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STRAY

Wed 6th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

Stray is a diverse group of seven Cambridge based artists founded in 2011 with the aim to challenge visual and ideological comfort zones and promote art to a wider public audience. They will be exhibiting work in all media throughout the house and both galleries this February and March. Featuring Sue Law, Judy Logan, Jill Ogilvy, Rosemary Catling, Alison Litherland, Manuela Hubner, Deanna Tyson 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Open Gardens

Sat 9th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

Snowdrops followed by Daffodils at Chippenham Park

10.00 am  - 4.00 pm

Boasting possibly the greatest display of delicate and naturalised snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia in February, closely followed by daffodils and early spring bulbs in March.

Our tea rooms will also be open serving delicious food and drinks.

Entry on open days is £5, children free.  Dogs welcome on leads.  Tearooms/gate cash only

http://www.chippenhamparkgardens.info

 

 


The Highflyer Hoard

Fri 15th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

In 2011 a hoard of 1021 late Roman bronze coins were discovered by a team of archaeologists while digging a test trench near Highflyer Farm in Ely. This exhibition looks at the coins of the hoard which are on display for the first time and also what life would have been like at the very end of Roman Britain.

Normal admission charges apply - free to existing annual pass holders. 

http://www.elymuseum.org.uk


Doctor Who Uncovered with Special Guests

Tue 26th Mar 2019

Doctor Who is over 55 years old and is one of the world's most successful science fiction franchises. In its time, the show has tackled environmentalism, fascism, religious fanaticism, monsters made of bubble wrap and the eternal battle between good and evil. Join Frank Danes and very special guests for a rollercoaster voyage through time and space! Free Admission.

www.elycathedral.org


Local Author Jeremy Dronfield

Tue 26th Mar 2019

Vienna, 1939. Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Local author Jeremy Dronfield tells this incredible story for the first time, using Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research - a searing, deeply humane account of the best and the worst of humanity. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jeremy-dronfield/


Tea and Tarot with PositivEly Treated

Thu 28th Mar 2019

4pm - 6pm

A fun evening in the company of like minded individuals, no previous knowledge or experience necessary, just a curiosity! Bring along and deck that you no no longer connect with and swap for either someone elses pre-loved deck or one of our pre loved decks. Discounts on decks and bags will be avaliable during the session and there will be a chance to practice reading for each other if you feel ready to try. This event is priced at £5 per ticket, this entitles each attendee to refreshments (A different tea as each session!) and will enter you in to a raffle to win a prize on the night. Tickets can be obtained from PositivEly Treated - pop in or call us. We cannot quarantee the avaliability of tickets on the night of the event. Angel, Oracle and Tarot Decks are welcomed! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/389174585205430/


Family Fun Day at The Stained Glass Museum

Sat 30th Mar 2019

10.30 am - 4.30 pm

On Saturday 30 March 2019 the Stained Glass Museum will have been open for 40 years! To celebrate this landmark birthday, entry to the museum will be free all day on Saturday 30 March during our Family Fun Day.* Please note free entry applies to The Stained Glass Museum only

We have included the location of activities in the list below. For the full programme of activities and more information please visit the museum’s website Activities include:

Glass Painting Demos 10.30am,12.30am and 2.00pm, 4.00pm (ground floor)

Gallery Tours (lasting 15-20 minutes) 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (upper level) Behind-the-Scene Tours (lasting 10-15 minutes) 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (upper level)

Crafts and stories

Explore the museum with your family using our trails, audio guides, light box activities, and discovery bags throughout the day (upper level). Numbers on tours may be limited for health & safety reasons - first come first served *

https://stainedglassmuseum.com/events.html

 


Painting The Fens - Adult Event

Sat 30th Mar 2019

Have a go at basic drawings and then watercolour techniques to create a watercolour fenland landscape. The teaching on the day will be suitable for beginners, but also for anyone with some experience who wants to improve.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Spring Preview - Prints, Pots and Paintings

Wed 3rd Apr 2019

Preview Evening for our Spring show featuring; Carl Borges, Suffolk based print maker in the Lower Gallery. Dining Room Potter, Sonia Lewis & Peter Cavaciuti's Japanese paintings in the Upper Gallery. Lizzie Madder, Fenland inspired watercolours in The Sitting Room.

Exhibition continues until May 26th. Free Entry, please see website for gallery and restaurant opening times.

 http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Michelle Paver Book Launch in Ely

Thu 4th Apr 2019

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past. 'Wakenhyrst' is a dark thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free, shot through with fenland history and folklore. We are delighted to launch Michelle's masterwork of modern gothic, and we hope you can join us to celebrate. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/michelle-paver-3/


Storytime - Blackbird, Blackbird . . .

Tue 9th Apr 2019

Join Pip the Blackbird and find out all about his brilliant bird friends, and the amazing things they can do! Listen to a story, make a craft, have an explore, and enjoy a bird-themed activity.

Storytelling and simple crafts for our younger visitors, most suitable for pre-school children and up to age 7.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 1)

Tue 9th Apr 2019 - Tue 16th Apr 2019

10.30 - 12.30 9th April & 16th April

At our Level 1 glass fusing workshop you will learn how to cut glass, and create your own individual piece of kiln-fired art. Artwork will be available for collection approximately one week after the workshop. This workshop is suitable for beginners, or those who would like a little more practice. Suitable for children aged 7+; £10 per child Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout. Advance booking essential on 01353 660 347 

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities

 


Pond Dipping - At Wicken Fen

Wed 10th Apr 2019

Dip for pond creatures in our special pond and find out more about the underwater animals that live here. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Accompanying adults are free of charge, and encouraged to help and enjoy too! Event most suitable for school age children - Please contact us to check suitability for younger children.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Jill Dawson in Ely

Wed 10th Apr 2019

It’s the summer of 1974, and 26-year-old Mandy River arrives in London. She soon finds work as a nanny to the children of Lady Katherine Morven, a wealthy society woman in the midst of a messy separation from her enigmatic husband, ‘Dickie’. Despite the riches and the glamour, Mandy soon senses that something isn’t quite right in the Morven home. According to the mercurial Katherine, who seems to have as many different moods as she does fur coats, her estranged husband is violent, controlling, and not to be trusted. But when Mandy finally meets him, instead of a monster she finds a charming, caring father who claims only to have his children’s best interests at heart. Whom should she believe?

In The Language of Birds, Jill Dawson has written a hypnotic novel about class, violence and friendship inspired by the shocking Lord Lucan case and the often forgotten  young nanny at its centre. It’s a great pleasure to welcome Jill back to Ely to tell us about it.

 https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jill-dawson-5/


Joanne Harris on the Chocolat Sequel

Thu 11th Apr 2019

The Strawberry Thief is the compelling new sequel to Joanne Harris’s bestselling and much-beloved Chocolat.  Vianne Rocher has settled down happily in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community.  Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.  But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.  The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…

We are truly delighted to welcome Joanne to Ely for an evening of magical storytelling, and we hope you can join us for this springtime highlight.

 https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/joanne-harris-the-chocolat-sequel-2/


Ely Guild of Woodturners Hands-on Day

Sat 13th Apr 2019

The EGW is hosting its annual woodturning hands-on day on Saturday 13 April from 10am till 4pm at the Little Thetford Village Hall, CB6 3HG.

If you've ever wondered what woodturning is all about, then heres your chance to pop along and discover more about this wonderful craft. Entry is free! Fancy having a go yourself? Well, you are certainly welcome to do so, under the expert eye and guidance of some of our senior and expert members. The hall will be set up with a number of lathes, and there's usually a pyrography table too, so there's ample opportunity to see demonstrations or have a 'turn'. Children are welcome, provided they are accompanied by an adult, and can even have a go themselves with parental consent. The event has been open to the public since 2013. It's a great way to showcase woodturning and it is, indeed, hands-on. So do come along and see what lovely things can be turned from wood! Check out our website www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk, follow us on Twitter @ElyWoodturners, Facebook @elyguildofwoodturners & Instagram elyguildofwoodturners look forward to meeting you! 


The Music Makers

Sat 13th Apr 2019

ELGAR THE MUSIC MAKERS POULENC GLORIA BRAHMS ALTO RHAPSODY

Ely Choral Society Conducted by Andrew Parnell. Elenor Bowers-Jolley, Soprano. Stephanie Windsor-Lewis, Mezzo-soprano. Medlock Ensemble (Helen Medlock Leader)

Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and https://tickets.elycathedral.org/

http://www.elychoralsociety.org/concerts


Spring into Spring: Baby Paws and Claws

Tue 16th Apr 2019

Which animals are having babies here at Wicken Fen this season? Enjoy craft activities, games and outdoor exploration all about wild creatures.

 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19th Apr 2019

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chippenham Park is a great day out for all the family! If children wish to participate in the hunt, it is £3 per child.  It is recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. Our tearooms will be open serving delicious food and drinks. 10am - 4pm.

Entry on open days is £5.00, children free, dogs welcome on leads.  Tearooms/gate - cash only

http://www.chippenhamparkgardens.info


Easter Walks Programme - Historical City of Ely Walk

Fri 19th Apr 2019

The tour starts at 11.30 am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

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. 

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Ely Heritage Eel Walk

Sat 20th Apr 2019

The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

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 knowledgable guide.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Riverside Walk

Sun 21st Apr 2019

The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

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.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Architecture Guided Walk

Mon 22nd Apr 2019

The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

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.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Willow Basket Making Workshop

Fri 26th Apr 2019

Make a traditional round basket, with zigzag side weave, ideal for fruit, bread or just to store your bits and bobs. This workshop is taught by Nadine Anderson, local basket-maker. 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Ali Smith in Ely

Fri 26th Apr 2019

From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be Both, comes the next instalment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet.

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?  Spring. The great connective.  With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time.  In a time of walls and lockdown  Ali Smith opens the door.  The time we’re living in is changing nature.  Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal…

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/ali-smith-5/


A N N E L I In Concert

Sat 4th May 2019

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

A N NE L I In Concert  at Poet's House Ely. Large selection of drinks and cocktails available throughout the evening. Anneli is a locally-based award nominated female artist. There is a raffle in aid of MIND charity with some prizes from John Lewis. Book early to avoid disappointment. Reserve tickets or book on-line (see bottom of poster.) 

http://www.anneliofficial.com


Ely's Eel Festival Weekend - Eel Day

Sat 4th May 2019

It is to the humble Eel to which Ely owes so much; including the name of the City. How ever can we try and thank our beloved Eels? With a whole day dedicated to them!

The annual Eel Day Parade begins at 10.30 am from Cross Green (adjacent to Ely Cathedral).  Ely’s ‘Ellie the Eel’ will be heading the carnival inspired procession down to the waterside and into Jubilee Gardens along part of the City’s Eel Trail Heritage Walk – everyone is welcome to join in!

We have a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including music, dancing, a living history encampment and a street food scene. Special highlights include the Town Criers Championships and the World Eel Throwing Competition with lots of family participation opportunities.  As you would imagine, eels feature massively in the day and there will be the chance to see live eels. 

Obviously it wouldn’t be Eel Day without the opportunity to sample what was once a staple food in the Fens, so this is your chance to taste smoked and jellied eels as well as more conventional forms of food. Not to forget our brilliant Beer and Cider tent, for washing down those fabulous smoked eels. 

www.elyeelfestival.co.uk


Verdi's Requiem

Sat 4th May 2019

Almost all of Verdi's most performed works are operas. But one, his Requiem, is probably performed almost more than any of his other compositions. Yet he almost didn't write it. "There are so many, many masses for the dead. It would be pointless to add one more", he said to a friend.

But then Rossini died and Verdi reversed his decision and collaborated with eleven other Italian composers to produce a joint Requiem. His particular contribution was the Libera Me, which three years later he used as the basis for his Requiem for Alessandro Manzoni, an author and great Italian patriot who shared many of Verdi's political ideals.

Ely Sinfonia joins forces with Kings Lynn Festival Chorus to perform Verdi's religious masterpiece, which is one of the best-loved requiems ever written. What could be a finer setting for it than Ely Cathedral?

Tickets  are available now from Ely Cathedral Box Office, Tel 01353 660349, Email box.office@elycathedral.org or online from https://www.elycathedral.org/events

 


Ely's Eel Festival - Food and Drink Festival

Sun 5th May 2019 - Mon 6th May 2019

Rounding up the weekend is the ever popular two day Food and Drink Festival where over 75 artisan and specialist food and drink traders will be showcasing their wares.  We have an amazing Street Food Scene, comprising of a range of culinary delights which will tantalise your taste buds with the unusual, yet exquisitely crafted combinations.  

Check out our 'Kitchen Pantry' on St Mary's Green selling a selection of goodies to stock up your pantry along with some handy gadgets and kitchenwares.

This year we welcome our fabulous Cookery Theatre with celebrity nutritionist Hala El-Shafie and award winning chef Aldo Zilli who will be demonstrationg along with some of our much loved local chefs.

www.elyeelfestival.co.uk/foodanddrink/


In conversation with Hala El-Shafie

Sun 5th May 2019

In addition to seeing our celebrity nutritionist Hala El-Shafie performing in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday, there is an exclusive opportunity to join her in the atmospheric surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House (opposite the Kitchen Zone on St Mary's Green) for a more intimate occasion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear Hala talk about her life and career with the chance to ask those burning questions.

Hala is a consultant nutritionist and registered dietician and has a unique understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food. She has created a successful holistic client-centered approach that has brought her an extensive and loyal following and numerous television appearances including her most recent Channel 4's "How to Eat Well For Less". Hala's take on food and nutrition is both edgy and refreshing and has seen 

For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


May Day holiday walk - Ely Eel Heritage Walk

Mon 6th May 2019

The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

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 knowledgable guide.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


In conversation with Aldo Zilli

Mon 6th May 2019

In addition to seeing our celebrity chef Aldo Zilli performing in the Cookery Theatre on Monday, there is an exclusive opportunity to join him in the atmospheric surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House (opposite the Kitchen Zone on St Mary's Green) for a more intimate occasion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear Aldo talk about his life and career with the chance to ask those burning questions.

Aldo is an award-winning celebrity chef who specialises in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisines.  One of nine children, he was born in the central Italian region of Abruzzo and first learnt Italian cooking from his mother. He went on to be the founder and chef patron of some of London's most exciting and innovative restaurants, including Signor Zilli, Zilli Fish, Zilli Green and Zille Cafe and has since worked as consultant, author and television 

For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 2)

Thu 9th May 2019

1.30 - 3.00

Led by a professional glass artist, our Level 2 workshop is suitable for children who have previous experience of glass fusing. You will experiment with new techniques and materials as you create your own individual piece of kiln-fired glass art. Advance booking is essential on 01353 660347; £15 per child Suitable for children aged 8+ 

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


An Evening with Erin Kelly in Ely

Thu 9th May 2019

From Erin Kelly, best-selling author of He Said/She Said comes the gripping new suspense novel  Stone Mothers. ‘Marianne grew up in the shadow of the Stone Mother, the old asylum which  still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried. Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth. Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built; the husband and daughter who must never know. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy… A beautifully constructed and captivating contemporary thriller.

 https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/erin-kelly/


Ely Cathedral Science Festival - The Sky's The Limit!

Sat 18th May 2019 - Sun 9th Jun 2019

(Excluding Saturday 1 June)

A spectacular science event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1st moon landing and explore what the future holds for humanity. Lift up your eyes and experience the Museum of the Moon, a 7 metre diameter lunar replica hovering above the Cathedral's nave. Come and explore the wonders of space through themed activity nights and an interactive "space" exhibition including space suits and meteorites.

Admission: Includes entry to the Cathedral. Adults £9. Concessions £6. Children free. Cathedral pass holders free. (Special Events - see individual pricing - no Cathedral admission fee)

More info: https://www.elycathedral.org/events/ely-cathedral-science-festival-the-skys-the-limit Flyer: https://www.elycathedral.org/files/pdf/diary/ely-cathedral-science-festival-2019-web.pdf


Museum of the Moon

Sat 18th May 2019 - Sun 9th Jun 2019

Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram will be on display in Ely Cathedral's nave throughout the Science Festival 'The Sky's The Limit'.

Measuring an impressive seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approx scale of 1:500,000, each cm of the internally lit replica represents 5km of the moon's surface. This extraordinary installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday 12 - 4pm (Excluding Saturday 1 June) 

http://www.elycathedral.org


Keynote Lecture: Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Sun 19th May 2019

Martin Rees is an Astrophysicist and Cosmologist, and the Astronomer Royal. In this Keynote Science Festival lecture he will discuss themes from his recent book. Our Earth has existed for 45 million centuries but this is the first when one species - ours - has the planet's future in its hands. Advances in bio- and cyber-technology, and robotics could empower us to boost the developing world and overcome the threats humanity faces. At the same time, further advances in space science will allow humans to explore the solar system and beyond with robots and AI. But there is no "Planet B" for our home if we do not care for it.

Adults: £7.50. Children £4. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


A Night at the Cathedral with Grand Opening

Mon 20th May 2019

Let your imagination wander as you have the opportunity to explore the numerous Science Festival exhibits including meteors and space suits under the spectacular 'Museum of the Moon' suspended from the Nave ceiling. There will be the opportunity to participate in interactive displays including robotics, meteorites, space science and molecular biology. Visitors will be encouraged to handle some of the exciting range of rocks from the moon, on loan from the Science and Technology Funding Council and explore key topics such as space travel through interactive exhibits around the Cathedral. Explore the night sky in a 20 minute tour inside a six metre wide 'Star Dome' belonging to the National Space Centre

Free Entry. *There will be a charge of £5 for the Star Dome. Ticketets available online. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

www.elycathedral.org


Dallas Campbell 'We Choose to Go to the Moon'

Tue 21st May 2019

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The culmination of 400,000 people working to meet J. F. Kennedy's impossible deadline, with technology that didn't yet exist, to explore a place that we knew nothing about. It has become one of history's defining moments. Join TV presenter and author Dallas Campbell for his hands-on grand tour of the science and history of human spaceflight. From the forgotten stories of the early space race, to those first footsteps on the moon to our future on Mars and beyond.

Adults £7.50. Children £4. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


A Trip to the Moon - Film & Music Recital

Wed 22nd May 2019

The Sun, Moon and Stars have long proved inspirational to composers. In this cosmically-themed organ recital, Edmund Aldhouse, Director of Music at Ely Cathedral, will perform awe-inspiring works which echo the music of the heavens and beyond including excerpts from The Planets by Holst, Clair de Lune by Vierne and the theme from Star Wars. Also included is an improvised soundtrack while we show the iconic silent movie - A Trip to the Moon (1902).

Adults £10. Under 16s Free. Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Riverside Walk

Sun 26th May 2019

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. Distance: approximately 1 mile - 1.5miles.

Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Time 1hr 15mins - 1hr 30mins.

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


City of Ely Walk

Mon 27th May 2019

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. Distance: approximately 1mile - 1.5 miles.

Time 1hr 15mins - 1hr 30mins.

Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

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


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 2)

Wed 29th May 2019

10.30 - 12.30

Led by a professional glass artist, this Level 2 workshop is suitable for children who have previously attended our Level 1 sessions. You will experiment with new techniques and materials as you create your own individual piece of kiln-fired glass art. Advance booking is essential on 01353 660347 Suitable for children aged 8+; £15 per child

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


A Night at the Cathedral II

Wed 29th May 2019

Let your imagination wander as you have the opportunity to explore the numerous Science Festival exhibits including meteors and space suits under the spectacular 'Museum of the Moon' suspended from the Nave ceiling. There will be the opportunity to participate in interactive displays including robotics, meteorites, space science and molecular biology. Visitors will be encouraged to handle some of the exciting range of rocks from the moon, on loan from the Science and Technology Funding Council and explore key topics such as space travel through interactive exhibits around the Cathedral. Explore the night sky in a 20 minute tour inside a six metre wide 'Star Dome' belonging to the National Space Centre

 Free Entry. *There will be a charge of £5 for the Star Dome. Tickets available online. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


Ely Outdoor Sports Association Open Day & Car Show

Sat 8th Jun 2019

 12.00 - 10.00 pm

Come and see what Ely Outdoor Sports Association is doing for the community in Ely with demonstrations, stalls, competitions and music all day on Saturday, June 8th 2019.

There will also be a delightful selection of cars, stalls as well as food and drink with music till 22.00. 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 / car pitch please email saeventsuk@outlook.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/616298315491671/

 


Aquafest

Sun 7th Jul 2019

Now in its 41st year the Aquafest, organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ely, will once again take place along the riverside in Ely. Main focus will be on the river with the Raft Race and demos by Hannam's Wake Hub and the Ely Rowing club. On Jubilee Gardens and Lavender Green there will be acts throughout the afternoon including Music, Dance, Children's races and a Birds of Prey display. There will also be a host of Fairground rides and other activities, charity and commercial stalls, catering and refreshment outlets and a host of other entertainment.

Free to all, please come along and join in the fun. For more information see our website and facebook pages.

 http://www.elyaquafest.org.uk


Ely’s Apple Festival 2019

Sat 19th Oct 2019

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Palace Green (opposite Ely Cathedral), Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EW

National Apple Day, traditionally held on or around 21st October, was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. Ely has been joining in with the celebrations since 2000 and the event has now become one of the best loved apple festivals in the area. The festival provides interest and intrigue whether you are interested in the educational, environmental or simply fun angle of the day.

Our experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will once again be in attendance to identify any apples that you wish to bring along.  It is easier to identify if you can bring part of the stalk and/or leaf as well as the actual apple. So, if you have been mystified as to what kind of apples have been growing in your garden all these years, now is the time to find out.

There will be several competitions, demonstrations, birds of prey, Morris dancing, storytelling and activities running throughout the day including the ever-popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races and apply shy.  Yes we pun a lot on apples!

Watergull Orchards, who kindly supply all our apples and bottles of juice for the various competitions, will be on hand to talk you through over 25 varieties of apples as well as over 10 varieties of juice and cider. As you might expect, all our food vendors have an apple twist so from apple teas to pork and apple sausages you can expect a wide variety of apple related culinary delights.

 


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Thu 14th Nov 2019 - Sat 16th Nov 2019

Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Over 120 bespoke trade stalls are located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds. This high profile event, inside one of Cambridgeshire's most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out.

The Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair takes place on the 14, 15 & 16 November 2019, with a preview evening on Wednesday 13 November. Opening times vary, please check the website for full details. Tickets on sale Summer 2019. 

http://www.elycathedral.org