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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
23rd - 24th October 2019 7.30pm
Like Hand Maids Tale, but with more hope, Sisterhood is a gentle but fearless adventure into the dark heart of patriarchal rule. Coming to perform in the 'Tithe Room' at Oliver Cromwell's House, this newly devised multimedia tale introduces you to a sisterhood, caught in between two timelines: the witch trials of the 16th Century and modern-day women facing a world in political and environmental upheaval. Sisterhood transports the audience to a church cell, where three women aged 20,40 and 60 await their trial in the morning. Soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves the stories of these three characters with vestiges from the performer's own lives, to reveal an immediate and clear association.
This incredible performance is part of a 'Healing Tour' that's following in the footsteps of Matthew Hopkins, self-proclaimed Witchfinder General. Starting on the full moon and ending at Halloween, Sisterhood is performing in 10 of the main locations Hopkins reigned his terror. In just three years he was responsible for killing 60% of those executed for witchcraft in the UK.
4th October 2019 - 31st October 2019 7pm
Join a Riverside Ghost Tour every Friday and Saturday from October 4th, right through until Halloween. Meeting at Oliver Cromwell's house, you will be spookily guided through Ely's Medieval Streets listening to our expert guide as they tell tales of dealth, scandal and mystery... then hop aboard the Liberty Belle for a cruise along the river and hear further tales about Ely's waterside after dark.... be brave!!
Must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment
26th October 2019 - 31st October 2019
Join us on one of our renowned Halloween Ghost Tours this October. Come and discover the darker side of Ely as you are guided around one of England's most haunted cities. Our ghost tours (with guaranteed ghostly sightings) are available evenings from Saturday 26th October, right the way through to Halloween.
What fearful frights await those in Ely after dark? Discover the ghostly tales of scandal, death and horror on Ely's medieval streets with the chance to meet some of the ghosts themselves.
Tickets £10 - pre booking essential (if you dare.....)
Saturday 2nd November 2019
The annual Ely Fireworks event will be taking place in Cherry Hill Saturday 2nd November from 5.30 pm. The Guy competition will be at 6pm and judged by the Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse followed by the bonfire lighting at 6.30pm. Fireworks Crazy Ltd will provide a phenomenal pyrotechnical display at 7pm. They'll be plenty to eat and drink and JG Amusements will be providing the funfair. Jeremy Sallis and his BBC Radio Cambridgeshire crew will be returning as media partners for what promises to be a really fun evening.
This year the tickets can be purchased in advance, on-line and posted to your door by following the link below. You can also purchase over the at the following retailers: Ely Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwells House, Ely Fudge, Sainsbury's Ely, Toppings Ely, Atrium Fitness Ely, Soham Books, Littleport Bargain Centre and Twin Motor Company Sutton. On the night Family tickets will NOT be available, and prices are Adults £6, Child £4
** PLEASE REMEMBER WHEN BOOKING ON-LINE TO ADD THE £1.50 POSTAGE CHARGE**
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 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.