Events

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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Spring Tour Event – Your chance to discover more about King’s Ely Nursery, King’s Ely Acremont and King’s Ely Junior

WE know that if we could bottle the spirit of King’s Ely we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself. On Friday March 23rd, we are doing just that by hosting a Spring Tour Event for families interested in joining King’s Ely Nursery (ages …

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Art Unequalled launches a new Summer show this June at The Maltings in Ely.

This year marks the eighth year of Art Unequalled events at the Maltings in Ely. Independently organised by local sculptor Sally Dunham, Art Unequalled brings together highly talented local and national artists and craftsmen all presenting their handmade creations for sale direct to the public. Following on from the success of the winter show, held …

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Justin and Le Spice hold charity lunch, with support from local businesses

On the 11th February 2018, Le Spice hosted a charity curry lunch for Justin Smith’s chosen London Marathon cause: MACS, for children born with no eyes, or with underdeveloped eyes. It is not the first time Amin Haque and his team at Le Spice have hosted charity meals. Do go and eat there! The restaurant …

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King's Ely students go Hogwarts crazy for Harry Potter event

King’s Ely’s Harry Potter fans donned their finest costumes for an afternoon of Hogwarts-themed fun and frolics. Staff at the school’s Porta Library organised a Harry Potter extravaganza for King’s Ely Junior and Senior students on February 1st. Dressed in their wizard and witch capes and sporting their snazziest Harry Potter glasses and hats, pupils …

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Two unique exhibitions at Ely Cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI

Two unique exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI will be on display at Ely Cathedral in February.  100 Hearts for 100 Years The Royal School of Needlework teamed up with the armed forces charity, SSAFA, to help create ‘100 Hearts for 100 Years’.   These highly unique ‘sweetheart’ pincushions were created to …

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Renowned violinist and pianist to perform at King’s Ely

Acclaimed violinist Charlotte Rowan and pianist Charlotte Stevenson will be delighting an audience at King’s Ely this January. Their concert, From the Baltic to the Mediterranean – Music across the Continent, is being held at King’s Ely’s Recital Hall on Wednesday, January 17th and, as always, members of the public are welcome. A graduate of …

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Local Author, Maggie Jeffrey, writes book to raise money the Rosie

The Colour Fairies Christmas Book ‘The Colours of Christmas’ By Maggie Jeffrey I have been writing the Colour Fairies series for two years now and they are all finished – all 30 of them. I had a wonderful illustrator from South Africa, Angela Warren, but unfortunately in May this year her health became a lot …

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80 strong Welsh choir and Household Cavalry Band come together in Ely Cathedral this December

My name is Peter Battlershill and in December I am proud to be bringing the 80 strong Morriston Orpheus Choir and the Band of the Household Cavalry to Ely. My association with The Band of the Household Cavalry is an unlikely one but stems through golf and after paying my respects to the fallen at the …

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Festive runners encouraged to sign up early as the popular Ely Festive 5K Fun Run returns.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is delighted to announce that registration is now open for Ely Festive 5K, which takes place on Sunday 26 November.  Those wishing to be part of the fun are encouraged to sign up early to the popular event to avoid disappointment! Last year Ely Festive 5K Fun Run sponsored by Ward …

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Ely Triathlon 2017

The Rotary Club of Ely have again provided sponsorship and support to the Ely Triathlon Event held at Kings School Ely. The weather was perfect for the event with all contestants, both senior and junior, giving their best. Ross Broomfield was the fastest male and Hannah Bye the fastest female in the Triathlon Event. The …

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All Welcome at St Mary's Summer Party!

An historic church in central Ely is opening its gardens this weekend for a family friendly Summer Celebration. The free event at St Mary’s Church, next to Oliver Cromwell’s House on St Mary’s Street, will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd September. From midday there’ll be balloon modelling, craft tables, inflatables, face painting, a BBQ and home made cream teas served in …

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Cambridge Voices: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Ely Cathedral’s world-famous Lady Chapel will be the illustrious venue for Cambridge Voices’ Choral Extravaganza on 28th August Bank Holiday Monday this year, when this dynamic and innovative choir, directed by founder Ian de Massini, celebrate their 30th anniversary. Profits from this fundraising concert go to support the work of Babylon ARTS (operated by ADEC Charity No. 1043197). Founded …

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Warmer and dryer weather approaches for Aquafest

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””] This weekend should see warmer and dryer weather for one of Ely’s Big Days Out, “Aquafest 2017”. While participants of the water-based fun day won’t mind the wet weather, for the thousands of onlookers that flock to the banks of the Great Ouse will welcome the warmer temperatures for what promises to …

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Fond Farewell from Class of 78 to Needhams Tower with Charity Abseil

The class of ‘78 from the City of Ely College will abseil down their old school building – the soon to be demolished Needham’s Tower – to raise money for charity. Ian Cox (top left), Geoffrey Everett (top rt), Robert Skinner and Elaine Pullar. Four of the former students met up and agreed that turning 50 would …

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Internationally Acclaimed Artist Celebrates 10 years in Ely

This Christmas we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Angela Mellor Studio & Gallery on December 3rd/4th & 10th/11th 10.30am-5pm Angela’s love of ceramics began whilst teaching in the early 70’s and she furthered her studies in 1984 at the University of East Anglia under the direction of Peter Lane, the ceramist and author, who became …

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'Try The Grey Stuff, It's Delicious! Don't Believe Me? Ask The Dishes!’

From The Same Company That Brought You Sister Act Cat Theatre Company, Ely Are Back With Beauty And The Beast The Pantomime 15th -17th December 2016 Ely College Tickets on Sale Now ‘She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within…’ CAT THEATRE ARE BACK WITH BEAUTY AND THE BEAST …

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Gallery of Jane Fellows

Jane Fellows takes inspiration for her work from the glass she observes everyday while working at The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral. Jane started work their as a volunteer 6 years ago. She has been doodling since young and while taking a break with children she created her work while at home and from …

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Review of Guy Johnston ( ‘cello) and Melvyn Tan (piano) in Ely Cathedral

After the inaugural event of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival this year: a workshop with budding young cellists, these highly talented musicians gave a splendid concert in Ely Cathedral. The programme was varied but the performance was constant: a performance that can only be described as outstanding. Their phenomenal technique was immediately apparent as …

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Wicken Beer Festival 14th May 2016 4 pm until the beer runs out……

On Saturday 14th May, Wicken Recreation Ground will be the venue for the 13th Wicken Beer Festival run by a group of volunteers from the village to fund raise for play equipment.  Over the years the group have managed to install a multi-use games arena, installed play equipment and supported local groups who use the …

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