Ely’s annual Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair returns to the city in June

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 May 2018

Face painting at last year's Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair in Ely.

Face painting at last year's Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair in Ely.


Ely’s annual Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair takes place on Palace Green on Saturday June 2 from 10am to 6pm.

Supporting traditional English music with a traditional English fair, the entertaining day for the whole family includes over 40 stalls featuring crafts, local foods, jewellery, plants, gifts and summer produce.

Visitors can try their luck on the tombola and test their aim on the coconut shy as well as enjoying Pimm’s and strawberries and cream on the lawns in front of Ely Cathedral.

All profits from the fair go to the Ely Cathedral Choir Tour Fund.

The Etheldreda Fair was started in the early 1990s by the director of music at Ely Cathedral and his wife when they opened their home and garden for refreshments and light lunches on the Open University degree ceremony day.

It was named ‘The Etheldreda Fair’ as St Etheldreda, the founding abbess of the first abbey in Ely, is celebrated annually on June 23.

By the late 1990’s the organisation of the fair was taken on by the boy chorister parents.

Contact Christina Leak via celeak279@btinternet.com

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