Hedge Quarters ~ the farm’s Pop Up Tea Rooms & Writing HQ

Dates : 16th September ~ 8th October
Opening Times : Weekends 10am – 5pm
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Hedge Quarters : Pop Up Tea Rooms 

The farm’s Hedge Quarters were created in early 2017 and function as a rural HQ for the farm’s planning meetings, alongside rural writing and seasonal celebrations of wild foods and rural living. They are also linked to the farm and Spring Festival’s Wildwood Residencies and Hedge Hut Residencies – recent recipients of these include Synnove Fredericks, Jelly Green and Tessa Newcomb.

The Hedge Quarters host autumn poetry projects in association with the Suffolk Poetry Society, Poetry in Aldeburgh and [in 2015/16] Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire. Poets who have read their work in Hedge Quarters include Ken Mitchell, Paddy Bushe, Hugh Thomson and leaders + participants in Suffolk Poetry Society workshops.

During ! Cornucopia ! Hedge Quarters is open to visitors at weekends as a Pop Up Tea Rooms serving teas, coffees, juices and a selection of pastries and cakes made with seasonal wild ingredients.

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

  • 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

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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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