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What's On - Key Events

Riverside Trail

Sat 17th Apr 2021 - Sun 16th May 2021

The tour departs from Oliver Cromwell's House.

Available dates; 

17th April 11 am 

25th April, 3rd May, 16th May 2.00 pm

This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportunity to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

 

Distance approx 1 - 1.5 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=2871

 


Spring City Walk

Sat 17th Apr 2021 - Sat 15th May 2021

The tour departs from Oliver Cromwell's House.

Available dates; 

17th April 2.00 pm

24th April, 3rd May, 15th May 11.00 am

What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3713


Spring Architectural Walks

Sun 18th Apr 2021 - Sat 8th May 2021

The tour departs from Oliver Cromwell's House.

Available dates; 

18th April, 1st May, 8th May at 11 am 

Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3867


Spring Eel Walks

Sun 18th Apr 2021 - Sun 9th May 2021

The tour departs from Oliver Cromwell's House.

Available dates; 

18th April, 2nd May, 9th May 2.00 pm 

Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgeable guide. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.45 miles Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=2470


Ely Drive-in Cinema

Sat 8th May 2021

Following the huge success of Ely Drive-in Cinema last year, we're pleased to be providing residents with their big-screen film fix, within the safety and comfort of their cars, on Saturday 8th May.

The event is sponsored by Lancaster Way Business Park, where the Drive-in will take place once again and is in conjunction with our Babylon Cinema at The Maltings. 

Drive-in audiences will be able to enjoy Trolls World Tour (U), The Greatest Showman (PG) and drive-in classic - Dirty Dancing (12), across a full day of screenings on a giant LED screen.

Ely Drive-In Cinema will take place on Saturday 8th May 2021. Tickets can be purchased here https://www.babylonarts.org.uk/cinema.htm?month=202105


Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 22nd May 2021 - Sun 31st Oct 2021

NOW BOOKABLE

Can you solve '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 £95 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 info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062. 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=2763

 


NEW Audio Tour of Oliver Cromwell's House

Mon 31st May 2021

Coming soon!

We are very excited to announce a brand new and exciting tour of Oliver Cromwell's House to launch Spring 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 info@visitely.org.uk

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/


Ely Pubs - Past and Present

Tue 1st Jun 2021

NEW TOUR FOR SUMMER 2021

Ely Pubs - Past & Present

Starting at the Cromwell Arms (Oliver Cromwell's House), your tour will take you on a circular journey learning all about the social and economic history of the Inns and Ale Houses within the City of Ely. The tour concludes at the Prince Albert, Silver Street where you can enjoy a pint of real ale or a glass of wine (included in the ticket), plus 10% discount on the book 'Ely Inns' by Patrick Ashton, available from Oliver Cromwell's House gift shop. This tour will really wet your appetite for a beverage and by the time you arrive at the Prince Albert, why not stay for lunch! To book your table for lunch contact the Prince Albert directly 01353 663494

For tickets please (bookable only in advance) please follow the link

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=4018

 


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.

https://www.madhatterscampsite.co.uk/


Mrs Cromwell's Midsummer Feast

Wed 23rd Jun 2021

Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.

Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries. Best bit is you can get 10% discount off the newly transcribed 'The Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth Cromwell'

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=2770

 

 


Ely Arts Festival

Tue 29th Jun 2021

Join us to celebrate the creativity that has continued to blossom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic across Ely and the surrounding villages. Featuring live music to accompany dramatic drone footage of Ely Cathedral and the fens, and virtual 'lockdown' projects from local choirs, schools and artists. The celebration will conclude with a performance of 'The Spirit of the Fens', a vocal work by the composer Nils Greenhow featuring local schools and other community groups.

The performance will also include the unveiling of a new community art project 'Fen Stitch Together: Do More Of What Makes You Happy Quilt'

Tickets: £10

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/the-spirit-of-the-fens


Gaia - Explore Plant Earth at Ely Cathedral

Thu 1st Jul 2021 - Sat 31st Jul 2021

Gaia is a stunning art installation depicting Planet Earth by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia, which in Greek Mythology personifies the Earth, features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture portraying 18km of the Earth’s surface. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the installation.

This spectacular exhibit can be experienced between Thursday 1 - Saturday 31 July during Cathedral opening hours.

Please book your visitor tickets online in advance at www.elycathedral.org


HONK!

Tue 20th Jul 2021

Join us in the beautiful grounds of The Dean's Garden for this year's open-air theatre musical 'Honk!' Honk! tells the tale of 'Ugly', a young duckling who appears to look different to his brothers and sisters! Made fun of by the other farmyard animals, Ugly is lured away by the devious Cat who hopes to enjoy Ugly as a lunchtime snack! Just as Ugly clocks on to what is happening, he tries to run but can't find his way back to the farmyard! On his search for home, he encounters some larger-than-life characters who all teach him different lessons which begin to help Ugly realise it's what's on this inside that matters!

With clever, inspiring songs and a whole lot of heart, this charming reimagining ofHans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" will quack you up and bring a smile to your beak!

Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 July 6pm
Friday 23 July, 2pm & 6pm
Saturday 24 July, 11am, 3pm & 7pm
Sunday 25 July, 3pm

Book tickets direct via KD Theatre's website
or call their Box office on 01353 725 026


Ely Cathedral Green Fair

Sat 31st Jul 2021

Join us at the inaugural Ely Cathedral Green Fair showcasing eco-friendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. Discover more about our local environmental groups and how you can support them.

A fun family Eco event for everyone to enjoy, on Cross Green (next to the Cathedral)

Free Entry.

 


Encompass Classical Charity Concert

Wed 11th Aug 2021

A classical music concert for charity, bringing live music back to the Cambridgeshire community. Encompass Network presents world class musicians who will perform a stunning range of classical works and two premiers. Works include Rachmaninov, Vivaldi, Reger and compositions by Yury Revich and Sebastian Thomas. See the Encompass concert website Encompass Network Charity for details.

The event will also include presentation of The Davison Young Musicians Award. The Concert will also be recorded for future broadcast. There are limited tickets for the concert so book quickly.

www.dyma.uk Supporting young musicians to achieve their ambitions and award dedication and passion 

Tickets: £20, £25, £30.

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/encompass-classical-charity-concert

 


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Wed 17th Nov 2021

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair, now in its ninth year, is recognised as one of the major Christmas Fairs in the UK. The Cathedral provides a unique and atmospheric venue like no other and we pride ourselves on the quality and individuality of our exhibitors. In these challenging times, we are aware that we may need to operate this event within socially distanced guidelines. Therefore, in addition to the gifts and traditional homemade crafts stalls inside the Nave and Lady Chapel, we are introducing an exciting new element within the Cathedral precinct.

A specially designed Christmas Village will be located in the grounds creating an outdoor wonderland with a mixture of stalls, food traders, entertainment and lots of twinkling lights. Located on Cross Green next to the Vintage Carousel and East  Lawn. 

Wednesday 17 November
6:30pm - 9pm

Thursday 18 November

9am - 10am: Exclusive entry for 'shoppers with wheels'
10am - 4.30pm: Open to the general public
6.30pm - 9.30pm: Exclusive Evening Shopping

Friday 19 November
9am - 10am: Exclusive entry for 'shoppers with wheels'
10am - 4.30pm: Open to the general public
6.30pm - 9.30pm: Exclusive Evening Shopping

Saturday 20 November
9.30am - 4.30pm

A great family day with lots of additional attractions within the Cathedral grounds.

Tickets on sale Summer 2021 via www.elycathedral.org.uk


Aled Jones

Fri 18th Mar 2022

40 years since Aled was a choirboy at Bangor Cathedral, he brings his special concert of music and stories to Ely Cathedral as part of his 2022 Cathedral Tour. Aled is a Music patron at Ely Cathedral and, as well as being a household name on Radio and Television, he has received countless prestigious music awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes.

Over his extraordinary 37-year career, Aled has performed for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 36 albums - with over 10 million album sales and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs.

Tickets: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/aled-jones