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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.

May Farmers’ Market – Saturday 5th May, 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 May 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
Tosier Chocolate – Bean to bar chocolate
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
Bace Foods – Vegetable & pulse pots
Bakeshack – Baked goods with an oriental twist
Bramble Flowers – Seasonal flowers
Burn Valley Catering – New local catering company with canapés
Castle Quail – Fresh, pickled Quails eggs, prepared Quails and seasonal game meat
East Dene Farm – Holkham grown microgreens and microsalads in season
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
Greenstuff Vegan Food – Vegan food
Jelly Cottage – Plants, planters and bulbs
Lincolnshire Poacher Cheeses – Cheeses, raw milk and whey butter
Manor Farm – Fresh seasonal vegetables and flowers
Mrs A’s Bakes – Macarons, meringues & marshalmallows
Norfolk Sharp – Mobile sharpening service
Rosie’s Catering – Home made pies
St Elvan Mead – Aged mead
The Pink Partridge Cake Company – Whole cakes, celebration cakes and gluten free cakes
THF Countryside – Chopped wood & warming accessories
Veg It Up – Full veg sauces
Waveney Valley Smokehouse – Smoked fish, chicken and duck
Willie Weston’s Fish – Lobster, shell fish and wet fish
The Artisan Pastry Chef – Patisserie

Plant Lovers’ Day – Saturday 26th May, 10am to 4pm

This much-loved horticultural event, now in its eleventh year, will return on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Plantsmen from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex as well as leading nurseries from as far afield as Kent will be on hand to inspire the region’s gardeners. More than 1,400 visitors from throughout East Anglia and beyond are expected to attend. This year’s event will once again feature excellent value perennials, exotics, bulbs, shrubs, climbers and vegetables. There will also be several specialist tree nurseries attending bringing soft and hard woods as well as unusual fruiting and nut trees.

The Norfolk Olive Tree Company, based in Norwich, will bring Arbequina olive trees from Spain, a self-pollinating variety which is ideally suited to the UK’s shorter summers as it flowers early in the season. They will also bring a selection of Yuccas and Palm trees which are chosen for their hardiness and architectural beauty

Creake Abbey is also delighted to welcome newcomers The Walnut Tree Company, the UK’s leading grower of edible nut trees. Based in Kent, the Walnut Tree Company sells Walnut, Almond and Sweet Chestnut trees as well as Cobnut, a cultivated variety of hazelnut. It also sells the finest selections of varieties of apple, apricot, cherry, damson, fig, gage, plum, medlar, mirabelle, mulberry, nectarine, peach, pear and quince trees.

Burn Valley Nursery in South Creake will bring a range of fruit trees including apples, pears, cherries and nectarines and a selection of ornamental trees including red and yellow crab apples, flowering cherries and some Rowan trees. They will also bring some of their smaller box balls and cones and some standard bay trees along with their range of succulents, house leeks and some larger hardy palms.

As always, visitors to Creake Abbey will be offered delicious refreshments both at the Café and from the pop-up cafe within the Plant Lovers’ Day area. Visitor may also browse the wares and services of Creake Abbey’s five resident independent shops.

The gate opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Entrance to the plant fair is £4 per adult and there is no charge for under 16s. The rest of the site is free to visitors.

Specialist nurseries attending the 2018 Creake Abbey Plant Lovers’ Day include:

Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery
Burn Valley Nursery
Cottage Memories
Creake Plant Centre
Dover Farm Nurseries
Essers of Wisbech
Farndale Plants
The Escape Project (Formerly Friends of Swaffham Orchard)
Hedgehog Plants & Gardens
Helens 4 Seasons Plants
Helens Herbaceous
Jelly Cottage Plants
Jill Agg (formerly Choice Landscapes)
Michael Howard Ornamental Grasses
Mickfield Hostas
Monksilver Nursery
Norfolk Estate Fencing
Norfolk Herbs
Orchard Farm Plants
Palmers Nursery
Panache Plants
Perfect Perennials
Predator Plants
Redman Plants
Rougham Hall Nurseries
Snettisham Nursery
The Norfolk Olive Tree Company
Thistlefield Plants
Walnut Tree Co.
Walnut Tree Garden Nursery
West Acre Gardens
Woottens Plants

Others stands include:

The Traditional Rope Company
Holkham Forge

Hope to see you here!

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

Tapas Night – Friday April 27th, from 6.30pm

This much loved event is returning to the Creake Abbey Cafe with Spanish delicacies and robust Rioja! Bookings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Creake Abbey Tapas menu 2018
£5 per plate

Patatas bravas – crispy potatoes with spicy garlic and chilli aioli (v)

Mushroom and garlic arancini with a smoked cheese centre (v)

Mozzarella stuffed pork meatballs in a rich tomato sauce

Serano ham croquetas with pineapple pickle

Crispy baby Squid with chorizo and rocket

Polenta crusted halloumi cheese with baby gem salad and tomato salsa (v)

Roast red pepper and Binham Blue cheese frittata (v)

Booking Essential: 01328 730399 (option 1) or email: bookings@creakeabbeycafe.com

Hope to see you here!

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