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What's On - Key Events

Festival of Swans

Sat 19th Jan 2019 - Sun 20th Jan 2019

Enjoy a packed weekend of swan related activities including talks, walks and feeds. Speakers include experts from WWT and the Netherlands, a photojournalist who followed the Bewick's swans along their migration and a special guest.

Time: 10am - 8pm both days  

Limited places on talks and guided walks.

The 10th Elysian Winter Beer Festival

Thu 24th Jan 2019 - Sat 26th Jan 2019

There will be a wide selection of real ales and ciders on offer for your enjoyment. There will be a choice of over 86 real ales including ten key keg, ciders and meads. Also, this year, in response to customer demand, wine will also be served for those attending who do not like ale or cider. The range of real ales will be vast, including from some from brand new micro-breweries as well as beers from the north of England, the Midlands and of course East Anglia. To add to the variety there will be a selection of local ciders.

The range of ales and ciders on offer has been chosen to reflect the diverse array of tastes and styles of ales, including a range of Milds, meads, cask lagers and ciders and also gluten free and vegan ales so we hope that there will be at least one beer to suit each customer's palate. this diverse choice reinforces the claim that we are the biggest and best festival in the Ely area offering the most diverse range of beers and ciders.

Candlemas - Candelit Sung Eucharist

Sun 3rd Feb 2019

Candlelight will illuminate the amazing spaces of the Cathedral and the beautiful music of the Choir and the great Organ will provoke awe and wonder in this sacred ritual.

The feast of Candlemas is one of the oldest festivals of the Church and will be celebrated in word, music and sacrament. The address will be given by the Right Revd Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Leicester, who will explore how we can ?nd wisdom and hope for the future by entering into the deeper meaning of Candlemas.

Everyone welcome.
The congregation is advised to be seated by 6.20pm as this is a very popular service.

The Beautiful Stitch

Tue 5th Feb 2019 - Thu 28th Feb 2019

The Embroiderers Guild Collection is full of stories behind the techniques and styles of embroidery on display. The Beautiful Stitch represents the variety and scope of the Collection, including textiles from the 16th Century to the present day with examples of many techniques and from many countries. For this exhibition, five themes were chosen, representing particular strengths of the Collection.

Embroidery as Art considers the emergence of textiles as an art form in the 20th century, when new materials and techniques became popular and art schools and colleges began to offer degrees in the study of textiles in many contemporary styles. Embroidery in Education examines the importance of education; from early needlework samplers stitched by young girls in the 17th century; when samplers were produced as a reference for stitches. The Embroiderers Guild has been a leading light in embroidery education from its beginnings in 1906, to the present day. Embroidery as Fashion looks at the embellishment of clothing and accessories with embroidery and encompasses work by professional embroiderers and current experts in the field. Embroidery as Industry shows how embroidery spread from individuals, through cottage industries to the mass production of embroidery in factories.

Open Gardens

Sat 9th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019


Boasting possibly the greatest display of delicate and naturalised snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia in February, closely followed by daffodils and early spring bulbs in March.

Our tea rooms will also be open serving delicious food and drinks.




Enjoy a guided stroll this Valentines

Sat 16th Feb 2019 - Sun 17th Feb 2019

11.30 am

Join our expert Guide in a stroll around the medieval streets of Ely and hear the romantic tales of the people and characters that form part of this beautiful city's history.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked online

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight Valentine's Concert

Sat 16th Feb 2019

Serenade your loved one this year at the 2019 Sparkling Valentines Concert on Saturday Feb 16th with an evening of romance and virtuosity in the spectacular setting of Ely Cathedral by candlelight.

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons, featuring the breathtaking international violinist, Harriet Mackenzie. The programme also includes Albinoni's Adagio and the exquisite Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 in C. This romantic extravaganza concludes with soprano Susan Parkes in Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga. With a glass of interval bubbly included, the evening promises to entertain and enthral with more than a drop of romantic sparkle!

National Stud Tour

Mon 18th Feb 2019 - Thu 31st Oct 2019

 A visit to The National Stud is a great outing for anyone and our interactive quiz sheets allow visitors to learn and ensure that the kids are kept interested and entertained throughout.The National Stud Tour includes a stop at the Foaling Unit and Nursery Paddocks which allows guests to see the mares and foals and spend some time with them. You also get to visit the superb Stallion Unit, with the opportunity to see the stallions in their paddocks . Seeing these magnificent animals in the flesh is a sight to behold. The National Stud is home to the likes of Aclaim, Gregorian, Time Test, Lancaster Bomber and Rajasinghe. Horseracing fans may remember their exploits on the track and now get to see them in the flesh.

Children's Level 1 Glass Fusing

Tue 19th Feb 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own fused glass artworks. These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who want a little more practice. Workshop times: 10.30am-12.30pm; or 1.30pm-3.30pm

£10 per child Under 8's must be accompanied at all times. Pre-booking is essential on 01353 660347 

The Music Makers

Sat 13th Apr 2019


Ely Choral Society Conducted by Andrew Parnell. Elenor Bowers-Jolley, Soprano. Stephanie Windsor-Lewis, Mezzo-soprano. Medlock Ensemble (Helen Medlock Leader)

Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and