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What's On - Key Events

Eerie Ely - Guided Ghost Walk

Thu 7th Sep 2017 - Thu 30th Nov 2017

7th September until 30th November 2017 - Every Thursday at 7pm!

Ely - by day, a tranquil pocket City in the heart of East Anglia. A beautiful riverside andf a bustling centre. But by night, the City is a different place.

Join our skilled guide as he takes you on a tour of Ely by Twilight, exploring the hidden horrors, terrifying tales and things that go bump in the dark.

Tours leave promptly at 7pm from Oliver Cromwell's House and tickets MUST be pre-booked.

 

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Art Exhibition - Kate King, Diana Kazemi & Cathy Parker

Thu 5th Oct 2017 - Sun 29th Oct 2017

October Exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House featuring ceramics and paintings - Open Daily: 10.30am until 5.30pm

Preview October 5th 6-8pm.

Free entry, all welcome.

Teas, coffees and cakes served 10.30am - 11.30am and 3.45pm - 5.15pm daily. Lunch and dinner bookings taken by reservation 12-2pm and 7-9pm. 

Website - www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


In The Moment - Michael Randall

Thu 5th Oct 2017 - Sun 29th Oct 2017

Preview Thurs 5th October 6-8pm. Free entry, all welcome. 

Exhibition continues 6 – 29th October 2017. 

 

Cambridgeshire based artist, Michael Randall believed that the finest art was based on traditional skills of drawing, composition and understanding colour. 

 

Website - www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk

 


St Peter's Singers of Leeds Choir Tour of East Anglia

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

Leeds Minster-based St Peter’s Singers will be touring East Anglia from Saturday 21 October until Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Hear this renowned chamber choir, celebrating its fortieth anniversary year, singing glorious English and Continental choral music featuring composers for whom 2017 also marks a significant anniversary. ELY CATHEDRAL Monday 23 October Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm St Peter\'s Singers will sing Choral Evensong to music by composers with a significant anniversary this year: Francis Jackson, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier in October, and Claudio Monteverdi (born 1567). Preces and Responses - Bernard Rose Psalms 114 and 115 Edward Bairstow and Melville Cook Evening Canticles in G Minor Francis Jackson - Beatus Vir Claudio Monteverdi David Houlder - organ Simon Lindley - Conductor 

Website - www.stpeters-singers.co.uk


Coloured Glass Fussing

Wed 25th Oct 2017

Learn how to cut glass, and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Please note that due to kiln firing times work will be available for collection approximately one week after the workshop.

 

Work can be posted to you for an additional charge; please request this option at the time of booking, or on the day of your visit. Suitable for children aged 7+ Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 

 

Cost of the workshop is £12 per child 

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

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Autumn Leaves

Fri 27th Oct 2017

Join us for a painting workshop where you can decorate your own hanging acrylic leaf decoration using glass paints. No need to book in advance, just drop in. £2.50 per child, accompanying adults free of charge 

 

Workshop times: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm Suitable for all ages 

 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Fenland Spooktacular

Fri 27th Oct 2017

Come in costume (if you wish) for some scary fun, games & craft activities on the fen. Suitable for children aged 3 - 10 years. A further session is available from 2 - 4pm. 

 

Tickets £5.50 per child from the NT Box Office on 0344 249 1895 - advance booking essential as spaces are limited. 

 

Website - www.nationaltrust.org.uk 


Introduction to Mindful Birdwatching

Sat 28th Oct 2017

Join Claire Thompson, author of 'The Art of Mindful Birdwatching' to discover how mindfulness can enrich our bird watching experiences, and how birds can do wonders for our hearts, minds & well being. 

 

The workshop is suitable for both novice & expert bird watchers. Tickets £15.00 - advance booking essential. Please wear good walking boots and clothing suitable for the weather. 

 

Website - www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave - Ely

Sat 28th Oct 2017

World-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish launches it Witches and Wizards themed event in Ely this October!

Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013.

'Reliably excellent' - The Guardian (May 2017)

'The best day of my life' - 6 year old BFLF attendee

'Makes me glad I had children' - BFLF regular

Winner of Best Family Event, Family Festival Awards 2014-17 Time Out '101 Things to do with Kids in London'

Moving Shadow records DJ Trax, Supported by Countmonkula will be playing (grown up) oldschool dance music in the beautiful Maltings in Ely. Confetti cannons, bubbles, giant parachute dance. Amazing Facepainting stall from https://www.facebook.com/events/672761782912722/

Over 3 Years Old - £4 Ticket

Craft tables with giant mural, themed crafts and playdoh. Fully Licensed bar. 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 and played at a safe level for younger ears. Optional fancy dress theme: Witches + Wizards. Free chocolate milk drink from Rebel Kitchen. DANCE, LAUGH, CRAFT AND GET DAFT - see you on the dance floor Ely!

Website - www.eventbrite.com


Art Unequalled

Sat 4th Nov 2017 - Sun 5th Nov 2017

With a reputation for the high quality of art and craft on display and the friendly welcome, Art Unequalled returns to The Maltings, by the beautiful riverside in Ely on 4th and 5th November for the seventh year.

The event promises to bring together a fabulous collection of the highest quality artists and craftsmen from across the country for you to meet. Several artists will be demonstrating their craft during the weekend and all artists will be on their stand and happy to discuss their work with you. Whether you are looking for a fabulous addition for your home or yourself or want to start your Christmas shopping, you are sure to find something truly original at Art Unequalled.

There will be items to suit all budgets including jewellery, glass, ceramics, wood, sculpture, furniture, textiles, print, illustration and mixed media. Put the date in your diary today! 

Website - www.artunequalled.co.uk


A Choral Celebration

Sat 4th Nov 2017

A Choral Celebration A collaboration between Ely Choral Society & Ribe Kammerkor the choirs of twinned cities Ely and Ribe in Denmark in the Octagon of Ely Cathedral Programme: GADE Morgensang; Benedictus and Amen BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb MENDELSSOHN Hear my Prayer SCHUBERT Mass in C RUTTER Angels’ Carol & Clare Benediction With organ solos by Lotte Bille Glæsel and John Wyatt Conducted by Andrew Parnell and Lotte Bille Glæsel Tickets £20, £15, U18s £5 Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and https://tickets.elycathedral.org/ or contact tickets@elychoralsociety.org 

 

Website - www.elychoralsociety.org


Show of Hands - The Cathedrals Tour

Wed 8th Nov 2017

Show Of Hands - The Cathedral Tour With guest Kirsty Merryn. In 2010 Show of hands embarked on their 'Spires and Beams' sell-out tour of churches and ancient buildings. 

 

Now, seven years later they are bringing their multi-instrumental virtuosity and haunting harmonies back some of our most beautiful Cathedrals. With a lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these iconic venues this is a chance to enjoy England's most popular acoustic trio in some of her best loved spaces. S

 

how of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music - England\'s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a "people's band", regularly voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport 

 

Tickets £29.50 (carers' free) available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) 

 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Ely Fireworks

Sat 11th Nov 2017

Ely Fireworks will once again be taking place this year and will be run by SA Events.

The event will open at 5pm on the 11th November and will finish at 9pm. The timetable is planned to feature the lighting on the bonfire at 6.40pm and the Fireworks will begin at 7pm. As with previous years there will be food & drink stalls and a funfair on site.

To help us run a safe event we please ask that :

- NO personal fireworks / sparklers are brought into the event

- NO fancy dress costumes

Tickets are avaliable from the Tourist Information Centre, Soham Books, Ely Specsavers and Littleport Bargain Centre.

Website - www.elyfireworks.co.uk


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Fri 17th Nov 2017 - Sat 18th Nov 2017

This event, now in its 6th year, is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences.

In 2017 we have an appealing selection of new trade stalls alongside our most popular previous exhibitors. Whatever you are looking for, whether a special gift, distinctive home wear and accessories, or seasonal produce, you'll be spoilt for choice. This high profile event, inside one of Cambridgeshire\'s most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out. An interesting programme of live demonstrations will feature throughout the 2 days to include festive cake decorating and seasonal floral arrangements. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Cathedral Choristers and other local performers.

On the Saturday there will be plenty of attractions for families including a traditional carousel plus some very special elves with their friendly reindeer. A wide selection of food traders will be on site during the event. The heated 'Café Marquee' provides the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy some delicious festive fayre.

Tickets - Due to the popularity of the event Pre-booking is essential as only a limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on the day. Tickets available from tickets.elycathedral.org or Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm)

Thursday Preview Evening - £6.50 (to include a glass of mulled wine) Friday & Saturday Shoppers - £4. Children under 16 FREE (when accompanied by an adult)

Travel & Parking A Park and ride service will be operating from the Cheffins machine sale ground on the outskirts of Ely. This service will be available on Friday and Saturday (daytime) only. Ely Railway Station is close the city centre and has direct train connections from all major routes.

Coaches & Groups welcome. Please call 01353 660359 for further information or email visits@elycathedral.org

Website - www.elycathedral.org


G4 - Christmas by Candlelight

Thu 23rd Nov 2017

G4 - Christmas by Candlelight Come and let G4's unique sound transport you into the festive spirit in a way you won't have imagined possible. 

 

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. There may even be a chance for you, the audience, to join in, if you'd like to... 

 

G4 continue to work in association with the charity Missing People and their Home For Christmas Appeal. For many, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones. Not everyone is lucky enough to be united with the people closest to them. Missing People are a lifeline when someone goes missing. Representatives from Missing People will be at the shows, shaking buckets and available to talk to. 

 

Tickets £32.50, £27.50, £22.50 available from Box Office: 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm)

 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Military Wives Choir - Home For Christmas

Wed 29th Nov 2017

Military Wives Choir - Home For Christmas 

 

With over 70 choirs in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings women in the military community closer together through singing. Being part of a Military Wives Choir makes a positive difference to women's lives by improving well-being, building friendships and developing skills. 

 

Now the Military Wives Choirs will tour UK cathedrals in 2017 with their 12-date Home For Christmas Tour. The choirs, all made up of wives and partners of Armed Forces personnel as well as women from the wider military community, will be delivering a festive treat. All tickets £27.50 unreserved, available from Box Office on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) 

 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Oliver Twist!

Thu 30th Nov 2017 - Sun 3rd Dec 2017


Join local community group CAT Theatre company in a tale of a poor orphan named Oliver Twist! Featuring talented children from Ely and the surrounding villages as well as adult characters such as Fagin, Nancy and Evil Bill Sykes. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic that you will not want to miss!

Performances:

Thurs 30th Nov 7:30pm - ALL TICKETS £10
THURSDAY'S PERFORMANCE WILL BE INTERPRETED INTO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF & HEARING IMPAIRED AUDIENCE MEMBERS WHO SIGN

Fri 1st Dec 7:30pm - Adult: £12, under 12's: £10 per ticket.

Sat 2nd Dec 2:30pm & 7:30pm - Adult: £12, under 12's: £10 per ticket.

Sun 3rd Dec 2:30pm - Adult: £12, under 12's: £10 per ticket.

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO SEE OLIVER THE MUSICAL NOW!!

Available online or at Burrows bookshop, Ely.

 

Website - www.ticketsource.co.uk/cately


Christmas at Poets House Hotel

Fri 1st Dec 2017 - Sun 31st Dec 2017

Christmas is upon us and the Festive period is all about food, fun and friendship. Why not enjoy a festive treat at one of Ely's finest eateries.

Festive Menus throughout December at Poets House Hotel and Restaurant.

Website - www.poetshouse.uk.com


Christmas Coloured Glass Fussing

Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Join us for a special festive edition of our popular glass fusing workshop.

Learn how to cut glass, and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Please note that due to kiln firing times work will be available for collection approximately one week after the workshop.

Work can be posted to you for an additional charge; please request this option at the time of booking, or on the day of your visit. Suitable for children aged 7+ Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 

Cost of the workshop is £12 per child 

Session Times - 10am to 12noon 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Coloured Glass Fussing

Sat 3rd Mar 2018

Learn how to cut glass, and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Please note that due to kiln firing times work will be available for collection approximately one week after the workshop.

 

Work can be posted to you for an additional charge; please request this option at the time of booking, or on the day of your visit. Suitable for children aged 7+ Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 

 

Cost of the workshop is £12 per child 

Session Times - 10am to 12noon 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Ely's Eel Festival Weekend - Eel Day

Sat 5th May 2018

It is to the humble Eel to which Ely owes so much; including the name of the City. How ever can we try and thank our beloved Eels? With a whole day dedicated to them!

The annual Eel Day Parade begins at 10.30 am from Cross Green (adjacent to Ely Cathedral).  Ely’s ‘Ellie the Eel’ will be heading the carnival inspired procession along part of the City’s Eel Trail Heritage Walk – everyone is welcome to join in!

We have a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including Folk Music, Eel Pottery Workshops, Music and Dancing, Historical Displays and Re-enactments with lots of family participation opportunities.  As you would imagine, eels feature massively in the day and there will be the chance to see live eels. 

Obviously it wouldn’t be Eel Day without the opportunity to sample what was once a staple food in the Fens, so this is your chance to taste smoked and jellied eels as well as more conventional forms of food. Not to forget our brilliant Beer and Cider tent, for washing down those fabulous smoked eels. 

 

Website - Ely's Eel Day


Ely's Eel Festival - Food and Drink Festival

Sun 6th May 2018 - Mon 7th May 2018

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.

Please check back regularly for announcements and updates.

Website - Ely's Food and Drink Festival


Coloured Glass Fussing

Wed 30th May 2018

Learn how to cut glass, and apply this skill to creating your own kiln-fired glass artwork. Please note that due to kiln firing times work will be available for collection approximately one week after the workshop.

 

Work can be posted to you for an additional charge; please request this option at the time of booking, or on the day of your visit. Suitable for children aged 7+ Advance booking essential on 01353 660347 

 

Cost of the workshop is £12 per child 

Session Times - 10am to 12noon 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com