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What's On - Key Events

Haddenham Arts Centre Exhibition : Women who live in my Head

Sat 14th Sep 2019 - Sun 10th Nov 2019

People Watching : Anne Bellamy 'Women who live in my Head'. Featuring Pen & Ink Drawings (sometimes dipping her brush in her morning coffee) from Peterborough based artist Anne Bellamy who observes and draws women. 'If my work makes people smile - great!' Our autumn exhibition includes original drawings, cards & brooches.

Gallery open: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 12am - 5pm Closed Mon. Free onsite parking, tea room 

http://www.haddenhamgallery.co.uk/


Swan feeds

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

3.30pm 

Spend an afternoon at a winter wild swan feed enjoying this experience from the comfort of a centrally-heated hide. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and after an introduction to the reserve, the guide makes their way out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. After the feed, there is time to ask the guide any questions. As dusk falls more swans fly back onto the reserve, from the fields they have been feeding in throughout the day. This creates a spectacular view of swans gliding overhead and decending onto the surface of the water.

Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book. Please note: We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/330pm-swan-feeds/5461


Sketch to Screen Print Workshop for Kids

Tue 22nd Oct 2019

10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Book a fun two hour session for your kids to learn how to take a sketch to screen-print. The workshop will guide you through how to make a field sketch, design and cut paper stencils, screen print onto fabric. All to create a tote bag with an individual design, to take home at the end of the session.

£12.00 per child per session, book online Participants will need to wear old clothes and arrive ready to start at 10 or 2. For children aged 6 and over. Parents or carers are welcome to stay if necessary, or head up to the Wigeon Cafe for refreshments. Reserve admission is not included in the event, so purchase tickets online to get 10% discount. Nicola is fully insured with SAA for Public Liability as well as DBS check and references. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/screen-printing-for-kids/5438


Sisterhood

Wed 23rd Oct 2019 - Thu 24th Oct 2019

Like Hand Maids Tale, but with more hope, Sisterhood is a gentle but fearless adventure into the dark heart of patriarchal rule. Coming to perform in the 'Tithe Room' at Oliver Cromwell's House, this newly devised multimedia tale introduces you to a sisterhood, caught in between two timelines: the witch trials of the 16th Century and modern-day women facing a world in political and environmental upheaval. Sisterhood transports the audience to a church cell, where three women aged 20,40 and 60 await their trial in the morning. Soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves the stories of these three characters with vestiges from the performer's own lives, to reveal an immediate and clear association.

This incredible performance is part of a 'Healing Tour' that's following in the footsteps of Matthew Hopkins, self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. Starting on the full moon and ending at Halloween, Sisterhood is performing in 10 of the main locations Hopkins reigned his terror. In just three years he was responsible for killing 60% of those executed for witchcraft in the UK.

Tickets £9

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3463


FREE Family Pottery Taster Session

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

FREE family taster sessions. It's likely to be popular so although this is free please book your slot through our box office on 01353 749188 (10-5pm Tues-Sat / 12-5pm on Sunday).

The half hour sessions will run from 10.30am - 12.30pm please pre-book your session. FREE (donations welcome). Join us in our workshop gallery during half-term for a spooky Halloween pottery taster session for families with Hilary Kemp. Suitable for children age 3+ and their families Come and create a pumpkin pinch pot, monster or ghost to take home to paint.

Our Cafe will be open from 10am. We are a community interest company, all donations go to support our work.

https://www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Leap into Dance - Babylon Arts

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

A wonderful line up of 2019 dance performances for children and their grown-ups to enjoy! Come and enjoy various dance films from across the UK and enjoy the activities. For further information and tickets please follow the link below or contact Babylon Arts box-office 01353 616991

 

https://www.babylonarts.org.uk/projects/leap-into-dance.htm


John McLean's Three Windows for Norwich Cathedral

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

In 2014 three new colourful stained glass windows were installed in the north aisle of the nave of Norwich Cathedral. The windows were designed by British abstract painter John Maclean. Rev. Canon Jeremy Haselock, former Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral will tell us more about this commission and Maclean's creative process. This talk is part of the Stained Glass Museum's autumn lecture series.

All are welcome! Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of The Stained Glass Museum / Ely Cathedral) Tickets available in advance from The Stained Glass Museum, online (see link), or over the phone, and on the door.

https://stainedglassmuseum.com/lectures.html


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/


Samhain Craft Fair

Sat 26th Oct 2019

9.30am - 3pm Ely Library

At the turn of the Celtic year local talent will once again fill Ely Library with glorious goodies for you to buy and try. Plus a demo from Border Morris side Ely and Littleport Riot!

With FREE entry to such a feast of art, crafts, jewellery, gifts, bakes, wellness products, and refreshments, there's no excuse for not popping in! If you would like to host a stall, please email Alvina.De-La-Mare@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more info. 


Christmas Crafts in Willow and Rush

Sat 26th Oct 2019

Join Catherine on this new course to create a number of unique Christmas willow projects. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to make willow angels, stars, reindeer and Christmas trees. Also plaited rush reindeer and plaited paper stars. Perfect for unique decorations for your home - you will go home with a range of completed items. Suitable for ages 16+ Students should wear older clothes, limit the dangly jewelry and have hair tied up. Some people like to wear an apron. £45. Ring us on 01353 749188 to book or pop into the Arts Centre.

https://www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Big Fish Little Fish Halloween Family Rave

Sat 26th Oct 2019

Award winning Big Fish Little Fish return to Ely for a for a Halloween special family rave. World famous DJ Trax + Countmonkula will be playing (grown up) oldschool tunes for the family ravers The event will feature themed crafts, giant balloons, glitter cannons, bubble machines, amazing lighting (no strobes), face painting stall and the BFLF famous parachute dance. Optional fancy dress - Halloween (Please be mindful of young children when choosing your costume) 2014 - 2019

Best Family Event - National Family Arts Festival Awards\' Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. For families with younger children (8s and under) though older siblings are welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child. Each event is stewarded and risk assessed in advance. Music is monitored an played at a safe level for younger ears.


Ann Biggs & Ruth Bramley Fundraising Concert

Sat 26th Oct 2019

Saturday 26 October : Doors 7pm, concert 7.30pm Fundraising concert for Haddenham Arts Centre Tickets £5 (licensed bar) on sale soon. Join us at the Arts Centre for an evening of music from two talented local artists to help support the work of our Community Interest Company. Ann and Ruth first sang in public as a duo in 1988. More than 30 years later, they are still singing together.

Over the years they have sung at music festivals, concerts, parties, museums and folk clubs as well as many schools and playgroups. Their songs include traditional and contemporary folk, and even some self-penned, which they perform either a cappella or accompanied by guitar, banjo or other instruments.

Tickets now on sale. Tel: 01353 749188


Meet Author William Shaw

Mon 28th Oct 2019

William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction Peter James Author of the Breen and Tozer series and the Alex Cupidi books.

William has been nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger and the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year. William will speak about his characters, how the books are written, and the landscape which os so much a part of his stories. Books on sale at the event, plus refreshments!

Buy your £3 ticket in advance from Ely Library.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ely-library/


Superhero Training Camp

Thu 31st Oct 2019

Family event for families with children ages 4 - 11

Come and develop your superhero skills in our Light Party training camp zones: Lab, Gym, Kitchen and Classroom. Including a meal fit for Superheroes: BBQ, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows!

Please email office@stmarysely.org with any special dietary requirements.

Dress as your favourite superhero or come in brightly coloured clothes Free tickets available at s-t-c.eventbrite.co.uk. Donations welcome on the evening. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Men's Breakfast

Sat 2nd Nov 2019

You are invited to a Men's Breakfast at St. Mary's Church Hall.  9am - 10.30am

Graham Daniels will speak about his life in football, as well as the impact of sport on his life. Graham is a director at Cambridge United Football Club and formerly a professional player with Cardiff City and Cambridge City. He is also General Director of Christians in Sport. 

https://www.stmarysely.org


Art Unequalled

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

Returning for the 9th Year an event you won't want to miss.

Art unequalled returns to Ely again for its fabulous winter 2 day event. Come and see an inspiring mix of some of the country's most talented Artists and Craftspeople. Now an established highlight in the Ely Calendar, Art Unequalled brings together makers from across the UK to present and sell their high quality handmade artwork direct to the public. The event offers the opportunity to purchase something truly unique for your home, yourself or your loved one, just in time for Christmas! Many of the exhibitors also work to comissions.

Further details contact Sally Dunham 07850 286566 or email info@art unequalled.co.uk

http://www.artunequalled.co.uk/


Hare walk

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

2pm - 3pm  Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays only

Join one of our guides for a walk in search of hares. Hares are adapted to open country, and you can't get much more open than the landscape of the Fens. But most people only catch a glimpse of a hare on the arable land, as they drive around this area. Our guides will take you for a walk onto an area of wetland not normally open to the public, but which is particularly good for hares. During the winter the added advantage of short vegetation makes these mammals easier to observe. With a bit of sunshine, the hares can often be tempted to go in search of females, which can lead to some early boxing! book online.

FREE to members. Included in admission, you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/hare-walk/5470


The Origin of the Species

Sat 2nd Nov 2019

Come and see the remarkable story of how Charles Darwin came to discover the secrets of evolution, and why it took him over twenty years to publish his theory.

This show is packed with big ideas, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and cracking original songs.

Refreshments available. Suitable for: Families with children aged 6+ yrs, children under 12yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets; £4 Concessions; Family Saver (any ticket combination but must include at least one adult and one child) £14 Buy tickets from Ely Library or:

 https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/library-presents-origin-species


Ely Fireworks

Sat 2nd Nov 2019

The annual Ely Fireworkd event will take place in Cherry Hill Park, Saturday November 2nd from 5.30 pm. The guy competition at 6pm will be judged by the Mayor of Ely and the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm. The fireworks spectacular will start at 7pm with a phenomenal pyrotecnics display by Fireworks Crazy Ltd.

We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Sallis and his BBC Radio Cambridgeshire team as media partners for the second year runnning. By popular demand, hot food and drink will be provided byt Ely District Scouts BBQ team with their impressive range of hotdogs,burgers, chips, hog roasts, chilli bowls and jacket potatoes.

Event supporters, JG Amusements will provide a funfair throughout the evening.

Advance Tickets * will be on sale from these outlets from 8th October: 

Ely Fudge, Market Place, Ely: Sainsbury Customer Service, Lisle Lane, Ely: Ely Tourist Information (online ticket sales available), Cromwell House, Ely: Toppings Books, High Street, Ely: Atrium Fitness, Newnham Street, Ely: Littleport Bargain Centre, High Street, Littleport: Soham Books, High Street, Soham: Twin Smith Motors, Pound Lane, Sutton.

Advance tickets are priced at: Adult - £5. Children - £3. Family of 2 adults and 2 children (not available on the gate) £15.

Prices at the gate are: Adults - £6, Children £4.

Please Visit facebook.com/FireworksEly to view our terms and conditions of sale.

* Ticket sales are limited in accordance with safety planning. Bearers of tickets purchased in advance are guaranteed entry. However, ECET reserve the right to close gates early or permit advance ticket only entry if capacity is reached. To avoid disappointment please purchase your tickets in advance. Produced by the Ely Community Events Team (ECET), run by community volunteers from Ely and Soham Rotary Clubs together with Ely District Scouts This event is supported by local businesses, Ely Cathedral, King’s Ely and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

This is a community event run by community volunteers, all net proceeds will be donated to local charities.


Floodlit swan feeds

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

6.30pm - Saturdays and Sundays Only

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide. You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark. The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night. Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep. The guide tells the story of the swans and their journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain. Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them. The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions and get a bit of help reading any leg rings.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Time: 6.30pm start. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/floodlit-swan-feeds/2772


Ely 'On Par' Firework Display

Tue 5th Nov 2019

"Remember, Remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot" It's nearly that time of year again, since last year was such a success. We thought we would do this year on the Traditional Night! Which is the first time in 37 years a firework display has been done in the Ely area on the fifth. So if you would like to come, tickets are now on Sale from the Clubhouse, Spotted in Ely, Fencabs and Platinum Properties.

Local singer Sophie Frear (https://www.facebook.com/sophiefrearmusic/) has agreed to perform for us before and after the fireworks. There will be fairground rides, food, outside bar and of course the main attraction Fireworks! We hope you will all come and wrap up warm for a spectacular 'light up the sky' event! 

https://www.elydrivingrange.com/


Christmas Cracker Making Workshop

Sat 9th Nov 2019

Get crafty and amaze your friends and family with handmade crackers this festive season! Learn to make Christmas crackers with different designs and personalised gifts, jokes and decoration.

All materials provided, but bring along your own accessories if you wish. Buy your £4 ticket in advance from Ely Library. This workshop is for Adults and over 14s only.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ely-library


Charity Fundraising Ceilidh

Sat 9th Nov 2019

Join in an evening of dance and entertainment in aid of Royal Papworth, Addenbrookes and Macmillan Charities. This fun-packed evening will be held at Needhams Hall, Ely College Downham Road CB6 2SH. The evening will include ceilidh dancing, folk music and a buffet supper. To purchase your ticket please follow the link below, or purchase from Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwells House, or Babylon Gallery, Waterside Ely.

https://clients.wegottickets.com.

 


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


Performance Skills and African Township Theatre Workshop

Sun 10th Nov 2019

Take part in drama, movement and music games to explore the fascinating life of Nelson Mandela inspired  by Tangle Theatre Company's show, 'Water, Bread and Salt'. Learn skills in spoken word and how to combine rythmn with frozen action scenes. This fun workshop will increase your confidence in performing and storytelling. Suitable for adults and chilren (7+years), children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

Tickets: £5 (standard) £2.50 Concessions/Senior/Child/Student/Jobseeker

Tickets available from Ely Library or:

https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/library-presents-performance-skills-and-african-township-theatre-workshop-0


Mucky Pups - Batty November

Wed 13th Nov 2019

10:15-11:45 Games, crafts and outdoor activities for pre-school children, all on a seasonal theme. Perfect for little explorers! Leave your best clothes at home and be prepared to have fun getting a bit wet and muddy!

Booking essential. £5.00 per child. 01353720274


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


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


Discovery Morning with Fiona Lucraft (Kettle's Yard)

Thu 14th Nov 2019

The second in our series of Discovery Mornings at Haddenham Arts Centre. 20 High Street, Haddenham, CB6 3XA. 10.30am - 1pm, arrival from 10am.

Admission : £20 including tea or coffee & biscuits. Optional £5 for soup & roll. Plentiful free onsite parking. An inspiring morning with Fiona Lucraft. Kettles Yard in Cambridge.  

Enjoy a unique and inspiring arts venue showing Jim and Helen Ede's modern British art collection alongside natural and found objects in their home. In this discovery morning we will explore the Ede's ethos and collection which includes sculpture, collage, drawings, painted inscriptions, calligraphy and naive painting.

To book call us on 01353 749188.


Swans Awake

Sun 17th Nov 2019

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting

£12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-1/5462


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

 


Swan supper

Fri 22nd Nov 2019

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints 

£27.95 per person, book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-1/5435


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/


City of Ely Christmas Lights

Fri 29th Nov 2019

DATE FOR THE DIARY!

Are you interested in having a stall ?

This is a hugely popular event and always very well attended. So don't miss out on a stall.

Call Sarah Jay today on 01353 661047 or email her sarah.jay@cityofelycouncil.org.uk


Lucy Boston's Green Knowe

Sat 30th Nov 2019

Discover the extraordinary life of Lucy Boston: patchwork quilt queen, passionate gardener, writer of intricate stories, and inhabitant of an ancient manor house.

Diana Boston presents a fascinating history of The Manor at Hemingford Grey, Lucy Boston's life and accomplishments and, of course, the beloved Green Knowe series of books. Green Knowe merchandise on sale at the event, plus refreshments!

Buy your £3 ticket in advance from Ely Library.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ely-library/


Love Local Christmas Event

Thu 5th Dec 2019

Returning to the Maltings Ely is this increasingly popular event organised by Abi Garland from Love Lane. 

Come and enjoy even more independent businesses all under one roof as the Maltings hosts a fabulous shopping event with everything from crafts, homewear, fashion, jewellery and much more. Music and entertainment and food will be available on the night, plus a lovely seasonal drink and a gift for just £4 pp.

What's not to love about this love lane event! If you would like to book a ticket, please contact Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell's House, or Jensen's Boutique Ely or From Abi by emailing lovelane2014@hotmail.com  

Don't miss this wonderful Christmas event!

Tickets now available to purchase through our box office 

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

 

 

 

 


Beauty and the Beast (Wilburton Theatre Group)

Thu 5th Dec 2019

Its (nearly) Christmas which means only one thing ... Panto Time !!

Witchford Theatre Group proudly presents a noda production of Beauty and the Beast, so come and cheer on this great cast by singing loudly and enjoying yourself. Tickets wont last long so get yours before the last petal falls.

DATES 5th, 6th & 7th December Times: Starts @ 7.30pm / Saturday 7th MATINEE at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue: St Peters Hall, Wilburton, CB6 3RB

Tickets: Adults £8 / Concessions £6 Family £24 (2 Adults & 2 Children) / Group Discounts Available

Booking Wilburton Post Office

or on-line

 www.wilburtontheatregroup.com


Festive Wreath Workshops

Fri 6th Dec 2019 - Thu 12th Dec 2019

Come and have fun, maybe learn a new skill, and create your very own beautiful festive wreath for your front door. No previous experience is needed you will be taken through, step-by-step. The wreath will have a moss-based ring, then covered in festive folliage followed by a choice of decorations from natural natural pine cones and cinnamon bundles through to baubles and a bow and finally a ribbon to hang up your wreath. Everything you need is provided, plus refreshments.

Choose from either 6th December or 12th December 2-4pm, the Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely CB7 4HF - £45 per person

https://www.visitely.org.uk/whats-on/

https://www.popupblooms.com/


Swans Awake

Sun 8th Dec 2019

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-2/5463


Dick Whittington

Fri 13th Dec 2019 - Sun 5th Jan 2020

Ely's Magical Pantomime Adventure 

The amazing KD Productions have released the dates for this year's Pantomime, Dick Whittington! Come and join in the laughter, fun and frivolity at The Maltings, Ely from December 13th through to January 5th. Tickets now available to purchase from the link below, so get the date in your diary and your tickets booked. Visit Ely will be running a family ticket competition, so keep you eyes peeled for further information.

 www.kdtheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 


Art and Science Workshop

Sat 14th Dec 2019

A workshop by artist Tinkamel for inquisitive and creative minds to make art that lights up!

Experiment with a range of techniques, components and power sources (including solar energy and smart textiles) to create inventive and beautiful electronic circuits on paper or fabric. All materials provided. Check it out: www.tinkamel.co.uk

Suitable for: Families, Adults and Young People (8+ yrs) Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets: Standard £5. Concessions Child/Senior/Student/Jobseeker/Access £2.50. Tickets available from Ely Library or at

https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/library-presents-art-and-science-workshop-1


Breakfast with Santa - Lions Club of Littleport

Sat 21st Dec 2019

21st, 23rd & 24th December 2019   8am start.

Breakfast with Santa at The Almonry, High Street, Ely.

Tickets £3.50 Adults, £6.50 Children.(includes a present for every child)

This event sells fast so please book early!

Contact: David and Jenny Ellis. Tel:  07817 592438 or email breakfastwithsanta1@yahoo.com

 


Swan feeds

Thu 26th Dec 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

12pm

As the cold weather continues join us for additional swan feeds in the middle of the day for an extra chance to see our swans and ducks being fed. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and as the guide makes their way out to feed the birds, watch a serene lagoon turn into a feeding frenzy! Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. Look out for other ducks joining the feed in the coldest months of winter - Brrr! The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/12noon-swan-feeds/5471


Christmas Eel Walk

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Walk off that Christmas dinner and enjoy the importance of the Eel Trade to Ely and how it shaped the history of this magnificent City. Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage and see Ely in a whole new perspective with the aid of our very knowledgable guide.

Walks begin from Oliver Cromwell's House and pre-booking is advised.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3542

 

 


Christmas City Walk

Sat 28th Dec 2019

Walk off the Christmas Dinner and enjoy a walk discovering the history of this magnificent city and enjoy being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and walkways. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of the trade in this former Isle of Eels.

Walks start from Oliver Cromwell's House at 11.30

Distance is approximately 1 mile and usually takes 1 hour 30 minutes

Booking essential to avoid disappointment 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3544


Christmas Riverside Walk

Sun 29th Dec 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. 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=booking&objectid=3546


The Snowman - with live orchestra

Mon 30th Dec 2019

Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated film of The Snowman this Christmas, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life and featuring the much-loved classic 'Walking in the Air' a festive favourite for the whole family.

The worlds leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions enchanting show has been seen by over 150,000 people, with performances at many of the countrys finest Cathedrals and venues. Their world-class orchestra comprises musicians drawn from the UK's top orchestras. The concert opens with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley followed by a fun guide to the orchestra, offering the young audience members the valuable experience of seeing and hearing the instruments individually. This is followed by an exclusive animated film, The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. This beautifully-illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure was first brought to the big screen in 2017, in a specially commissioned version by Carrot Productions which captures the essence of the original. With music by Daniel Whibley played live by a professional orchestra, and a narration recorded by superstar Joanna Lumley this entrancing creation looks set to become a family favourite for the next generation.

As featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. Sheer Brilliance. A music box of delights. A truly enchanting Christmas experience.

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/carrot-productions-present-the-snowman

 

 

 


Swan Supper

Fri 10th Jan 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints.

£27.95 per person, book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-2/5459


Swans Awake

Sat 18th Jan 2020 - Sun 19th Jan 2020

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-4/5465

 


Crowns and Gowns - An exhibition

Sat 1st Feb 2020 - Sun 15th Mar 2020

A fabulous collection of costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes footage and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies filmed at Ely Cathedral.

This fascinating exhibition will showcase some of the most iconic gowns and outfits from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Kings Speech. Macbeth and The Crown. These movies bought global award winning actors to the Cathedral including Cate Blanchette, Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Exhibition Opening Times Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday: Midday to 3.45pm

Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Swan supper

Fri 7th Feb 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints 

£27.95 per person, book online 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-3/5460


Swans Awake

Sat 15th Feb 2020

6am - 9am   

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting.

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

 https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-6/5467


Swans Awake

Wed 19th Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-7/5468


Swans Awake

Fri 21st Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands.Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-8/5469