This year we will have over 200 exhibitors of traditional and contemporary crafts, food, drink and children’s entertainment in the 14th century Priory and its beautiful grounds set next to Clare Castle Country Park and River Stour. Visitors to the 2018 Clare Priory Craft Fair in Suffolk (14th and 15th July) will be offered free guided tours of Clare Priory Church. The newly extended and Grade 1 listed scheduled monument which in 2015 won the Building Conservation Award and was named as the East of England Project of the Year by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Father David Middleton OSA, Parish Priest of Clare, Steven and Auriol Cubitt will lead the tours which will be every 2 hours, starting in the old church and lasting for about 30 minutes.
'The extended church is a striking combination of the historic and the modern,' Father David adds.
'I think that the new 21st century building actually increases our appreciation of the 14th century structure.'
At last year’s Craft Fair here was a tremendous response to the invitation to tour the award-winning extended church, says Steven Cubitt, who was one of the guides. 'The tours went very well on both days, and many of our visitors said they were bowled over at how beautiful the building was.
The craft fair is a great family day out with some of our visitors having a holiday in the area so they can attend across the weekend every year.
All proceeds are donated to local, national and international charities.
For more information please use website www.clarepriory.org.uk/CraftFair or Facebook clare priory craft fair.