Special Events * Booking Essential *

Festival Conference : Sat 4th May; 10am - 4pm. £35pp.
Willow Weekend : Sat 11th & Sun 12th May. Talk £15pp and Drop in Den Making.
Festival Talk : Sat 18th May 10.30am - 4pm £35pp + Glemham Flower Festival.
Foraging Walks : 
2.30pm 4.30pm. Sun 5th, Sun 12th, Sun 19th May. £15pp.
Woodwork, Natural Dyeing & Knitting : Weekends and Tuesdays 10am - 12pm.
Info / Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Festival Conference ~ "Gardens, Plants & Pollinators"

Date : 10m - 4pm ; Sat 4th May.
Venue : Great Glemham House, Suffolk IP17 1LP.
Entry : By pre-booked ticket only.
Tickets : £35 pp to include Refreshments, Conference, Talk, Lunch and Farm Walk.
Info / Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk   Booking essential.
A one day conference on "Gardens, Plants & Pollinators". Guest Speakers to include : Tim Richardson [Lead Writer in Residence 2019], Anna Greenland [previously head gardener and grower at Soho Farmhouse and Manoir au Quat' Saisons], Mike Mallett [farm manager at Maple Farm, Kelsale], Lily Hunter Green [composer and sound artist; creator of Tuning In at Spring Festival 2019]; Jason Gathorne-Hardy [Director / Curator, Alde Valley Spring Festival; International Patron, Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit / Bario Food Festival] . 
10.00am - Welcome Refreshments
10.30am - Introduction followed by an 'In Conversation' Session' with Guest Speakers/ 
This will explore themes of growing plants for food, health and pollinators; the re-localisation of food production; food sovereignty; and the importance of seed selection and healthy pollinators. 
11.30am - Break
11.45am - Open Forum Discussion of Key Themes including Growing for Health
12.45pm - Light Buffet Lunch with The Great Glemham Bake. A selection of seasonal salads with refreshments [Spring Cordial / Tea / Coffee].
2.00pm - Guided walk around the Farm Gardens + Great Glemham House walled garden. 


Willow & Basketry Weekend ~ With Stephanie Bunn

Dates : Sat 11th and Sunday 12th May
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Entry : By pre-booked ticket only for Talk "Willow the Material" at 2.30pm on Sat 11th May. Drop in free entry for "Nests & Shelters" workshop at 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm on Sunday 12th May.
Tickets : £15 pp for "Willow the Material" talk, inc refreshments and discussion. Free entry for "Nests & Shelters" - donations welcome.
Info / Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 
Saturday 11th May : an Open Day from 1oam - 5pm for East Anglian basket makers from across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Basket makers are invited to bring their own willow and rush basket work for a Saturday Basketeer Session in the barns at White House Farm as part of the 2019 Alde Valley Spring Festival programme. 
There will be a chance to see selected highlights of Jason Gathorne-Hardy's unique collection of looped and plaited baskets from South East Asia [as seen at the Beyond the Basket exhibition, UEA]; to visit White House Farm's willow beds; and to join a public talk by Stephanie Bunn at 2.30pm Willow the MaterialThis will look at all aspects of willow as a material - from its properties and value for basket makers and garden sculptors, to its importance for human history, the environment and hand skills. Max 25 guests. £15 pp inc refreshments.
Sunday 12th May : Nests and Shelters ~ a family drop-in session from 11-1pm and 2-4pm making small dwellings, dens and shelters using White House Farm willow. Free entry; donations welcome. Children must be accompanied by adults. [If wet weather the session will take place under cover in the farmyard barns.]
Note : Stephanie Bunn is an anthropologist of textiles with a special focus on plant and animal materials and the value of craftsmanship. She was a Willow Worker in Residence at the National Willow Collection from 1992-93 and has studied world textiles, from felt-tent making in Central Asia to Scottish vernacular basketry. She teaches at the University of St Andrews and currently has a research studio in the Nightingale Room at White House Farm, where she is currently working with local plant materials and exploring the relationship between geometry and basketry.

Festival Talk ~ with Botanical Painter Emma Tennant

Dates : Sat 18th May
Main Event :  10.30am - 4pm ~ Emma Tennant in Conversation followed by Film Screening, Lunch & Guided Walk.
Venue : Great Glemham House, Suffolk IP17 1LP
Entry : By pre-booked ticket only
Tickets : £35pp to include Talk, Film Screening, Lunch and Guided Walk around Walled Garden.
Info / Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Botanical painter Emma Tennant in conversation with Caroline Cranbrook and Festival Director Jason Gathorne-Hardy. Followed by screening of the film Emma Tennant, Artist and Gardener by Ben Wood; Seasonal Salad Lunch; afterwards a guided walk around the Walled Garden at Glemham House. £35pp to include Talk, Film, Lunch + Garden Walk. Max 55 guests. Booking essential. In association with the Chelsea Fringe.

Note : the talk and film screening co-incide with Great Glemham Flower Festival in the village church, All SaintsThe Flower Festival is open both days in the church, with a Spring Festival Service on Sunday. All are welcome.

Foraging Walks ~ with Sam Starke

New for 2019 : Forager and Permaculture Gardener in Residence Sam Starke will be leading Foraging Walks around the farm on Sundays 5th, 12th and 19th May. The walks will introduce guests to the wide range of wild foods and useful wild plants that can be found at White House Farm in the Upper Alde Valley. The routes will vary and introduce walkers to a range of habitats, including field edge, hedgerow, woodland and river bank / pond edge.
Dates : 2.30pm - 4.30pm; Sun 5th, 12th, 19th May.
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Entry : By pre-booked ticket only
Tickets : £15pp to include refreshments before and after the walk. Max 20 people. No dogs please. Families welcome - children must be accompanied by adults. Be prepared for uneven ground and variable weather.
Info / Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 


Woolwork, Natural Dyeing & Knitting ~ with Sarah Butters

New for 2019 :  Sarah Butters received a Wool Residency at White House Farm in 2017/18/19 – she also took part in the Song of the Howgills residency in 2016 and 2017. For the 2019 Spring Festival Sarah is running Woolwork & Natural Dyeing displays at weekends in the Farmyard Classroom and Front Barn. Work for sale / commissions undertaken.

Sarah is also hosting Drop-in Tuesday Knitting Groups in the Festival's Pop Up Tea Rooms : 10am – 12 pm : 30th April ; 7th May, 14th May, 23rd May. Visitors / guests welcome. No Entry Fee.

For more information: enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 


  • Lettering Arts Trust.

    A workshop space for guest letter carvers including Louise Tiplady, Ayako Furuno , Jaki Blackman.


  • Eilidh Allan.

    Handmade silver jewellery. New collections inspired by trees, fruits & seeds. Work for sale and commissions / bespoke jewellery made to order.


  • Glass Studio.

    Sea glass jewellery by Buzz Mitchell – for sale and made to commission. Paintings and other creations made by Isabelle Sarginson Allen.


  • Tobias Ford.

    Knife making forge. Hand forged / handmade kitchen knives available for sale and made to order.


  • Tuesday Knitting Group in the Tea Rooms
    10am – 12 pm : 30th Apr ; 7th, 14th, 23rd May.


  • New for 2019:

    Alexander Herbe-George & Slightly Nomadic. Glamping wagons, living pods, micro-shelters made to order.


  • Aspen Press.

    Letterpress. Demonstrations. Commissioned work also undertaken.

  • Foraging Centre with Foraging Walks led by Forager and Permaculture Gardener in Residence Sam Starke.    

  • Stephanie Bunn.

    Basketry research studio working with local plant materials and exploring the relationship between geometry and basketry.


  • Nienke Jongsma / Vandertas.

    Handmade foraging bags, floral shopper bags for sale; handmade leather shoulder bags, satchels, work bags, purses and wallets.


  • Jon Warnes.

    Jon Warnes.  Wood turning, handmade spoons, stools, benches and bowls for sale.



    New Iris Paintings by Jelly Green including Cedric Morris / Benton End varieties.

  • Pop Up Tea Rooms open in the Farmhouse Dining Rooms with cakes and pastries from The Great Glemham Bann.

  • Farm Suppers.

    Thursday evenings with Suffolk Chef Peter Harrison and Guests of Honour from the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme.


  • New Allotment Paintings by Tessa Newcomb and Winter Garden paintings in egg tempera by Ruth Stage.

  • Farm Nature Walks open.

    Families welcome.

    Great pubs nearby in Sweffling, Rendham, Great Glemham, Snape and Framlingham.


    New works by Becky Munting and Emma Green in the farmhouse Dining Rooms.


  • New works by Alice Andrea Ewing from The Great Glemham Series and the Pomarius Residency.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
The Festival Shop

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

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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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