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Eel Day

Saturday 5th May, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm - Jubilee Gardens, Ely

The annual Eel Day Parade begins at 10.30 am from Cross Green (adjacent to Ely Cathedral). Ely's Ellie the Eel will be heading the carnival inspired procession along part of the City's Eel Trail Heritage Walk - everyone is welcome to join in.  Our eels are followed by Fruity Clave Samba Band who will lead the parade down to the Waterside and into Jubilee Gardens where a whole host of eel related activities will be held.

Special highlights include the British Town Crier Championship which we are are honoured to be hosting this year.  Our very own Town Crier, Avril Hayter, will be organising this National event for up to 25 criers - so expect an explosion of colour and noise!  Then of course we have the World Eel Throwing Competition (no eels will be harmed in this competition, just stuffed toys!).  Can you beat the World Record of over 17 meters?  This fun activity is open to everyone.

In addition, we will be hosting our first ever Morris Festival where you will see a variety of Morris groups performing all around the city adding further merriment to the day.

We have a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including Folk Music, Eel Pottery Workshops, Music and Dancing, Historical Displays and Re-enactments with lots of family participation opportunities.  As you would imagine, eels feature massively in the day and there will be the chance to see live eels, courtesey of the Environment Agency.

Obviously it wouldn't be Eel Day without the opportunity to sample what was once a staple food in the Fens, so this is your chance to taste smoked and jellied eels as well as more conventional forms of food.

More details to follow, so keep checking back with us.