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Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair

Saturday 4 June Palace Green, Ely 10am - 5pm

Family fun supporting traditional English music

Surrounded by the splendour of Ely Cathedral and The Old Palace, the annual Etheldreda fair will take place on Palace Green on Saturday 4 June at 10am until 5pm. An entertaining day for the whole family, the fair showcases local companies with 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 bacon rolls, delicious cakes and tea or champagne, all add to a great day out in Ely.

For further information about the fair contact: Edmund Aldhouse 01353 660311 / Christina Leak 01638 750771

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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 on the Open University Degree Ceremony Day. The OU has for many years held it's East Anglian Degree Ceremony at Ely Cathedral 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 that we see today.