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The cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is a city in a rural region of the country whose economy is largely agricultural based. Prior to the Fens being dredged the harvesting of osier (willow) and sedge (rush) along with the extraction of peat were the main activities. Ely was also famed for eel fishing, for both income and food, and it may be from this activity that the city gets its name. Although the settlement existed during Roman times there is little evidence of this now.
Annual events held in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park, first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985 and the Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely Cathedral dates back to the 11th century when construction began under the supervision of the first Norman Bishop, Simeon. The cathedral's construction continued until the 16th century and was restored in the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott.
Located in the county of Leicestershire, the city of Leicester is a modern city, rich in arts, culture, sports and heritage, and offers something of interest for all ages. The city has lots of things to see and do, with state-of-the-art, award-winning venues including Curve, Highcross Shopping Centre and the National Space Centre, a fantastic calendar of events and festivals, renowned museums and galleries, a range of cuisines and areas of natural beauty. Alternatively enjoy a family day out at Twycross Zoo where there are around 500 animals of 150 species to see including many endangered animals and native species. Snibston Discovery Museum at Coalville offers a day out for all the family - look out for the colliery tours and special event days when the trains are running. The Great Central Railway is the United Kingdom’s only double track, main line heritage railway and Teddy Bear Picnics regularly take place throughout the summer along with other special events. Set in the heart of one of England's most attractive counties, the surrounding villages and countryside are easily accessible to explore. Our central location in the Midlands, makes it easy to get to from all directions. Leicester is just an hour away from London by train.