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Tree of Life - Exhibition of works by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

An enlightening and unmissable exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. This is to be one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell. 

'Tree of Life' takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld's work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition. 

Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years. Formerly hailed as the next Henry Moore, she had a seminal joint exhibition with him at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, in 1985. In 2008, the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of Blumenfeld work and, in 2011, she was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture. Helaine Blumenfeld has exhibited her work extensively both in the UK, including at Salisbury Cathedral (2013) and London's Berkeley Square (2015), and internationally in Europe and the United States. She has created more than 90 public sculptures, among the most notable are 'Tempesta' overlooking Hyde Park in London and 'Fortuna' in Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. Entry included with Cathedral admission fee.

Seven Ages of Man

Sat 1st Sep 2018 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

The Seven Ages of Man illustrate seven stages of life, from infancy to death. Inspired by the words of Shakespeare, the artist Rachel Mulligan made these panels as a personal tribute to her father, Jim Mulligan. His life is seen unfolding through the frame of a grapevine, and each scene is linked to a changing season.

These panels were made between 2015 and 2016 and first exhibited at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham in 2016. Rachel Mulligan studied Fine Art at Coventry, and specialised in printmaking, before discovering stained glass. Artistry and craftsmanship are equally important to Rachel. She learns about stained glass by sketching historic and contemporary windows. Rachel designs and makes her windows using traditional techniques alongside new innovative techniques of her own.  Exhibition in The Stained Glass Museum gallery is included in standard admission fees.

Then to Now

Fri 28th Sep 2018 - Fri 2nd Nov 2018

This exhibition shows recent contemporary glass art made by artists Michelle Mativi, Sarah Hunt and Glass by Butler (Jennifer Hackett). All three artists attended a Stained Glass Museum workshop to learn new skills, and have continued as glass artists. This exhibition catches up with them to see what they have been producing. Many of the pieces exhibited will be available for sale. Exhibition is free to all, located in The Stained Glass Museum shop. Please note this is accessed by a staircase of 40 steps.

An Afghan Life - Alex Alexander

Wed 3rd Oct 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

Alex Alexander lived and worked in Kabul in the late 1970's and travelled extensively throughout the country. These paintings are reminiscences stimulated by photographs from that time. They speak of a life lost from the country, whose harsh beauty and people he had grown to love and admire. Exhibiting in The Bar, preview Wed 3rd Oct 6-8pm. Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.





Wed 3rd Oct 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

Caroline Forward, Peter Corr and Paul Janssens explore abstract imagery, multi media, photography and portraiture in their new exhibition exhibiting throughout both galleries and across two floors of The Old Fire Engine House. Caroline's portraits include members of staff of the restaurant and gallery which celebrates it's 50th year in 2018. Preview October 3rd 6-8pm, all welcome. Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.



Riverside Ghost Tours

Fri 5th Oct 2018 - Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Hear about the ghostly sightings as you walk through Ely’s medieval streets and down to the riverside. Then jump on board the Liberty Belle to hear the tales of Ely’s waterside after dark. Tours run every Friday from 5th October to 2nd November inclusive.

Tickets priced £15 and must be pre-booked. Tours begin outside Oliver Cromwell’s House.

Group bookings can also be accommodated on other dates, please enquire.

For further information and book tickets visit

1 hour 15 mins

Entries now open! Album Art competition

Sat 13th Oct 2018 - Mon 17th Dec 2018

The Babylon Gallery is looking for entries from professional, amateur and first-time artists for our charity fundraising exhibition. A £100 Prize for Best in Show. Visit,entries-now-open-album-art-fundraising-exhibition-2019_20205.htm  for an entry form and conditions of entry or pop into the gallery to collect one and find out more about the entry process.

The theme is Album Art and you are invited to create an image of 30cm x 30cm to display alongside others in the Babylon Gallery. Your work could be inspired by a particular band or track, a homage to an existing album cover, or a new creation that you think would be great on a vinyl sleeve. Babylon welcome drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, collage and mixed media, as long as it's 2 dimensional and are looking for a range of styles and techniques, as well as work from all ages and experience levels. Why Album Art?

Deadline for entries: Monday 17th December 2018 


John Suchet on Tchaikovsky

Tue 16th Oct 2018

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's life - and premature death - has long been mythologised and misunderstood. A shy, emotional child, Tchaikovsky came late to composing as a career. Doubting himself at every turn and keenly wounded by criticism, he went on to become one of the world's best-loved composers.Long hidden behind sanitised depictions by his brother and the Russian authorities, John Suchet examines the complex and contradictory character of this great artist, and how he came to take his rightful place among the world's greatest composers.

John Suchet, acclaimed ITN reporter and newscaster is also an authority on classical music and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Currently presenter of Classic FM's flagship morning programme, he writes with great authority, drawing back the curtain to show us the real man behind the music.

The Golden Age of Pub Building + Beer Tasting by MileTree Brewery

Wed 17th Oct 2018

7.00pm - 9.30pm  Oliver Cromwells house

The years around 1900 saw an explosion of pub-building both in terms of numbers and the sheer quality of what was put up. In this richly illustrated talk, Geoff Brandwood will explore the background to this phenomenon and examine the rich variety of turn-of-the-century pubs. He will show how pubs then were very different from pubs today in terms of layout and organisation. He will also focus on the various arts of the pub interior, including decorative glass, that made them special places. The talk will be followed by a beer tasting with Mile Tree Brewery. Bottles will be available for sale on the night (cash only).

Geoff Brandwood has for nearly two decades been a member of CAMRA\'s Historic Pubs Group, which is dedicated to identifying, recording and campaigning for what remains of our historic pub heritage. He has lectured and written widely including CAMRA's Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs and co-authored English Heritage's best-selling Licensed to Sell: the History and Heritage of the Public House. Part of The Stained Glass Museum autumn talks - this event is open to everyone. Advance booking advised as numbers for this event are limited!

Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of the Stained Glass Museum or Ely Cathedral) 

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An Evening with John Simpson

Wed 17th Oct 2018

At a restaurant in Sloane Square, a politician confides to journalist Jon Swift that he is concerned for his own safety; a few months later he is found dead in his flat. But when the police and even Swift's paper refuse to investigate the death further, he must take matters into his own hands. Soon Swift finds himself hunting down the killers on a global scale and, between MI5 and Russian thugs, a suspicious death in London unravels into an international conspiracy that stretches all the way to the Kremlin. On their trail, it's not long before Swift becomes a target himself... John Simpson certainly needs no introduction; in his time with the BBC, he has reported on major events all over the world, and has twice been the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year. But Moscow, Midnight marks a new departure: a revelatory thriller from the much-admired and million copy-selling journalist. Always great to listen to, this is a great chance to hear John at the start of a new venture!

The Full Monty

Wed 17th Oct 2018 - Sat 20th Oct 2018

CAT Theatre Company presents: The Full Monty!  (also 2:30pm on Sat 20th)

Tickets are £13 and are available online: (18's only).


A Field Guide to the English Clergy with Fergus Butler-Gallie

Thu 18th Oct 2018

Judge not less you be judged... timeless wisdom which has guided the Anglican church for hundreds of years, fostering a certain tolerance of eccentricity amongst its members. The Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie is a curate in the Church of England. This, his first book, is a delightful, sympathetic and sometimes downright hilarious guide to some of the more curious English clergy.

Apple Festival

Sat 20th Oct 2018

Ely will once again be joining the national celebrations and holding their Apple Festival on Palace Green from 10 am until 4 pm. The day will be jam packed with apple related competitions, stalls, demonstrations, workshops, musical entertainment and street food. Not forgetting of course the popular Longest Apple Peeling Competition and Apple Identification Tent.

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Everyone Sang

Sat 20th Oct 2018

In this concert we will be celebrating English music. The concert title is taken from Siegfried Sassoon's poem on the signing of the Armistice in 1918, bringing peace after World War I, very much in people's minds 100 years later.

Some of the works are by composers who lived through or served in the war, and they are balanced by Handel who wrote anthems for the coronation of George II and two living composers, John Rutter and Andrew Parnell. We have grandeur in Elgar's Give unto the Lord; joy and tenderness in Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs; characteristic re-workings of hymn-tunes in Two Psalms by Holst; profound spirituality in Finzi's Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast; and the majestic splendour of Zadok the Priest. Couple these with the unusual addition of a clarinet to the accompaniment of John Rutter's The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, the first performance of Andrew Parnell's Everyone Sang, also accompanied by clarinet and organ, and the skills and virtuosity of the baritone Jonathan Midgely, the clarinettist Koren Wilmer and the organist Edmund Aldhouse, and we can look forward to a true celebration of English music.

Tessa Newcomb on Mary Newcomb in Ely

Mon 22nd Oct 2018

On New Year's Day 1986, encouraged by her dealer Andras Kalman, artist Mary Newcomb, then aged 64, began to keep a diary. This beautiful new book, compiled by Henry Jackson Newcomb, the artist's grandson, reveals Mary Newcomb as an acute observer of her surroundings, reproducing her copious sketches alongside more finished paintings and short diary extracts to draw out the many themes which preoccupied her throughout her career as an artist.

Mary Newcomb's world was rural East Anglia. The working life of the countryside engrossed her quite as much as the cycle of Nature: she noticed and relished everything, with as keen an eye for the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses at a wedding as for the yellow and brown of a dragonfly's body.

Glass and the Seaside Pier

Wed 24th Oct 2018

7.00pm - 9.00pm Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre

The seaside pier was one of the most exciting and innovative new building types to emerge in the nineteenth century. The use of glass in pier design has received relatively little attention, but this talk will explore its essential role in creating a space of spectacular exoticism and thrilling, subversive modernity.

Dr Clare Barry is a lecturer at the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts, a tutor at University of East Anglia and Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. She gained her PhD from Middlesex University in Architectural and Cultural History. This talk is part of the Stained Glass Museum autumn talks series and is open to everyone.

Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of The Stained Glass Museum or Ely Cathedral) 

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Laura Purcell in Ely

Wed 24th Oct 2018

Laura Purcell's debut novel The Silent Companions thrilled and chilled its many readers, and now Laura has followed it with another fantastic gothic tale. Set in a Victorian prison, The Corset is a story of rationality versus the supernatural, dealing with bitterness, betrayal and dresses, and with a dark conceit at its centre - a perfectly crafted autumn read!

Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House, in Ely

Thu 25th Oct 2018

Daniel was first employed in a restaurant in 1989 and gradually moved up in responsibility until being named head chef of iconic Cambridge restaurant Midsummer House, in 1998. He was awarded his second Michelin star in the 2005 list - one of only eleven restaurants in the UK and Ireland to be awarded two stars. To celebrate his twentieth year at Midsummer House he has produced a sumptuous book, Out of My Tree, a collection of recipes interspersed with stories of the making of Midsummer House. We are truly privileged to welcome Daniel to Ely to talk about his life and work, and invite you to mark the publication of Out of My Tree with fizz and canapes!

Talking FreELY Pop-up Cafe

Sat 27th Oct 2018

The next Talking FreELY Pop-up Cafe will be another opportunity for people to drop in and have a chat, with free refreshments and our talking volunteers on-hand.

There will be some excellent guest speakers, we'll hear from Ely local, Serena Moden, who will talk about her experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how it has affected her and the people around her. Next up we'll hear from James Stubbins, who will read a powerful poem he has written about his experiences (warning, contains explicit language). We'll also hear from James Sheard from Voiceability, who provide advocacy support for vulnerable people and help them to get their voices heard. There will be an opportunity to try out some yoga, with taster sessions and a fitness expert on-hand to talk about your own needs and suggest possible solutions.

Art Unequalled

Sat 27th Oct 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

Art Unequalled is an inspiring, friendly event where visitors are assured that everything they see is created by the artists they meet.

2018 marks eight years since local sculptor, Sally Dunham launched Art Unequalled at The Maltings in Ely to bring together Artists and Craftsmen from across the country, working to the highest standards in a wide range of media. A highlight in the calendar of many local residents and also visitors travelling from the surrounding area. Art Unequalled is now a bi annual event, and will return for its second visit this year. Each show features a different selection of up to 45 carefully selected exhibitors and October's offering will certainly not disappoint! Whether you are looking for something fabulous for your home, want to show friends and loved ones how much you care and start your Christmas shopping early. Maybe you are getting married and would like some bespoke jewellery that is unique as your union, or you just wish to treat yourself, this is the place to find what you are looking for!

Ghost Tours

Sat 27th Oct 2018 - Thu 1st Nov 2018

Ghost Tours (with ghostly sightings guaranteed!)

What fearful frights await those in Ely after dark? Discover the ghostly tales of scandal, death and horror on Ely’s medieval streets with the chance to meet some of the ghosts themselves!

Tickets priced £10 and must be pre-booked. Tours begin outside Oliver Cromwell’s House.

Group bookings can also be accommodated on other dates, please enquire.

For further information and book tickets visit

1 hour 15 mins

Jazz at the Babylon

Sun 28th Oct 2018

Also Friday 21 December

A monthly Jazz Club with all styles of Jazz on the Last Sunday of Each Month . 

Early booking advisable


Frank Danes on Doctor Who

Mon 29th Oct 2018

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in the world. In its six decade run, the show has tracked and embodied the social, political and cultural changes in the United Kingdom and the world, tackling fascism, environmental disaster, religious fanaticism, changing attitudes towards gender and, of course, alien invasions. In the person of The Doctor herself - and himself - the programme has given us a hero as immortal in appeal as Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood. Ely resident Frank Danes, esteemed teacher, bookseller and renowned Whovian, has written the only one-volume history and reference book of the series you will ever need. Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time brings the story right up to date - it's a witty and engaging gallop through the history of The Doctor written by a man whose enthusiasm shines through on every page, and undoubtedly will do so again as he tells us all about it!

Terence Harjula, Sara Paynter & Paul Edwards

Wed 31st Oct 2018 - Sun 25th Nov 2018

In their third joint exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House Gallery, Paul's recent work continues his preoccupation with op-art imagery featuring new hand pulled silkscreen prints alongside Sara's wheel thrown and press moulded domestic pottery in simple utilitarian shapes using traditional English Slipware decoration. Terence Harjula was born and bought up in an isolated community in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada and returns with his unique images. This year his work features Porcus Rubicundus and extended family including - At home with Phoebe, Porcus Minor 49er, Piggy Galore. What did I do to be so black and pink? Preview Wed Oct 31st 6-8pm, all welcome Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.

An Evening with Sarah Perry in Ely

Wed 31st Oct 2018

Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.

We have followed the career of Sarah Perry from her debut After me comes the Flood to the sensational best-seller The Essex Serpent and we are delighted to welcome her back for her third novel, Melmoth. Inspired by the largely forgotten nineteenth century novel of the same name, Melmoth is an exquisitely written, gripping masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world. An evening of gothic brilliance awaits...


Thu 1st Nov 2018

After their sell-out international hit Smother, award winning 201 Dance Company are back on tour with SKIN. Described by The Guardian as taking hip-hop into thrillingly new terrain, 201 explores a powerful story of gender transition through urban dance. Mixing hip-hop and contemporary styles with an original score by Ross Allchurch, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast-paced, emotional story of family, identity and belonging.


Kassia St Clair: How Fabric Changed History

Thu 1st Nov 2018

From the author of the acclaimed Secret Lives of Colour, comes The Golden Thread, a history of textiles and how they have shaped our world. From colourful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells an enthralling story. Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts; running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

Robin Ince in Ely

Tue 6th Nov 2018

Fans of The Infinite Monkey Cage will know that Robin Ince has one of the sharpest minds on radio, as well as one of the wittiest. As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin  has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags – and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on The Infinite Monkey Cage he has sought – sometimes in vain – to understand the world around us. In I’m a Joke and So Are You, he unites these pursuits to examine humanity through the prism of humour.

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Robin has interviewed  a bevy of A-list comedians such as Lenny Henry, Tim Minchin and Jo Brand, as well as neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors to produce this hilarious and often moving primer to the human condition. Combining expert knowledge with comedy and jokes will make for an evening of both wit and wisdom.

Yotam Ottolenghi in Ely

Wed 7th Nov 2018

Beloved chef Yotam Ottolenghi has a new book, and is coming to Ely to talk about it! He’s the undisputed master of the multi-ingredient
recipe, but he also does simple brilliantly. Ottolenghi Simple showcases standout dishes whichs will suit whatever type of cooking you prefer –
these brilliant, flavour-forward dishes are all simple in at least one (but very often more than one) way. Yotam’s award-winning recipes are
always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. Ottolenghi Simple is no different, with 140 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and flavour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

Ely Fireworks 2018

Sat 10th Nov 2018

The annual Ely Fireworks event will take place on Cherry Hill Park on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 5.30pm. A community event run by community volunteers, all net proceeds will be donated to local charities. The Guy Fawkes competition will be judged by the Mayor of Ely at 6.00pm and the bonfire lit at 6.30pm. Fireworks spectacular starts at 7.00pm presented by the highly respected Kimbolton Fireworks Ltd.

There will be a funfair throughout the evening from J G Amusements and of course to make this fun-filled family event complete hot food and drink will be provided by Ely District Scouts catering team with their impressive range of barbecue hot dogs and burgers, hog roast, chilli bowls and pizza bar. Produced by the Ely Community Events Team (ECET), run by community volunteers from Ely and Soham Rotary Clubs together with Ely District Scouts. ECET is supported by local businesses, Ely Cathedral, King's Ely and East Cambridgeshire District Council. Advance tickets* will be on sale through local outlets and via Ely Tourist Information Centre from October 

*Gate will be closed at 6.45pm latest. ECET will limit ticket sales in accordance with safety planning. Bearers of tickets purchased in advance are guaranteed entry. The gate may be closed earlier if capacity is reached. To avoid disappointment please purchase your tickets in advance.

Elly Griffiths in Ely

Tue 13th Nov 2018

Elly Griffiths and her creation Ruth Galloway have long been Toppings favourites and it has always been a pleasure to welcome her to Ely. This time though is especially exciting - Elly has produced a gripping contemporary thriller, deliciously spooky, and peopled with quirky characters you long to meet... Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder - a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. But her life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case. Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some writing in the diary. Writing that isn't hers...

We can't wait to hear Elly introduce us to this new departure - The Stranger Diaries, atmospheric, intricately plotted and clever, promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Wed 14th Nov 2018 - Sat 17th Nov 2018

This year's Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair takes place on the 15, 16 & 17 November, with a special preview evening on 14 November.

Due to incredible demand for tickets last year, an extra day has been added so as many people as possible get the chance to enjoy the Fair. Now in its seventh 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. As well as bespoke shopping, the Fair also features Live Demonstrations, Musical Entertainment, Cafe & Food Vendors, a Festive Food Hall, Vintage Carousel plus Reindeer and Children's Entertainment (Saturday Only) - a great day out for the whole family.

Please check the website for daily opening times, ticketing and more information about the Fair. Due to the popularity of the event, it is recommended tickets are purchased in advance. Box Office: 01353 660349

Taken by Storm, the art of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios

Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Open Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 4, free entry.  Closed Monday

This stunning Christmas Exhibition will feature work by the much-celebrated Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios. This man designed half your record collection. Although many will not know Storm by name, his iconic designs appear on the album covers of some of the worlds most famous bands. Babylon Gallery first hosted an exhibition of some of his best known photographs in 2009.

Storm had a special connection to Cambridgeshire “ it was his stomping ground. He attended both primary and high schools in Cambridge (Brunswick Primary School and the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys), and would often hang out in Ely with his friends. This exhibition at the Babylon Gallery is set to feature a range of Storm's work created throughout his 30 year career with Storm Studios.

The exhibition will also feature the cover from Biffy Clyro, Opposite, which was the last album sleeve conceived by Storm, and poignantly was photographed on the day he died in 2013. Music fans will be able to buy limited edition prints books, and other work created by this immensely talented designer.,taken-by-storm-the-art-of-storm-thorgerson-and-stormstudios_20148.htm

G4 Christmas

Tue 20th Nov 2018

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting... Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric "G4 Christmas" tour.

With a series of 24 shows in beautiful cathedrals 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. Tickets: £37.50, £32.50, £27.50, £22.50. £77.50 (Meet & Greet) available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or

Tracy Borman on Henry VIII, in Ely

Tue 20th Nov 2018

When we think about Henry VIII, we think first perhaps of his relationships with the six wives, but in her fascinating, often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman turns to the men who surrounded him to give a new perspective. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, although he was always capable of great tenderness towards those he trusted. We are delighted to welcome Tracy, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and acclaimed author of Elizabeth's Women back to Ely to reveal Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

An Evening with Nick Hewer in Ely

Wed 21st Nov 2018

From Nick Hewer, the star of Countdown and The Apprentice, comes a superb new memoir, taking the reader on a brilliant, amusing and evocative journey from A to Z of his life. As one of Lord Sugar's closest advisers, Nick Hewer came late to wider public attention when he was recruited to work with him on The Apprentice, joining from the first series that aired in 2005 and staying with the show for ten seasons. He quickly developed a reputation for his wry sense of humour, while his astute insights into the foibles and failings of the apprentices won him a cult following. Now, in Hewer's first book, he takes us through his life from A for Apprentice (of course) to Z for Zed list. Along the way, he discusses Determination and how to get it, offers insights from growing Old, reveals his greatest Regrets, talks about Tottenham and much else besides. Equally at home on Question Time or Have I Got News For You, in the boardroom or chatting to a Mongolian policeman, Hewer shows himself to be a natural writer, too.

Ely Spirit & Wine Festival

Sun 2nd Dec 2018 - Sun 2nd Dec 2018

Ely Wine Events would now like to present their Christmas Spirits and Wine Festival.  You can try before you buy those all important Christmas presents and Christmas tipples!  

A Festival of Carols

Fri 7th Dec 2018

A spectacular evening in celebration of Christmas with music by the Ely Cathedral Choir, The Ely Imps and featuring special guest, Ruthie Henshall, interspersed with seasonal readings and poems. Supported by The Cambridgeshire Freemasons in aid of SSAFA and Ely Cathedral. Tickets: £35, £25, £18, £12.50. Additional reception tickets £20 (to include pre-concert and interval Champagne receptions in the Lady Chapel) available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or

Jack & the Beanstalk

Fri 14th Dec 2018 - Wed 2nd Jan 2019

KD Theatre Productions once again return to The Maltings (Oh Yes they do!) to present this year’s GIANT of a pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’

Christmas at Ely Museum

Sat 15th Dec 2018 - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Come and celebrate Christmas at Ely Museum. Father Christmas will be in the Victorian Parlour from 10.30 - 12.30 and 1.00-3.00 on Saturday and from 1.00 - 3.30 on Sunday. Every child will receive a gift and have the chance to join in with fun, Christmas themed crafts .

Tickets £3.50 per child. Also why not try your luck on our Tombola, shop for gifts and enjoy seasonal refreshments. No need to pre-book.

Breakfast with Santa

Fri 21st Dec 2018 - Mon 24th Dec 2018

Breakfast with Santa, Organised annually by The Lions Club of Littleport 21st, 22nd & 24th Dec 2018. Starts 8am Adults £3.50, children £6.50 (All Children get a present from Santa) Contact, and leave a contact phone number or phone 07817 592438




Hark! The Herald

Sat 22nd Dec 2018

A memorable evening of traditional Christmas carols and seasonal music in the magical setting of Ely Cathedral. The magnicent 30ft Christmas tree and soaring voices of the Cathedral Choir accompanied by Ely Sinfonia creates a very special Christmas event for family and friends. Tickets: £20, £16, £10. Interval champagne and canape's reception tickets an additional £12.50 available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or

Guided Walks - City Walk

Sat 29th Dec 2018

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

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Guided Walks

Sun 30th Dec 2018

Architecture of Ely

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.

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Distance approx 1 mile

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins