Bank holidays weekends tend to fall into two distinct camps. Wet, cold and dreary – or, if you’re really lucky – they’re a blissful three days of sunny light-heartedness.
Last weekend we lucked out as East Anglia pulled out all the stops to give us a sunny, warm start to May. We’ve eaten delicious food, felt the warm sun on our faces and relaxed in each other’s company.
Ely’s at it’s best when the sun’s shining. On Saturday it was the annual Ely Eel Festival. Sounds a bit weird, but it’s really just a celebration of all things Ely (and it’s namesake, the eel). There’s a procession down through the streets with a giant eel puppet, followed by a big gathering in the Jubilee gardens by the river – with food, drink, morris dancers, medieval knights and some eels in a tank. In other words, everything you’d expect on a May bank holiday (except possibly a may pole).
We ate some smoked eel by the river. Which, if you’re wondering, tastes very much like smoked mackerel.
Tom tried his hand at archery…
And both boys proved you’re never too old for a vintage, hand-operated roundabout…
On Sunday, the weather was glorious again. We headed over to Norwich to visit family and spent a day in Eaton Park. As you’d expect for a fine city, it’s a very fine park. We rode on the miniature railway, ate ice cream and even played crazy golf…
It all got quite competitive, so we followed our game with a walk over to the boating lake. It was a little boys’ dream, with a fleet of battleships visiting for the day.
On Monday we rounded the weekend off with a trip to the garden centre and a final bit of lovely food at the Ely Food Festival!
I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend too!