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Ted Coney

Thu 14th May 2020 - Thu 31st Dec 2020

Ely Artist Ted Coney was expecting to take his 1931 Morris Minor to the Eel Festival and VE Day, but as we all know, it was cancelled because of the pandemic. He was also hoping to open his pop-up art gallery (Ted Coney’s Family Portraits) for the twelfth season but this has also been postponed for the same reason. The Morris is part of the tour as it appears in some of his paintings.

However, you can still see Ted’s family paintings by taking the virtual tour from his website. At the cost of 99p, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together, you get to experience four of Ted’s paintings, in a nine minute film.

In the virtual tour Ted appears ‘flying’ back in time in his Morris to  1930s Hollywood, to explain about one of his paintings entitled ‘Dear Reginald Owen’.

Ted’s virtual tour (including free trailer) can be obtained from his website 

Storm Warning : Haddenham Arts Centre

Sat 1st Aug 2020 - Sat 31st Oct 2020

Storm Warning!
1 August - 31 October 2020 Iconic limited edition prints from the creative forces of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios 1980s - present day.
Open : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

StormStudios has a long and illustrious history having worked for innumerable bands, from Alan Parsons, Anthrax and Audioslave through to the Wombats, with a sprinkling of Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Muse, 10cc, etc thrown in for good measure. The COVID-19 crisis has severely limited StormStudios' exhibition schedule so we are pleased to announce a UK show at the Haddenham Art Centre, running for three months, opening on 1st August Storm Studios said 'It's a pleasure to be showing here just a short distance from where our co-founder and mentor, Storm Thorgerson spent his formative years in Cambridge.'

The arts centre is tucked just off the High Street and has free parking, lovely gardens an onsite cafe and disabled toilet facilities as well as studio artists to visit. If you'd like to see the exhibition outside our normal opening hours private views are possible, just call to arrange a time. 01353 749188

Anglia Textile Works Exhibition

Thu 10th Sep 2020 - Sun 27th Sep 2020

Anglia Textile Works is a contemporary textile art group based in East Anglia. This exhibition brings together an exciting presentation of new works, many of them inspired by the special qualities of the Fenland landscape. 
Exhibition to be dispalyed at Babylon Gallery.

Babylon Gallery now open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm 

Signs and Symbols Heritage Tour

Thu 10th Sep 2020 - Thu 24th Sep 2020

Thursday 10th, 17th and 24th September.

Join us for a brand new Heritage Tour. Uncover Ely's historical past by exploring signs and symbols, hear stories that include burnings at the stake, murder and mayhem, love, dedication and religious zeal to name just a few. Finish off at 11a for a delicious cake and hot drink*. 

Departs 10 am from Oliver Cromwell's House. £11.50 per person. 

*Please contact us for any dietary requirements.

In The Fens

Thu 10th Sep 2020 - Sun 27th Sep 2020

10th - 27th September Tuesday - Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm 

An exciting exhibition at the wonderful Babylon Gallery by Ely's delightful Waterside! This is an exhibition of new work by Anglia Textile Works. 

Measures will be put in place to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 12th Sep 2020 - Sat 31st Oct 2020

Following the launch of Ely’s Escape Room's, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its latest room – 'The Curious Case of Curator Chadwick' 

After a three month break due to the Pandemic, you can now book every Saturday and Sunday. Book a session at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.  We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further on 01353 662062. During winter hours we offer three sessions with the last one at 2.30 pm.

Here's a snippet about the plot! It's 1910 and the Vicar of St. Mary's Church has rented the Tithe Room out of the Vicarage to his dear friend, Curator Cornelius Chadwick. After a few weeks, he mysteriously disappears! Come and search for clues, solve the puzzles and discover the whereabouts of the enigmatic Curator.

Sessions are priced at £85 per group for the remainder of this year. Sessions are ideally suited for between 6 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 and work parties. We are also able to offer young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email or call us on 01353 662062. 



Witches and Witchcraft in the Isle of Ely

Thu 1st Oct 2020

Witches and Witchcraft in the Isle of Ely Tour

New to Ely this year, we bring you a very Witchy Tour! Departing from Oliver Cromwell's House, every Thursday at 7pm you will discover the origins of Witchcraft, the Church's involvement, supersition in the fens and how to protect yourself. Hear the stories of Hereward and the Witch, the Witches of Warboys, and all about local witches, Ann Sykes, John Bonham, Dorothy Ellis, Joan Salter and Thomas Pye.  Advanced booking essential.

These tours are bookable every Thursday from October 1st, right the way through until 29th October

Ghostly Tales and Witches Brew

Fri 2nd Oct 2020 - Fri 30th Oct 2020

Ghostly Tales and Witches Brew - Every Friday in October!

Get ready to be spooked! Departing from Oliver Cromwell’s House at 6.30 pm, join our resident witch and enjoy hearing all things ‘ghoulish’ about our medieval city.

Walk the dimly lit streets and make your way to Ely’s Riverside. Here every Friday in October! Ghostly Tales & Witches Brew you’ll be greeted and welcomed aboard the ‘Liberty Belle’ to hear even more about the Riverside after dark. Lastly, here’s the best bit….Enjoy a ‘Witches Brew’ cocktail at 11a, Forehill.

ALL FOR JUST £18.50 pp

Book here

Ghost Tours

Sat 3rd Oct 2020

Ghost Tours 

3rd/10th/17th /24th October Departs Oliver Cromwell’s House 7 pm

Discover the latest ghostly sightings in Ely and enjoy plenty of scares with our creepy characters on this Ghoulish Guided Walk around our historic City. These walks are legendary and literally the best in the area. This year, the characters we've unearthed will truly spook you!

Just £11.50 per person

To book please follow the link:





Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

Wed 7th Oct 2020

Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.

Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries. 

To book please email or call us on 01353 662062.

The Haunted House Tour

Tue 20th Oct 2020

Come along (if you dare) and visit Oliver Cromwell's House to discover ghostly sightings, noises and visions experienced by our staff and visitors. Over the years Oliver Cromwell's House has had many professional Ghost Hunting groups explore the rooms and have discovered many supernatural and strange expereience. For the first time ever, we are bringing these fascinating, anecdotal experiences to you. Come and meet Ghost Writer, Margaret Haynes, author of 'Haunted Ely'. For the four nights only, the book is available to purchase, signed for just £5.*  

Be brave and book your place - and apologies, Children under 12 not permitted.

*Cash only for book purchase*

Online lecture: Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass

Wed 21st Oct 2020

Join Stained Glass Museum for the first of our online annual lectures for 2020 with Dr Jim Cheshire. The inclusion of portraits in stained glass is a notable feature of Victorian windows from the 1860s onwards, arguably a symptom of the wider democrastination of portraiture initiated by photography. In many Victorian windows, photographic portraits were used to incorporate individuals within religious imagery thus blurring the boundaries between personal experience and iconography and expanding the cultural role of the medium. This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon and argue that it complicates any facile understanding of Victorian stained glass as uniform and mass-produced. 

Jim Cheshire is Associate Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lincoln, he works on nineteenth-century visual and material culture, particularly Victorian medievalist, stained glass and publishing history. 

Tickets, which must be bought online, at £5 (£4 for friends of the museum) + booking fee and can be purchased here:

Ely's Window Wanderland

Fri 23rd Oct 2020 - Sat 24th Oct 2020

Calling all Residents of Ely - Help us create Ely's first Window Wanderland! Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October 2020, 5.30 - 8.30 pm

Have fun by making an illuminated window display in your home, work or school as part of Ely's first Window Wanderland! What is Window Wanderland? Window Wanderland is a fun family-friendly event where communities create illuminated displays in windows. You can use the street-facing windows of your home, business, school, nursery, car, shop, or even your door, or front garden. A map showing the locations of illuminated window displays is then created to form an after-dark walking trail and community event, transforming local streets into galleries. Organised and promoted by two of the city's arts organisations, The Stained Glass Museum and Babylon ARTS.

Find out more and sign up here:

These displays have allowed us a sense of togetherness in our isolation and hope in our uncertain present, as well as enabling community creativity. We hope Window Wanderland will create a fun event this October half-term and hope that it might become an annual event for the city of Ely.

Online lecture - Conserving Stained Glass in the Digital Age

Wed 28th Oct 2020

The second in the online lecture series for 2020, the lecture will be given by conservator, Leonie Seliger 'In the mind's eye: restoring historic stained glass in the digital age. Could we, and should we?' - Leonie Seliger (Canterbury Cathedral).

This talk will explore the different ways stained glass windows lose parts of themselves (be it their applied decoration, the glass or just the led), and how the cause of the damage may influence our approach to repair. Craft skills, artistic sensitivity, art historic understanding, and the tools of the virtual age all play a part in 21st-century approaches to conservation. The talk will look at a number of examples, the good, the bad and yes, the ugly. 

Leonie Seliger joined the team of Canterbury Cathedral stained glass conservation department in 1991, and graduated from York University with an MA in Conservation Studies in 2001. She became Director of Canterbury Cathedral's stained glass department in 2006, where she is responsible for the conservation of the cathedral's international important early medieval windows, as well as for many conservation projects I other places, including Westminster Abbey and Glocester Cathedral. 

Tickets must be bought online at £5 (£4 for friends of the museum) + booking fee ad can be found and purchased here:

Half Term Sessions - Escape Room

Fri 30th Oct 2020

Friday 30th October 2020 - 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm and 3.30 pm

Looking for something to do in Half Term?  We are running a series of Escape Room sessions aimed specifically, but not exclusively, at families.  If you have yet to experience the latest trending activity then take advantage of the reduced price of just £85 per session on Friday 30th October 2020. 

Following on from recent Government announcement we will allow groups of 6 from no more than 2 different households.  These sessions would also suit birthday or other celebrations and we do allow groups of under 18s as long as an adult is present who can stay with the Puzzle Master and view the action in the Escape Room from the outside!

So if you love finding clues and solving puzzles this is the perfect activity for you! 

For more information and to book your Family Fun Session go to

Online Lecture: In the Light of Modernity

Wed 4th Nov 2020

Join the Stained Glass Museum for the last lecture in their online series for 2020, the lecture will be given by the award-winning glass artist, Mel Howse. Join them to hear about contemporary glassworks for architecture, both secular and ecclesiastical. 

Mel Howse is an award-winning artist, designer and maker of public art commissions. She works primarily in the mediums of glass and metal. Mel's portfolio embraces art that is integral to the exterior and interior architecture, and to the sense of place. Her design style is progressive, innovative, and intentionally utilises contemporary industrial techniques.

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Thu 12th Nov 2020 - Sat 14th Nov 2020

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

Further details to follow...

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit for more information

G4 at Christmas

Wed 18th Nov 2020

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting. After sell-out tours for the last 3 years, G4 returns to Ely Cathedral in 2020 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! Join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they 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, all delivered exquisitely in one of the UK's most iconic historical Cathedrals.

Box Office: 01353 660349

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit for more information

Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Festive Feast

Wed 2nd Dec 2020

Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.

Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries. 

To book please email or call us on 01353 662062.

Christmas Eel Walk

Sun 27th Dec 2020

Sunday 27th December

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.



Christmas City Walk

Mon 28th Dec 2020

Monday 28th December 

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

Christmas Riverside Walk

Tue 29th Dec 2020

Tuesday 29th December

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

Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands - at Ely Cathedral

Thu 7th Jan 2021 - Sun 7th Feb 2021

Luke Jerram's spectacular installation 'Gaia', a 7 metre replica of planet Earth, will be on display at Ely Cathedral.
Suspended from high above, this globally acclaimed work of art will be the focal point of a special exhibition to highlight and address some of the very real issues affecting the world. The Cathedral hope that 'Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands' will raise awareness, educate and inspire us all to protect the world. This event will feature exhibits with a focus on climate change plus talks on environmental issues.

For Worship & Glory II Exhibition At Ely Cathedral

Thu 25th Feb 2021 - Thu 25th Mar 2021

Welcoming back the Royal School of Needlework for another fabulous exhibition and featuring high fashion items from the RSN's specialist degree programme.

Further details to follow...