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12 Printmakers - The Old Fire Engine House

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 1st Dec 2019

12PM was formed in 1984 from a group of professional artists working in and around Colchester, specialising in mono and limited edition black & white and full colour prints.

Free entry, all welcome, everyday. Gallery opening times 10.30am - 10.30pm Mon - Sat & 12-5pm Sun. 

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Barbera McGirr - Old Fire Engine House

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 1st Dec 2019

Having studied textile design at Belfast College of Art and Reading University, Barbara has worked as a freelance designer for Sandersons, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Colefax and Fowler, Textra and Liberty's, as well as producing wallpaper collections for New York. 

Barbera McGirr's show features a collection of mixed media and print work. Barbara, a celebrated textile designer, is exhibiting in the 'Sitting Room' of The Old Fire Engine House.

Free entry, all welcome, everyday. Gallery opening times 10.30am - 10.30pm Mon - Sat & 12-5pm Sun.

https://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Ruth Beloe - The Old Fire Engine House

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 1st Dec 2019

Appointed Artist in Residence at the Kings' School, Ruth then worked in an artists' foundry and, more recently, moved to oil painting from her studio in York. 

Please note, the Lower Gallery maybe used as a dining space 12-2 pm so please do visit Ruth's exhibition outside of these hours. 

Free entry, all welcome, everyday. Gallery opening times 10.30am - 10.30pm Mon - Sat & 12-5pm Sun.

https://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk

 


Swan feeds

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

3.30pm 

Spend an afternoon at a winter wild swan feed enjoying this experience from the comfort of a centrally-heated hide. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and after an introduction to the reserve, the guide makes their way out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. After the feed, there is time to ask the guide any questions. As dusk falls more swans fly back onto the reserve, from the fields they have been feeding in throughout the day. This creates a spectacular view of swans gliding overhead and decending onto the surface of the water.

Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book. Please note: We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/330pm-swan-feeds/5461


Hare walk

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

2pm - 3pm  Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays only

Join one of our guides for a walk in search of hares. Hares are adapted to open country, and you can't get much more open than the landscape of the Fens. But most people only catch a glimpse of a hare on the arable land, as they drive around this area. Our guides will take you for a walk onto an area of wetland not normally open to the public, but which is particularly good for hares. During the winter the added advantage of short vegetation makes these mammals easier to observe. With a bit of sunshine, the hares can often be tempted to go in search of females, which can lead to some early boxing! book online.

FREE to members. Included in admission, you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/hare-walk/5470


Floodlit swan feeds

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

6.30pm - Saturdays and Sundays Only

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide. You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark. The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night. Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep. The guide tells the story of the swans and their journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain. Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them. The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions and get a bit of help reading any leg rings.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Time: 6.30pm start. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/floodlit-swan-feeds/2772


Christmas Cornucopia Haddenham Arts Centre

Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Tue 24th Dec 2019

Presents for giving or for yourself. Christmas at the Arts Centre is quite magical. Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a feast of original work from local and regional artists and makers including jewellery, hand-made glass, ceramics, textiles and one-off pieces of art that you can't find elsewhere. Pop in and make your own wish list or browse for gifts and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and a mince pie in our festive themed tea room. Come and see Daisy our life-sized cow who lives in our sculpture garden with her Christmas makeover.

Open 10am - 5pm daily (2pm close Christmas Eve) 20 High Street, Haddenham, CB6 3XA. Tel: 01353 749188. Free Car Parking Sat Nav CB6 3XA 

www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Presents Galore

Fri 22nd Nov 2019 - Sun 24th Nov 2019

Held annually in the well appointed Millennium Grandstand, at Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, this is THE place to buy all your Christmas presents - from grandchild to grandparents - sons to husbands - girlfriend to boyfriend. It's also a wonderful opportunity to spoil yourself or to drop hints about what would really please you! Candles to cashmeres, toys to toiletries, food to fantasies, jewellery to jugs, books to bronzes. Something for everyone! Many things are cheaper than the high street and certainly many things you would not find there.

The event takes place in very comfortable surroundings with easy free parking and restaurant facilities. Christmas Fair Weekend Admission Advance Tickets - £6, On the day tickets - £8, Christmas Tea (Including weekend admission) - £25, Roast Lunch Package (Including weekend admission) Child - £10 Adult - £20 

https://presentsgalore.org/


Swan supper

Fri 22nd Nov 2019

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints 

£27.95 per person, book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-1/5435


Christmas Decorations Workshop

Sat 23rd Nov 2019

Enjoy this special time of year at the beautiful festive fen, decked out in all its finery to create the perfect Christmas feel. Follow our Christmas trail to find Father Christmas, keeping cosy in our traditional Fen Cottage. Let him know what you'd like for Christmas, and collect a special Wicken gift.

Visit the elves busy in the workshop, and make Christmas crafts to take home.

This event is available for booking from 17th September. Please call us for more information. There are two sessions to choose from : Morning 10am-12.30 and Afternoon 1.15pm - 3.45 pm

Tickets: For pre-booked time slot, £10.00 per child.

Booking is essential.

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

 


Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

Sat 23rd Nov 2019

'Stained Glass Christmas Decorations' with Gillian Wing. Enjoy this practical workshop exploring the skills of stained glass copper foiling to make colourful decorations for the festive season. The technique was developed in the Tiffany Studios and copper tape and solder are used to make the seam joining the pieces of glass.

You will work in a relaxed environment with plenty of individual attention and there will be a large selection of coloured and textured glass pieces to choose from. At the end of the day you will take your handmade decorations home with you. 10:30 - 3:00pm

£75 per person including materials Suitable for ages 16+ years Book Now 

https://www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


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/


City of Ely Christmas Lights

Fri 29th Nov 2019

DATE FOR THE DIARY!

Are you interested in having a stall ?

This is a hugely popular event and always very well attended. So don't miss out on a stall.

Call Sarah Jay today on 01353 661047 or email her sarah.jay@cityofelycouncil.org.uk


Lucy Boston's Green Knowe

Sat 30th Nov 2019

Discover the extraordinary life of Lucy Boston: patchwork quilt queen, passionate gardener, writer of intricate stories, and inhabitant of an ancient manor house.

Diana Boston presents a fascinating history of The Manor at Hemingford Grey, Lucy Boston's life and accomplishments and, of course, the beloved Green Knowe series of books. Green Knowe merchandise on sale at the event, plus refreshments!

Buy your £3 ticket in advance from Ely Library.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ely-library/


Craftynoontea

Sun 1st Dec 2019

Craftynoontea

Crafting, creating, chatting, chilling with an afternoon tea served on vintage china. Start the festive fun by creating a Christmas Tree light and an Angel - they make the ideal gift if you bear to part with them. Relax and enjoy a Christmas themed vintage afternoon cream tea with all home made cakes, scones and teas and a goody bag to take home - simply the best way to spend the afternoon... being crafty! All materials are supplied - and arrive hungry! 

Join Lyndsey and Sarah at Queen Adelaide Village Hall, Ely CB7 4TZ

£35 per person booking essential - 2pm - 5pm

07592 799916

 


Winter Preview Evening - Richard Neal & Anthony Day

Wed 4th Dec 2019

6pm - 8pm 

Winter preview Evening with glass of Homemade Mulled Wine.

Upper Gallery - Anthony Day. Returning for his 52nd show at The Old Fire Engine House with new pieces from this Spring and unseen work from his portfolio. Mostly using gouache, Anthony depicts Fen landscapes and views from his home.

Lower Gallery - Richard Neal. "So much has changed in the world but still the Fens remain constant and resolute. I’m still out there interpreting the Fen landscape and people in paint and pencil in my own unique and humorous style."

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk

 


Anthony Day & Richard Neal

Thu 5th Dec 2019 - Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Upper Gallery - Anthony Day. Returning for his 52nd show at The Old Fire Engine House with new pieces from this Spring and unseen work from his portfolio. Mostly using gouache, Anthony depicts Fen landscapes and views from his home.

Lower Gallery - Richard Neal. "So much has changed in the world but still the Fens remain constant and resolute. I’m still out there interpreting the Fen landscape and people in paint and pencil in my own unique and humorous style."

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Love Local Christmas Event

Thu 5th Dec 2019

Returning to the Maltings Ely is this increasingly popular event organised by Abi Garland from Love Lane. 

Come and enjoy even more independent businesses all under one roof as the Maltings hosts a fabulous shopping event with everything from crafts, homewear, fashion, jewellery and much more. Music and entertainment and food will be available on the night, plus a lovely seasonal drink and a gift for just £4 pp.

What's not to love about this love lane event! If you would like to book a ticket, please contact Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell's House, or Jensen's Boutique Ely or From Abi by emailing lovelane2014@hotmail.com  

Don't miss this wonderful Christmas event!

Tickets now available to purchase through our box office 

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

 

 

 

 


Beauty and the Beast (Wilburton Theatre Group)

Thu 5th Dec 2019 - Sat 7th Dec 2019

Its (nearly) Christmas which means only one thing ... Panto Time !!

Witchford Theatre Group proudly presents a noda production of Beauty and the Beast, so come and cheer on this great cast by singing loudly and enjoying yourself. Tickets wont last long so get yours before the last petal falls.

DATES 5th, 6th & 7th December Times: Starts @ 7.30pm / Saturday 7th MATINEE at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue: St Peters Hall, Wilburton, CB6 3RB

Tickets: Adults £8 / Concessions £6 Family £24 (2 Adults & 2 Children) / Group Discounts Available

Booking Wilburton Post Office

or on-line

 www.wilburtontheatregroup.com


Festive Wreath Workshops

Fri 6th Dec 2019 - Thu 12th Dec 2019

Come and have fun, maybe learn a new skill, and create your very own beautiful festive wreath for your front door. No previous experience is needed you will be taken through, step-by-step. The wreath will have a moss-based ring, then covered in festive folliage followed by a choice of decorations from natural natural pine cones and cinnamon bundles through to baubles and a bow and finally a ribbon to hang up your wreath. Everything you need is provided, plus refreshments.

Choose from either 6th December or 12th December 2-4pm, the Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely CB7 4HF - £45 per person - to book, follow the link. Any questions regarding the workshops, please contact Paula 01353 322069

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3626

https://www.popupblooms.com/


Father Christmas at Wicken Fen

Sat 7th Dec 2019 - Sun 22nd Dec 2019

 

Enjoy this special time of year at the beautiful festive fen, decked out in all its finery to create the perfect Christmas feel. Follow our Christmas trail to find Father Christmas, keeping cosy in our traditional Fen Cottage. Let him know what you'd like for Christmas, and collect a special Wicken gift.

Visit the elves busy in the workshop, and make Christmas crafts to take home.

This event is available for booking from 17th September. Please call us for more information.

Tickets: For pre-booked time slot, £10.00 per child.

Booking is essential.

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


Sing Together - Living with Dementia

Sat 7th Dec 2019

Come and SING TOGETHER !

Ely Methodist Church, 13-15 Chapel Street, Ely CB6 1AD

 

A singing group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers would like to share with you their singing from the past 18months! Come along for a lovely morning and includes refreshments. All profits will go to 'All In Sound' Tickets are £5 (no concessions). Buy on-line www.wegottickets.com/event/484960 or by phone by calling Kathryn 01353 662022 or email kathryn@allinsound.co.uk

Doors open at 10.30 am and singing starts at 11.00 am 


Swans Awake

Sun 8th Dec 2019

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-2/5463


Messy Christingle

Sun 8th Dec 2019

Starting our Christmas sevices this year with a Messy Christingle for all the family!

Come along and create your own Christingle in this wonderful interactive service and stay for a family meal.

All welcome

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Sing Choirs - The Greatest Showman

Sun 8th Dec 2019

Sing Choirs prsents SING-A-SHOW - The Greatest Showman

Sunday 8th December 4pm Needhams Hall, Ely College, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH

Member of our local communities come together for the day to learn and sing songs from the shows, under the direction of Kathryn Rowland, SING! Choirs Musical Director, also joined by Olivier Award Winner Lorna Want, start of 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' from the West End, London.

Come along to hear the performance at the end of the day.

£8.00 (concessions under 16's only £5) 

Tickets www.singchoirs.com or call 01353 662022


Christmas Carol

Fri 13th Dec 2019

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a journey into his past and future, accompanied by three ghosts determined to show him the true meaning of Christmas. This winter, Charles Dickens’ infamous ghost story is brought alive in a traditional production, complete with period costume, song, and a musical score. Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company to see whether Scrooge’s heart will thaw in time for Christmas...

For 20 years, Chapterhouse Theatre Company has had the pleasure of touring across the UK and bringing traditional adaptations of literary classics to beautiful castles, country estates, parks, gardens, and more. For winter, we tour A Christmas Carol in theatres, castles, and cathedrals across the UK.

Tickets and information from Ely Cathedral 01353 660 349

www.elycathedral.org

boxoffice@elycathedral.org

 

 


Dick Whittington

Fri 13th Dec 2019 - Sun 5th Jan 2020

Ely's Magical Pantomime Adventure 

The amazing KD Productions have released the dates for this year's Pantomime, Dick Whittington! Come and join in the laughter, fun and frivolity at The Maltings, Ely from December 13th through to January 5th. Tickets now available to purchase from the link below, so get the date in your diary and your tickets booked. Visit Ely will be running a family ticket competition, so keep your eyes peeled for further information.

 www.kdtheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 


Art and Science Workshop

Sat 14th Dec 2019

A workshop by artist Tinkamel for inquisitive and creative minds to make art that lights up!

Experiment with a range of techniques, components and power sources (including solar energy and smart textiles) to create inventive and beautiful electronic circuits on paper or fabric. All materials provided. Check it out: www.tinkamel.co.uk

Suitable for: Families, Adults and Young People (8+ yrs) Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets: Standard £5. Concessions Child/Senior/Student/Jobseeker/Access £2.50. Tickets available from Ely Library or at

https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/library-presents-art-and-science-workshop-1


Ely Choral Christmas Celebrations

Sat 14th Dec 2019

Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir Christmas Celebrations

Come and spend a wonderful evening at St Mary's Church Ely from 7pm, Saturday 14th December. 

Tickets £15 and under 18's are FREE. Tickets include seasonal refreshements. Please purchase your ticket from Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell's House Ely. Or on-line www.elychoralsociety.org or on the evening.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Carols by Candlelight

Sun 15th Dec 2019

Traditional Carols by Candlelight for all the family, followed by mince pies, mulled wine and children's refreshments.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html

 


Late Night Carols

Sun 15th Dec 2019

Come and join in singing some popular carols with a live band. 

Followed by wine and mince pies.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Breakfast with Santa - Lions Club of Littleport

Sat 21st Dec 2019

21st, 23rd & 24th December 2019   8am start.

Breakfast with Santa at The Almonry, High Street, Ely.

Tickets £3.50 Adults, £6.50 Children.(includes a present for every child)

This event sells fast so please book early!

Contact: David and Jenny Ellis. Tel:  07817 592438 or email breakfastwithsanta1@yahoo.com

 


Crib Service

Tue 24th Dec 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with our interactive Family Crib Service

Come dressed as your favourite Nativity character

All welcome

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Midnight Communion

Tue 24th Dec 2019

Move from the anticipation of Christmas Eve to the celebration of Christmas Day at our traditional Midnight Communion Service

All Welcome 

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Christmas Communion

Wed 25th Dec 2019

A traditional Christmas morning service with carols and communion.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Christmas Celebration

Wed 25th Dec 2019

An all age Christmas Morning celebration with a live band, plenty of carols and communion

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Swan feeds

Thu 26th Dec 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

12pm

As the cold weather continues join us for additional swan feeds in the middle of the day for an extra chance to see our swans and ducks being fed. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and as the guide makes their way out to feed the birds, watch a serene lagoon turn into a feeding frenzy! Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. Look out for other ducks joining the feed in the coldest months of winter - Brrr! The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/12noon-swan-feeds/5471


Christmas Eel Walk

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Walk off that Christmas dinner and enjoy the importance of the Eel Trade to Ely and how it shaped the history of this magnificent City. Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage and see Ely in a whole new perspective with the aid of our very knowledgable guide.

Walks begin from Oliver Cromwell's House and pre-booking is advised.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3542

 

 


Christmas City Walk

Sat 28th Dec 2019

Walk off the Christmas Dinner and enjoy a walk discovering the history of this magnificent city and enjoy being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and walkways. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of the trade in this former Isle of Eels.

Walks start from Oliver Cromwell's House at 11.30

Distance is approximately 1 mile and usually takes 1 hour 30 minutes

Booking essential to avoid disappointment 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3544


Christmas Riverside Walk

Sun 29th Dec 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. 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=booking&objectid=3546


The Snowman - with live orchestra

Mon 30th Dec 2019

Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated film of The Snowman this Christmas, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life and featuring the much-loved classic 'Walking in the Air' a festive favourite for the whole family.

The worlds leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions enchanting show has been seen by over 150,000 people, with performances at many of the countrys finest Cathedrals and venues. Their world-class orchestra comprises musicians drawn from the UK's top orchestras. The concert opens with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley followed by a fun guide to the orchestra, offering the young audience members the valuable experience of seeing and hearing the instruments individually. This is followed by an exclusive animated film, The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. This beautifully-illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure was first brought to the big screen in 2017, in a specially commissioned version by Carrot Productions which captures the essence of the original. With music by Daniel Whibley played live by a professional orchestra, and a narration recorded by superstar Joanna Lumley this entrancing creation looks set to become a family favourite for the next generation.

As featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. Sheer Brilliance. A music box of delights. A truly enchanting Christmas experience.

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/carrot-productions-present-the-snowman

 

 

 


Swan Supper

Fri 10th Jan 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints.

£27.95 per person, book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-2/5459


Swans Awake

Sat 18th Jan 2020 - Sun 19th Jan 2020

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-4/5465

 


Crowns and Gowns - An exhibition

Sat 1st Feb 2020 - Sun 15th Mar 2020

A fabulous collection of costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes footage and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies filmed at Ely Cathedral.

This fascinating exhibition will showcase some of the most iconic gowns and outfits from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Kings Speech. Macbeth and The Crown. These movies bought global award winning actors to the Cathedral including Cate Blanchette, Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Exhibition Opening Times Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday: Midday to 3.45pm

Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Swan supper

Fri 7th Feb 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints 

£27.95 per person, book online 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-3/5460


Swans Awake

Sat 15th Feb 2020

6am - 9am   

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting.

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

 https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-6/5467


Swans Awake

Wed 19th Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-7/5468


Swans Awake

Fri 21st Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands.Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-8/5469