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Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 12th Sep 2020 - Wed 31st Mar 2021

*SADLY POSTPONED DUE TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES* - We hope to resume bookings as soon as we are able to.

Following the launch of Ely’s Escape Room's, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its latest room – 'The Curious Case of Curator Chadwick' 

Here's a snippet about the plot! It's 1910 and the Vicar of St. Mary's Church has rented the Tithe Room out of the Vicarage to his dear friend, Curator Cornelius Chadwick. After a few weeks, he mysteriously disappears! Come and search for clues, solve the puzzles and discover the whereabouts of the enigmatic Curator.

Sessions are priced at £85 per group for the remainder of this year. Sessions are ideally suited for between 6 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The activity also lends itself to the corporate market and work parties. We are also able to offer young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email or call us on 01353 662062.



Ted Coney's Virtual Tour

Thu 1st Oct 2020 - Wed 31st Mar 2021


Although his pop-up gallery on Ely’s Waterside has been closed this year during the pandemic sadly still remains closed, artist Ted Coney has been busy raising money for the NHS Charities Together appeal.

In May 2020  he launched his Virtual Tour through his website, where visitors are flown back in time to 1930s Hollywood to view one of his family paintings about a relative who worked in the film industry. He also discusses another three of his paintings in the nine minute film. Ely Artist, Ted Coney collaborated with his nephew, Andrew who lives in Madrid, on a sketch and drawing about celebrating New Year under Covid restrictions. Ted did the sketch while Andrew wrote the poem.

Ted has continued  to make paintings about family life under lockdown but hopes to open his pop-up gallery on Waterside later in the year. In the meantime he has decided to extend his appeal for NHS Charities Together until the end of March through his Virtual Tour which can be found on his website  (

For just 99p, visitors can have four of Ted’s paintings explained. Please take the time to spare 99p and view these marvellous paintings and stories behind them. We hope this wonderful poem brings you some joy!

In a world of doom, Under siege by a plague, From Mumbai to the Hague. With months at home, And no right to roam, A man and his wife, Strode out through the night. As they walked along, They heard a song, A Scottish tune, Which made them swoon. And then by chance,They began to dance.

And laughed and screamed, As if in a dream. Two sprites in the night, It was such a delight, So nimble and quick, With movements so slick. With a twist and twirl, And light-footed whirl, Their arms in the air, They danced with flare. The sky was aflame, With flashes that came, From fiery fireworks, That drove them berserk.

Although this scene, By no soul was seen, The moon looked down, Upon the town. And on his face, So full of grace, Appeared a smile, That lasted a while.

This moment of glee, He gladly did see, And as he shone harder, The world turned brighter.

For Worship & Glory II Exhibition At Ely Cathedral

Thu 25th Feb 2021 - Thu 25th Mar 2021

Welcoming back the Royal School of Needlework for another fabulous exhibition and featuring high fashion items from the RSN's specialist degree programme.

Further details to follow...

NEW Audio Tour of Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 1st May 2021

Coming soon!

We are very excited to announce a brand new and exciting tour of Oliver Cromwell's House to launch early Summer 2021. Following on from a refurbishment in 2019, this brand new audio content really highlights and enhances your journey through this iconic Ely house, that was once home to Oliver Cromwell and his family. Working closely with the Cromwell Museum Huntingdon, this new tour, including a 'family tour' option is now in production. If you would like further information, please contact

Mad Hatters Eco Festival

Fri 18th Jun 2021 - Sun 20th Jun 2021

Mad Hatters Eco-Festival

Join the team from the Mad Hatters Campsite as they deliver a wonderful, ECO event this summer. See schedule for what's planned. Tickets and further event details are available from their website link below.