MAGNA CARTA IN CLARE

This June sees the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and nowehre will it be celebrated more enthusiastically than Clare. The town of Clare in Suffolk has a special place in the anniversary because two Lords of Clare, Richard de Clare (Earl of Hertford) and his son Gilbert de Clare (Earl of Hertford and Gloucester) were in the group of 25 barons who forced King John to accept Magna Carta.

Magna Carta
Magna Carta

On 25 April there will be a walk between two important local castles – the newly signposted route between Clare and Castle Hedingham, links the castles of the barons Richard and Gilbert de Clare, and Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The 8.5 mile walk, through glorious scenery, will have commemorative signposting representing the towns and Magna Carta, and there will be a printed map and brochure indicating principal sites along the walk.

In June there will be a week of festivities culminating on 13 June with a town procession and a medieval fair in the country park.

The organising committee are working incredibly hard to arrange events and activities to appeal to all ages, tastes and interests. Don’t miss out, find out more from www.magnacartafestival.org.uk