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What's On - Key Events

New Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Fri 16th Feb 2018 - Sun 28th Apr 2019

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.


Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.


The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.


Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 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, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call or call us on 01353 662062.


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Stained Glass in Huntingdonshire - Coach tour

Fri 8th Jun 2018

This event provides a great opportunity to learn more about the art of stained glass, and some of the treasures to be found in the local area. Organised by The Stained Glass Museum this coach tour is open to all. The coach will depart from outside Ely Cathedral at 10.30am. The coach will return to Ely Cathedral by 5.30pm Guided by Reverend Stephen Day (author of Stained Glass in Huntingdonshire, and Dr Jasmine Allen, we will visit a variety of churches inclunding Wistow (15th century stained glass depicting the Annunciation); Huntingdon (19th century glass); Great Stukeley (20th century glass by Don Drury); Houghton (glass by Harcourt Medhurst Doyle and Alf Fisher); and St Ives where we will see the medieval chapel bridge and array of stained glass in the parish church. Tickets: £30 for the day (lunch not included). To book your place, please visit or phone the museum shop (01353 660347) or buy a ticket from our website.

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Art Unequalled

Sat 16th Jun 2018

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival - 'Kaleidoscope of Life'

Thu 21st Jun 2018 - Sun 24th Jun 2018

'Kaleidoscope of Life' takes place in the magni?cent setting of Ely Cathedral. 


This major Flower Festival is expected to be one of the largest and most spectacular events in the East of England. Over 50,000 blooms will adorn the Cathedral in breath taking displays depicting ‘Life’. The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival. Throughout the event, Ely’s 14th century Lady Chapel will host a programme of musical performances. Visitors to the Festival can also enjoy ?oral demonstrations by professional arrangers as well as an opportunity for shopping in the Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. 


Preview Evening - 20 June Tickets to the Preview Evening are limited and will include a drinks reception in the Bishop’s Garden with special guest Diarmuid Gavin. Military Wives Concert - 22 June A special evening viewing of the Festival preceded by a concert with the Military Wives Choir. For full ticketing information and times please see our website. 

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Ely Aquafest 2018

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Aquafest, Ely's Premier Community event which will be in it's 40th year in 2018!

Ely Aquafest is held on the first Sunday in July, the date for 2018 is Sunday 1st of July Aquafest covers three premier sites along the riverside, Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green,and is a must for families of all ages and interests.

Whether you are 9 or 90 Aquafest has something to offer YOU!

There is also the fun fair, beer tent, burger bar and stalls - a miscellany of charity stalls, with charity, craft and a variety of business stalls there providing something of interest to all. 

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Big Band Swing Gala Night

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Fans of big band swing, jazz and dance are in for a treat on the 1st of July 2018 at 7.30 pm at the Ely Maltings, at the Big Band Swing Gala Night, giving patrons the chance to re-live the heady atmosphere of the floor shows of the 1930’s and 40’s. 

With live Eddie Seales Big Band will be a guest singer and dancers and featuring the trumpet of Johnny Welsford  as the 40’s trumpet star and bandleader,Harry James.

John has played in a wide range of  professional groups in Europe, Japan, Africa and of course, the United Kingdom and Channel Islands , including the Gerry Bosman Pops Orchestra ,the SABC symphony orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, He has also worked with the music producer, Bruce Cassidy, formerly of Blood Sweat and Tears. durrant_john.jpgJohn formed a special connection to the music of master swing and jazz trumpet player, Harry James and often performs tributes to him, having met his hero in the early 1970’s , on one of the bandleader’s last tours to the UK and prior to John winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London .

 The band will play a selection of hits of the era and there will be a licensed bar and food available.  To capture the atmosphere there are a limited number of floor-side table seats with wine as well as the usual seating and a dance floor for those wishing to strut their “Strictly” or “freestyle” routines with no judging !  Optional 40’s dress.


 Tickets-    Limited Floorside Table Seats with Wine £25 (Discount for group of 4 or more- first come first served )

 Seated:   £15 £12 available from:  John Durrant Arts 01366 384544 or 07543 301145   The Ely Tourist Information Centre 01353 662062

  The Ely Maltings 01353 662633   Burrows Bookshop 01353 669759 (Seated Only)  

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A Celebration of Peace

Wed 4th Jul 2018

Music Celebrations International presents A Celebration of Peace in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Featuring a chorus of 250 from across the United States of America, singing music by Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Dona Nobis Pacem Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus Sancta Civitas With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra Stephen Cleobury and Craig Jessop, Conductors In aid of Ely Cathedral One hundred years after the end of World War I, a massed choir of 250 singers from across the United States comes together on American Independence Day to perform a Celebration of Peace with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, under the batons of Stephen Cleobury (Kings College, Cambridge) and Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).

This unique concert will include Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, Dona Nobis Pacem, Sancta Civitas, 5 variants on Dives and Lazarus, and other works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Premium tickets cost £15, including preferential reserved seating and a glass of wine during the interval. Other tickets £10 (unreserved). Concessions £8 in £10 seats. In aid of Ely Cathedral.

Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office, tel 01353 660349, email or online from

Tree of Life - Exhibition of works by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

An enlightening and unmissable exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. This is to be one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell. 


'Tree of Life' takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld's work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition. 


Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years. Formerly hailed as the next Henry Moore, she had a seminal joint exhibition with him at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, in 1985. In 2008, the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of Blumenfeld work and, in 2011, she was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture. Helaine Blumenfeld has exhibited her work extensively both in the UK, including at Salisbury Cathedral (2013) and London's Berkeley Square (2015), and internationally in Europe and the United States. She has created more than 90 public sculptures, among the most notable are 'Tempesta' overlooking Hyde Park in London and 'Fortuna' in Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. Entry included with Cathedral admission fee. 


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The Central Band of the Royal British Legion Anniversary Concert

Sat 21st Jul 2018

A unique opportunity to see The Central Band of the Royal British Legion in concert to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the WW1 and the founding of the RAF. Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar, Nigel Hess, Coates and more. Tickets £10, £15, £20, £29.50 available from 7 May Box Office: 01353 660349


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