Straw Bear Festival
Whittlesey also hosts the Straw Bear Festival every January. The custom of parading a ' Straw Bear ' through the town was revived in 1980. The 'Bear ' is a man in a straw costume accompanied by a Keeper. This follows a procession around the local pubs accompanied by over 200 dancers and musicians all playing traditional English Folk songs. Thousands of people throng to the town to watch the Morris Dancing and ' follow the Bear '.
Whittlesey also has excellent rail links to the local Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire areas and beyond. The local station ( still spelt Whittlesea) is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the cottage and does have free parking.
Peterborough Station is a 15 minute car journey away.
Ely, Cambridge , Stamford, Lincoln, Nottingham, York and even London are easily accessible by train from Whittlesea Station. A day trip away.
Also Whittlesey benefits from a good bus service with buses leaving from the Market Square. Stagecoach services 31/33 run regularly to Peterborough and beyond.
Whittlesey has free car parking in the town centre
Whittlesey is an historic market town located approx 7 miles from Peterborough on the edge of the Fenland area.
The town contains a variety of architecture dating back several centuries. Whittlesey is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle circa 972 as Witlesig and in the Doomsday book in 1086 under the name of Wittleseia. The town name is derived from a Saxon name meaning island, hence Witel's Island.
Traces of the Whittlesey area's early history can be seen in remains found at Eldernell and Glassmoor. A major new find of bronze age items at the Must Farm site Kings Dyke made national headlines in 2011.
The Flag Fen Archaeology Park houses many ancient wooden and metal items found in the local area dating back to the Bronze, Iron and Roman Ages and is approx 3 miles away.
Whittlesey town centre has many well preserved buildings. These vary from timber framed houses with thatched roofs through stone buildings to local brick properties.
The town centre has an impressive Market Square. Central to this is the late 17th century Buttercross. This is a square open market house. The market was founded by Royal Charter in 1715 and still takes place every Friday. This is a 5 min walk away.
The town has a fine selection of public houses, cafes and restaurants . The George Hotel on the Market Square has recently been refurbished . Restaurants serving Indian, Chinese , Italian and traditional English food are all located on or around the Market Square. All open lunchtimes & evening . A large range of local shops close to Honeyway cottage are perfect for those self catering. All in walking distance from the cottage