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Seven Ages of Man

Sat 1st Sep 2018 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

The Seven Ages of Man illustrate seven stages of life, from infancy to death. Inspired by the words of Shakespeare, the artist Rachel Mulligan made these panels as a personal tribute to her father, Jim Mulligan. His life is seen unfolding through the frame of a grapevine, and each scene is linked to a changing season.

These panels were made between 2015 and 2016 and first exhibited at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham in 2016. Rachel Mulligan studied Fine Art at Coventry, and specialised in printmaking, before discovering stained glass. Artistry and craftsmanship are equally important to Rachel. She learns about stained glass by sketching historic and contemporary windows. Rachel designs and makes her windows using traditional techniques alongside new innovative techniques of her own.  Exhibition in The Stained Glass Museum gallery is included in standard admission fees.

Entries now open! Album Art competition

Sat 13th Oct 2018 - Mon 17th Dec 2018

The Babylon Gallery is looking for entries from professional, amateur and first-time artists for our charity fundraising exhibition. A £100 Prize for Best in Show. Visit,entries-now-open-album-art-fundraising-exhibition-2019_20205.htm  for an entry form and conditions of entry or pop into the gallery to collect one and find out more about the entry process.

The theme is Album Art and you are invited to create an image of 30cm x 30cm to display alongside others in the Babylon Gallery. Your work could be inspired by a particular band or track, a homage to an existing album cover, or a new creation that you think would be great on a vinyl sleeve. Babylon welcome drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, collage and mixed media, as long as it's 2 dimensional and are looking for a range of styles and techniques, as well as work from all ages and experience levels. Why Album Art?

Deadline for entries: Monday 17th December 2018 


Terence Harjula, Sara Paynter & Paul Edwards

Wed 31st Oct 2018 - Sun 25th Nov 2018

In their third joint exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House Gallery, Paul's recent work continues his preoccupation with op-art imagery featuring new hand pulled silkscreen prints alongside Sara's wheel thrown and press moulded domestic pottery in simple utilitarian shapes using traditional English Slipware decoration. Terence Harjula was born and bought up in an isolated community in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada and returns with his unique images. This year his work features Porcus Rubicundus and extended family including - At home with Phoebe, Porcus Minor 49er, Piggy Galore. What did I do to be so black and pink? Preview Wed Oct 31st 6-8pm, all welcome Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.

Taken by Storm, the art of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios

Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Open Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 4, free entry.  Closed Monday

This stunning Christmas Exhibition will feature work by the much-celebrated Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios. This man designed half your record collection. Although many will not know Storm by name, his iconic designs appear on the album covers of some of the worlds most famous bands. Babylon Gallery first hosted an exhibition of some of his best known photographs in 2009.

Storm had a special connection to Cambridgeshire “ it was his stomping ground. He attended both primary and high schools in Cambridge (Brunswick Primary School and the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys), and would often hang out in Ely with his friends. This exhibition at the Babylon Gallery is set to feature a range of Storm's work created throughout his 30 year career with Storm Studios.

The exhibition will also feature the cover from Biffy Clyro, Opposite, which was the last album sleeve conceived by Storm, and poignantly was photographed on the day he died in 2013. Music fans will be able to buy limited edition prints books, and other work created by this immensely talented designer.,taken-by-storm-the-art-of-storm-thorgerson-and-stormstudios_20148.htm

G4 Christmas

Tue 20th Nov 2018

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting... Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric "G4 Christmas" tour.

With a series of 24 shows in beautiful cathedrals nationwide, these intimate performances see Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Nick recall the musical experiences of their childhoods. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit. Tickets: £37.50, £32.50, £27.50, £22.50. £77.50 (Meet & Greet) available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or

Tracy Borman on Henry VIII, in Ely

Tue 20th Nov 2018

When we think about Henry VIII, we think first perhaps of his relationships with the six wives, but in her fascinating, often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman turns to the men who surrounded him to give a new perspective. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, although he was always capable of great tenderness towards those he trusted. We are delighted to welcome Tracy, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and acclaimed author of Elizabeth's Women back to Ely to reveal Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

An Evening with Nick Hewer in Ely

Wed 21st Nov 2018

From Nick Hewer, the star of Countdown and The Apprentice, comes a superb new memoir, taking the reader on a brilliant, amusing and evocative journey from A to Z of his life. As one of Lord Sugar's closest advisers, Nick Hewer came late to wider public attention when he was recruited to work with him on The Apprentice, joining from the first series that aired in 2005 and staying with the show for ten seasons. He quickly developed a reputation for his wry sense of humour, while his astute insights into the foibles and failings of the apprentices won him a cult following. Now, in Hewer's first book, he takes us through his life from A for Apprentice (of course) to Z for Zed list. Along the way, he discusses Determination and how to get it, offers insights from growing Old, reveals his greatest Regrets, talks about Tottenham and much else besides. Equally at home on Question Time or Have I Got News For You, in the boardroom or chatting to a Mongolian policeman, Hewer shows himself to be a natural writer, too.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Sat 24th Nov 2018

World-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish returns to the Maltings. For the last 5 years BFLF have put on amazing events at Alexandra Palace, The National Gallery, The V+A, Glastonbury, Bestival, Edinburgh festival and dozens more venues across the UK and Australia. 

World renowned DJ Trax (Moving Shadow Records) + the amazing Countmonkula will play a selection of (grown up) old school dance music along with confetti cannons, bubbles, giant parachute dance, themed crafts, Playdoh table, giant mural, fully licenced bar, face painting and Audrey`s vegan cake stall. Fancy dress (Optional but encouraged) theme Out Of This World!

BFLF events are aimed at 0-8`s and their families but older siblings are most welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child.

Ely Spirit & Wine Festival

Sun 2nd Dec 2018 - Sun 2nd Dec 2018

Ely Wine Events would now like to present their Christmas Spirits and Wine Festival.  You can try before you buy those all important Christmas presents and Christmas tipples!  

Christmas Band Night featurning The Somersham Town Band

Wed 5th Dec 2018

An evening of music and carols featuring The Somersham Town Band, in aid of Highfield Ely Academy Get into the Christmas Spirit with all your festive favourites!

Doors open at 7pm Free Entry For All

Held at Highfield Ely Academy, Downham Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1BD Refreshments, Christmas Gifts and Raffle Tickets available to purchase during the evening.

For more information please contact or call 01353 662085

A Festival of Carols

Fri 7th Dec 2018

A spectacular evening in celebration of Christmas with music by the Ely Cathedral Choir, The Ely Imps and featuring special guest, Ruthie Henshall, interspersed with seasonal readings and poems. Supported by The Cambridgeshire Freemasons in aid of SSAFA and Ely Cathedral. Tickets: £35, £25, £18, £12.50. Additional reception tickets £20 (to include pre-concert and interval Champagne receptions in the Lady Chapel) available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or

Authentic Indian Cookery Class

Mon 10th Dec 2018

10.00 - 13.00

interactive Indian Cookery Class with sit down lunch at the end. Learn to cook Chicken Bhuna, Tarka Dahl Makhani, traditional pilau rice and fluffy naan bread. All ingredients provided. Suits small groups of 4. 

£65 pp Vegan/ Vegetarian lessons available, please ask for dates

Jack & the Beanstalk

Fri 14th Dec 2018 - Wed 2nd Jan 2019

KD Theatre Productions once again return to The Maltings (Oh Yes they do!) to present this year’s GIANT of a pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’

Christmas at Ely Museum

Sat 15th Dec 2018 - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Come and celebrate Christmas at Ely Museum. Father Christmas will be in the Victorian Parlour from 10.30 - 12.30 and 1.00-3.00 on Saturday and from 1.00 - 3.30 on Sunday. Every child will receive a gift and have the chance to join in with fun, Christmas themed crafts .

Tickets £3.50 per child. Also why not try your luck on our Tombola, shop for gifts and enjoy seasonal refreshments. No need to pre-book.

Breakfast with Santa

Fri 21st Dec 2018 - Mon 24th Dec 2018

Breakfast with Santa, Organised annually by The Lions Club of Littleport 21st, 22nd & 24th Dec 2018. Starts 8am Adults £3.50, children £6.50 (All Children get a present from Santa) Contact, and leave a contact phone number or phone 07817 592438




Jazz at the Babylon

Fri 21st Dec 2018

A monthly Jazz Club with all styles of Jazz 

Early booking advisable


Hark! The Herald

Sat 22nd Dec 2018

All tickets sold out

A memorable evening of traditional Christmas carols and seasonal music in the magical setting of Ely Cathedral. The magnicent 30ft Christmas tree and soaring voices of the Cathedral Choir accompanied by Ely Sinfonia creates a very special Christmas event for family and friends. Tickets: £20, £16, £10. Interval champagne and canape's reception tickets an additional £12.50 available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or



Guided Walks - City Walk

Sat 29th Dec 2018

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


Guided Walks

Sun 30th Dec 2018

Architecture of Ely

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.

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

Distance approx 1 mile

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins