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Ted Coney

Thu 14th May 2020 - Thu 31st Dec 2020

Ely Artist Ted Coney was expecting to take his 1931 Morris Minor to the Eel Festival and VE Day, but as we all know, it was cancelled because of the pandemic. He was also hoping to open his pop-up art gallery (Ted Coney’s Family Portraits) for the twelfth season but this has also been postponed for the same reason. The Morris is part of the tour as it appears in some of his paintings.

However, you can still see Ted’s family paintings by taking the virtual tour from his website. At the cost of 99p, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together, you get to experience four of Ted’s paintings, in a nine minute film.

In the virtual tour Ted appears ‘flying’ back in time in his Morris to  1930s Hollywood, to explain about one of his paintings entitled ‘Dear Reginald Owen’.

Ted’s virtual tour (including free trailer) can be obtained from his website

www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk 


St Mary's Church open for private prayer

Fri 10th Jul 2020 - Mon 31st Aug 2020

St. Mary's Church is Open for Private Prayer Monday to Saturday 10am - 12pm. 

They kindly ask you to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, to use the hand sanitiser provided and to follow the directions of the stewards at all times. Whoever you are, Wherever you come from, You are welcome here.

01353 659550


Coffee and Cake Walk

Mon 27th Jul 2020 - Mon 24th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Monday from 27th Jul until 24th Aug 10 am - 12.30 pm for just £9 per person. 

Discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a walk that celebrates the City’s past and present. Our new walk offers a fascinating blend of rich heritage and architecture, coupled with a delicious piece of *cake and a hot drink at the delightful Poets House to end your tour of the city. 

*Gluten free options available, please contact us for other dietry requirements

Book online here: https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3788


The House Detective

Tue 28th Jul 2020 - Tue 25th Aug 2020

Bookable every Tuesday from July 17th until August 25th, this unique 'Covid-19' friendly, outside event will be sure take your fancy!  Join our Architectual Historial and unlock the story of this important Ely landmark. Discover the secrets of this iconic building and the changes it has undertaken over the last 800 years. All from outside, whatever the weather. The oldest part of the house does in fact date back to the 12th Century - can you guess which part? Come and find out. The tour is followed by a Q&A session and refreshements at the wonderful Poets House Hotel, just opposite.

Running throughout the summer season, every Tuesday 2pm-4pm for just £12 per person.

Meet outside Oliver Cromwell's House just before 2pm. Limited places will be available following Government Guidelines regarding groups.

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


Picnic Walk

Wed 29th Jul 2020 - Wed 26th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Wednesday from 29th Jul until 26th Aug 11 am - 1.30 pm for just £13 per person. 

Discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a walk that celebrates the City’s past and present. Our new walk offers a fascinating blend of
rich heritage and architecture, followed by a *Lemon Tree Deli picnic in Ely Park - bring your own picnic blanket
Choose from meat, vegetarian or a selection of both *mini filled rolls Corkers Crisps, Fresh Fruit A Choice of Cake - Lemon Drizzle, Blueberry with Lemon Frosting, Chocolate Brownie or GF Almond, Pistachio & Lemon, Bottle of Water.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3790


Cream Tea Trail

Thu 30th Jul 2020 - Thu 27th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Thursday from 30th Jul until 27th Aug 2 pm - 4.30 pm for just £11.50 per person.

Market Day in Ely with a browse round the fabulous selection of stalls before joining us by a Guided walk, ending with two *scones with all the trimmings and a hot drink at Poets House.
*Gluten free options available, please contact us for other dietry requirements

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3793


Cocktail Walk

Fri 31st Jul 2020 - Fri 28th Aug 2020

Running throughout the summer 2020 season, every Friday from 31st Jul until 28th Aug 6.30 pm - 9 pm for just £10 per person including one cocktail.

Kick off your weekend by and discover the Spirit of Ely by enjoying a Guided walk that celebrates the City’s past and present, a fascinating blend of rich hertiage and architecture; finishing off with a Poets House signature cocktail.

https://www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/index.php?page=booking&objectid=3796


Storm Warning : Haddenham Arts Centre

Sat 1st Aug 2020 - Sat 31st Oct 2020

Storm Warning!
1 August - 31 October 2020 Iconic limited edition prints from the creative forces of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios 1980s - present day.
Open : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

StormStudios has a long and illustrious history having worked for innumerable bands, from Alan Parsons, Anthrax and Audioslave through to the Wombats, with a sprinkling of Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Muse, 10cc, etc thrown in for good measure. The COVID-19 crisis has severely limited StormStudios' exhibition schedule so we are pleased to announce a UK show at the Haddenham Art Centre, running for three months, opening on 1st August Storm Studios said 'It's a pleasure to be showing here just a short distance from where our co-founder and mentor, Storm Thorgerson spent his formative years in Cambridge.'

The arts centre is tucked just off the High Street and has free parking, lovely gardens an onsite cafe and disabled toilet facilities as well as studio artists to visit. If you'd like to see the exhibition outside our normal opening hours private views are possible, just call to arrange a time. 01353 749188


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 8th Aug 2020

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 - Eel Heritage Walk

Sun 9th Aug 2020

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


Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walk

Sat 15th Aug 2020

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

Sun 16th Aug 2020

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 the 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


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sat 22nd Aug 2020

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 23rd Aug 2020

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


KD Productions Treasure Island

Wed 26th Aug 2020

Following the recent Government announcement on ‘Outdoor Theatre’, KD Theatre Productions (the company behind Ely’s Annual Pantomime) are delighted to be presenting an open-air production of ‘Treasure Island’ which promises to be fun for all the family this summer!

The production will take place in the beautiful grounds of The Deans Garden, Ely Cathedral from the 26 – 29 August (twice daily), with audience following social distancing measures. Last year’s production of ‘Peter Pan’ was a tremendous success, and KD had to delay plans for their proposed production this summer, until recently when the guidance changed. It’s all systems ‘go’ as the team prepare for this ‘swashbuckling’ production!

Performances are daily at 2pm & 6pm with the garden opening 1 hour prior to the performance for families to enjoy picnics in the garden. Tickets go on sale Saturday 18th July at 10.00am online at www.kdtheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01353 725 026. Book early to avoid disappointment as there is limited capacity to allow for social distancing.


Discover Heritage Food & Drink

Sat 29th Aug 2020

Discover Newmarket is delighted to be working with three local companies to bring you a brand new Heritage Food and Drink Trail! This delightful guided walking tour will showcase some of the important elements of the links to royalty and the town's storied history. This tour will give you the opportunity to visit three beloved Newmarket institutions to experience the food and drink that have formed part of Newmarket's heritage.

Learn all about the famed Newmarket sausage and why there is nowhere else in the world that can lay claim to being producers of this popular staple with a visit to the historic Powter's butchers. Next up you'll pop into Corney & Barrow, a wine merchants near the top of the High Street with their distinctive red shopfront. The company dates back to 1780 and the team here will give you insight into the world of wine. You may also learn a bit more about the famed Newmarket Gin! The final stop on the Heritage Food and Drink Trail will take you to Nancy's Vintage Teashop, a delightful tearoom on Old Station Road where you will enjoy a taste of Newmarket cake. As part of your tour you will also receive a £5 voucher towards lunch at Nancy's Vintage Teashop. 

https://discovernewmarket.co.uk


Summer Guided Walks - Eel Heritage Walk

Sat 29th Aug 2020

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 the 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


Summer Guided Walk - Ely City Walk

Sun 30th Aug 2020

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

Mon 31st Aug 2020

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


In The Fens

Thu 10th Sep 2020 - Sun 27th Sep 2020

10th - 27th September Tuesday - Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm 

An exciting exhibition at the wonderful Babylon Gallery by Ely's delightful Waterside! This is an exhibition of new work by Anglia Textile Works. 

Measures will be put in place to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

https://angliatextileworks.weebly.com/


Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Sat 12th Sep 2020

12th September 2020 10 am - 5 pm

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today- as well as the most fun!

Up to 10 people paddle each 30' boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience required, just plenty of team spirit! Gable Events is proud to have once again joined with Festival charity, Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, to bring you the 16th Cambridge Charity Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators.
The Ditton Meadows location offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bank-side family entertainment including funfair activities, inflatables and children's rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.


Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

Wed 7th Oct 2020

Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.

Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries. 

To book please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Aled Jones

Fri 23rd Oct 2020

40 years since Aled was a choirboy at Bangor Cathedral, he brings his special concert of music and stories to Ely Cathedral as part of his 2020 Cathedral Tour. Aled is a Music patron at Ely Cathedral and, as well as being a household name on Radio and Television, he has received countless prestigious music awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 37-year career, Aled has performed for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 36 albums -with over 10 million album sales and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs. Box Office: 01353 660349 www.elycathedral.org

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit www.elycathedral.org for more information


Libera in Concert

Wed 28th Oct 2020

Legendary British boys choir returns to Ely Cathedral for its 2020 UK celebration concert

A British group of seven- to sixteen-year-old boys who have been wowing audiences across the world will be performing its UK celebration concert in Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 28th October. 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 worlds greatest leaders, including Bill Clinton and two popes. This year, the groups UK celebration 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 students.

They can be obtained by calling 01353 660349 or emailing box.office@elycathedral.org, or by booking online from https://www.elycathedral.org/events

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit www.elycathedral.org for more information


Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Thu 12th Nov 2020 - Sat 14th Nov 2020

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

Further details to follow... www.elycathedral.org

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit www.elycathedral.org for more information


G4 at Christmas

Wed 18th Nov 2020

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting. After sell-out tours for the last 3 years, G4 returns to Ely Cathedral in 2020 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! Join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they 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 exquisitely in one of the UK's most iconic historical Cathedrals.

Box Office: 01353 660349

Please note that this event date may be subject to change – please visit www.elycathedral.org for more information


Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Festive Feast

Wed 2nd Dec 2020

Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic receipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.

Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries. 

To book please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands - at Ely Cathedral

Thu 7th Jan 2021 - Sun 7th Feb 2021

Luke Jerram's spectacular installation 'Gaia', a 7 metre replica of planet Earth, will be on display at Ely Cathedral.
Suspended from high above, this globally acclaimed work of art will be the focal point of a special exhibition to highlight and address some of the very real issues affecting the world. The Cathedral hope that 'Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands' will raise awareness, educate and inspire us all to protect the world. This event will feature exhibits with a focus on climate change plus talks on environmental issues. 

www.elycathedral.org


For Worship & Glory II Exhibition At Ely Cathedral

Thu 25th Feb 2021 - Thu 25th Mar 2021

Welcoming back the Royal School of Needlework for another fabulous exhibition and featuring high fashion items from the RSN's specialist degree programme.

Further details to follow... www.elycathedral.org