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Rescheduled March Farmers’ Market – Saturday 10th March, 9.30am to 1pm

The rescheduled  March Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 10th  March between 9.30am and 1pm.

30 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.

Due to the date change not everyone will be present but we are doing our best to present a fantastic line up.

Producers so far confirmed to attend the rescheduled March market are:

Main Barn
Alburgh Lamb
Blackbird Cottage – Handcrafted Fine Foods
Bonallack Home Cooked
Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies (double stand)
Ethnic Fusion – Indian Cooking
Ian Wright – Pork
Naked Greenz
Panther Brewery
The Artisan Pastry Chef
The Old-Fashioned Pudding Company
Truly Rural

East Barn
Great Walsingham Barns
Nelson and Norfolk Tea
Norton’s Dairy
Ollards Foods
Pye Bakery
Sandringham Apple Juice
Time for Tea

Tin Barn
Candi’s Chutneys
Eastgate Larder Ltd
Good Taste
Leigh’s Bees
Norfolk Charcuterie
Rita Holland
So Sweet

Castle Quail
Essence Foods
Essers of Wisbech
Rosie’s Catering
The Almond Kitchen
The Pink Partridge Cake Company
THF Countryside
Veg It Up

We will continue to update the list as more producers confirm.

The producers who are unable to attend but will be back in April are:
Taste Collectiv
Fen Farm Venison
Greenstuff Vegan Food
Jelly Cottage
Manor Farm
Norfolk Sharp

We hope to see you here!



We hope to see you here!

Spring Gift Fair – Saturday 31st March, 10am to 4pm

The Creake Abbey Spring Gift Fair takes place on Saturday 31st March 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.

Producers attending the Gift Fair:

Aisha Nahaboo Jewellery – Handmade jewellery in solver, semi-previous stones and pearls
Beach Hut Charm – Handmade silver & personalised jewellery
Big Sky Bags – Hand made bags, aprons and homeware
DB Craft Creations – Silver Cutlery Jewellery
Driftwood Birds – Norfolk Driftwood carved birds and fish
Emma & Cathy’s Crafts – Handmade jewellery and hairbows
Essers of Wisbech – Plants and shrubs
Good Taste – Provencal delicacies
Hearts and Crafts – Mosaic cards
Huffs Crafts – Textiles
Janet Martin – Fused glass
Jill Michelle Crafts – Wildlife artwork
John Hartley – Photography and driftwood crafts
Lyn Sandford Pottery – Handmade and hand decorated stoneware pottery
Margaret Green – Candles in cups
Margaret Lake – Textiles
Marilyn Fountaine – Jewellery
Murals & More – Children’s name / letter paintings
Norfolk Coastal Memories – Driftwood, nautical gifts, bags
Peggy Page – Children’s clothes
Presence – Home interiors & 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
Studio 59 – Ceramic garden & wall planters / vases
Sweet Pea Soft Furnishings – Fabric noticeboards, cushions, bunting
The Norfolk Stillroom – Hand crafted linen sachets for wardrobes and drawers and soaps.
Traditional Rope Company – Hand made natural fibre rope crafts
Tricia Francis Pottery – Hand thrown kitchenware & house name plates
Tuffdogs Stuff Ltd – Dog accessories
Wandering Bee Ltd – Accessories – scarves / wraps / bags
Yvonne Law Pewter – Pewter, handcast shells, seed pots

Archangel Distilleries – Spirits
Candi’s Chutneys – Unique, award winning chutney
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey & related products
Panther Brewery – Award winning Norfolk beers
So Sweet – Hand made chocolates
The Marmalady – Marmalades, jams

David Tipling Photographic Exhibition – ‘Norfolk and Beyond’, from 17th January to 27th March

David Tipling at Creake Abbey Café

‘Norfolk and Beyond’

Wednesday 17th January to Tuesday 27th March


David Tipling is one of the world’s most widely published wildlife photographers renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades include a coveted European Nature Photographer of the Year Award (2002) for work on Emperor Penguins, and in North America, Nature’s Best Indigenous Peoples Award (2009) for his pictures of Mongolian eagle hunters.

He is the author or commissioned photographer for many books including the RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (Bloomsbury) and Penguins – Close Encounters (New Holland). In 2013 after 6 years work visiting 39 countries on all seven continents the critically acclaimed Birds & People (Random House) was published. Recently published books include Seabirds of the World, A Parliament of Owls and an instant best seller with Princeton University Press, Britain’s Birds. His latest book A Bird Photographer’s Diary charts his 30-year career in pictures. David writes regularly for various magazines including Amateur Photographer.

TV and film work have seen appearances in front of the camera on Springwatch and The One Show, while David has worked behind the camera making short films and with author Jonathan Franzen on the documentary Emptying the Skies.

David’s pictures hang in various collections around the world and have been exhibited in New York’s Times Square, the Nikon Gallery in Japan and recently the Mall Galleries in London.

He lives with his family in Holt in North Norfolk.


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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.


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.







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