The Alde Valley Spring Festival
Exhibition 2019

A four week celebration of the arts, food, farming & landscape

Dates : Sat 27th April – Sun 26th May
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Opening Times : 10am – 6pm Weekends; Tues – Fri + Bank Holiday Mondays
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The 2019 Alde Valley  Spring Festival :
Florabundance !

A Celebration of Gardens, Plants & Produce



The Alde Valley Spring Festival was created in 2011 through the merger of The Alde Valley Food Adventures and The Easter Retreat Exhibition. It celebrates the coming together of food, farming, landscape and the arts in a working farmed environment at White House Farm, Great Glemham in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley of East Suffolk - just a few miles from the Suffolk Coast.

White House Farm and The Spring Festival also support a growing Residency Programme for the creative arts, spanning drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, music, food and R&D projects. They have links to a sister project in Malaysian Borneo [Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit], the Cill Rialaig project in Kerry, Eire and support The Song of the Howgills residency project in the Howgill Fells of Cumbria.

The farm is open for 4 weeks in April and May for the Spring Festival programme. The main events for the 2019 Programme are listed in more detail on other pages in the website. Entry to the farm for The Festival Exhibition, Open Studios, Pop Up Tea Rooms, Festival Shop and Farm Nature Walks is free. Entrance to Farm Suppers, Festival Conference and The Big Spring Picnic is by ticket only.

For 2019, we are exploring the world of plants and plant collectors : from historic gardens and their gardeners to botanical collections and illustrators; the use of plants as medicines; the importance of allotments and relocalised food production; the variety of garden and farmed foods; the importance of pollinators; and the adventures of plant collectors, both past and present.

The Festival Exhibition expands upon this theme with Florabundance ! A Celebration of Gardens, Plants & Produce : a series of carefully curated solo shows by selected guest artists. Confirmed artists include : Maggi Hambling, Perienne Christian, Marchela Dimitrova, Alice-Andrea Ewing, Emma Green, Jelly Green, Lily Hunter Green, Becky Munting, Tessa Newcomb, Ruth Stage and Emma Tennant. Others will be announced in early 2019.

A full Festival Programme will be launched in early 2019. Provisional information about Farm Suppers, a new Festival Conference, Open Studios, Festival Talks and the Residency Programme [including Writing at Great Glemham] can be found across the website. The Alde Valley Spring Festival also supports Icon Painting in the Alde Valley, The Suffolk Chair Collection and usually has a selection of Works for Sale by artists with whom it works closely.

For the 2019 Spring Festival, we are especially excited to be able to welcome the writer Tim Richardson as a Guest Curator for the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Alde Valley Spring Festival. There are good pubs and excellent places to eat nearby : the Alde Valley is home to one of the UK’s most diverse local food economies – ripe for DIY Food Adventures ! There are also many wonderful Places to Stay – from independent hotels, private homes and camping / glamping sites to houseboats, inns, B&Bs and homestays.

The Alde Valley Spring Festival celebrates the things that make this part of the UK so special – its food, farming and historic landscape heritage, all united through the creative arts. Do come and join us if you can ! Families and children are welcome – come by foot, bike or car-share.*

With very best wishes for 2019,

Jason Gathorne-Hardy [Festival Director & Curator]

On behalf of the Alde Valley Spring Festival Team - White House Farm, 30th November 2018

Note : Health, Hygiene & Safety
The farm has two farmyard toilets and additional portable toilets on site during the Alde Valley Spring Festival. There is wheelchair access to most barns in which the works of art are on show; and to the Farmyard Classroom WC. There are First Aid points and at least one First Aider on site during opening hours. If you or guests need more information about access and parking or drop-off arraangements, please contact the Festival Office so we can help with your visit:

Please note that monitored wifi CCTV is in operation on the farm drives and around the farmyards at all times for security and safety.

All children must be accompanied at all times whilst at the farm. Visitors are also responsible for their own safety and are kindly asked to keep to public access areas at all times. Visitors are requested please to not bring dogs to the farm or Festival events : White House Farm is a working sheep farm with livestock in the fields."


  • Lettering Arts Trust.

    A workshop space for guest letter carvers including Louise Tiplady, Ayako Furuno , Jaki Blackman.


  • Eilidh Allan.

    Handmade silver jewellery. New collections inspired by trees, fruits & seeds. Work for sale and commissions / bespoke jewellery made to order.


  • Glass Studio.

    Sea glass jewellery by Buzz Mitchell – for sale and made to commission. Paintings and other creations made by Isabelle Sarginson Allen.


  • Tobias Ford.

    Knife making forge. Hand forged / handmade kitchen knives available for sale and made to order.


  • Tuesday Knitting Group in the Tea Rooms
    10am – 12 pm : 30th Apr ; 7th, 14th, 23rd May.


  • New for 2019:

    Alexander Herbe-George & Slightly Nomadic. Glamping wagons, living pods, micro-shelters made to order.


  • Aspen Press.

    Letterpress. Demonstrations. Commissioned work also undertaken.

  • Foraging Centre with Foraging Walks led by Forager and Permaculture Gardener in Residence Sam Starke.    

  • Stephanie Bunn.

    Basketry research studio working with local plant materials and exploring the relationship between geometry and basketry.


  • Nienke Jongsma / Vandertas.

    Handmade foraging bags, floral shopper bags for sale; handmade leather shoulder bags, satchels, work bags, purses and wallets.


  • Jon Warnes.

    Jon Warnes.  Wood turning, handmade spoons, stools, benches and bowls for sale.



    New Iris Paintings by Jelly Green including Cedric Morris / Benton End varieties.

  • Pop Up Tea Rooms open in the Farmhouse Dining Rooms with cakes and pastries from The Great Glemham Bann.

  • Farm Suppers.

    Thursday evenings with Suffolk Chef Peter Harrison and Guests of Honour from the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme.


  • New Allotment Paintings by Tessa Newcomb and Winter Garden paintings in egg tempera by Ruth Stage.

  • Farm Nature Walks open.

    Families welcome.

    Great pubs nearby in Sweffling, Rendham, Great Glemham, Snape and Framlingham.


    New works by Becky Munting and Emma Green in the farmhouse Dining Rooms.


  • New works by Alice Andrea Ewing from The Great Glemham Series and the Pomarius Residency.


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....
Details >
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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