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Rush Weaving Workshop

Fri 28th Jun 2019

Learn how to make your own rush mats and baskets using Cambridgeshire grown rush. This workshop is taught by local basket maker Nadine Anderson.

£65.00 Booking recommended 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Umbrella Big Band Ballroom & Swing Dance

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Dance or listen to the wonderful sound of the Umbrella Big Band playing great music from the 1920s through to the present day. The saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm section and singers of the Umbrella Big Band give you the best from the famous bands of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Joe Loss and many more.

Advance tickets: Members £8, non-members £10. On the night members £10, non-members £12. To book email info@hiam.org.uk or phone Veronica 07842-146308 or 01353-721061. BBQ food on sale: locally produced burgers (including vegetarian) and jumbo sausages. 

http://www.hiam.org.uk


History and Heritage Walking Tour

Sat 29th Jun 2019

This fascinating walking tour will give you an insight as to how Newmarket has developed from being a small, unimportant settlement in the 1200s to a favourite destination for Royalty in the time of James I, Charles I and the most notorious of the Stuart Kings, the Merry Monarch - Charles II. This is the perfect way to retrace the steps of royalty! You will hear how the town developed, in the words of James I from a 'quaint little village' into the Home of Horseracing but you will also learn that there is more to Newmarket than just the 3,000 horses in training in the town.

Join our History and Heritage Walking Tour and learn more about this fascinating town which has been a favourite destination for royals since the 17th century. The tour lasts approximately two hours, starting at 9am from the Rutland Arms Hotel and at the first point of interest, the Bill Tutte memorial where you will meet your guide and then enjoy the sights of historical interest including Palace House, The Jockey Club Rooms and Tattersalls, the world-famous auction house where horses are still sold in guineas. You will see where Kings built their palaces, the cottage where one of them housed his best-known mistress, Nell Gwynn, on his visits to Newmarket and All Saints Church which a famous family had turned around because it got in the way of their building plans! 

https://discovernewmarket.co.uk/places/history-heritage-tour/


DNA Genealogy Workshop - Ely Library

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Are you thinking of taking a DNA test? Try one or both of our workshops with genetic genealogist Dr Gleeson! 

10am-11.30am  - Exploring the types of DNA tests available and what to consider before deciding to buy one.

11.50am-1.20pm - Come along to the second session if you have taken a DNA test and want help interpreting the results.

Tickets £10 per session, or £15 for both sessions. Tickets must be bought in advance from Ely Library. Please bring your own laptop or device. Event generously supported by Cambridgeshire Family History Society 

 


Little Thetford Acorns Summer Fete

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Join our Summer Fete, 11am - 2pm.

Lots of Stalls, Games & Activities. Live Entertainment, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Bar, Greys of Ely bus, Face painting, Forest School Activities, Cake stall, Preloved Stalls, Raffle and much more....

All funds raised will help our pre- school! 

http://www.littlethetfordacorns.org.uk


Wicken Village Fete and Dog Show

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Wicken Village Fete is a wonderful traditional village fete in a lovely setting that makes for a great day out whatever your age. Entertainment by Michael Antony, Wicken Band, Simple Folk, stalls, games, prize draw, bbq and beer tent. The hugely popular dog show also returns for another year with a wide range of classes for all dogs, whether you want to enter just for fun or more seriously. 


Ely Consort - Feel the Spirit

Sat 29th Jun 2019

In St Mary's Church, Burwell, the combined forces of Ely Consort, the junior choir of Soham Village College and a talented quartet of saxophone, piano, bass and drums will perform John Rutter's energetic and uplifting Feel the Spirit - a collection of well known spiritual melodies including Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Deep river and When the saints go marching in. The programme also includes Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare, a setting for choir by the jazz pianist George Shearing.

Tickets: £10 prior, £12 on door (U16s free) online (+10% booking fee) or available in Burwell at Centre Peace, Post Office & Tina's 

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/elyconsort


SGMinis- Pre-School fun at The Stained Glass Museum

Wed 3rd Jul 2019

Come and join this fun pre-school story and craft session for Under 5s. Each month our stories and crafts are based on a different theme. This is a drop-in session so no need to book ahead.

The cost of £2.00 per child includes a hot drink for adults and a drink and biscuit for the children. Please be aware that the session takes place in the museum Gallery which is accessed via a stone staircase of approximately 40 steps. Buggy Park and toilet facilities are available on the ground floor of the Cathedral. 

https://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html


Robert Macfarlane in Ely

Wed 3rd Jul 2019

In 'Underland', Robert Macfarlane, the great nature writer of his generation, takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, 'Underland' is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Robert's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart. Summer wouldn't be the same without a visit from Robert; if you haven't heard him speak before, don't miss this opportunity. If you have, you will need no further encouragement! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/robert-macfarlane-6/


Free family Stained glass workshops

Sat 6th Jul 2019

In this fused glass workshop, led by June Massey, you will use small pieces of different types of glass to create a piece that will be inspired by the work of John Piper. You will make a coaster or decoration, using glass collage techniques, that post workshop will be taken to be fired in a kiln and returned to you a few days later. 

12pm - 1.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm June Massey : Stained Glass workshops (max of 8 per session)

Suitable for ages 8-16 years. Booking essential. 

http://www.babylonarts.org.uk


Aquafest

Sun 7th Jul 2019

Now in its 41st year the Aquafest, organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ely, will once again take place along the riverside in Ely. Main focus will be on the river with the Raft Race and demos by Hannam's Wake Hub and the Ely Rowing club. On Jubilee Gardens and Lavender Green there will be acts throughout the afternoon including Music, Dance, Children's races and a Birds of Prey display. There will also be a host of Fairground rides and other activities, charity and commercial stalls, catering and refreshment outlets and a host of other entertainment.

Free to all, please come along and join in the fun. For more information see our website and facebook pages.

 http://www.elyaquafest.org.uk


A Night at The Opera

Sat 13th Jul 2019

Come and spend and evening enjoying Bizet, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and more..... Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir will be performing as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival, at the Hayward Theatre, King's Ely, The Gallery Ely CB7 4EW

Tickets £18 - Adults include summer drinks.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Spanish Chef Jose Pizarro in Ely

Wed 17th Jul 2019

Our leading Spanish chef, Jose Pizarro, appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and has an award-winning collection of restaurants in London. His gorgeous new cookbook focuses on the mouth-watering dishes from the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Join us for a glass of wine and learn how to cook this wonderful food from a true master. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jose-pizarro/



Heading for Extinction and What to do About It

Sun 21st Jul 2019

The Heading for Extinction talk is a truthful and therefore quite shocking presentation of the scientific certainty surrounding the current state of Climate Collapse, but given in an understandable way for non-scientists. This talk is being given all around the country and internationally by the Climate Protection group Extinction Rebellion.

Your local group, Extinction Rebellion Ely are presenting this talk which is free and open to all adults and young adults. This event is not suitable for children.

  This is a free event but please book via "Eventbrite" so that the numbers can be managed.

   https://www.facebook.com/extinction.rebellion.ely/photos/gm.842827626086874/412095682731754/?type=3


Francis Pryor on the Fens

Wed 24th Jul 2019

Francis Pryor, Time Team's distinguished archaeologist, has lived in, excavated, farmed and walked the Fen Country for more than four decades. In 'Fenland: The Silt and the Black', a journey spanning history, archaeology and personal recollection, Francis reveals his great love for this most mysterious of English landscapes. The Fens are often regarded as a neglected backwater by those who don't know them; Francis will offer a very different view: that of a prosperous and vibrant land, from its levels and drains to its often surprising architecture. This is an evening guaranteed to educate and entertain in equal measures. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/francis-pryor-on-fenland/


Rebecca Harvey Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Pots for Flowers is a collection of ceramic vessels. The shapes and colours are inspired by Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging; the beauty of nature in Rebecca's garden; the wooded valley; the Cornish hedgerows.

Join us for the preview evening of Rebecca's work in The Upper Gallery. Also featuring Chris Witchall in the Lower Gallery and Christine Calow in the Sitting Room. Free Entry 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Christopher Witchall - Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Christopher Witchall is a realist artist whose subjects include Landscape, Seascapes and Urban Landscape. His paintings are inspired by a passion for the painting process and a fascination with the photographic image, combining traditional painting techniques with the realism and cool detachment of photography. Recently, he has been working on small scale paintings, creating a greater intimacy between the work and viewer.

Join us for the preview evening also featuring Rebecca Harvey in the Upper Gallery and Christine Calow in The Sitting Room. 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Christine Calow Preview Evening

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Christine's richly coloured and textured silkscreen prints and paper collages are inspired by her travels, to countries as diverse as India and Greece, containing elements from observation mixed with her own responses and experiences. "The process of silkscreen printing gives me the freedom to experiment with vibrant colour combinations and textures. I am fascinated by the ways in which colour can be used to define pictorial depth, to create mood and evoke emotion." 

http://www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 1)

Fri 2nd Aug 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own individual piece of kiln-fired art.

These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who perhaps want a little more practice. 

£10 per Child . Advanced booking is essential. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Lughnasadh Craft Fair - Ely Library

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Harvest a basketful of fine crafts, art, edibles and alternative practices at our eclectic and lively craft fair. Lots of beautiful, practical and delicious things to glean - bring a friend and celebrate this Celtic fire festival of plenty!

If you would like to host a stall, please email alvina.de-la-mare@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for details and an application form. 


Meet the Cromwells!

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

10:00 am until 5:00 pm

Join us as Oliver Cromwell's House comes to life for a very special family day of drama, music and history.  Meet the household servants as they prepare for Lammas-tide, an ancient harvest festival and make your own corn dolly.  

However, beware, as Cromwell is not known for his love of pagan and popish practices! Console his wife, Elizabeth in her grief at the loss of her eldest son to a deadly fever and spend time learning all about the medicines of the times.

This is a day not to be missed!

Adults - £6.20

Children - £4.50

Family Ticket (Two Adults and up to Three Children) - £18.00


Tea-light Aquariums

Tue 6th Aug 2019

Be inspired by our Underwater Scene glass panel, create your own aquarium-themed jam-jar lantern.

Suitable for children aged 5 and over; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book; drop-in. £3.50 per child

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 1)

Tue 13th Aug 2019

Learn how to cut glass, and create your own individual piece of kiln-fired art.

These workshops are for children aged 7 and over who are new to glass fusing, or who perhaps want a little more practice.

£10 per child. Advanced booking is essential. 10.30am - 12.30pm

 http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Family Glass Fusing

Tue 13th Aug 2019

An inter-generational introduction to glass fusing. You and your child will work side-by-side to create your own individual pieces of kiln-fired art.

£12 per person Advance booking essential. 13.30pm - 15.30pm

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 17th Aug 2019

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. 

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 18th Aug 2019

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. 

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Children's Glass Fusing (Level 2)

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Suitable for those with previous experience of glass fusing, this workshop introduces a wider range of materials and techniques as you create your own kiln-fired art alongside a professional glass artist.

£15 per Child. Advanced booking is essential.

Two sessions running from 10.30am - 12.30pm & 13.30pm - 15.30pm.

 http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Acrylic Sun Catchers

Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Paint your own acrylic sun catchers.

Suitable for children aged 4 and over; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book; drop-in. £1.50 per child 

http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 24th Aug 2019

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. 

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.

Distance approx 1 mile

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sun 25th Aug 2019

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

Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.75 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Mon 26th Aug 2019

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 knowledgeable guide.

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.

Distance approx 1.5 to 1.75 miles

Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=whats_on

 


Christopher Somerville on Britain's Cathedrals

Tue 27th Aug 2019

When Christopher Somerville set out to explore Britain's cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Starting out, he pictured cathedrals - Britain possesses over one hundred - as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among favourites old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these massive but unstable structures, the masons whose genius brought them into being, the peasant labourers who erected (and died on) the scaffolding. We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows, the impact of the Black Death, the Reformation and icon-smashing Puritanism, the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars. Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, we delve deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging 'Ships of Heaven'. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/christopher-somerville/


Herman Melville Study Weekend

Sat 14th Sep 2019 - Sun 15th Sep 2019

'Moby-Dick' is widely regarded as one of the very greatest and most original novels ever written. Yet many are put off by the length, strangeness and seeming difficulty of Herman Melville's masterwork and remain unaware of the range and fascination of his other writings. In fact, 'Moby-Dick' is the central pinnacle of a substantial, varied and brilliant output, extending from the lush Polynesian romance of 'Typee', through to the spare tragedy of 'Billy Budd', and encompassing everything from realistic tales of sea-faring, to sparkling black comedy and eerily prophetic stories of everyday working life - not to mention one of the longest poems in the English language. Robert Jones of Topping & Company - who has long been convinced that this author's richly rewarding creative qualities have too often been obscured by overheated critical commentaries - leads a weekend-long exploration of Melville's work, placing him in the fascinating historical context of early C19th American expansion, tracing his extensive travels by sea and land and following the dramatic fluctuations of his literary reputation. In doing so, he hopes to reveal this truly extraordinary writer as an altogether more lucid and approachable figure than is often assumed. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/herman-melville-study-weekend/


The Best in Comedy

Fri 20th Sep 2019

An internationally-acclaimed live act, headliner Adam Hess is an Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated chap and star of ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium & The Stand-Up Sketch Show as well as performing on Live from the BBC. 

Eleanor Tiernan is a hilarious Irish stand-up comedian known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? 

Kai Samra has quickly risen to becomeone of the most exciting acts on the circuit today, combining an edgy stage presence confident delivery.

Your compare for the evening Phil Ellis is an award winning comedian who has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/angliacomedy/the-best-in-comedy/e-pobbkv


Chris Riddell in Ely!

Tue 24th Sep 2019

Beloved illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is coming to Ely to celebrate his beautiful new book. In 'Poems to Fall in Love With' Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris's exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection. We are delighted to welcome Chris to Ely for the first time, and we hope you can join us for this early autumn highlight! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/chris-riddell/


Jim Al-Khalili in Ely

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing. Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails... Don't miss this very special evening of science fiction from one of our foremost scientists! 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/jim-al-khalili/


Ely’s Apple Festival 2019

Sat 19th Oct 2019

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Palace Green (opposite Ely Cathedral), Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EW

National Apple Day, traditionally held on or around 21st October, was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. Ely has been joining in with the celebrations since 2000 and the event has now become one of the best loved apple festivals in the area. The festival provides interest and intrigue whether you are interested in the educational, environmental or simply fun angle of the day.

Our experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will once again be in attendance to identify any apples that you wish to bring along.  It is easier to identify if you can bring 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 have been growing in your garden all these years, now is the time to find out.

There will be several competitions, demonstrations, birds of prey, Morris dancing, storytelling and activities running throughout the day including the ever-popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races and apply shy.  Yes we pun a lot on apples!

Watergull Orchards, who kindly supply all our apples and bottles of juice for the various competitions, will be on hand to talk you through over 25 varieties of apples as well as over 10 varieties of juice and cider. As you might expect, all our food vendors have an apple twist so from apple teas to pork and apple sausages you can expect a wide variety of apple related culinary delights.

 


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Thu 14th Nov 2019 - Sat 16th Nov 2019

Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Over 120 bespoke trade stalls are located in the Cathedral's magnificent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds. This high profile event, inside one of Cambridgeshire's most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out.

The Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair takes place on the 14, 15 & 16 November 2019, with a preview evening on Wednesday 13 November. Opening times vary, please check the website for full details. Tickets on sale Summer 2019. 

http://www.elycathedral.org


David Mitchell in Ely!

Tue 26th Nov 2019

David Mitchell's bestselling book 'Dishonesty is the Second - Best Policy' is a funny, provocative and refreshing celebration (and commiseration) of the state of things in our - not entirely glorious - modern world. There are many aspects of modern life that trouble award-winning comedian David Mitchell: from the UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, digging up Richard III to breaking up fatbergs, from Big Society to food banks, to nuclear weapons, phone etiquette and twerking. So who better to pierce through the noise, and shed light on these peculiar times. Join us for a night of incisive, hilarious, and brilliantly observed comedy as we tour the absurdities of the present age. Early Bird places are limited, so do book soon to avoid disappointment. 

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/david-mitchell-4/