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Pilgrims visiting St Etheldreda's Shrine after 1253

Summer Holiday Story Telling Sessions

Wednesday 5 August 11am | The Almonry Garden | The Story of St Etheldreda.
Find out more about the patron saint of Ely in this costumed story telling session. Children will find out who Etheldreda was as a princess, queen, nun and saint.

Wednesday 12 August 11am and 2.30pm | The Almonry Garden | Vikings!
Find out what happened to Etheldreda's Monastery when the Vikings arrived in Ely in this costumed story telling session. Children will find out about how the Viking's invaded Ely and what happened to the monastery and its inhabitants when they did, including what happened to a greedy Viking who tried to rob the tomb of St Etheldreda!

Wednesday 19 August 11am and 2.30pm | The Almonry Garden | Queen Philippa Arrives.
Find out what happens when royalty visits the monastery in Ely to see how the work on the Octagon Tower is progressing as Queen Philippa visits Prior Crauden in this costumed story telling session. She is particular keen to find out more about the peregrine falcons, since her son has recently developed an interest in birds of prey.

All children will be given a takeaway bag of related craft activities at the end of the session so that they can continue to explore the story at home.

Suitable for primary aged children.
Each session will last up to 30 minutes.
Tickets - £3 per place must be pre-booked. Limited numbers.
Parent/Guardian - No charge for 1 accompanying adult. Please no more than one adult per child to ensure that we can maintain social distancing.

Summer Holiday Gargoyle Safari

Thursday 13 August.
Join the learning team on a safari as we seek out the gargoyles of Ely Cathedral. This interactive, led tour will take children outside the Cathedral as we find out more about the history, purpose and design of gargoyles. We'll be finding out about the legend of the first ever gargoyle - gargouille - as well as exploring the reasons why sacred buildings are so often decorated with images of demons and naughty nose pickers!

Each safari will last up to 45 minutes.
Every child will receive a takeaway bag of craft and activities at the end so that they can continue to explore the world of gargoyles at home.

The tour is best suited to children between the ages of 6 and 11, but children of all ages are likely to enjoy finding out more about our friendly gargoyles!

Once you have booked, please download the pdf Gargoyle Safari Sheet for your child to complete during the safari.

We meet by The Galilee Porch (Main Entrance to the Cathedral) 5 minutes before the tour starts.

Tickets - £3 per place must be pre-booked. Limited numbers.
2 sessions available 11am and 2pm.
Parent/Guardian - No charge for 1 accompanying adult. Please no more than one adult per child to ensure that we can maintain social distancing.

For further details telephone the Learning department on 01353 660332 or email gro/lardehtacyle//gninrael

Summer Holiday Monastic Safari

Thursday 20 August.
Discover the world of the medieval monks of Ely on a safari that explores how they lived, worked and practiced medicine.

We'll investigate the different buildings and their uses - from storing grain to putting up pilgrims and from feeding the poor to bleeding the sick! Children will be taken on an exploration of the different monastic building by an experienced member of the learning team and they find out more about the monastic lifestyle in the middle ages.

They will find out how the monastery supported itself, the local community and those people travelling through Ely.

They will also discover more about medieval medicine, the different cures, treatments and herbs that were used to cure the common ailments of the time such as fen auge.

All children will receive a goody bag at the end of the safari with materials and resources to continue exploring the medieval world of the monks, including everything they need to make their own herbal pomander!

We meet by The Galilee Porch (Main Entrance to the Cathedral) 5 minutes before the tour starts.

Tickets - £3 per place must be pre-booked. Limited numbers.
2 sessions available 11am and 2pm.
Parent/Guardian - No charge for 1 accompanying adult. Please no more than one adult per child to ensure that we can maintain social distancing.

For further details telephone the Learning department on 01353 660332 or email gro/lardehtacyle//gninrael