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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

A closer look at Stretham #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

A lovely village on the fringe of Ely, let's take a look at what makes it such a popular village, some of the history, places to see and things to do, and why the village was featured on TV! (There is a map and links to local services at the bottom of this page.)

The famously wet and easily flooded Fens, presented a challenge when looking after livestock. The invention of the steam engine pump transformed this, and 90 of them were built aid to aid the drainage. The one in Stretham was built in 1831 and is still there today. A visit to see it will also allow you to learn about the history at the museum there and how it has been restored to working order - although now it uses electricity, rather than coal. You can visit on Sundays and Bank Holidays from April.

Kingfishers Bridge Nature Reserve is just outside Stretham and is often mentioned as being a hidden gem. Open to the public, the 250 acres of farmland have been transformed and are now home to water buffalo, konik horses, and over 200 species of bird. The Wildlife First area is carefully managed to allow different species to thrive and is a stunning place to visit and marvel at. I totally recommend following @veronicajopo on twitter to see her pictures from Kingfishers Bridge as well as her other stunning photography.

For those feeling a tad more adventurous - you can head to Hannam's Wake Club in Stretham for some wake boarding. Skimming over the water, you can learn to pull off tricks and no worries if you’ve never tried before as their experienced team offers coaching.

On the same site as the Wake Club, you can also find the Cambridge Aqua Park , which will be open again from Spring. I'm pretty sure I know some people who would enjoy this, and others who would quickly be competing against each other!

Ever wondered just how giant a giant african land snail is? Or what a sugar glider is? Then The Animal Experience in Stretham is waiting to show you around just like it did for Blue Peter and Animal Planet! Get up close and personal with the VIP experience from a team that has been doing this for 25+ years.

We all like a good pub, right? The Red Lion in Stretham is the pub that does it all - great food, a wide range of drinks, superb accommodation with disability access, and it is pet friendly too. It also has the added bonus of excellent parking and an extensive beer garden as well.

I spoke to a client who had recently moved to Stretham for there view:

"How fortunate we are to reside in such a beautiful area; a truly hidden gem in the Fens. We have the solitude and tranquility at Kingfishers Bridge Nature Reserve on our very own doorstep. The wildlife is simply amazing and often we sit outside at night and watch the various flocks of birds flying over our garden. Stretham provides a friendly general store and post office that stocks all your essentials and nothing ever seems to be a problem or too much trouble. The church is well support and so is the Red Lion pub. We have spent many a night in the pub with family and friends, enjoying their lovely food, often being the last ones to leave. Ely is also nearby, being a 5 minute drive away with it’s always magnificent Cathedral, and is a delightful market town. The train station provides an excellent service for commuting into London or Cambridge. We love it here." - Mrs Judd.

If you are thinking of moving, don't hesitate to get in touch about finding or selling your home.

Distances are approximate from the centre of the village.


Ely and Soham stations are both 4.5miles away, trains from Ely station will get you to Cambridge in approx 15mins, Soham to Cambridge is 45mins.


There is a primary school in the village:

The nearest secondary schools are in Witchford and Soham:


There is a GP in the village:

The nearest dental practices are 4.5-5 miles away.

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