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What's On - Key Events

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

www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk 


Webinar: 'Old Craft, New Art': An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass - Helen Whittaker MA FMGP (Barley Studio, York)

Wed 15th Jul 2020

The Stained Glass Museum is delighted to present its 2020 Annual Lecture: 'Old Craft, New Art' An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass - with Helen Whittaker 

This online talk will be hosted on Zoom (although you do not need a Zoom account to attend). A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the event. Tickets: £5 (Free for Museum Friends). Please register / purchase tickets via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/109302615064

About the event: Barley Studio in York is a stained glass firm internationally renowned for both conservation and new work. Helen Whittaker is an award-winning designer of stained glass windows and architectural sculpture in glass and copper, with over 100 commissions in prestigious ecclesiastical and secular buildings across the UK.

About The Stained Glass Museum: The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK. Its collections span over 800 years from the medieval period to the present day. The museum holds an annual lecture each year, and this is the first time that this event will be held online, making it open to global audiences. The proceeds of ticket sales (after fees) will go to The Stained Glass Museum, which is currently closed due to the pandemic.


Summer Guided Walks - City Walk

Sat 25th Jul 2020

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

Website - https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Walks with a difference

Mon 27th Jul 2020

We are truly delighted to bring you a whole programme of 'Walks with a Difference' this summer. Starting from July 27th, why not combine your walk with brunch from Peacocks, or a cocktail from Poets? After being in lockdown for so long, Visit Ely are bringing you the very best experience we possible can, combining the experience with a real treat! All our walks follow Government Guidelines regarding groups therefore places are limted. The good news we are running them weekly up until August 29th.  For further information, check our what's on page link below.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Coffee and Cake Walk

Mon 27th Jul 2020 - Mon 24th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Monday from 27th Jul until 24th Aug 10 am - 12.30 pm for just £9 per person. 

Discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a walk that celebrates the City’s past and present. Our new walk offers a fascinating blend of rich heritage and architecture, coupled with a delicious piece of *cake and a hot drink at the delightful Poets House to end your tour of the city. 

*Gluten free options available, please contact us for other dietry requirements

Book online here: https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3788


The House Detective

Tue 28th Jul 2020 - Tue 25th Aug 2020

Bookable every Tuesday from July 17th until August 25th, this unique 'Covid-19' friendly, outside event will be sure take your fancy!  Join our Architectual Historial and unlock the story of this important Ely landmark. Discover the secrets of this iconic building and the changes it has undertaken over the last 800 years. All from outside, whatever the weather. The oldest part of the house does in fact date back to the 12th Century - can you guess which part? Come and find out. The tour is followed by a Q&A session and refreshements at the wonderful Poets House Hotel, just opposite.

Running throughout the summer season, every Tuesday 2pm-4pm for just £12 per person.

Meet outside Oliver Cromwell's House just before 2pm. Limited places will be available following Government Guidelines regarding groups.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Picnic Walk

Wed 29th Jul 2020 - Wed 26th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Wednesday from 29th Jul until 26th Aug 11 am - 1.30 pm for just £13 per person. 

Discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a walk that celebrates the City’s past and present. Our new walk offers a fascinating blend of
rich heritage and architecture, followed by a *Lemon Tree Deli picnic in Ely Park - bring your own picnic blanket
Choose from meat, vegetarian or a selection of both *mini filled rolls Corkers Crisps, Fresh Fruit A Choice of Cake - Lemon Drizzle, Blueberry with Lemon Frosting, Chocolate Brownie or GF Almond, Pistachio & Lemon, Bottle of Water.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3790


Cream Tea Trail

Thu 30th Jul 2020 - Thu 27th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Thursday from 30th Jul until 27th Aug 2 pm - 4.30 pm for just £11.50 per person.

Market Day in Ely with a browse round the fabulous selection of stalls before joining us by a Guided walk, ending with two *scones with all the trimmings and a hot drink at Poets House.
*Gluten free options available, please contact us for other dietry requirements

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3793


Cocktail Walk

Fri 31st Jul 2020 - Fri 28th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Friday from 31st Jul until 28th Aug 6.30 pm - 9 pm for just £10 per person including one cocktail.

Kick off your weekend by and discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a Guided walk that celebrates the City’s past and present, a fascinating blend of rich hertiage and architecture; finishing off with a Poets House signature cocktail.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3796


Brunch Walk

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Saturday from 1st Aug until 29th Aug 9 am - 11.30 am for just £16.50 per person. 

Enjoy a great day out in Ely, starting with our Guided walk and leisurely brunch. Spend the rest of your day enjoying the fabulous independant shops, market or historic attractions. Choose from our *special menu on arrival at Ely’s award winning Peacocks Tea Rooms. *Gluten free options available, please contact us for other dietry requirements.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3799


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Eel 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.

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=whats_on

 


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sun 2nd Aug 2020

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.

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=whats_on

 


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 8th Aug 2020

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Sun 9th Aug 2020

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.

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=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sat 15th Aug 2020

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.

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=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Sun 16th Aug 2020

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 the website.

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=whats_on


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 22nd Aug 2020

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sun 23rd Aug 2020

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.

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=whats_on


Discover Heritage Food & Drink

Sat 29th Aug 2020

Discover Newmarket is delighted to be working with three local companies to bring you a brand new Heritage Food and Drink Trail! This delightful guided walking tour will showcase some of the important elements of the links to royalty and the town's storied history. This tour will give you the opportunity to visit three beloved Newmarket institutions to experience the food and drink that have formed part of Newmarket's heritage.

Learn all about the famed Newmarket sausage and why there is nowhere else in the world that can lay claim to being producers of this popular staple with a visit to the historic Powter's butchers. Next up you'll pop into Corney & Barrow, a wine merchants near the top of the High Street with their distinctive red shopfront. The company dates back to 1780 and the team here will give you insight into the world of wine. You may also learn a bit more about the famed Newmarket Gin! The final stop on the Heritage Food and Drink Trail will take you to Nancy's Vintage Teashop, a delightful tearoom on Old Station Road where you will enjoy a taste of Newmarket cake. As part of your tour you will also receive a £5 voucher towards lunch at Nancy's Vintage Teashop. 

https://discovernewmarket.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Sat 29th Aug 2020

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 the website.

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=whats_on


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 30th Aug 2020

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Mon 31st Aug 2020

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.

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=whats_on


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

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


Libera in Concert

Wed 28th Oct 2020

Legendary British boys choir returns to Ely Cathedral for its 2020 UK celebration concert

A British group of seven- to sixteen-year-old boys who have been wowing audiences across the world will be performing its UK celebration concert in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 28th October. Since it was formed in 1995, Libera has travelled the world, topping the mainstream and classical charts and bringing its distinctive sound to television, radio and live audiences. In the UK, the choir has sung on programmes from Songs of Praise to Last Choir Standing and BBC Breakfast, whilst overseas they have performed for some of the worlds greatest leaders, including Bill Clinton and two popes. This year, the groups UK celebration concert will, once again, take place in Ely Cathedral, providing the opportunity for local audiences to experience these remarkable boys at first hand. Dressed in their hallmark long white robes, they will present their special brand of choral music in a fully staged concert with orchestra and lighting, including some of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written and music from their forthcoming new album.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £35 or £25, with special concessions for students.

They can be obtained by calling 01353 660349 or emailing box.office@elycathedral.org, or by booking online from https://www.elycathedral.org/events

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


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... www.elycathedral.org

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit www.elycathedral.org 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 www.elycathedral.org 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 info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


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