Dates : 15th September ~ 7th October
Opening Times : Weekends 10am – 6pm; Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Please note : there is no entry charge to the farmyard barns and the Autumn Exhibitions.

For more information about artists and their work please see below or contact : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

 Pesta Nukenen  ~ Basketry, Beads and Textiles

Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit / Bario Food Festival  is the sister festival to The Alde Valley Spring Festival. Founded in 2005 and located in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Heart of Borneo, it celebrates the unique food, farming and forest heritage of the Highlands – one of the last traditionally farmed and forested catchment areas in Sarawak.  The autumn exhibition presents a curated selection of spices, basketry and beadwork from the Highlands together with textiles and baskets from other parts of Sarawak. Selected items available for sale in the exhibition and in the pop up ! Cornucopia ! shop.
  The Suffolk Chair Collection ~ Past and Present

This curated exhibition of chairs from the Suffolk Chair Collection presents a wide cross section of East Anglian designs. The show focuses on the classic Suffolk Ball Back chair, with examples from the early to late 19th century. Variations on this design, including hybrid chairs that show elements of Windsor and Arts & Crafts design, are also included, together with examples of other English Regional Chairs such as northern Ladder Backs, Thames Valley and West Country chairs. A selection of contemporary Suffolk Chairs from the Collection by local makers are also on show, with some for sale.

Hefted ~ From Source to Sea

This exhibition draws links between lowland and upland landscapes in England. It includes paintings and drawings from an ongoing residency project at Banks Farm near Ravenstonedale in the beautiful Howgill Fells of Cumbria. Set 1,000ft up, this small hill farm is surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open fell or ‘heath’. A small hefted flock of Rough Fell sheep are kept at the farm, which overlooks the valleys of the Rivers Lune, Eden and Rawthey. Nearby, flocks of Swaledale sheep are crossed with Blue Faced Leicester rams to produce ‘Mule’ ewes. These are then exported from the hills to lowland farms in southern England, including White House Farm. The show includes paintings and drawings of the hills around Banks Farm by Tessa Newcomb, Emma Green and Jason Gathorne-Hardy. It also presents drawings and sculptures by Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Juliet Simpson of farm animals from the lowlands – including Mule ewes and Texel rams at White House Farm. These are complimented by a display of wool work by Sarah Butters, some made with fleeces sourced from the Howgills and White House Farm in the Upper Alde Valley. The show draws to a close with a series of beautiful new paintings by Maggi Hambling of the broad North Sea – into which all our eastern rivers flow.

  • 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

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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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