Visitors are ‘blown away’ by Ely Cathedral’s harvest festival

Preparations for Harvest Festival at Ely Cathedral

Preparations for Harvest Festival at Ely Cathedral - Credit: Archant

Knitted mice, tractors, sheep and loads of fresh produce harvested from across the Fens were all part of the annual harvest festival weekend at Ely Cathedral.

Well over 2,000 visitors took the opportunity to visit the cathedral for free over the weekend, which aimed to showcase the variety and quality of locally grown food.

Displays includede floral, food and farming which included old-style tractors as well as sheep, and Sunday featured the Harvest Sung Eucharist, performed by the boy choristers, as well as a Songs of Praise and the presentation of harvest gifts.

A harvest dinner in the Lady Chapel on Friday evening kicked off the weekend of celebrations.

The event was organised jointly by the National Farmers Union and a cathedral committee


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Sallyann Ford, deputy operations manager at the cathedral, said visitors were “blown away” by the displays.

The charities supported this year were the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Ely Foodbank.

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All the fresh produce was sold off this morning (Monday) at the cathedral.

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