Big Spring Picnic  *Booking Essential.

In 2016, inspired by works by the painter Emma Green, writer Richard Mabey and the work of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Spring Festival launched a bid to build the world’s longest picnic table. The idea was to build a picnic table that was big enough to be seen from space – to celebrate the Suffolk landscape and the extraordinary local food scene of the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast.

For 2017, the table is being extended to over 210m to create “The Table of the East” - a rebel record table made using home-grown, home-milled oak harvested from dead trees on the farm. [Not being a commercially available design of table, it can’t qualify for a formal world record.] And this year’s record attempt is being held in tribute to the work of the Woodland Trust, Suffolk Wildlfe Trust and its 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”.

This seems a vision that is worthy of celebration – and very much in keeping with the ethos at White House Farm, in which writing, music, farming, heritage skills and the visual arts are seen as core ingredients for a vibrant and enriching rural economy.

“The Table of the East”

Saturday 20th May : The Big Spring Picnic on “The Table of the East”

Time : 11.00am for 12 Noon, Saturday 20th May
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS
Entry : £5.00 per adult ; £3.00 for children under 16.

BYO Picnic of local foods – see Food Adventures 
for places to buy food and drink in the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast

Booking Essential: enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk 

Landscape Partners: Saul Hunt, Drywood Milling, Kiwi Fencing, BOTANICA, Mickey Salter, Charlie Steed &  Great Glemham Farms.

Media Partners: Living Woods magazine, About Fram, Aldeburgh Living.


 
  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

    Open at Weekends serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.

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  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Coast for supporting this year’s Alde Valley Spring Festival !



  • 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.

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  • Try out local pubs :

    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.

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  • New for 2016 :

    ‘Writing at Great Glemham” – a series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers and Festival Talks.

  •  New for 2017 : ‘Writing at Great Glemham”:

    A series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers each Thursday and Festival Talks each Friday with guests Alistair Carr, Aljos Farjon and Jack Cooke.

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  •  New for 2017 : “Handmade”

    A series of over ten Workshop Residencies and Open Studios showcasing local crafts and heritage skills – inc chair making, knife making, wood turning. Open at weekends and Bank Holidays.

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  •  Meet the Artists:

    Informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.



  •  New for 2017 : To the Moon and Back:

    A new life size bronze by Craig Hudson of Marley the dog on display in the fields.



  • 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 2017 : bronzes from Maggi Hambling:

    Bronzes from Maggi Hambling’s Aftermath series on show in the Farmyard barns.



  • Pop Up “Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms:

    Open at Weekends and Bank Holidays serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.

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  • 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.

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  • New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~

    New for 2017 : Festival Exhibition Quercus & Co ~ Celebrating the English Oak, Woodland and Widlife – including paintings and drawings by Jelly Green of trees and woodlands from around the UK.

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  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Each Thursday evening during the Festival - £35.50 per person – three courses served at the farmhouse refectory tables by candlelight. BYO beer / wine.

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  •  The Big Spring Picnic Saturday 20th May:

    The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 20th May. BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places.

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  • 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.

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  •  Spring Festival launches on 22nd April:

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 22nd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions.

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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....
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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
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Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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