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Peterborough is a cathedral city located in the county of Cambridgeshire and is roughly 75 miles to the north of London. The city lies on the River Nene which goes on the flow into the North Sea. Visitors to Peterborough can enjoy wandering around the city and taking in the wonderful buildings and monuments. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter. Saint Paul and Saint Andrew was originally founded as a monastery in AD 655 and rebuilt between 1118 and 1238. There is also the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Burghley House, Longthorpe Tower and Thorpe Hall.
Peterborough enjoys a wide range of events including the annual East of England Show, Peterborough Festival and CAMRA beer festival, which takes place on the river embankment in late August. The Key Theatre, built in 1973, is situated on the embankment, next to the River Nene. The theatre aims to provide entertainment, enlightenment and education by reflecting the rich culture Peterborough has to offer. The programme is made up of home-grown productions, national touring shows, local community productions and one-off concerts.
Peterborough is a stop on the East Coast Main Line which has a journey time to London of around 50 minutes with high speed services from King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley.
Located in Cambridgeshire, the city of Ely is roughly 14 miles to the north east of the city of Cambridge. The English King, Henry III, granted the Bishop of Ely a market in the 13th century. Today, the market is open on Thursday and Saturday and is supplemented with seasonal markets held monthly on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter to November. The city is situated on the River Great Ouse, which was a significant means of transport until the fens were drained and Ely ceased to be an island in the eighteenth century. The river is now a popular boating spot, and has a large marina.
Annual events in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park which was first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985. The Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely railway station, on the Fen Line, is a major railway hub with the Cambridge to Ely section opening in 1845. Five major railway lines emanate from this hub: north to King's Lynn, north-west to Peterborough, east to Norwich, south-east to Ipswich and south to Cambridge and London.