More than 2,000 attend Creake Abbey annual fair
Creake Abbey’s annual summer gift fair yesterday was a great success, said organiser Diana Brocklebank-Scott.
Fine weather and a light breeze brought out the crowds who browsed amongst more than 60 craft stalls offered a wide range of presents from jewellery and ceramics to sheepskin rugs and all manner of soft furnishings including throws, bags, purses and cushions.
There was beer and cider for the quaffing and Norfolk gin and rum for the sipping.The hungry were tempted by savoury and sweet pies, cakes, sweets, preserves and chutneys.
“We had some really lovely stalls,” said Mrs Brocklebank-Scott as some 2,200 visitors wandered through the fair showing the that there is continuing interest in a whole range of age-old country crafts and the craftspeople who keep them alive.
And there is nothing much older than the art of brewing and distilling or the ancient skills of wood turners or the skills of artisans who have made such items as tools, hand and horse drawn carts, tables, chairs and eating utensils for many hundreds of years.
On show were local businesses such as The Norfolk Duck Company, from King’s Lynn, which offered a wide range of items – including ducks - made from sustainable bamboo roots and reclaimed teak.
A Little Snoring-based business, Beautifully Handmade Touches, displayed a sparkling array of painted glassware that deceived viewers into thinking it was ceramic-ware until touched.
Jeweller and painter, Louise Shotter, from Snettisham, offered a wide range of jewellery including necklaces featuring articulated animals made in silver and embedded with Australian opals. Legs and ears on hares, for example, moved realistically when touched.
But what especially caught the eye was a range of her children’s stories which have recently been published. It is a new venture that happened by chance.
To entertain her grand-daughter Ivy during the pandemic Louise made sketches of Ivy’s best-loved toys and then incorporated them into simple stories to entertain her.
The idea to turn them into books came later.
Now four have been published - plus the addition of a colouring book. It was a great thrill for Ivy to see her name, and the toys, all of which she had named, in print.
Surveying the large number of customers who visited the fair during the day Mrs Brocklebank-Fowler said, “I think many people want to support local crafts. The weather was better than I was expecting and we had a most lovely atmosphere”.