Sunday 3rd September 2017 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This new well established event in the Clonter Calendar offers a great day out for all the family, from lucky finds amongst the Car Boots to Hand Made Craft and Vintage Clothes Stalls, with other attractions, from Good Old Fashioned Fair Games and a Fortune Teller, to Face Painting and Birds of Prey, with Live Music through the day, from Folk to Opera! A wedding section is being added this year.
Clonter will be joining forces again with the Congleton Beartown Classic Car Club, in Aid of Cancer Research UK & Clonter Farm Music Trust. Exactly half the proceeds will go to each charity.
Stallholders so far:
Tweed Queen has been merrily making the most gorgeous handbags, scarves, hats & clothes for the last 10 years. ‘Is it really that long?’
‘We use only the finest British fabrics & vintage finds, transforming them into items of beauty which will enhance your life and wardrobe for years to come!’
Lavender House Crafts
‘I hand-make items for you, your pet and your home using my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. I make Fabric Bunting, Dog Bandannas, Cotton Bags and pet duvets.’
Hill Smith Art
‘I am a visual artist and illustrator based in Cheshire, UK. Having pursued more conventional forms of work since graduation, I found myself needing to leave a career in care and education due to an injury, just after turning forty. I felt confident enough to finally pursue art as a profession. Or, I became vividly aware that I could well be at least half way through life without truly engaging with what I love and, more practically, what I am best at. Either way, in 2013 I decided to go all in and it seems to be panning out.’
2 Crafty Sew n Sews
Unique handmade jewellery using or including Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Fiona’s Fairy Doors
Handmade from new and preloved wood, my Fairy, Christmas Elf, Christening, Tooth Fairy, Welcome Baby, Hobbit and Wedding Doors are a unique and delightful keepsake for young and old!
Linda Gardner – Hand Made Books
Clonter is delighted to be welcoming back Linda Gardner, with her beautifully hand made books, helping to develop the artisan aspect of the Clonter Fair.
Donna’s Ark of Animals
Handmade stuffed animals and decorations made from original vintage patterns. This is my hobby which I am finding very therapeutic but if you are interested, please message me for details. I am happy to make things to your requirements e.g. colour scheme, material or personalisation’s and for any special occasion e.g Birthdays, Christenings.
Attractions so far:
Congleton Beartown Classic Car Club
Each year the Congleton Beartown Classic Car Club bring more and more of their members. We are delighted to collaborate with this delightfully nostalgic local organisation once more.
Car Boot Sale
This is where it all began. A group of ladies wishing to do some life laundry. Every year people are queuing outside as the sun has barely lifted its head, eager to find hidden treasures amongst the hive of car booters.
Mike Fortune Tarot Reader
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Cheshire Tortoise Group
The Cheshire Tortoise Group are part of the British Chelonia Group (BCG), the charity for the care and welfare of Tortoises, Turtles and sea Turtles around the world by supporting conservation projects.
The Cheshire Tortoise Group experts will be available at the Clonter fair for help and advice on pet tortoises. There will be free care sheets and educational information, as well as some live tortoises for visitors to see. The tortoise stand will also include the sale of selected giftware and collectibles (many with a tortoise theme) to raise funds towards worldwide conservation.
Activities so far:
Dong the Bell
This is a wonderfully old fashioned fairground attraction, which can be enjoyed by all members of the family, however young!
Jump Up Carriages
Susie Jump brought a much welcomed extra dimension to the Clonter Fair last year, providing horse drawn carriage rides around Swettenham Heath. Drawn by her fabulous pair of dar bay Irish Cobs, Charlie and Duke, this is an experience not to be forgotten.
Dog Show – tbc – Watch this space for more info
Due to the tremendous number of dogs that visited the fair last year, it was felt that it was a natural progression to introduce this family favourite activity, to include the following categories: The Waggiest Tail, Shiniest Coat, Best Dressed, Dog and Owner Look-Alike, Best Rescue, Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home.
The Clonter Dog Show will be supported by Country Boarding Kennels.
What traditional fair would be complete without one of these.
‘The Feathery Folk is a small, family run bird of prey business based in Congleton. We work constantly to share our enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, these amazing birds using interactive, hands-on encounters. We are also ambassadors for promoting fantastic welfare and enrichment for a group of birds that are often overlooked in this respect. We pride ourselves on our varied team of happy owls and other birds of prey.
A family favourite that is hard to get the young ones away from
This could be your lucky day. Raffle Prizes for a wide range of activities are to be won, with the addition of a much coveted bird table, courtesy of Country Rustics.
School in the woods
At School in the Woods we passionately believe that a child’s deepest learning arises from a process based approach and that our role as adults is to provide and hold a space that maximises the opportunities for extended play and therefore deep learning.
By utilising natural settings rich in loose parts, such as the wonderful woodland at Clonter, children (and adults!) are immersed in a sensory environment that provides space and time to develop awe and wonder at the world around them.
The diversity of the natural world ensures a differentiation of both experience and learning; so a small beetle may fascinate a younger child, holding their attention for many minutes whilst an older children may choose to spend a whole session challenging themselves to climb their chosen tree.
As facilitators we may provide carefully selected, open ended resources, such as clay or chalk to add another layer to the experience of the woodland play and we are also present to support the children in their chosen activities. Sometimes this is a small gesture such as holding something, or modelling language e.g. around size, but often our role is to stand back and hold the space to allow the child’s natural instincts and motivation to learn to shine through.
We are really looking forward to spending time in a new woodland.
Come and be with us, whatever the weather!
Wedding Section so far:
Sky High Views
We provide Aerial Imagery, Filmmaking & Photography services around the UK.
We provide aerial imagery, filmmaking & photography services for Weddings, Events, Clubs and Hobbies, Activities, Property, Advertising, Marketing, Promotional Work, Surveys plus many more. The possibilities are endless. We have a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and we are fully insured.
Refreshments so far:
Cheshire Brew House – tbc
‘The Cheshire Brewhouse is a microbrewery based in Congleton Cheshire. The driving force behind the scenes is Shane Swindells a 42 year old multi-skilled engineer with a real passion for quality cask and bottle conditioned ales. Shane is a great believer in local products and is passionate about supporting business local to him, rather than the multinationals and the Cheshire Brewhouse strives wherever possible to use british products and suppliers when making our beers.’
‘The Cheshire Brewhouse is slightly different than most new start up microbreweries. We truly are dedicated to attention to detail, and have gone that one step further to hand craft the best British cask ale we can possibly make. With over 20 years experience in engineering food manufacturing and brewing, Shane, decided to build the current brewery himself. The brewery equipment is definitely not off the peg and features a few pieces of equipment, which we hope you agree, help us make the beer we produce stand out from the crowd.’
Ice Cream parlours seem to be sprouting up all over Cheshire. Fantastic!Can you have too much ice-cream? Surely not, but Snugburys could not be more local, and ice-cream is of course ESSENTIAL for any fair.
Swettenham Church Committee
Tea, Coffee and Cakes
Hoggie Hoggie Hog Roast
Will be providing BBQ food, burgers, hot dogs & vegetarian options
Coffee on the Hoof
Coffee on the Hoof will be serving specialist coffee, teas, hot chocolate & homemade cake from their converted horse box ‘Tilly’. Their coffee is bought directly from the farmer (and is traceable to each farm) by Staffordshire Roaster HasBean. Teas and hot chocolates are FairTrade and/or organic and their cake is all homemade. They also support local farmers and businesses for all their milk and ingredients.
Entertainment so far:
Esther Brennan & Ian Buchanan – tbc
The Royal Northern College of Music Songsters – tbc
Gates Open 10am
Gates Close 4pm (Last admission 3.30)
Entry Fee £3, Free for Children (Under 16)
Click on the picture from
last year’s Clonter Fair.