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Behind Closed Doors - "A Cruel and Creepy Christmas" with Prof A Bismal

Thu 21st Dec 2017 - Fri 22nd Dec 2017

The nights have drawn in, the frosty mornings are upon us and Oliver Cromwell’s House have decided to bring Professor Arthur Bismal in from the cold!

Christmas is his favourite time of year and he has spent many moons pondering it’s origins, from where we get Chocolate Christmas logs from, via Christmas Dinner during the times of George IV (Georgie Porgy of Nursery Rhyme fame!) with a quick stop in the Trenches of the First World War before hearing about what’ll happen to naughty children (No, it’s not a lump of coal!) and finishing in traditional style with a Spooky Story just like your Great Great Great Granny would have heard on Christmas Eve when Queen Victoria was still reigning.

As always, The Professor’s tours are suitable for Children aged 4 to 104 but young people must be accompanied by an Adult. 

Tickets - Adult - £7 and Under 16 £5

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Ely Christmas Holiday Walks

Tue 26th Dec 2017 - Mon 1st Jan 2018

Take an Ely amble and burn off that Christmas dinner on one of our Historic City of Ely Walks.

Dates available include:

Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December

Wednesday 27 December

Saturday 30 December

Sunday 31 December

New Years Day Monday 1 January

All walks commence from Oliver Cromwell’s House at 11.30 am.  

All tickets £5.00 

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The 9th Elysian Winter Beer Festival

Fri 26th Jan 2018 - Sat 27th Jan 2018

Friday 26th January 2018 from 10.30am to 22.00pm & Saturday 27th January 2018 from 10.30am to 20.00pm There will be a wide range of beers (approximately 84) and ciders (approximately 20) on offer for your enjoyment – the final beer and cider list will be available on Monday 22nd January 2018 on the website and on our Facebook page. There will be gluten free and vegan beers available for those who wish to partake of them. Breweries to be featured will include: The Three Blind Mice Brewery – Bexar County Brewery – Xtreme ales Micro Brewery – and Mile Tree Brewery –


Programmes will be available on the day which will also list all the beers available. Please be sure to like our Facebook page @ElyAnd DistrictCamra and also follow us on twitter @ElyBeerFestival to receive regular updates. Many thanks must go to the Sponsors of this event: The Drayman’s Son – 3@3 Real Ale and Craft Beer Café – The Prince Albert Public House and The Three Blind Mice Brewery The Town House

We look forward to seeing you there. 

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