

Regional Fitness Swimming Centre

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Regional Fitness Swimming Centre has the usual pools plus diving pool equipped with 1 and 3m Springboard and 5m Platform. You can take lessons here,...

Cinema screen at Showcase Cinema

Showcase Cinema de Lux Peterborough

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Dive into the silver screen at Showcase Cinema de Lux Peterborough, where there's an exciting 13 screens showing the biggest and best blockbusters yo...

A group that has escaped at Trapp'd Northampton

Trapp'd Peterborough

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Does your family have what it takes to break out? Head on over to Trapp’d Escape Rooms in Peterborough and find out. This is a perfect attraction for...

Toddler play area at Activity World in Peterborough

Activity World3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Home to one of Peterborough’s largest indoor play frames, adventure is guaranteed at Activity world. Let the kids pick out their best socks and head...

Kids on playground at New Ark Adventure Playground in Peterborough

New Ark Adventure Playground

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

New Ark Adventure Playground can be found at New Ark Play, an independent charity encouraging children to take part in adventurous outdoor play! Thei...

Kids and monkey mascot racing down a four-lane slide at Big Sky Adventure Play

Big Sky Adventure Play

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Big Sky Adventure Play prices are inclusive of all the main rides and represents fantastic value for money. Your kids will enjoy an "Around the Wo...

Hollywood Bowl Peterborough

Hollywood Bowl Peterborough

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Spend the day as a family at Hollywood Bowl Peterborough. As soon as you start playing, you'll find out bowling is great for the whole gang, no matte...

Indoor soft play frame at The Hampton Brewers Fayre in Peterborough

The Hampton Brewers Fayre

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Hampton Brewers Fayre is part of the Brewers Fayre pub chain, selling the usual food and drinks, with a separate large room with a Play Zone and...

Family on pedal boat at Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough

Ferry Meadows Country Park

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, push the...

Train at Ferry Meadows Railway in Peterborough

Ferry Meadows Railway

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Departing from Ham Lane Station, where there is a cafe, gift shop and small adventure playground, the Ferry Meadows Railway will whisk you grandly ar...

Families at The Captain's Folly in Peterborough

The Captain's Folly

  • Peterborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Enjoy a wonderful 10-15-minute boat tour of Overton Lake on The Captains Folly boat. Discover the stunning Ferry Meadows and take in the sight of the...

People ice skating at Planet Ice Arena Peterborough

Planet Ice Arena Peterborough

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Previously Peterborough Skydome Ice Rink, this is now a Planet Ice Arena! A busy ice skating rink that's great for families, they offer open skate an...

Boundless Fun Trampoline & Soft Play

Boundless Fun Trampoline & Soft Play

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Come and jump around at Boundless Fun Trampoline & Soft Play . Take your mini-bouncers to this trampoline park and let them burn off their unlimi...

Kids in the VR simulating chairs at VR HAPPY

VR HAPPY

  • Peterborough
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Immerse yourself in endless possibilities at VR HAPPY, with other 100 virtual reality games for you to pick from, there’s something for all the famil...

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