Art Workshop - Sally Hamerton - Realist  Abstract

Art Workshop

Wednesday 2nd  August

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

A chance to paint in the John Clare Cottage and Gardens.

This is the final in a series of art workshops led by the artist Sally Hammerton.. The theme this month is Realistic Abstract. - An impressionist form of painting which stimulate the imagination of artist and viewer.

Sally has been painting for more than 25 years, and is an exhibiting member of the Welland Valley Arts Society and has work in the Florilegium at the Chelsea Physic Garden. She works in watercolours and mixed media.

Working at the John Clare Cottage you will be able to take advantage of the interesting and varied surroundings and contents of the Cottage and Gardens.

Each workshop will have a theme which participants can follow using their medium/media of choice. Drawing and sketching will be included on each occasion to ensure that all those attending have these aspects explained.

If you have materials please bring them with you. There will also materials available and Sally will advise you of materials for the other workshops.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance at the John Clare Cottage.

Tickets cost £45 per session, this includes refreshments and a light lunch(please notify us of any dietary requirements)

Theatre in the Garden with the Pantaloons 

Canterbury Tales

Wednesday 3rd August

Starts 6:30pm

At John Clare Cottage

A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless tales in under two hours!

Join the pilgrims for puppetry and poetry, music and magic, talking chickens and burnt bottoms. Fast-paced, physical and funny, this show is pure medieval mayhem for the whole family.

"Dazzlingly daft" (The Stage)

The performance will take place in the lower garden at the Cottage and will continue in all weather bar a full-blown tempest! Please remember to bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Tickets available from the Cottage, 01733 253330 or if you cannot get through tickets are available on line at Pantaloons.

Child ( under 16)£8.00
Family ( 2 adults + 2children)£37.00                                                                                     

The Panatloons are an outdoor theatre group and bring their own style of presentation of classic works. Their performance and humour will appeal to all the family.

Interval refreshments will be available in the John Clare Cafe which is also licensed.


Open Craft Day

Open Craft Day

Saturday 5th August

11am – 4pm

I bet you had no idea what a wealth of creative talent exists on your doorstep?

Come to John Clare Cottage, Helpston on Saturday 8 August where you will find potters, spinners, weavers, jewellery makers, woodturners, embroidery and textile workers, makers of handmade soaps and preserves and many more, looking forward to showing and selling their work. .

Refreshments available in the Cottage Café.



Acoustic Cafe

Thursday 24th August

6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Open Mic Session

“A chance to perform”

You are invited to come along to the Café at the John Clare Cottage to play your instruments, sing or listen to other performers.

The evening will be led by the Reverend Dave Maylor (Blues Guitar).

There will be refreshments, including a licensed bar.

Entry is free; there will be an opportunity to give a donation, the monies being divided between the John Clare Trust and  St Botolph’s Church.

If you require any further details please contact

Clare Cottage – 01733 253330