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Bretton is located in Cambridgeshire
Population 12,689 
OS grid reference TF1601
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Peterborough
Postcode district PE3
Dialling code 01733
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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52°35′59″N 0°16′51″W / 52.5997°N 0.2807°W / 52.5997; -0.2807

Bretton is a settlement and civil parish on the north western edge of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. Bretton has been designed as a green environment; the major roads (Bretton Gate and Way) are tree-lined and there are several large parks and playing fields. It consists of two main areas; North Bretton and South Bretton, these are divided by Bretton Centre. North Bretton has the larger population and is home to the industrial estates and most leisure facilities as well as the Crematorium. The main entrance to Milton Hall is from Bretton Way in South Bretton and Nene Park is accessed via an under pass beneath the A47.

Bretton Centre's main building is The Cresset multi-purpose venue, holding a large stage and seating, shops, a church, children's entertainment and places to eat. Bretton centre was heavily redeveloped in the early to mid 2000s..


Peterborough was designated a New Town in 1967 and Bretton was created as the city's first township; shortly followed by Orton. Bretton's construction began in 1970.


At the time of the 2001 census, Bretton parish had a population of 12,689 people – 6,160 males and 6,529 females living in 5,191 households.


Bretton is home to The Cresset, a theatre which also contains other leisure facilities, a library, a church and shops.

Bretton also holds one of the biggest fireworks displays in peterborough, held at the peterborough rugby lions club every year in November.


Peterborough Ice Arena, home to the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team, is in Bretton. Bretton is also home to the Peterborough Lions rugby club based on the fields of Bretton Park. The park has outdoor gym equipment and a small bmx track and skate park. These fields are also the home to the area's local football side Peterborough City FC who play in the Peterborough football league (PDFL). [1] In South Bretton, crown green bowls is played at the pavilion in South Bretton recreation park. There is also two football pitches in regular use.


Bretton has a number of primary schools; at secondary level, Bretton Woods Community School was closed in 2007 and replaced by The Voyager School (now Queen Katharine Academy) in Walton. Walton Comprehensive School was also closed at this time. The IQRA academy, an independent secondary school for Muslim girls is established in North Bretton.

The primary schools include Sacred Heart Roman Catholic (Voluntary Aided) Primary School, Middleton County Primary School, Eyrescroft County Primary School and Lime Academy Watergall.

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