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What's On - Key Events

Swan feeds

Sat 19th Oct 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

3.30pm 

Spend an afternoon at a winter wild swan feed enjoying this experience from the comfort of a centrally-heated hide. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and after an introduction to the reserve, the guide makes their way out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. After the feed, there is time to ask the guide any questions. As dusk falls more swans fly back onto the reserve, from the fields they have been feeding in throughout the day. This creates a spectacular view of swans gliding overhead and decending onto the surface of the water.

Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book. Please note: We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/330pm-swan-feeds/5461


Hare walk

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

2pm - 3pm  Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays only

Join one of our guides for a walk in search of hares. Hares are adapted to open country, and you can't get much more open than the landscape of the Fens. But most people only catch a glimpse of a hare on the arable land, as they drive around this area. Our guides will take you for a walk onto an area of wetland not normally open to the public, but which is particularly good for hares. During the winter the added advantage of short vegetation makes these mammals easier to observe. With a bit of sunshine, the hares can often be tempted to go in search of females, which can lead to some early boxing! book online.

FREE to members. Included in admission, you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/hare-walk/5470


Floodlit swan feeds

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sat 29th Feb 2020

6.30pm - Saturdays and Sundays Only

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide. You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark. The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night. Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep. The guide tells the story of the swans and their journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain. Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them. The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions and get a bit of help reading any leg rings.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Time: 6.30pm start. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. Open everyday, except Christmas Day 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/floodlit-swan-feeds/2772


Christmas Cornucopia Haddenham Arts Centre

Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Tue 24th Dec 2019

Presents for giving or for yourself. Christmas at the Arts Centre is quite magical. Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a feast of original work from local and regional artists and makers including jewellery, hand-made glass, ceramics, textiles and one-off pieces of art that you can't find elsewhere. Pop in and make your own wish list or browse for gifts and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and a mince pie in our festive themed tea room. Come and see Daisy our life-sized cow who lives in our sculpture garden with her Christmas makeover.

Open 10am - 5pm daily (2pm close Christmas Eve) 20 High Street, Haddenham, CB6 3XA. Tel: 01353 749188. Free Car Parking Sat Nav CB6 3XA 

www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Anthony Day & Richard Neal

Thu 5th Dec 2019 - Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Upper Gallery - Anthony Day. Returning for his 52nd show at The Old Fire Engine House with new pieces from this Spring and unseen work from his portfolio. Mostly using gouache, Anthony depicts Fen landscapes and views from his home.

Lower Gallery - Richard Neal. "So much has changed in the world but still the Fens remain constant and resolute. I’m still out there interpreting the Fen landscape and people in paint and pencil in my own unique and humorous style."

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk


Festive Wreath Workshops

Fri 6th Dec 2019 - Thu 12th Dec 2019

Come and have fun, maybe learn a new skill, and create your very own beautiful festive wreath for your front door. No previous experience is needed you will be taken through, step-by-step. The wreath will have a moss-based ring, then covered in festive folliage followed by a choice of decorations from natural natural pine cones and cinnamon bundles through to baubles and a bow and finally a ribbon to hang up your wreath. Everything you need is provided, plus refreshments.

Choose from either 6th December or 12th December 2-4pm, the Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely CB7 4HF - £45 per person - to book, follow the link. Any questions regarding the workshops, please contact Paula 01353 322069

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3626

https://www.popupblooms.com/


Father Christmas at Wicken Fen

Sat 7th Dec 2019 - Sun 22nd Dec 2019

 

Enjoy this special time of year at the beautiful festive fen, decked out in all its finery to create the perfect Christmas feel. Follow our Christmas trail to find Father Christmas, keeping cosy in our traditional Fen Cottage. Let him know what you'd like for Christmas, and collect a special Wicken gift.

Visit the elves busy in the workshop, and make Christmas crafts to take home.

This event is available for booking from 17th September. Please call us for more information.

Tickets: For pre-booked time slot, £10.00 per child.

Booking is essential.

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


Sing Together - Living with Dementia

Sat 7th Dec 2019

Come and SING TOGETHER !

Ely Methodist Church, 13-15 Chapel Street, Ely CB6 1AD

 

A singing group for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers would like to share with you their singing from the past 18months! Come along for a lovely morning and includes refreshments. All profits will go to 'All In Sound' Tickets are £5 (no concessions). Buy on-line www.wegottickets.com/event/484960 or by phone by calling Kathryn 01353 662022 or email kathryn@allinsound.co.uk

Doors open at 10.30 am and singing starts at 11.00 am 


Swans Awake

Sun 8th Dec 2019

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-2/5463


Messy Christingle

Sun 8th Dec 2019

Starting our Christmas sevices this year with a Messy Christingle for all the family!

Come along and create your own Christingle in this wonderful interactive service and stay for a family meal.

All welcome

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Sing Choirs - The Greatest Showman

Sun 8th Dec 2019

Sing Choirs prsents SING-A-SHOW - The Greatest Showman

Sunday 8th December 4pm Needhams Hall, Ely College, Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH

Member of our local communities come together for the day to learn and sing songs from the shows, under the direction of Kathryn Rowland, SING! Choirs Musical Director, also joined by Olivier Award Winner Lorna Want, start of 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' from the West End, London.

Come along to hear the performance at the end of the day.

£8.00 (concessions under 16's only £5) 

Tickets www.singchoirs.com or call 01353 662022


Feast for the Eyes : meals in art

Thu 12th Dec 2019

Feast for the Eyes: Meals in Art with Fiona Lucraft. Tickets £25 Thursday 12 December: 10.00am - 3.00pm (tea and coffee served from 10am)

Discover how meals have been depicted in a selection of paintings, from a sumptuous medieval banquet to 19th century Impressionist picnics. This coincides with the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe 1500-1800 running November 2019 - April 2020.

Tel: 01353 749188

https://www.haddenhamartscentre.org.uk


Christmas Carol

Fri 13th Dec 2019

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a journey into his past and future, accompanied by three ghosts determined to show him the true meaning of Christmas. This winter, Charles Dickens’ infamous ghost story is brought alive in a traditional production, complete with period costume, song, and a musical score. Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company to see whether Scrooge’s heart will thaw in time for Christmas...

For 20 years, Chapterhouse Theatre Company has had the pleasure of touring across the UK and bringing traditional adaptations of literary classics to beautiful castles, country estates, parks, gardens, and more. For winter, we tour A Christmas Carol in theatres, castles, and cathedrals across the UK.

Tickets and information from Ely Cathedral 01353 660 349

www.elycathedral.org

boxoffice@elycathedral.org

 

 


Dick Whittington

Fri 13th Dec 2019 - Sun 5th Jan 2020

Ely's Magical Pantomime Adventure 

The amazing KD Productions have released the dates for this year's Pantomime, Dick Whittington! Come and join in the laughter, fun and frivolity at The Maltings, Ely from December 13th through to January 5th. Tickets now available to purchase from the link below, so get the date in your diary and your tickets booked. Visit Ely will be running a family ticket competition, so keep your eyes peeled for further information.

 www.kdtheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 


Art and Science Workshop

Sat 14th Dec 2019

A workshop by artist Tinkamel for inquisitive and creative minds to make art that lights up!

Experiment with a range of techniques, components and power sources (including solar energy and smart textiles) to create inventive and beautiful electronic circuits on paper or fabric. All materials provided. Check it out: www.tinkamel.co.uk

Suitable for: Families, Adults and Young People (8+ yrs) Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets: Standard £5. Concessions Child/Senior/Student/Jobseeker/Access £2.50. Tickets available from Ely Library or at

https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/library-presents-art-and-science-workshop-1


Ely Choral Christmas Celebrations

Sat 14th Dec 2019

Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir Christmas Celebrations

Come and spend a wonderful evening at St Mary's Church Ely from 7pm, Saturday 14th December. 

Tickets £15 and under 18's are FREE. Tickets include seasonal refreshements. Please purchase your ticket from Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell's House Ely. Or on-line www.elychoralsociety.org or on the evening.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Carols by Candlelight

Sun 15th Dec 2019

Traditional Carols by Candlelight for all the family, followed by mince pies, mulled wine and children's refreshments.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html

 


Late Night Carols

Sun 15th Dec 2019

Come and join in singing some popular carols with a live band. 

Followed by wine and mince pies.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Day trip to Fakenham Races

Tue 17th Dec 2019

Enjoy a day out to Fakenham Racecourse with Discover Newmarket! This package includes return transport from Newmarket to Fakenham, a race card and day member badges and you will also enjoy a guided behind the scenes tour of the racecourse with access to areas usually off limits to the public. You'll go into the weighing room, the parade ring, where you may even get the chance to judge best turned out, and commentators box before enjoying a superb day of jumps racing at a gem of a racecourse.

Contact: 03447489200

https://discovernewmarket.co.uk/places/day-at-fakenham-races/


Breakfast with Santa - Lions Club of Littleport

Sat 21st Dec 2019

21st, 23rd & 24th December 2019   8am start.

Breakfast with Santa at The Almonry, High Street, Ely.

Tickets £3.50 Adults, £6.50 Children.(includes a present for every child)

This event sells fast so please book early!

Contact: David and Jenny Ellis. Tel:  07817 592438 or email breakfastwithsanta1@yahoo.com

 


Crib Service

Tue 24th Dec 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with our interactive Family Crib Service

Come dressed as your favourite Nativity character

All welcome

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Midnight Communion

Tue 24th Dec 2019

Move from the anticipation of Christmas Eve to the celebration of Christmas Day at our traditional Midnight Communion Service

All Welcome 

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Christmas Communion

Wed 25th Dec 2019

A traditional Christmas morning service with carols and communion.

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Christmas Celebration

Wed 25th Dec 2019

An all age Christmas Morning celebration with a live band, plenty of carols and communion

https://www.stmarysely.org/christmas.html


Swan feeds

Thu 26th Dec 2019 - Sun 8th Mar 2020

12pm

As the cold weather continues join us for additional swan feeds in the middle of the day for an extra chance to see our swans and ducks being fed. The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and as the guide makes their way out to feed the birds, watch a serene lagoon turn into a feeding frenzy! Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals. The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action. Look out for other ducks joining the feed in the coldest months of winter - Brrr! The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions.

Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission). No need to book. Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee. We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/12noon-swan-feeds/5471


Christmas Eel Walk

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Walk off that Christmas dinner and enjoy the importance of the Eel Trade to Ely and how it shaped the history of this magnificent City. Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage and see Ely in a whole new perspective with the aid of our very knowledgable guide.

Walks begin from Oliver Cromwell's House and pre-booking is advised.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3542

 

 


Christmas City Walk

Sat 28th Dec 2019

Walk off the Christmas Dinner and enjoy a walk discovering the history of this magnificent city and enjoy being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and walkways. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of the trade in this former Isle of Eels.

Walks start from Oliver Cromwell's House at 11.30

Distance is approximately 1 mile and usually takes 1 hour 30 minutes

Booking essential to avoid disappointment 

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3544


Christmas Riverside Walk

Sun 29th Dec 2019

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=booking&objectid=3546


The Snowman - with live orchestra

Mon 30th Dec 2019

Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated film of The Snowman this Christmas, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life and featuring the much-loved classic 'Walking in the Air' a festive favourite for the whole family.

The worlds leading performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions enchanting show has been seen by over 150,000 people, with performances at many of the countrys finest Cathedrals and venues. Their world-class orchestra comprises musicians drawn from the UK's top orchestras. The concert opens with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley followed by a fun guide to the orchestra, offering the young audience members the valuable experience of seeing and hearing the instruments individually. This is followed by an exclusive animated film, The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. This beautifully-illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure was first brought to the big screen in 2017, in a specially commissioned version by Carrot Productions which captures the essence of the original. With music by Daniel Whibley played live by a professional orchestra, and a narration recorded by superstar Joanna Lumley this entrancing creation looks set to become a family favourite for the next generation.

As featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. Sheer Brilliance. A music box of delights. A truly enchanting Christmas experience.

https://www.elycathedral.org/events/carrot-productions-present-the-snowman

 

 

 


Swan Supper

Fri 10th Jan 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints.

£27.95 per person, book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-2/5459


Living Willow workshop

Sat 11th Jan 2020

Learn how to design, build and maintain living willow structures for private gardens or public spaces.

These can be large and may need a vehicle big enough to transport the finished item. For larger structures there is an outdoor area to work sheltered from rain, but it can get windy, hot or cold. Remember to wear suitable clothes. Willow is freshly cut during the week before this workshop, so make sure you let Jane know your plans and ideas.

Book here https://workshops.frostart.co.uk/events/living-willow-structures/


Swans Awake

Sat 18th Jan 2020 - Sun 19th Jan 2020

6.30am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-4/5465

 


Crowns and Gowns - An exhibition

Sat 1st Feb 2020 - Sun 15th Mar 2020

A fabulous collection of costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes footage and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies filmed at Ely Cathedral.

This fascinating exhibition will showcase some of the most iconic gowns and outfits from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Kings Speech. Macbeth and The Crown. These movies bought global award winning actors to the Cathedral including Cate Blanchette, Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Exhibition Opening Times Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday: Midday to 3.45pm

Box Office: 01353 660349

www.elycathedral.org


Swan supper

Fri 7th Feb 2020

5.30pm - 9pm

Book an exclusive Floodlit Swan Supper experience for the first time this winter. Start the evening with a glass of hot apple & spiced elderberry juice from Watergull Orchards in our heated main observatory as you enjoy a commentated floodlit swan feed. Followed by a delicious three course meal, with coffee or tea and mints, overlooking floodlit wetlands from the Wigeon Cafe. Starter Homemade roasted tomato soup served with warmed rolls Main Chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta wrapped in bacon, served with a creamy mushroom sauce OR Artichoke, pesto and brie tart served on a bed of rocket and herb leaves served with fondant potatoes/Dauphinoise, and winter roasted vegetables Dessert All butter lemon tart serve with clotted cream OR Sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream or custard Tea or coffee and mints 

£27.95 per person, book online 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swan-supper-3/5460


Swans Awake

Sat 15th Feb 2020

6am - 9am   

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting.

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

 https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-6/5467


Swans Awake

Wed 19th Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-7/5468


Swans Awake

Fri 21st Feb 2020

6am - 9am

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands.Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries. Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK. Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. Weather permitting. 

Adults £12, children £5 (optional breakfast, £8.60 for a cooked breakfast or £4.35 for a lighter butty breakfast) Book online. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-8/5469