It is now one week until Christmas Day and seasonal festivities are well underway in and around PE1! From gorgeous gift ideas to tempting treats and our Christmas funfair to the Van Hage Santa’s Grotto, there’s no better place to be on the lead up to the big day.

Open for Business

If you’re yet to get goodies for your nearest and dearest, then don’t fret, PE1’s stores will be open until Christmas Day. Please note that individual store opening hours may vary, so check with retailers before visiting to avoid disappointment.

We’re also hosting our Christmas funfair on-site every day up to and including Christmas Eve. From 10am to 6pm, the whole family can enjoy a range of activities including bumper cars, flying planes and a helter skelter. Should you work up an appetite during the fun fair exertion, there are German sausages and candyfloss on offer to give hunger the heave ho!

Santa Claus is also residing at Van Hage up to and including Christmas Eve. The grotto is open from 11am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. The cost is £5 per child and tickets can be booked in advance here.

Offers and Promotions

Many of our stores already have sales, offers and discounts available to shoppers – it’s the perfect time to bag a bargain! After Boxing Day, however, you can expect to see even more cut-price finds in our shops. Don’t miss out and be sure to head back to PE1 from Friday 27th December onwards.


2019 has been a great year for PE1. Throughout the warmer months we hosted our A-mazing Summer event. With plenty of twists and turns, visitors to our retail park could navigate and explore a giant maze that led to a 35ft tall helter skelter volcano! After climbing to the top of this molten mountain, little (and big) kids could then slide down the flow of lava to reach the ground once more. Each week, the magnificent maze adopted a different theme. From jungle japes to Aztec antics and Egyptian entertainment to Jurassic jaunts, there was a reason to keep returning all summer long.

Continuing PE1’s reputation as a venue for spectacular shows and eye-popping events, we hosted something extra special for families during Recycle Week. In conjunction with Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), visitors could make a splash at the retail park on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September. A 50-foot sperm whale was situated in the grounds of PE1, inside which families could embark on an aquatic adventure with tales of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. Landlubbers were treated to some show-stopping performances from the Aquabatics with their series of aquabatic contortions as they cruised the currents.

To kick off Christmas 2019, we hosted a Fire & Ice Spectacular on Saturday 23rd November. The festive family fun included FlameOz; multi-award-winning fire dancers and Calvos; a stilt-walking and crystal ball juggling act. The festivities also included a dazzling stage show and lantern craft workshop. The evening culminated in a 15 minute eye-popping display of fireworks choreographed to music.


PE1 is looking forward to the New Year and everything the next decade will bring. We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Inflata Nation to the retail park in January, along with some other new additions. And we will continue to provide an engaging events programme for all our visitors.

Keep your eyes peeled to our website, Facebook and Twitter to ensure you’re up to date with all the latest developments.

Targetfollow, managing agents for PE1, says: “2019 has been a very busy year for PE1. We’ve hosted several very well attended events throughout the year – some of which have been featured in the national press! Christmas is always a hectic time, but we’re thoroughly enjoying all the festivities the season has to offer. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at PE1 throughout 2020.”

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