The Craft Fair

Craft Fair

Set in the beautiful grounds of Clare Priory, The Craft Fair has something for everyone.

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2024 dates | Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th July, 10:00 - 17:00

Admission | £6 for adults, £5 for seniors and free for accompanied under-16s, all proceeds go to charity.

Dynamic voluntary Administrator needed - (a leadership role)
We are looking for someone to take on a leadership role within the Craft Fair organising committee. It is a dynamic administrative role and some of the tasks include organising the Sum-up machines, liaising with the Highways agencies with regard to use of cones etc, liaising with the Parish Council in Clare, arranging relevant passes for Stewards etc., organising and distribution of the Crafters packs, attending monthly meetings in the run up to the Craft Fair. This year will involve shadowing the person who is currently undertaking the role. Please contact Kathy in the Office (01787 277326) or Bernard Rushton or Lisa Lord if you are interested.

Carparking attendants for the Cricket Field
(Professionals needed)
We are looking for any company that is involved in security or carparking to organise the carparking on the Cricket Fields during the Craft Fair: we are willin to pay!
Please contact Kathy in the Office (01787 277326) or Bernard Rushton or Lisa Lord

Celebrating creativity since 1993

Since 1993, Clare Priory has been hosting a summer Craft Fair which has grown in popularity so much that it now receives around 10,000 visitors over the two days of the fair! The Fair brings together a diverse collection of beautiful handmade goods from 150 innovative and original makers to show and sell their work. 

This is the perfect place to buy completely individual gifts and enjoy a wonderful day out set in the beautiful grounds of Clare Priory. With beautiful and unique gifts, jewellery, glass, ceramics, furniture and much more across all price brackets, there really is something for everyone.

Something for everyone

Displays of arts and crafts from a number of exhibitors demonstrating, including lace-making, wool-spinning, metalwork, woodturning, and many more. 

Performances from children's entertainers, a traditional Punch & Judy show and a magician.

Refreshments, hot and cold food, a licensed bar and live entertainment

Arts & crafts

With over 150 exhibitors and 160 stalls, there is something for everyone at the Craft Fair. Crafts on display include blacksmithing, woodcraft, leatherwork, stick-making, textiles, ceramics, high-quality wooden furniture, metalwork, jewellery, lace-making, artists, plants and flowers, wool-spinning, artisan food and drink, glassware, pyrography, photography, decoupage, cards & stationery, clothing & accessories, candles, aromatherapy and beauty products.


All parking (including disabled parking) is at Clare Playing Fields (CO10 8PH).

Free park-and-ride shuttle service: we have a fleet of minibuses (all with disabled facilities) running continuously to deliver you right to the Priory buildings (marked A on the map).

Please do not park on the streets around the Priory or in Clare itself, they are quite narrow and it could cause problems for emergency access if needed, the Park-and-Ride really is very quick, easy and free.

More information

Sorry, we are unable to admit any dogs other than Assistance dogs.

Cashpoint: Sorry, no facility on site. The nearest is at the Co-Op in Clare (CO10 8NY).

For those preferring to walk the Priory is only a short distance away on foot via Cavendish Road, Market Hill and Maltings Lane, to arrive at the Priory rear gate (marked B on the map).

Sign up as a new exhibitor

Want to display and sell your work at the Craft Fair? Register as a new exhibitor and apply at the appropriate time (late February or early March).

Once registered you do not need to re-register in subsequent years. Simply login and follow the "Apply" link"

Charities that we are supporting

Clare Priory

Without the Priory and the kind permission of the community there would be no Craft Fair; the setting attracts thousands of visitors each year. This year’s donation to the Priory will go towards essential repairs that enable access to the grounds.

REACH Foodbank (Haverhill)

We were told of the pressing current need that the REACH team are helping with: debt & budgeting advice, threatened eviction, emergency food, client aid, benefits & housing applications, self-help & information. REACH is looking to help bridge the gap with food for a family or individual for at least three days (or until other agencies or services become available).

St. Nicholas Hospice

St Nicholas Hospice provides specialist palliative care and support for people and their families faced with dying, caring and grief. Its services include emotional and wellbeing support as well as practical help and companionship from volunteer-led teams.

East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH)

EACH Supports families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices.

Cavendish Care

Cavendish Care provide important care for those in need in Cavendish and surrounding area, as well as a driver service for all types of medical appointments for those in need.

Clare Playing Fields

We would really struggle to run the Craft Fair without the Free Park-and-Ride at the Playing Fields. The donation will go towards work on the Pavilion enabling it to provide a warm space this winter.


Clare Liaison and Support Project (CLASP) was founded to provide help for people in need in Clare and the surrounding area, providing a driver service for all types of medical appointments plus an important day centre. They also support the Craft Fair by lending their minibus and a team of drivers.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

With the combination of a quick response time, advanced critical care on scene and quick transfer to the appropriate hospital to save more lives across East Anglia. The missions attended are often life-changing for the patients. By offering dedicated aftercare support, helping patients and their families with their recovery journeys.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK Funds pioneering discovery research - which means our researchers are seeking to discover entirely new knowledge about cancer. All new lifesaving tests and treatments for cancer are reliant on discovery research on projects funded by charitable donation.

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world's poorest countries. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need share with those who lack even the most basic things.

Addenbrookes Bone Marrow Unit

The Centre includes the East Anglia Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit which provides a comprehensive service for the treatment of cancer, including offering high-dose therapy with bone marrow and peripheral blood stem-cell support, plus a dedicated outpatient department with day-case facilities for the treatment of patients undergoing transfusion, chemotherapy, and apheresis.


Founded by the Priory’s own Fr. Gladson Dabre OSA, the association works with poor people in northern India to enrich their lives through schemes such as Covid awareness, online tuition, and personal development.

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