! Cornucopia ! 2016 : 17th September ~ 2nd October + Weekends in October

A Celebration of Autumn in the Alde Valley!

! Cornucopia ! is a sister project to The Alde Valley Spring Festival. It celebrates the coming together of food, arts, writing and traditional heritage skills in the autumn season. The main venue is White House Farm at Great Glemham in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley – but the programme of events draws inspiration from the landscape and history of the East Suffolk River Valleys and the Suffolk Coast.

! Cornucopia ! 2016 is held as part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 

The 2016 programme includes the following events and activities : Solo Exhibitions, Pop Up Artisan Studios, a Farm Shop and Honey Pot shop selling local honey, new works from The Suffolk Chair Collection, Autumn Residencies, Foraging Walks, a Poetry Workshop, Farm Suppers and the new farm Hedge Quarters .. a pop up wild food / foragers tea room and centre for rural writing.

Do come along and join us at the farm for ! Cornucopia ! 2016 between 17th Sept and 2nd Oct or on a weekend in October ! There is free entry and free parking for non-ticketed events. The Farm Nature Walks are also open to visitors between 17th Sept and 2nd Oct. Families, children, friends are all welcome – come by foot, bike or car-share. But No Dogs please – the farm is a working sheep farm [the home of Alde Valley Lamb].

If you are visiting Suffolk for The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival or looking for places to eat or places to stay in the area you can find plenty of recommendations here on the website under Food Adventures and Places to Stay. For more information about East Suffolk please also have a look at www.visitsuffolk.com and www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk.

For autumn 2016 we are also delighted to be linking up with The Crown & Castle at Orford, who are showing a selection of works from Roger Hardy’s Solo Show at the farm.

With very best wishes for the autumn season !

Jason Gathorne-Hardy [Artistic Director / Director]

The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd / ! Cornucopia ! 2016

! Cornucopia ! 2016 Autumn Programme

Solo Exhibitions

At the heart of the 2016 ! Cornucopia ! programme is a series of Solo Exhibitions by local and international artists. These focus on the land, seasonal produce and saints. For 2016 the Solo Exhibitions present new works by the artists Roger Hardy, Tessa Newcomb, Alice-Andrea Ewing, Freddy Morris, Kabir Hussain, Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Marchela Dimitrova.

Opening Times :

Open Daily 10am – 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.
Open at Weekends 10am – 6pm during the rest of October.

Free Entry. Family & children welcome – no dogs please.
For more info & catalogues please contact : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Pop Up Artisan Residency Studios

A range of Pop-up Artisan Residency Studios are open at weekends in the back farmyard. These present a range of traditional skills and crafts including stained glass making [Sharon McMullin], signwriting [Ian Sedge], feltmaking [Sarah Butters], chair making [Raymond Hopkins], knife making [Tobias Ford], timber framing [Jonny Briggs], craft butchers [Gerard King of Salter & King] and mobile saw milling [Drywood Ltd]. The residency studios are offered seasonally to selected local makers to support their practices and promote heritage skills in the Alde Valley area of East Suffolk.

Opening Times :

Open at Weekends 10am - 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.

Free Entry. Family & children welcome – no dogs please.
For more Info about Residency Artisans : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Farm Shop

Works by local artisan makers are on sale in the farmyard barns. Makers include Studio Vandertas [handmade foraging bags], Ruth Lea [felt bowls and purses] and Peter Dibble [baskets]. A selection of British sheepskins and East Anglian books will also be for sale. A pop up Farm Shop and The Honey Pot are selling local honey and other bee products.

Opening Times :

Open Daily 10am – 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.
Open at Weekends 10am – 6pm during the rest of October.

Free Entry. Family & children welcome – no dogs please.
For more Info about Craft Products : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Suffolk Chair Collection is based at White House Farm and is managed as an Alde Valley Spring Festival enterprise. It was created to help protect and celebrate the chair-making heritage of Suffolk – and also to promote contemporary Suffolk chair makers working in the Alde Valley area of East Suffolk.

New works from The Suffolk Chair Collection will be on display and for sale – including new Glemham Hedge Chairs by Raymond Hopkins and signature contemporary designs by local Suffolk makers Jim Parsons, Stewart Goldie-Miller, Dan Hussey and Dylan Pym.

Opening Times :

Open Daily 10am – 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.
Open at Weekends 10am – 6pm during the rest of October.

Free Entry. Family & children welcome – no dogs please.
For more Info about The Suffolk Chair Collection : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Autumn Residencies

White House Farm and The Alde Valley Spring Festival offer residencies across the creative arts. Key subjects include Drawing, Painting, Prose, Poetry, Music and Sculpture. In addition, international links are being slowly developed with other arts centres around the world – most recently with Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire. Autumn Residencies [open at weekends only] For ! Cornucopia ! 2016 the autumn residencies include :

The Wildwood Residency ~ with artist Synnove Fredericks.
The Hedge Hut Residency ~ with painter Tessa Newcomb.
The No 4 Sound Residency ~ with Lily Hunter Green.

Opening Times :

Residency Workshops / Studios Open at Weekends 10am – 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.

Foraging Walks, Poetry Workshop & Farm Suppers

As part of the autumn open farm events ! Cornucopia ! 2016 offers a small programme of ticketed events. Spaces are limited, so please book early. This year’s programme includes the following events.

Foraging Walks : Tues 20th & 27th Sept. 10am – 12.30pm. £17.50 pp.
Poetry Workshop*: Sat 1st Oct 2.30 – 5pm. £20.00 pp.
Farm Suppers : Thur 6th Oct & Thur 13th Oct. 7.30 for 8pm. £35.50 pp.

* Held in association with the Suffolk Poetry Society.

Hedge Quarters ~ Pop Up Foragers’ Tea Rooms

As a new project for 2016, the farm is opening a new pop up HQ tea rooms called The Hedge Quarters located in the farmhouse dining rooms. These will be open at weekends selling and serving pastries and cakes made with wild food and home grown ingredients sourced from the farm and prepared by renowned Suffolk chef Peter Harrison.

The Hedge Quarters are open as a seasonal pop up home to rural writing, with a new newsletter The Hedgetarian focusing on poetry and news from the hedges, lanes, pightles and spongs of the beautiful Suffolk River Valleys of East Suffolk. To locate a copy, drop in for some baits and whets during the September farm opening or at weekends in October !

Opening Times :

Weekends Only : 10am – 6pm from 17th Sept – 30th Oct.

[OPEN THROUGH OCT WEEKENDS ~ Sat / Sun 10am – 6pm]

For more Info about Menus / Refreshments : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

! Cornucopia ! Links

The autumn ! Cornucopia ! programme is held in association with The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and is one of its many Fringe Events. The main food festival days are 24th - 25th September at Snape Maltings.

We are also teaming up The Crown & Castle at Orford, who are very kindly supporting Roger Hardy’s Solo Show for ! Cornucopia ! 2016.

For more news please visit the Festival Blog.

With thanks to our Sponsors / Supporters for 2016

The 2016 Alde Valley Spring Festival and the ! Cornucopia ! autumn programme have been very generously supported by Aspall Cyder www.aspall.co.uk  and The Suffolk Coast DMO Festivals and Events Fund www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk  

With thanks also to IT / media supporters : Solutions Website Design www.solutionswebsitedesign.co.uk , Infotex www.infotex.co.uk  and About Fram www.aboutfram.com 


Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival : http://www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/ 
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe : http://www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/festival-fringe 
Snape Maltings : www.snapemaltings.co.uk 
Crown & Castle : www.crownandcastle.co.uk 
Suffolk Coast DMO : www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk 
Visit Suffolk : www.visitsuffolk.com 
Aspall Cyder www.aspall.co.uk 
Solutions Website Design : www.solutionswebsitedesign.co.uk 
Infotex : www.infotex.co.uk 
About Fram : www.aboutfram.com 


  • Spring Festival 2016

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 23rd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions....

  • A talk by Maggi Hambling :

    6pm for 6.30pm start. Saturday 7th May in the barns at the farm. Email the Festival for ticket sales.

  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Coast for supporting this year’s Alde Valley Spring Festival !

  • New for 2016 :

    A sound installation of a nightingale singing by Emma Green; “The Carrier” by Laurence Edwards; “Rite of Spring” by Maggi Hambling and over 200 curated works on show in the barns....

  • New for 2015/16:

    A poetry residency link between the Spring Festival and Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire.

  • The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 14th May.

    BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places....

  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

    Open at Weekends serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.


  • Try out local pubs :

    The Crown Inn, Great Glemham; White Horse, Sweffling; White Horse, Rendham; The Crown and Golden Key at Snape; The Ship Inn, Blaxhall are all within 4 miles.


  • Come and visit the farm on foot or by bike:

    Free parking for cars – share journeys if you can. Children and families welcome – no dogs please.


  • New for 2016 :

    “Meet the Artists” informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.

  • New for 2016 :

    ‘Writing at Great Glemham” – a series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers and Festival Talks.

  • Don’t forget local market days :

    Mondays at Campsea Ashe auction rooms [with tea room]; Tuesdays at Framlingham; Wednesdays in Saxmundham – and Snape Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
Artisan Products

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

For more information....
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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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