City centre eel throwing won’t be quite what you imagine but if that’s not for you try the eel food safari

15:44 04 March 2014

Ely’s Eel festival Logo

Ely’s Eel festival Logo


The humble eel will once again become the focus of an extravaganza of fun and food this May in Ely.

This year is the 10th Eel Festival - and to celebrate, activities will run from May 2-5. Organisers promise it will be bigger than ever.

This year’s event will include an eel food safari, city centre eel throwing competition, a food and drink festival on Palace Green, Ely Street Muscioniers’ Muster, a market street food fayre and all the usual fun of the festival.

A full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens include folk music, eel pottery workshops, dancing, historical displays and re-enactments.

Tracey Harding, tourism Team leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The Eel Festival is going to be massive this year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

“From launching a special food and drink festival to the Ely street Muscioniers’ Muster and the food safari, we are putting together a programme of great events to celebrate Ely’s association with the humble eel.

For information on all these activities and many other fringe events visit or follow @visitely on Twitter.


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