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The Cresset

The Cresset is Peterborough’s foremost multi-purpose venue, playing host to an exciting and diverse mix of live entertainment, community activities, corporate and private events.

We showcase the best live music, comedy, theatre, children’s and family shows, special events and exhibitions.

Our thriving community programme offers activities for all ages, including dance and drama classes and community workshops, and our elegant function suites provide the ideal setting for wedding celebrations, special occasions, business meetings and conferences.

The Cresset has plenty of parking on-site, shops and a friendly pub/restaurant – all under one roof.

The Cresset is Peterborough’s foremost multi-purpose community venue, with a diverse mix of community events and activities under one roof.

Here you will find the Bees in the Hive pre-school day nursery, library, church, shops , as well as a number of associations providing advice and assistance, including the Kingfisher Centre, Cresset Day Care Centre, Goldhay Arts and the Peterborough Association for the Blind.

Services at The Cresset:

The Kingfisher Centre is the setting for DIAL Peterborough (Disablement Information and Advice Line) which offers free confidential advice and assistance for disabled people, their carers and professionals working in this sector.
Contact DIAL on 01733 265551
Or visit the website at
The Kingfisher Centre also provides a meeting place for a number of community groups such as the Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied Club (PHAB) Peterborough, which organises days out, sporting and social activities for disabled people aged 12 – 65.

Dave The Clown Funhouse Soft play centre open Tues – Sat from 10am – 1pm with daily play and play sessions for ages 0-8. Dave the Clown also offers private bookings and party bookings, disco hire, and bouncy castle hire for children’s parties and weddings.
For more information call Dave on 01733 265705 or visit the website on

The Cresset Day Centre operates as part of a wider strategy to provide a meeting place and social activities for elderly and vulnerable adults. Run by Peterborough City Council’s Social Services, the centre is open seven days a week, and has space for 24 elderly people. Visitors to the centre typically live alone and, for many, the centre provides their only form of human contact from week to week. The transport collection service provided by the centre is an essential part of the service. The centre schedules a range of activities each week to encourage social interaction and mental stimulation.

Performing Arts The Cresset’s thriving performing arts programme provides opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore their individuality and celebrate their community through the arts. The programme provides an excellent grounding for children and young adults interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, with a number of young people from the programme progressing to successful careers in the West End or as professional actors. The Cresset hosts weekly dance and drama classes. There are annual dance festivals for both primary and secondary age children, and Easter and Summer Schools, in which a team of skilled dance and drama facilitators work with up to 30 young people each week, culminating in a public performance of a specially devised work.
The focal point of the performing arts calendar is the autumn youth production. In recent years this has included Little Shop of Horrors, Return to the Forbidden Planet and the hugely popular High School Musical. The Dance Studio is fully accessible for wheelchair users. 

Who to contact



Where to go

Cresset Leisure Services Ltd.
Bretton Centre
Get directions to PE3 8DX