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Alde Valley Spring Festival

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

The Festival launch takes place on 21st April 2018 this year and events and exhibitions take place through until 2oth May with over 40 local, regional, national and international artists and makers plus a programme of Festival Talks, Farm Suppers, Open Studios and pop-up Tea Rooms.

Main events at this year's festival:

The Spring Festival Exhibition:

Claudius - Suffolk's Roman Emperor

The 2018 Spring Festival Exhibition takes inspiration from the bronze head of Emperor Claudius found in the River Alde in 1907 at Rendham village, two miles upstream of White House Farm. It is regarded as one of England’s earliest examples of portraiture.

The Exhibition explores portraiture and the representation of the figure in sculpture, drawing, prints, paintings and photography – Sculpture ranges from classical portraits and studies in bronze, plaster and steel to more personal interpretations of the figure and the figure in the landscape made in bronze and wood.

Open Studios

Meet local makers in Open Studios at the farm – including leatherwork / bag making, chair making, wood turning, letter carving, jewellery, knife making, tree surgery, drawing, wool work  and basketry.

Farm Suppers

The Farm Suppers grew out of The Alde Valley Food Adventures. They introduce up to 30 guests to seasonal farmed and wild foods from East Suffolk, alongside some more exotic ingredients from abroad. Each Farm Supper presents a different three course menu devised and prepared by renowned Suffolk chef Peter Harrison. They are served in the farmhouse Dining Rooms by candlelight with woodstove lit. BYO beer / wine.

Booking essential

Festival Talks

Two in-conversation format talks explore different aspects of this year’s Spring Festival Exhibition:

Sat 28th April : Maggi Hambling on Portraiture, Life Drawing & the Figure.

Friday 11th May : Simon Loftus on Harry Becker and the Figure in the Landscape.

Saturday 12th May: we are very honoured to welcome Charlotte Howarth to give a talk on the art of Letter Carving as part of a residency link with the Lettering Arts Trust. Booking essential.

Harry Becker Exhibition

An archive exhibition about Harry Becker is on show in the Farmyard Classroom. A larger selling exhibition of works by Becker is being held in the main farmyard barns as part of the 2018 Spring Festival Exhibition[with thanks to Simon Loftus and Abbott & Holder]. The Festival Shop is also selling cards and limited edition reproductions of selected works by Harry Becker.

The Big Spring Picnic!

12pm – 4pm, Sat 19th May. Booking necessary - £5 entry; U16s £3.

Come and join us for a celebration of local foods from the beautiful Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast. The Big Spring Picnic takes place on the Straits field, home to the farm’s 209m long oak picnic / dining table - the longest oak-topped dining table in Suffolk and possibly on the planet!

Other Festival Delights:

Pop Up Tea Rooms - Open 10am – 6pm weekends + Bank Holiday. Free entry

Hedge Quarters 2018 - Writing and Makers’ Residencies

Festival Shop - Open weekends & Bank Holiday Mondays from 21st April – 20th May 10am – 6pm

Farm Nature Walks - Open 10am – 6pm daily from 21st April – 20th May except non-Bank Holiday Mondays – Free Entry.

See the website for all details

Attraction name:
Alde Valley Spring Festival
Exhibitions free/see website for all details
Opening Hours:
See website for details