! Cornucopia ! 2018

Dates : 15th September ~ 7th October
Opening Times :
Weekends 10am – 6pm; Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Venue :
White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Main Events : Artisan Open Studios, Art Shows, Farm Suppers, Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms, Writing Residencies, Pop Up Shop

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

Cornucopia ! 2018

! Cornucopia ! is a three week seasonal celebration that brings together artisan crafts with seasonal foods, rural writing and the visual arts – all within a working farmed landscape. 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.

OPEN STUDIOS - Open Weekends Only 10am - 6pm

MEET THE MAKERS ! Studio Vandertas / bag making, chair making, wood turning, bronze casting, stained glass, jewellery, knife making, tile making, tree surgery, wool work, basketry, big tables and drawing. Commissions undertaken and works available for sale through the  ! Cornucopia ! Sales Desk

EXHIBITIONS ~ All open 10am – 6pm ; Weekends, Monday – Friday


An exhibition celebrating Sarawak and our sister festival Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit / Bario Food Festival in the beautiful green Heart of Borneo, Sarawak, East Malaysia. Basketry, textiles, beadwork and photography from this year’s Pesta Nukenen 2018 and research trips to the upper parts of the mighty River Baram, Heart of Borneo.


New works by Maggi Hambling, Tessa Newcomb and Jason Gathorne-Hardy with paintings by Emma Green and sculpture by Juliet Simpson. The exhibition explores hill farming in the Howgill Fells of Cumbria on land  above the Rivers Eden, Rawthey and Lune; and then lowland livestock farming in Suffolk beside the River Alde - leading to the broad North Sea.


The Suffolk Chair Collection was created in 2004 to help celebrate Suffolk’s chair making heritage – in particular Suffolk Ball Back and Mendlesham chairs. The exhibition presents over 50 chairs from the Collection, including contemporary pieces by some of the county’s leading makers. Selected contemporary chairs for sale – commissions undertaken.

POP-UP SHOP - Open 10am – 6pm ; Weekends, Mon – Fri.

Open for 3 weeks in the farmyard barns selling natural and hand made items from the farm, Suffolk, other parts of the UK and abroad  including : hand made wooden bowls, spoons, platters and chopping boards; handmade bags, pottery, sheepskins and wool work; also basketry, cinnamon and salt from Sarawak, Borneo.

FARM SUPPERS – Thursday evenings 7.30pm for 8pm.

Guests of Honour from the autumn Rural Writing Residencies. Thurs 13th Sept : Poetry Supper : Seán Hewitt. Thurs 20th Sept : Melissa Harrison [with chef Peter Harrison] Thurs 27th Sept : Tim Richardson [with Peter Harrison]. Thurs 4th Oct : Louise Gray [with Truly Traceable] £37.50 pp for 3 courses,  tea/coffee. BYO beer/wine.

HQ TEA ROOMS - Open 10am – 6pm : service at Weekends; self-service on weekdays.

Tucked in the farm’s Hedge Quarters the Tea Rooms serve teas / coffee / juices with cakes and pastries by Lucy Robinson and Peter Harrison; pies at weekends by Truly Traceable. Ingredients sourced from the farm / local gardens. Oak refectory tables. Daily papers, books to read and woodstove.


The farm’s Hedge Quarters provide a small retreat for rural writing tucked into the Suffolk countryside. For autumn 2018 we welcome : Seán Hewitt [Winner, Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize 2017], Melissa Harrison [All among The Barley, 2018], Tim Richardson [Sweets – The History of Temptation, 2004],  Louise Gray [The Ethical Carnivore, 2016]; and on 29th Sept The Poet in the Landscape with Tamar Yoseloff / Suffolk Poetry Society.

! 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 autumn 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 FundSuffolk 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; partner, Great Glemham Farms; International Patron, Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit; Co-Patron, Poetry in Aldeburgh.]


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.


  • Bronzes of livestock and animals
    by Juliet Simpson for sale.

  • Paintings and drawings by Tessa Newcomb, Emma Green and Jason Gathorne-Hardy.

  • Families and children are welcome to the farm - no dogs please !

  • Farm Nature walks open daily during ! Cornucopia !

  • Hedge Quarters :

    Pop up Tea Rooms open daily 10am - 6pm 15th Sept - 4th Oct. Details >


  • 'Hefted' :

    An autumn exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculpture

  • Autumn Writing Residencies : 

    Sean Hewitt, Melissa Harrison, Tim Richardson, Louise Gray.

  • New works on show by Maggi Hambling and Jason Gathorne-Hardy.

  • The Suffolk Chair Collection :

    An exhibition of over 50 antique and contemporary Suffolk Chairs. Details >


  • Pesta Nukenen :

    An exhibition of basketry from our sister festival in Borneo

  • Farm Suppers on Thursday evenings :

    30th Sept, 27th Sept & 4th October. Details >


  • Meet the Makers!

    Open studios at weekends 10am - 6pm - Details >

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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