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  • Ely's Escape Room - Lock in at The Cromwell Arms

    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.

     

    Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

     

    The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime. Sessions are priced at £90 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 email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

  • Murder Mystery Evenings at Oliver Cromwell's House

     

    Experience a Murder Mystery Evening, with a difference

     

    Come dine with us in Cromwell’s very own Kitchen but keep your wits about you. One of your fellow diners is harbouring a terrible secret. Let the thespian in you come out as you move around the House looking for clues to discover just which of your party is the murderer. This is an evening like no other.

     

    Bookable after 1st June 2019. Enquiries now being taken - contact us on info@visitely.co.uk

     

     

     

     

    This is an invitation to dine in the historic kitchen of Oliver Cromwell’s House. However, this is no ordinary dinner. Just as the guests are finishing their first course a serving maid bursts into the kitchen to announce a dead body has been found in the study and it is clearly murder.

     

    Every one of the guests is now a suspect. Can you and your fellow diners follow a trail of clues and work out who is the culprit?

     

    A fun packed evening’s entertainment with an opportunity to dress and act in character (but only if you want to!). Each guest will be provided with their own unique script along the way. One of your party is harbouring a terrible secret – but who?

     

    Murder Mystery Evenings are held throughout the year on dates to suit your group or occasion. The evening includes a four-course meal including drinks and are for groups of 8 people. Larger numbers may be accommodated upon request.

     

  • Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Easter Extravaganza

    Wednesday 17th April - 10 am to 12 noon

     

    Join Nora Gardner, aka The Hungry Roundhead, our local guide and food historian to learn about the flavours and ingredients of 17th Century cooking in England. Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen to watch old recipes come to life and compare them to their more modern versions. Hear the stories behind them and of course taste the results!

     

    Easter was a time of joyous feasting in the 17th century, particularly after the fasting of Lent. Join The Hungry Roundhead to learn about the herbs and spices that were an essential and delicious part of Easter cuisine.


    Tickets - £15 per person

  • Easter Walks Programme - Historical City of Ely Walk

    Friday 19th April 2019 (Good Friday)

     

    The tour starts at 11.30 am, 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. 

     

    Distance:  approximately 1 mile

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Easter Walks Programme - Ely Heritage Eel Walk

    Saturday 20th April 2019 (Easter Saturday)

     

    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.

     

    Distance:  approximately 1 mile

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Easter Walks Programme - Riverside Walk

    Sunday 21st April 2019 (Easter Sunday)

     

    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.

     

    Distance:  approximately 1 mile

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Easter Walks Programme - Architecture Guided Walk

    Monday 22nd April, 11.30 am (Easter Monday)

     

    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.

     

    Distance:  approximately 1 mile

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

    Wednesday 2nd October, 10 am to 12 noon

     

    Join Nora Gardner, aka The Hungry Roundhead, our local guide and food historian to learn about the flavours and ingredients of 17th Century cooking in England. Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen to watch old recipes come to life and compare them to their more modern versions. Hear the stories behind them and of course taste the results!

     

    Discover an array of hearty 17th century dishes which would have warmed the soul during the autumnal season. Learn about Mrs Cromwell's favourite dishes as well as hear how she would have used the craft of preserving to prepare for the year ahead.

     

    Tickets - £15 per person



    Tickets - £15

  • Mrs Cromwell Kitchen - The Festive Feast

    Wednesday 4th December 2019, 10 am to 12 noon

     

    Join Nora Gardner, aka The Hungry Roundhead, our local guide and food historian to learn about the flavours and ingredients of 17th Century cooking in England. Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen to watch old recipes come to life and compare them to their more modern versions. Hear the stories behind them and of course taste the results!

     

    Although Christmas was banned during the Commonwealth, many people still celebrated behind closed doors. Learn about the festive food that would have been enjoyed by the Cromwell family and find out where some of the customs and traditions came from which makes up the Christmas Feast we know today.


    Tickets - £15 per person

     

  • In conversation with Aldo Zilli

    Monday 6th May, 2 pm at Oliver Cromwell’s House -  part of Ely Eel Festival Weekend

     

    In addition to seeing our celebrity chef Aldo Zilli performing in the Cookery Theatre on Monday, there is an exclusive opportunity to join him in the atmospheric surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House (opposite the Kitchen Zone on St Mary's Green) for a more intimate occasion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear Aldo talk about his life and career with the chance to ask those burning questions.

     

    Aldo is an award-winning celebrity chef who specialises in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisines.  One of nine children, he was born in the central Italian region of Abruzzo and first learnt Italian cooking from his mother. He went on to be the founder and chef patron of some of London's most exciting and innovative restaurants, including Signor Zilli, Zilli Fish, Zilli Green and Zille Cafe and has since worked as consultant, author and television personality and is the current food columnist in the Daily Express.

     

    This event promises to be truly unique and memorable.  Tickets, priced £10 are limited, so don't delay in booking.  

  • In conversation with Hala El-Shafie

    Sunday 5th May, 2 pm at Oliver Cromwell's House -  part of Ely Eel Festival Weekend

     

    In addition to seeing our celebrity nutritionist Hala El-Shafie performing in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday, there is an exclusive opportunity to join her in the atmospheric surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House (opposite the Kitchen Zone on St Mary's Green) for a more intimate occasion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear Hala talk about her life and career with the chance to ask those burning questions.

     

    Hala is a consultant nutritionist and registered dietician and has a unique understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food. She has created a successful holistic client-centered approach that has brought her an extensive and loyal following and numerous television appearances including her most recent Channel 4's "How to Eat Well For Less". Hala's take on food and nutrition is both edgy and refreshing and has seen her launch the lifestyle website Nutrition Rocks. Her passion is to enthuse people to eat better for health while supporting a positive body image. 

     

    This event promises to be truly unique and memorable.  Tickets, priced £10 are limited, so don't delay in booking.  

  • May Day holiday walk - Ely Eel Heritage Walk

    Monday 6th May 2019. (May Day)

     

    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.

     

    Distance:  approximately 1 mile

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins