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Luke Jerram's spectacular installation 'Gaia' (kindly sponsored by The Friends of Ely Cathedral), a 7 meter replica of planet Earth, will be on display at Ely Cathedral. Suspended from high above, this globally acclaimed work of art will be the focal point of a special exhibition to highlight and address some of the very real issues affecting our world.

We all have a duty and responsibility to safeguard our planet and acknowledge the impact of climate change. We hope that Heaven & Earth - The World in Our Hands will raise awareness, educate and inspire us all to protect our world. This event will feature exhibits with a focus on climate change plus talks on environmental issues.


Programme of Events

Friday 15 May, 5.30pm

'Heaven & Earth' Evensong
Mark the launch of the 'Heaven & Earth' exhibition by experiencing a special Evensong in which music, readings and prayers explore the wonder and responsibility of our relationship with the earth.

Tuesday 19 May, 7pm

Sir David KingA Talk by Sir David King - 'A Fresh look at Humanity's Greatest Ever Challenge: Climate Change'
Sir David King is the UK's prominent thought leader, policy adviser and campaigner on the causes and consequences of climate change. For years this highly effective diplomat, has been driving change in environmental and societal practices at a corporate, national and international level.
Free Entry but please reserve a ticket here.

Sunday 24 May, 10.30am

Green Communion
The main Sunday morning service will be a 'Green Communion'. We will celebrate creation, lament its destructive exploitation, and pledge our commitment to its protection and flourishing. The Revd Dr Jenny Gage, minor Canon for Social Justice at Ely Cathedral, will give the sermon.

Wednesday 27 May, 10am-2pm

Holiday Drop-In - Environment Awareness

  • Mini Beast Safari 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm
    A safari around the Cathedral gardens searching out mini beasts with The Wildlife Trust. Tickets £2 for children aged 4+ available here
  • All Creatures Great & Small 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
    Create your own Lego® animal for our giant Lego® world map underneath the Octagon. A one hour build-slot.
    £4.50 per person, or £15 for 4 people available here.
    LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event.
  • Environment themed crafts 10am-2pm
    A range of led craft activities for children to enjoy around the theme of environmental awareness, wildlife and conservation. (Free)
  • Toddler Area: 10am-2pm
    Toys, books, self-led crafts and sensory activities for our smallest visitors to enjoy. (Free)
  • 10am-2pm
    Join Amey Cespa to upcycle a plastic bottle and create a bird feeder. (Free)

Sunday 31May, 10.30am

Also known as Whitsun, this service will focus on renewal, which Pentecost represents, as well as our need to protect our fragile planet. The Right Reverend Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and lead Bishop for the Environment in the Church of England, will preach.

Tuesday 2 June, 10am-4pm

Eco Conference at Ely Cathedral Conference Centre
Further details available soon.

Friday 5 June, 6.30-9pm

A Night @ The Cathedral - 'World Environment Day'
Join us for a very special evening as we celebrate World Environment Day. Come and see Gaia by evening light and discover the many environmental exhibitors who will be attending, and enjoy activities and demonstrations. Highlights include a live hive by Cambridge Beekeepers Association, recycled toys by A Toys Life & Beyond, as well as expert advice from Cambridge Sustainable Food and Cambridge Zero, an ambitious new climate change initative from the University of Cambridge. Free Entry.

Saturday 6 June, 8am-9.30am

Community Litter Pick (followed by coffee & cake)
Meet at the Cathedral South Door entrance.
Further details available soon.

Sunday 7 June, 12-6pm

National Garden Scheme - Open Gardens Day
A delightful and varied group of 7 gardens will be opening their gates to visitors. Starting at the Cathedral West entrance, follow the yellow signs to The Bishop of Ely's Garden to start the garden trail.
Tickets: £6 adults, children free. Includes a map to locate the other central Ely gardens and a family activity spotting the missing 'Ely Bees'.

Sunday 7 June, 2pm

Rowan WilliamsA Talk by Rowan Williams - 'Climate Justice' with Q&A
In the South Transept
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has claimed that man-made climate change is 'the largest challenge ever to the human race'. Following a series of highly acclaimed interviews, come and hear what he has to say on the matter.
Free Entry but please reserve a ticket here.

Monday 8 June, 7pm - 9pm

Ely Cathedral Business Group Discussion
Further details available soon.

Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm

Hope in a Hopeless World:
Music and Poetry for the Earth
In this concert, poems from two former Fenland Poet Laureates, Elaine Ewart and Kate Arthur, and musicians Steve Bingham and Brenda Stewart, will lead us through a landscape of lament and hope. Psalms sung by Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers will be our guide.
Tickets: £10 available here.

Wednesday 10 June, 7pm - 9pm

SWISH - Ethical Clothes Exchange
SWISHING is a national scheme for the fashion loving, environmentally aware and offers an easy solution to update your wardrobe without impacting the planet. It works like a giant clothes swap. You bring items you no longer wear and are given tokens to exchange them for something new-to-you. Meet up with friends. Refreshment bar on site. (Good quality ladies clothing only please).
Tickets: £5 available here.

Thursday 11 June, 2-4pm & 6.30-8.30pm

Kitchen Herb Garden Workshops
Plant your own herb garden to take home in a stunning galvanised or metal embossed planter using 5 well known herbs. Learn about the medicinal, historical, mythical and nutritional values of each herb. Classes are led by Katie Haydn Slater of Wild Oak Workshops.
Tickets: £60 (to include all materials including herbs and planter) available from

Sunday 14 June, 8pm

Candlelit Compline for Creationtide
A sung, candlelit evening service to give thanks for the blessings of the natural world.

Heaven & Earth Tours
Make connections with the past, present and future on one of our 'Heaven & Earth' walking tours of Ely Cathedral and its monastic precinct. Discover centuries of history while also learning about current work and future plans in our mission to become an Eco Cathedral.

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