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What's On - Key Events

New Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 17th Feb 2018 - Sun 28th Apr 2019

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm.

We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.

Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 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, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Polo & Picnic Days

Sat 12th May 2018 - Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Cambridge County Polo Club is opening its doors this summer to host a series of prestigious Polo & Picnic Days. 

Polo is fast becoming one of the most popular equestrian spectator sports, and weekend visitors can now get up close and personal to this glamorous “Sport of Kings” during the summer tournament season. Park alongside the pristine polo pitches at Cambridge County Polo Club and enjoy a picnic whilst watching this exhilarating sport. Selected food trucks will also be attending the events for those who prefer to buy something at the venue.

For dates and tickets please visit www.cambridgecountypoloclub.co.uk/


Exhibition of architectural glass

Thu 7th Jun 2018 - Thu 19th Jul 2018

Exhibition of architectural glass featuring selected entries from the 2018 Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass Stevens Architectural Glass Competition.

FREE ENTRY to exhibition Mon-Date: 10:30-17:00 / Sun: 12:30-16:30

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass (‘The Glaziers’ Company’) has been running the prestigious annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition since 1972. It is open to student glass artists and designers and those who have commenced their vocation in glass within the last eight years. The Stained Glass Museum is delighted to be able to put on display to the public some panels by emerging glass artists which were submitted to this year's competition. 

www.stainedglassmuseum.com/exhibitions


Cambridge Open Studios

Sat 7th Jul 2018 - Sun 29th Jul 2018

Artists will open their doors to the public over four weekends in July. Among the huge range of specialisms will be: fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture making, and more besides.

The weekends are: July 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29. Studios are open to visit between 11am and 6pm. However, as not all artists will exhibit every weekend it is important to check the website, or refer to the famous yellow guide. These guides will be widely available in local outlets including libraries, tourist information sites, galleries and selected shops.

Cambridge Open Studios now has an app to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for and plan their days out. You can search by the artist’s name, medium (painting, pottery, glass etc.), and location. There’s also a button that suggests studios to visit nearby. So it’s easy to find exactly the kinds of work you want to see and to work out a route around a particular area. The app will be available to download by mid-June for Apple and Android.

This year there are 87 venues to visit in central Cambridge and Grantchester and a further 134 venues in the wider Cambridgeshire area – including a large cluster of studios in Ely.

The studios are spread throughout the whole region, not just in the city centre. As usual, the distinctive yellow COS flags will be out to identify participating studios.

In the months leading up to the open studio event, many artists will be running workshops, courses and exhibitions. Members of the public can keep up to date on their activities via the COS website www.camopenstudios.co.uk or by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @CamOpenStudios, where they can also follow specific artists.



Tree of Life - Exhibition of works by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

An enlightening and unmissable exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. This is to be one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell. 

'Tree of Life' takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld's work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition. 

Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years. Formerly hailed as the next Henry Moore, she had a seminal joint exhibition with him at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, in 1985. In 2008, the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of Blumenfeld work and, in 2011, she was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture. Helaine Blumenfeld has exhibited her work extensively both in the UK, including at Salisbury Cathedral (2013) and London's Berkeley Square (2015), and internationally in Europe and the United States. She has created more than 90 public sculptures, among the most notable are 'Tempesta' overlooking Hyde Park in London and 'Fortuna' in Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. Entry included with Cathedral admission fee. 

 www.elycathedral.org


An Evening with Stella Tillyard; The Great Level in Ely

Wed 18th Jul 2018

19.30 - 21.00

We are delighted to welcome historian and writer Stella Tillyard, to talk about her latest novel, The Great Level. Set in the Fens and the New World, it is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart.

In 1649, Jan Brunt, a Dutchman, arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level, an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country. It is here he meets Eliza, whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently. Jan flees to the New World, where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized. Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the Fens, and confront all that was lost there. Jan and Eliza's journeys, like the century they inhabit, are filled with conflict, hard graft and adventure - and see them searching for their own piece of solid ground.

For Tickets https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/stella-tillyard-the-great-level/


How did the Cromwell Family spend their Summer Holidays?

Fri 20th Jul 2018 - Fri 10th Aug 2018

Fridays only between 20 July and 10 August inclusive

Join Mrs Cromwell as she takes you on a guided tour of her house, explaining along the way how summer days were spent in the 17th Century.  Hear about the games and activities, the annual trips out and what constituted summer fun for the Cromwells!

Tour begins at 11.30 am and lasts approximately 1 hour.  All tickets priced at £6 per person.

For more information and to book your place go to the What's on Section of www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk.


An Evening with Louis de Bernieres

Tue 24th Jul 2018

19.30 - 21.00

Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War behind them, and to rekindle a marriage that gets colder every day. However, even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriage. Back in England, Rosie's three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and they find themselves taking unconventional means to achieve their desires. Around them the world is changing, and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turn.

By turns humorous and tragic, gripping and touching, So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of unique and captivating characters as they navigate the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad. 

For Tickets https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/an-evening-with-louis-de-bernieres/


Summer Guided Walks

Sat 28th Jul 2018

Riverside Walk

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.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks

Sat 28th Jul 2018

Architecture of Ely

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. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks

Sun 29th Jul 2018

City of Ely

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. 

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

 www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

 


Ely Summer Food Safari

Sun 29th Jul 2018

12.00 - 16.00

Meet us down by the riverside where we will begin our adventure on the Liberty Belle and meander along the the river where we will fill our senses with the sights and sounds of Ely at its best. Our adventure then takes on a mystery tour of some of the best food and drink establishments in Ely. Every tour will be different, depending on what is on offer on the day. The Safari will last around 3 - 4 hours and will be a gentle stroll through Ely. We will have at least 4 stops and will include an array of food and alcoholic drink to suit everyone. Rest assured, you will not go hungry or thirsty! So why not invite some friends and come as a group, or just come on your own and meet some new friends! Note - Over 18's only. 

http://www.elywineevents.co.uk/bookings


Children's Level 1 (Beginners) Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 1st Aug 2018

Ever wanted to try Glass Fusing or want a little more practice?

Join us 10.30am - 12.30pm for our Children's Level 1 Glass Fusing Workshop. Learn how to cut glass and create your own glass fusing artworks based. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing or who want a little more practice.

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

www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Children's Level 2 Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 1st Aug 2018

2pm - 4pm

Would you like expand your glass fusing knowledge and learn new techniques from a professional glass artist? If you have done glass fusing before, join us for our Children's Level 2 Glass Fusing Workshop. Led by a professional glass artist, build on your experience to create new and exciting glass art works around a seasonal theme. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who have done glass fusing before.

£15 per child. Under 8\'s must be accompanied at all times. Pre-booking is essential. 

www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


An Evening with Dale Pinnock

Wed 1st Aug 2018

19.30 - 21.00

Award-winning and highly qualified, Dale Pinnock, also known as the Medicinal Chef, is passionate about eating for good health. In Eat Shop Save, Dale turns his attention to recipes and meal planners to help people eat better, shop savvily and save money. Timed to coincide with this summer's TV series, this is an evening which will be packed with delicious ideas and wise advice! 

For Tickets https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/dale-pinnock/


Summer Guided Walks - Monastic Walk

Sat 4th Aug 2018

Monastic 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.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

 


1940's Theme Event - Prickwillow Engine Museum

Sun 5th Aug 2018

11.00am - 16.30pm

Come along and immerse yourselves in the 1940's era, this is the second year for this event at the museum and will feature Timescape and D.J. John, as well as the Military Vehicles, dancing and dancing demonstrations, hair and make up and 1940's food and drinks 

In addition to the 1940's themed event, the museum will be running its large and very rare pumping engines. There is plenty of free off road parking so why not come along, and don't forget to put your period clothing on!

 Admission: £5.00, Concessions: £4.00, Children: £2.00, Families: £12.00

For more information visit www.prickwillowmuseum.com

Take a look here, taken at last years event www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=QSsNKv9e1wo   


Summer Walks

Sun 5th Aug 2018

Riverside Walk

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.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


'Mischief Monsters' with Ely Library

Wed 8th Aug 2018

Wednesday 8th August - 2pm - 4pm After the success of our joint events for the BBC Civilisations Festival, The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Library are teaming up again to bring you a fun children\'s craft activity during the school holidays.

Join us at Ely Library to create your own 'Mischief Monsters'. Inspired by the Library's Summer Reading Challenge.  £2 per child, tickets are available at Ely Library. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Summer Guided Walks

Sat 11th Aug 2018

Architecture of Ely

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. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


EACH Ely Colour Dash

Sat 11th Aug 2018

10.00am - 13.00pm

Ely Colour Dash in aid of East Anglia\'s Children\'s Hospices.

A 5K run with an exciting twist! Have fun, get covered in colourful paint powder and raise money for a local cause. A fun day out for families, groups of friends and more serious and competitive runners.

To purchase tickets please visit www.each.org.uk


Summer Guided Walks - City Walk

Sun 12th Aug 2018

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Glass Jar Photo Frames

Tue 14th Aug 2018

Tuesday 14th August - 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Decorate your own glass jar photo frame with glass paints and have a photo of you to go inside. £3.50 per child. Pre-booking essential. Call 01353 660347. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html



Summer Guided Walks

Sat 18th Aug 2018

Riverside Walk

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.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 19th Aug 2018

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely Summer Food Safari

Sun 19th Aug 2018

12.00 - 16.00

Meet us down by the riverside where we will begin our adventure on the Liberty Belle and meander along the the river where we will fill our senses with the sights and sounds of Ely at its best. Our adventure then takes on a mystery tour of some of the best food and drink establishments in Ely. Every tour will be different, depending on what is on offer on the day. The Safari will last around 3 - 4 hours and will be a gentle stroll through Ely. We will have at least 4 stops and will include an array of food and alcoholic drink to suit everyone. Rest assured, you will not go hungry or thirsty! So why not invite some friends and come as a group, or just come on your own and meet some new friends! Note - Over 18's only. 

http://www.elywineevents.co.uk/bookings


Bead Buddies

Tue 21st Aug 2018

Tuesday 21st August - 10.30am - 11.30am and 1.30pm - 2.30pm Join us for a weaving workshop inspired by the materials and colours from our collection.

Using glass beads, create lizards, snakes, flowers and other seasonal decorations to take home. £3.50 per child. Pre-booking essential. Call 01353 660347. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


LEONARD BERNSTEIN AT 100 WITH MAHLER\'S RESURRECTION SYMPHONY

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Tickets are on sale now for 'Leonard Bernstein at 100 with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony'. On the eve of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday, experience this legendary concert film with a cinematic screening in remastered DTS surround sound in the place where it was recorded 45 years ago. Introduced by the director & Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton with broadcaster and film music concert producer Tommy Pearson. A truly unique and immersive experience which showcases Bernstein & Mahler at their best. 24th August 2018 7:30pm, at Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Tickets available from www.elycathedral.org or Box Office: 01353 660349. 


Flavours of the World at Ely Market

Sat 25th Aug 2018 - Mon 27th Aug 2018

9.00 - 17.00

There is a historical significance to the marketplace. Before the supermarkets, before the internet; the marketplace was where traders would introduce their world to the world. Traders, who had sailed the seas, discovering lands and cultures, would gather the culinary and material treasures they harboured and bring them to market to showcase to their native countrymen. The market was a place of cultural learning and discovery. Savoir Fayre continues this tradition, selectively inviting traders who exhibit the range of wears, cultural and historic knowledge and authenticity that they hold precious to the market as a cultural institution.

'Flavours of the World' is a market crafted to stir the senses. Among the atmosphere, accents and aromas you will discover Italian sweets and biscuits from the home of the lightest nougats; cheese that characterises the cultural and culinary identity its hometown; along with cured meats, fuet and saucisson from every corner of France and beyond its borders; and stalls offering ranges of coffee and mustards, the breadth of which boggles the mind, but brought by traders with the knowledge and passion to enlighten you of the subtleties between them. Beyond those stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market brings traders arriving to showcase the beauty of craft that exists beyond our shores. From bowls and ornaments, carved from Moroccan marble and Baltic amber, set into handcrafted jewellery; to finely woven Italian clothing, rugs and throws and over 60 scents of soap, forged from olive oil and enriched with argon oils from Alep to Marseille. 

http://www.themarketpeople.com/


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 25th Aug 2018

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 26th Aug 2018

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks - Ely City Walk

Mon 27th Aug 2018

Eel Heritage Walk

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.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Childrens Level 1 (Beginners) Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 29th Aug 2018

Ever wanted to try Glass Fusing or want a little more practice?

Join us 10.30am - 12.30pm for our Children's Level 1 beginners Glass Fusing Workshop. Learn how to cut glass and create your own glass fusing artworks. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing or who want a little more practice.

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

www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Childrens Level 2 Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 29th Aug 2018

14.00 - 16.00 

Would you like expand your glass fusing knowledge and learn new techniques from a professional glass artist?

If you have done glass fusing before, join us for our Children's Advanced Glass Fusing Workshop. Led by a professional glass artist, build on your experience to create new and exciting glass art works. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who have done glass fusing before.

£15 per child. Under 8's must be accompanied at all times. Pre-booking is essential. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


A Celebration of Pop

Sat 29th Sep 2018

Please Support Your Rising Star! Anneli Stockwell based in Little Thetford is looking for your support after signing an agreement with EBA Records of Castleford. Following a series of gruelling auditions Anneli signed with Paul Twohig, EBA Records to release 3 singles over an 18 month period. If Anneli can achieve 500 downloads in the 18-month period she will be officially signed to the label, please help her achieve this! Anneli has been singing since the age of eleven and for the past eleven years has successfully run Abba tribute show 'Aba Queens'. Her dream has always been to have a song in the top 40 and she is working very hard to try and make this happen. Anneli loves pop and electro music and also has a house single out shortly with Divertido Recordings. Anneli is staging a concert at The Maltings, Ely on Saturday 29th September 2018 'A Celebration Of Pop' and will be performing all her singles plus a selection of popular hits from 1970's to current day with a live band.

Tickets £7.50. Please visit www.themaltingsely.org.uk for tickets and information.

Anneli really needs downloads to secure her recording contract so please visit her personal website for links to iTunes and Amazon. Thank you for your support. www.anneliofficial.com


Guided Walks - City Walk

Sat 29th Dec 2018

City of Ely

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. 

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Guided Walks

Sun 30th Dec 2018

Architecture of Ely

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. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk