Events


  • Meet the Cromwells!

    Sunday 28th May 2017


    Sunday 28th May 2017

    10:00 am until 5:00 pm

    Adults - £5.90

    Children - £4.40

    Family Ticket (Two Adults and up to Three Children) - £15

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House comes to life like never before, with each room in this remarkably well preserved seventeenth century home brimming with long lost energy. Oliver is coming home and bringing the family with him!

     

     

    This is your chance to witness a snapshot of the life and times of one of England’s most iconic and divisive men. Discover the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, as dinner is prepared for a hungry household, what is on the menu? And what is Marchpane?

    Follow on to discover what life would have been like for children in the 17th century and learn about Wool; from fleece to finely spun thread with our very own “Spinster” who will talk and show you through the process of “spinning”

    Meet a veteran soldier, from “The Bishops Wars” and discover what he’ll be taking to battle with him, as England heads towards the first Civil War, between King Charles and Parliament; you’ll be able to ask this knowledgeable soldier a wide variety of questions! Not to forget, you can also learn all about how an injured soldier would be treated, with our military surgeon who will be bringing with him his marvellous collection of interesting and, in some cases, utterly terrifying medical implements. How would he deal with a musket ball? What about amputating a leg? You’ll find out at Oliver Cromwell’s House!

    Leaving the horrors of war behind, join our skilled book binder who will be demonstrating how books were created during the 17th century using authentic reproduction tools and materials, giving a rare, up-close glimpse into a highly prized trade and skill that is still to this day revered.

    As you enter the haunted bedroom you may perhaps see something out of the corner of your eye, don’t be startled. It is simply the man himself, Oliver Cromwell, happy to welcome people to his home, to talk and answer questions. What have you always wanted to know about Oliver Cromwell? What will you ask him?

    This promises to be a day of delight and drama as Oliver Cromwell, his family and friends, come home for just one day.

  • Riverside Walk

    Monday 29th May 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.

  • The Savage 17th Century Guided Tour (and all itís horrid bits)


    Thursday 1st June at 11.30am

     

    Join us for this one off return of our family guided tour with Professor A Bismal.

     

    It is with great fanfare and celebration that Oliver Cromwell’s House can announce that for a limited time only our very own Professor Arthur Victor Montgomery Bismal will be providing a guided tour revealing and revelling in “the bits teachers are too grossed out to tell you!” – Not for the weak of stomach!

     

     

    Professor A Bismal is a barely known, self appointed eccentric Professor of the Unseen Arts, and a graduate of the Indivisible College (in other words we've made him up!).  In his own words: “In some circles I am known as the Regent of Revolting and in others the Father of Foul. Other people call me 'The weird bloke who likes gross history'... those people aren’t invited! I prefer to describe myself as a Professor of Gore. I am fascinated by the bits of history that teachers would never tell you, the bits that would make old ladies gasp in shock and the stories that would make animals, including hamsters, shiver with shock.  This is your rare chance to take a guided tour with Professor A Bismal, around Oliver Cromwell’s House, as he tells you all about the truly horrid bits of history.  Discover the awful origins of a favourite playground poem, be disturbed by the tales of a long dead head and it’s life after death and if you’re very lucky, the Professor will share his favourite recipes with you.....


    Book now and discover all about Professor A Bismal, the one they warned you about!  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.

  • Escape Room at Cromwell's House


    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 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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