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What's On - Key Events

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


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


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


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

 


Coiled Basketry Workshop

Sat 25th Jan 2020

10am - 4pm

Learn a new skill and create your own piece to take home with you. The course is run by award winning basket maker Cathering Tregaskes.

Suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16+.

£45 All materials supplied. Buy lunch from our tea room or bring your own if you wish. 

https://www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Paint and Prosecco

Sun 26th Jan 2020

Explore your creative side and brighten up your January by picking up a paintbrush and a glass of Prosecco too! In this fun session suitable for all abilities, you'll have the opportunity to create your own colourful portrait on canvas of the fabulous Frida Kahlo using mixed media materials and acrylics.

If you like the idea of experimenting with bold patterns and shapes, trying different styles and colour then you'll enjoy this class led by artist Nancy Davies. Haddenham Arts Centre, 20 High Street, Haddenham. Sat Nav CB6 3XA.

£25 including materials and first glass of fizz Pre-order a plate of sweet treats with macarons, mini scone and shortbread biscuit for an extra £5. 

Call to book 01353 749188. www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk We are a community interest company 


Imbolc Craft Fair

Sat 1st Feb 2020

Observe the start of Celtic spring with some fresh adornments for you or your home! Browse, covet and buy a marvellously varied range of wares from local makers, crafters and practitioners; including photography, jewellery, handmade books, woodwork, fabric art, and lots more. This is a great way to support local businesses in the warmth of your local library!


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


Wayne Hollingsworth talk- plant expert to film & TV

Sat 1st Feb 2020

Wayne Hollingsworth fundraising talk on plants and pond life at Haddenham Arts Centre. Wayne's back by popular demand! A fundraising talk with income going towards refurbishing our pond area. Wayne Hollingsworth has grown a rain forest in the Fens and now supplies films, TV and Chelsea with his plants. Well known productions include Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. There'll also be an opportunity to get hold of some of Wayne's famous 'Jurassic Beans' (details to follow). 

Tickets £7.50 (or pay £10 with an additional £2.50 going towards our fundraising target).

Tickets available from the gallery or call us on 01353 749188 www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Candlemas - Candlelit Sung Eucharist

Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Hundreds of candles will illuminate the hallowed spaces of the Cathedral. The beautiful music of the Boys, Girls and Lower Voices of Ely Cathedral choir and the grand organ will inspire awe and wonder as heaven touches earth in this glorious celebration. The Feast of Candlemas is one of the oldest festivals of the Church and will be celebrated with a glorious Eucharist and a very special musical offering. The Address will be given by the Very Revd Victor Stock, former Dean of Guildford.

www.elycathedral.org


Slash and Burn Textile Workshop with Lee

Sat 8th Feb 2020

10am - 4pm.

"Slashing and burning" aren't words one would usually associate with sewing but that is what Lee Harris does to create textile pictures and cards. Vintage and pre-loved fabrics are used to create truly one off pieces. Please come and join Lee at her workshop to learn and try this textile practice.

£45 All materials will be supplied on the day but you will need to bring your own sewing machine and enthusiasm. Buy lunch from our lovely tea room or bring your own if you prefer.

Book on 01353 749188. www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


LGBT at the Library

Sat 8th Feb 2020

Discover more about LGBT+ History Month with a free friendly gathering in the warmth of your library! Grab a cuppa and meet representatives from local organisations like The Kite Trust, Encompass network, Dhiverse, Cambs County Council Fostering Services and LGBT+ Switchboard. Space to socialise, refreshments - everybody welcome!


St Valentine's Day Workshops with Katie Haydn-Slater at Ely Cathedral

Wed 12th Feb 2020

Afternoon workshop: 2 - 4pm
Evening workshop: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Katie from Wild Oak Workshops warmly welcomes you to Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 12 February to create your own beautiful Valentine's Bouquet by you and for you!

Be Inspired by the stunning surroundings. A friendly and relaxed workshop where Katie will provide gorgeous velvety red roses and all sorts of deliciously scented foliage to create your bouquet, wrapped in brown paper and sealed with red ribbon. Explore why is this the season of Love. Is Love really in the air? And discussing the symbology and History of St. Valentine. Come along and treat yourself and your cherished friends, join together with your loved one to create a loving gift for that special someone or the perfect gift just for you! Workshop includes: Roses, armfuls of natures offerings Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Tickets: £45 from: wildoakworkshops.com
Booking deadline: Thursday 6 February by 5pm.


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


Sparkling Valentine's Concert

Sat 15th Feb 2020

On Valentine's Day, in the heart of Ely, join us for a romantic, candlelit evening in the stunning Ely Cathedral, with the Piccadilly Sinfonietta, guest soloists, violinist Martyn Jackson, soprano Susan Parkes, and pianist Warren Mailley-Smith. Enjoy selections of the world's greatest classical music with timeless works by the monumental composers, Mozart, Handel, Puccini, Verdi, Delibes, Gounod, Bizet, and Vivaldi.  
Concert includes a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Tickets £28 reserved and £20 unreserved

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/sparkling-valentines-concert


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


Free School Holiday Drop-in Session - \'Kings and Queens\' - at Ely Cathedral

Wed 19th Feb 2020

Free drop-in session for children up to the age of 12 are held in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. The theme for this session will be 'Kings and Queens'. Activities include: Brass Rubbing, Arts and Crafts and Puzzles and Games. Admission is free.

10am - 12pm 

www.elycathedral.org


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


Candlelit Compline - Tuesdays in Lent at Ely Cathedral

Tue 3rd Mar 2020

This is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. This candlelit service is sung by a gathered choir who lead the responses, the psalms and sing two anthems. In the stunning space of the Lady Chapel with its magnificent acoustics this is an uplifting and evocative way to journey prayerfully through Lent. On Tuesday 7 April Compline begins at 8pm in the Presbytery.

3rd March - 7th April 2020 9pm - 9.30pm 

www.elycathedral.org


Bert, His Dog, Our God - Exhibition

Fri 20th Mar 2020 - Thu 16th Apr 2020

An artist's impression of The New Testament. Paintings by Gary Bunt regularly feature a man (Bert) and his dog (the commentator). This exhibition sees Bert and his dog telling the story of the life of Christ - from The Nativity to The Ascension. The 51 paintings each has a relevant poem and together they create a personal and imaginative view of The New Testament. Gary Bunt is recognised as one of the U.K's most popular contemporary figurative artists. His paintings are held in collections in the U.K, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. He is represented by Portland Gallery, London. This exhibition is supported by the Farmington Institute. Entry included with Cathedral admission.


Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Easter Extravaganza

Wed 1st Apr 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 info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


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

Fri 15th May 2020

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


Family Funday at Ely Rugby Club

Sun 7th Jun 2020

Family Funday at the Ely Rugby Club on Sunday, 7th June 2020 12.00 - 22.30 Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH Come and see what Ely Outdoor Sports Association is doing for the community in Ely with demonstrations, stalls, competitions and music all day at our Family Funday at the Ely Rugby Club on Sunday, 7th June 2020. There will also be a delightful selection of cars, stalls, funfair as well as food and drink with music till 22.30. Entry is FREE all day. The Open Day will be brought you by EOSA in association with Spotted in Ely and SA Events If anyone would like to be involved with the event or would like a stall / vehicle pitch please email saeventsuk@outlook.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/380416666223401/


Through Music We Care Concert in aid of RAF Benevolent Fund

Sat 18th Jul 2020

A rare and unique opportunity to hear the iconic and world renowned Central Band Of Royal Air Force in concert to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The concert will also feature the vibrant London Show Choir along with Organist James Banville and hosted by Alan Dedicoat (the voice of Strictly Come Dancing and the National Lottery) Tickets: £15, £25, £35 Box Office: 01353 660349 www.elycathedral.org


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

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Aled Jones

Fri 23rd Oct 2020

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 2020 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. Box Office: 01353 660349 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. 

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

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk