Put on the Ritz and get ‘In The Mood’ for a 1940s Themed Party at Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral is hosting a number of different events over the course of the Peterborough Heritage Festival (Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June), with the centrepiece being a ‘1940s Themed Party’ on Saturday 16th June.


In the beautiful Cathedral setting under the tower and in the transepts, guests are invited to put on the Ritz, get their glad rags on (period costume is positively encouraged) and get ‘In The Mood’ for a fabulous time. Ration books will be in use on the evening, and food with a complimentary drink will be provided, as well as a pay bar.


Music will be provided by Rita and The Rogues – a live band with a big sound. The band’s repertoire spans the last 100 years, and includes ragtime, R&B, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and pop. Recognisable songs, but performed with a unique twist and interpretation – as can be heard from their performance here of Corinne Ba

Hayley Di Rito as Rita Rogue Vocalist & Entertainer

iley Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’. https://soundcloud.com/user-270895720/ritaandtherogues/s-9ito3


The group is led by vocalist Rita Rogue (aka Hayley Di Rito), who has performed with rock ’n’ roll shows and big bands in a host of UK theatres. She has also graced the clubs of New York, and has MC’d functions, fashion shows and corporate events in the UK and Middle East. She will be accompanied on the evening by Steve Hession – a pianist and musical director who was resident MD at Peterborough’s Key Theatre for over 20 years – as-well as Ian Smith on bass and Andy Clifton on drums.

Tickets will cost £25 per person, or £20 per person when you book for a group of six (total £120). You can book via the Cathedral shop or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336. All proceeds will go to support Peterborough Cathedral.


There will also be a number of other events taking place over the course of the weekend:


  • ‘Peterborough Artists Open Studios Exhibition’
    Friday 15th June to Sunday 15th July – Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

Open 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)

Peterborough Artists Open Studios is an organisation which encourages artists within the PE postcode area to showcase their work.

This year, five artists – Mahemuda Aralani (mosaics), Stacey Ann Cole (painting/drawing/mixed media), Josephine Kelly (painting/drawing/printmaking), Tony Nero (painting/drawing) and Paul Saunders (photography) – will be displaying their work at the Visitor Centre. The artists will also be on site during the weekends of 23rd/24th June, 30th June/1st July and 7th/8th July.


  • ‘900 Years of Church Music: a Whistle-Stop Tour’
    Friday 15th June – 7:30pm

The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Steven Grahl, will be your expert guide (accompanied by the Cathedral choir) through nine centuries of church music – illustrating the creativity and continuity of the English church music tradition. The evening will last around 70 minutes.


Tickets cost £10, £8 concessions. You can book in three ways:


  • ‘Tower Top Climbs’
    Saturday 16th June – 10.00am to 4.00pm

    There will be a day of special tower top climbs – every hour, on the hour. This will involve a straight climb up the steps of the north-west tower onto the central tower outside, for stunning views across the city.


Tickets cost £5 or £16 for a group of four. Ages 8+ only. You can book via this link.


  • Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

Saturday 16th June – 11.00am to 4.00pm – Cathedral Nave

With a Heritage Festival Special, Lou Lou returns to Peterborough with her award-winning vintage fair.


Shoppers can expect a vast array of stalls from some of the UK’s best vintage traders, as well as a classic tea party and a retro hair and make-up salon for those interested in a makeover. There’s also the chance to buy an outfit for the ‘1940s Themed Party’!


Entry is £2.50 on the door (under 12s go free).

For more details, please visit www.thevintagefair.com.


  • ‘Choral Evensong with Installation of Mayor’
    Sunday 17th June – 3.30pm

    A special service to welcome in the new Mayor of Peterborough.


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