AN ANNUAL craft fair in the Brampton area has announced that it has cancelled for 2020 for the first time in its 40-year history.

Craftsmen at the Priory has been bringing artistic joy to people for more than 40 years but due to the pandemic, it has been forced to cancel.

It is not all doom and gloom however as the group is eager to continue the long-held tradition next year with dates set for August 4-31.

In a statement published on social media, the group said: “With these uncertain times, who knows what position we will be in during the month of August, and in fairness to all concerned it was time to bite the bullet and make the decision to put everything on hold until 2021.”

Craftsmen at the Priory takes place every August at Dacre Hall in Lanercost. It is an opportunity for people to get their hands on unique and locally crafted gifts in time for Christmas.

There is a core group that participates every year, but other exhibitors change each to bring new life to the fair.

The group said: “We are delighted that all the wonderful artists who would have been with us this year have agreed to take part next year. We so look forward to hosting them in the magnificent Dacre Hall, and have no doubt that the wait will be worth it.”

Exhibitors at the next year's fair cover a vast array of disciplines from woodworking to photography, ceramics to textiles, and furniture to willow weavers.

It has become a beloved feature in the local calendar with residents and tourists alike making the journey to visit.

Craftsmen at the Priory 2021 will be open at Dacre Hall everyday between 10am and 5pm.