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Ely's Eel Festival Weekend - Food Safari

Fri 28th Apr 2017 - Mon 1st May 2017

The festival weekend kicks off with the launch of our fabulous Eel Food Safari and runs across all four days of the Eel Festival. Every year some of the finest restaraunts, cafes and other businesses in Ely create a dish or drink involving or inspired by the Eel.

In past years we've seen smoked eel platters and eel shaped cheese straws. We've even seen a cocktail inspired by the eel and it's more electifying cousin from the Atlantic!

Website - Eel Food Safari

LIBERA In Concert

Sat 29th Apr 2017

The internationally famed LIBERA boys choir present their special brand of choral music in a fully staged concert with orchestra and lighting including music from their brand-new album ‘Hope’.


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Ely's Eel Festival - Food and Drink Festival

Sun 30th Apr 2017 - Mon 1st May 2017

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.  We also have a beer tent and cocktail bar with some easy listening live music to enjoy.

This year we welcome into our fabulous Cookery Theatre internationally renowned  chef Theo Randall and current MasterChef’s winner Jane Devonshire who will be demonstrating a variety of dishes alongside some of our much loved local chefs. 

New this year is our Kitchen Pantry on St Mary’s Green with a selection of goodies to help stock your pantry, some handy gadgets and beautiful kitchenware along with a seating area and some scrumptious light bites.

Also the chance to personally meet and greet our celebrity chefs for a Q&A hour plus book signings at our “Audience With” sessions which will be held at Oliver Cromwell’s House.  Check out our website for booking details.

Website - Ely's Food and Drink Festival

Ely's Heritage Eel Walk

Mon 1st May 2017

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.  

To Book tickets please visit Oliver Cromwell's House on the link below or call 01353 662062

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Reach Fair

Mon 1st May 2017 - Mon 1st May 2017

The Fair will take place on the first May Bank Holiday which is Monday the 1st of May

The opening ceremony on the Fair Green by the Mayor of Cambridge accompanied by the Aldermen in their full regalia and newly minted penny coins are scattered for the children.

The ancient township of Reach, or as it was previously know Reche, has been inhabited for over 2,000 years. It was the centre of considerable trade in mediaeval times and was granted a charter to hold an annual fair at Rogationtide by King John. Later, as the activity on its hythes decreased and its maritime importance declined, Reach gradually turned into a purely agricultural community. Reche the port has gone but Reach the hamlet remains and continues to thrive.

Website - Reach Village

Ely Sailing Club Open Day

Sat 6th May 2017

Ely Sailing Club Open Day 2017 Saturday 6th May 2017 1:00pm to 4:00pm 


Food and Drinks Available 


Free Admission


Shore-based and water-based activities for all the family! Sailing Taster Rides, Powerboat Tours, Bouncy Castle, BBQ and Bar, and lots more!  If you are unable to attend, we will be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 11th May 2017 from 6:00pm. 

Ely Cathedral Science Festival

Fri 19th May 2017 - Fri 16th Jun 2017

A month long event of interactive fun and discovery exploring science and the natural world through art, music, exhibitions and fun activities for all ages. This extraordinary festival will involve science shows, live experiments, prehistoric creatures and fascinating talks by leading experts. Highlights include a lecture by Prof Robert Winston, a dinosaur dig with a life size T REX and a Sci-Fi Prom featuring music from favourite composers and movies.

For the duration of the Festival a specialist exhibition will be on display in the Lady Chapel exploring the world of science from 'Dinosaurs to DNA' providing a rare opportunity to see many national and local artefacts of great scientific significance including an original copy of Darwin\'s Origin of Species and over 2 metres of remains of a Late Jurassic Pliosaur discovered in the Cambridgeshire Fens in the 1950s.

The Cathedral will be adorned with a science themed art work from over 500 local children and a specialist suspended installation by award winning contemporary artist, Alex Carr. The Cambridge Science Centre\'s Pop Up \'Science Laboratory\' will be a permanent feature of the event.

View the full list of Science Festival events and a copy of the brochure on our website. 

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Meet the Cromwells!

Sun 28th May 2017

Oliver Cromwell’s House comes to life like never before, with each room in this remarkably well preserved seventeenth century home brimming with long lost energy. Oliver is coming home and bringing the family with him!

This is your chance to witness a snapshot of the life and times of one of England’s most iconic and divisive men. Discover the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. Spend some time with our very own “Spinster”. Meet a veteran soldier, from “The Bishops Wars” and discover what he’ll be taking to battle with him and meet his close ally, the Civil War Surgeon with all his grizzly tools! Leaving the horrors of war behind, join our skilled book binder who will be demonstrating how books were created during the 17th century. Finally, in the Haunted Bedroom, meet “The Man Himself” – Oliver Cromwell, in his twilight years, ready to answer those questions you’ve always wanted to ask him.

Website - Oliver Cromwell's House


"Dancing Dragonflies"

Tue 30th May 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents:

Inspired by the colours and patterns on display in the Museum, make a dragonfly with decorative plastic wings and beaded eyes. No need to book in advance, just drop in during advertised times. Suitable for all; £3.50 per child. 

Session Times -1.30pm to 2.30pm or 3pm to 4pm

Coloured Glass Fusing

Wed 31st May 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents:

Learn to cut glass and create your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 Suitable for ages 7+; All children must be accompanied by an adult £12 per child 

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Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Sat 10th Jun 2017 - Sat 15th Jul 2017

Isle of Ely Arts Festival 2017: Celebrating Arts and Culture throughout East Cambridgeshire.

Once again we are bringing together both community and professional groups for your enjoyment. Our theme this year is "The Fens" which we are interpreting fairly loosely as a “watery theme”. Groups represent "The Arts" in all its many and varied forms: Theatre; Literature/Spoken Word; Music/Dance; Visual Arts; Cinema; Leisure.

Our full programme of events takes place across the East Cambs District between the dates of Saturday 10 June and Saturday 15 July. More info can be found on our website. 

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Bead Buddies

Sat 10th Jun 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents:

Inspired by the glass on display at the Museum, join us for a weaving workshop where you can make a creature out of coloured glass beads. Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 Suitable for ages 7+; All children must be accompanied by an adult £3.50 per child 

Session Times -1.30pm to 2.30pm or 3pm to 4pm


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Sutton Beast

Sun 11th Jun 2017

For the Millennium Celebrations of 2000, a 7 mile Multi -Terrain Run was organised and implemented in Sutton. Named ‘The Sutton Feast Beast’, it established itself in the running calendar with great success. In it's latter years the run was re-named ‘The Tony Robinson Memorial Run’ after its organiser sadly passed away.

Alongside this main event was ‘The Sutton Mini Beast’, a 2 mile fun run aimed at non serious runners, children and families. This was equally successful. After a year off, 'The Beast' was back bigger and better than ever in 2014 with the new Tony Robinson 10k and Mini-Beast 2.5k runs and the success continued in 2015 and 2016!

Our key aim has always been and continues to be for this event to be friendly, welcoming, and open to the whole community. Please show your support by entering either race or coming to support family and friends on the day. There are age group prizes as well as momento medals and various other goodies for all finishers in both runs. Places in both runs are limited so please get your entry in early to avoid disappointment.

We are pleased to advise that 25% of any proceeds after the event will go to our chosen charity - 2017 TBC. With the remainder going towards the running of other Sutton Feast events in Sutton throughout the year and towards next years 'Beast'. The Sutton Feast Committee is a non-profit making organisation.


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Cambridgeshire Yoga and Vegan Festival

Sun 11th Jun 2017

Visit Cambridgeshire's first-ever Yoga & Vegan Fest to participate in more than 40 Yoga and meditation sessions, enjoy yummy vegan and raw vegan food, shop for vegan products and attend talks. 


This festival is a celebration of two things that are changing the world for better – Yoga and Veganism. Cambridgeshire is home to many talented Yoga teachers and Yoga schools. Get an opportunity to meet them under one roof. 


Date: Sunday 11th June


Time: 9.15am-5pm 

Venue: The Paradise Centre, Newnham Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PQ 


Entry fee of only £4 (online) and £5 (on door) entitles you to attend all (40+) Yoga sessions and talks for free. Free entry for children (under 16 years) when accompanied by an adult. 

Ely's Aquafest

Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Welcome to Aquafest, Ely's Premier Community event which will be in it's 39th year in 2017! Aquafest covers three premier sites along the riverside, Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green,and is a must for families of all ages and interests. Whether you are 9 or 90 Aquafest has something to offer YOU!

There is also the fun fair, beer tent, burger bar and stalls - a miscellany of charity stalls, with charity, craft and a variety of business stalls there providing something of interest to all. A major crowd pleaser is the amazing Annual Raft Race on the River Ouse, with numerous decorated rafts, everyone enters into the spirit of the day and fun is had by all. Meanwhile the two arenas provide varied entertainment through the day, often featuring local talent. There is music, dancing, interesting demonstration and audience participation.

Website - Aquafest


Ely Folk Festival 2017

Fri 7th Jul 2017 - Sun 9th Jul 2017

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment.

With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, the festival is a wonderful and great weekend or day out.

Website - Ely Folk Festival

World Pea Shooting Championship

Sat 8th Jul 2017

Witcham sees the 47th holding of the World Pea Shooting Championship &  Village Fair on the Green at 12 pm.  (Competition starts around 1pm). This is the main fund raising event of the year for the upkeep of the Village Hall.

Website - Witcham Village


Tea-Light Aquariums

Tue 25th Jul 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents: 


Inspired by our Underwater Scene glass panel, make an aquarium-themed jam-jar lantern. No need to book in advance, just drop-in during advertised times. Suitable for all; All children must be accompanied by an adult £3.50 per child.


Session Times - 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm 

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Rock of Ages

Wed 26th Jul 2017 - Sat 29th Jul 2017

From the directors of the sell-out Ely productions of Sister Act and The Wedding Singer, in July of 2017 Ruby Red will produce legendary musical Rock of Ages at the Maltings in Ely. 


ROCK OF AGES is a pop-rock duke box musical built around classic rock songs from the famous 1980’s. Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A., to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands, playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! 


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Coloured Glass Fusing

Thu 27th Jul 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents:

Learn to cut glass and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 Suitable for ages 7+; All children must be accompanied by an adult £12 per child.

Session Times - 10am to 12noon or 2pm to 4pm 

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1940s Day at Prickwillow Museum

Sun 6th Aug 2017

With period clothes,hair and make-up, traditional 1940's food, music and dancing, military and domestic vehicles, memorabilia. Why not dress in 1940's style and immerse yourselves in the event! Normal Event Admission Charges: Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00, Children £2.00 ( children under 6 free) Families £12.00.

The Fantastic Engines will be running at intervals throughout the day at all of our events.

Hot and cold food. Free Parking. 

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Nostalgia Day at Prickwillow Museum

Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Featuring Cars, tractors, stationery engines and much more! Normal Event Admission charges:Adults £5.00, Concessions £4.00, Children £2.00(children under 6 free) Families £12.00. The Fanbtastic Engines in the Musem will be running at intervals throughout the day at all of our events. Hot and cold food availalbe and free parking.

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Ask the Archaeologist

Sat 9th Sep 2017

Finds Event. Bring along your archaeological finds for our experts to identify. Free entry to event. 


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