Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020 Maggi Hambling

Home, 2021. Tessa Newcomb. Oil on board. H530mm W1220mm.

Galloper-Sands Contemporary Collections.


Galloper-Sands is the new year round gallery and residency programme for The Alde Valley Spring Festival.
With the farmyard barns devoted to showing new works emerging from the farmland’s fields, woods, hedgerows and rivers, there is an ever-changing selection of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, baskets, furniture and other crafts to view at the farm.

Read on to find out more about how the spirit of the Alde Valley Spring Festival is evolving, or go to our website or sign up for our newsletter.

We are Open for 2022!

Instagram : @aldevalleyfestival@gallopersands

The Farm Yard Galleries are showing 6 rooms of new and recent works from the Galloper-Sands Residency Programme

March 2022 : We are Open on Wed / Saturdays 10am – 5pm
Families and children are welcome – BYO Picnic
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Guests are welcome to stay on after viewing the galleries to enjoy the farm’s views

Woodland Nature Walk and a beautiful Daffodil Glade are Open

Come and join us and explore the Upper Alde Valley
Families and children welcome ~ warm outdoor clothes recommended

No dogs please ~ we are a working sheep farm with poultry too
Good local pubs at Rendham and Great Glemham
Wonderful walks on local footpaths

NOTE : For covid safety all food and drink will be served in the open air with safe distancing

For March and April 2022 our main highlight is a stunning collection of new and recent bird paintings from our Rebirding Residency with wildlife artist Becky Munting.

We are also showing smaller selections of new works from by Emma Green [Cherry Ingram Blossom Residency], Jenny Nutbeem [Textile and Natural Dye Residency], Jane Wormell [The Hedgerow Residency], Jennifer Hall [Woodland Residency] and Tessa Newcomb [Farm Residency / At Home].

Alongside these are more than 50 New and Recent works from the Galloper-Sands Residency Programme.

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The Alde Valley Spring Festival : “At Home” for 2021

With all that has happened in the past year and with large public gatherings still problematic, we have decided that 2021 is a year for The Alde Valley Spring Festival to simply be “At Home”. The values and ethos that lie at the heart of the Festival remain the same : to provide a profound sense of welcome; and, in doing so, to celebrate the vital importance of the visual arts, heritage crafts, rural writing, local foods and wildlife to contemporary life.

To this end, we have been busy creating a much larger and more expansive residency programme that spans the visual arts, heritage crafts, food, music and rural writing. To make things real – and to acknowledge the fundamental importance placing ecosystem restoration and diversity absolutely at the heart of everything we do – the new residency programme is deeply rooted in and connected to a growing realm of wildlife conservation projects on the farm. These are intended to help enrich the local landscape and communities – and to help restore the biodiversity that has been lost from our land, in the hope that the fields, woods, streams, lanes and rivers will once more find their voice and become loud and ‘on-song’ .. or tawai.

Introducing Galloper Sands

The new residency programme is the foundation for Galloper-Sands, our new year-round online gallery. This offers works of art for sale from its Historic and Contemporary Collections in showrooms at the farm. The Historic Collections focus on the work of Suffolk artists Harry Becker and Margaret Thomas.

The Contemporary Collections present new works arising from the Galloper-Sands Residency Programme – all available exclusively through the gallery and available to view all year round in the gallery’s show rooms at the farm in the Upper Alde Valley – alongside the Historic Collections.

We are also launching two new services : Galloper-Sands Handmade and Galloper-Sands Bespoke. Galloper-Sands Handmade offers works of contemporary crafts  or sale, all created exclusively for us by guest makers – many of whom are also taking part in new land-based craft residencies. Galloper-Sands Bespoke offers a design and build service for handmade furniture. Suffolk Long Benches, Alde Valley Settles, Glemham Coffee Tables and huge single-slab dining tables are all inhouse specialities.

For more information please contact or
visit :

White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS Find Us
Instagram : @aldevalleyfestival @gallopersands

About The Alde Valley Spring Festival

The Alde Valley Spring Festival usually runs for four weeks each April and May. Based at a small farm in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley on the Suffolk Coast, it celebrates the importance of the visual arts, heritage crafts, local food and rural writing in a working farmed landscape.

Highlights of the 2020 Alde Valley Spring Festival Programme included The Festival Exhibition, Open Studios, Food for Thought, Summer Residencies, Festival Events and seasonal Green Shoots.

We have left the content of the 2020 Alde Valley Spring Festival on the website, in the hope that it will still provide you with engaging content and many interesting links to explore – as well as some remaining works of art and crafts still available for sale from the online catalogues in the Festival Exhibition and Open Studios.

The Festival Exhibition

The online Festival Exhibition presents beautiful works by 12 Guest Artists that explore the theme of “On a Turning Wing”  – including a magnificent new painting “Cormorant with struggling fish, 2019” by Maggi Hambling.


Open Studios

The online Open Studios showcase the work of 12 artisan makers who were selected for our seasonal Workshop Residencies. These are now virtual residencies with all the Makers now based at home. But we are offering their work for sale – and also inviting bespoke commissions and other orders.

Open Studios

Food for Thought

The Farm Suppers we have had to cancel. In their place we have invited guest writers from the planned 2020 Writing at Great Glemham residency to prepare a small literary feast to share with you online – and we have added a checklist of essential local food suppliers and online cookery ideas to provide inspiration for home cooking.

Farm Suppers

Shop & Events

The Festival Shop itself is closed, but we will move stock online later in the summer. Please do contact us for any special orders or requests.

The Festival Events were to include a series of Festival Talks at the farm. These are now cancelled, but we have instead invited our Guest Speakers to share their ideas, references and talks online through the website. If you are interested in the Japanese hanami tradition and flowering cherries, edible swiftlet nests from Borneo or the mathematics of loop basketry head straight over to the Festival Events !

Festival Shop
Festival Events

The Festival Tea Rooms are also closed. When open, we work with amazing local cooks and suppliers and specialise in offering teas, cakes and pastries that are made with ingredients from local suppliers and the local landscape – which is also home to the birdlife that we are celebrating.

Whilst the Tea Rooms are closed, we want to celebrate and promote local foods and home growing – and bird-watching. There are many local cooks, chefs, community groups, small businesses and sole traders who are rapidly adapting and re-shaping their actions and activities to provide community support and resilience. It also feels like an important time for home growing, community agriculture and re-localised food supply chains.

These are the seeds of change and the seeds of survival – so we have re-purposed the Tea Rooms section of the website to support collaboration and help celebrate the new Green Shoots of Suffolk and beyond.

If you would like to explore the farm’s beautiful little Woodland Nature Walk, Bluebell Walk and Meadow Walk, or the Festival’s Rebirding Projects, you can find photo-trails and video recordings on the Festival’s instagram account.

With very best wishes from the Festival Team – all now home-working.

Stay Safe – Stay Well.

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