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Grand Illusions Furniture Painting Workshop – Sunday 29th July 10.30am to 5pm

Don’t miss the 2018 Grand Illusions One Day Workshop at Creake Abbey
on Sunday 29th July from 10.30am to 5pm.

Learn how to give your furniture a new lease of life with the wonderful range of vintage paints from Grand Illusions.

Julia Headland will teach a range of techniques including creating a chalky finish and colour ageing.

Bring along a small item of furniture and a wood frame or a wood framed mirror.
Places are limited and booking is essential.

£85 to include all materials, lunch and refreshments.

To book: Telephone: 07932734234

July Farmers’ Market – Saturday 7th, 9.30am to 1pm

50 of the regions 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.

Below is a list of all the producers booked to attend the July Farmers’ Market:

Main Barn
Alburgh Lamb
Blackbird Cottage Handcrafted Fine Foods – Outstanding handmade terrines using Norfolk ingredients
Bonallack Home Cooked – Award winning granola, bread, ready-made foods and freezer food
Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies (double stand) – Award winning Norfolk pork pies
Bread Source – Artisan sour doughs, morning goods and traditional bread
Crush Foods – Handmade Norfolk Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, dressings, sauces, granola cereal
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
Martin’s Farm – Real chickens, hung and free from growth promoters, hormones and antibiotics
Naked Greenz – Organic Wheatgrass powder
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
Great Walsingham Barns – Pies puds and tarts
Marsh Pig Charcuterie – Quality British charcuterie; salami, chorizo, lomo, bresaola, coppa & jerky
Nelson and Norfolk Tea – Tea
Norton’s Dairy – Milk, butter and cream plus specialist cheese
Ollards Foods – Award winning jams, marmalades, sweet and savoury jellies, pickles and savoury condiments
Pye Bakery – Traditional bakery with breads, morning goods and pizza
Sandringham Apple Juice – Apple Juices
Taste Collectiv – Pestos, authentic sauces and marinades
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 – Provencal delicacies
Grey Seal Coffee – Small batch, artisan coffee roaster
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey, comb and set honey and honey products
Norfolk Charcuterie – Venison charcuterie
Rita Holland – Sheepskins and accessories
So Sweet – Handmade sweets
The Fruit Pig Company – Award winning pork and pork joints plus ready to cook cuts

Outside
Acropolis Foods – Olives
Bakeshack – Baked goods with an oriental twist
Bramble Flowers – Seasonal flowers
Castle Quail – Fresh, pickled Quails eggs, prepared Quails and seasonal game meat
East Dene Farm – Micro greens
Essence Foods
Essers of Wisbech – Shrubs perennials & fruit trees
Fen Farm Venison – Venison meat and freshly cooked burgers
Floppy Chicken – Deboned chickens for roasting with different stuffings
Gemima’s Garden – Herbs
Jelly Cottage – Plants, planters and bulbs
Le Digestiv – Fermented vegetables
Lincolnshire Poacher Cheeses – Cheeses, raw milk and whey butter
Love a Taste
Manor Farm – Fresh seasonal vegetables and flowers
Mrs A’s Bakes – Macarons, meringues & marshalmallows
Norfolk Sharp – Mobile sharpening service
Old Coach House Fruit – Seasonal fruit
Rosie’s Catering – Home made pies
St Elvan Mead – Aged mead
The Almond Kitchen
The Pink Partridge Cake Company – Whole cakes, celebration cakes and gluten free cakes
Tosier Chocolate – Bean to bar chocolate
Veg It Up – Full veg sauces
Willie Weston’s Fish – Lobster, shell fish and wet fish

Hope to see you here!

Summer Gift Fair – Saturday 25th August, 10am to 4pm

The Creake Abbey Summer Gift Fair takes place on Saturday 25th August between 10am and 4pm.

Come 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.

FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING

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 – freshly prepared meals to eat in or outside, plus lots of food to buy and take home from the Food Hall including frozen meals.

Producers to attend this Gift Fair include:

Aisha Nahaboo – Jewellery
Aquila Crafts – Bags, cushions and purses
Beach Hut Charm – Fingerprints in silver, personalised silver jewellery
Big Sky Bags – Hand made bags, aprons and homeware
Bright as a Button – Vintage & designer button jewellery
Country Market – Crafts, cakes and preserves
Creative Crafts by Doug and Sue – Lamps, birdfeeders, gift sets, cake stands, soft furnishings
CS Bespoke Furniture – Handmade wooden items
DB Craft Creations – Solid silver cutlery jewellery
Driftwood Birds – Driftwood carved birds and fish
Emma & Cathy’s Crafts – Handmade jewellery and hairbows
Essers of Wisbech – Plants and shrubs
Firefly Designs – Jewellery and gifts
Gifts from another Time and Place – restored, repaired re-upholstered items
Hazel Millington – Fused glass
Hearts and Crafts – Mosaic cards
Henhouse Candles – Handmade candles and diffusers
Henry Stephen – Sculpture
Huffs Crafts – Textiles
It Makes Sense – Handmade candles & wax melts
Janet Martin – Fused glass
Jill Michelle Crafts – Cards, prints and paintings
John Hartley – Photography and driftwood crafts
Lyn Sandford Pottery – Handmade and hand decorated stoneware pottery
Margaret Green – Candles in Cups
Margaret Lake – Textiles
Marianne Ley Design – textiles, lampshades and cushions
Marilyn Fountaine – Jewellery
Michelle Daniels – Hand thrown stone ware & raku pottery
Milk-Two-Sugars – Mosaic mirrors and plaques
Nicola Garrod – hand painted acrylic canvases
Norfolk Log Planters – Handmade garden planters of various sizes and styles
Peggy page – Childrens clothes
Presence – Home interiors and gifts
Rita Holland – Sheepskin rugs and accessories
Samphire Scents – Scented soy candles
Sarah Burt Design – Contemporary textile art
Sarah Darnell Photography – Wildlife photography
Sian Van Der Welle – Vintage china, glass and small furniture
Smock – Denim smocks
Swaffham Potter – Ceramics and pottery
Sweet Pea Soft Furnishings – Fabric noticeboards, cushions bunting
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.
Tricia Francis Pottery – Hand thrown kitchenware & house name plates
Tuffdogs Stuff Ltd – Dog accessories
Turned Out Nice – Woodturned gifts
Wandering Bee – Vibrant kaftans, kimonos and luxury fur, silk and cashmere
Yvonne Law pewter – Pewter, handcast shells and seed pots

Food
Archangel Distilleries – Artisan Gin with Walsingham water and botanicals
Candi’s Chutneys – award winning chutney made from local products
Good taste – French goodies
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey & related products
Love a taste Ltd – Wine samplers
Mrs A’s bakes
Panther Brewery – Locally brewed beer
So Sweet – Handmade chocolates
The Marmalady – Marmalades and jams

Hope to see you here!

Tracey Ross Exhibition at Creake Abbey Cafe: Norfolk Horizons from Tuesday 12th June to Tuesday 16th October

Tracey Ross Exhibition – ‘Norfolk Horizons’

Star & Mouse Open Air Cinema at Creake Abbey – July 20th, 21st & 22nd

The Star & Mouse Picture Show at Creake Abbey
July 20th, 21st & 22nd, doors open at 7.30pm
20th July – Casino Royale
21st July – Moulin Rouge
22nd July – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

What to expect:

Pre-Film Entertainment: There’ll be merriment before your film begins from giant jenga to live music, come early for a giggle, please note that films start upon nightfall and not before.

Food & Drink: Delicious chicken and vegetable fajitas with all the trimmings by Creake Abbey Cafe. Bar supplied by Star & Mouse which will have a fine selection of wet things for you to try – please don’t bring your own

Dress Code: We love you all, dress as you will. From sparkles and ruffles to wellies and flat-caps all of course are welcome

Seats: Just bring your bums to sit on, we’ve got you all seats and hot water bottles if needed!

Please note seating is unreserved so get here early to bag yourself a seat and then enjoy the live entertainment, games and food before the film begins.

Weather: Should the rain gate-crash our party, the show will go on in the Main Barn and Tin Barn.

To book your tickets: https://starandmouse.com/

Please arrive with your tickets as we will need to allocate you with a pair of wireless headphones.

Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society, Summer Exhibition – Tuesday 19th June to Sunday 24th June

SUMMER EXHIBITION
A SELLING EXHIBITION BY NORFOLK CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SOCIETY
Tuesday June 19th – Sunday June 24th, 10am -4pm

Established for over 40 years, the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society has been renowned, both locally and nationally for its high quality and stylish work. NCCS is pleased to be presenting a new Summer Exhibition which will include 26 of its members, for the first time at Creake Abbey. The exhibition will include some demonstrations of the skills needed to produce such work. There may be opportunities to try some of the crafts too.

Demonstrators include:
June Croll: Weaving
Tricia Francis: Scraffitto decoration on ceramic ware
Sheila Gates: Fused glass painting
June Gentle: Hand building in clay
Nicola Gibson: Textiles
Ann Lamb: Jewellery
Anna Martin: Rug making
Suzanne Seed: Enamelling
Jill Sharpe: Quilting
Charles Sharpe: Fused & slumped glass
Kate Vogler: Hand building in clay
Beth Walsh: Lacemaking

Further details: www.norfolkcraft.co.uk

White Two Sugars Exhibition – Wednesday 28th March to Monday 11th June

WHITE TWO SUGARS EXHIBITION
VINTAGE STYLE TRAVEL POSTERS – DRAWN BY KENT BASED ARTIST 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 HERE!

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.

FRAMED ARTWORK – PRICES
ALL PICTURES ARE FRAMED TO A HIGH STANDARD USING CONSERVATION MATERIALS.

LARGE £250
MEDIUM £160
SMALL £120

TO PURCHASE PICTURES, PLEASE GO TO FINELINE FRAMES & GALLERY IN THE COURTYARD, HERE AT CREAKE ABBEY. IN CASE WE ARE NOT THERE, PLEASE ASK FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE STAFF IN THE CAFÉ.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANY OF THE PICTURES IN A DIFFERENT SIZE, FRAME OR GLASS FROM THE ONES ON DISPLAY, WE CAN ALSO HELP YOU WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

ALL PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE IN THREE DIFFERENT SIZES.

MORE ON DISPLAY IN THE LOBBY AREA NEAR THE TOILETS ON THE WAY THROUGH TO THE SHOPS.

The latest news from Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall…

What’s on …

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 bookings@creakeabbeycafe.com

 

 

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 bookings@creakeabbeycafe.com

 

 

 

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.

 

Gift Hampers from Creake Abbey

We are now have a display in the Food Hall of a wide range of Gift Hampers from £25 to £250.  We offer free delivery in North Norfolk or make a charge for UK wide post and packaging.  For instance;

norfolk hamperA Taste of Norfolk in a 12” Willow Hamper, sustainable, natural, strong and durable.

  • Jar of  Honor Thistlefield’s Red Tomato Relish – a North Norfolk producer
  • Jar of Candi’s Parsnip and Chilli Chutney (as served on our Platters in the Café) – Norfolk
  • Jar of Norfolk Lavender Marmalade

£25 in the shop or UK delivery £6 p and p.

  

 

 

 

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Christmas is not complete without a good cheese board, says Peter Bone, resident cheese expert.

Here are his top tips for buying and keeping cheese this Festive Season.   Click here: Peter cheese tips