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October 2014

PRESS RELEASE: New Courtyard Extension unveiled at Elveden






PRESS RELEASE: £380 raised for EACH from Onion Stringing


September 2014

Big Onion Draws The Crowds - Bury Free Press, 12 Sept 2014

Big Onion Event Wows Crowds - Eastern Daily Press, 8 Sept 2014

Big Onion Wows Crowds - Thetford and Brandon Times, 8 Sept 2014


August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Big Onion Returns for September 2014, With A Full Weekend of Activities

Big Onion Festival Gets Even Bigger - Suffolk Magazine, August 2014


July 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Elveden Dog Day Generates over £6000 for Alzheimer's Society


June 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Elveden Inn Beer and Bands Festival 


May 2014 

PRESS RELEASE: Last Call for Entries to Tear Jerker Triathlon


1st December 2013


Christmas at Elveden


The Christmas spirit is making itself known at Elveden with trees on sale from the 30th November and are also available during the week. You can even have them towed to your car on Saturdays and Sundays by The East Anglian Working Newfoundlands, who only ask for a donation to the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a reward.


Plenty of entertainment over the weekends in the lead up to the big day, including visits from Santa himself! Donkey rides, bungee trampolines and climbing wall. Laser clay shooting and mini tanks are in the walled garden on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th. And Elfish Prezzies and the Christmas Crackers make a return on the 14th,15th, 21st and 22nd. You can even take a ride on the new Elveden Express from the 7th.


For any more information please call 01842 898068




23rd & 24th November 2013


3rd Annual Festive Fair at Elveden Estate Courtyard


A total of 28 local producers and craftsmen set up their stands on the morn of Saturday the 23rd ready to sell their wares to members of the visiting public. The Festive Fair, now in its 3rd year, was held over 2 days and was the biggest one so far. Frances Armstrong, marketing manager at the Estate, beleived that there was around 2,000 people turn up within a few hours on the Saturday.  "It is a great opportunity for people to try products from small local businesses. They may even find that all important gift for someone!"


Along with the products and stalls inside the marquee, a trio of elfs named Elfish Prezzies and the Christmas Crackers played Christmas songs and some classics with a twist. There was also entertainment in the form of bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, donkey rides and free segways for the children to have a try.




15th October 2013


Elveden Farms Ltd has today acquired the local food distribution service Tastes Of Anglia (TOA) Trading.

Elveden already operates a successful local food distribution service known as Elveden Food Hub, serving two multiple retailers and smaller customers throughout East Anglia.  Through this acquisition, a more comprehensive service will result for both supermarkets and independent retailers throughout the entire region. 

Tastes of Anglia’s membership funded regional food group, set up to promote East Anglian food, will become a separate enterprise and its operation is not impacted by this change to (TOA) trading.

“Joining these two businesses will enable us to deliver a much more efficient and cost effective sales and distribution solution across East Anglia, while allowing the Tastes of Anglia food group to focus on promoting the region’s excellent food offering throughout the UK,“ said Natasha Card, manager of Elveden Food Hub. 

“For retailers in the region, this opens up a wealth of opportunities to understand the full range of local food on offer and simplifies supply, while for local food producers they will have access to an improved distribution network and a wider range of retailers from just one hub.”


October 2013




Elveden’s annual Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October from 11am to 3pm at Elveden Shopping Courtyard, near Thetford.


Free activities for children include pumpkin carving, craft activities and Halloween themed games such as “Goo boxes” and “worms and spiders”. 


Event organiser, Frances Armstrong, says, “The Pumpkin Festival is a great fun weekend for all the family.  Arrive in your best Halloween fancy dress costume for a chance to win a prize, and then enter more competitions for the finest carved pumpkin; best wrapped mummy and guess the weight of the pumpkin.”


Homegrown pumpkins will also be turned into delicious foodstuffs including pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.


Entry and all activities at the Pumpkin Festival are free of charge.  No booking is required.


For further information visit our Events webpage or simply head along to


The Elveden Shopping Courtyard,

London Road,



IP24 3TJ




Wednesday 16th October 2014

Elveden Farms Joins Network of LEAF Demonstration Farms

Elveden Farms has become the latest farm to join LEAF’s nationwide network of LEAF Demonstration Farms. It joins over 40 other farms across the country set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices.

Based in East Anglia, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, Elveden Farms is one of the largest single farm units in lowland Britain, extending to 9,100 hectares, specialising in the production of vegetables, including potatoes, onions, carrots and parsnips. It also grows a variety of cereals including barley and wheat and is the largest producer of rye in the UK. The farm is LEAF Marque certified, which means it is independently audited to ensure it meets stringent sustainable farming standards.

The sustainable farming principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) underpin Elveden’s whole business approach. As part of its commitment to the environment, 30 per cent of the estate is dedicated to conservation, hosting rare plants and a number of prominent bird species. Elveden is also proud to host a significant proportion of the UK’s Stone Curlew breeding pairs.

As a LEAF Demonstration Farm, Elveden will be a ‘living classroom’ – hosting visits to other farmers interested in farming sustainably. It will also welcome visits from a wide range of community groups, conservation organisations and local schools, so they can see for themselves how their food is produced and what farmers are doing to care for the environment.

Speaking at the launch, Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager of Elveden Farms said: “We already have great links with the local community through our farm shop, open days and restaurant. It is a huge honour to be launched as a LEAF Demonstration Farm. Not only does it recognise all our work in combining commercial farming with environmental care, but it will mean that we can reach out to new audiences. More than simply telling people about our sustainable farming approach, they can see for themselves how it works in practice.”

Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF added: “LEAF’s Demonstration Farm Network plays a hugely vital role in sharing best practice amongst farmers as well as being a great way to help educate the public about the work that farmers do to care for the environment, whilst producing their food. Elveden Farms is a fantastic example of sustainable farming in action and represents what Integrated Farm Management is all about. We are delighted to welcome Elveden Farms as a LEAF Demonstration Farm and look forward to working together with them to engage and inspire other farmers as well as the wider public.”

The launch of Elveden Farms as a LEAF Demonstration Farm took place on Wednesday 16 October. Attending the launch was the Earl of Iveagh, Stephen Fell, LEAF Chairman, Andrew Nottage, East of England LEAF Regional Chairman and special guest, Galton Blackiston, Chef de Patron and Owner of Morston Hall, a Michelin star restaurant based nearby which Elveden supplies.


The launch was kindly sponsored by Anglia Farmers, Adams and Howling, Crisp Malting Group and McCain.

For more information please contact Frances Armstrong


or call 01842 898055


October 2013

Goodbye and Hello!

A fond farewell to our restaurant manager Steve Pillinger, who after more than three years managing the Elveden restaurant is leaving us for pastures new. We now welcome Lucy Wright as the new manager.
Pop in during the next few weeks to bid farewell to Steve and say hello to Lucy!



7th September 2013

Big Onion food and Music Festival another success!


Firstly a big thank-you to everyone that attended The Big Onion!

The day started with the Walled Garden open to the public from 10am with an influx of around 1800 people throughout the day’s proceedings! Over 50 local producers came along to set up and sell their wonderful products in the first walled garden. The second was full of activities for the children to get involved with, including mini-tractors as well at the real thing and a combine harvester! Free donkey rides proved to be a great experience for the children to enjoy themselves, or for a quieter moment The Children’s Centre from Mildenhall was available to provide entertainment through games and activities, including vegetable art!

The tractor and trailer tours around the Estate were a very popular attraction with full rides each time! The tour allowed people to see what goes on in the workings of the farm and ask any questions about the farm and conservation on the Estate with the farm manager, Andrew Francis.

Throughout the day, local chefs in the likes of Scott Taylor, Richard Bainbridge, Matt Ransom, Chris Lee and Peter McBurnie cooked up some tasty dishes on the demonstration stage drawing large crowds to see where the wonderful smells were coming from. Elveden’s own chef Peter, was available for people to ask any cookery questions or even about his time at Claridges and with the Royal family. Alongside him at the Elveden grandstand, keen gardener, Howie, was stringing and selling onions at £5 each for St. Nicholas Hospice and managed to raise a total of £180!

What goes great with good food? Great music! Six acts joined us on the day including Kirsten Powell, The Luck, Madison, Vixxzi, Adrian Duffy and Killamonjambo. Each warmly received and managed to lift the spirits of the crowd when the rain came along.

A Gallery of the day can be found on the Big Onion website by clicking here.
If you attended the day, please let us know what you thought by filing in the survey and contact form here, and you could be in with a chance of winning a 6ft Nordic Christmas tree!




14th July 2013

Elveden Dog Day Raises Over £8,500 for Alzheimer's Society


Firstly a big thank you to everyone that attended our Dog Day!

We had over 1300 people attend the event, held in our Walled Garden. 17 classes took place, including both novelty classes such as "Handsomest Dog" and "Most Appealing Eyes" plus pedigree classes judged by Pamela Joyce. A competition for "Best Biscuit Catcher", kindly sponsored by Pooch's Biscuits gave every dog a chance to win.

Displays were on offer from On The Scent Dog Agility, The Suffolk Hunt, Frank Walker's Gun Dogs and the Suffolk Gun Dogs. Meanwhile a Gun Dog Scurry led by David Tomlinson, columnist for the Shooting Times, a Dog Agility Arena by On The Scent Dog Training and a "Dog Dash" ensured every dog has its' day! 

The Dog Day was the idea of Melanie Shuttler, PA to Lord Iveagh of the Elveden Estate whose mother Bridget lived with Alzheimer's for a number of years, and the Society provided great support.

A cup in Bridget's name, kindly donated by William Jarvis, Bridget's nephew and a successful trainer at Newmarket, was awarded for the "Best In Show". The cup went to a Collie called Rain, owned by Kevin Tinsley, who had won the "Prettiest Bitch" class. The Ranchstar Trophy for the best Pedigree went to Layla, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, who also won Best Pupp. Layla is owned by Niki Emmerson.

Melanie says, "I am grateful for the public's continued support at the third Elveden Dog Day which took place in the Courtyard Walled Garden. The money raised will help to support local people with dementia and their families."

The day was widely supported by many local businesses including; Pets at Home of Newmarket and Thetford, RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath, Think Audio Visual LTD, Swayne's Veterinary Practice and Tattersalls.

To see photo albums from the day click here



11th March 2013

Elveden Cycle Race Results: The Pryce is right at Elveden

Wet weather failed to deter some 300 riders from turning out for a successful first event on a new 3.5-mile closed circuit in the grounds of Lord Iveagh’s 22,500-acre estate in north Suffolk which produced some excellent racing.  More...


26th February 2013

Tear Jerker Triathlon Already At 50% Capacity

Local athletes seeking a sporting challenge are urged to sign up quickly to the Tear Jerker triathlon at Elveden, as the event sees extraordinary growth in demand for places.

The Tear Jerker, which is only in its second year, takes place on 26 May 2013. 127 athletes have already entered the race, including ten relay team entries. More...


23rd January 2012

Afternoon Tea for Two

A selection of afternoon teas are now being served in the cafe restaurant between 2.30-4.30pm. Choose from the traditional tea option, a champagne option or the unusual tea which is served with a Hendrick's gin and tonic. All afternoon teas include a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, plus an assortment of mini cakes and pastries. More...

25th November to 23rd December

Christmas Parties at Elveden

Why not hold your Christmas party celebrations here at Elveden with prices starting from £16.95 for two courses. The restaurant is open for lunch and evening meals, with bookings available for 4 up to 120 people.

If you are looking for something a bit different we will be having live entertainment from Danstar every Friday and Saturday night.

Click here to read the Christmas parties brochure.

22 July 2011

The Big Onion is Getting Bigger!

Tickets are now on sale for The Big Onion on 6th August at Elveden.  A celebration of great East Anglian produce, with over 50 producers, live chef demos and music into the evening.  Read more here.


18 March 2011

Elveden Featured on BBC Radio 4

Andrew Francis, Farms Manager, talks about soil types and growing vegetables.  Listen here


25 February 2011

The Big Onion - New Food Festival Announced!

A Elveden Estate has just announced a new festival, ‘The Big Onion’, celebrating the best food and drink the region has to offer, for Saturday 6th August.

Already confirmed stands include Breckland Orchard, the Watton producers of sparkling soft drinks, Bhaji-Man, makers of fine Eastern-inspired cuisine and Wolf Brewery, producers of high quality ales.  Read more here.

22 February 2011

Catch the oranges while you can.

A limited run of new season Seville Orange Marmalade is now on sale at Elveden. Produced in the Elveden kitchen by Peter McBurnie, Development Chef, and his team, the Orange Marmalade is now in its second season, having proved so popular during spring 2010. Click here to read more.


16 November 2010

Elveden Supplies Giant Tree to Norwich

Elveden has supplied a 70ft Christmas tree to the Norwich Forum this year.  The tree is just one of over 1000 trees that Elveden will supply to towns nationwide.  Click here to read more.


5 November 2010

Ray Mears films at Elveden

Fans of Ray Mears will have recognised the familiar Breckland countryside featured in this week’s episode of “Wild Britain” on ITV. Click here to read more.


4 October 2010

The Elveden Christmas Shop is now OPEN!

Come and buy all your beautiful Christmas decorations in the Christmas shop now!


24 September 2010

Comedy Evening!

Imran Yusuf, who made his national TV debut on Saturday night’s Michael McIntyre show, performed at Elveden Estate on Friday night. Click here to read the full article.


19 September 2010

Donkey Driving Day!

A unique donkey “carriage driving” event took place at Elveden Estate on Sunday 19th September. The donkeys arrived at 10.30am and left at approximately 1.30pm, departing in between times for the “driving”. Click here for the Full article.


18-19 September 2010

Ploughing Marathon

A ploughing marathon at Elveden Estate has raised £2000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The event, which was organised by the Bury St Edmunds Young Farmers’ Club, saw a team of young farmers giving up their time for free in order to learn farming skills and help raise money for charity. The team ploughed over 230 acres of land. Click here to read the full article.


12 September 2010

Alzheimers and Time Capsule repositioning!

A time capsule belonging to the Guinness family was sealed at Elveden Estate near Thetford on Sunday and then placed inside a glass wall for the public to view. The capsule was filled with a selection of contents reflecting modern life, including scale models of a Claas Lexion 600 combine harvester and John Deere tractor as used on Elveden farms, a bottle of Guinness Black Lager, a restaurant menu, a print out of the company’s Facebook page, plus a recipe and label of the popular, home-produced “Elvedenilli”.

The “box of memories” was created to co-incide with the national Memory Walk for Alzheimers, which also took place on the estate. The walk raised over £450 for charity with 70 people taking part. Click here to read the full article.


September 2010

Jaguar Car Day!

Over 50 of the finest Jaguar cars from around East Anglia were shown at Elveden Estate near Thetford for public viewing on Sunday 5th September. Click here to read the full article.


July 2010


The Development Chef at Elveden Estate, Peter McBurnie has been inspired by the recent stint of hot, glorious weather and has created a collection of Starters, Light Bites and Desserts to complement these smouldering afternoons.


July 2010


A spectacular display of 80 Rolls Royce, Daimler and Bentley classic cars will be on show at Elveden Estate on Sunday 25th July, in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Click here to read the full article.


June 2010

First Tasting of Guinness Black Lager in England

Visitors to Elveden in Suffolk are to be treated to a sneak preview of a groundbreaking product brought to you by Guinness next week - Black Lager, in the first opportunity for public tasting in England.  The question is, do gentlemen really prefer blondes? Click here to read the full article.


June 2010


Lord Iveagh, head of the Guinness family, opened the Guinness time capsule on Tuesday at Elveden Estate in Suffolk. Having been concealed in 1959 at the former Guinness brewery site in Park Royal, London, 2010 was determined as the year to discover the contents. Click here to read the full article.


May 2010


The English asparagus season has just started, and with it lasting for only a six-weeks, Elveden Estate is celebrating with a selection of daily specials on its restaurant menu and fresh asparagus on sale in the shop. Click here to read full article.


April 2010


Elveden Estate hosted a visit from West Suffolk’s Conservative Parliamentary candidate Matthew Hancock on Thursday. Elveden’s courtyard manager, Carole Hazelwood, met Mr Hancock together with Brandon East Councillor Stephen Edwards for a quick tour of the shops and restaurant. Click here to read full article.


April 2010


A time capsule, concealed in 1959 at the former Guinness brewery site in Park Royal, London, has been taken to Elveden Estate in Suffolk to be re-opened on 1st June by Lord Iveagh, head of the Guinness family. Click here to read full article.


March 2010


With the daffodils finally in bloom, Elveden Estate has embraced the new season with an exciting fresh menu in their Café Restaurant plus a host of new seasonal products in the courtyard shops.Click here to read full article.


March 2010

Elveden Cafe Restaurant Launches Its New Spring Menu
Please click here to see the new menu.


February 2010

A11 Public Inquiry
Please click here to see The Estate's response to recent reports in the media.


Summer 2009

Elveden Wins Gold Star in Great Taste Awards

The Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food are the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink. Elveden's Raspberry Jam with Single Malt Whiskey has won a gold star in this years awards. Winning gold is no easy task with 4,873 products entered for judging only 639 achieved a gold star. Why not pop into our food shop and pick up a jar to try for yourself? On sale at £2.95 (350g).


Summer 2009

Children Enjoy a Day on the Farm

Over one hundred school children from Thetford and Ipswich recently spent a day at Elveden gaining insight into where their food comes from. The trip organised through the Country Trust, an educational charity, enabled the children to get their hands dirty taking part in a range of activities from potato digging to sheep herding. The day was a huge success and full of lots of exciting new experinces, one boy saw a tractor for the first time and it was much bigger than he thought it would be.


September 2009

Young Farmers 48hour Ploughing Marathon

Over the weekend of 19th and 20th September 2009, Bury St Edmunds Young Farmers toiled over the Elveden soils in a 48hour ploughing marathon for charity. It is the core event of their many fundraisers which take place throughout the year to raise funds for their chosen charities. Last year over £3000 was donated to the Bury Bombers, a disabled basketball team and West Suffolk National Autistic Society.

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