Pop Up Artisan Residency Studios

Opening Times : Weekends 10am - 6pm from 17th September – 2nd October.

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

As part of a pilot project started in autumn 2015, a range of specialist makers and artisans have been selected to take part in the two week ! Cornucopia ! 2016 programme.

The aim of the Artisan Residency Studios is to help support and promote a range of traditional arts and heritage skills in the Alde Valley area of East Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast.

Recipients of residency studios are offered 4 weeks use of farm workshops and sheds at no cost in order help develop their businesses and reach a wider audience. The residency studios are open to visitors from 10am – 6pm on the weekends of 17th/18th Sept, 25th/27th Sept and 1st/2nd Oct.

List of Makers / Artisan Studios for ! Cornucopia ! 2016

Sharon McMullin ~ Stained Glass
Ian Sedge ~ Signwriting
Gerard King ~ Craft Butcher
Raymond Hopkins ~ Refectory Tables & Hedge Chairs
Sarah Butters ~ Feltmaking
Tobias Ford ~ Knifemaking
Jon Warnes ~ Spoon Carving (17th &18th Sept and 1st & 2nd Oct)

Static Displays

Jonny Briggs ~ Green Oak Timber Construction
Drywood Ltd ~ Mobile Saw Milling
George Crane ~ Tree Surgery & Woodland Management
Saul Hunt ~ Aerial Tree Surgery & Tree Felling

Please Note. The artisan residency studios are open to visitors on the following weekends : 17th / 18th Sept ; 25th / 26th Sept ; 1st 2nd Oct. They are not open for subsequent weekends in October.

For more information about makers : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

  • Local Places to Stay :

    Good places to stay within 1 mile of the Festival and farm : Crown Cottages, Great Glemham; Stable Cottage, The Grove; Alde Garden, Sweffling Details>


  • Festival Exhibition opening times :

    Festival open every weekday except non-Bank Holiday Mondays. If you are coming in the middle of the day there are good local pubs in Great Glemham and Rendham.


  • Free Entry & Parking :

    Free parking and free entry to Festival Exhibition and Open Studios [@ weekends] – come by foot, bike or car share !

  • Harry Becker Exhibition :

    Archive Exhibition about Harry Becker in the Farmyard Classroom with works for sale in the barns.

  • The Festival Exhibition theme for 2018 : Claudius ~ Suffolk’s Roman Emperor!

    Celebration of portraiture, life drawing and the figure in the landscape

  • New works:

    New works by over 20 artists and makers in the Festival Exhibition.

  • Festival Talks:

    Festival Talks with Maggi Hambling, Simon Loftus and Charlotte Howarth.

  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison each Thursday evening in the farmhouse Dining Rooms from Thurs 26th April – 17th May. Book early to reserve places.


  •  Eat on the Wild Side :

    Cakes, pastries and pies made with foods from the farm’s market gardens, hedgerows, pastures and woodland. Served and on sale at weekends in Hedge Quarters’ Tea Rooms.


  •  NEW for 2018 :

    More pop up exhibition spaces in the barns for The Spring Festival Exhibition.

  •  NEW for 2018 :

    New Workshop Residency spaces – open at weekends from 21st April – 20th May.

  •  Spring Festival launches 21st April:

    The 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival launches on Saturday 21st April and runs until Sunday 20th May – come and visit us !


  •  NEW for 2018:

    Open Studios showcasing some of the best makers in Suffolk and UK : leather work, letter carving, chair-making, knife-forging, jewellery, tile-making


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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