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'Banksy' Grappling Hook

Fri 26th Jul 2019 - Mon 30th Sep 2019

An extraordinary art work by the renowned street artist, Banksy, is on temporary display in Ely Cathedral during the summer months. The Grappling Hook (2017) is an original piece signed by the artist, and is presented in the form of a large crucifix with 3 steel grapples and over 4 metre length of knotted rope.

The 'Grappling Hook' is widely acknowledged as one of the most iconic pieces to emerge from Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem and is known to have been created as a powerful statement highlighting the struggles surrounding the West Bank and the division of the two most holy cities in Christianity. Banksy refers to the piece as a "military grade grappling hook and combined spiritual ornament". As well as the Grappling Hook, the specially created hand sprayed box is also be on display. It has been described as arresting, moving and polemic and ranks alongside the artist's most significant works.

The Grappling Hook has been kindly loaned to the Cathedral by a specialist collector who wishes to remain anonymous. 


Christopher Witchall

Wed 28th Aug 2019 - Sun 29th Sep 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.

Exhibiting in the Lower Gallery. Original paintings and prints available from £75.

Open daily 10am-7pm (Gallery may be used as a dining room 12-2pm), Free Entry. Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.

Rebecca Harvey

Wed 28th Aug 2019 - Sun 29th Sep 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.

Ceramic pieces available from £25.

Free Entry, open daily 10am-5pm and until 9pm Mon-Sat. Coffees served 10.30-11.30am.

Christine Calow

Wed 28th Aug 2019 - Sun 29th Sep 2019

Christine Calow exhibits in The Sitting Room with hand pulled silk screen prints and collages inspired by her travels .

Originals and prints available from £35.

Free entry, open daily 10am - 7pm. Exhibition ends 4pm Sunday 1st September. Coffees served 10.30-11.30am Mon-Sat.

Love Actually

Thu 12th Sep 2019 - Thu 17th Oct 2019

Would you like to give your relationship a health check? St. Mary's Church is running a 6 week course at Caffe Nero, Ely High Street.

Thursday nights @ 7.45pm. Come and join us!

To book your place or for more information, contact St. Mary's Church Office:

Haddenham Arts Centre Exhibition : Women who live in my Head

Sat 14th Sep 2019 - Sun 10th Nov 2019

People Watching : Anne Bellamy 'Women who live in my Head'. Featuring Pen & Ink Drawings (sometimes dipping her brush in her morning coffee) from Peterborough based artist Anne Bellamy who observes and draws women. 'If my work makes people smile - great!' Our autumn exhibition includes original drawings, cards & brooches.

Gallery open: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 12am - 5pm Closed Mon. Free onsite parking, tea room

Monster Emotions at Haddenham Art Centre

Tue 17th Sep 2019 - Tue 15th Oct 2019

Haddenham Arts Centre, 20 High Street CB6 3XA, starting on Tuesday 17th September from 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Terri Oliver will be running a four week special course to help your child understand big emotions and equip them with tools and techniques to calm their monster emotions. Suitable or ages 5-11 years.


£26 for four sessions


Contact 01353 749188 or call into the Gallery to book your place.


Fused Glass Workshop with Sarah Hunt

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Learn how to fuse glass and transform it into something beautiful to wear. £55 per person including materials. Suitable for ages 16+ years. Call us on 01353 749188, drop in or visit to book

10 am  - 1 pm

Martin Roscoe plays Shostakovich piano concerto no 2

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Ely Sinfonia celebrates its twentieth anniversary concert with MARTIN ROSCOE plays SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 in Ely Cathedral. Mozart Symphony No 29 Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 Beethoven Symphony No 7 with Martin Roscoe, piano Ely Sinfonia Conductor: Steve Bingham Ely Sinfonia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert of greats - Mozart's 29th, Beethoven's 7th and Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto, played by Martin Roscoe.

A long-standing friend of the orchestra, Martin Roscoe is one of the UK's best loved piano soloists. He is a prolific recitalist and chamber musician and has performed all over the world with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnanyi. 

Tickets cost £25, £18 or £15 (reserved), or £8 (unreserved). Concessions are £15 in £18 seats. They are available from Ely Cathedral Box Office (Tel 01353 660349) Email or online from

You can find more information and download the flyer from Follow the event on Facebook at


Recital - Kings School, Ely

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Come and spend an evening with David Brownlow playing violin and Ryoko Yasujima playing piano. Featuring music by Elgar, Dvorak, Massenet, Chopin and Lizet.


Tickets £7.00

Available online at

Or from Ely Tourist Information, Oliver Cromwell's House, 29 St Mary's Street, CB7 4HF TEL: 01353 662062

Downton Experience - The Band of Hope

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Come and join the 'Band of Hope' for a 'Downton Experience'. In conjunction with the launch of the Downton Abbey movie, this wonderful band will be re-creating the most wonderful evening of dancing and fun taking place at Queen Adelaide Village Hall. Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival (thereafter bring your own) and please use this opportunity to dress up in the costume of the period and enjoy! Tickets are priced at £10 pp and are available from band members or

Superheros Family Workshop at Haddenham Arts Centre

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Day 1 : Sunday 22 September 12-2pm Day 2: Sunday 29 September 12-2pm Create your very own Super Hero or Action Hero! Two part Sunday workshops for children and their grown ups. Day One: Spend the session creating, drawing and coming up with very own superhero, from their look to what powers they will have to their iconic superhero pose. Day Two: Spend the second day will be taking the polymer model action figure and making your very own superhero figure that comes with 9 points of articulation movement. You will make these figures your own by painting, making items of clothing and clothing your figure with its very own superhero detachable capes.


Price : £25 per child for both sessions.


Suitable for ages 5+ Bookings and more information call us on 01353 749188.

Animal Service

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Ely Cathedral is known affectionately as 'The Ship of the Fens', but on Sunday 22 September, it will once again be transformed into a modern day Noah's Ark, as hundreds of animals are welcomed to the annual 'Animal Service'. This celebration of animals, in aid of local and national animal charities, is undoubtedly one of the most joyful occasions in the Cathedral Calendar as we welcome cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, tortoises, alpacas and not forgetting our friends from the Donkey Sanctuary!

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!

Louise Doughty in Ely

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Once again, Topping and Company in Ely are delighted to welcome the wonderful Louise Doughty to tell us about her new psychological thriller. Platform Seven. 4am. Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he's alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic - he's as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn't realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months - surely they're connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die.

Soham Pumpkin Fair

Sat 28th Sep 2019

This is a great day out for ALL the family - so come along to this years Soham Pumpkin Fair. There will be many competitions and activities to commemorate the '75th Anniversary of the Soham Rail Disaster' - Soham Heritage and Tourism Group who will be dressed in 1940's style will have a display in their gazebo.

Soham Museum's items and documents of interest, together with Anita Brown's scrapbooks will be in the Scout Building. There will be a children's fancy dress (themed) - starting at 1.30 om and a Pet Show starting as 12 noon.  Arena displays include those from Sohams Primary Schools and other local groups, Ely Irish Dancers and Kuk Sool Wan. There will also be the usual display of classic cars, zorbs, funfair, BBQ, many stalls, a raffle and plenty of refreshments.

We hope to see you there.

Green Month at St. Mary's Church

Sun 29th Sep 2019 - Sun 13th Oct 2019

For decades we have consumed resources as if they are inexhaustible, as if the world is ours, rather than a precious gift from God. Now we see the consequences of our choices - we know that this cannot go on. 

In Green Month at St Mary's we'll be looking together at how we respond as a community, as a city and as a global village! Do come and join us each Sunday. Join in with the Green Team, with the Children's Programme and with the Debate! (9:00 Traditional & 10:30 Families) Looking forward to seeing you, Chris, Ruth, Matt & Stephen

Robin Page in Ely

Tue 1st Oct 2019

Robin Page's passion for English tradition set against the invasion of urban crawl has been his life and mission. In this updated version of his 1974 classic, 'The Decline of an English Village', he takes a fresh look at the decline of village life, and still has the ability to radiate enthusiasm for preserving this beloved countryside and its wildlife. We are delighted to welcome Robin back to Toppings.

Mid-century modernity: new ways of looking at postwar stained glass : A Lecture by Jane Brocket

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

There is a great deal more to postwar church stained glass than Coventry Cathedral and John Piper. This talk looks at the period from a new angle and considers the evolution of the pictorial tradition in windows made from 1945 to the late 1960s. It reveals a multitude of fascinating windows which are inspired by and reflect the modern world, ordinary people, and everyday life. These were the work of a number of little-known but highly skilled, prolific designers and makers such as Harry Stammers, Harry Harvey, GER Smith, MC Farrar-Bell and John Hayward, who are now too often overlooked and underrated. Their brand of mid-century realism and style has created a rich legacy of twentieth century visual culture full of engaging and fascinating contemporary detail right down to, and including, the kitchen sink. Image: 1957 east window in Christ Church, Hillsborough & Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield, by Harry Stammers Jane Brocket is the author of How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England (2018), a fresh, unstuffy, thematic guide which covers all major periods and styles, from medieval to modern, and makes looking at windows entertaining and rewarding. She is currently researching a book on postwar stained glass

October Preview Evening

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Upper Gallery - 12 Printmakers - Original print work Lower Gallery - Ruth Beloe - New Oils Sitting Room - Barbara McGirr - paintings & collage

Preview open to all, 6-8pm,

Free Entry Exhibitions continue to December 1st.

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!

Let's start talking Rubbish!!

Tue 8th Oct 2019

Dealing with rubbish in our homes is a very confusing business. We all want to do the 'right thing' when it comes to recycling. So come along to find out more at a joint event organised by Renew - the Ely Cathedral Environment Group and the Circular Economy Club - CEC Ely Darren Hughes, the Waste Minimisation Officer at East Cambs District Council will talk rubbish with us!!

He will talk us through the maze of what to can be recycled and what cannot be recycled. He will explain the process after the green or blue bin rubbish is collected and he will explain the changes that are likely to take place as a result of the UK government's consultation paper, which is out for discussion. During the evening Peter Bates from the Circular Economy Club - Ely will also briefly talk about future plans to encourage local businesses to more away from the linear economy to embracing the Circular Economy.What's the Circular Economy you ask? Come and find out more! Or go to

Entry free - when you bring a piece of rubbish for recycling!

Mucky Pups - Autumn Adventure

Wed 9th Oct 2019

10:15-11:45 Games, crafts and outdoor activities for pre-school children, all on a seasonal theme. Perfect for little explorers! Leave your best clothes at home and be prepared to have fun getting a bit wet and muddy!

Booking essential. £5.00 per child 01353 720274

Redisplaying fragments of the newly discovered medieval glazing of Westminster Abbey

Wed 9th Oct 2019

Redisplaying fragments of the newly discovered medieval glazing of Westminster Abbey Laura Atkinson (Conservator, The Cathedral Studios, Canterbury) Wednesday 9 October, 2pm In June 2018, The Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries opened at Westminster Abbey. The new gallery displays previously unseen treasures from the Abbeys collections and allows for the first time visitor access to the Abbeys medieval triforium. Before work started on creating the new gallery, the triforium space was cleared of the many accumulated stored objects and the floorboards were lifted. During this preliminary work, nearly 30,000 fragments of stained glass were discovered beneath the triforium floor. The majority of the fragments are medieval in date and although many are small, their condition is remarkable given their age. During the sorting, fragments of particularly artistic and historic value have been identified, and long separated broken fragments reunited. Some of which are on display in the new public gallery. Further to these select fragments, two new windows utilizing the found glass have been installed into the access bridge leading to the gallery.

In addition to the creation of the two windows this talk outlines the work The Cathedral Studios at Canterbury Cathedral carried out sorting, photographing and cataloguing the fragments. Developing a suitable creative method for selecting fragments from such a large and varied collection for inclusion into the two new windows presented challenges. However, from these challenges arose an opportunity to develop a unique and innovative technique for displaying many of the fragments in the widows. This new system frees the stained glass fragments edges from the technical necessity of being wrapped in lead and enables the historic glass to be viewed in full. Laura Atkinson has been working as a conservator at the The Cathedral Studios since 2012, she was lead conservator for the Westminster Abbey glass finds project. She has an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects from The University of Lincoln. Previous to this her background is in 3D design, glass blowing and museum work.

This talk is part of The Stained Glass Museum's autumn lecture series.

All are welcome!

Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of The Stained Glass Museum / Ely Cathedral) Tickets available in advance from The Stained Glass Museum, online (see link), or over the phone, and on the door.

Emma Mitchell in Ely

Wed 9th Oct 2019

Emma's move to the Cambridgeshire Fens turned out to be a life-changing decision. Walks became more adventurous as she photographed, collected and sketched, collating thoughts, words and pictures into a shining work that celebrates not just the vivid aspects of our beautiful local landscape but the depths of its healing spirit as well. We're delighted to welcome Emma as we draw into autumn.


Ely Cathedral Harvest Festival

Fri 11th Oct 2019 - Sun 13th Oct 2019

Admission to the Cathedral on Saturday & Sunday is free of charge.

 Friday 11 October - Harvest Festival weekend at Ely Cathedral begins with a Harvest Ceilidh with Catch the Pidgeon Band on Friday at 7.30pm in the beautiful setting of the Lady Chapel.

Saturday 12 October - Floral, food and farming displays will be open between 9am - 4pm. At 1.10pm there is a Lunchtime Concert by the George Heriot's School, Edinburgh Chamber Choir. Evensong takes place at 5.30pm.

Sunday 13 October - The Harvest Sung Eucharist on Sunday (sung by the boy choristers) takes place at 10.30am. At Midday we have our Harvest Lunch. The displays will be open between Midday - 4pm. At 4pm we have our Harvest 'Songs of Praise' with the presentation of Harvest gifts, as a thanksgiving for Harvest Home.

On Monday from 9.30am 'produce' will be on sale at the west end of the nave. This year's supported charities are the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Ely Foodbank.

The Great Ely Potato Race

Sat 12th Oct 2019

The Ely Potato Race is close again to being under starter's orders - with the team behind the event once again on the lookout for runners! The annual relay race, organised by Isle of Ely Produce in conjunction with over 30 local potato farmers is being held on October 12 and will be officially started by Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse. 

The contest sees teams racing to the Market Place and back to the end of the High Street, near the Cathedral. It is the only city centre potato race in the world. Each competitor is required to run the race with a bag of potatoes on his or her back.

Oliver Boutwood, director of Isle of Ely Produce, said:

“Last year’s race was amazing – more than 1,000 people lined the streets.”

“The race fits in nicely with our campaign which highlights the journey the potato makes from field to the frier. It also brings agriculture into our city, and people love to see the races.” 

The team – as well as calling for spectators and runners – are also looking for local sponsors. All money raised will go to local charities. The race which also coincides with Ely Cathedral’s harvest festival which starts at 11.30am. A school’s race will also take place. Places are limited. Each team consists of two people, either two men or two ladies, over the age of 17. Competitors are also encouraged to dress up too, last year they were joined by the KD panto dame on the track!

If you would like to enter a team (it can be a company or two individuals) please call 01353 658216 or email

New glass commissions and their significance in the life and worship of a church or cathedral

Wed 16th Oct 2019

New glass commissions and their significance in the life and worship of a church or cathedral Becky Clark (Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Archbishops\' Council of the Church of England; Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England) Wednesday 16 October, 2pm Commissioning new stained glass is a major moment in the life of churches and cathedrals, and one of those which the Church of England’s permission-giving authorities see as potentially controversial and divisive. Whilst the opportunities of new art to bring in new audiences and engage with people through creativity and beauty are inherent, the potential to get things wrong is always present. This talk explores the reasons new stained glass might be commissioned, draws on projects and approaches that have been successful (and not) and will aim to inspire those who might be considering new stained glass in their own church to make the most of an often once-in-a-generation chance to add something significant to the history of the building. This talk is part of the Stained Glass Museum\'s autumn lecture series.

All are welcome! Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of The Stained Glass Museum / Ely Cathedral) Tickets available in advance from The Stained Glass Museum, online (see link), or over the phone, and on the door.

Glymjack Plays Ely Folk Club

Wed 16th Oct 2019

Glymjacks music is pitched somewhere between the gritty Americana of Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen and the string-laden indie-folk of Blue Rose Code. Live, Greg McDonald is joined in an acoustic duo line-up by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, expanding to a trio with bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting original songs and English folk tunes, which has brought the house down at Cambridge Folk Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week.

The line-up tours the UK throughout 2019. Glymjacks debut album 'Light the Evening Fire' featuring Show of Hands legends Phil Beer and Steve Knightley, and Sam Kelly percussionist Evan Carson, has swept the folk world, with airplay across BBC radio, Acoustic declaring Glymjack as good as contemporary folk comes and the accompanying video being viewed 50,000 times on Facebook. Away from Glymjack, Greg plays in The Phil Beer Band and has composed music for films including Alan Partridge.  

Tickets £11 adv / £12 on door

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.



Wed 23rd Oct 2019 - Thu 24th Oct 2019

Like Hand Maids Tale, but with more hope, Sisterhood is a gentle but fearless adventure into the dark heart of patriarchal rule. Coming to perform in the 'Tithe Room' at Oliver Cromwell's House, this newly devised multimedia tale introduces you to a sisterhood, caught in between two timelines: the witch trials of the 16th Century and modern-day women facing a world in political and environmental upheaval. Sisterhood transports the audience to a church cell, where three women aged 20,40 and 60 await their trial in the morning. Soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves the stories of these three characters with vestiges from the performer's own lives, to reveal an immediate and clear association.

This incredible performance is part of a 'Healing Tour' that's following in the footsteps of Matthew Hopkins, self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. Starting on the full moon and ending at Halloween, Sisterhood is performing in 10 of the main locations Hopkins reigned his terror. In just three years he was responsible for killing 60% of those executed for witchcraft in the UK.

Tickets £9

John McLean's Three Windows for Norwich Cathedral

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

In 2014 three new colourful stained glass windows were installed in the north aisle of the nave of Norwich Cathedral. The windows were designed by British abstract painter John Maclean. Rev. Canon Jeremy Haselock, former Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral will tell us more about this commission and Maclean's creative process. This talk is part of the Stained Glass Museum's autumn lecture series.

All are welcome! Tickets: £9 / £7.50 (Friends of The Stained Glass Museum / Ely Cathedral) Tickets available in advance from The Stained Glass Museum, online (see link), or over the phone, and on the door.

An Evening with Gyles Brandreth

Thu 24th Oct 2019

Giles has been a theatre producer, politician, journalist, author and publisher as well as TV presenter and radio star in a career which has spanned five decades. He is known equally for his record number of appearances on TV's Countdown, for his improvising wit on Radio's Just a Minute and his love of jumpers and teddy bears. In addition, his time as MP for the City of Chester inspired an acclaimed, and still relevant, account of Westminster. Now Gyles has produced 'Dancing by the Light of the Moon', a celebration of the finest uses of our English language from the classics, Auden, Wilde, Shakespeare to our all-time favourites, Milligan, McGough and Armitage, to even our most modern works by Rupi Kaur. There can be few more loved characters around than Giles Brandreth, and the show that goes with his book is 'A total joy', according to The Scotsman. We are over the moon to welcome him to Ely!

Samhain Craft Fair

Sat 26th Oct 2019

9.30am - 3pm Ely Library

At the turn of the Celtic year local talent will once again fill Ely Library with glorious goodies for you to buy and try. Plus a demo from Border Morris side Ely and Littleport Riot!

With FREE entry to such a feast of art, crafts, jewellery, gifts, bakes, wellness products, and refreshments, there's no excuse for not popping in! If you would like to host a stall, please email for more info. 

Big Fish Little Fish Halloween Family Rave

Sat 26th Oct 2019

Award winning Big Fish Little Fish return to Ely for a for a Halloween special family rave. World famous DJ Trax + Countmonkula will be playing (grown up) oldschool tunes for the family ravers The event will feature themed crafts, giant balloons, glitter cannons, bubble machines, amazing lighting (no strobes), face painting stall and the BFLF famous parachute dance. Optional fancy dress - Halloween (Please be mindful of young children when choosing your costume) 2014 - 2019

Best Family Event - National Family Arts Festival Awards\' Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. For families with younger children (8s and under) though older siblings are welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child. Each event is stewarded and risk assessed in advance. Music is monitored an played at a safe level for younger ears.

Meet Author William Shaw

Mon 28th Oct 2019

William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction Peter James Author of the Breen and Tozer series and the Alex Cupidi books.

William has been nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger and the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year. William will speak about his characters, how the books are written, and the landscape which os so much a part of his stories. Books on sale at the event, plus refreshments!

Buy your £3 ticket in advance from Ely Library.

Art Unequalled

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 - Sun 3rd Nov 2019

Returning for the 9th Year an event you won't want to miss.

Art unequalled returns to Ely again for its fabulous winter 2 day event. Come and see an inspiring mix of some of the country's most talented Artists and Craftspeople. Now an established highlight in the Ely Calendar, Art Unequalled brings together makers from across the UK to present and sell their high quality handmade artwork direct to the public. The event offers the opportunity to purchase something truly unique for your home, yourself or your loved one, just in time for Christmas! Many of the exhibitors also work to comissions.

Further details contact Sally Dunham 07850 286566 or email info@art

Christmas Cracker Making Workshop

Sat 9th Nov 2019

Get crafty and amaze your friends and family with handmade crackers this festive season! Learn to make Christmas crackers with different designs and personalised gifts, jokes and decoration.

All materials provided, but bring along your own accessories if you wish. Buy your £4 ticket in advance from Ely Library. This workshop is for Adults and over 14s only.

Charity Fundraising Ceilidh

Sat 9th Nov 2019

Join in an evening of dance and entertainment in aid of Royal Papworth, Addenbrookes and Macmillan Charities. This fun-packed evening will be held at Needhams Hall, Ely College Downham Road CB6 2SH. The evening will include ceilidh dancing, folk music and a buffet supper. To purchase your ticket please follow the link below, or purchase from Ely's Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwells House, or Babylon Gallery, Waterside Ely.


MacMillan's Stabat Mater with Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen

Sat 9th Nov 2019

MacMillan's Stabat Mater was first performed at the Barbican in 2016 by Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers. On the back of an acclaimed recording and a live streamed performance at the Vatican, these exceptional artists will present the US premiere of Stabat Mater in New York early November before coming to perform the work in the imposing surroundings of Ely Cathedral. James MacMillan's Stabat Mater for choir and string orchestra is a gripping masterpiece evoking a mother's anguish. For the composer, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and his new Stabat Mater is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But this is a work with deep roots and a universal message; placed next to hauntingly emotional music by Vaughan Williams, Tallis and his own Miserere the Stabat Mater becomes a celebration both of tradition and of radical renewal.

Mucky Pups - Batty November

Wed 13th Nov 2019

10:15-11:45 Games, crafts and outdoor activities for pre-school children, all on a seasonal theme. Perfect for little explorers! Leave your best clothes at home and be prepared to have fun getting a bit wet and muddy!

Booking essential. £5.00 per child. 01353720274

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.

G4 - Christmas

Thu 21st Nov 2019

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return to Ely Cathedral in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, these intimate performances see Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Nick recall the musical experiences of their childhoods. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in some of the UK''s most iconic historical venues.


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.

City of Ely Christmas Lights

Fri 29th Nov 2019


Are you interested in having a stall ?

This is a hugely popular event and always very well attended. So don't miss out on a stall.

Call Sarah Jay today on 01353 661047 or email her

Lucy Boston's Green Knowe

Sat 30th Nov 2019

Discover the extraordinary life of Lucy Boston: patchwork quilt queen, passionate gardener, writer of intricate stories, and inhabitant of an ancient manor house.

Diana Boston presents a fascinating history of The Manor at Hemingford Grey, Lucy Boston's life and accomplishments and, of course, the beloved Green Knowe series of books. Green Knowe merchandise on sale at the event, plus refreshments!

Buy your £3 ticket in advance from Ely Library.

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

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 you eyes peeled for further information.





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.