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Widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia's exceptional Christmas shopping experiences, Ely Cathedral is busy preparing for the popular Christmas Gift & Food Fair with some exciting new additions for 2019.

Several new traders will make up the 100 plus handpicked stalls located inside Ely's magnificent medieval nave. Amongst those to catch your eye as you browse are Dittany Rose (Funky Jewellery), The Speculating Rook (Interior Accessories), Hunt and Feather (Unusual Gifts), and The Bookbinders (Contemporary Stationary). The ever popular Festive Food Hall will be packed with artisan suppliers from across the region offering plenty of tempting treats for your Christmas larder including delicious produce from cheesemongers, distillers of gin, vodka and other winter warmers, specialist charcuteries, chocolatiers and purveyors of jam, pickles, spices and oils.

Several free demonstrations will be taking place over the event to give your feet, and wallet, a well earnt rest. New for this year is Katie Haydn-Slater, who runs Wild Oak Workshops, and who will be sharing her creative skills on how to make a Christmas Wreath using locally harvested spruce and deliciously scented festive foraging's. For those wanting to perfect their Christmas wrapping skills Retail Stylist, Kim Smart, will be demonstrating clever techniques and tricks to transform the simplest gift into something spectacular.

As always the Christmas Fair is about enjoying time with family and friends. If you are tempted by nostalgia of Christmases past and dream of riding a fairground horse, the beautifully restored Victorian carousel will be on site in the Cathedral grounds. Those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit can enjoy a glass of something festive from the Mulled Wine & Fizz Bar and hungry shoppers can choose from a great selection of gourmet food vendors including Verrechia Crepes, The Raclette Sisters, Norfolk Hog Roast and The Rural Coffee Project serving their delicious artisan coffee and home- made cakes from a vintage Land Rover.

The opening times have been extended so visitors can enjoy the Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair experience at their leisure and there is a special time slot reserved solely for shoppers with limited mobility and mums with pushchairs.

Ely Cathedral Gift & Food Fair runs from 14 - 16 November 2019. To book tickets visit here or contact the Cathedral Box Office on 01353 660349


Images - Ely Cathedral Photo Library.

About Ely Cathedral

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as 'one of the wonders of the Medieval world'. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as 'The Ship of the Fens'.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral. The Cathedral's role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of 22 choristers and 6 lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time.

As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts & music, for exhibitions, concerts and theatre. Most recently Ely has gained global recognition a prominent film location including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Macbeth, The King's Speech and The Crown.
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