Events


  • Escape Room at Cromwell's House


    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm.  We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

    Gather friends, family or colleagues together and see how well you work together in this fun but challenging activity that will be a talking point for weeks to come. This is the perfect activity to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or just an excuse for a memorable activity.

    A group of Royalist supporters have been captured by a detachment of Cromwell's troop and are being held temporarily under armed guard in the Tithe Room of Cromwell's former house. However, one of the guards is a Royalist sympathiser himself and has hidden a set of clues in the room along with a key. 

    The group's mission is to locate the clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find the golden key which will allow them to make good their escape. You have 60 minutes to complete the mission and escape otherwise the guards will return.

    Popular in various countries across the world, Escape Rooms have become the "must do" activity and is one of the latest trends to hit the UK. Oliver Cromwell’s House is very excited to be able to bring this bespoke Escape Room challenge to Ely.

    Sessions are priced at £80 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call tic@eastcambs.gov.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

     

     

     

     

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  • Paranormal Virtual Reality Fridays


    Running every Friday 4 pm until 8 pm.

     

    New to Oliver Cromwell's House, we are pleased to announce the collaboration with Colossal Squid to bring you a Virtual Reality experience you will not forget.  Experience a thrilling paranormal world in our haunted surroundings.  Are you brave enough to try?

     

    At £20 per person for up to 4 people, for a 45 minute session, you will be sharing an experience you will be talking about for weeks. 

     

     

     

    Running every Friday evening from 4 pm and with regular new experiences, our new level of immersion will take your tension and fear to an unprecedented place.

    Book your experience on-line now or for group or corporate bookings, please contact us for more information on tic@eastcambs.gov.uk or tel 01353 662062

  • Foul Folklore!


    Monday 3rd, Wednesday 5th, Friday 7th, Monday 10th, Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th April.

    The tour starts at 2pm.

    Fresh from going Potty in the Savage 17th Century, Professor A. Bismal is back and this time he’s been hunting for the foulest folk tales and fearsome folk figures.

     

    What wonders will you discover on this brand new tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House? What do 8 magpies signify? What is that unusual light in the night and should you follow it? How does a Goose feather keep you from the Hangman’s Noose? Does the Professor have a dog....? If not what is all that howling and panting...., who is that Man in Green?! And finally, who is hanging around after hours in Oliver Cromwell’s House? Find out this Easter, on The Foul Folklore Tour.

     

    Book now and make this Easter, your most exciting yet.  The tour is suitable for people ages 6 to 106 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All tickets priced £4 per person.  Please book on-line or for further information call 01353 662062.

  • Ely through its Architecture Guided Walk

    Friday 14th April 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

    Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely’s period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History.

  • Historical City of Ely Walk

    Saturday 15th April 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

     

    What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

     

  • Riverside Walk

    Sunday 16th April 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

     

    This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportuniy to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

  • Ely’s Monastic Walk

    Monday 17th April 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

    Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in residential use  and listen to tales of monks and royalty as you are guided through Ely's rich ecclesiastical history, encampuslated in some of the most magnificent monastic buildings in the country.

  • An Audience with Richard Matthew, Mile Tree Brewery

    Sunday 30th April 2017


    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "An Audience With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

    Calling all ale lovers for our first session!  This is your chance to meet local Micro-Brewery Brewer Richard Matthews, the man behind “Mile Tree Brewery” and the wonderful range of locally brewed beers, ranging from blonde to darker beers.

    Discover how each beer is crafted to create the distinctive flavours and aromas within the intimate surroudnings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House. There will be plenty of opportunity to taste test a range of Mile Tree Brewery’s ales so you can discover for yourself, why this Fenland Micro Brewery is so popular.

    This session is at 12.45 pm and lasts 45 minutes.  Over 18's only.

    Mile Tree Brewery is our resident beer tent at Ely's Eel Festival Weekend (www.elyeelfestival.co.uk) so do call by and say hello.

  • An Audience with Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Champion

    Sunday 30th April 2017


    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "An Audience With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

    Jane Devonshire was crowned MasterChef 2016 Champion in the twelfth series of the hugely popular BBC One series.  Stay at home mum, had an extraordinary final cook-off where she wowed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her childhood-inspired menu.

    The menu consisted of a Winkle starter, Indian-inspired Sunday Roast Lamb, and Rhubarb and Custard dessert. Don't you just love her!

    We are delighted that Jane has agreed to be part of our "An Audience With" series.  This is your opportunity to hear Jane talk about her love of cooking and the exciting year she has had since winning Masterchef, in the intimate surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House. Also your chance to ask her all those questions you've been dying to know the answers to such as what is it really like behind the scenes at MasterChef?

    Tickets to join Jane are limited to just 22 spaces.  The session starts at 2.30 pm and lasts for 45 minutes.  So book your ticket now!

    Jane can also be seen demonstrating in the Cookery Theatre at the Food and Drink Festival.  For more information check out our website at www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

     

  • An Audience with Theo Randall, Internationally Renowned Chef

    Monday 1st May 2017


    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "Audiences With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

    We are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned chef Theo Randall to be our third "An Audience With" participant.  Described as "this country's best non-Italian chef", his reputation has soared since he opened his first restaurant in 2006. 

    Theo was formerly Head Chef and Partner at The River Cafe, which was awarded its first Michelin Star under his direction.  Theo's rising profile has been enhanced by his many television appearances. 

    In addition to his public cooking demonstration as part of our Food and Drink Festival, we are incredibly excited to be able to offer you the chance to hear Theo talk about his love of cooking in the intimate surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House.  Theo will be happy to take questions as well as sign books at the end.  Feel free to bring your own books in or you can purchase either of Theo's cook books on the day as Burrows Bookshop, Ely, will be in attendance.

    Tickets for this "An Audience With" are limited to just 22 spaces.  The session begins at 12.45 pm and last for 45 minutes.

    For more information about the Food and Drink Festival please go to our dedicated website - www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

     

     

  • An Audience with Mr Hashimoto, Dojima Sake Brewery

    Monday 1st May 2017


    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "Audiences With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

    We are all keenly awaiting the opening of Britain’s first sake brewery in Fordham by the Dojima Family later this year. We are thrilled to be able to feature owner and master brewer of Dojima Brewery, Mr Hashimoto, to be our fourth particpant in our series of  "An Audience with" sessions.

    This is your opportunity to learn more about Japan's much loved beverage including the technique for brewing as well as how best to drink it, including tasting several varieties.

    Tickets are limited to just 22 spaces.  Session starts at 2.30 pm and last for 45 minutes.  Over 18s only. 

    For more information abou the Food and Drink Festival please go to our dedicated website - www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

  • Ely’s Heritage Eel Walk

    Monday 1st May 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

    Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgable guide.