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Gods of Sport: 50 Years of Sporting Photography by Chris Smith

Sat 28th Jan 2017 - Sun 18th Jun 2017

A temporary exhibition of stunning black and white sporting photography by award winning photographer Chris Smith. Chris Smith has devoted half a century to capturing the drama, beauty, challenges and elation of sport, winning many prestigious awards along the way. In 1976 Chris moved to The Sunday Times, acting as their principal sports photographer for 30 years. This exhibition celebrates five decades of Smiths iconic work, with over 50 photographs including Muhammad Ali, George Best, Ayrton Senna, Seve Ballesteros, Lester Piggott, Sir Henry Cecil along with a selection from Olympic Games. To see some images in the collection click here. Access is included in admission tickets – see our website for more details: 


Website - www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk


Boxiana: Heroes of the Ring

Sat 28th Jan 2017 - Sun 18th Jun 2017

A temporary exhibition of prints from the BSAT collection, telling the story of prize fighting and the first sporting celebrities from 1788 – 1860. Access is included in admission tickets – see our website for more details.

 

Website - www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk


Peter Marlow Exhibition - The English Cathedral

Sat 11th Feb 2017 - Wed 5th Apr 2017

42 photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England are to be exhibited in The Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. This is only the second time this work has been displayed in one of the spaces featured in the series and the first time the project has been exhibited within the region. In 2008, the British photographer, Peter Marlow, was commissioned by the Royal Mail on the occasion of the 300th Anniversary of the completion of St Paul's Cathedral, to photograph 6 cathedrals and it was this that inspired him to continue the project. In the following 4 years he shot all 42 cathedrals. Open Daily. Standard Cathedral Admission charges apply.

Website - www.elycathedral.org  


Easter Suncatchers

Sat 1st Apr 2017

A seasonal family workshop where you can decorate your own acrylic suncatcher to hang in a window at home. No need to book in advance, just drop in between the advertised times. Suitable for children of all ages. £2 per child 

 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com


World Wetlands Day Walk

Sun 2nd Apr 2017

Join Wicken's rangers for a guided walk to discover the history of the fen, Wicken's amazing wildlife, and the National Trust's ambitious plans to expand the nature reserve.

Tickets £5.50 (includes a hot drink) from the Visitor Centre on 01353 720274


Glass Fusing

Wed 5th Apr 2017

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

Please note, due to kiln firing times artwork will be available for collection the following week. 

Website - www.stainedglassmuseum.com

 


Jack and the Beanstalk

Thu 6th Apr 2017

Easter Holidays Join us for fun children's crafts and activities based on the 'Jack and the Beanstalk' story. Suitable for children aged 5 - 11 years - Tickets are £3 per participating child and booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets may not be available on the day. 

 

Website - www.elymuseum.org.uk 


Handel's Messiah

Sat 8th Apr 2017

HANDEL’S MESSIAH ELY CHORAL SOCIETY & ELY YOUTH CHOIR 

7.30pm

Conducted by: Andrew Parnell Elisabeth Rauch, Soprano Helen Charlston, Mezzo-soprano Oliver Martin-Smith, Tenor William Gaunt, Bass Edmund Aldhouse, Organ Ely Festival Orchestra, Leader: Helen Medlock 

 

Tickets £25, £20, £15, £8 (U18s £5) from Ely Cathedral Box Office - 01353 660349.

 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Bead Buddies

Wed 12th Apr 2017

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

 

Website - www.thestainedglasssmuseum.com


Egg-citing Easter Crafts

Thu 13th Apr 2017

Easter Holidays Come and join in with Fun Easter children\'s crafts and activities. Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Tickets are £3.00 per participating child and booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Tickets may not be available on the day. 

 

Website - www.elymuseum.org.uk 


Ely through its Architecture

Fri 14th Apr 2017

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

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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Historical City of Ely Walk

Sat 15th Apr 2017

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. 

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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Riverside Walk

Sun 16th Apr 2017

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.  

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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely's Monastic Walk

Mon 17th Apr 2017

Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in use today and listen to tales of monks and royalty. 

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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ask the Archaeologist

Sat 22nd Apr 2017

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

Website - www.elymuseum.org.uk


Street LIfe 1939-1945 Exhibition

Sat 22nd Apr 2017

One day exhibition by Viva (HLF project) 'Street Life 1939-1945 - a bridge to the local history on your doorstep' 

 

Normal Admission Charge: Adult £3.00, Concession £2.50, Children £1.00 ( under 6 free), Families £7.00 (2 adults & 2 children). 

 

Free parking. 

 

Website - www.prickwillowmuseum.com


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


Ely's Eel Festival Weekend - Eel Day

Sat 29th Apr 2017

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 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

Website - www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


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 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. 

Website - www.elycathedral.org


Living History Day

Sun 28th May 2017

One of the most popular events at Oliver Cromwell's House returns again for 2017.

What examples of history coming to life will appear this time

Website - Oliver Cromwell's House

 


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

 


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! 

 

Website - www.facebook.com/rubyredely


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. 

Website - www.prickwillowmuseum.com


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


Ask the Archaeologist

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