Places to Stay
The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels. We recommend the following – for more please visit other websites listed below the recommended sites.


Alde Garden ~ ~ Just ½ a mile away. Comfortable tipi / yurt / wagon / indoor accommodation in the grounds of the White Horse pub in Sweffling.

Alde Valley Breaks ~ three miles away in quiet countryside near Bruisyard next to the River Alde.

Rendham Hall ~ ~ Two miles away. B&B on a working dairy farm; one of the few left in the Alde Valley and home to award winning Mary Belle and Suffolk Meadow dairy herds.

Crown House B&B  ~ Local, 3 double bedrooms with ensuites, plus a fourth bedroom with flexible options.

Crown House Bed and Breakfast  ~ Boutique bed and breakfast here in Great Glemham. Grade II listed Georgian village house.

Holiday Cottages

Valley Farm Cottages ~ ~ Family owned self catering holiday cottages on a stud farm between Snape and Orford. With Views over horse grazed meadows towards the coast.

The Lobster Pot, Orford ~ Newly renovated old terraced cottage on Pump St near the bakery.

Crown Cottage, Orford ~ Newly renovated blue house near the Crown and Castle.

Sweffling Hall Farm ~ ~ Just 1 mile away. Offers holiday cottages, glamping and B&B [up to 10 people] in farm setting in the Upper Alde Valley.

The Wash House Studio ~ ~ A stylish Victorian conversion in it's own space on the coast at Orford.

Suffolk Coastal Cottages ~ ~ Cosy cottages, larger houses and a barn,  full of character, set in some of Suffolk’s loveliest and most unspoilt rural villages, yet within minutes of the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast.

Best of Suffolk ~ ~ Large selection of well-maintained and comfortable cottages in East Suffolk managed by an award winning team.

Suffolk Secrets ~ Family owned company specializing in coastal and inland holiday lets in East Suffolk.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays ~ Locally run company with a selection of over 200 holiday cottages in the Suffolk Coastal area.

Suffolk Holiday Cottages ~ A selection of cottages across Suffolk.

Independent Holiday Cottages ~ Offering a large selection of independently owned self catering accomodation across England.


The Bell House Hotel, Saxmundham ~ ~ a small independent hotel in the heart of the town, just 5 minutes walk from the train station.

The Brudenell, ~ next to the beach at the south end of the historic seaside town.

The Crown & Castle, Orford ~ ~ set to one side of the old market square within walking distance of the castle, church, bakery, butcher, smokehouses, the village stores and windswept open countryside .. what more could you want !

The Crown Hotel, Framlingham ~ ~ overlooking the historic Market Hill, home to the Tuesday and Saturday street market; cafes, castle, church, deli and butcher all within 400m, and most within 50m.

The Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh ~ ~ a warm and very welcoming family-owned hotel a stone’s throw from the beach, overlooking the sea and Aldeburgh’s fishing huts.

The White Lion, Aldeburgh ~ ~ recently refurbished with comfortable rooms and a very pleasant bar overlooking the seafront.

Camping and Glamping

Alde Garden, (The Sweffling White Horse) ~ ~ 2 yurts, 1 gypsy caravan, 1 bell tent, 1 hideout 5 small tent pitches and a year-round holiday cottage. One of "6 best British campsites" (The Independent)

Secret Meadows (nr.Woodbridge) ~ ~ Luxury Lodge Tents set on a 115 acre wildlife site among wooded glades and wildflower meadows. Accommodation units have traditional kitchen, private loo and hot shower.

  • 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....
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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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