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Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 22nd May 2021 - Sun 31st Oct 2021


Can you solve '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 £95 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.


Haddenham Arts Centre : Printmaking Women

Sat 18th Sep 2021 - Sat 30th Oct 2021

Haddenham Arts Centre is tucked just off the village High Street. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am -4pm. FREE entry. Onsite parking. Licensed Cafe serving homemade local food and ales.

A selected exhibition of contemporary female printmakers and mixed media artists. Featured artists include Laura Chaplin, Anna Pye, Clare Trowell, Judith Handley and Kate Heiss. With subjects drawn from the natural and man-made world we're delighted to bring these talented women artists work to the gallery.

SG Mini's

Wed 22nd Sep 2021 - Sun 12th Dec 2021

SG Mini Mornings is an interactive, multi-sensory session for Under 5s and their grown-up friends. At the Stained Glass Museum we believe imagination and creativity are a vital part of a child's early life and these sessions are designed to stimulate both. Through story-telling, dancing, singing and craft making, SG Mini's is designed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explore creative play and to also allow for a little restbite.

Each session is theatrically delivered by our Learning Manager. £3.50 per child which includes a drink, biscuit for adults and children, craft materials and an interactive story. TIME: 1000-1130 Free-play and Craft Time (1000-1100) StoryTime (1100-1130) Last admittance 10:15. Dates Autumn 2021 Weds 22 Sep, Train Advenure Weds 6 Oct, Autumn Adventure Thus 28 Oct. Spooky Adventure, (Half-Term for 3-7 year olds) Weds 17 Nov, Bonfire Adventure Thus 16 Dec, Festive Adventure The session takes place in the museum gallery which is accessed via a stone spiral staircase of approximatley 40 steps. Buggy park and toilet facilities available on the ground floor of the Cathedral. Attendance limited to one child/one parent per ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Access requirements The Museum is located on an upper level of the Grade-I listed medieval Ely Cathedral. The entrance to the museum is via a spiral stone staircase of 40 steps from the south-west transept of Ely Cathedral. The stairs are fitted with a handrail. Unfortunately there is no lift access to the Museum. Toilets are quite a walk away from event, so its advisable that young people go to the toilet before the session begins.

Ghost Tours in Ely 2021

Fri 1st Oct 2021 - Sun 31st Oct 2021

It's back again, that CREEPY time of year.

The ever popular Ghost Tours are now bookable - and this year Visit Ely have plenty to choose from. We have a guided ghostly walk through the Medieval streets of Ely, you may even see a ghost or two! Or choose a Ghostly Tales and Creepy Cruise! This year your guide will take you not only through the streets of Ely, but down to the Riverside, where you'll hop on-board the Liberty Belle and hear some more tales about the Riverside after dark. 

Our resident Witch is also back to take you on a tour of Ely, to tell the stories of the Witch Trials in the 17th Century, and what is was like for women back then. Also, we have a our 'Halloween' event for children 29th October and to end all the creepy fun of our month long events, the Haunted House is back (over 18's) Halloween Weekend.

For further information, or to book/reserve a place, contact 01353 662062 or email

IF YOU DARE........

AUDACIOUS! Album Art from the 70s

Sat 2nd Oct 2021 - Sun 12th Dec 2021

Haddenham Arts Centre : Feature Exhibition FREE Entry. Open Tuesday -Saturday 10am - 4pm

Workshop Gallery 1. Celebrating the audacious talent of a legendary British design studio. Hipgnosis was founded in London in 1968 by two young photographers and Cambridge natives, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, later joined by Peter Christopherson. Over their fifteen year heyday they designed some of the most famous album covers in music history. With their radical, often surreal, image compositions and innovative photographic designs they influenced generations of photo designers to follow and created iconic images which transformed the discipline of album cover design into to art; admired and loved by millions of people all over the world. Hipgnosis in the 1970s were granted enormous freedom and access to substantial budgets with which to realise their epic ideas. A polished image of the band no longer needed - the focus was on the message of the music. Suddenly all forms of artistic expression were possible. This exhibition includes signed authenticated prints

Autumn and Winter Guided Walks

Sat 2nd Oct 2021 - Sat 18th Dec 2021

Returning for the Autumn and Early Winter months, the fabulous Guided Tours of Ely promise to delight. Depending on the day you book you can expeirence one of the following tours with one of our expert guides.

Historic City of Ely Walk - Explore the historic City of Ely, starting at Oliver Cromwell's House and moving delightfully thtrough this pictutesque City.

Monastic Ely - With the expert knowledge of one of our City of Ely Guides discover the rich history of Ely's Monastic Buildings, one of the largest collections of such buildings in Europe.

Ely's Riverside - Discover Ely's Riverside - the rich connection that has kept Ely thriving throughout the centuries - from economy to faith and more, the River runs through them all.

Ely Through it's Architecture - Ely's architecture tells a tale that is as unique as the buildings themselves. With one of our expert guides, you will be taken on a remarkable journey offering knowledge and entertainment. 

Ely's Eel Trail - Disocver the story of the Eels that are inherant to the growth and heritage of the City of Ely.

The tour schedule is avaliable on the booking link - Please note, Tours are subject to change should the need arise. Where possible we will inform you in a timely manner.

All tours start from Oliver Cromwell's House at 2pm - the Exception to this being - 10th October which will be starting at 11am.

All tickets are priced at £8



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Land Lines

Tue 5th Oct 2021 - Tue 30th Nov 2021

Land Lines Art Exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House. Tuesday - Sunday from 10am and on our online gallery.  

Three artists inspired by the lines of the Fens, add texture, light and colour to express the different moods of the East Anglian landscape using acrylic, oil pastel and clay. 

Lyz Gardner - Oil pastel and pencil

Katrina Wilkie - Acrylic

Jeremy Peake - Ceramics 

To reserve any piece of work, please email 

The Old Fire Engine House, 25 St. Marys Street, Ely, CB7 4ER. Tel: 01353 662582

Ely Window Wanderland 2021

Fri 22nd Oct 2021 - Sun 24th Oct 2021

Ely's Window Wanderland is back! Help us make Ely Window Wanderland even bigger and better this October! 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.

Ely's second Window Wanderland will take place over the evenings of Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by illuminate their street-facing windows between 6pm and 9pm, creating an after-dark walking trail of glowing windows. How to get involved Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. If you're planning on transforming a window for Ely Window Wanderland please sign up on our Window Wanderland event page so that we can map participants on our website and create a local trail. Then get planning your window display!

Fused Glass Jewellery : Sarah Hunt

Sat 23rd Oct 2021

Haddenham Arts Centre 10am - 1pm

The opportunity to design and create some unique glass jewellery using a variety of different materials, variations of coloured glass and some inclusions. Let your imagination free with a variety of shapes and findings. Broaches, earrings (both hanging and studs), rings and necklaces can be made. All findings and glue will be provided. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Please Note: Your creation(s) will be available to collect from Haddenham Arts Centre approximately one week following the workshop. This workshop will be held inside in our spacious workshop room and numbers will be limited according to government guidelines at the time.

Glass Fusing Workshop with Jill Fordham

Sat 23rd Oct 2021

Make small hangings decorations, free standing ornaments and jewellery. Create colourful animals, plants, birds or small pictures and more by learning to cut more complicated glass shapes with a range of coloured glasses, rods and powders . You may want to hang your pieces which could be jewellery or decorations so you will learn how to make fixings.

1. Learn to cut curved glass shapes 2. Learn how to make your work look more 3d 3. Learn how to use colour in glass fusing 4. Include thin glass rods and powders and special papers in your work 5. Learn how to make fixings for hanging and jewellery

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition Suitable for ages: 18+ Contact: 01353 660347

The Little Prince

Sun 24th Oct 2021

Join the Little Prince as he journeys through a weird and wonderful universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups whilst learning about the value of friendship and love.

Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Luca Silvestrini's Protein award winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. As part of the Leap into Dance programme. Adapted and directed by Luca Silvestrini. Aimed at ages 5+.,the-little-prince-at-the-maltings-ely_22846.htm

Halloween Fun at Oliver Cromwell's House

Thu 28th Oct 2021

Halloween FUN is here again!


Come in and brace yourself for an evening of fun at Oliver Cromwell's House! The big 'creeky' black door will be open again to a fun night of halloween themed treats, prizes, games - and why not dress up as your favourite spooky character ? You may scare us, let alone the ghosts that live here!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - timed slots every 20 mins from 5pm - 7pm.

It's going to be fun!!!

Boogie Nights Halloween Special at The Maltings

Sat 30th Oct 2021

8pm - 1am

On Saturday 30th October .. JWL Events and the Maltings Ely are again joining forces.. to bring you Boogie Nights Halloween Special

Dance your way through the night to some of the biggest 70s 80s & 90s and spooky classics

We will be chucking in ..themed Inflatables ..Glow Sticks and our brand new visual screens!! To help you party in style!!!

Advanced Standard Tickets £8.50 
On the night admissions £10 (subject to availability)

People with tickets from the postponed March 28th 2020 Event will be allowed to enter .. Please make sure you bring your March tickets with you on the night

Anyone who has had tickets refunded.. will need to purchase new tickets for this event

Handmade Christmas Market : Haddenham Arts Centre

Sat 30th Oct 2021

Haddenham Arts Centre is tucked just off the village High Street, opposite Hereward Books. Saturday 30 October 10am - 4pm. FREE entry. FREE local parking. Food and drink served all day from our fully licensed Cafe.

The first Christmas Market of the year (that we know of!). Join us in our garden marquee for a fabulous Christmas Fair with over 15 artists and makers from the region. Stalls include Jewellery, Ceramics, Metal, Paintings, Book Binding, Textiles, Clothes & much more. We'll have Re-Imagine onsite for your little ones to have fun whilst you shop. Our cafe and gift shop will be open throughout the day with lots of goodies. Mulled wine and mince pies on offer all day.

The Haunted House Tour 2021

Sat 30th Oct 2021

Come along for spooky night of fun at Oliver Cromwell's House and tour the house after dark ! Goodness knows what you see and hear! Ghostly sounds, feelings, and movements and more. 

Booking is essential.

Not recommended for under 12's and being brave is advised for over 12's!

To book, follow the link.... if you dare!

Gloria Choral and Brass Concert

Sat 30th Oct 2021

Ely Consort | Prime Brass | Fairhaven Singers Rutter: Gloria for choir, brass and organ Gabrieli and Bruckner: Motets for choir and brass Bullard: Beauty, joy (world premier)

Three of the county's leading ensembles join forces for a spectacular concert to raise money for Ely Cathedral's Music Fund. The concert will feature one of the most popular choral works of recent years, John Rutter's Gloria, for choir, brass ensemble and organ. Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward, and Ely Consort, conducted by Matthew Rudd, will also combine with Prime Brass to perform Gabrieli's In ecclesiis and motets by Bruckner. The choirs will also sing individually, including the world premiere of Beauty, joy by Alan Bullard.

Do join us for this joyful evening of uplifting music, raising money for a very special cause. A generous local benefactor has pledged to match every donation and every ticket sold.

Tickets £12, £20.

Art Unequalled at The Maltings

Fri 5th Nov 2021 - Sun 7th Nov 2021

Art Unequalled are back for their 10th Anniversary (forgetting about 2020) this November at The Maltings.

Sally will bring you some of the most talented artists and craftsman from all over the Country to show of their work.

There will be many stalls to look around and some great things to buy!

Cooper Foiling Workshop with Claire Hart

Sat 6th Nov 2021

The copper foiling technique, popularised by Tiffany in the 1890s, is ideal for making decorative panels, sun catchers and mirrors. Copper tape and solder are used to create a seam joining the pieces of glass. A choice of patterns will be provided and a selection of coloured and textured glass will be available for you to make your final piece to take home

Price: £95 per person including materials, equipment and tuition

Location: The Light House Centre, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG Suitable for ages: 18+ Contact: 01353 660347

Dads Army Special & Guests at The Maltings

Fri 12th Nov 2021

Come and celebrate Golden Memories with special guests George Formby, Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Gracie Fields, Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder and FLANNINGAN & ALLEN and a special recreation of WINDSOR DAVIES & DON ESTELLE.

The Ultimate Wartime Variety Show to celebrate 75 years of Victory In Europe with a special commemoration to the artistes from both WW1 and WW2. 

Prepare yourself for an afternoon of pure entertainment. This show will have you on your feet singing along and waving your flags with pride. It is all held together by your very own air raid warden, Warden Braithwaite.

As soon as you walk into the room, you will be transported back into the 1940’s with flags, posters and bunting. This is truly a memorable show and will finish in a truly patriotic finale which will have you bursting with pride.

Steve Harley Acoustic Band at The Maltings

Fri 12th Nov 2021

Widely considered one of the most charismatic performers on stage, Steve Harley continues to play to sold-out venues across the UK and Europe.
For Steve, life on the road is more than just a job: it is almost his life’s blood.

And with the February 2020 release of the all-acoustic CD, “UNCOVERED”, the original Cockney Rebel shows no sign of slowing down.

The Acoustic Band for 2021 will find Steve supported by long-standing violinist/guitarist Barry Wickens, Oli Hayhurst on double bass, and Dave Delarre on lead guitar.

Steve has been playing Live shows around the world for over 45 years and the thrill of another night in another place to another audience has not dimmed at all.

Big Fish Little Fish Rave

Sun 14th Nov 2021

Fresh from the festival season the multi award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish returns to The Maltings. 

They love putting on events in Ely so much they have now moved here. BFLF are thrilled to have such an amazing line up. The 2 Bad Mice will be performing supported by DJ Trax (Moving Shadow.) As well as old school tunes expect giant balloons, foam & bubble machines, confetti cannons, Parachute dance, giant mural, fully licenced bar, face painting & amazing cake stalls.

The event runs from 2-4pm on Sunday the 14th of November. Fancy dress (Optional but encouraged) theme Space is the place

BFLF events are aimed at 0-8`s and their families but older siblings are most welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child.

For tickets link 

Direct ticket link


Focus at The Maltings

Wed 17th Nov 2021

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Wed 17th Nov 2021 - Sat 20th Nov 2021

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

 Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 November 2021

 The Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair is back!

Described by Country Living Magazine as 'A lovely event to start the festive season', this annual event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences.

Discover perfect presents for friends and family from over a hundred boutique stalls and designers all located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave and Lady Chapel.

For the first time, the grounds surrounding the Cathedral will be incorporated into the Christmas Fair experience. A Festive Village will be located on the East Lawn providing a perfect outdoor shopping experience and several stalls selling delicious food and snacks.

Dates and Session Times

 Wednesday 17 November
6.30pm - 9pm - Preview Evening

Thursday 18 November
9.30am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm

Friday 19 November
9am - 10am - Exclusive entry for 'shoppers with wheels'
10am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm
6.30pm - 9pm

Saturday 20 November
9.30am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm
A great family day with lots of additional attractions within the Cathedral grounds.

 Event Tickets

Due to the popularity of this event and limit on numbers, ALL tickets must be purchased in advance:

Entry price: £4.50 | Children under 16 free (when accompanied by an adult)
Entry plus Stained Glass Museum: £7.50 (not available on Preview Evening)
Preview Evening: £6.50

Groups & Coaches must book in advance via our dedicated Groups Co-ordinator on 01353 660359.

 On booking your ticket a wrist band will be sent in the post. This is your event ticket, please wear on arrival at the Christmas Fair to ensure quick entry into the Cathedral.

G4 Christmas at Ely Cathedral

Tue 23rd Nov 2021

Join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods and experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting.

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. Come and let G4's unique sound transport you into the festive spirit in a way you won't have imagined possible.

* This show was rescheduled from 18 November 2020. 2020 event ticket holders will be contacted to either transfer tickets or for a refund.

Tickets: £24.50, £29.50, £34.50, £39.50, £44.50, £59.50

A HEAD FULL OF COLDPLAY – A Tribute to The Music of Coldplay

Fri 26th Nov 2021

A Head Full of Coldplay brings an evening of hits and classic album tracks from the one and only: Coldplay

In this great new show, you will experience the passion and recreation of many of the band’s biggest songs and lesser played but equally as loved album tracks from the bands 20 years at the very top.

From songs across every album from Parachutes to Everyday Life, such as: 'Yellow', 'Charlie Brown', 'Viva La Vida' and 'Clocks' to lesser played favourites, 'Cemeteries of London’, 'Talk’, 'Major Minus' and '42'. 

Tickets £17.50 :

Doors open 7:30pm.


Christmas in ELY

Sun 28th Nov 2021

Christmas in Ely


Come along, Sunday 28th 11-4pm and join in all things 'Festive' as we embrace the season with joy and frivolity! We've got stalls (charity, crafts, and more) inside the house, and on St Mary's Green. Best bit is collect a trail map of our wonderful independent shops in Ely and visit them to get your special offer! We are celebrating the WHOLE of Ely - isn't that just lovely! 

No need to book anything ! Just turn up. Oh did we mention our sensational Ely City Band will be playing at the beacon 1 pm - 2pm.

We can't wait...!

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Thu 2nd Dec 2021 - Fri 3rd Dec 2021

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas. Charles Dicken's classic ghost story is brought alive in this wonderfully traditional production adapted for stage by Laura Turner, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance, and a magnificent original musical score. Join critically acclaimed Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this family treat, as Scrooge's frozen heart begins to melt, and he finally embraces the festive spirit in the most Christmassy of Christmas takes.

Boogie Nights Xmas Special at The Maltings

Fri 3rd Dec 2021

On Friday 3rd December .. JWL Events and the Maltings Ely are again joining forces.. to bring you the Return Of Boogie Nights Xmas Special 

Dance your way through the night to some of the biggest 70s 80s & 90s and festive classics 

We will be chucking in ..themed Inflatables ..Glow Sticks and our brand new visual screens!! To help you party in style!!!


Advanced Standard Tickets £8.50 
On the night admissions £10 (subject to availability)

People with tickets from the postponed March 28th 2020 Event will be allowed to enter .. Please make sure you bring your March tickets with you on the night

Anyone who has had tickets refunded.. will need to purchase new tickets for this event

John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles perform at Ely Cathedral

Fri 10th Dec 2021

John Eliot Gardiner returns to Ely Cathedral with the world-renowned Monteverdi ensembles for the first time in over 20 years. An outstanding cast of international soloists joins the choir and orchestra to showcase Berlioza's festive oratorio 'L'enfance du Christ', which tells the story of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt after the birth of Jesus.

Programme: Berlioz - L'enfance du Christ Monteverdi Choir Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique John Eliot Gardiner - conductor Ann Hallenberg - La vierge Marie Lionel Lhote - Joseph William Thomas - Herode, Alex Ashworth - Le pere de famille/Polydorus. 

Tickets: £15-£45

Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas, at Ely Cathedral

Sun 19th Dec 2021

The stunning musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic 'The Four seasons', in a hugely appealing programme to lift your festive spirits! The Piccadilly Sinfonietta Violin (TBC) Piano - Warren Mailley-Smith Pachelbel - Canon Corelli - Christmas Concerto Mozart - Piano concerto in C maj K467 Vivaldi - 4 Seasons

Tickets: £38, £29, £19


Breakfast with Santa

Tue 21st Dec 2021 - Thu 23rd Dec 2021

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

8.30am Start, includes a continental breakfast.

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

Contact: Megan Walbyoff  07912 572634  Email: 

Booking starts on 10th September.

Common People! 90's Indie Nights

Sat 29th Jan 2022

The Maltings are pleased to announce that Common People 90's indie nights are coming to Ely. 8pm - 1am.

Following sell out nights in both St Albans and Hitchin it's now Elys turn!

The night will be wall to wall 90's indie, covering the genre's history from baggy to grunge to britpop and back.
If it's danceable, it's in!

All accompanied by an amazing AV show and a bar packed with Red Stripe!

Beastie Boys to Carter, Blur to Beck, Charlatans to Chemical Brothers, Cure to Cypress Hill, Faith No More to PWEI, Happy Mondays to Nirvana, and much much more

Tickets on sale via the link below with 10% of proceeds donated to a local charity!

Aled Jones

Fri 18th Mar 2022

40 years since Aled was a choirboy at Bangor Cathedral, he brings his special concert of music and stories to Ely Cathedral as part of his 2022 Cathedral Tour. Aled is a Music patron at Ely Cathedral and, as well as being a household name on Radio and Television, he has received countless prestigious music awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes.

Over his extraordinary 37-year career, Aled has performed for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 36 albums - with over 10 million album sales and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs.