As the nights draw in and the winter chill enters the air, there’s plenty of festive fun to be had at Ely Museum.  

From traditional festive crafts to a visit from Father Christmas himself, there are lots of upcoming dates for the diary. 

On November 11 the museum will be holding a Christmas willow weaving workshop with artist Karen Bek. Those who attend will get the chance to learn the traditional local craft of willow weaving and make some fantastic festive decorations to take home and include in Christmas decorations for years to come.  

You will also learn how to make a range of stars and a large willow angel and show off your creative talent to the friends and family who gather for the festive season. A full day workshop from 10.30am to 4pm, including all materials. To find out more and book your place, visit 

For those with a more gastronomic interest, the museum is delighted to be hosting food historian Dr Annie Gray on the evening of November 28. She will be sharing fantastic facts about the origins of our favourite Christmas foods and talking through 500 years of changing food traditions from medieval masques to more recent innovations.  

A spokesperson for the museum said: “Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians and the author of several well-received books including At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages, which will also be on sale. Tickets can be booked at - but be aware they are selling out fast!” 

Then, the highlight of our Christmas season, Father Christmas will be visiting Ely Museum on Saturday 9 and Sunday December 10, from 10.30am until1pm and 1.30pm until 4pm. Tickets do not need to be pre-booked and can be bought on arrival. Each child costs £5 and accompanying adults are free.  

The spokesperson added: “Come along and meet our traditional Father Christmas and soak up some of the Christmas spirit on a fun family-friendly weekend hosted with the support of the magic elves at City Cycle Centre.”