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Eel Day


Saturday 29th April - Eel Day, Jubilee Gardens

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 Ely's Samba Band which leads 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 Town Criers Competition where our very own Town Crier, Avril Hayter, arranges for Criers to descend upon Ely to add their finery and bell ringing to the event.  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.

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.