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FOR GENERAL FESTIVAL INFO
Call: 01733 208245

or in writing to:
119 Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 2AJ

or email: info@strawbear.org.uk




FOR TICKETS
Either book Online through Paypal

or if you prefer to Pay by Cheque please contact the Box Office on 07857 357 970 or email boxoffice@strawbear.org.uk

(Available from 1st October)




FOR MEMORABILIA
Please email: memorabilia@strawbear.org.uk

or call Karen Simmons on 07941 085272




"simply click for the answers"

How do I get to Whittlesey

  • Come off the A1M at junction 17 and take the A1139 (Fletton Parkway) as far as the junction 3A (Ikea roundabout, as it is known locally). Take the 4th exit off the roundabout, going under the A1139 and follow the A605 to Whittlesey.

  • There are also buses, trains and taxis from Peterborough. NOTE: The train station is approximately 10 -15 minute walk from the Manor Leisure Centre.

Where can I park if I come by car

  • There are public car parks at Queen Street, near The Co-op on Grosvenor Road and on Woolpack Lane.

  • Parking will be available at The Conservative Club, Peterborough Road, Whittlesey on Festival day.

  • We will also be running a Park and Ride Scheme from Sir Harry Smith Community College to Grosvenor House Bus Station. This will run approximately every 15 minutes. Please check our web site for the times and any alterations to this service

Is there somewhere to stay if I want to stay overnight

  • There are a few B&Bs and pubs in the town who offer bed and breakfast but the early bird catches the worm. You may need to book up early! The nearest larger hotels are in Peterborough or Eye

  • Remember, if you do decide to stay overnight, you might also like to buy tickets for the Friday night concert or Saturday night dances. Call the Box Office on 07857 357 970

What time does the parade start

  • It starts at 10.30am at The Manor Leisure Centre on Station Road

Where will I find the Bear during the day

  • There is a route map in the middle of the official programme which explains where he should be at certain times

Where can I get hold of the official programme for the festival

  • There will be people on the streets with "collecting buckets" who have badges and programmes for sale at only £1.

Are there any Public Toilets

  • There are some at The Maltings on Station Road (near St Marys Church and behind The George).

Can I get something to eat during the day

  • Yes, the town has a good choice of cafes or chip shops. For example; on the Market Place, on Market Street, on High Causeway, on East Gate, on Orchard Street and on Blunts Lane

  • Also, most pubs and church halls sell food or sandwiches on the day

Can I get a meal in the evening

  • Yes, there are several restaurants in the town. For example; English, Italian and Indian

Can I drink on the streets

  • There is a DPPO (Designated Public Place Order) in place in Whittlesey which does not allow drinking in the streets but on Straw Bear Day the Police monitor the situation and act accordingly. Festival visitors will be allowed to drink sensibly from plastic glasses outside the pubs where there is dancing. NOTE: No glass is to be used. For more information about the DPPO go to page 11 in the following document: www.fenland.gov.uk/aksfenland/images/att2934.pdf

Will there be a First Aider somewhere, if I need one

  • Yes, the St Johns Ambulance First Aiders are on hand between 10am and 4.00pm. Their ambulance will be parked at the side of The George on the Market Place

If I lose my child, where should I go to report it

  • If you lose your child, find an official, wearing a hi-vis yellow vest standing at any of the road closure barriers. They will be able to radio through to other officials who may have found your child.

What time does it all finish

  • The Grand Finale is on the Market Place at 3pm, where the Bear and his guests will perform their final dances

  • The streets will then be cleared by 4.00pm

  • Remember, you could always see if there are any tickets left for the Barn Dance at only £12 each. Call the Box Office on 07857 357 970

What happens to the Bear when the day is over

  • The Bear goes home! BUT the next day his costume of straw is burnt, after an afternoon of music and dance, at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Whats the weather normally like at that time of January

  • We generally have quite good weather - naturally it will be cold but sometimes even sunshine! You can check out todays weather at www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2634010

Is there anything else to see in Whittlesey

  • You might find the following town tour leaflet (with map) quite useful but difficult to follow on a busy Straw Bear day!!

 

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