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The Beautiful Stitch

Tue 5th Feb 2019 - Thu 28th Feb 2019

The Embroiderers Guild Collection is full of stories behind the techniques and styles of embroidery on display. The Beautiful Stitch represents the variety and scope of the Collection, including textiles from the 16th Century to the present day with examples of many techniques and from many countries. For this exhibition, five themes were chosen, representing particular strengths of the Collection.

Embroidery as Art considers the emergence of textiles as an art form in the 20th century, when new materials and techniques became popular and art schools and colleges began to offer degrees in the study of textiles in many contemporary styles. Embroidery in Education examines the importance of education; from early needlework samplers stitched by young girls in the 17th century; when samplers were produced as a reference for stitches. The Embroiderers Guild has been a leading light in embroidery education from its beginnings in 1906, to the present day. Embroidery as Fashion looks at the embellishment of clothing and accessories with embroidery and encompasses work by professional embroiderers and current experts in the field. Embroidery as Industry shows how embroidery spread from individuals, through cottage industries to the mass production of embroidery in factories. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


STRAY

Wed 6th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

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

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Open Gardens

Sat 9th Feb 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019

Snowdrops followed by Daffodils at Chippenham Park

10.00 am  - 4.00 pm

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

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

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

http://www.chippenhamparkgardens.info

 

 


Stained Glass Museum- Half Term Activities

Mon 18th Feb 2019 - Fri 22nd Feb 2019

Come and join us for a range of family friendly activities this half term.

Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th February- 10am-12pm Join us in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral for these free Family Drop-ins including crafts, trails and games.

Pirate Ship Lantern making- Friday 22nd February 10.30am-1pm. Inspired by our beautiful sailing ship glass panels, make your own Pirate ship themed jam jar lantern in our Museum workshop.

No need to book in advance, just drop in for this session. Suitable for ages 4+ and costs £3.50 per child. Free Discovery Bags and Museum Explorer trails also available all week to help young visitors explore our collection. 

https://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Children's Level 1 Glass Fusing

Tue 19th Feb 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own fused glass artworks. These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who want a little more practice. Workshop times: 10.30am-12.30pm; or 1.30pm-3.30pm

£10 per child Under 8's must be accompanied at all times. Pre-booking is essential on 01353 660347 


Wild Wintery Art Adventure at Wicken Fen

Tue 19th Feb 2019

Wintery February fun with sticks, clay, mud and other naturally arty materials

Come and make a variety of winter weather themed outdoor nature crafts, enjoy exploring the site, and get a bit muddy too! 

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


Go Wild - Winter Outdoor Survival at Wicken Fen

Thu 21st Feb 2019

What do we, and other animals, need to survive out in the wild? 

How do animals use their senses to keep fed, warm, and safe during the winter? You will be useing map skills/simple orienteering, animal tracks and signs, games and activities to help be more like the wild animals of Wicken.

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


Wedding Open Day

Sun 24th Feb 2019

Come and join Poet's House for a glass of bubbly and see the hotel dressed to impress for a wedding, and a chance to view their beautiful bedrooms too! For ideas for table decorations, flowers, photography to entertainment, it's the ideal opportunity to discuss your ideas with the hotel team. 

http://www.poetshouse.uk.com/events-and-offers.html


Writing The Fens

Sat 9th Mar 2019

Taught by Costa-shortlisted novelist Guinevere Glasfurd, this workshop will consider the Fens in fiction and non-fiction, and explore how the setting has inspired writers. Produce a piece of writing, fictionalizing an aspect of the fen landscape; what do you see, a wild, unpeopled place, or a landscape shaped?

No previous experience or prior knowledge is required, just a natural interest and enthusiasm

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


Mucky Pups - Muddy March

Wed 13th Mar 2019

Join us at Wicken Fen with your pre-school little ones for a morning of outdoor activities and nature exploration.

Seasonal fun, craft and adventure for under 5s 

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


Ely Brick Show

Sat 16th Mar 2019

A showcase for some fantastic Lego models featuring the incredible Brick on Sea Lego City that has trains, a Beach and a fairground as well as a whole host of buildings. There will also be Robot Wars - with a chance for you to battle it out using robots constructed from Lego kits. Other displays will include Big Ben, Tower Bridge and a Castle. There will also be a Great Ball Contraption - a mind-boggling moving display!

Fundraising for the Ely CAP Debt Centre. All the proceeds of the day will go to the Ely Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre. 

 https://www.countessely.co.uk/elybrickshow2019


The Music Makers

Sat 13th Apr 2019

ELGAR THE MUSIC MAKERS POULENC GLORIA BRAHMS ALTO RHAPSODY

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

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

http://www.elychoralsociety.org/concerts


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19th Apr 2019

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

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

http://www.chippenhamparkgardens.info


Easter Walks Programme - Historical City of Ely Walk

Fri 19th Apr 2019

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

What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Ely Heritage Eel Walk

Sat 20th Apr 2019

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

Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgable guide.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Riverside Walk

Sun 21st Apr 2019

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

This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportuniy to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


Easter Walks Programme - Architecture Guided Walk

Mon 22nd Apr 2019

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

Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


In conversation with Hala El-Shafie

Sun 5th May 2019

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

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

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


May Day holiday walk - Ely Eel Heritage Walk

Mon 6th May 2019

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

Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgable guide.

Distance:  approximately 1 mile

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

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


In conversation with Aldo Zilli

Mon 6th May 2019

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

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

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


Ely Outdoor Sports Association Open Day & Car Show

Sat 8th Jun 2019

 12.00 - 10.00 pm

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

There will also be a delightful selection of cars, stalls as well as food and drink with music till 22.00. Entry is FREE all day. The Open Day will be brought you by EOSA in association with Spotted in Ely and SA Events If anyone would like to be involved with the event or would like a stall / car pitch please email saeventsuk@outlook.com

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

 


Aquafest

Sun 7th Jul 2019

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

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

 http://www.elyaquafest.org.uk


Ely 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