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What's On - Key Events

Spring Exhibition - Prints, Pots and Paintings

Fri 12th Apr 2019 - Sun 26th May 2019

Carl Borges - Prints in The Lower Gallery Sonia Lewis & Peter Cavaciuti - Pottery and Chinese Ink and handmade paper in The Upper Gallery Lizzie Madder - Fen scape watercolours in the Sitting Room.

Free entry, coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat & 3.30-5.15pm Mon-Sun excluding Bank Holidays.

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.

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…

Peter Cavaciuti - Artist talk & demonstration

Sun 28th Apr 2019

Peter Cavaciuti, artist, will give a talk and demonstration about his work in The Upper Gallery at 3.30pm. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Free event.

Chris Brookmyre in Ely

Mon 29th Apr 2019

To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible... Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut 'Quite Ugly One Morning', which established him as one of Britain's leading crime authors. 'Fallen Angel' is his dark, twisty and gloriously addictive new book. 'In the pantheon of great crime writers' Elly Griffiths .

Ely Art Lovers' Workshop Art Exhibition

Tue 30th Apr 2019 - Sun 12th May 2019

Ely Art Lovers Workshop are delighted to be holding their 6th exhibition at The Babylon Gallery down on The Waterside in Ely. The exhibition co-insides with the Eel Festival and offers visitors to Ely the opportunity to buy affordable art from local artists who exhibit in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and London.

Damian Barr - Debut Fiction

Wed 1st May 2019

Damian Barr is a journalist, writer and host of his own Literary Salon. His memoir of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years, 'Maggie and Me', was published in 2013 to great acclaim; now he turns his hand to fiction for the first time. His debut novel, 'You Will Be Safe Here', explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit, and is a triumph. In South Africa, at the dawn of the 20th Century, Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp. 100 years later in Johannesburg, sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog; worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Inspired by real events, carefully researched and beautifully written, 'You Will Be Safe Here' is a moving novel of connected parts, which uncovers hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.

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.)

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sat 4th May 2019

4.45 am - 7.30 am

Be one of the first visitors on our Big Vision Weekend. Join us for a guided walk to hear the birds of the Fen singing at the best time of day, best time of year. Enjoy the birds with a knowledgeable ranger to guide you as to what is singing where. Warm up with a coffee and bacon roll on your return. Booking essential



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.

Wicken Fen: Big Vision Weekend

Sat 4th May 2019 - Mon 6th May 2019

On 1 May, Wicken Fen has a double celebration, it is 120 years since the National Trust purchased its first land at Wicken Fen, and it is 20 years since the 100 year Wicken Fen Vision was launched! To mark the occasion special events have been organised over the Bank Holiday weekend. Please checkout the Big Vision Weekend section on the Wicken Fen website for details. Please be aware that booking for some of the activities is essential.

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 or online from


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.

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

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

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

Mucky Pups - Springtime Buzz

Wed 8th May 2019

10.15 am  - 11.45 am

Seasonal fun, craft and adventure for under 5s. Join us at Wicken Fen with your pre-school little ones for a morning of outdoor activities and nature exploration. Also on 9th May £5.00. per child




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+

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.

Cuckoos and Curious Naturalists

Fri 10th May 2019

An evening with Professor Nick Davies. Stories from the field of cuckoos, warblers and the naturalists who became obsessed by them.

£12.00. Includes a glass of wine. Booking essential

'Catharsis' - Charity Film Show

Sat 11th May 2019

 'Regonciling a Tragety' An emotional connection with largely forgottten History

Program: Reception Drink, 1939 Serenade, Exhibits & Re-enactors, Film - 'Target for Tonight', Interval, 1939 Newsreel, Film - 'Catharsis' -Reconciling a Tragedy'.


Entry by Ticket only - £10 available from:

The City of Ely Council, Sessions House, Lynn Road, Ely CB7 4EG

Visit Ely, Oliver Cromwells House, 29 St Mary's Street, Ely CB7 4HF

Royal British Legion & RAFA via David Martin -  

The Heligoland39 Project via Jack Waterfall -


Countryfile's Adam Henson in Ely

Wed 15th May 2019

Born on the farm he now works, Adam Henson has successfully combined a life in farming with a career as a television presenter, fronting BBC's flagship rural affairs programme, Countryfile . In 'A Breed Apart', Adam takes readers on a very personal journey around the nation, discovering the animals that have shaped our lives and our land throughout the centuries. From postcard perfect Highland Cows to the Cotswold sheep (for whom the Cotswolds are named), to the fearsome, four-horned Manx Loagthan ram and the Ulster White Pig, Adam travels the length and breadth of the British Isles, uncovering the history of these ancient animals, meeting the specialists and farmers who are passionate about their preservation, and shares his hopes for the future of these magnificent and unique breeds and his fight for their survival.

Man-made Wild

Fri 17th May 2019

Writer and broadcaster Tim Dee takes a look at Burwell Fen, part of the wider Wicken Fen landscape that is drawing in both wildlife and visitors in ever-increasing numbers. Burwell Fen is Tim's local patch, and his book Four Fields revealed slightly mixed feelings about the direction the National Trust was taking in its management. Since then, a few years have passed, and Tim takes this chance to look again and share his thoughts on landscape scale conservation, rewilding and whether we can truly experience wilderness in 21st century England.

£8.00. including a glass of wine. Booking essential.

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)

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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)

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

Spring Craft Fair

Mon 20th May 2019

10.00am - 5pm

Come along to the Ely Cathedral Centre for our fabulous Spring Craft Fair. Enjoy browsing a wide range of handmade crafts by very talented crafters. Whether you are looking to treat someone or yourself, you are sure to find just the delicious tea and cake will be on the menu!!



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.

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

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

Natalie Haynes in Ely

Thu 23rd May 2019

Broadcaster, comedian and writer Natalie Haynes is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books which draw upon her expertise as a classicist. In 'A Thousand Ships', Natalie retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash . . .The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, 'A Thousand Ships' gives voice to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.

Chris Lintott 'I Want To Believe: An Astronomer's Search For Aliens'

Fri 24th May 2019

The search for life in space dominates modern astrophysics, whether through new missions which will explore the oceans hidden inside the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, or the race to find extrasolar planets. Key events in space travel including the passage through the solar system of interstellar asteroid Oumuamua and the discovery of the most mysterious star in the Galaxy (aka Tabby's Star or WTF for "Where's the Flux?") have raised questions about what we might recognise as alien. Astronomer and Sky at Night presenter, Chris Lintott, raised on a diet of science fiction, draws on his own research and experience to confront the awful truth that we might be alone!

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

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.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE 'Moon-Past, Present and Future'

Mon 27th May 2019

The moon has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. But far from being just a big rock out in space, the Moon has a phenomenal power over the earth - to create great waves, dictate the length of the day and summon the seasons. In this very special lecture, lunar expert and TV presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, will guide you through the moon's past, present and future, contemplate how it was formed, and uncover why we need the moon to protect our fragile earth. Drawing on the latest scientific research, she also looks forward to what might come. Will we return to the moon or will it become a launch pad to go into the great unknown? Filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes, Dr Maggie talks with warmth and passion on her favourite subject.

4pm Children's Lecture / 7pm Keynote Lecture.

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

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.

Science Festival School Holiday Drop-in

Wed 29th May 2019

A chance for young children and families to experience the Museum of the Moon and Science Festival Exhibition with interactive stalls and crafts. Free Admission.

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

Cuckoos Calling

Wed 29th May 2019

Come and discover all about the wonderful Cuckoo and what they get up to at Wicken Fen, with games and crafts.

Children aged 5+

10.30 - 12.30 also 13:30 to 15:30  Tickets £5.75.

Barrie Houghton & Mixed Show - Preview Evening

Wed 29th May 2019

Barrie Houghton returns to the Gallery with his evocative and atmospheric paintings depicting places and people. Exhibiting Barrie's work again in The Lower Gallery, the preview will also feature a mixed selection of work from our collection and handmade cushions by Anna Osbourn in the Upper Gallery and Sitting Room.

Free entry

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.

Victoria Hislop in Ely

Wed 29th May 2019

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between left and right when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences, differences deepened by the German invasion. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. 'Those Who Are Loved', the powerful new novel from Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

Wicken Explorers: Outdoor Adventures for Home Educating Families

Thu 30th May 2019

A morning session of practical seasonal outdoor exploration, aimed at home educated children and their families. Join the learning team to get out and about on the reserve, discover more about the nature here, and enjoy fun wildlife activities such as pond dipping, bird watching, den building, or wild art!

Most suitable for children age 4-10. Activities are offered at a general level to suit this wide age range, please do take them at your own pace and feel free to join in and support your child as required.

£5.00 per participating child, please phone 01353 720274 to book your place, or email  Adults free, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tracks, Poos and Animal Clues

Fri 31st May 2019

Come and learn about the wildlife of Wicken Fen through the clues they leave behind, with games and crafts.

Suitable for age 5+ £5.75

Cuckoo and Warblers Walk

Sat 1st Jun 2019

A guided walk with Professor Nick Davies, a world leading expert on cuckoos, who has studied cuckoos at Wicken Fen for many years.

£10.00 Also offered in the afternoon. Please see the Wicken Fen website for more details.

The Book Thief's Markus Zusak in Ely

Wed 5th Jun 2019

The long anticipated new novel from the author of 'The Book Thief' is finally here. The five Dunbar brothers are living in the perfect squalor of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left? At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and young Tommy, the pet collector who has colonised the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the Border collie. And then there's Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act. 'Bridge of Clay' is an epic portrait of a ramshackle family and the unburying of one boy's tragic secret.

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


Mucky Pups - Four-Legged Friends

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Seasonal fun, craft and adventure for under 5's. Join us at Wicken Fen with your pre-school little ones for a morning of outdoor activities and nature exploration.

Prof. Steve Jones in Ely

Wed 12th Jun 2019

Professor Steve Jones is a regular broadcaster and writer of books on scientific issues as well as other radio and TV programmes, such as Today, Question Time and Newsnight. His many books include 'Genetics for Beginners', 'The Language of the Genes', 'In the Blood', and 'Almost like a Whale'. In 'Here Comes the Sun', Steve Jones explores the dependency of all life and systems on Earth - ecological, biological and physical - on our nearest star. It is a book about connections between those systems, from astronomy to cancer prevention, from microbiology to the study of sleep. It is also a form of scientific autobiography as Steve charts his own work and interests over fifty years against developments in a wide range of fields, showing how what was once seen as a narrow specialism has become a subject of vast scientific, social and political significance: it is his most personal book to date.

An Evening with Tony Juniper

Fri 14th Jun 2019

A lively look at the future of conservation in the UK, and how the Wicken Fen Vision is contributing to the way forward. Known as a campaigning environmentalist. Tony, is a long-term friend of Wicken Fen. His CV includes roles as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, and of WWF-UK, and he is President of the Wildlife Trusts. In discussion with our General Manager, Sarah Smith, Tony will invite us to consider what our priorities are for our countryside, wildlife and ourselves.

£8.00. including a glass of wine. Booking essential.

People in the Landscape: the Fens

Sat 15th Jun 2019

A half-day investigating the stories of our local history with writer-in-residence Guinevere Glasfurd. The second of 3 writing workshops this spring. Who are the people who have made the Fens into the landscape we see today? Using a variety of archival materials, we will explore how the Fens have changed over the past two hundred years and the stories that come out of it. We'll look specifically at the history of Wicken Fen as well as the Bedford Level Commissioners, who drained large tracts of land in the area.

£25.00 Booking essential

Rush Weaving Workshop

Fri 28th Jun 2019

Learn how to make your own rush mats and baskets using Cambridgeshire grown rush. This workshop is taught by local basket maker Nadine Anderson.

£65.00 Booking recommended


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.

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.