Getting to the Festival

The Alde Valley Spring Festival is hosted by White House Farm* as an open farm event. The farm is located between Great Glemham and Sweffling in the Upper Alde Valley. Postcode is IP17 1LS.

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Coming on Foot. The area is well-served with footpaths and a few bridleways. Please keep to statutory rights of way and follow the Countryside Code.

Coming by Bicycle. An inland stretch of the SuffolK Coastal National Cycle Route 41 passes by the front drive [ + ].

Coming by Bus. Both Great Glemham and Rendham villages are served by the 118 / 119 rural bus services, which interconnect with other local services in Framlingham, Saxmundham and Ipswich. [  ] .

Coming by Train. The nearest train station is at Saxmundham with regular services to Lowestoft and London Liverpool Street Station [ ].

Coming by Car. Access by car is easiest from the A12 at Stratford St Andrew - follow the sign to Great Glemham by the BP petrol station. There is free parking at the farm. Disabled guests and visitors can park adjacent to the farm buildings and the main farmyard gallery rooms + farmyard WC are mostly on one level with shallow ramps to the WC and one barn.

*Part of the Great Glemham Farms partnership. Holding Nos 38 / 129 / 0013 & 38 / 15 / 38. SBI 1065821891. Finalist 2008 Future of Farming Awards. Runner-Up 2009 FWAG Kerr Cup Farm Conservation Cuompetition. Suffolk Agricultural Awards 2010 Special Award for Conservation.


  • 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

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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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