Festival Talks 2017 : “ Writing at Great Glemham”

The Festival Talks are held each Friday evening at White House Farm. 
6.15pm arrival for a 7.00pm start. The ticket price of £17.50 pp includes refreshment upon arrival and tea / coffee / cordial, soup, salad and bread - served after the talk. Please BYO beer or wine.

The 2017 Festival Talks are part of a new Spring Festival residency project, “Writing at Great Glemham”. This was launched in 2016 to celebrate the rich literary heritage of the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast, taking inspiration from the work of George Crabbe, HW Freeman, George Ewart Evans and Ronald Blythe. The talks are being given by the second series four Writers in Residence.


Friday 28th April : Alistair Carr

“The Nomad’s Path: Travels in the Sahel.” [IB Tauris, 2014.]

Alistair Carr, author, artist and explorer, has lived and travelled with nomads in some of the planet's most remote wildernesses. This is an account of a journey across the Manga with former Tubu rebels during the Second Tuareg Rebellion. Situated in southeastern Niger, in the shadow of the Old Salt Road, the Manga is one of Africa's most isolated and wild regions where no Caucasian had been seen in living memory.”

'This is a classic desert travel book, in the best English tradition of Doughty and Wilfred Thesiger.' John Ure, Times Literary Supplement.

'His account combines the lyricism of a poet with the analytical insights of a journalist. The result rightfully takes its place in the long tradition of British desert exploration.' Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller.

£17.50 pp includes tea/coffee/cordial + light supper of soup, salad and bread served after the talk.
To book a place : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk



Friday 5th May : Aljos Farjon

“The Ancient Oaks of England.”

Aljos Farjon is a botanist of world renown for his work on conifers, on which he has published 11 books and more than 100 papers and articles, and has received several international awards. He carried out much of this work whilst on the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and continued with it in retirement as an Honorary Research Associate at Kew. He has been actively involved in conservation, and has led the IUCN Red List assessment of all conifer species twice. Continuing his passion for trees, Aljos has shifted his research interests to the extraordinary wealth of Ancient Oaks in his adopted country, England.”

£17.50 pp includes tea/coffee/cordial + light supper of soup, salad and bread served after the talk.
To book a place : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 




Friday 12th May :

"Un-Earthed"

Understanding where our food comes from, enjoying it fully, and celebrating the people who reared, produced, or prepared it, should be an essential part of our existence. The reality of daily life means that it isn't – for most of us at least – but the pages of this visual feast of a book help reconnect us with those simple values and pleasures.

The stunning images and fascinating stories in Un-Earthed are a glimpse into the richly creative and diverse world of some of the extraordinary food producers, artisans, farmers, fishermen, bakers and chefs who live and work in this beautiful part of east Suffolk. Co-author Tessa Allingham will explain the collaboration that made the book possible and explore some of the broader issues relating to food, local-ness, and sustainability that it raises.
 
£17.50 pp includes tea/coffee/cordial + light supper of soup, salad and bread served after the talk.
To book a place : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 



Friday 19th May : Jack Cooke


“The Tree Climber’s Guide” [Harper Collins, 2016.]

“In this charming, witty and exquisitely illustrated companion, Jack Cooke explores the city through its canopy; teetering on the edge of an oak’s branches, scurrying up a Scots pine, spying views from the treetops that few have ever had the chance to see. He takes us through the parks, over the canals and rivers and into secret gardens on his journey sometimes only ten foot above the street.
Part guidebook, part meditation on the consolations of nature, The Tree Climber’s Guide is as uniquely odd, alluring and motley as the trees themselves. It is a journey into the tangle of bark and branches that surround us all and a welcome reminder that the best things in life are free – they just sometimes require a step in the right direction.”

£17.50 pp includes tea/coffee/cordial + light supper of soup, salad and bread served after the talk.
To book a place:  enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 
  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

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

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  • 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.

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  • New for 2016 :

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

  • Thank you to our sponsors

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



  • Try out local pubs :

    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.

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  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Each Thursday evening during the Festival - £35.50 per person – three courses served at the farmhouse refectory tables by candlelight. BYO beer / wine.

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  • New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~

    New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~ Celebrating the English Oak, Woodland and Widlife – including paintings and drawings by Jelly Green of trees and woodlands from around the UK.

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  • Pop Up “Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms:

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

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  • 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.

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  • New for 2017 : bronzes from Maggi Hambling:

    Bronzes from Maggi Hambling’s Aftermath series on show in the Farmyard barns.



  • 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 2017 : To the Moon and Back:

    A new life size bronze by Craig Hudson of Marley the dog on display in the fields.



  •  Meet the Artists:

    Informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.



  •  New for 2017 : “Handmade”

    A series of over ten Workshop Residencies and Open Studios showcasing local crafts and heritage skills – inc chair making, knife making, wood turning. Open at weekends and Bank Holidays.

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  •  New for 2017 : ‘Writing at Great Glemham”:

    A series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers each Thursday and Festival Talks each Friday with guests Alistair Carr, Aljos Farjon and Jack Cooke.

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  •  The Big Spring Picnic Saturday 20th May:

    The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 20th May. BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places.

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  •  Spring Festival launches on 22nd April:

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 22nd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions.

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  • 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.

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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.
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Places to Stay

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