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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 Staffordshire, the city of Lichfield lies just to the north of Birmingham and is steeped in heritage with lots of things to do and see for the whole family. Whilst in the city why not pay a visit to the Georgian home of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin and leading doctor, botanist, inventor and poet of the 18th century. The house is located in the idyllic surroundings of Cathedral Close and contains many interactive displays and a herb garden. Any trip to Lichfield must include a visit to the 800 year old cathedral which has treasures including the 8th century St Chad Gospels, 16th century Flemish Glass, monuments by Chantrey and Epstein and the 20th century Lang Lichfield Silver Commission. Located a few miles from Lichfield is Drayton Manor Theme Park with some of the biggest, scariest and wettest rides around. Thrill seekers will love the adrenaline-inducing drop-tower, Apocalypse, stand-up coaster, Shockwave, splash-tastic log flume, Stormforce 10, gyro-swing, and Maelstrom. The park is also home to Europe's only Thomas Land™ which features 21 rides and attractions based on the popular Thomas & Friends™ TV series, including Cranky’s Drop Tower, the Troublesome Trucks Coaster and Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour.