Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30pm . We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated. Please contact us to discuss further.
Please see below for further booking details for bank holiday sessions plus Family Sessions every Thursday during school holidays.
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 email@example.com or call us on 01353 662062.
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.
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 three-course meal including drinks and are for groups of 8 or 10 people. Price per person is £85. Contact us for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Celestial Medlar - a sinister time-travelling magician!
Based on the Escape Room principle, this activity is designed to accommodate between 20 and 40 people and provides a unique journey through history in a thrilling adventure. Your group will be divided into four teams and then they will be pitched against one another with the task of completing a series of puzzles in the quickest time. Each team will have to visit four rooms within Oliver Cromwell’s House and work out the puzzles that when put together, will give you your ultimate answer. Your challenge is to complete the assignment before any of the other teams.
Complete with an awards ceremony at the end, this fun activity takes approximately 90 minutes and is priced at £25 per person. The event can be undertaken after 5.30 pm on a day of your choice, subject to availability.
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 10am to 12pm
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
Thursday 5th December 2019 from 5pm at the Maltings Ely
Come and enjoy a festive evening at the Maltings Ely! Love Local have arranged another 'pop up' evening to celebrate local businesses and traders from Ely and surrounding areas! All under one roof you'll find over 35 independent businesses showcasing their products. For just £4 pp you can enjoy an evening of shopping, food, music and festive fun all under one roof! Tickets can be purchased from Ely's Tourist Information Centre, or on-line
Friday 6th December or Thursday 12th December 2019 2pm-4pm
Festive Traditional Wreath Workshops
Come and have some festive fun in the Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell's House and create your very own, beautiful traditional festive wreath for your front door. No experience is required, you will be guided and taken through each step. The wreath will have a moss-based ring, then covered in festive foliage followed by a choice of decorations from natural pine cones and cinnamon bundles through to baubles and a bow! Finally a ribbon will be added to hang you festive creation. Everything you need will be supplied, plus refreshments.
If you have any questions please contact Paula on the above email address or call on 07807 322069 or 01353 775334
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Friday 27th December
Why not discover the Eel Trade and enjoy this post Christmas Day walk around our wonderful Eel Trail. Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage and learn so much from our expert guides. Walks are approximately 1 mile and usually talk 1 hour 30 mins.
Saturday 28th December
What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval streets and paths. Embrace this post Christmas Day walk and discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels
Walks commence from Oliver Cromwell's House and pre-booking is advised to avoid disppointment. Tickets can be booked on-line.
Distance 1 mile and usually take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Sunday 29th December
This wintery tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning riverside. 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.
Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House at 11.30 am
Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.