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 


  • 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....
Details >
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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