Eel Festival welcomes thousands to the streets of Ely

Ely’s Eel Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely’s Eel Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people packed the streets of Ely in celebration of the third annual Eel Festival this weekend.

Ely’s Eel Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely’s Eel Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Festival visitors enjoyed a family fun Saturday as the famous Eel Parade made its way through the city, with Ely’s ‘Ellie the Eel’ heading the carnival inspired procession.

Ely’s Samba Band led the parade down to the Waterside and into Jubilee Gardens where a host of eel-related activities took place.

In Jubilee Gardens there was a full programme of events, including folk music, eel pottery workshops, music and dancing, historical displays and re-enactments – as well as the chance to see some live eels.

Lauren Rouse, of Grand Central, toasts the success of Eel Day with an 'eel-themed' cocktail. Photo:

Lauren Rouse, of Grand Central, toasts the success of Eel Day with an 'eel-themed' cocktail. Photo: Michael Rouse - Credit: Archant

As a new addition, visitors were spoilt for choice at the eel-themed food safari taking place around the town at Ely’s cafes, restaurants and food venues, which offered a range of quirky delights.


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Mayday Sunday and bank holiday Monday offered a mix of stalls, children’s fair rides and family entertainment.

The weekend launched on Friday with an eel throwing competition for local businesses where The Atrium Club team was crowned the winners.

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