Clare Priory Craft Fair


July 11th/12th - 2020


Unfortunately because of the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to postpone this year's event. We apologise to all those who look forward to this event (visitors and exhibitors), and to those charities who would otherwise benefit, but the current situation is unprecedented and people's safety must come first.

HOWEVER, THE GOOD NEWS: We're going virtual at, this will allow you to see the craftspeople who would have taken part this year and connect to them for purchases. You'll also be able to listen to Beany and view some videos of the Priory and church - ALL FOR FREE!!

Since 1993 Grade 1 listed Clare Priory has been hosting a Craft Fair on the second full weekend in July. This has grown steadily to become a very popular event, and now receives around 10,000 visitors over the two days. Exhibitors and visitors alike greatly appreciate the unique atmosphere and setting of the Priory, and many have become familiar friends as they return year after year. All proceeds go to charity, and the organisers and helpers are all unpaid volunteers who give their time freely and generously.


(As mentioned in the Suffolk Tourist Guide


2020 Visitor Information -  Sorry, no dogs except Assistance dogs

 Opening Times:POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Sat & Sun, July 11/12, 10am - 5pm
 Admission:One Day: Adults £5, Seniors £4
Both Days: Adults £8, Seniors £6
Accompanied under-16s FREE
 Crafts:With over 140 exhibitors and 160 stalls there is something for everyone. Crafts on display in 2019 included blacksmithing, wood craft, 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, beauty products.
 For Children:Traditional Punch & Judy shows
Free daily children's raffle
 Other:Licensed Bar, Refreshments and Live Entertainment
 Parking:ALL parking (including Disabled) at Clare Playing Fields (CO10 8PE)
Link to Google Maps & StreetView
FREE Park-and-Ride shuttle service: we have a fleet of minibuses (all with disabled facilities) running continuously to deliver you right at 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
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)

 Sorry, we are unable to admit any dogs other than Assistance dogs
 Cashpoint:Sorry, no facility on site. Nearest is at the Co-Op in Clare (CO10 8NY)

Photos from previous Craft Fairs (please click on the relevant year) :

2015 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

For years after 2015 our photos can be viewed on Facebook as follows:-

2019 2018 2017 2016

Registered exhibitors login here.

Prospective exhibitors, please register here