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Summer Guided Walks

Sat 22nd Jul 2017 - Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Every Saturday and Sunday from 22nd July until 3rd September 2017 at 11.30 am

This Summer, discover Ely as never before. Ely's Tourist Information Centre presents a series of weekend guided walks of Ely, covering a variety of subjects and, with the wonderful knowledge of our Guides, you'll see Ely as you've never seen it before.  The current list of topics that will be covered are as follows:

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. 

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 opportuniy to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

Monastic Ely

Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in residential use  and listen to tales of monks and royalty as you are guided through Ely's rich ecclesiastical history, encampuslated in some of the most magnificent monastic buildings in the country.

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 knowledgable guide.

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 and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely Flavours of the World International Food Market

Sat 26th Aug 2017 - Mon 28th Aug 2017

Ely is likely to be abuzz with locals, out-of-town shoppers and tourists over the Bank Holiday Weekend in August when the colourful International World Food market "Flavours of the World" sets up stall in the city. The Flavours of the World international market comprises carefully selected stalls which will trade in the High Street and the Square, Ely from Saturday through to Bank Holiday Monday 26th-28th August 2017. The market will comprise international traders selling top quality artisan-produced foods and craft products from around the world. Flavours of the World is organised by international market operator Savoir Fayre and facilitated by East Cambridgeshire District Council and the City of Ely with a view to bringing more footfall and consumer spend into the City. As part of the deal the Flavours of the market will be advertised and promoted by the operator throughout East Anglia and beyond. The aim is that the extra visitors attracted into Ely will also spend money in shops, cafes and bars. 'We love Ely because of its beautiful setting, pleasing architecture and ancient historic cultural and trading connections' sad Conrad Murray, spokesman for market organiser Savoir Fayre. 'Flavours of the World is a market crafted to stir the senses and appeal to locals and tourists alike. We work hard to create an international atmosphere so people can enjoy exotic flavours and unusual aromas and delight in products they might not otherwise see or buy everyday.'

 

The manifest for Ely includes stalls selling Italian sweets and biscuits and delicate nougats; unusual cheeses not easily found in the UK which reflect the cultural and culinary traditions of rural France; and a stall which sells cured meats and scrumptious rustic saucisson sourced from every corner of Europe. There are also specialist stalls offering an unrivalled choice of ground coffee and mustards. 'All of our traders are especially chosen for the knowledge of and passion they have for the products they sell and their delight in offering tastings and explaining the particular characteristics and features of the goods they sell\' says Mr Murray. And beyond the stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market has traders who showcase the beauty of international craft traditions. They include bowls and ornaments carved from Moroccan marble; Baltic amber set into handcrafted jewellery; finely woven Italian clothing; and rugs and throws from Morocco and Turkey. One stall sells an astonishing 60 varieties of beauty bars and natural soaps derived from olive and argan oil. 'We delight in bringing stalls which offer unusual goods, a wide choice of products and good value to our customers. 

 

Website - www.themarketpeople.com


The Old Hall, Ely - Summer Open Day

Mon 28th Aug 2017

11am - 4pm

The Old Hall, Ely invites you to discover their unique setting and heritage on this spectacular "Open Day" - Discover their "Indiviual Approach" ethos and find out why they are one of the most popular wedding venues in East Anglia.

 

Website - www.theoldhallely.co.uk


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.

Website - www.prickwillowmuseum.com


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


Heritage Weekend - Oliver Cromwell's House Open Night

Fri 8th Sep 2017

Friday 8th September Only

5pm - 8pm (Last Admissions 7pm)

Free Admission 

Visit this impressive historic house at dusk and experience domestic life in the 17th Century in our re-created period rooms. Play with the toys of the times and venture into the Haunted Bedroom if you dare! 

No pre-booking necessary.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Heritage Weekend - Ely Museum Open Night

Fri 8th Sep 2017

Friday 8th September Only

Free Admission

Take this free opportunity to visit our bright, friendly local history museum.  Displays include original prison cells, fossils to touch and Roman remains. 

No pre-booking necessary.


Heritage Weekend - Ely Cathedral Open Night

Fri 8th Sep 2017

Friday 8th September Only

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Free Admission

One of the most magnificent examples of medieval architecture in Europe, Ely Cathedral is steeped in history, which dates back to the 11th century. 

The Cathedral will be offering Twilight Tours of either the historical West Tower or the world famous Octagon Tower.

Places for the tours are limited to two tickets per person and must be pre-booked via our website

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Ask the Archaeologist @ Ely Museum

Sat 9th Sep 2017

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

 

Website - www.elymuseum.org.uk


Heritage Weekend - Ely Through it's Architecture

Sat 9th Sep 2017

11.30am 

What better way of discovering the wealth of architecture of some of Ely’s period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide.

Departing from Ely Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell’s House.  Places mus be pre-booked.

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk  


Heritage Weekend - Old Palace Tours

Sat 9th Sep 2017

10 am to 4 pm, departing every 40 mins

The splendid Bishop’s Palace dating from the 15th century, now owned and managed by Kings School Ely, is open for guided tours.  There will also be an illustrated talk in the Lecture Theatre by Francis Young, author of “A History of the Bishop’s Palace at Ely”, which will be repeated several times during the day as well as an exhibition for the Long Gallery entitled “Prisoners in the Palace”.  This tells the story of the Catholics imprisoned in the Palace during the reign of Elizabeth I .  Three simultaneous tours will depart from the main entrance hall.  Pre-booking advisable. 

Telephone -01353 660700

Email - EmandaMoscatelli@kingsely.org


Heritage Weekend - Ely Cathedral West Tower Tour

Sat 9th Sep 2017

10am 

Ely Cathedral will be offering a tour of the famous West Tower at 10:00 am. At 215ft high, the West Tower offers one of the most spectacular views across the Cambridgeshire landscape.

Places for the tour is limited to two tickets per person and must be pre-booked via our website.

Website - www.elycathedral.org

Telephone - 01353 660359


Heritage Weekend - Ely Museum Tour

Sun 10th Sep 2017

11am

Let our knowledgeable guide lead you around Ely Museum exploring the fascinating history of The Old Gaol. Discover fascinating local archaeology, learn about the Fenland landscape and spot Oliver Cromwell’s signature.

Children can pick up one of our ‘Explorers’ Kits’ from the front desk.

Places must be pre-booked via Oliver Cromwell's House

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Heritage Weekend - Silver Street Cottage No. 7

Sun 10th Sep 2017

10.30 am - 4 pm

A chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings.

Places most be pre-booked

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Heritage Weekend - Silver Street Cottage No. 9

Sun 10th Sep 2017

10am - 4pm

A chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings.

Places must be pre-booked 

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Heritage Weekend - Prior Crauden's Chapel

Sun 10th Sep 2017

10am - 4pm

Rarely open to the public, don’t miss the chance to visit this impressive 14th Century chapel with its wall paintings and medieval tiled floor.

Places for the tours are limited and must be pre-booked via the Ely Cathedral website.

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Heritage Weekend - Old Porta Tours

Sun 10th Sep 2017

Tours - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

Ely Porta was once the main entrance to Ely monastery and through it passed travellers, pilgrims, royalty and local people selling their wares to the monastery.  Today it houses the Kings’ School Library and you can marvel at the architecture of the building and its impressive collection of books.

Places must be pre-booked via Oliver Cromwell's House

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk 


Heritage Weekend - The Monastic Barn

Sun 10th Sep 2017

Tours - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

Situated beside Cherry Hill Park the Monastic Barn was built c.1375 in the reign of Edward III for storage of wheat, malt, salted meat and other foodstuffs.  Now a magnificent dining hall for the Kings School with arched doorways and exposed beamed ceiling.

Places must be pre-booked via Oliver Cromwell's House

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk  


Building the Picture: Investigating the Life of St Cuthbert Window, York Minster - The Stained Glass Museum autumn talk by Katie Harrison (University of York)

Wed 13th Sep 2017

The fifteenth-century Life of St Cuthbert Window in York Minster is one of Britain’s largest narrative windows, with seventy panels showing scenes from St Cuthbert’s life. The scale and past rearrangement of panels make it difficult to unravel the original narrative and its significance. To accurately identify the original design of the window requires an understanding of past production and repair approaches, as well as close analysis of surviving physical evidence and documentary sources. This paper will discuss how different types of evidence are combined to confirm the subjects of the panels and their place within the narrative, bringing new light to this monumental window. Katie Harrison is a doctoral student at the University of York Open to all.

This is the first talk in The Stained Glass Museum\'s autumn lecture series. Building the Picture: Investigating the Life of St Cuthbert Window, York Minster Katie Harrison (University of York) Wednesday 13 September, 2pm Tickets: £7.50 for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum (£9 for non-Friends)

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Aesthetes and Anglicans: Sacred Beauty in Stained Burne-JonesGlass and Painting by Edward Burne-Jones - Autumn talk by Ayla Lepine (University of Essex / University of Cambridge)

Wed 20th Sep 2017

Throughout the last half of the nineteenth century, Edward Burne-Jones’ contributions to the visual arts consistently offered images that put themes of beauty and religion in intimate dialogue. This lecture focuses on both famous and lesser-known projects, and on Cambridge in particular, to draw out some of the themes common to Anglicanism’s Gothic Revival and the Aesthetic Movement as seen through the lens of Burne-Jones’ artwork. Burne-Jones’ unique understanding of what some in the late Victorian era termed ‘the cult of beauty’ was at the forefront of his expressive and distinctive style. Whether designing stained glass to direct worshippers’ hearts to heaven, or producing paintings focusing on the joys and sorrows of earthly love, the relationship between religion and Aestheticism was always a close and complex one.

Open to all, this is the second talk in The Stained Glass Museum\'s autumn lecture series Aesthetes and Anglicans: Sacred Beauty in Stained Glass and Painting by Edward Burne-Jones Dr Ayla Lepine (University of Essex / University of Cambridge) Wednesday 20 September, 2pm Tickets: £7.50 for Friends of the Stained Glass Museum (£9 for non-Friends).

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


All 250 stained glass windows of Ely Diocese - a talk by Steve Day

Wed 27th Sep 2017

Steve Day has been a parish priest in Ely Diocese for 8 years, and an enthusiastic photographer of stained glass windows for far longer. He has recently been given the opportunity to survey all the windows in the parish churches of Ely Diocese. This talk will give an insight into some of the splendid stained glass windows to be found in church buildings in the Ely Diocese. 

 

Open to all, this is the third talk in The Stained Glass Museum\'s autumn lecture series All 250. The stained glass windows of Ely Diocese Revd Steve Day (Vicar, Papworth) Wednesday 27 September, 2pm Tickets: £7.50 for Friends of the Stained Glass Museum (£9 for non-Friends).

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Craig Ogden plays "Rodrigo"

Sat 30th Sep 2017

Craig Ogden plays Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in Ely Cathedral Saturday 30 September 2017 7.30pm 

 

Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Arturo Márquez Danzon no.2 Ludwig von Beethoven Symphony no.2 Craig Ogden Guitar Steve Bingham Conductor and Ely Sinfonia 

 

Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most electrifying classical guitar players of his generation. His albums frequently top the UK Classical Chart and composers are lining up to write music especially for him. On September 30th 2017, he joins Ely Sinfonia in Ely Cathedral to play what is arguably the most famous guitar concerto of all time, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Inspired by the gardens at Philip II\'s spring palace, the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, this exquisite piece evokes the sounds of nature to transport the listener to another place and time. The Concierto de Aranjuez heads up an exciting programme that also includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and Danzon no.2, a delightful little piece by the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, and finishes with Beethoven's virtuoso Symphony no.2. 

 

Tickets cost £25, £20, £15 (reserved) and £8.50 (unreserved). Concessions are £15 in £20 seats. They are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office

 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Recently Completed Architectural Glass Commissions - A talk by artist Derek Hunt

Wed 4th Oct 2017

Derek Hunt is a renowned British glass artist who designs glass artworks for public spaces, including libraries, schools, hospitals, theatres, and churches. He works with sculptural objects which can be hung on wires or fixed to walls, and also makes traditional stained glass. Every project is unique, with a focus on collaboration and community engagement being at the heart of many commissions.

Open to all, this is the fourth and final talk in The Stained Glass Museum\'s autumn lecture series Recently completed architectural glass commissions Derek Hunt FMGP ACR Wednesday 4 October, 2pm Tickets: £7.50 for Friends of the Stained Glass Museum (£9 for non-Friends).

 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


Authentic Indian Cookery Lesson and Lunch

Fri 13th Oct 2017

Learn to cook an authentic 3 + course Indian meal, and enjoy a sit down lunch of the dishes cooked at the end!

 

A hands on lesson so do bring an apron! All ingredients provided.


Tickets are priced £59 per person.

 

Website - www.cambridgecookingclasses.co.uk


Apple Festival 2017

Sat 21st Oct 2017

Ely is holding its annual Apple Festival in celebration of the great British Apple. The original idea of an Apple Celebration in Ely was the brainchild of Watergull Orchards, apple producers and previous traders at Ely’s Farmers Market. They attended many other Apple Festivals in the region and thought it would be an excellent idea to do one in Ely. Our event has now developed into one of the best festivals in the area. The event provides interest and intrigue for all sorts of people whether you are interested in the educational, environment or simply the fun angle of the day.

Our experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will once again be in attendance to identity any apples that you care to bring along. Apparently, it is easier to identify if you can bring a long part of the stalk and/or leaf as well as the actual apple so if you have been mystified as to what kind of apples were growing in your garden all these years, bring a sample along.

There will be several competitions, woodturning demonstrations, storytelling and activities running throughout the day including the ever-popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races, and an apple shy.

Apple delights can be tasted at the Watergull Orchards marquee where a whole range of apples and juices are on offer. There will also be a hog roast with applesauce, pork & apple burgers and sausages.

Folk music and Morris dancing will be performed throughout the day to add to the ambience of this wonderful day on Saturday 21st October.  We hope to see you there!

E-mail - tic@eastcambs.gov.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


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


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


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