Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough lies the village of Helpston, the home of John Clare (1793-1864). Widely regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets, John Clare lived in the village for his first forty years from 1793 until 1832.

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    Acoustic Cafe

    Virtual Acoustic Cafe - on Thursday 15th April at 8:00 pm follow the link >>>

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    Frank Samet and others have created a musical event on the web. Join the group to listen to some great music.

    Mike Hobson Films

    Mike Hobson, based in Arundel, is a great photographer and also passionate about John Clare. He is in the process of creating a number of films of him walking and talking about the Clare countryside.

    The first - John Clare Ramble Caster Hanglands in Winter 2020 is now available, simlply follow the link >>>

    The second Ramble 2 is now available simply follow the link >>>

    Colour in the Gardens

    Whilst the Cottage is closed during the current lockdown the flowers are continuing to bloom. So we have put some pictures of the gardens for you to see and enjoy. The pictures will be added as the garden flowers progress through the season.   Click on Flowers. 

    Podcast of John Clare and his music

    There is going to be a series of Podcasts about Clare,his poems and music. The Thunder Mutters is a podcast in love with music, and with the music of words. Presented fortnightly by poet Adam Horovitz and fiddle player Becky Dellow, it takes its name from the poem by John Clare.

    Further information and the podcast can be found by clicking on the link >>>



    We are sorry to announce that due to the current Covid situation, both of the planned performances have been cancelled due to the centre being closed and the lack of space to safely hold the events. 
  • The John Clare Trust purchased John Clare Cottage in 2005, preserving it for future generations. The Cottage has been restored, using traditional building methods, to create a centre where people can learn about John Clare, his works, how rural people lived in the early 19th century and also gain an understanding of the environment.

    The Cottage contains examples of his work together with information about his life. Some of the rooms have been returned to the style that would have been found in cottages in the early 19th century in rural England. The gardens have been redesigned and planted with varieties which would have been seen in Clare’s time.

    The Cottage shop is the perfect place to buy a memento of your visit - we specialise in John Clare books and local art and craft items. Why not relax in our lovely cafe and try one of our homemade soups, daily specials, or one of our selection of Clare's cakes.

    All cakes and light bites on our menu are made on the premises.

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      You can contact the Cottage on 01733 253330 or by viewing our website www.clarecottage.org.