Plomesgate Fair

Celebrating the Arts and Crafts in Rural Suffolk

Music Visual Arts Heritage Crafts Writing Food + Pop Up Shop

11am – 6pm, 14th - 29th September 2019

White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS

1mile from the A12 at Stratford St Andrew. Nearest train station Saxmundham. On the inland stretch of the National Cycle Route.


A two week celebration of rural life in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley of East Suffolk. The home of the Fair, White House Farm in Great Glemham, is just a few miles upstream from the Suffolk Coast AONB and Snape Maltings. The Upper Alde Valley is tucked between the market towns of Framlingham and Saxmundham. This new autumn programme brings together a rich variety of folk music, visual arts, crafts, rural writing and local foods – all rooted in the East Suffolk landscape. The farm’s Pop Up Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms, Autumn Shop and Woodland Nature Walk are also open – and our small mule ewe / Wensleydale cross wool flock will also be in the fields around the barns. Families and children welcome. Children must be accompanied at all times. Free parking and free entry to unticketed events. Come by car-share, bike or foot. No dogs please.


Sam Amidon + Chris Vatalaro followed by The Trials of Cato

14th Sept, 6.30pm – 11pm

Join us on the launch weekend of Plomesgate Fair for an evening of exceptional folk music from groups in the UK and US. Doors open at 6.30pm with refreshments followed by Alde Valley Mutton or Vegan Curry in the barns. The first session from 8.15-9.30pm is with Sam ( and Chris ( from 8.30-9pm. The second set from 9.45-11.15pm is with The Trials of Cato ( ]. Cordials, teas and White House Farm chai will be served. BYO beer or wine. In association with Pen y Lan Studios in Meifod, Powys, Wales [ ].

Tickets : £45 pp to include refreshments, supper and music. Tickets £50 on the door.

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The Ionia Concert with The Blackshore Collective.

21st Sept, 6.30pm – 11pm

The Blackshore Collective is a collaborative organisation of Suffolk musicians, song writers, artists and creatives including Boris and Christian Aldridge, Nonny Denny, Jack Northover, Skinny Rodgers, Daisy Vaughan and Viktor Wynd. The concert will take the form of an evening of music and storytelling, exploring myths, stories and landscape from the Suffolk Coast – taking inspiration from the Ionia houseboat that once stood on the mudflats at Slaughden near Aldeburgh. Doors open at 6.30pm with complimentary refreshments followed by White House Farm Venison or Vegan Curry in the barns. Music from 8.30pm. Cordials, teas and White House Farm chai will be served. BYO beer or wine.

Tickets : £35 pp to include refreshments, supper and music.

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Image of the Blackshore Collective by Zaren Templeton.

Visual Arts

From this Land – four solo exhibitions about Suffolk.

14th - 29th Sept. 11am – 6pm

Three separate shows explore wildlife and the history of farming in Suffolk. The Lithographs of Harry Becker – a selling exhibition of historic lithographs from the Loftus Famiy Collection with a fully illustrated catalogue. Jason Gathorne-Hardy – new drawings and drawings from the coast and Cumbria. Becky Munting – wildlife paintings from the Upper Alde Valley. Boris Aldridge - beautiful lusterware hand painted tiles and panels together with musical scores from the Ionia Project. There will also be a small show of new works by Perienne Christian, Alice-Andrea Ewing and Tessa Newcomb as part of Purslane, Sea Peas and Bladderwrack that will be part of Poetry in Aldeburgh 2019. Free entry

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Heritage Crafts

Woolwork, Basketry and Heritage Crafts Open Studios

14th - 29th Sept, 11am – 6pm

Land – Plants – Fibre presents an exhibition of woolwork by Guest Curator Sarah Butters. In adjacent barns, Guest Curator Stephanie Bunn displays Baskets of the Land & Sea : an exhibition of contemporary and historic baskets + other woven objects from East Anglia and other parts of the world, including baskets by Mary Butcher, Peter Dibble and Lois Walpole. The Open Studios [Weekends Only – 11am – 5pm] include a range of heritage crafts and traditional skills : chairmaking, printing, jewellery, leather work / bag making, knife making, herbal medicine / soaps / balms, drawings, letterpress and woodwork. Also : Slightly Nomadic wagons, pods and workspaces; new pieces from The Suffolk Chair Collection by Otis Luxton; farmyard permaculture garden and composting projects. Free entry.

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2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Akenfield by Ronald Blythe.

28th Sept, 2pm – 6pm

The afternoon will include readings from Akenfield and a small-screen viewing of the film version by Sir Peter Hall. Free entry + viewing. Books by authors who have taken part in the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme will also be on show in the Pop Up Shop.

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Food + Pop Up Shop

HQ Tea Rooms, Pop Up Shop and Farm Suppers

14th - 29th Sept, 11am – 6pm

The farm’s Pop Up Hedge Quarters Tea Rooms are open daily for two weeks serving teas, coffee, cakes and pastries made using many ingredients from the farm and from gardens in Great Glemham village. The Tea Rooms are located in the farmhouse Dining Rooms with handmade oak refectory dining tables, woodstove, newspapers and literature to accompany teas, cakes and coffee. A Pop Up Autumn Shop in the farmyard sells honey, jams, fruit juices alongside cards, books, jewellery, woollens, sheepskins, pottery, woodwork, basketry, handmade bags and other heritage crafts. Farmhouse Feasts : come and join us for two evenings of seasonal foods gathered from Great Glemham. 6.30 for 7.00pm. BYO beer/wine and home-grown food to share. Refreshments and seasonal farm salads served. Thurs 19th Sept The Feast of St Gobnait; Thurs 26th Sept Permaculture Club. Open forum discussions about bees / honey / pollinators on the 19th Sept and permaculture / home growing on the 26th Sept.

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Plomesgate Fair

Plomesgate Fair is a new autumn project managed by The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd – The autumn programme is part of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe The Alde Valley Spring Festival works with a set of sustainability criteria for all planning and decision making processes. It is a member of The Suffolk Coast DMO and has a sister festival Pesta Nukenen / Bario Food Festival in the green Heart of Borneo in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, East Malaysia [ ]. The home of the Fair, White House Farm, is part of the award-winning Great Glemham Farms partnership. It is a working sheep farm. Families are welcome to the farm and Fair. Please keep to open access areas and footpaths at all times - ensure children are supervised. As a working farm, we ask that visitors do not bring pet dogs to seasonal open farm events.

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