The region

Quality of life

A true gem in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the riverside cathedral city of Ely has an attractive and thriving centre that boasts an impressive range of retail, leisure, residential and educational amenities.  Add in the nearby towns of Littleport and Soham and you have a truly vibrant and diverse mix of destinations within East Cambridgeshire.

Tourist destination

Ely is famed for its splendid 11th century cathedral and Oliver Cromwell’s House and unsurprisingly has over 1.5 million tourist visits annually.  There is an interesting blend of both national and independent shops and eateries nestled within the historic centre.  The nearby towns of Soham and Littleport and numerous picturesque villages make the area truly unique.

Growing population

The new North Ely development of 3,000 homes will bring with it many benefits including an extensive new Country Park.  With a population due to increase to 27,000 by 2031, this exciting first phase of housing will deliver 199 homes plus garages, roads, footpaths, cycleways and open spaces.

Leisure facilities

Ely Leisure Village is a new 6 screen cinema and restaurant complex in an out of town setting.  Soon to open nearby is The Hive, an adjacent sports centre which includes an 8 lane pool. With the new leisure centre in Littleport too, residents are well covered for all sports and fitness needs.  There is even a cable wakeboarding centre nearby at Hannam’s Wake Hub - East Cambs really is  perfect for anyone with an interest in fitness.


From the early years upwards with dedicated local childcare facilities, through to Ely College which opened in 2016 and the Littleport and East Cambs Academy brand new for 2017, the educational needs of local children are well catered for.   In early 2017 schools across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire were told they will share £6 million of new Government funding – separate to any other income streams- to spend between now and 2020.

Community Spirit

There’s no shortage of clubs and groups in the area – covering a diverse mix of interests.  Sailing and cycling clubs, archery, photography, football and folk clubs

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