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Local Activities

With the festive season fast approaching, plenty of local activities are available to get you in the Christmas spirit.


Local activities give your town its character, and supporting such local activities means that you are keeping your town and its uniqueness alive.


5 Main Reasons Why You Should Support Local Activities 

  1. Helps improve the local economy - creating local jobs 
  2. Networking – An excellent way to make friends and get to know local businesses
  3. Fun – enjoy yourself
  4. Boost confidence improves mental health and wellbeing
  5. Build skills


We have put together a list of local activities and the relevant information, including the websites below.


Autumn and Winter Guided Walks – Sat October 2 – Sat December 18 2021 (Ely, Cambs) Returning for the Autumn and Early Winter months, the fabulous Guided Tours of Ely promise to delight. Depending on the day you book, you can experience one of the following tours with our expert guides. Includes the following 



  1. Historic City of Ely Walk 
  2. Monastic Ely  
  3. Ely's Riverside  
  4. Ely Through its Architecture  
  5. Ely's Eel Trail 

Winter Walks


The tour schedule is available on the booking link - Please note, Tours are subject to change should the need arise. Where possible, we will inform you on time.


 All tours start from Oliver Cromwell's House at 2pm - the Exception to this being - October 10, beginning at 11am. All tickets are priced at £8


  • Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair – Wed November 17 to Sat November 20 2021


The Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair is back!

Described by Country Living Magazine as 'A lovely event to start the festive season. This annual event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences.


For the first time, the grounds surrounding the Cathedral will be incorporated into the Christmas Fair experience. 


Dates and Session Times

  • Wednesday, November 17
    • 30pm - 9pm - Preview Evening
  • Thursday, November 18
    • 30am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday, November 19
    • 9am - 10am - Exclusive entry for 'shoppers with wheels'
    • 10am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm
    • 30pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, November 20
    • 30am - 1pm | 1pm - 4.30pm


A great family day with lots of additional attractions within the Cathedral grounds.

Due to the popularity of this event and limit on numbers, You must purchase ALL tickets in advance: www.elycathedral.org/events/ely-cathedral-christmas-gift-food-fair


Entry price: £4.50 | Children under 16 free (when accompanied by an adult)

Entry plus Stained-Glass Museum: £7.50 (not available on Preview Evening)

Preview Evening: £6.50


Groups & Coaches must book in advance via our dedicated Groups Co-ordinator on 01353 660359.

 On booking your ticket, a wristband will be sent in the post. This is your event ticket; please wear it on arrival at the Christmas Fair to ensure quick entry into the Cathedral.


  • Festive Wreath Workshop – Thursday, December 2 by Popup blooms! (Ely, Cambs) 


 Paula from the beautiful 'popup blooms' will be demonstrating her talent! Come and join us at Oliver Cromwell's House and make your very own NATURAL Festive Wreath. All the materials and refreshments are provided. No previous experience is required, Paula will guide you step-by-step, and you create your very own masterpiece!

Wreath Workshop 

Booking is essential as only eight spaces, and we have a special offer if you would like a pair of tickets! One ticket is £55.00 and two £90.00 - so bring a friend!


Follow the link below to book or call 01353 662062



  • The Cambridge Jazz Festival – November 11 to November 26 2021




  • Christmas Felt Workshop, Wicken Fen – November 11. 


Learn the ancient art of felt making and create your own Christmas decorations at Wicken Fen on Saturday, November 11. Create bespoke one-off pieces which will hang lovingly and proudly around your house.


If you fancy going to this workshop and channelling your inner felt elf, tickets will cost £35, including materials.


To book your tickets, head to the Wicken Fen website.


Cambridge Jazz Festival


  • Driving Miss Daisy 


Starring Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths, this feature is about an elderly widow's relationship with her chauffeur. The story covers a 25-year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms in this acclaimed comedy-drama.

This play will warm your heart and make you fall in love with the theatre all over again.

Tickets for this virtuosic play are available from The Arts Theatre Website.

 Driving Miss Daisy

Do you have any local activities planned this Christmas? Perhaps you are hosting a local activity and would like to share the details, or maybe you are attending one of the local activities above and would like to share more about it. We would love to know what you think about local activities in the comments below.


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