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.

  • Latest Cottage News

    Acoustic Cafe

    The Acoustic Cafe scheduled for Thursday March 19th has been cancelled due to the current virus situation, recognising the age of the people who attend and also work with the event.

    Art in the Cottage

    The art exhibition is of works by local artist Cilla Marseglia. Further details


    Reservations for the outdoor theatre group are being taken now. Details here:
    Twelfth Night August 19th
  • 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.

    • Visitor Information:

      It is with regret that we have temporarily closed the John Clare Cottage until further notice. It is becoming more apparent that people are becoming more concerned about the recent acceleration in Covid19 cases.

      Even though we have been cleaning and disinfecting more we must take into account the health and welfare of our customers and the volunteers who help run the centre.

      We will closely monitor Government advice and put any updates on our website in respect of the re-opening date.

      Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you later in the year.

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