Peterborough is much maligned but undeservedly. It has a vibrant city centre with top-quality restaurants such as Clarkes, the Queensgate Shopping Centre, an unique bars such as The Brewery Tap (whose owner also runs Oakham Ales, which has a small brewing unit behind a glass wall in the pub). If you like live music, there are several pubs which can get your feet tapping, including the famous late-night sessions at Charters – a converted Dutch grain barge on the river (shown above).
There are two bowling alleys in the city, indoor karting and other entertainment for a more youthful generation. That includes regular productions at the Key Theatre and at The Cresset, both of which also stage live music performances. The pantos at both venues are popular, but Peterborough also has two very active production groups.