Ticket sales for this year’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair at Ely Cathedral have taken staff by surprise with some sessions already sold out. Following two years of uncertainty, cancellations and extra precautions due to Covid, this popular event is back with some exciting new developments. The Festive Village in the Cathedral grounds has expanded to
host over 75 outside exhibitors and around 50 food vendors. Decorated with festoon lights and the vintage carousel, the outside areas in the grounds will complement the main event located inside Ely’ magnificent Cathedral.
Joss Palmer, Event Manager at Ely Cathedral said, “We have expanded the outdoor areas to ensure those who were unable to get tickets to the main event inside the building, can still come and experience the fair, do some shopping and enjoy all the tasty treats from food vendors. This event has been running for eight years and, for many it is a picture-perfect start to the festive season. Obviously visitor wellbeing is a major consideration so we have several
measures in place, including plenty of lighting and limiting tickets to access the exhibitors inside the building, to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable and can focus on enjoying themselves”.
As always, the Christmas Fair is about enjoying time with family and friends. The beautifully restored Victorian carousel will be located on the Cathedral green providing nostalgic rides on an original fairground horse. Outside, the festive food village will host a great selection of gourmet artisan food and drink vendors including The Little Mobile Bar, Norfolk Hog Roast, Bijou Bebidas, Bitesize Bakehouse, New York Deli and Chocolate Chocolate.
It is worth noting that remaining tickets for the main event inside the Cathedral are limited, and, while the Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon sessions are completely sold out, other sessions are still available but need to be booked online.
A full list of exhibitors and stallholders is available on the website. The event runs from 17 – 19 November 2022.