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Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Sat 10th Jun 2017 - Sat 15th Jul 2017

Isle of Ely Arts Festival 2017: Celebrating Arts and Culture throughout East Cambridgeshire.

Once again we are bringing together both community and professional groups for your enjoyment. Our theme this year is "The Fens" which we are interpreting fairly loosely as a “watery theme”. Groups represent "The Arts" in all its many and varied forms: Theatre; Literature/Spoken Word; Music/Dance; Visual Arts; Cinema; Leisure.

Our full programme of events takes place across the East Cambs District between the dates of Saturday 10 June and Saturday 15 July. More info can be found on our website. 

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Summer Guided Walks

Sat 1st Jul 2017

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

This Summer, discover Ely as never before. 

Ely's Tourist Information Centre with Oliver Cromwell's House 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:

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.

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. 

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.


For full details of which subject is being covered, please check the .pdf file attatched or contact Ely Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or

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

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The Wind in the Willows

Sat 1st Jul 2017

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents The Wind in the Willows. Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! 


Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating, picnics welcome. East Lawn (rear of) Ely Cathedral, The Gallery, Ely, CB7 4DL. Gates (for picnics) 12.30pm, performance starts 1.30pm. 


All tickets are non-refundable. Ticket types: Adult £15 / Child £10 / Family & Friends (2 adults & 2 children) £44. Group discounts available on request (10+), please contact the box office for more information.  Tickets are avaliable in person from: Burrows Bookshop, Babylon Gallery & Ely Cathedral. Tel: Festival Box Office, Babylon ARTS 01353 616991 (Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm). 


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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.

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Ely Folk Festival 2017

Fri 7th Jul 2017 - Sun 9th Jul 2017

Ely Folk Festival is the local festival with a big heart as it hosts some of the best folk and roots music acts around in a family friendly environment on the edge of the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. 


Festival headliners include the fantastic British folk musician Seth Lakeman and his band, and The Spooky Men’s Chorale, who are a bunch of gloriously bonkers and fabulously harmonious Australian blokes who sing about man matters such as sheds and concrete. The 2017 festival line-up is wonderfully varied and also includes the precociously talented Sam Kelly Trio; blues and Americana aficionado Brooks Williams; legendary guitarist Hans Theessink; Anglo-French band Topette!!; Reg Meuross; Hot Rock Pilgrims; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage; TRADarrr; Jez Lowe and lots more great music.


In addition to concerts & ceilidhs, the festival site is a hive of activity over the weekend with fabulous kids activities, performance workshops and ceilidhs, music sessions, a real ale bar, craft and food stalls. Morris sides perform on the festival site and around Ely over the festival weekend including a colourful Saturday morning morris procession. Camping facilities are available on the festival site, and a free shuttle bus service makes it easy to get into Ely city centre. Well behaved dogs are welcome too!


Ely Folk Festival tickets are great value for money with adult weekend tickets purchased before 1st June starting at £72. Tickets for each day can also be purchased. Reduced price tickets for concessions and young people are available. Kids under the age of 12 get free entry. Details on how to book tickets and lots more about the festival are available at 


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.

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Tea-Light Aquariums

Tue 25th Jul 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents: 


Inspired by our Underwater Scene glass panel, make an aquarium-themed jam-jar lantern. No need to book in advance, just drop-in during advertised times. Suitable for all; All children must be accompanied by an adult £3.50 per child.


Session Times - 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm 

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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! 


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Coloured Glass Fusing

Thu 27th Jul 2017

The Stained Glass Museum Presents:

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

Session Times - 10am to 12noon or 2pm to 4pm 

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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. 

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Serenading at Sixty - Informal lunchtime piano recital

Fri 11th Aug 2017

Pianist and composer Charles Timberlake returns to Ely Cathedral to present his unique blend of the original, the sacred and the secular... an inspirational mix of compositions, hymns and popular ballads... in celebration of his sixtieth birthday. On this occasion take a trip down memory lane as Charles plays short medleys of hits from 1957 and the 60s! Be moved... be calmed... be inspired... be uplifted... and be entertained... 


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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.

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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.


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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. 


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