Parks and Open Spaces
- Where to Visit
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- Parks and Open Spaces
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- Arts and Entertainment
- Beauty Spas
Ely has a variety of parks and open spaces boasting beautiful views. Some are geared for relaxation whilst others are for the more energetic with play areas and hills to roll down. However, all are suitable for enjoying those precious leisure moments, whatever your mood.
The gardens provide the perfect link from Ely’s Waterside through to the City Centre. The garden has open spaces for picnicking and free play as well as formal beds and one of the five pieces of Eel Artwork can be found here. It also has a toddler play area, water feature and bandstand. Several events are held here throughout the year including a series of band concerts during the summer and the prestigious Eel Day where the World Eel Throwing Competition is held! The gardens have secured Green Flag status since 2005. The award is designed to recognise and reward standards of excellence and is recognition of the high quality green space that the gardens provide to the local community in East Cambridgeshire.
Ely Park incorporates Cherry Hill, an ancient castle mound which sadly is no longer in evidence. The park provides a link from the Cathedral and City Centre to the riverfront. The park has a play area and an eel hive woven from living willow that is one of five piece of art that is part of the Eel Trail. The Park has a number of mature trees which provide an ideal place to picnic and run freely. It also enjoys stunning views of the cathedral and other monastic buildings. It is also best known for its great sledging on a snowy winter’s day!
Ely Country Park
A fantastic place to enjoy and explore the great outdoors. To help you get the most out of your visit, special way markers have been placed around the Country Park marking out two trails which will help you to discover some spectacular views and wildlife of international importance. The walks called Kingfisher (long trail) and Bulrush (short trail) highlight the best of the natural fen landscape including the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where you can test your bird spotting skills.
The Country Park also has a play and picnic area located by the entrance at Fisherman’s Car Park, where you can fly along a zip wire, grapple your way up a climbing frame and enjoy the company of friends and family. Entrance to the site is free of charge.
The majority of the Country Park is fully accessible to the public, but there is some privately owned land which is only accessible to visitors via the network of Public Rights of Way.
Hire of our Parks
All of our Parks and Open Spaces are regularly used for a wide range of events. If you are an event organiser and would like to know more about hiring one of our venues, please click here http://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/community/planning-organising-events-east-cambridgeshire