Events

Haddenham Plugged In – Family Entertainment this Weekend

Every year Haddenham Beer Festival raise over £5000 for local charities and this year as the festival has been postponed we are running an Online Festival called “Haddenham Plugged In” on Saturday 2nd May on our Facebook Page. There will be lots of family fun, live acts and competitions throughout the day, all of which …

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Ely Christmas Lights ‘Switch On Event’ Cancelled for 2020

With heavy hearts the City of Ely Council’s Christmas Lights Committee, last night took the decision to cancel the Ely Christmas Lights Switch on event which was scheduled to take place on the 27th November 2020. Members agreed that the event, which has an attendance of around 6000 people could not go ahead this year …

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Eel Day 2020 – Community “Colour me in” Eel

Fascinating Fens are collaborating with Visit Ely and Babylon Arts Gallery to bring you a great community event inspired by the Fens and Eel Day 2020.  Sadly, due to current circumstance, we can’t bring you our bright and colourful Eels that parade down the High Street and Forehill, but here’s an idea you may like …

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Babylon Gallery has been Submerged!

On Saturday 1st February, Babylon Gallery opened their new environmental exhibition, ‘Submerged’ and invited visitors to create their own creatures to add to the underwater scene. The gallery had over 130 visitors in the first weekend and, with submissions from local schools, including the art club at Ely St. Mary’s Junior School, the shoal of …

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The Library Presents is coming to Haddenham

‘The Library Presents’ is back for a brand-new Spring season of events. Now reaching 25 locations, Haddenham Library is one of the only two volunteer run libraries to be included in the programme, as the activities are pushed out to more libraries across Cambridgeshire than ever.  The new season brings high quality, affordable arts activities …

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Ely Cathedral Showcases its Starring Role

A collection of costumes, jewellery, props and memorabilia from major Hollywood films and a Netflix blockbuster will be on display in Ely Cathedral from 1st February to 15th March 2020.  ‘Crowns & Gowns’ will showcase original dresses and outfits from some of the iconic films shot inside Ely’s beautiful medieval Cathedral namely The Other Boleyn …

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A Mother’s Day Pamper Evening in Soham

The Home and School Association at The Weatherall’s Primary School, Soham are holding a Mother’s Day Pamper Evening. Treatments will include Reflexology, Facials, Massage, Crystal Healing, Indian Head Massage, Manicure’s and many more. Treatments can be pre-booked to avoid dissappointment. There will be 20 different gift stalls available to find that extra, little something. There …

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The Soul and Serenity Fayre – An event to combat the post festive lull

An event to combat the post festive lull – finding your calm! Sunday 12th January 2020 sees a brand new event for Ely – The Soul and Serenity Fayre will bring some of the best Complementary therapists, retailers and mediums to Ely’s scenic riverside. The Maltings will play host to this brand new event between …

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Wayne Hollingworth Pondlife Talk at Haddenham Arts Centre

Plant expert to film and TV Wayne Hollingworth will be giving a fun, entertaining and educational talk on Saturday 1st February at 5pm to support Haddenham Arts Centre fundraising campaign to save their wildlife pond. Wayne’s impressive CV includes supplying plants to Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park as well as Chelsea and Hampton Court Show …

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Youth Acts UP – Little Downham Present: Annual Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The cast of Youth Acts UP who are aged 7- 16, will perform a Pantomime written by local Little Downham children’s author Peter Crussell. They will have you laughing and singing to a host of memorable songs and with a few surprises in store you will go away with a fantastic memory. This is their …

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East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition

For the eleventh year running, Babylon Arts and Ely-Hereward Rotary Club are hosting the East Cambridgeshire Schools’ Art Exhibition at the Babylon Gallery in Ely. The exhibition features 10 schools, including the work of over 200 local children and young people, ages 4 – 19yrs. Three prizes of art materials will be awarded in each …

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Christmas Tree ‘Lights Switch On’ delights families

Over 900 people attended the Christmas Tree Lights Switch on Sunday 8th December. This special family friendly service represents the official switch on and blessing of the magnificent Christmas tree which stands 32 feet high under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. The Dean of Ely, The Very Revd Mark Bonney, invited the children to throw …

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Choristers set to sing their hearts out to reach out to new recruits

Ely Cathedral Choristers are set to sing to a number of audiences at concerts and services in December. It is undoubtedly their busiest time of year with Choirs of Ely Cathedral participating in approximately 30 services, concerts and recitals in the three weeks from the Advent Procession at the beginning of the month up until …

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Get ready for King’s Ely Senior production of ‘Made in Dagenham’

Gritty musical Made in Dagenham is being staged at King’s Ely this December.   Students in Years 9-13 at King’s Ely Senior have been busily rehearsing for the production for months and tickets – which are available for members of the public – are selling fast. Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made …

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900 Merry Festive Fun Runners Brought Christmas to Ely on Sunday

A record-breaking number of festive fun-runners took part in Ely Festive 5K on a cloudy but dry morning on Sunday (24th November), starting and finishing in the historic grounds of Ely Cathedral.  So far this year, fun runners have raised £15,204.34 with donations and participant sponsorship still being received. Having crossed the start line in …

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Wilburton Theatre Group Presents Beauty and the Beast Panto

Its nearly Christmas which means only one thing …… Panto Time!! Wilburton Theatre Group proudly presents a Noda production of Beauty and the Beast, so come and cheer on this great cast by singing loudly and enjoying yourself. Fairy Rose tells the story of a nasty King called Jasper who is trying to take over …

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Christmas Exhibition at The Babylon Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi  Paolozzi, is one half of our Christmas Exhibition, which also includes Pictarama, Lego ‘still-life’ scenes from artist Sara Amond.  Sculptor and printmaker, Edwardo Paolozzi (1924 – 2005) is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of his print …

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol

This winter, Chapterhouse Theatre Company continues its festive tradition of touring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to theatres, castles, and cathedrals across the UK. Especially adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this show is the perfect festive treat for all ages as the evening start to draw in. On Christmas Eve, the …

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Stunning Cast Announced for this year’s pantomime ‘DICK WHITTINGTON’ at The Maltings, Ely

KD Theatre Productions return to The Maltings for their 7th Consecutive year, with this years’ spectacular pantomime adventure ‘Dick Whittington.’ Ely’s Pantomime Favourite, the hilarious Terry Gauci returns as Dame Sarah Sweet Tooth alongside a host of Ely pantomime favourites! Terry has become a firm favourite with Ely Audiences and it just wouldn’t be Christmas …

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Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair draws in visitors from across the Country

Ely Cathedral and local businesses have been busy making preparations for the annual Christmas Gift & Food Fair taking place this week. Now in its 8th successive year, the event is expected to attract over 16,000 visitors with coach bookings from as far as Leicestershire, The Midlands and the Home Counties. Widely acknowledged as one …

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Find Ely Museum at Ely Market on Saturday 9th November

Are you descended from one of Ely’s Territorial soldiers? For nearly one hundred years men from Ely served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment or its forebears and Ely Museum would like your help identifying them in two photographs of the Ely Company. As we approach Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, find Ely Museum at Ely Market …

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Soham Carnival Donate Funds Back into the Community

For the past 66 years the Carnival has been staged every year to raise money to go back into the local community. This year the Carnival raised £6,500 to donate to various Schools, Charities, Clubs and Organisations. Our main beneficiaries this year were Friends of Soham Village College and Soham Food Bank who both received …

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Little Shop of Horrors takes over the Ely Maltings this November

“Don’t feed the plants!” Experience this beloved cult-classic like never before! Just in time for those dark wintery nights, Campaign Amateur Theatre (CAT) is bringing the much-loved Little Shop of Horrors to the Maltings in Ely this November. Coming to life on stage with a live, nine-piece band, this retro sci-fi comedy musical will have …

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Communities Commit to Keeping their Eyes and Ears Open

Members of communities throughout the district came together last week to learn how to support vulnerable people in their local area and spot the signs of suspicious behaviour. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership held a Community Eyes and Ears convention on Thursday 24th October at Ely Cathedral. The event included speeches from the Lord-Lieutenant’s …

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Celebrating our home-grown talent at Babylon Arts

On Wednesday 30th October, Babylon Gallery will open a short, special exhibition of work created by some of its staff and volunteers.  The gallery will host the work of 12 artists; showcasing glassware, photography and paintings, most of them for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the charity’s work.  Claire Somerville, …

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Outdoor Dance-Circus Show Proves a Massive Hit!

Over 750 people were treated to spectacular performances of the dance/circus show ‘Moon’ peformed by 2FacedDance, in Ely Market Square on 23rd October. ‘Moon’ was presented by The Library Presents, led by Cambridgeshire County Council and was also part of Babylon ARTS’ Leap into Dance project, both funded by Arts Council England. The team worked closely with Ely Markets to put on …

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Get Involved in ‘The Big Conversation’ About How We Shape Our NHS

If you need to be seen by a healthcare professional, would you rather travel further for a specialist appointment, but be seen quicker, or wait longer, but be seen locally? This is just one of the questions that the people responsible for buying NHS services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be asking local people as …

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‘And Then There Were None’ brought to life – and death – by Ely Amateur Dramatic Society

A remote island. A millionaires’ mansion. Ten guests. And then there were none… Ten strangers are brought together to a remote island for a seemingly innocent house party. Each of them hides a dark secret, and one by one they pay the ultimate price for their past mistakes. But who is orchestrating their descent into …

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New traders and exciting activities announced for the 2019 Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences, Ely Cathedral are preparing for the popular Christmas Gift & Food Fair with some exciting new additions for 2019.  Several new traders will make up over 100 handpicked stalls located inside Ely’s magnificent medieval nave. Amongst those to catch your attention as you browse …

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Have Your Eyes and Ears Open to Support Your Neighbours

Residents across the district are being invited to learn how to protect vulnerable members of their community. The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership has organised a Community Eyes and Ears event to help keep vulnerable people safe as well as educate residents on reporting suspicious behaviour. The event, being held at Ely Cathedral in October, …

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Carnival Theme for the 2020 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Building on the success of this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival, the organisers are busy planning an exciting programme for  June 2020 on the theme of ‘Carnival’. Plans so far include a big community concert in the Cathedral involving lots of children and musicians from local orchestras performing music from The Carnival of Animals, …

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Soham Pumpkin Fair 2019

After a challenging week, Saturday 28th September dawned with the promise of little or no rain for Soham. Despite blustery winds, competition entries flooded in throughout the morning as gigantic pumpkins, enormous sunflowers and other various shapes of vegetable arrived at the Recreation Ground. Decorated cakes, floral arrangements, art and poetry were also entered into …

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Pupils have their voices well and truly heard at King’s Ely Choral Day

More than 180 children sang to their heart’s content at King’s Ely’s annual Choral Day. The event, now in its twelfth year, saw music-loving pupils from nine different preparatory and primary schools coming together to sing at King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral on September 17th. Activities for the day were led by renowned conductor and …

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Animal Service to include special ‘Garfield’ tribute

For over 30 years Ely Cathedral has hosted an annual service in celebration of animals. This year there will be a special tribute to one of Ely’s most notable residents, Garfield the cat, who sadly died in July. The author Cate Caruth, who’s published book, ‘What’s That doing there?’, is a collection of short stories …

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Star of Summer Hit Film – ‘Yesterday’ Himesh Patel Coming to Ely Cinema

Cambridgeshire born actor Himesh Patel, is coming to Ely Cinema on Wednesday 11th September, for Babylon ARTS’ screening of Yesterday – Danny Boyle’s hit film, which stars Himesh Patel alongside Lily James. Himesh has been supporting the Save Ely Cinema campaign, making a short film to help raise awareness. Since launching the campaign in April, …

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LifeLab is Coming! Join Us in September to Make New Discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries. In our area, right now, people are finding ways to personalise medicine for each patient, they’re measuring how obesity could affect your children, and discovering new ways to help our bodies fight disease and much more. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September are your chance to …

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Ely Runners Beginners Graduate at Littleport parkrun

Graduates from the most recent Ely Runners Beginners course completed Littleport parkrun today. Ely Runners club members and coaches came out in full support of the beginners, who ran superbly, and demonstrated just how far they have come over the last ten weeks. Well done all! For information about Littleport parkrun see: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/ The next …

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Last Chance to See Chris Koster’s Mathematical Art in Ely

This weekend is the last chance to see the extraordinary mathematical art of Chris Koster in Ely’s Babylon Gallery. The gallery’s Summer Selected Exhibition is featuring three works from Koster’s Cambridge exhibition Infinite Realm. Koster’s paintings have been variously described as baffling, unique, beautiful and thoroughly arresting, and hailed in the press as a new art form. They are created …

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King’s Ely Drama team earns 5* review at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Talented actors and actresses from King’s Ely achieved the ultimate accolade – a 5* review – at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their gritty and original production, Ugly Youth.  “A theatrical triumph in every respect” and “an energetic piece, undertaken with enthusiasm and panache by its talented, young cast”, are among sterling comments made …

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Ely Guild of Woodturners Art in Wood Exhibition & Gallery Sale

Join the Ely Guild of Woodturners at this year’s ‘Art In Wood’ exhibition which will be held at the usual Ely Cathedral Conference Centre (opposite the magnificent Ely Cathedral – CB7 4EW) from the 17th through to the 26th August 2019.  Entrance is free, so do pop in and see what it’s all about.  Our …

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Littleport ‘Run the Rainbow’ parkrun for Pride in Ely

Littleport parkrun held a special parkrun today to coincide with Pride in Ely, inviting parkrunners to run wearing bright clothes. A fantastic time was had by all. You can read the run report here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/news/2019/08/10/run-the-rainbow-clare-andrews/ Everybody is always welcome at parkrun, which is a free, weekly, timed 5-kilometre run. Come and join us and enjoy …

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Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club Celebrates Second Birthday

Last week Cambridgeshire Artistic Roller Skating Club celebrated its second Birthday at the Paradise Centre in Ely they kindly shared their Birthday celebrations with us. After building our club from scratch we have now reached the start of our 3rd year! 🙈 Thank you to the over 700 skaters that have come along to our lessons …

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Ely Cathedral Tower to be lit up in rainbow lights to celebrate “all God’s children” during Pride

Ely Cathedral’s Octagon Tower will be lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride in Ely 2019. On August 9th and 10th, the Octagon tower will display rainbow lights to show its support for “all God’s children”. Ely’s second ever Pride Festival will take place on August 10th outside the Maltings. The Very Reverend Mark …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Helps Re-love The Toys

Prospects Trust Unwrapped, in partnership with Lighthouse Ely, are hosting a tabletop 2nd hand Toy Sale on 20th July 2019, from 11.30am to 2pm at their new shop location, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG.  With the start of the school summer holidays, Prospects Trust wanted to share its eco-aims with the younger generation.   Prospects …

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Levi Roots Confirmed as Headline Speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019

Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den winner, Levi Roots, is confirmed as headline speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2019 alongside Google and ex- Special Forces’ Jem Hills. Annual business event East Cambs Business Boost, which is now in its third year, has been created by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire Chambers of …

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Eco Ely, Spotted In Ely & Ely Swish Join Fundraising Forces to Bring The Zero Waste Revolution to Ely

The Prospects Trust will open its GREEN grocery, Farm Food Servery and Refill Larder this September in Ely. Eager to fundraise for the first stock of the shop and to create a series of Eco/Local events, Eco Ely, Spotted in Ely and the expertise of Ely Swishers have come together to host the first fun …

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Celebrating Community and Urban Development in Ely 1949-2019

On Saturday 6th July residents from Ely had a ‘Tea Street Party’ to celebrate 70 years of Mayfield Close. Margherita one of the organisers of the event told us, “What a tremendous day was spent with our fantastic neighbours! Gorgeous people, lovely food and a very special visit. Thank you to the Mayor of Ely …

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Families flock to inaugural performing arts celebration

Almost 500 parents and community members turned out at The Peterborough Theatre this Tuesday as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) brought together 11 of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival.  Over 360 students from 11 CMAT schools performed to a jampacked audience of friends, family and the local community at The Peterborough Theatre …

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