Events

Flavours of the World at Ely Markets – Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Want to travel the world without leaving Cambridgeshire? Just head to Ely Markets. Ely’s weekly markets regularly feature a diverse mix of street food, produce and gifts from across the globe. This bank holiday weekend, the regular traders will be joined by the Flavours of the World market, returning for its 15th year. Ely’s Market …

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Fenland Chronic Illnesses Support Group Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

This coming Friday, Fenland Chronic illnesses support group will be 3 years old! Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart issue, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. My whole life in an instant came crashing down. Everything  rapidly became difficult, particularly my mobility, dexterity and memory. I had so many questions. So I looked for ways …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing the Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Late Summer and You Can Help

The Prospects Trust is looking to extend its reach and expand its horizons. Celebrating its 30th anniversary later this year, the organic farm that provides work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities is planning to open a really GREEN grocery shop and needs your help. Come and meet the team behind Prospects Trust unwrapped and …

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Hearing and visually impaired pupils’ samba rhythms to get crowds into the groove at Eel Festival

Young people with visual and hearing impairments, as well as dozens of others from local schools, will be bringing the sounds of a Rio Carnival to Ely’s Eel Day celebrations this weekend with a live samba performance. About 150 young people, some of whom have difficulties hearing or seeing, will be leading the festival-opening Eel …

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Verdi Requiem in Ely Cathedral Provides Glorious Culmination to Annual Eel Festival

Ely Sinfonia and Kings Lynn Festival Chorus wind up Ely’s Eel Day with one of the best-loved Requiems ever written Two of East Anglia’s most vibrant community organisations join forces in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to perform one of the most loved Requiems ever written, bringing Ely’s annual Eel Day to a magnificent …

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Ely Potato Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding!

Isle of Ely Produce is once again searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £1,500 which was raised at its annual potato race. A further £1,500 was raised which has already been given away to help support National Fish and Chip Day which is on June 7th 2019, and …

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Students showcase their science projects to primary pupils and visitors at Ely College’s second Science Fair

To celebrate British Science Week, Year 7 & 8 students from Ely College hosted their second annual Science Fair last week. Inviting parents and local primary schools, who attended over the two days, this year’s event was enjoyed by over 300 members of the community. Using their lessons to plan, test and prepare presentations for …

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Ely Cathedral announces space themed Festival with a ‘star’ line up

This week Ely Cathedral has announced an exciting programme of events for their up and coming Science Festival, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’, with a focus on Space and Space Travel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This family themed event takes place inside Ely’s magnificent medieval Cathedral. Highlights include the installation …

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Everest Summiteer to speak at annual Celebration of Business in Ely Cathedral

The Ely Cathedral Business Group committee are thrilled to announce that the Everest Summiteer Ricky Munday will be delivering the keynote speech at the inaugural Celebration of Business dinner in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel on Thursday 16 May 2019. Ricky Munday is an inspirational speaker, international expedition leader, Red Cross delegate and Chartered Accountant. To overcome redundancy, in 2004 …

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Stunning work on show at annual King’s Ely Art Exhibition

Talented Art and Design students from King’s Ely are showcasing their work to the public this spring. The annual King’s Ely Senior Spring Art Exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by students in Year 9 through to Year 13. The young artists are exhibiting a huge variety of Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, …

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Preparations are Underway for the 66th Soham Carnival

Preparations are underway for the 66th Soham Carnival to be held on 27th May, 9am – 5.30pm at the Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane, Soham. The Carnival commences with the traditional Heavy Horse Show in the main arena from 9.00am – 1pm. Followed by the judging of floats – Float procession 1.00pm from Holmes Lane through …

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PositivEly Treated presents the first of a series of Monthly Crystal Swap events

Ely – PositivEly Treated will present their Crystal Swap event, taking place at PositivEly Treated, located down Ely’s High Street Passage on 14th March 2019, and featuring a warm and welcoming enviroment, where you can meet like minded individuals. PositivEly Treated is proud to bring the Crystal Swap to Ely for the first of what …

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The Stained Glass Museum opens its doors for free to celebrate its 40th Birthday

On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Stained Glass Museum in Ely will celebrate 40 years of opening to the public! To celebrate this landmark birthday, entry to the museum will be FREE* all day on Saturday 30 March, during our Family Fun Day. The Stained Glass Museum’s Curator, Dr Jasmine Allen, commented: “This will be …

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KD Theatre Productions announce a new open-air theatre experience in Ely that will keep you HOOKED to your seats

Professional Theatre company ‘KD Theatre Productions’ will be producing a brand new open-air production of PETER PAN in The Deans Garden (Ely Cathedral) Peter Pan is desperate to find the Lost Boys a mother and he finds just the girl in Wendy. But by bringing the Darling Family over to Neverland, is he putting them …

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Talents and courage shine during annual King’s Ely Senior Music Festival

Hundreds of people packed into Ely Cathedral for King’s Ely Senior’s eagerly-anticipated Music Festival Finalists’ Concert. King’s Ely Senior and International students battled it out in a series of fiercely-contested heats held in school over a three-week period. As ever, the quality and variety of the students’ performances were outstanding, but the entries were whittled …

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Cathedral Chorister’s Big Pancake Party for Charity

Ely Choristers will be holding their traditional Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday, 5th March. This is long standing custom at Ely Cathedral sees the choristers, and occasionally members of staff and the clergy, race down the Cathedral’s spectacularly long nave tossing pancakes as they go. As in previous years Ely Cathedral are teaming up with …

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Ely Sinfonia and King’s Lynn Festival Chorus perform Verdi’s Requiem

Ely Sinfonia joins forces with King’s Lynn Festival Chorus to perform Verdi’s religious masterpiece, which is one of the best-loved requiems ever written and what could be a finer setting for it than Ely Cathedral? Almost all of Verdi’s most performed works are operas.  But one, his Requiem, is probably performed almost more than any …

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The Word Garden invite you to the ‘Origins’ community drop in Open Day.

The Word Garden invites the local community to the ‘Origins’ drop in session on Friday 29th March, between 2-4.30pm at Ely City Church. The team welcomes any existing, historical or unseen exhibits and information you may have and encourages you to come along to the open day to share your knowledge and learn about this …

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Ely Cathedral debuts the Embroiderers’ Guild first travelling exhibition

Throughout February a selection of exhibits from some of the world’s leading examples of embroidery will be on display in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. The Beautiful Stitch is made up of over 50 exhibits which have been handpicked from the Embroiderers’ Guild collection to show embroidery at its very best and, in some …

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King’s Company celebrates 10th anniversary with sell-out production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Around 1,500 people witnessed talented King’s Ely students perform a stunning version of 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Hailed as “wonderful” by one reviewer and “impeccable” by another, five performances were held in the school’s Hayward Theatre, tickets for which sold out within a matter of days. More than 50 King’s Ely Senior students …

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Rock Vox Carol Singing for Addenbrookes in Ely

On Saturday, local choir Rock Vox sang Christmas Carols outside Waitrose and raised a marvellous £208.82 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. Rock Vox Choir from Ely are fundraising for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust at our Christmas events including carol singing in Ely and hosting our own Christmas concert in Isleham. Clare Vox from the group told us, we …

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Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair adds an additional day due to demand.

New for 2018: Extra day added, exciting new traders and demonstrations Now in its seventh year this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas experiences. Over 120 bespoke stalls fill the Cathedral’s magnificent Nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the grounds. In addition to shopping, visitors …

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Arthur Rank Hospice’s popular Ely Festive 5K has less than 100 places left!

Ely Festive 5k is once again selling out in record time with less than 100 places remaining for festive loving fun runners. The fun run sponsored by Ward Gethin Archer and Price Bailey and organised by Arthur Rank Hospice will take place at an earlier start time of 9am, on Sunday 25 November 2018. The …

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Will you dare visit the ‘haunted’ Soham Library on Halloween?

Soham Library will be thrown into almost complete darkness to reveal the secret side of the library for this first ever Haunted House event on Wednesday 31 October from 5.30pm. Young people and everyone looking for a good fright is welcome to this creative, fun and creepy experience. As a way of engaging young volunteers …

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Local Woman Holds Fundraiser to Fund Genetics Test

On Saturday, 17th November, local woman Tia Colcomb will be hosting a fundraising evening full of magic, music, and fun activities. Tia’s Bright Stars evening, taking place at Littleport Village Hall, will raise money for a potentially life-changing genetics test which Tia has been told by doctors will be a crucial part of her ongoing …

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Higher Youth Tour Cambs launches with fun-filled workshops at King’s Ely

Manchester based indie pop band BrightLine visited King’s Ely to launch the eagerly-anticipated Higher Youth Tour Cambs. The event on October 1st saw the band delivering workshops to students in Years 7 to 13 based on self-esteem from a Christian perspective. The Higher Tour, which is supporting the work of the Message Trust, aims to …

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Storm Thorgerson Exhibition at the Babylon Gallery

Arts charity planning a treat for fans of Pink Floyd, Ian Drury, Audio Slave, Biffy Clyro, 10cc, Cranberries, Steve Miller and Muse Ely-based charity Babylon ARTS is planning to stage an impressive exhibition of album art at its riverside gallery in Cambridgeshire later this year. The exhibition will be officially launched on Saturday 17th November …

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World-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish returns to the Maltings

For the last 5 years Big Fish Little Fish have put on amazing events at Alexandra Palace, The National Gallery, The V+A, Glastonbury, Bestival, Edinburgh Festival and dozens more venues across the UK and Australia. We will be celebrating 5 amazing years with a sold out event at Fabric. World-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon Big …

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Another Successful Soham Pumpkin Fair 2018

After a frosty start, the sun soon burned through the mist for a bright Saturday in Soham. 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 the indoor competitions showing …

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The Full Monty Supports Prostate Cancer UK this October

The Full Monty will be coming to the Maltings, Ely very shortly.  In support of Prostate Cancer UK, Becky Green, Director stated “we are so excited for this upcoming musical…… it’s funny, upbeat and hosts a catalogue of amazing characters, both male and female.  Being able to support Prostate Cancer UK through this show too, …

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Pupils sing to their heart’s content at King’s Ely Choral Day

More than 200 children had their voices well and truly heard at King’s Ely’s annual Choral Day. The event, now in its 11th year, saw pupils from eight different local preparatory and primary schools coming together to sing at King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral on September 18th. Activities for the day were led by renowned …

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Over £3000 given to charities from 2017 Ely Potato Race

Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding. The streets of Ely were lined with over 1,000 spectators and watched by over 7,000 people online through our live stream, the Isle of Ely Produce organisers of the annual Potato Race on the streets of Ely have today announced the beneficiaries of the charity proceeds …

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Ely First World War Commemoration Event and Cambridgeshire Regiment Reunion Service 2018

On July 15th, 2018, Ely Cathedral will host the annual reunion service for the Cambridgeshire Regiment and its descendants, D (Cambridgeshire) Company, VI (Vol) Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. This year’s event is an important one from a First World War perspective as the King’s Colour of the wartime 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – …

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The perfect antidote to a scorching weekend, it’s the Haddenham Beer Festival 2018

This weekend looks like it’s going to be a hot one, so what better than to rest and relax in the sun at the Haddenham Beer Festival. The beer festival promises a full weekend of live music, great food, plenty for the kids to do, and you can try some of our 64 beers and …

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Little Downham Youth Theatre “Youth Acts UP” Presents The Dracula Rock Show

Little Downham Youth Theatre “Youth Acts UP” Presents :- The Dracula Rock Show The Dracula Rock Show, with a cast of all children from 7yrs – 16 yrs, directed by Becky Green, you will be sure to dig the show. The Zombies and Vampires are unhappy with their life underground, and summon Count Dracula, their master. …

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World-Famous, Award-Winning family Rave Phenomenon – Big Fish Little Fish returns to the Maltings 

Following two sold out events, world-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish returns to the Maltings on July 14th Big Fish Little Fish have been putting on award winning events since 2013 (Winner of best family event, Family Festival Awards 2014-18, Time Out ‘101 Things to do with Kids in London) . We …

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The Beast 2018

Sunday 10th June saw the crowds gather in Sutton for the annual running of ‘The Beast’. This incorporates The Tony Robinson 10K and The Mini Beast Fun Run and this year saw record crowds in both races. The event was introduced and hosted by ITV Anglia’s Donovan Blake and featured live music from local songstress …

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Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir concert raises £400 for charity

Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir’s Charity Concert raised £400 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. People of all ages came together inside Ely Cathedral for the event on May 25th, which featured solo songs and duets by Mozart, Grieg, Pergolesi, Britten, Abba, Tom Lehrer, and Lakme’s famous Flower Duet, as well as a special new arrangement of …

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Gospel Choir hopes to break fundraising record

Ely Pop Up Gospel Choir is hoping to raise £5,000 for children in Kenya as more than 60 singers take to the stage for the third consecutive year. The choir will be performing afternoon and evening concerts at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 9th June. Numbers include The Greatest Showman’s This Is Me, Happy by Pharrell Williams and Something Inside So …

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Everything's Coming up Roses at Ely Cathedral

The 2018 Flower Festival is the perfect opportunity to introduce the new Ely Cathedral rose.  The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales, recognised worldwide for the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious awards including …

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Call for artists….Babylon ARTS Selected Summer Open Exhibition

What is the Babylon Selected Summer Exhibition?   During the summer months our riverside gallery is an unrivaled local setting for both professional and amateur artists to display and sell their artwork. We have an open-entry application system and your work will be judged on its merit. Our aim is to present an impressive display of …

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Don’t miss magical production of The Tempest at King’s Ely’s Old Palace

Spellbinding Shakespeare play The Tempest is being staged at King’s Ely in June.  The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are bringing the hugely popular open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s Ely’s Old Palace on the evening of Wednesday, June 6th – and tickets are selling fast! A play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender …

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The Ely Guild of Woodturners Celebrates a Very Successful Hands-On Day!

The Ely Guild of Woodturners enjoyed an incredibly successful hands-on day on Saturday 21 April at The Little Thetford Village Hall. The event has been held for a number of years, but this year saw a record number of attendees including young and old alike. Members of the public were able to have a go …

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King’s Barbers sing their way to victory!

The King’s Barbers are jubilant after winning this year’s National Youth a Cappella Competition. The all-boys a Cappella group, who celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, discovered in February that they had qualified for the prestigious competition. Entries for the contest were submitted by video and judged by a panel to assess which groups should …

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Come & Sing Evensong

A chance for everyone to sing Choral Evensong under the magnificent Octagon of Ely Cathedral. On Saturday 14 April Ely Cathedral has a rare and exciting opportunity for everyone to sing Evensong under the world famous Octagon Tower.  The last time the event was held in 2016 it proved extremely popular and a similar response is …

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South-African born pianist Neil Hilgrove Colledge will be giving a lunchtime recital at Ely Cathedral

The South-African born pianist Neil Hilgrove Colledge will be giving his 4th lunchtime recital at Ely Cathedral on Thursday May 24th, however this year’s concert date is by far the most significant. May 24th marks the date of Neil & Alison’s oldest son William’s sixteenth birthday. William has spent most of his life in Littleport …

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