The annual Clare Priory Pilgrimage takes place next Sunday, May 12, and coaches are expected from Hammersmith, Hoxton, Harborne and Hythe with others attending from all over East Anglia.
11.30am Rosary followed by procession to the Shrine
12.15 Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
2.15 Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel
Tea, coffee and cakes are provided and tables and chairs will set up in the grounds for picnics. Pictured above last year’s Pilgrimage.
The popular annual Clare Priory Craft Fair, which has run since 1993, takes place on July 13 and 14. It 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 return year after year. All proceeds go to charity, and the organisers and helpers are all unpaid volunteers.
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm. Admission: one day: Adults £5, Seniors £4; both days: Adults £8, Seniors £6; accompanied under-16s are free.
With over 140 exhibitors and 160 stalls there is something for everyone. Crafts on display in 2018 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 there is a traditional Punch & Judy shows, magician and free daily children’s raffle
There is also a licensed bar, refreshments and live entertainment.
Clare Priory, Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NX
On Easter Sunday after a packed Mass, over 30 children took part in the Great Clare Priory Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs were hidden across the Priory grounds. While parents had tea and coffee after Mass the children excitedly followed the clues to search for the hidden eggs.