Ely Wakefield Train
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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.
The city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire lies at the heart of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which encompasses The Hepworth Wakefield, The Henry Moore Institute, the Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park which are only a 30-minute drive, bus or train ride from each other. Wakefield is also home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and is the birthplace of Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The city's galleries, castles, museums and many other visitor attractions attract millions of visitors each year. Whilst in the city why not pay a visit to nearby Pontefract Racecourse which delivers an exciting day out. The racecourse enclosures have excellent views of the track and is set in beautiful parkland. The racecourse is the longest continuous circuit in Europe and has a race programme that takes place between April and October. If you are seeking a more adrenaline filled experience then Xscape is for you. Xscape is the ultimate entertainment destination featuring the UK's premier real snow indoor slope, Yorkshire's only indoor surf venue, 14 screen Cineworld cinema, kids soft play, climbing walls, aerial assault course, cosmic golf, laser games, 20 lane bowling, indoor skate park, urban and outdoor specialist shops alongside a huge variety of restaurants and bars!