A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.
The Festival launch takes place on 22nd April 2017 this year and events and exhibitions take place through until 21st May with over 40 local, regional, national and international artists and makers plus a programme of Festival Talks, Farm Suppers, pop-up Open Studios and pop-up Hedgerow Tea Rooms.
The Alde Valley Spring Festival celebrates local foods, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Alde Valley of East Suffolk – one of the few river valleys in England to remain superstore-free from the source of all its tributaries above Saxmundham, Rendham and
The Alde Valley Spring Festival celebrates local foods, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Alde Valley of East Suffolk – one of the few river valleys in England to remain superstore-free from the source of all its tributaries above Saxmundham, Rendham and Framlingham to the sea beyond Snape, Aldeburgh and Orford at Shingle Street.
Over a four week period each April and May the farmyard barns at the Festival’s home, White House Farm in Great Glemham, open their doors for the Festival Exhibition - a curated group show of works by more than 40 local, regional and international artists and makers.
Alongside the exhibition there is a growing programme of smaller events including Festival Talks, Farm Suppers and weekend Open Studios - featuring chairmaking, guitar making and a new knife foundry. These take place in the farmyard barns and in the surrounding countryside. New in 2016 - a series of pop-up woodworking studios, a new residency programme for rural literature Writing at Great Glemham and plans to extend the farm's Table of the East ... a 125m long oak picnic table set in one of the historic meadows near the River Alde.
"We wanted to build a picnic table that you could see from space - or certainly from passing aeroplanes. It's 125m at the moment, but we hope to extend it to over 150m by mid-May. We are calling it The Table of the East. The north of England has Antony Gormley's Angel of the North. But one of the things that really stands out about the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast are the amazing local food businesses - many represented in the annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. Building a big picnic table seems a good way to celebrate the amazing food and landscape heritage of this part of the UK. It's made from home grown and home milled oak trees that have died naturally in the woods at the farm. The Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast food scenes are important globally - maybe The Table of the East will serve as a means of highlighting this.
" Jason Gathorne-Hardy [Festival Director].
Farm Nature Walks, pop-up tea rooms, a picnic field, the 125m long picnic table and many good pubs and food shops in the area all add to the visit - The Crown Inn at Great Glemham, The White Horse at Sweffling and the White Horse at Rendham are all within 2 miles of the farm.
Free entry to the exhibition and free parking. Families and children are welcome.
Come by foot, bike or car. The farm is on the inland stretch of the National Cycle Route and well-served by local footpaths.
No dogs please – the farm is a working sheep farm and the home of the Alde Valley Lamb flock.
The Alde Valley Spring Festival is twinned with Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit in the Heart of Borneo, Sarawak, East Malaysia. It runs a residency programme with residency links to Flipside Festival, High Tide Festival and the Cill Rialaig project in Kerry, Eire. Through The Suffolk Chair Collection it supports and promotes the chair-making traditions of Suffolk. It also has links to icon painting through Marchela Dimitrova, based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.