The Big Spring Picnic 2019
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Event: The Big Spring Picnic on “The Table of the East” 
Date: Saturday 25th May
Time: 11.00am for 5pm
Venue: The Straits Field, White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS 

Tickets for Big Spring Picnic Raffle available on the day.
Prizes include : sheepskin rug; hand-turned bowls; books; Suffolk honey.

Big Spring Picnic BBQ and Food Stalls selling fresh seasonal farmed and wild foods + refreshments will be open from 11.30am  – 4pm.

Also BYO Picnic of local foods – see Food Adventures

The Big Spring Picnic

Located east of the farmyards at White House Farm is a long field called The Straits. It is fringed by a line of tall poplar trees to the north and old hedgerows to the south. The field itself is remarkable for its ancient oaks – the remnants of post-medieval farm parkland.

Stretched out alongside two of these veteran trees is the farm’s Big Spring Picnic Table. At 209m long, it is [unofficially] the world’s longest permanent picnic table. The table tops are made with planks from home-milled oak cut from trees that have died at the farm over the years.

The aim was to build a picnic table that was big enough to be seen from space : to celebrate the extraordinary local food and landscape economy of the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast; and to promote Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s vision for a Living Landscape for Suffolk

“a place in where people, farming and wildlife can thrive, bringing people and wildlife closer together and sharing Suffolk’s natural heritage”.

For 2019, the Big Spring Picnic at “The Table of the East” will raise funds for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk YANA

For more information about the Exhibition or artists’ work please contact :


andscape Partners :  Saul Hunt, Drywood Milling, Kiwi Fencing, BOTANICA, Mickey Salter, Environment Agency, Natural England, Charlie Steed & Great Glemham Farms.

Note :
 Health, Hygiene & Safety

The farm has two farmyard toilets and additional portable toilets on site during the Alde Valley Spring Festival. There is wheelchair access to most barns in which the works of art are on show; and to the Farmyard Classroom WC. There are First Aid points and at least one First Aider on site during opening hours. If you or guests need more information about access and parking or drop-off arraangements, please contact the Festival Office so we can help with your visit:

Please note that monitored wifi CCTV is in operation on the farm drives and around the farmyards at all times for security and safety.

All children must be accompanied at all times whilst at the farm. Visitors are also responsible for their own safety and are kindly asked to keep to public access areas at all times. Visitors are requested please to not bring dogs to the farm or Festival events : White House Farm is a working sheep farm with livestock in the fields."


  • 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

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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