! Cornucopia ! 2017 : 16th September ~ 8th October

Dates : 16th September ~ 8th October 2017
Opening Times : Weekends 10am – 6pm; Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Main Events : Solo Exhibitions, Artisan Open Studios, Farm Suppers, Hedge Quarters,  Pop Up Tea Rooms, Alde Valley Lamb Open Day, Big Autumn BBQ Farm, Nature Walks

For more information and all bookings : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

More about ! Cornucopia ! 2017

! Cornucopia ! is a three week seasonal celebration that brings together fine arts with farming, food, landscape and heritage crafts – with a focus on painting, sculpture, drawing, poetry and Open Studios for local artisans and makers. It takes place at White House Farm, Great Glemham in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley. It is managed as an Open Farm event, with free parking at the farm and a series of Farm Nature Walks that provide information about wildlife and landscape conservation projects. These are managed with support and advice from Natural England, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and the Environment Agency. Families and children are welcome – but visitors are asked not to bring pet dogs, please. White House Farm is part of Great Glemham Farms partnership and also a working sheep farm with livestock in the fields. The ! Cornucopia ! programme is a seasonal project managed by The Alde Valley Spring Festival and White House Farm.

Solo Exhibitions : open 10am-6pm Weekends + Tues-Fri– Free Entry

These are open daily except Mondays in a series of barns at the farm. The barns are cleared in early September to welcome new works by selected local and international artists. For autumn 2017 the main exhibition is a Solo Show Time & Tide by Roger Hardy. This is being held in the Old Threshing Barn at the farm and presents a series of new sculptures and constructions made with wood and metal that Roger gathered from parts of the Alde Estuary near the coast. The show has a Catalogue with a foreword by renowned author and Suffolk resident Anthony Horowitz.

The side barns host accompanying Solo Exhibitions by other artists with whom the Spring Festival has worked closely through ongoing residency projects and represented series or editions of work. Craig Hudson’s Solo Show Fantasy Land follows on from a successful solo show at the farm in 2015 and more recent exhibitions of major works Tourist and To the Moon and Back in Suffolk and London. Alice-Andrea Ewing’s Great Glemham Series presents new bronzes from an ongoing project linked to a walled garden at Great Glemham House. Originally an off-shoot of a residency programme at the farm, Alice returns each summer and early autumn to collect and cast some of the more unusual fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Freddy Morris's Oak Variations shows new bronzes that also have some of their roots in residency projects at the farm - including a Woodland Residency in 2014 and 2015. Tessa Newcomb’s Solo Show Cornucopia presents a collection of new paintings about the farm, featuring autumn produce, workshops in use and the local Suffolk landscape – some painted during a Hedge Hut Residency earlier in 2017. Meanwhile, Becky Munting's Songbirds from Cransford shows new paintings about songbirds made in her studio in Cransford, after a solar farm painting residency in the spring .

Open Studios : open 10am-6pm Weekends only – Free Entry

Each autumn White House Farm and the Alde Valley Spring Festival offer a range of Workshop Residencies to selected local artisans and makers. The purpose of these is to support local crafts and heritage skills. The workshop spaces are closed on weekdays but open up at weekends to give visitors a chance to explore a short trail of farmyard Open Studios. For ! Cornucopia ! 2017 these will include : Chairmaking and Woodturning; Drawing and Bronze Casting; Tile Making; Signwriting; Knife Making; Felt Making and Spinning; Letter Carving; Leather Work and Bag Making – with others to be confirmed. Visitors to the farm and ! Cornucopia ! at weekends will be able to meet the makers, talk about their work and buy or commission pieces to order.

Note : Textile Weekend - for the weekend of 30th Sept / 1st Oct ! Cornucopia ! and the farm will host Rag Rug makers, Spinners and Weavers together with pop up stalls by local garment makers for a celebration of Textile and Garment Making in East Suffolk. Do come and join us !

Farm Suppers : Thurs 21st Sept, Fri 29th Sept, Wed 4th Oct - Tickets Only

The Farm Suppers are held at the farm one evening each week during the autumn ! Cornucopia ! season. They celebrate the extraordinary range of farmed and wild local foods available in the beautiful Alde Valley of East Suffolk - with a sprinkling of more exotic ingredients if needed. All the Suppers are cooked, prepared and served by renowned Suffolk chef Peter Harrison and his team. They are held in association with Autumn Writing Residencies at the farm : each Supper welcomes a different writer as the evening’s principal Guest of Honour and explores a culinary theme that is linked to their writing. This years Guests of Honour include the writers Helen Jukes [on a Farm Writing Residency], Tim Richardson [on an inaugural Poetry in Aldeburgh Writing Residency] and Leonardo Froes [on the third Flipside Festival Writing Residency]. Themes for the three Farm Suppers range from Honey to Venison and Brazilian Cuisine.

Hedge Quarters : Pop Up Tea Rooms  - open 10am-5pm Weekends Only

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 projects 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 also host autumn poetry projects in association with the Suffolk Poetry SocietyPoetry 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 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 and garden ingredients.

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Pop Up ! Cornucopia ! Shop : open 10am-6pm Weekends and Tues - Fri

The Pop Up Shop will be open for three weeks from 16th Sept – 8th Oct selling a range of beautiful natural and hand made products from the Alde Valley, Suffolk Coast and other parts of the UK. Stock items include : rare-breed British sheepskins, hand-turned wooden bowls, hand-carved wooden spoons, handmade bags, hand-woven or hand-spun textiles, local honey, jams and fruit juices. During weekdays the Shop will also sell items made by makers taking part in the Workshop Residencies and Open Studios - at weekends visitors will be able to commission and buy works from makers in their studios.

Alde Valley Lamb Open Day &  Big Autumn BBQ :  Sat 7th Oct

These two events were originally timetables for the 30th Sept. They have been moved to the weekend of 7th / 8th Oct in order to allow room for the Textile Weekend on the 30th Sept / 1st Oct – and also to give a Finale Celebration for the last weekend of the 2017 ! Cornucopia ! programme. Alde Valley Lamb is the home-brand for the sheep flock at White House Farm [part of Great Glemham Farms]. It applies exclusively to lamb bred and raised at the farm. New Season Lamb is sold via Salter & King Craft Butcher on the coast at Aldeburgh between May and August each year, with a short Mutton season in the winter months of January and February.

Alde Valley Lamb Open Day : Sat 7th Oct 10am – 11.30am. £5 pp.

The Open Day introduces visitors to the farm, the Alde Valley Lamb flocks and the farm’s award winning conservation projects. Refreshments served on arrival : £5 per person for 1 ½ hour walk. 11.30am. Rendezvous at the farm at 9.45am. No dogs please. Families welcome – the walk is approx 800m from the farmyards.

To book tickets : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Big Autumn BBQ : Sat 7th Oct 12pm  – 4.30pm. £7.50 pp.

Come and join us for a Big BBQ in the barns and fields at the farm. Ticket price includes refreshments [juice / cordial] and BBQ in association with Salter & King Craft Butcher [beef, lamb with salads+ breads + sauces]. Served in the farmyard barns.

To book tickets : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Links : UK and International

! Cornucopia ! is part of a programme of open farm events, educational projects and arts events that take place at White House Farm at different times of year. The farm is home to a range of conservation projects partly funded by Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme. It also works closely with other agencies on conservation and Catchment Sensitive Farming projects, including the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the Woodland Trust.

The autumnal programme of food, arts and residency projects is managed by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd with links to the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, Flipside FestivalPoetry in Aldeburgh and the Suffolk Coast DMO. For more information about the beautiful Alde Valley, please visit Places to Stay and Food Adventures on this website. The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a remarkably diverse and innovative food and landscape economy – these pages on the website will give you some ideas for places to visit.

International links to the farm and Alde Valley Spring Festival include a residency exchange with Cill Rialaig in Ireland; a sister project Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit in the green Heart of Borneo, Sarawak, East Malaysia; and iconography projects with Marchela Dimitrova from Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

Sponsorship for past events has been very generously provided by East Anglia Art Fund, Suffolk Coast DMO and Aspall Cyder.

I do hope you can join us and the team at the farm during the ! Cornucopia ! programme – families and children are welcome. Come by foot, bike or car share.

With very best wishes for the autumn,

Jason Gathorne-Hardy [Director & Curator of Alde Valley Spring Festival projects]


Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival : www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk 
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe : www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/festival-fringe 
Flipside Festival – www.flipsideuk.org

Poetry in Aldeburgh – www.poetryinaldeburgh.org
East Anglia Art Fund – www.eastangliaartfund.org.uk

Snape Maltings : www.snapemaltings.co.uk 
Crown & Castle : www.crownandcastle.co.uk 
Suffolk Coast DMO : www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk 
Visit Suffolk : www.visitsuffolk.com 
Aspall Cyder www.aspall.co.uk 
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Infotex : www.infotex.co.uk 
About Fram : www.aboutfram.com 

Note: Health, Hygiene & Safety. White House Farm has two farmyard toilets and additional portable toilets on site for the duration of ! Cornucopia ! and open farm events. There is wheelchair access to most barns in which works of art are on show. There are First Aid points on site during opening hours. Please note that monitored wifi CCTV is in operation on the farm drives and around the farmyards at all times for security and safety. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure all visits and events are safe, please note that all children must be accompanied at all times whilst at the farm and visitors are responsible for their safety whilst on site. Visitors are also kindly asked to keep to public access areas at all times and not cross into No Access areas or areas marked Private – and if possible please do not bring dogs to the farm or Festival events. White House Farm is a working sheep farm with livestock in the fields.

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  • 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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