Poetry Events

After last autumn’s inaugural poetry programme, the farm will host a workshop "Writing from Art and Found Objects" on Saturday 1st October in collaboration with Suffolk Poetry Society.

This will be followed in the evening by Poetry Readings and Conversation.

Afternoon Poetry Workshop

Event : Writing from Art and Found Objects Afternoon Poetry Workshop
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS
Date : Sat 1st October, 2.30pm – 5pm
Price : £20.00 pp (£18 for SPS members) - to include refreshments
Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Helen Ivory and Martin Figura will spend the afternoon exploring the connection between visual art, found objects, and poetry in this practical workshop 2.30pm – 5.30pm on Saturday October 1st 2016 as part of the autumn programme in collaboration with Suffolk Poetry Society. Helen and Martin will look at some poets who engage in this dialogue, and discover ways to generate our own rich conversations with the artworks and objects in the barns and farm.

Evening Poetry Readings & Conversation

There will be a separate evening event 6.30pm – 8pm followed by light supper with special guest Roger Hardy, readings by Helen Ivory, Martin Figura and Suffolk Poetry Society members.

Event : Writing from Art and Found Objects ~ Poetry Readings & Conversation
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS
Date : Sat 1st October, 6.30pm – 8pm
Price : £12.00 pp [to include bread, soup, salad, tea / coffee, cordials]
Bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013). She has co-edited with George Szirtes In Their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry Salt 2012. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the new UEA/Writers Centre Norwich creative writing programme.

Martin Figura is a poet and photographer. His collection and show Whistle (Arrowhead Press) were shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. He won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. The pamphlet Shed has just been published with Gatehouse Press. He lives in Norwich where he runs the monthly literature event Café Writers.

Places for both events are strictly limited so booking is essential.

For all enquiries and bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 


  • 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

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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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