Half term historic adventures in Ely



This February, visitors and residents in Ely can learn about the hidden mysteries of the city or take part in activities at Oliver Cromwell House.

Tracey Harding, Tourism & Town Centres Team Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “This half term holiday we have a great line up of events for all ages and interests. We have guided walks where people can learn about Ely's history, the wonderful architecture in the city and things which go bump in the night. We have also got some fantastic activities lined up at Oliver Cromwell House especially for children who can dress up, follow a trail and hear from characters from the past. So pop down and see us next week and see what you can learn."

The fun starts on Saturday 19 February at 11am with a guided walking tour around Ely. This involves discovering the history of the city via medieval paths and monastic buildings which explain the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. All tickets £2.50 per person.

The next tour is a historical guide of Ely through its architecture on Sunday 20 February at 11.30am. Again tickets are £2.50 to learn about the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's historic buildings.

Finally there is Cromwell's Family Activity Tuesday on the 22 February. This includes a range of fun 'hands on' activities for the whole family such as a children's trail around the House with clues and riddles, the chance to practise medieval handwriting, or have a go at dressing up in 17th Century costumes.

There is also the chance to meet a kitchen maid and civil war characters along the children's trail. Visitors can discover unusual objects such as hives, urns, couvre feu and forage caps.  People can guess how they were used, listen to tales of rations and take your own ration book home and compare it with your cupboards!

Visitors can drop in sessions between 11am and 1pm. It costs are: Adults £4.50 Concessions £4.00 Child £3.10 (under 6 free) and Family ticket £13.00 - it is free event to Resident Pass Holders.

Finally there is Haunted Happenings at the House on Friday 25 February at 3pm. This involves a tour of the House at dusk to hear the stories of ghostly encounters recalled by previous residents, visitors and staff. All tickets £5.00 per person. (Not suitable for under 8 years old)

For booking contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or www.visitely.org.uk.


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For further information contact Tony Taylorson in the Communications Team on 01223 699285.