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Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 12th Sep 2020 - Wed 31st Mar 2021

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' 

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 info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062. 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=2763

ALSO NOW A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3978


Ted Coney's Virtual Tour

Thu 1st Oct 2020 - Thu 31st Dec 2020

PAINTINGS FOR CHARITY

Although his pop-up gallery on Ely’s Waterside has been closed this year during the pandemic, artist Ted Coney has been busy raising money for the NHS Charities Together appeal.

In May he launched his Virtual Tour through his website, where visitors are flown back in time to 1930s Hollywood to view one of his family paintings about a relative who worked in the film industry. He also discusses another three of his paintings in the nine minute film.

To top up the amount he hopes to give to the Appeal at the end of the year, he is also donating the money raised from a recent sale of one of his preliminary studies for his painting ‘Who Stole The Toothpaste?’ Ted made use of Ely’s historic Courtroom to tell the story of a lost family fortune, over a hundred years ago. In his picture he uses Mr Toad from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as a symbol of what happens when greed gets the better of you.

His 1931 Morris Minor also appears in the painting and the film. A drawing of the car has been made into a gift card which is for sale at the Babylon Gallery with all proceeds also going to the appeal To view the Virtual Tour see www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk

 


St Marys Church Ely - Private Prayer

Thu 12th Nov 2020 - Sat 12th Dec 2020

During this second lockdown, St Mary's Church will be open for private prayer 10am-12noon, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. All our welcome. Please adhere to the guidelines for social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and to use the hand santiser provided. Please follow the instructions from the stewards at all times.

Stay safe and well.

https://www.stmarysely.org/


Virtual Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Sun 15th Nov 2020 - Sun 20th Dec 2020

Since one the most popular and memorable events at Ely Cathedral is physically unable to take place Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair will be online and go virtual!

Instead of attending in person in the Cathedral, the site will enable you to browse over 200 of our most favourite festive exhibitors from the comfort of your own home.

There will be a tempting selection of bespoke products ranging from Home Decor, Clothes & Accessories, Handmade Arts & Crafts, Beautiful Jewellery, plus entertainment and workshops as well as plenty of seasonal goodies to satisfy all taste buds. We are delighted this virtual event will include several familiar exhibitors to the Christmas Gift & Food Fair as well as welcome some new and exciting stallholders.

In the tradition of the Christmas Fair, there will be an array of virtual activities and performances for your entertainment.These will include Carols by the Cathedral Choristers, seasonal presentations by Wild Oak Workshops, a Virtual Christmas Cake Bake, a unique performance of Christmas music by Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Gift Wrapping demonstrations and much more.These can either be watched live or you can catch them later from the website.

The online 'Christmas Gift & Food Fair' will include a full programme of events and activities, a detailed exhibitors list with product images and links direct to their sites.

www.elycathedral.org


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. Best of all, you get to takeaway a box of 'Cromwell Goodies' and a recipe card! Two sessions are running due to popular demand, 11am and 1.30pm

To book please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3187


December Ghost Tour

Sat 5th Dec 2020

SOLD OUT

One last GHOSTLY tour of our Medieval City

December 5th 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

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3974


December Riverside Walk

Sun 6th Dec 2020 - Sun 13th Dec 2020

Two December Dates added for a Riverside Winter Stroll.

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 opportuniy 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 - 1.5 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3976


December Monastic Tour

Sun 6th Dec 2020

MONASTIC TOUR OF ELY 

Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in residential use.  Listen to tales of monks and royalty as you are guided through Ely's rich ecclesiastical history and become encapsulated in some of the most magnificent monastic buildings in the country, a truly inspiring and fascianting tour.

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.  To book please click on the link

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3981


December Witches and Witchcraft

Thu 10th Dec 2020

Witches and Witchcraft in the Isle of Ely Tour - December 

New to Ely this year, we bring you a very Witchy Tour! Departing from Oliver Cromwell's House 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.

This is an additional date due to popularity! Get in quick as limited spaces available

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3968


December Architectural Walk

Sat 12th Dec 2020 - Sat 19th Dec 2020

A wintery treat! 

Two dates to choose from - either 12th or 19th December. 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 at 11.30am. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

Distance approx 1 mile

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3867


December Eel Walk

Sun 13th Dec 2020 - Sun 20th Dec 2020

Two December Dates added, 13th and 20th December 

Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgeable guide. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.45 miles Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

Departs Oliver Cromwell's House 11.30 am

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3888


December Signs and Symbols Tour

Thu 17th Dec 2020

Christmas Special - Signs and Symbols

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 festive cake and hot drink*. 

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

*Please contact us for any dietary requirements. 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3971


December City Walk

Sun 20th Dec 2020

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. Join one of our expert guides, and find out just how historic our City of Ely really is.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House at 11.30 am. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Distance approx 1 mile

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3870


Festive Table Centrepiece Workshop

Tue 22nd Dec 2020

 

Come and have some festive fun in the Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell's House and create your very own, beautiful traditional festive table centrepiece! No experience is required, you will be guided and taken through each step. Join Paula, from popupblooms and hear some carols as you create your own masterpiece. All material are supplied incuding the storm vase and church candle! All events are COVID secure and risk assessed. Please wear a face covering during the sessions.

Refreshments available on request. Book on line for just £45

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3962


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.

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

 

 


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 

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


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

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3546


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. 

www.elycathedral.org


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... www.elycathedral.org