With 15,000 visitors the Ely Cathedral Christmas food and gift fair proves a sell out - but don’t worry the dates are set for 2019 already

PUBLISHED: 13:41 20 November 2018

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.

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More than 15,000 visitors attended the annual gift and food fair at Ely Cathedral making it record attendance for the seventh year running.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

Many stall holders sold out and one had to make the 200-mile journey home on Thursday evening just to restock.

Tasty patisserie, handmade decorations, gift boxed ales and cheeses and knitted accessories were just some of the items on offer.

The café marquee provided the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy some delicious festive treats, while a grand carousel sat stately in the grounds.

The event took place across three days from November 15 to 17.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.

Due to the increasing popularity an extra day was also added.

Lesley Ann Thompson, the cathedral’s director of communications and commerce, said: “Our focus is to make it an enjoyable day out for everyone.

“Crowd control, easy access and car parking are always a major concern as we understand this can cause unnecessary stress to visitors.

“The additional day worked well in creating a less busy environment and we were delighted that so many people used the dedicated park and ride service or travelled by train.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

“An event of this size and calibre takes a great deal of organising and preparation and we are fortunate to have such a fantastic team of staff and volunteers.”

The 2019 event runs from November 14-16.

The popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: CLARE BUTLER.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.A magical festive fair set inside the iconic Ely Cathedral welcomed hundreds of visitors. Picture: MIKE ROUSE.

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