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Supporting traditional English music with a traditional English fair

The annual Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair takes place on Palace Green, surrounded by the splendour of Ely Cathedral and The Old Palace - two of Ely's magnificent historic buildings.

An entertaining day for the whole family, the fair includes a selection of over 40 tempting stalls featuring crafts, local foods, jewellery, plants, gifts and summer produce.

In keeping with the tradition of this well established country fair, visitors will have the opportunity try their luck on the tombola and test their aim on the coconut shy as well as enjoying a Pimm's and strawberries and cream on the lawns in front of the Cathedral. This along with Strawberries and Cream, Champagne and Pimms all add to a great day out in Ely.

All profits from the fair go to the Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund.

Additional notes:

The Etheldreda Fair was started in the early 1990's by the Director of Music at Ely Cathedral and his wife when they opened their home and garden for refreshments and light lunches on the Open University Degree Ceremony Day. The OU has for many years held it's East Anglian Degree Ceremony at Ely Cathedral in late May or early June and they saw it as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund.

It was named 'The Etheldreda Fair' as St Etheldreda, the founding Abbess of the first Abbey in Ely, is celebrated annually on 23 June.

By the late 1990's the organisation of the fair was taken on by the boy chorister parents who broadened it to the full scale fair, on Palace Green, in front of Ely Cathedral.

Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair (6 images)

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    Local crafts and gifts

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    Face painting

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    Strawberries and cream

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    Pimms and Champagne stall

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    Plant stalls

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    Locally grown plants