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Francis Pryor on the Fens

Wed 24th Jul 2019

Francis Pryor, Time Team's distinguished archaeologist, has lived in, excavated, farmed and walked the Fen Country for more than four decades. In 'Fenland: The Silt and the Black', a journey spanning history, archaeology and personal recollection, Francis reveals his great love for this most mysterious of English landscapes. The Fens are often regarded as a neglected backwater by those who don't know them; Francis will offer a very different view: that of a prosperous and vibrant land, from its levels and drains to its often surprising architecture. This is an evening guaranteed to educate and entertain in equal measures. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/francis-pryor-on-fenland/


Ely City Walk

Sat 27th Jul 2019

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.

Distance: approximately 1 mile - 1.5 miles.

Time 1hr 15mins - 1hr 30mins.

Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

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


Riverside Walk

Sun 28th Jul 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


Rebecca Harvey Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Pots for Flowers is a collection of ceramic vessels. The shapes and colours are inspired by Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging; the beauty of nature in Rebecca's garden; the wooded valley; the Cornish hedgerows.

Join us for the preview evening of Rebecca's work in The Upper Gallery. Also featuring Chris Witchall in the Lower Gallery and Christine Calow in the Sitting Room. Free Entry 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Christopher Witchall - Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Christopher Witchall is a realist artist whose subjects include Landscape, Seascapes and Urban Landscape. His paintings are inspired by a passion for the painting process and a fascination with the photographic image, combining traditional painting techniques with the realism and cool detachment of photography. Recently, he has been working on small scale paintings, creating a greater intimacy between the work and viewer.

Join us for the preview evening also featuring Rebecca Harvey in the Upper Gallery and Christine Calow in The Sitting Room. 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Christine Calow Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Christine's richly coloured and textured silkscreen prints and paper collages are inspired by her travels, to countries as diverse as India and Greece, containing elements from observation mixed with her own responses and experiences. "The process of silkscreen printing gives me the freedom to experiment with vibrant colour combinations and textures. I am fascinated by the ways in which colour can be used to define pictorial depth, to create mood and evoke emotion." 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 1)

Fri 2nd Aug 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own individual piece of kiln-fired art.

These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who perhaps want a little more practice. 

£10 per Child . Advanced booking is essential. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Lughnasadh Craft Fair - Ely Library

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Harvest a basketful of fine crafts, art, edibles and alternative practices at our eclectic and lively craft fair. Lots of beautiful, practical and delicious things to glean - bring a friend and celebrate this Celtic fire festival of plenty!

If you would like to host a stall, please email alvina.de-la-mare@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for details and an application form. 


Meet the Cromwells!

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

10:00 am until 5:00 pm

Join us as Oliver Cromwell's House comes to life for a very special family day of drama, music and history.  Meet the household servants as they prepare for Lammas-tide, an ancient harvest festival and make your own corn dolly.  

However, beware, as Cromwell is not known for his love of pagan and popish practices! Console his wife, Elizabeth in her grief at the loss of her eldest son to a deadly fever and spend time learning all about the medicines of the times.

This is a day not to be missed!

Adults - £6.20

Children - £4.50

Family Ticket (Two Adults and up to Three Children) - £18.00


Summer Craft Fair

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Ely Cathedral Conference Centre

Summer Craft Fair at Ely Cathedral Conference Centre opposite the Cathedral on Palace Green. With over 20 stalls over 3 floors, you'll find an array of delights from original prints, upcyled items, fabric scarves and bags, jewellery, cards and much much more. Come and have a browse, it's free entry (suggestion donations should you wish of 50p per adult) cakes and teas will be served in the cafe area.

http://www.centre.elycathedral.org/


Classic Car Display Palace Green

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Classic Car Display - Palace Green, Ely

Come and spend some time wandering around the idyllic settting of Palace Green and taking a real close look at over 100 Classic Car of all ages! Meet the owners, listen to their stories and journies and marvel in the shadow of our great Cathedral.

From 10.30 am Free Entry

 


1940's Event

Sun 4th Aug 2019

Life in the 1940's this year's event will have a military theme, but with a village theme running through it. Why not come along and enjoy the music, songs and dancing from that period as well as the food. Plus see and hear our pumping engines being run during the day, along with all our other museum exhibits 

http://www.prickwillowmuseum.com


Tea-light Aquariums

Tue 6th Aug 2019

Be inspired by our Underwater Scene glass panel, create your own aquarium-themed jam-jar lantern.

Suitable for children aged 5 and over; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book; drop-in. £3.50 per child

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Ramsey Medieval Weekend

Sat 10th Aug 2019

See and touch the archaeological finds from the recent excavations and experience a real dig with RACP and Oxford Archaeology East. Look at the extensive geophysical surveys and see where you think the ancient Abbey may have stood! 

Enjoy a festival of crafts, skills and war mongering with medieval reenactors. Expect swords, artisan crafts, knights, damsels and demonstrations from the Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association. All are welcome and there’s fun for the whole family.

The weekend is based in Abbey College grounds, Hollow Lane (sat nav PE26 1DG) Refreshments, toilets and free parking.

www.discoverramsey.co.uk


Summer Guided Walk - Monastic Walk

Sat 10th Aug 2019

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

 


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 1)

Tue 13th Aug 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own individual piece of kiln-fired art.

These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who perhaps want a little more practice.

£10 per child. Advanced booking is essential. 10.30am - 12.30pm

 http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Family Glass Fusing

Tue 13th Aug 2019

An inter-generational introduction to glass fusing. You and your child will work side-by-side to create your own individual pieces of kiln-fired art.

£12 per person Advance booking essential. 13.30pm - 15.30pm

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Palace

Wed 14th Aug 2019 - Sat 17th Aug 2019

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Old Palace Gardens, Ely

Come and enjoy Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity in the beautiful setting of the Old Palace gardens. The tranquil walled gardens are transformed for the night into the mystical land of Illyria. Bring your own chairs, a picnic and of course a little something to wash it all down! It really is a magical venue, so book a ticket and remember, you may (or may not) need a blanket too. 

 

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/ely/kings-ely-old-palace-gardens


Art in Wood 2019

Sat 17th Aug 2019 - Mon 26th Aug 2019

10am - 5pm

Join the Ely Guild of Woodturners at this year's 'Art In Wood' exhibition which will be held at the usual venue (opposite the magnificent Ely Cathedral  CB7 4EW) Entrance is free, so do pop in and see what it's all about.

Our members will be submitting lots of their pieces and giving the public a chance to see the versatility of our craft.

For more information about the EGW or our Art in Wood exhibition, check out our website www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @Elywoodturners 

 


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 17th Aug 2019

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 Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 18th Aug 2019

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


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 2)

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Suitable for those with previous experience of glass fusing, this workshop introduces a wider range of materials and techniques as you create your own kiln-fired art alongside a professional glass artist.

£15 per Child. Advanced booking is essential.

Two sessions running from 10.30am - 12.30pm & 13.30pm - 15.30pm.

 http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Children's Holiday Activity Day

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Prickwillow Engine Museum will be having a Children's Willow Weaving Workshop along with other Craft Activities. 

Cost £5.00 per child will also include a slice of pizza, a cake and a drink (please advise special dietary requests before the day) Children need to be accompanied by an adult (no charge for the accompanying adult at the workshop) Other food and drinks available to purchase. Ample free car parking available.

Further details or dietary requests contact Kay on 01353 778442, or Pauline on 01353 720737

 http://www.prickwillowmuseum.com


Acrylic Sun Catchers

Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Paint your own acrylic sun catchers.

Suitable for children aged 4 and over; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book; drop-in. £1.50 per child 

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 24th Aug 2019

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 25th Aug 2019

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

Mon 26th Aug 2019

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

 


Christopher Somerville on Britain's Cathedrals

Tue 27th Aug 2019

When Christopher Somerville set out to explore Britain's cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Starting out, he pictured cathedrals - Britain possesses over one hundred - as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among favourites old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these massive but unstable structures, the masons whose genius brought them into being, the peasant labourers who erected (and died on) the scaffolding. We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows, the impact of the Black Death, the Reformation and icon-smashing Puritanism, the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars. Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, we delve deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging 'Ships of Heaven'. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/christopher-somerville/


Children's Holiday Activity Day

Wed 28th Aug 2019

The second activity day at Prickwillow Engine Museum will have a craft workshop with items to make and take home, have fun making models, pictures, scratch art and more. Plus a museum treasure hunt. We would also advise parents to bring along an apron to help keep their child/children clean.

Cost £5.00 per child will also include a slice of pizza, a cake and a drink (please advise special dietary requests before the day) Children need to be accompanied by an adult (no charge for the accompanying adult at the workshop) Other food and drinks available to purchase. Ample free car parking available.

Further details or dietary requests contact Kay on 01353 778442, or Pauline on 01353 720737 

http://www.prickwillowmuseum.com


Kim-Joy comes to Ely!

Tue 10th Sep 2019

We're very excited about this: everyone's favourite Great British Bake Off finalist, Kim-Joy is coming to talk to us, and bringing tasters! Infuse your baking with a sprinkle of glitter, a rainbow of colours and a menagerie of woodland creatures with the help of this unique baking book. Whether you want to learn how to make a llama cookie, a cat paradise cake, a panda-madeleine or a choux-bun turtle, there's something here to capture your imagination and spread a little (Kim-)Joy! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/kim-joy/


Love Local

Thu 12th Sep 2019

Love Local -  Pop Up Evening!

Come and join us at the Maltings, Riverside Ely for a fantastic shopping event! With over 20 local independents exhibiting their amazing products, choose from handicrafts, fashion, jewellery, home interiors and so much more. Tickets are £4 pp and include a welcome bag full of locally sourced produced goodies and a glass of fizz!) Buy your tickets on the door, or pre-purchase from Jensen's, Spotted in Ely Events or email lovelane2014@hotmail.com


Herman Melville Study Weekend

Sat 14th Sep 2019 - Sun 15th Sep 2019

'Moby-Dick' is widely regarded as one of the very greatest and most original novels ever written. Yet many are put off by the length, strangeness and seeming difficulty of Herman Melville's masterwork and remain unaware of the range and fascination of his other writings. In fact, 'Moby-Dick' is the central pinnacle of a substantial, varied and brilliant output, extending from the lush Polynesian romance of 'Typee', through to the spare tragedy of 'Billy Budd', and encompassing everything from realistic tales of sea-faring, to sparkling black comedy and eerily prophetic stories of everyday working life - not to mention one of the longest poems in the English language. Robert Jones of Topping & Company - who has long been convinced that this author's richly rewarding creative qualities have too often been obscured by overheated critical commentaries - leads a weekend-long exploration of Melville's work, placing him in the fascinating historical context of early C19th American expansion, tracing his extensive travels by sea and land and following the dramatic fluctuations of his literary reputation. In doing so, he hopes to reveal this truly extraordinary writer as an altogether more lucid and approachable figure than is often assumed. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/herman-melville-study-weekend/


George Alagiah in Ely

Sat 14th Sep 2019

George Alagiah is known to us all as an outstanding news journalist for the BBC, having been with the corporation since 1989. In his long career, he has interviewed Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, covered the conflicts in Kosovo and Iraq and won countless awards for his fearless reporting.

Now however, he turns his hand to fiction; his debut novel is set in South Africa and George uses all his experience to tell a story which is suspenseful and enlightening, portraying the new South Africa with authority, precision of detail and his trademark insight. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/george-alagiah/


Martin Walker in Ely

Mon 16th Sep 2019

Bruno, chief of police, faces a dark reckoning with France's past in this page-turning mystery. A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau. As Claudia's White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led to her fatal accident - or was it murder? Bruno learns that Claudia had been trying to buy the chateau and art collection of her tutor, even while her researches led her to suspect that some of his attributions may have been forged. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France's colonial war in Algeria. The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim, but can Bruno identify the killer - and prove his case?

Join us for a gripping evening of crime and mystery with Bruno's creator, Martin Walker. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/martin-walker/


Miranda Sykes plays Ely Folk Club

Wed 18th Sep 2019

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with 'A Show of  Hands'  returns with a new album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass and one guitar! Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show is not to be missed. Tickets £12 adv or £13 on the door.

http://www.elyfolkclub.co.uk


Historian Tom Holland in Ely

Thu 19th Sep 2019

Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. In 'Dominion' award-winning historian and broadcaster Tom Holland will tell the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, he will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive. Terrific: bold, ambitious and passionate - Peter Frankopan. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/tom-holland-4/


The Best in Comedy

Fri 20th Sep 2019

An internationally-acclaimed live act, headliner Adam Hess is an Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated chap and star of ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium & The Stand-Up Sketch Show as well as performing on Live from the BBC. 

Eleanor Tiernan is a hilarious Irish stand-up comedian known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? 

Kai Samra has quickly risen to becomeone of the most exciting acts on the circuit today, combining an edgy stage presence confident delivery.

Your compare for the evening Phil Ellis is an award winning comedian who has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/angliacomedy/the-best-in-comedy/e-pobbkv


Martin Roscoe plays Shostakovich piano concerto no 2

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Ely Sinfonia celebrates its twentieth anniversary concert with MARTIN ROSCOE plays SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 in Ely Cathedral. Mozart Symphony No 29 Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 Beethoven Symphony No 7 with Martin Roscoe, piano Ely Sinfonia Conductor: Steve Bingham Ely Sinfonia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert of greats - Mozart's 29th, Beethoven's 7th and Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto, played by Martin Roscoe.

A long-standing friend of the orchestra, Martin Roscoe is one of the UK's best loved piano soloists. He is a prolific recitalist and chamber musician and has performed all over the world with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnanyi. 

Tickets cost £25, £18 or £15 (reserved), or £8 (unreserved). Concessions are £15 in £18 seats. They are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office (Tel 01353 660349) Email box.office@elycathedral.org or online from https://www.elycathedral.org/events.

You can find more information and download the flyer from www.elysinfonia.co.uk Follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2825489357526386/

 


Animal Service

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Ely Cathedral is known affectionately as 'The Ship of the Fens', but on Sunday 22 September, it will once again be transformed into a modern day Noah's Ark, as hundreds of animals are welcomed to the annual 'Animal Service'. This celebration of animals, in aid of local and national animal charities, is undoubtedly one of the most joyful occasions in the Cathedral Calendar as we welcome cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, tortoises, alpacas and not forgetting our friends from the Donkey Sanctuary! 

http://www.elycathedral.org


Chris Riddell in Ely!

Tue 24th Sep 2019

Beloved illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is coming to Ely to celebrate his beautiful new book. In 'Poems to Fall in Love With' Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris's exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection. We are delighted to welcome Chris to Ely for the first time, and we hope you can join us for this early autumn highlight! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/chris-riddell/


Louise Doughty in Ely

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Once again, Topping and Company in Ely are delighted to welcome the wonderful Louise Doughty to tell us about her new psychological thriller. Platform Seven. 4am. Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he's alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic - he's as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn't realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months - surely they're connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/louise-doughty-3/


Robin Page in Ely

Tue 1st Oct 2019

Robin Page's passion for English tradition set against the invasion of urban crawl has been his life and mission. In this updated version of his 1974 classic, 'The Decline of an English Village', he takes a fresh look at the decline of village life, and still has the ability to radiate enthusiasm for preserving this beloved countryside and its wildlife. We are delighted to welcome Robin back to Toppings.

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/robin-page/


Jim Al-Khalili in Ely

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing. Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails... Don't miss this very special evening of science fiction from one of our foremost scientists! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jim-al-khalili/


Emma Mitchell in Ely

Wed 9th Oct 2019

Emma's move to the Cambridgeshire Fens turned out to be a life-changing decision. Walks became more adventurous as she photographed, collected and sketched, collating thoughts, words and pictures into a shining work that celebrates not just the vivid aspects of our beautiful local landscape but the depths of its healing spirit as well. We're delighted to welcome Emma as we draw into autumn. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/emma-mitchell/

 


Ely Cathedral Harvest Festival

Fri 11th Oct 2019 - Sun 13th Oct 2019

Admission to the Cathedral on Saturday & Sunday is free of charge.

 Friday 11 October - Harvest Festival weekend at Ely Cathedral begins with a Harvest Ceilidh with Catch the Pidgeon Band on Friday at 7.30pm in the beautiful setting of the Lady Chapel.

Saturday 12 October - Floral, food and farming displays will be open between 9am - 4pm. At 1.10pm there is a Lunchtime Concert by the George Heriot's School, Edinburgh Chamber Choir. Evensong takes place at 5.30pm.

Sunday 13 October - The Harvest Sung Eucharist on Sunday (sung by the boy choristers) takes place at 10.30am. At Midday we have our Harvest Lunch. The displays will be open between Midday - 4pm. At 4pm we have our Harvest 'Songs of Praise' with the presentation of Harvest gifts, as a thanksgiving for Harvest Home.

On Monday from 9.30am 'produce' will be on sale at the west end of the nave. This year's supported charities are the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Ely Foodbank. 

 http://www.elycathedral.org


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.

 


An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

Thu 24th Oct 2019

Giles has been a theatre producer, politician, journalist, author and publisher as well as TV presenter and radio star in a career which has spanned five decades. He is known equally for his record number of appearances on TV's Countdown, for his improvising wit on Radio's Just a Minute and his love of jumpers and teddy bears. In addition, his time as MP for the City of Chester inspired an acclaimed, and still relevant, account of Westminster. Now Gyles has produced 'Dancing by the Light of the Moon', a celebration of the finest uses of our English language from the classics, Auden, Wilde, Shakespeare to our all-time favourites, Milligan, McGough and Armitage, to even our most modern works by Rupi Kaur. There can be few more loved characters around than Giles Brandreth, and the show that goes with his book is 'A total joy', according to The Scotsman. We are over the moon to welcome him to Ely! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/gyles-brandreth/


MacMillan's Stabat Mater with Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen

Sat 9th Nov 2019

MacMillan's Stabat Mater was first performed at the Barbican in 2016 by Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers. On the back of an acclaimed recording and a live streamed performance at the Vatican, these exceptional artists will present the US premiere of Stabat Mater in New York early November before coming to perform the work in the imposing surroundings of Ely Cathedral. James MacMillan's Stabat Mater for choir and string orchestra is a gripping masterpiece evoking a mother's anguish. For the composer, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and his new Stabat Mater is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But this is a work with deep roots and a universal message; placed next to hauntingly emotional music by Vaughan Williams, Tallis and his own Miserere the Stabat Mater becomes a celebration both of tradition and of radical renewal. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


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


G4 - Christmas

Thu 21st Nov 2019

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return to Ely Cathedral in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, these intimate performances see Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Nick 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 up-close and personal in some of the UK''s most iconic historical venues. 

http://www.elycathedral.org

 


David Mitchell in Ely!

Tue 26th Nov 2019

David Mitchell's bestselling book 'Dishonesty is the Second - Best Policy' is a funny, provocative and refreshing celebration (and commiseration) of the state of things in our - not entirely glorious - modern world. There are many aspects of modern life that trouble award-winning comedian David Mitchell: from the UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, digging up Richard III to breaking up fatbergs, from Big Society to food banks, to nuclear weapons, phone etiquette and twerking. So who better to pierce through the noise, and shed light on these peculiar times. Join us for a night of incisive, hilarious, and brilliantly observed comedy as we tour the absurdities of the present age. Early Bird places are limited, so do book soon to avoid disappointment. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/david-mitchell-4/