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What's On - Key Events

Spring Exhibition - Prints, Pots and Paintings

Fri 12th Apr 2019 - Sun 26th May 2019

Carl Borges - Prints in The Lower Gallery Sonia Lewis & Peter Cavaciuti - Pottery and Chinese Ink and handmade paper in The Upper Gallery Lizzie Madder - Fen scape watercolours in the Sitting Room.

Free entry, coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat & 3.30-5.15pm Mon-Sun excluding Bank Holidays.

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Ely Cathedral Science Festival - The Sky's The Limit!

Sat 18th May 2019 - Sun 9th Jun 2019

(Excluding Saturday 1 June)

A spectacular science event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1st moon landing and explore what the future holds for humanity. Lift up your eyes and experience the Museum of the Moon, a 7 metre diameter lunar replica hovering above the Cathedral's nave. Come and explore the wonders of space through themed activity nights and an interactive "space" exhibition including space suits and meteorites.

Admission: Includes entry to the Cathedral. Adults £9. Concessions £6. Children free. Cathedral pass holders free. (Special Events - see individual pricing - no Cathedral admission fee)

More info: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ely-cathedral-science-festival-the-skys-the-limit Flyer: https://www.elycathedral.org/files/pdf/diary/ely-cathedral-science-festival-2019-web.pdf


Museum of the Moon

Sat 18th May 2019 - Sun 9th Jun 2019

Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram will be on display in Ely Cathedral's nave throughout the Science Festival 'The Sky's The Limit'.

Measuring an impressive seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approx scale of 1:500,000, each cm of the internally lit replica represents 5km of the moon's surface. This extraordinary installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday 12 - 4pm (Excluding Saturday 1 June) 

http://www.elycathedral.org


Spring Craft Fair

Mon 20th May 2019

10.00am - 5pm

Come along to the Ely Cathedral Centre for our fabulous Spring Craft Fair. Enjoy browsing a wide range of handmade crafts by very talented crafters. Whether you are looking to treat someone or yourself, you are sure to find just the thing.....plus delicious tea and cake will be on the menu!!

 www.facebook.com/events/2315308545372280/

 

 


A Night at the Cathedral with Grand Opening

Mon 20th May 2019

Let your imagination wander as you have the opportunity to explore the numerous Science Festival exhibits including meteors and space suits under the spectacular 'Museum of the Moon' suspended from the Nave ceiling. There will be the opportunity to participate in interactive displays including robotics, meteorites, space science and molecular biology. Visitors will be encouraged to handle some of the exciting range of rocks from the moon, on loan from the Science and Technology Funding Council and explore key topics such as space travel through interactive exhibits around the Cathedral. Explore the night sky in a 20 minute tour inside a six metre wide 'Star Dome' belonging to the National Space Centre

Free Entry. *There will be a charge of £5 for the Star Dome. Ticketets available online. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

www.elycathedral.org


Dallas Campbell 'We Choose to Go to the Moon'

Tue 21st May 2019

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The culmination of 400,000 people working to meet J. F. Kennedy's impossible deadline, with technology that didn't yet exist, to explore a place that we knew nothing about. It has become one of history's defining moments. Join TV presenter and author Dallas Campbell for his hands-on grand tour of the science and history of human spaceflight. From the forgotten stories of the early space race, to those first footsteps on the moon to our future on Mars and beyond.

Adults £7.50. Children £4. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


A Trip to the Moon - Film & Music Recital

Wed 22nd May 2019

The Sun, Moon and Stars have long proved inspirational to composers. In this cosmically-themed organ recital, Edmund Aldhouse, Director of Music at Ely Cathedral, will perform awe-inspiring works which echo the music of the heavens and beyond including excerpts from The Planets by Holst, Clair de Lune by Vierne and the theme from Star Wars. Also included is an improvised soundtrack while we show the iconic silent movie - A Trip to the Moon (1902).

Adults £10. Under 16s Free. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Natalie Haynes in Ely

Thu 23rd May 2019

Broadcaster, comedian and writer Natalie Haynes is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books which draw upon her expertise as a classicist. In 'A Thousand Ships', Natalie retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash . . .The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, 'A Thousand Ships' gives voice to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/natalie-haynes/


Chris Lintott 'I Want To Believe: An Astronomer's Search For Aliens'

Fri 24th May 2019

The search for life in space dominates modern astrophysics, whether through new missions which will explore the oceans hidden inside the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, or the race to find extrasolar planets. Key events in space travel including the passage through the solar system of interstellar asteroid Oumuamua and the discovery of the most mysterious star in the Galaxy (aka Tabby's Star or WTF for "Where's the Flux?") have raised questions about what we might recognise as alien. Astronomer and Sky at Night presenter, Chris Lintott, raised on a diet of science fiction, draws on his own research and experience to confront the awful truth that we might be alone!

Adults £7.50. Children £4. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Riverside Walk

Sun 26th May 2019

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. Distance: approximately 1 mile - 1.5miles.

Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Time 1hr 15mins - 1hr 30mins.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE 'Moon-Past, Present and Future'

Mon 27th May 2019

The moon has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. But far from being just a big rock out in space, the Moon has a phenomenal power over the earth - to create great waves, dictate the length of the day and summon the seasons. In this very special lecture, lunar expert and TV presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, will guide you through the moon's past, present and future, contemplate how it was formed, and uncover why we need the moon to protect our fragile earth. Drawing on the latest scientific research, she also looks forward to what might come. Will we return to the moon or will it become a launch pad to go into the great unknown? Filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes, Dr Maggie talks with warmth and passion on her favourite subject.

4pm Children's Lecture / 7pm Keynote Lecture.

Adults £7.50. Children £4. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


City of Ely Walk

Mon 27th May 2019

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Distance: approximately 1mile - 1.5 miles.

Time 1hr 15mins - 1hr 30mins.

Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Science Festival School Holiday Drop-in

Wed 29th May 2019

A chance for young children and families to experience the Museum of the Moon and Science Festival Exhibition with interactive stalls and crafts. Free Admission.

www.elycathedral.org


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 2)

Wed 29th May 2019

10.30 - 12.30

Led by a professional glass artist, this Level 2 workshop is suitable for children who have previously attended our Level 1 sessions. You will experiment with new techniques and materials as you create your own individual piece of kiln-fired glass art. Advance booking is essential on 01353 660347 Suitable for children aged 8+; £15 per child

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Cuckoos Calling

Wed 29th May 2019

Come and discover all about the wonderful Cuckoo and what they get up to at Wicken Fen, with games and crafts.

Children aged 5+

10.30 - 12.30 also 13:30 to 15:30  Tickets £5.75.

 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Barrie Houghton & Mixed Show - Preview Evening

Wed 29th May 2019

Barrie Houghton returns to the Gallery with his evocative and atmospheric paintings depicting places and people. Exhibiting Barrie's work again in The Lower Gallery, the preview will also feature a mixed selection of work from our collection and handmade cushions by Anna Osbourn in the Upper Gallery and Sitting Room.

Free entry

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


A Night at the Cathedral II

Wed 29th May 2019

Let your imagination wander as you have the opportunity to explore the numerous Science Festival exhibits including meteors and space suits under the spectacular 'Museum of the Moon' suspended from the Nave ceiling. There will be the opportunity to participate in interactive displays including robotics, meteorites, space science and molecular biology. Visitors will be encouraged to handle some of the exciting range of rocks from the moon, on loan from the Science and Technology Funding Council and explore key topics such as space travel through interactive exhibits around the Cathedral. Explore the night sky in a 20 minute tour inside a six metre wide 'Star Dome' belonging to the National Space Centre

 Free Entry. *There will be a charge of £5 for the Star Dome. Tickets available online. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


Victoria Hislop in Ely

Wed 29th May 2019

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between left and right when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences, differences deepened by the German invasion. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. 'Those Who Are Loved', the powerful new novel from Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/victoria-hislop-4/


Wicken Explorers: Outdoor Adventures for Home Educating Families

Thu 30th May 2019

A morning session of practical seasonal outdoor exploration, aimed at home educated children and their families. Join the learning team to get out and about on the reserve, discover more about the nature here, and enjoy fun wildlife activities such as pond dipping, bird watching, den building, or wild art!

Most suitable for children age 4-10. Activities are offered at a general level to suit this wide age range, please do take them at your own pace and feel free to join in and support your child as required.

£5.00 per participating child, please phone 01353 720274 to book your place, or email wicken.learning@nationaltrust.org.uk.  Adults free, all children must be accompanied by an adult. 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Tracks, Poos and Animal Clues

Fri 31st May 2019

Come and learn about the wildlife of Wicken Fen through the clues they leave behind, with games and crafts.

Suitable for age 5+ £5.75  

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Cuckoo and Warblers Walk

Sat 1st Jun 2019

A guided walk with Professor Nick Davies, a world leading expert on cuckoos, who has studied cuckoos at Wicken Fen for many years.

£10.00 Also offered in the afternoon. Please see the Wicken Fen website for more details. 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Kate Clanchy on Education

Tue 4th Jun 2019

Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly thirty years. 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' is an extraordinary memoir, detailing a life's work spent teaching in a national institution. This book is made up of stories; stories of the children she's taught, some of the teachers she's worked with and some of the lessons she's learned along the way. 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' paints a vivid picture of school life and provides a no-frills look at the role education plays in today's society. This is not a pessimistic sociological study or political lament. Clanchy doesn't shy away from addressing some of the difficult situations found in many schools - what she does do, beautifully - is bring out the diversity, humour and intelligence in her students. This book celebrates the incredible influence a teacher can have and the positive power of a good education. Clanchy writes with passion about the success she's seen and encouraged in the most challenging scenarios - and she writes of the effect this has had on her, as a teacher, mother and member of society. Decades in the classroom combined with her fearless wit, ear for poetry and talent for writing about the most difficult situations make Clanchy's stories a joy to read. 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' is a relevant, uplifting, agenda-setting book. Some stories are happy, some stories are sad, but they are all warm and sympathetic - and written with love.

 https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/kate-clanchy/


The Book Thief's Markus Zusak in Ely

Wed 5th Jun 2019

The long anticipated new novel from the author of 'The Book Thief' is finally here. The five Dunbar brothers are living in the perfect squalor of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left? At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and young Tommy, the pet collector who has colonised the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the Border collie. And then there's Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act. 'Bridge of Clay' is an epic portrait of a ramshackle family and the unburying of one boy's tragic secret. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/markus-zusak/


Ely Outdoor Sports Association Open Day & Car Show

Sat 8th Jun 2019

 12.00 - 10.00 pm

Come and see what Ely Outdoor Sports Association is doing for the community in Ely with demonstrations, stalls, competitions and music all day on Saturday, June 8th 2019.

There will also be a delightful selection of cars, stalls as well as food and drink with music till 22.00. Entry is FREE all day. The Open Day will be brought you by EOSA in association with Spotted in Ely and SA Events If anyone would like to be involved with the event or would like a stall / car pitch please email saeventsuk@outlook.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/616298315491671/

 


Mucky Pups - Four-Legged Friends

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Seasonal fun, craft and adventure for under 5's. Join us at Wicken Fen with your pre-school little ones for a morning of outdoor activities and nature exploration.

 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Prof. Steve Jones in Ely

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Professor Steve Jones is a regular broadcaster and writer of books on scientific issues as well as other radio and TV programmes, such as Today, Question Time and Newsnight. His many books include 'Genetics for Beginners', 'The Language of the Genes', 'In the Blood', and 'Almost like a Whale'. In 'Here Comes the Sun', Steve Jones explores the dependency of all life and systems on Earth - ecological, biological and physical - on our nearest star. It is a book about connections between those systems, from astronomy to cancer prevention, from microbiology to the study of sleep. It is also a form of scientific autobiography as Steve charts his own work and interests over fifty years against developments in a wide range of fields, showing how what was once seen as a narrow specialism has become a subject of vast scientific, social and political significance: it is his most personal book to date. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/steve-jones/


Ben Aaronovitch comes to Ely!

Thu 13th Jun 2019

We are thrilled to welcome Ben Aaronovitch to Ely, to celebrate 'The October Man', his brand-new stand-alone novella in the bestselling 'Rivers of London' series. 

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot only found on grapes, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. 

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with minimum fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a ‘drinking-and-improvement society’, created by a group of entirely ordinary middle-aged men – who may have somehow accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century.

The rot is still spreading, literally, and the list of victims and suspects ever increasing. Solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history. So long as that history doesn’t kill them first.

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/ben-aaronovitch-3/


Isle of Ely Arts Festival - An evening with Wendy Cope OBE

Fri 14th Jun 2019

Isle of Ely Arts Festival are proud to present their Launch Event. 

Friday 14th June 2019 7.30 pm at St Peter's Church Broad Street Ely. Come and meet award-winning and internationally renowned poet Wendy Cope OBE in conversation with Jeremy Sallis from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. The evenings entertainement will include poetry readings from Wendy, and tickets are £15 which includes a glass of wine/soft drink

 


An evening with Wendy Cope OBE

Fri 14th Jun 2019 - Fri 14th Jun 2019

Launch Event

Evening with award-winning poet and internationally renowned  poet Wendy Cope OBE. the evening will include poetry readings and conversations  between Jeremy Sallis BBC Radio Cambs and Wendy about her journey from Primary School Teacher to becoming one of the UK's favourite poets

£15 includes glass of wine or soft drink


An evening with Wendy Cope OBE

Fri 14th Jun 2019 - Fri 14th Jun 2019


An Evening with Tony Juniper

Fri 14th Jun 2019

A lively look at the future of conservation in the UK, and how the Wicken Fen Vision is contributing to the way forward. Known as a campaigning environmentalist. Tony, is a long-term friend of Wicken Fen. His CV includes roles as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, and of WWF-UK, and he is President of the Wildlife Trusts. In discussion with our General Manager, Sarah Smith, Tony will invite us to consider what our priorities are for our countryside, wildlife and ourselves.

£8.00. including a glass of wine. Booking essential. 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


People in the Landscape: the Fens

Sat 15th Jun 2019

A half-day investigating the stories of our local history with writer-in-residence Guinevere Glasfurd. The second of 3 writing workshops this spring. Who are the people who have made the Fens into the landscape we see today? Using a variety of archival materials, we will explore how the Fens have changed over the past two hundred years and the stories that come out of it. We'll look specifically at the history of Wicken Fen as well as the Bedford Level Commissioners, who drained large tracts of land in the area.

£25.00 Booking essential 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Little Thetford Anual FEAST

Sat 15th Jun 2019

The Feast committee are in full swing organising the 2019 Village Feast which will take place on Saturday 15th June from 12-4pm. This year the Feast will be held at the Village Primary School, whom we would like to thank for accommodating the Feast. We have had some great feedback already on the Feast being held at the school, which is where it was successfully held for many years in the past. The Feast first started in the 1950's. In 2017, the Feast raised money to supply a defibrillator for the village. The 2018 Feast raised funds towards 'Speed Awareness' in the village, for which we hope to have some exciting news for you all very soon. The school held a competition for all the children to design speed awareness signs. These have now been produced and will be up in the village very soon too. We are sure you will all agree; the Feast brings the village community and organisations together and is a great opportunity for everyone to help raise funds for our wonderful village. This year we will have lots of activities on offer for all ages. This will of course involve the traditional games including Tug of War, Bouncy Castle, Bottle Tombola, BBQ, Bar, Refreshments, Competitions, Raffle and a DJ to entertain us throughout. As well as these, we have many new ideas and activities to keep you entertained. The Animal Experience, Treasure Trail, Little Thetfords Got Talent to name just a few. The Church will also be involved with a display of old and new Feast photos and memorabilia for everyone to enjoy. 

 


Rose Open Garden

Sun 16th Jun 2019

Summer opening with acres of gardens and woodland walks, large borders and a multitude of roses and rare and unusual plants. Bellflower Nursery will have an array of plants for sale. If the weather is fine why not treat yourself to a glass of Rose in the Kitchen Garden?

Entry on open days is £5 with childrenfree, Dogs welcome on leads.

http://www.chippenhamparkgardens.info


Claire McGlasson in Ely

Tue 18th Jun 2019

ITV News Anglia journalist Claire McGlasson has produced an extraordinary debut novel, 'The Rapture', which heralds the arrival of a brilliant new voice in fiction. Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies. When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But as her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real. Based on a true story, we can't wait to hear more about this atmospheric first novel. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/a-debut-novel-from-claire-mcglasson/


Rush Weaving Workshop

Fri 28th Jun 2019

Learn how to make your own rush mats and baskets using Cambridgeshire grown rush. This workshop is taught by local basket maker Nadine Anderson.

£65.00 Booking recommended 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


DNA Genealogy Workshop - Ely Library

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Are you thinking of taking a DNA test? Try one or both of our workshops with genetic genealogist Dr Gleeson! 

10am-11.30am  - Exploring the types of DNA tests available and what to consider before deciding to buy one.

11.50am-1.20pm - Come along to the second session if you have taken a DNA test and want help interpreting the results.

Tickets £10 per session, or £15 for both sessions. Tickets must be bought in advance from Ely Library. Please bring your own laptop or device. Event generously supported by Cambridgeshire Family History Society 

 


Wicken Village Fete and Dog Show

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Wicken Village Fete is a wonderful traditional village fete in a lovely setting that makes for a great day out whatever your age. Entertainment by Michael Antony, Wicken Band, Simple Folk, stalls, games, prize draw, bbq and beer tent. The hugely popular dog show also returns for another year with a wide range of classes for all dogs, whether you want to enter just for fun or more seriously. 


Robert Macfarlane in Ely

Wed 3rd Jul 2019

In 'Underland', Robert Macfarlane, the great nature writer of his generation, takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, 'Underland' is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Robert's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart. Summer wouldn't be the same without a visit from Robert; if you haven't heard him speak before, don't miss this opportunity. If you have, you will need no further encouragement! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/robert-macfarlane-6/


Aquafest

Sun 7th Jul 2019

Now in its 41st year the Aquafest, organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ely, will once again take place along the riverside in Ely. Main focus will be on the river with the Raft Race and demos by Hannam's Wake Hub and the Ely Rowing club. On Jubilee Gardens and Lavender Green there will be acts throughout the afternoon including Music, Dance, Children's races and a Birds of Prey display. There will also be a host of Fairground rides and other activities, charity and commercial stalls, catering and refreshment outlets and a host of other entertainment.

Free to all, please come along and join in the fun. For more information see our website and facebook pages.

 http://www.elyaquafest.org.uk


Spanish Chef Jose Pizarro in Ely

Wed 17th Jul 2019

Our leading Spanish chef, Jose Pizarro, appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and has an award-winning collection of restaurants in London. His gorgeous new cookbook focuses on the mouth-watering dishes from the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Join us for a glass of wine and learn how to cook this wonderful food from a true master. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jose-pizarro/


Francis Pryor on the Fens

Wed 24th Jul 2019

Francis Pryor, Time Team's distinguished archaeologist, has lived in, excavated, farmed and walked the Fen Country for more than four decades. In 'Fenland: The Silt and the Black', a journey spanning history, archaeology and personal recollection, Francis reveals his great love for this most mysterious of English landscapes. The Fens are often regarded as a neglected backwater by those who don't know them; Francis will offer a very different view: that of a prosperous and vibrant land, from its levels and drains to its often surprising architecture. This is an evening guaranteed to educate and entertain in equal measures. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/francis-pryor-on-fenland/


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 17th Aug 2019

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 18th Aug 2019

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 24th Aug 2019

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sun 25th Aug 2019

Riverside Walk

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 1.5 to 1.75 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Mon 26th Aug 2019

Eel Heritage Walk

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.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.75 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on

 


Christopher Somerville on Britain's Cathedrals

Tue 27th Aug 2019

When Christopher Somerville set out to explore Britain's cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Starting out, he pictured cathedrals - Britain possesses over one hundred - as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among favourites old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these massive but unstable structures, the masons whose genius brought them into being, the peasant labourers who erected (and died on) the scaffolding. We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows, the impact of the Black Death, the Reformation and icon-smashing Puritanism, the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars. Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, we delve deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging 'Ships of Heaven'. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/christopher-somerville/


Herman Melville Study Weekend

Sat 14th Sep 2019 - Sun 15th Sep 2019

'Moby-Dick' is widely regarded as one of the very greatest and most original novels ever written. Yet many are put off by the length, strangeness and seeming difficulty of Herman Melville's masterwork and remain unaware of the range and fascination of his other writings. In fact, 'Moby-Dick' is the central pinnacle of a substantial, varied and brilliant output, extending from the lush Polynesian romance of 'Typee', through to the spare tragedy of 'Billy Budd', and encompassing everything from realistic tales of sea-faring, to sparkling black comedy and eerily prophetic stories of everyday working life - not to mention one of the longest poems in the English language. Robert Jones of Topping & Company - who has long been convinced that this author's richly rewarding creative qualities have too often been obscured by overheated critical commentaries - leads a weekend-long exploration of Melville's work, placing him in the fascinating historical context of early C19th American expansion, tracing his extensive travels by sea and land and following the dramatic fluctuations of his literary reputation. In doing so, he hopes to reveal this truly extraordinary writer as an altogether more lucid and approachable figure than is often assumed. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/herman-melville-study-weekend/


Chris Riddell in Ely!

Tue 24th Sep 2019

Beloved illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is coming to Ely to celebrate his beautiful new book. In 'Poems to Fall in Love With' Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris's exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection. We are delighted to welcome Chris to Ely for the first time, and we hope you can join us for this early autumn highlight! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/chris-riddell/


Jim Al-Khalili in Ely

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing. Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails... Don't miss this very special evening of science fiction from one of our foremost scientists! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jim-al-khalili/


Ely’s Apple Festival 2019

Sat 19th Oct 2019

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Palace Green (opposite Ely Cathedral), Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EW

National Apple Day, traditionally held on or around 21st October, was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. Ely has been joining in with the celebrations since 2000 and the event has now become one of the best loved apple festivals in the area. The festival provides interest and intrigue whether you are interested in the educational, environmental or simply fun angle of the day.

Our experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will once again be in attendance to identify any apples that you wish to bring along.  It is easier to identify if you can bring part of the stalk and/or leaf as well as the actual apple. So, if you have been mystified as to what kind of apples have been growing in your garden all these years, now is the time to find out.

There will be several competitions, demonstrations, birds of prey, Morris dancing, storytelling and activities running throughout the day including the ever-popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races and apply shy.  Yes we pun a lot on apples!

Watergull Orchards, who kindly supply all our apples and bottles of juice for the various competitions, will be on hand to talk you through over 25 varieties of apples as well as over 10 varieties of juice and cider. As you might expect, all our food vendors have an apple twist so from apple teas to pork and apple sausages you can expect a wide variety of apple related culinary delights.

 


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Thu 14th Nov 2019 - Sat 16th Nov 2019

Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Over 120 bespoke trade stalls are located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds. This high profile event, inside one of Cambridgeshire's most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out.

The Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair takes place on the 14, 15 & 16 November 2019, with a preview evening on Wednesday 13 November. Opening times vary, please check the website for full details. Tickets on sale Summer 2019. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


David Mitchell in Ely!

Tue 26th Nov 2019

David Mitchell's bestselling book 'Dishonesty is the Second - Best Policy' is a funny, provocative and refreshing celebration (and commiseration) of the state of things in our - not entirely glorious - modern world. There are many aspects of modern life that trouble award-winning comedian David Mitchell: from the UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, digging up Richard III to breaking up fatbergs, from Big Society to food banks, to nuclear weapons, phone etiquette and twerking. So who better to pierce through the noise, and shed light on these peculiar times. Join us for a night of incisive, hilarious, and brilliantly observed comedy as we tour the absurdities of the present age. Early Bird places are limited, so do book soon to avoid disappointment. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/david-mitchell-4/