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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.

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 or call us on 01353 662062.

Exhibition of architectural glass

Thu 7th Jun 2018 - Thu 19th Jul 2018

Exhibition of architectural glass featuring selected entries from the 2018 Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass Stevens Architectural Glass Competition.

FREE ENTRY to exhibition Mon-Date: 10:30-17:00 / Sun: 12:30-16:30

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass (‘The Glaziers’ Company’) has been running the prestigious annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition since 1972. It is open to student glass artists and designers and those who have commenced their vocation in glass within the last eight years. The Stained Glass Museum is delighted to be able to put on display to the public some panels by emerging glass artists which were submitted to this year's competition.


Sat 9th Jun 2018 - Sat 7th Jul 2018

ISLE OF ELY ARTS FESTIVAL 2018: Celebrating Arts and Culture throughout East Cambridgeshire. 

Once again we are bringing together both community and professional groups for your entertainment.  Our theme this year is "Flora and Fauna" with many of our events reflecting the natural world and scenery around us.  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 9 June and Saturday 7 July, with something for all the family to enjoy.  Pick up a Brochure locally and visit our website for more info. 

Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4AU 

01353 616991

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival - 'Kaleidoscope of Life'

Thu 21st Jun 2018 - Sun 24th Jun 2018

'Kaleidoscope of Life' takes place in the magni?cent setting of Ely Cathedral. 

This major Flower Festival is expected to be one of the largest and most spectacular events in the East of England. Over 50,000 blooms will adorn the Cathedral in breath taking displays depicting ‘Life’. The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival. Throughout the event, Ely’s 14th century Lady Chapel will host a programme of musical performances. Visitors to the Festival can also enjoy ?oral demonstrations by professional arrangers as well as an opportunity for shopping in the Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. 

Preview Evening - 20 June Tickets to the Preview Evening are limited and will include a drinks reception in the Bishop’s Garden with special guest Diarmuid Gavin. Military Wives Concert - 22 June A special evening viewing of the Festival preceded by a concert with the Military Wives Choir. For full ticketing information and times please see our website.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons and other Venetian Masterpieces

Thu 28th Jun 2018

St Mary's Church Ely

Thursday 28th June 2018, 7.30pm - 9.15pm

To book tickets: please call 07505542924 or book online via

Tickets £15, £5 children (includes refreshments during the interval)

Eboracum Baroque in collaboration with Ely College and the Ely Gin Company are delighted to return to St Mary’s Church, Ely to present a programme featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. ) This concert is part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. 

The concert features a rarely heard version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged in the 18th Century for Recorder and Harpsichord which we be performed by virtuoso recorder player, Miriam Nerval. There will also be famous arias and instrumental works by Handel and Vivaldi performed by the professional period instrumentalists and singers of Eboracum Baroque. This concert will also feature musicians from Ely College who will perform with Eboracum Baroque and during the interval. It promises to be an evening of great music and a celebration of local produce!

*Eboracum Baroque will be visiting schools across East Cambridgeshire for a day of education workshops introducing primary and secondary school children to baroque music and learning all about Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, complete with a thunderstorm body percussion piece!

Ely Aquafest 2018

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Aquafest, Ely's Premier Community event which will be in it's 40th year in 2018!

Ely Aquafest is held on the first Sunday in July, the date for 2018 is Sunday 1st of July 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.

Big Band Swing Gala Night

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Fans of big band swing, jazz and dance are in for a treat on the 1st of July 2018 at 7.30 pm at the Ely Maltings, at the Big Band Swing Gala Night, giving patrons the chance to re-live the heady atmosphere of the floor shows of the 1930’s and 40’s. 

With live Eddie Seales Big Band will be a guest singer and dancers and featuring the trumpet of Johnny Welsford  as the 40’s trumpet star and bandleader,Harry James.

John has played in a wide range of  professional groups in Europe, Japan, Africa and of course, the United Kingdom and Channel Islands , including the Gerry Bosman Pops Orchestra ,the SABC symphony orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, He has also worked with the music producer, Bruce Cassidy, formerly of Blood Sweat and Tears. John formed a special connection to the music of master swing and jazz trumpet player, Harry James and often performs tributes to him, having met his hero in the early 1970’s , on one of the bandleader’s last tours to the UK and prior to John winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London .

The band will play a selection of hits of the era and there will be a licensed bar and food available.  To capture the atmosphere there are a limited number of floor-side table seats with wine as well as the usual seating and a dance floor for those wishing to strut their “Strictly” or “freestyle” routines with no judging!  Optional 40’s dress.

 Tickets-    Limited Floorside Table Seats with Wine £25 (Discount for group of 4 or more- first come first served )

 Seated:   £15 £12 available from:     The Ely Tourist Information Centre 01353 662062

A Celebration of Peace

Wed 4th Jul 2018

Music Celebrations International presents A Celebration of Peace in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Featuring a chorus of 250 from across the United States of America, singing music by Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Dona Nobis Pacem Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus Sancta Civitas With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra Stephen Cleobury and Craig Jessop, Conductors In aid of Ely Cathedral One hundred years after the end of World War I, a massed choir of 250 singers from across the United States comes together on American Independence Day to perform a Celebration of Peace with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, under the batons of Stephen Cleobury (Kings College, Cambridge) and Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).

This unique concert will include Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, Dona Nobis Pacem, Sancta Civitas, 5 variants on Dives and Lazarus, and other works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Premium tickets cost £15, including preferential reserved seating and a glass of wine during the interval. Other tickets £10 (unreserved). Concessions £8 in £10 seats. In aid of Ely Cathedral.

Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office, tel 01353 660349, email or online from

Flora and Fauna

Fri 6th Jul 2018

The Isle of Ely Arts Festival presents Clare Hammond, pianist FLORA AND FAUNA.

A colourful and inspired musical journey in celebration of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival Franz Schubert Four Impromptus, opus D899 Felix Mendelssohn Presto from The Bee’s Wedding Edmund Finnis Youth Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble-bee Claude Debussy Selection from Préludes Ewan Campbell Flight of the Killer Bee Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petroushka Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievements. Tonight she takes us on a colourful and inspired musical journey in celebration of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival, with works from Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov. 

The City Choir of Washington in Ely

Sat 7th Jul 2018 - Sun 8th Jul 2018

Sat 7th July 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Sun 8th July 1pm - 3pm Ely Cathedral

Classical Movements presents The City Choir of Washington on their debut tour of England in July 2018. Under the direction of its GRAMMY award-winning conductor Robert Shafer, in only 10 years TCCW has built a reputation as one of the capital’s premiere choirs, with the Washington Post heralding them \"a first-class chorus.\" Their tour program combines American, English and French choral works spanning the 19th century to today.

A highlight of this tour will be the Choir’s own 2012 commission, Sir John Tavener\'s Tolstoy\'s Creed, alongside the Fauré Requiem and works by Robert Shafer and Eric Whitacre. PROGRAM: Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes Robert Shafer (b.1946) The Chelsea Carol Eric Whitacre (b.1970) The Lamb Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) Tolstoy’s Creed 2012 Commission by the City Choir of Washington Sir John Tavener Requiem in D Minor, op. 48 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Cambridge Open Studios

Sat 7th Jul 2018 - Sun 29th Jul 2018

Artists will open their doors to the public over four weekends in July. Among the huge range of specialisms will be: fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture making, and more besides.

The weekends are: July 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29. Studios are open to visit between 11am and 6pm. However, as not all artists will exhibit every weekend it is important to check the website, or refer to the famous yellow guide. These guides will be widely available in local outlets including libraries, tourist information sites, galleries and selected shops.

Cambridge Open Studios now has an app to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for and plan their days out. You can search by the artist’s name, medium (painting, pottery, glass etc.), and location. There’s also a button that suggests studios to visit nearby. So it’s easy to find exactly the kinds of work you want to see and to work out a route around a particular area. The app will be available to download by mid-June for Apple and Android.

This year there are 87 venues to visit in central Cambridge and Grantchester and a further 134 venues in the wider Cambridgeshire area – including a large cluster of studios in Ely.

The studios are spread throughout the whole region, not just in the city centre. As usual, the distinctive yellow COS flags will be out to identify participating studios.

In the months leading up to the open studio event, many artists will be running workshops, courses and exhibitions. Members of the public can keep up to date on their activities via the COS website or by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @CamOpenStudios, where they can also follow specific artists.

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.

Spinney Festival 2018

Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Sun 15th Jul 2018

Spinney Festival 2018 – Spinney Abbey Farm, Wicken near Ely, CB7 5XQ

Live music throughout the weekend including The anecdotes, Special Groove, Barefoot Doctors, Jem Howe, Josh Robins, Iron Fist, Park lane, The off beats, Heaven for leather , Akimbo, The Ouse Valley Singles Club, The Indie Tones, Moody Swing Things, Andy Botcher and Graham Buxton.

Friday or Sunday £10

Saturday or all weekend £20

With camping £25

Children under 14 Free

This is a charitable event.

The Central Band of the Royal British Legion Anniversary Concert

Sat 21st Jul 2018

A unique opportunity to see The Central Band of the Royal British Legion in concert to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the WW1 and the founding of the RAF. Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar, Nigel Hess, Coates and more. Tickets £10, £15, £20, £29.50 available from 7 May Box Office: 01353 660349

EACH Ely Colour Dash

Sat 11th Aug 2018

10.00am - 13.00pm

Ely Colour Dash in aid of East Anglia\'s Children\'s Hospices.

A 5K run with an exciting twist! Have fun, get covered in colourful paint powder and raise money for a local cause. A fun day out for families, groups of friends and more serious and competitive runners.

To purchase tickets please visit


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 or Box Office: 01353 660349.