Big Spring Picnic  *Booking Essential.

White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS
Date: Saturday 18th May
Time: 11.00am for 12 Noon
Venue: The Straits Field, White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS 
Entry: Free Entry - Free Entry – But PLEASE EMAIL TO BOOK A PLACE

Tickets for Big Spring Picnic Raffle available on the day.

Prizes include : sheepskin rug; hand-turned bowls; books; Suffolk honey.

Big Spring Picnic BBQ will be on open from 11.30am  – 4pM

BYO Picnic of local foods –
see Food Adventures

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 2018, the Big Spring Picnic at “The Table of the East” will raise funds for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Refugee Support.

Booking Essential: 

Landscape Partners :  Saul Hunt, Drywood Milling, Kiwi Fencing, BOTANICA, Mickey Salter, 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. Access to the Big Spring Picnic field is over level grass pasture. Arrangements can be made for drivers to park vehicles nearer to the Big Spring Picnic Table if needed : please contact the Festival Office :  / 01728 663 531

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.

  • The Summer Exhibition :

    The Spirit of '48  +  Here and Now.
    Sat 9th June Sun 1st July Details>


  • 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

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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