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What's On - Key Events

New Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell's House

Fri 16th Feb 2018 - Sun 28th Apr 2019

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.


Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.


The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.


Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call or call us on 01353 662062.


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Ely Guild of Woodturners - Woodturning Hands on Day

Sat 21st Apr 2018 - Sat 21st Apr 2018

Ever wondered what woodturning is all about? Join the Ely Guild of Woodturners at the Little Thetford Village Hall for some fun demonstrations. And you can even have a "turn" yourself.

Children are welcome, and can have a go too, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Free entry! Refreshments! Lots of fun! Join us from 10am on Saturday 21 April. 


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SGMinis - Animals

Wed 25th Apr 2018

Join us for our monthly SGMinis sessions for crafts, stories and other activities inspired by our collections. 


April's theme is Animals. Drop in sessions between 1pm and 3pm. Stories read at 1pm and 2pm. £2 per child, accompanying adult free. 


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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. 


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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

In Conversation with Brian Turner

Sun 6th May 2018

As part of the 2017 Eel Festival Weekend, Oliver Cromwell’s House hosted several highly successful and wonderfully received “An Audience with….” Events featuring Jane Devonshire and Theo Randall. 2018 sees the return of these events, with a name change to reflect the more relaxed atmosphere and presentation of these “In Conversation With…” events.

Brian Turner is one of Britain’s most well-known chefs having trained at Simpson’s in the Strand, The Savoy and Claridge’s.  He has had a string of restaurants and is now the President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts which he has combined with a successful career as a TV personality. Having been on the first ever Ready Steady Cook Show Turner served 14 and a half years on the very successful programme as well as many appearances on This Morning, Saturday Kitchen etc as well as his own shows  'A Taste of Britain’ and ‘My Life on a Plate.’


He was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry and continues to play an active role to encourage people to get back into the kitchen and enjoy cooking. 


Tickets are priced at £10 and the event will feature conversational discussion with Brian, before opening up to questions from the audience. This event promises to be truly unique and memorable


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In Conversation with Rosemary Shragar

Mon 7th May 2018

As part of the 2017 Eel Festival Weekend, Oliver Cromwell’s House hosted several highly successful and wonderfully received “An Audience with….” Events featuring Jane Devonshire and Theo Randall. 2018 sees the return of these events, with a name change to reflect the more relaxed atmosphere and presentation of these “In Conversation With…” events.

Rosemary is a talented and versatile chef and cookery teacher, who loves talking about food as much as she loves cooking. She is a natural extrovert and communicator.

Rosemary’s professional career includes a period working for Pierre Koffmann - at the internationally famous Tante Claire restaurant in London and also a period working for Jean-Christophe Novelli.  She later went on to become  Head Chef at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle from 1998 till 2002, running her renowned cookery course for hundreds of eager students over the four years before moving to Swinton Park where she led her cookery courses for ten years.

Rosemary endeared herself to the nation when she took part in 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' where she proved she could cook just about anything, anywhere.  She is best known for appearing on many TV cookery programmes including; ‘Ladette to Lady', ‘Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks', ‘This Morning', ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show'.  Her latest show 'The Real Marigold Hotel' aired in January 2016 and in Spring 2016 is her newest show The Chopping Block for ITV1.

The Second series of 'The Real Marigold Hotel' aired in early 2017.

Tickets are priced at £10 and the event will feature conversational discussion with Rosemary, before opening up to questions from the audience. This event promises to be truly unique and memorable. 

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Libera in Concert

Sat 12th May 2018

A British group of seven- to sixteen-year-old boys who have been wowing audiences across the world will be performing its UK spring concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 12th May. Since it was formed in 1995, Libera has travelled the world, topping the mainstream and classical charts and bringing its distinctive sound to television, radio and live audiences.


In the UK, the choir has sung on programmes from Songs of Praise to Last Choir Standing and BBC Breakfast, whilst overseas they have performed for some of the world’s greatest leaders, including Bill Clinton and two popes. This year, the group’s UK spring concert will, once again, take place in Ely Cathedral, providing the opportunity for local audiences to experience these remarkable boys at first hand. Dressed in their hallmark long white robes, they will present their special brand of choral music in a fully staged concert with orchestra and lighting, including some of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written and music from their forthcoming new album.


Tickets for the concert are now on sale from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £35 or £25, with special concessions for seniors and students. They can be obtained by calling 01353 660349 or emailing, or by booking online from

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Art Unequalled

Sat 16th Jun 2018

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival - 'Kaleidoscope of Life'

Thu 21st Jun 2018 - Sun 24th Jun 2018

'Kaleidoscope of Life' takes place in the magni?cent setting of Ely Cathedral. 


This major Flower Festival is expected to be one of the largest and most spectacular events in the East of England. Over 50,000 blooms will adorn the Cathedral in breath taking displays depicting ‘Life’. The Festival’s Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey’s Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral’s highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival. Throughout the event, Ely’s 14th century Lady Chapel will host a programme of musical performances. Visitors to the Festival can also enjoy ?oral demonstrations by professional arrangers as well as an opportunity for shopping in the Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. 


Preview Evening - 20 June Tickets to the Preview Evening are limited and will include a drinks reception in the Bishop’s Garden with special guest Diarmuid Gavin. Military Wives Concert - 22 June A special evening viewing of the Festival preceded by a concert with the Military Wives Choir. For full ticketing information and times please see our website. 

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Ely Aquafest 2018

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Aquafest, Ely's Premier Community event which will be in it's 40th year in 2018!

Ely Aquafest is held on the first Sunday in July, the date for 2018 is Sunday 1st of July 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. 

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Big Band Swing Gala Night

Sun 1st Jul 2018

Big Band Swing Gala Night is here at the Maltings on 1st July 2018

Get dressed up in your favorite 1940's outfit and come and re-live the 1930's and 1940's at this spectacular band night hosted by John Durrant Arts!

Come and see The Eddie Seales big band and Johnny Welsford as Harry James.

Doors open at 7.30pm, book your tickets now by calling John Durrant Arts on 01366 384544 or 07543301145

Tickets are also available at the Ely tourist information centre, Burrows bookshop and here at the Maltings (cash only)

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A Celebration of Peace

Wed 4th Jul 2018

Music Celebrations International presents A Celebration of Peace in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Featuring a chorus of 250 from across the United States of America, singing music by Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Dona Nobis Pacem Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus Sancta Civitas With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra Stephen Cleobury and Craig Jessop, Conductors In aid of Ely Cathedral One hundred years after the end of World War I, a massed choir of 250 singers from across the United States comes together on American Independence Day to perform a Celebration of Peace with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, under the batons of Stephen Cleobury (Kings College, Cambridge) and Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).

This unique concert will include Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, Dona Nobis Pacem, Sancta Civitas, 5 variants on Dives and Lazarus, and other works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Premium tickets cost £15, including preferential reserved seating and a glass of wine during the interval. Other tickets £10 (unreserved). Concessions £8 in £10 seats. In aid of Ely Cathedral.

Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office, tel 01353 660349, email or online from

Tree of Life - Exhibition of works by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Fri 13th Jul 2018 - Sun 28th Oct 2018

An enlightening and unmissable exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. This is to be one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell. 


'Tree of Life' takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld's work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition. 


Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years. Formerly hailed as the next Henry Moore, she had a seminal joint exhibition with him at the Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, in 1985. In 2008, the Royal British Society of Sculptors held a major retrospective of Blumenfeld work and, in 2011, she was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture. Helaine Blumenfeld has exhibited her work extensively both in the UK, including at Salisbury Cathedral (2013) and London's Berkeley Square (2015), and internationally in Europe and the United States. She has created more than 90 public sculptures, among the most notable are 'Tempesta' overlooking Hyde Park in London and 'Fortuna' in Jubilee Park at Canary Wharf. Entry included with Cathedral admission fee. 


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The Central Band of the Royal British Legion Anniversary Concert

Sat 21st Jul 2018

A unique opportunity to see The Central Band of the Royal British Legion in concert to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the WW1 and the founding of the RAF. Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar, Nigel Hess, Coates and more. Tickets £10, £15, £20, £29.50 available from 7 May Box Office: 01353 660349


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