Join Babylon ARTS from 10am on Cross Greeen near the Cathedral to help carry the Carnival Eel in the procession down to Jubilee Gardens. Leaves at 10.30am. If you'd like to help carry the Eel this year come back to this page soon for more information.
Saturday 5 May - Eel Day, Jubilee Gardens
Ely’s annual Eel Day. 10.30pm - 4pm Follow the eel parade from Cross Green next to Ely Cathedral through the centre of the city down to Jubilee Garden from 11.30am - 4.30pm where activities, games, stalls, live music and performances take place.
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.
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.
For more information on Eel Day and the weekend Food Festival, visit the Ely Eel Festival Weekend website.