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Summer Gift Fair – Saturday 26th August, 10am to 4pm

The Creake Abbey Summer Gift Fair takes place on Saturday 26th August between 10am and 4pm.

Come and explore and find a wide range of local gifts from wood carvings and baskets to soaps, paintings, textiles, drawings and ironmongery plus much more!  These will be complemented by a selection of the food producers from our award winning farmers’ market.


A great way to support small local producers. The shops in the Courtyard at Creake Abbey will be open and packed with treasures. The Cafe and Food Hall will be in full swing serving their usual fair.

Producers to attend this Gift Fair include:
Ablaze Bowls – Bespoke fire pits and horseshoe creations
Aisha Nahaboo – Jewellery
Barefoot Living – Lifestyle, home and giftware
Beach Hut Charm – Fingerprints in silver, personalised silver jewellery
Big Sky Bags – Hand made bags, aprons and homeware
Candlewick – Candles & cards decorated with clay flowers
Catherine Downes – Contemporary Jewellery and Silverware
Creative Crafts – Lamps, birdfeeders, gift sets, cake stands, soft furnishings
DB Craft Creations – Solid silver cutlery jewellery
Driftwood Birds – Driftwood carved birds and fish
Essers of Wisbech – Plants and shrubs
Flint House Gallery – Photographic canvases, framed prints, cards & postcards
G J Woodworks – Small tables made from re-claimed wood
Garry Hobbs – Artist
Happy Eye Studios – Sculptures, wooden toys, prints, cards etc.
Hearts and Crafts – Mosaic cards
Henry Stephen – Sculpture
Huffs Crafts – Textiles
Jewellery by Jessica – Bespoke jewellery, gold silver and precious gemstone sets
Jill Michelle Crafts – Cards, prints and paintings
John Hartley – Photography and driftwood crafts
Lyn Sandford Pottery – Handmade and hand decorated stoneware pottery
Margaret Lake – Textiles
Naked Greenz Cosmetics and health products
Norfolk Coastal Memories – Driftwood, nautical gifts, bags
Norfolk Log Planters – Handmade garden planters of various sizes and styles
Saltmarsh and Samphire – Fine art, photography, crafts, cards etc.
Sarah Burt Design – Contemporary textile art
Sarah Darnell Photography – Wildlife photography
Sian Van Der Welle – Vintage china, glass and small furniture
Smock – Denim smocks
Stripey Zebra – Children’s clothing and pottery
Studio 59 – Ceramic garden & wall planters / vases
Sue Robinson – Home produced fragranced candles and diffusers
Swaffham Potter – Ceramics and pottery
Tel the Pot – Bird nesting pots and feeders
The Norfolk Stillroom – Hand crafted linen sachets for wardrobes and drawers and soaps.
The Traditional Rope Company – Crafts made from rope, mats, dog leads, dog toys, doormats etc.
To The Moon and Back – Ottomans, footstools, cushions and throws
Tuffdogs Stuff Ltd – Dog accessories
Turned Out Nice – Woodturned gifts
Wandering Bee – Scarves
Witts Design – Screenprinted homewares / fashion accessories

Archangel Distilleries – Spirits
Candi’s Chutneys
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey & related products
Panther Brewery
So Sweet – Hand made chocolates
The Fudge Company

August Farmers’ Market – Saturday 5th August, 9.30am to 1pm

The August Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 5th August between 9.30am and 1pm.
55 of the region’s best food and drink producers will be at Creake Abbey to supply outstanding fresh seasonal produce including meat, vegetables and fruit, cakes, tray bakes, dairy produce, artisan beer, apple juice, artisan breads, morning goods, puddings, pies, tarts (sweet and savoury), olives and prepared meals all made with the finest local ingredients.
Please find below a list of all the producers booked to attend our August market.
Main Barn
Alburgh Lamb – Superb cuts of local lamb and mutton
Blackbird Cottage Handcrafted Fine Foods Outstanding handmade terrines using Norfolk ingredients
Bonallack Home Cooked
Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies (double stand) – Award winning Norfolk pork pies
Bread Source – Artisan sour doughs, morning goods and traditional bread
Ethnic Fusion -Indian Cooking Award winning curries, Indian treats and take away meals
Hands-on-Preserves – Pickles, chutneys and jam
Ian Wright – pork Rare breed pork sausages, chops, roasts and bacon
Marsh Pig Charcuterie – Quality British Charcuterie; salami, chorizo, lomo, bresaola, coppa & jerky
Martin’s Farm – Real chickens, hung and free from growth promoters, hormones and antibiotics
Naked Greenz –  Wheatgrass powder, smoothies and advice
Panther Brewery – Artisan local beer
The English Spirit Company – Artisan small batch copper pot independent distillers
The Old-Fashioned Pudding Company – Steamed puddings
Truly Rural – Home made fudge
East Barn
Chocolates By John – Handmade chocolates
Great Walsingham Barns – Pies puds and tarts
Nelson and Norfolk Tea
Norton’s Dairy – Milk, butter and cream plus specialist cheese
Ollards Foods
Pye Bakery – Traditional bakery with breads, morning goods and pizza
Rhubarb & Custard –  Puddings
Sandringham Apple Juice
Time for Tea – Whole cakes, slices and tray bakes
Tin Barn
Candi’s Chutneys –  Outstanding chutneys
Eastgate Larder Ltd – Medlar cheese & medlar jelly
Good Taste
Grey Seal Coffee – Coffee
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey
Rita Holland – Sheepskins and accessories
So Sweet – Handmade sweets
The Fruit Pig Company – Award winning pork and pork joints plus ready to cook cuts
Acropolis Foods Olives
Belle Bantams UK / Vale Farm Eggs
Clockhouse Stables
Crush Foods / Algy’s Norfolk Popcorn
Essence Foods
Essers of Wisbech – Plants & shrubs
Fen Farm Venison – Venison meat and freshly cooked burgers
Floppy Chicken – Deboned chickens for roasting with different stuffings
Gemima’s Garden – Herbs
Greenstuff – Vegan Food Vegan food
Home Cooked 4 You – Ready made meals
Jelly Cottage – Plants
Lincolnshire Poacher – Cheeses Cheeses, raw milk and whey butter
Manor Farm – Fresh vegetables and flowers
My Secret Kitchen
Norfolk Sharp
Rosie’s Catering – Home made pies
Simply Cookit – Dinner kits, meat rubs, spice mixes, marinades and baking kits
St Elvan Mead – Aged mead
Taste Collectiv – Pestos
The Pink Partridge Cake Company – Gluten free cakes
Thistlefield Foods
Willie Weston’s Fish – Lobster, shell fish and wet fish
Woodfruits – Fresh loose shiitake mushrooms
Hope to see you here!

Merrie Curtis Fuller Exhibition at Creake Abbey Cafe – ‘Summer Light’, Thursday 22nd June to Tuesday 26th September

Merrie Curtiss-Fuller was born into a family of artists in 1981. She accompanied her parents to countless exhibitions and developed a passionate and totally absorbing desire to paint. In 2004 she was awarded a first class B.A. Hons  in Fine Art from Christ Church University and went on to obtain her Master of Arts at the same university in 2005. Her work has featured in many prestigious national and international exhibitions and resulted in her winning important awards.

Elected a full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2017.

Exhibited at :- Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (2009,2008,2007); The Society of Women Artists (2007,2008,2010); Royal Watercolour Society (2008,2011), Royal Society of British Artists (2000), Royal Institute of Oil Painters (2004,2002,2001), Discerning Eye (2004,2003)

Awards:-Winner of 3rd Prize Winsor and Newton Young Artist Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2002, Winner of 1st Prize Winsor and Newton Young Artist The Society of Women Artists 2007

Work in Maidstone Museum Collection and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Collection.

‘Summer Light’,  Thursday 22nd June to Tuesday 26th September


Pop-up Summer Supper Club Dining with guest chef, Robbie Spencer Ashworth

We are delighted to bring you four exclusive pop up dining dates in the style of London Supper Clubs at the Creake Abbey Café this summer.  The dates are:

Thursday 17th August
Friday 18th August

Please follow the link for the august Supper Club Menu: August Menu

Booking with payment in advance essential.  £42 per person for three course summer dining menu with a complimentary welcome drink and amuse-bouche.  Wine and soft drinks to be purchased on the night. Tom Hanson-Smith of Journey’s End will introduce the wines for each course.  Dining will be on long communal tables in the Supper Club style.

The same menu will run on 28th and 29th July and a different menu will be offered on 17th and 18th August.

Robbie is a London and Norfolk based freelance chef and caterer for private and corporate events. His food is beautiful, exciting and delicious.

Having grown up on a farm, fresh, top quality and seasonal produce is very much at the heart of Robbie’s cooking – whether it be elegant fine dining, dinner parties with friends, corporate catering or comfort food to be enjoyed with the family at home.

Prior to training as a chef, Robbie worked in the wine trade for a number of years, providing him with experience in matching food and wines, plus allowing him to explore and understand flavour combinations, which in turn informed his passion for food, be it beautifully simple or cutting edge and modern.
7pm arrival.

To book please call 01328 730399 option 1 for the Café. Remember to have your card details ready!

Dog Show and Family Fun Day – Sunday 20th August, 10am to 4pm


Dog Show and Family Fun Day to raise valuable funds for Wells Community Hospital Trust

Join us for a fabulous fun filled day for all the family … two and four-legged …  from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 20th August 2017.

Gates open & registration from 10am, with classes from 11am – 4pm.

Lots of fun classes for your dog to enter together with a huge array children’s activities as well various craft stalls and trade stands.

Plus … all the other fabulous facilities here at Creake Abbey, shops, Food Hall and Café

*Entry £4 per person, free car parking & children under 12 go free!*

Wells Community Hospital Trust is a local charity that provides a wide range of flexible and integrated health & wellbeing services for the community we serve.  We support people locally to keep independent longer by the provision of high quality preventative clinical services and non-clinical therapeutic support within a safe environment. We are a really important community resource which addresses a wide range of social, emotional and practical needs holistically thus enabling people to take greater control of their own health.

We receive no core funding from the NHS, therefore have to rely on fundraising events throughout the year to ensure our sustainability, with one of our larger events now being our annual’ Dog Show & Family Fun Day’.

Do join us for what promises to be a fun day with agility demonstrations, ‘Have A Go’ sessions, live music in the afternoon, children’s entertainer and bouncy castles plus much, much more…

For more information please contact Wells Community Hospital Trust on 01328 711996

Jazz Night in the Cafe – Friday 23rd June

Jazz NightJazz – Friday 23rd June

Enjoy cool dinner jazz while you dine, from 6.30pm.

Last meal orders 8.30pm.

Booking advisable: email or call 01328 730399

Nigel Wallace Exhibition at Creake Abbey Cake ‘White One Sugar’ – April 5th to June 20th

Exhibition ‘White One Sugar’ – Vintage Style Travel Posters by Nigel Wallace

Nigel started drawing this style of artwork about ten years ago and added Norfolk to his collection around five years ago. Little did he realise that the visits he made to Norfolk in the interests of research, would see the county become one of his favourite places to be – many a holiday has been taken to explore the beautiful places that have become the subject of his art.

Nigel is a Kent based artist and he has drawn many pictures of his home county – but Norfolk is fast catching up! He has so many now of Norfolk that it may even be time to move there! If you’re interested in the technicalities of the work, the drawings are not produced from photographs as some people think; rather, Nigel draws them freehand onto a sketch pad, which transfers his sketches, doodles and lines on to a computer screen. The drawings are then printed using high quality ink which will keep the artwork from fading, ensuring they look good for many years to come.

Frames Artwork Prices: ‘ White One Sugar’

Large £235.00

Medium £150.00

Small £115.00



Quiz Night – First Friday of the Month

Join us for our monthly quiz night and pit your wits against our quiz master.

7pm for 7.30pm

£10pp including a main meal.

Teams of any size welcome but only teams of four or less eligible for prizes.

Booking Essential – 01328 730399 or email

Steak Night, last Friday of the month from 6.30pm

The last Friday of the month is steak night. photo 2

Join us from 6.30pm, last dinner orders at 8.30pm.

We have fantastic Norfolk bred fillet, sirloin, rib-eye and rump steaks on the menu, as well as a range of other seasonally inspired dishes.

Please follow the link for the May menu: Steak Night – 19th May 2017

To book call 01328 730399 or email

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Fabulous Fridays

First Friday of the month: Join us for our monthly quiz night and pit your wits against our quiz master! £10pp including a main meal. Teams of any size welcome but only teams of four or less eligible for prizes. Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm. Please book on 01328 730399 or email



Last Friday of the Month : Join us for our monthly Steak Night from 6.30pm. Last dinner orders 8.30pm. Booking advisable. Give us a call on 01328 730399 or email




Art in the Café

We’re delighted to be the venue for the latest solo exhibition of large-scale, vibrant paintings by celebrated local artist Tracey Ross.  “My work explores the horizon — drawing inspiration from the huge skies and ever–changing light and atmosphere of North Norfolk.  Capturing the raw energy of nature and a sense of joy are important aspects of my work.”  The exhibition will be on display until 18th October 2016 and all works are for sale. Daily, during Cafe opening hours.

Click here for more details.