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12 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018

Admission to the Cathedral throughout the Harvest Festival weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is free of charge.

The National Harvest Torch (the symbol of the National Harvest Service which travels to a different Cathedral each year and is supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall) is heading to Ely Cathedral as part of this year's harvest celebration in October. It will be on show throughout the harvest festival weekend and presented during the Harvest 'Songs of Praise' service on Sunday. This year's event focuses on soils, under the theme of 'For the beauty of the earth'. It will feature sheep, farm machinery and food and flower displays, as well as a wormery highlighting what goes on beneath the ground. There will be children's activities in the Lady Chapel on Saturday and Sunday and a lunchtime concert on Saturday, given by Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir based on a harvest theme. Organisations taking part this year include Cambridgeshire Beekeepers, the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey, G's Growers at Barway and NIAB, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

Harvest Festival weekend at Ely Cathedral begins with the annual Harvest Supper on Friday at 7pm in the beautiful setting of the Lady Chapel with musical entertainment. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5 under 12's available below or from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349.

On Saturday Floral, food and farming displays will be open between 10am and 5pm. Evensong takes place at 5.30pm.

The Harvest Sung Eucharist on Sunday, sung by the boy choristers takes place at 10.30am. The displays will be open between 10am and 4pm. At 4pm we have our Harvest 'Songs of Praise' with the presentation of Harvest gifts, as a thanksgiving for Harvest Home.

On Monday from 9.30am 'produce' will be on sale at the west end of the nave.

This year's supported charity is Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Rural Support Group with produce donated to Ely Foodbank.

For further information please contact Sallyann Ford: 01353 660361 gro/lardehtacyle//drof/s

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