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What's On - Key Events

New Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Sat 17th Feb 2018 - Sun 28th Apr 2019

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm.

Visit www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk for details about our Family Fun Thursday Escape Rooms during August

We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.

Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Polo & Picnic Days

Sat 12th May 2018 - Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Cambridge County Polo Club is opening its doors this summer to host a series of prestigious Polo & Picnic Days. 

Polo is fast becoming one of the most popular equestrian spectator sports, and weekend visitors can now get up close and personal to this glamorous “Sport of Kings” during the summer tournament season. Park alongside the pristine polo pitches at Cambridge County Polo Club and enjoy a picnic whilst watching this exhilarating sport. Selected food trucks will also be attending the events for those who prefer to buy something at the venue.

For dates and tickets please visit www.cambridgecountypoloclub.co.uk/


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. 

 www.elycathedral.org


Thursday Family Fun Sessions - Escape Room

Thu 2nd Aug 2018 - Thu 30th Aug 2018

Looking for something to do in the summer holidays?  We are running a series of Escape Room sessions aimed specifically, but not exclusively, at families.  If you have yet to experience the latest trending activity then take advantage of the reduced price of just £60 per sessions available on Thursdays in August only.  Sessions are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people and we advise children need to be over 13 years although younger aged children can participate.  These sessions would also suit birthday or other celebrations and we do allow groups of under 18s as long as an adult is present who can stay  with the Puzzle Master and view the action in the Escape Room from the outside!

So if you love finding clues and solving puzzles this is the perfect summer activity for you! 

For more information and to book your Family Fun Session go to www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely Art Society Exhibition

Mon 6th Aug 2018 - Sat 18th Aug 2018

Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Cards by members of Ely Art Society. There is a Special Open Day on Sat 11th August when there will also be Demonstrations, Displays, Children's Table, Refreshments.

Open daily from 10am until 5pm, entry is free and all are welcome.

 http://www.elyartsociety.com



Summer Guided Walks

Sat 18th Aug 2018

Riverside Walk

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.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.75 miles

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 19th Aug 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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely Summer Food Safari

Sun 19th Aug 2018

12.00 - 16.00

Meet us down by the riverside where we will begin our adventure on the Liberty Belle and meander along the the river where we will fill our senses with the sights and sounds of Ely at its best. Our adventure then takes on a mystery tour of some of the best food and drink establishments in Ely. Every tour will be different, depending on what is on offer on the day. The Safari will last around 3 - 4 hours and will be a gentle stroll through Ely. We will have at least 4 stops and will include an array of food and alcoholic drink to suit everyone. Rest assured, you will not go hungry or thirsty! So why not invite some friends and come as a group, or just come on your own and meet some new friends! Note - Over 18's only. 

http://www.elywineevents.co.uk/bookings


Bead Buddies

Tue 21st Aug 2018

Tuesday 21st August - 10.30am - 11.30am and 1.30pm - 2.30pm Join us for a weaving workshop inspired by the materials and colours from our collection.

Using glass beads, create lizards, snakes, flowers and other seasonal decorations to take home. £3.50 per child. Pre-booking essential. Call 01353 660347. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


LEONARD BERNSTEIN AT 100 WITH MAHLER'S RESURRECTION SYMPHONY

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Tickets are on sale now for 'Leonard Bernstein at 100 with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony'. On the eve of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday, experience this legendary concert film with a cinematic screening in remastered DTS surround sound in the place where it was recorded 45 years ago. Introduced by the director & Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton with broadcaster and film music concert producer Tommy Pearson. A truly unique and immersive experience which showcases Bernstein & Mahler at their best. 24th August 2018 7:30pm, at Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Tickets available from www.elycathedral.org or Box Office: 01353 660349. 


Flavours of the World at Ely Market

Sat 25th Aug 2018 - Mon 27th Aug 2018

9.00 - 17.00

'Flavours of the World' is a market crafted to stir the senses. Among the atmosphere, accents and aromas you will discover Italian sweets and biscuits from the home of the lightest nougats; cheese that characterises the cultural and culinary identity its hometown; along with cured meats, fuet and saucisson from every corner of France and beyond its borders; and stalls offering ranges of coffee and mustards, the breadth of which boggles the mind, but brought by traders with the knowledge and passion to enlighten you of the subtleties between them. Beyond those stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market brings traders arriving to showcase the beauty of craft that exists beyond our shores. From bowls and ornaments, carved from Moroccan marble and Baltic amber, set into handcrafted jewellery; to finely woven Italian clothing, rugs and throws and over 60 scents of soap, forged from olive oil and enriched with argon oils from Alep to Marseille. 

http://www.themarketpeople.com/


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 25th Aug 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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Jazz at the Babylon

Sun 26th Aug 2018

Also Sunday 30 September, Sunday 28 October and Friday 21 December

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

Early booking advisable

http://www.babylonarts.org.uk

 


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 26th Aug 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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks - Ely City Walk

Mon 27th Aug 2018

Eel Heritage Walk

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 knowledgeable guide.

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 1.5 to 1.75 miles

time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

 


Childrens Level 1 (Beginners) Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 29th Aug 2018

Ever wanted to try Glass Fusing or want a little more practice?

Join us 10.30am - 12.30pm for our Children's Level 1 beginners Glass Fusing Workshop. Learn how to cut glass and create your own glass fusing artworks. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing or who want a little more practice.

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

www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Childrens Level 2 Glass Fusing Workshop

Wed 29th Aug 2018

14.00 - 16.00 

Would you like expand your glass fusing knowledge and learn new techniques from a professional glass artist?

If you have done glass fusing before, join us for our Children's Advanced Glass Fusing Workshop. Led by a professional glass artist, build on your experience to create new and exciting glass art works. This is a glass fusing workshop for children aged 7 and over who have done glass fusing before.

£15 per child. Under 8's must be accompanied at all times. Pre-booking is essential. 

http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Heritage Weekend

Fri 14th Sep 2018 - Sun 16th Sep 2018

The City of Ely is steeped in history and is proud of its strong heritage with the largest collection of monastic buildings in private dwelling in Europe.  It is therefore fitting that we join in with the national Heritage weekend celebrations.  This provides an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors alike to see many of the City’s buildings for free and visit some venues not usually open to the public.

Please visit www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk to see what events are available and to book online.


A Celebration of Pop

Sat 29th Sep 2018

Anneli is staging a concert at The Maltings, Ely  'A Celebration Of Pop' and will be performing all her singles plus a selection of popular hits from 1970's to current day with a live band.

Tickets £7.50. Please visit www.themaltingsely.org.uk for tickets and information.

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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: www.ticketsource.co.uk/cately (18's only).

 


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!

http://www.elywineevents.co.uk/bookings  


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.’ 

www.kdtheatre.co.uk


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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


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

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk