How did Cromwell change our Easter traditions?

Visitors to Oliver Cromwell House in Ely this Easter can take part in a special event to learn about how the Lord Protector changed how the nation marked Easter.

The Easter Family Event on Saturday 4 April at 11.30am will allow people to join a guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House to learn about the origins of our Easter Traditions and how things altered under Cromwellian rule.

Visitors can then enjoy some Easter craft decorating in the Tithe Office and make an Easter basket to take home complete with mini chocolate eggs kindly donated by
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe. Tickets for the event are: Adults £6.00 and
Children £3.50.

There will also be a number of walking tours taking place across Easter holiday:

*       Ely’s Heritage Eel Walk on Sunday 5 April at 11.30am. Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of our magnificent Cathedral city, then marvel at the artworks connected to the Eel Heritage along the way.  All tickets £4.00.

*       Ely’s Monastic Walk on Monday 6th April at 11.30am. Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in use today and listen to tales of monks and royalty.  All tickets £4.00

Tracey Harding, Team leader – Tourism and Town Centres at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “This Easter, we are putting on a special event for visitors to Oliver Cromwell House to learn about how Easter was marked before and after the rise to power of the Lord Protector. It will promises to be a fascinating chance to learn how Oliver Cromwell transformed lives, rituals and behaviour in such a short period of time. We have also organised a number of our guided walks to uncover the hidden treasures of Ely as well as offering the opportunity to learn about some of our historic buildings. So come to Ely this Easter to see and hear how one man and our famous city transformed a religious festival.”

For bookings contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or

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