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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.
Sheffield, located in South Yorkshire, is teeming with entertainment and cultural attractions, from award-winning theatre to striking art spaces, arena filling concerts to independent cinema, the great outdoors to inner city pampering, whatever you want to do, there's something for everyone. Live music appears to be on every corner whether you want top name pop bands, philharmonic concerts or folk music in a local pub. Live music venues in the city include the O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, The Octagon Centre, The Leadmill, Sheffield City Hall, Corporation, The Greystones and Plug. Sheffield is also a family-friendly city with lots of fabulous family days out to enjoy. Family days out could take in the splendour of the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Ice Sheffield, Aeriel Extreme, the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry Centre or the Heeley City Farm. The city is easily explored on foot. Why not spend 90 minutes with a tour guide exploring the city centre and getting to know all the best bits, the interesting things and the downright quirky facts. Tours take place daily, Tuesday through to Saturday starting at 10.30am starting from outside 'Welcome to Sheffield' visitor services on Surrey Street.