Celebrating ITFC at Glemham Hall this Father's Day

Celebrating ITFC at Glemham Hall this Father's Day

The world cup is starting, it has been 40 years since Ipswich took home the FA Cup under Bobby Robson (and Johnny Cobbold!) so with the football love reigning supreme we thought this Father's day we would help celebrate with all the 'true blue' Dads out there and welcome you into ITFC's spiritual home for a very special house tour and lunch. 

Left: Mr John Cobbold and Patrick Cobbold.  Right: Sir Bobby Robson

Left: Mr John Cobbold and Patrick Cobbold.  Right: Sir Bobby Robson

If your Dad is a dedicated Tractor Boy and loves all things ITFC, then we have the perfect Father’s Day planned for you. Join the owner of Glemham Hall and Club Patron, Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, as he entertains you with the tales of how the Football club was started by his grandfather, Captain John ‘Ivan’ Murray Cobbold and later by Lady Blanche, Johnny 'Mr John' Cobbold and Patrick Cobbold. If the Cobbold stand at Portman Road didn't give it away, Glemham Hall and the Cobbold family have a rich history in the club to this day and are delighted to be welcoming you into their home for a very special tour and two course lunch, cooked by Major Hope-Cobbold's son, chef Tom Hope-Cobbold. 

“The football club runs in the veins of the Cobbold family, so I am delighted to be opening the doors of Glemham Hall for this special Father’s Day tour to share a little of our history with fellow fans.” – Major Hope-Cobbold

Not to be missed of course, are the stories of the legend himself ‘Mr John’ Cavendish Cobbold, and Patrick Cobbold; Philip’s uncles and ITFC’s former chairmen. Notably ‘the most eccentric man in football ever’, Mr John was responsible for appointing Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson as managers, the latter leading Ipswich to Victory those 40 years ago!

Patrick Cobbold and Bobby Ferguson

Patrick Cobbold and Bobby Ferguson

Captain John Ivan Murray Cobbold and ITFC visit Holland in 1937

Captain John Ivan Murray Cobbold and ITFC visit Holland in 1937

With the most amazing memorabilia, articles and photos for you to look at, not only will you get to enjoy a guided tour around the Cobbold's home, you will also learn never-before tales of the families connection to the club. 

Final tickets available, booking closes Friday 15th June 2018, call 07920 855041 to secure your tickets now!

Top 6 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue


Top 6 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue

You're engaged! ...Congratulations.

The first steps of wedding planning are now upon you...and to some, this can feel like an overwhelming experience, with a million questions unanswered . 

You've probably spent some time thinking about the wedding you'd like to have, but this can only be confirmed once you've started looking at venues. The decision of whether a castle, barn, country house, village hall or even an empty field is the right one for you, is only decided once you walk into that space and feel an overwhelming sense of 'this is the one!'.

Firstly, check the basics!  

Capacity - will the venue hold the number of guests I'm planning to invite?

Price - Does the cost of the venue fall within my budget?

Availability - Does the venue have availability for the month/year I'm planning to get married in? 

Do I even love it? - Don't waste your time visiting venues that don't quite cut the mustard online. 

Do all of these before you make the viewing appointment and you'll save yourselves a wasted journey.

So, you've done your research and have a shortlist of venues to visit. I would recommend seeing no more than three in a single day - and the objective is to achieve a clear perception of each venue with the facts & figures that go with it. Too much information can lead to confusion!

We've compiled a list of 6 good questions to ask your wedding venue...

1. Does the venue insist I use their list of preferred suppliers?

All venues are different and some will insist that you choose from their list of every type of supplier, some will insist using only their approved catering suppliers and a few will allow you the freedom to choose whoever you want, for everything! Only you can decide what's important, so if you have a caterer in mind who'll provide the perfect canape - just the way you like it, then you'll need to check that your venue will allow this. 

But why do they insist I should use their suppliers? 

Here at the Hall, we allow couples the freedom to choose their own suppliers for every aspect of their wedding...except for catering and this is why;

There are good caterers and there are not-so-good caterers. We believe that food is a really important and integral part of the day and to get it wrong - either the food tastes awful or the service is really poor - can have a bad impact on your perfectly planned wedding day. We want to do everything we can to avoid this and that's why we go to great lengths to ensure that our list of approved caterers will do nothing short of providing you with exceptional food and an amazing service on your wedding day. Naturally, guests will perceive that the venue has provided the food, which could lead to developing a bad reputation for us. With such a close association, it's not something we're willing to risk.

2. Does the venue allow access for me to decorate the day before?

With the increase in DIY weddings, this is something you'll need to check, if you've got big plans to decorate the venue which will require more than a couple of hours on the morning of the wedding. Be realistic with your timings on the day and how much you're able to achieve. If you feel that having time at the venue the day before would help alleviate the stress, then it's a question you'll need to ask. Don't assume it's a given!

At Glemham Hall, we're increasingly being asked for the option of a two-day booking, therefore ensuring couples have all the time they need to put the finishing touches in place! If this is something you'd like to know more about, please do get in touch as we offer a special rate for two-day bookings!

Credit: Rebecca Lindon

Credit: Rebecca Lindon

3. Does the venue have a 'Plan B'? 

Depending on the time of year you're getting married, you may be hoping for a dazzling day of sunshine, but on the day, what if that's not the case?

Let's face it. This is Great Britain. Famously known for it's unpredictable weather, you'll need to consider an indoor option if the weather turns sour. Ask your venue what the Plan B is for such occasions...and then ask yourself if you're happy with those options presented to you!

Credit: Ross Harvey

4. Does the venue offer exclusive use?

This is possibly one question that could be added to your checklist before you begin arranging viewing appointments, depending on its importance to you.

A venue offering exclusive use means that you and your guests will be the only people using the venue on your wedding day. It largely depends on the type of venue you're looking for, for example if you're considering a hotel, then chances are, there will be other hotel guests within the facility. However, if you're considering a country house or a barn, then you will most likely be offered the venue exclusively. This ensures a level of privacy on what is going to be a very important and special day! It also ensures that there aren't any 'unexpected' guests in the background of your wedding photos!

Credit:  Ross Harvey

Credit: Ross Harvey

5. Are there any other costs that I need to be aware of?

Ok, so we're referring to those 'hidden' costs. The costs that suddenly arise out of nowhere, or that will likely be buried in the small print of the contract you sign. Your viewing is the perfect time to ask this all-important question. 

Personally speaking, we despise hidden costs and that's why at Glemham Hall, you won't find any! We like to be upfront with you...and remember, it's all about developing a trustworthy relationship going forward. We are confident in our pricing and we go to great lengths to explain exactly what our prices are for and the costs involved. 

6. Who will be present on the day itself?

A very good question to ask! You'll need to know about the team behind the venue. Do they provide waiting staff and/or bar staff? Is there a toastmaster included? Will there be a wedding co-ordinator to keep things on track?

If your venue doesn't offer a member of staff to oversee the proceedings, then you might like to know about it in good time. Do you really want to be clock-watching throughout the day? Do you want to spend time worrying whether the band has arrived or not?

All these details can be looked after by the wedding co-ordinator at the venue and it's their job to do your worrying for you, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the day knowing everything is in safe hands.

At Glemham Hall, we invite couples to a planning meeting, usually 4-6 weeks before the wedding to note down those all-important details, thus ensuring we know exactly what's happening at every point in the day. We'll know when the candles need lighting, when the groom needs his favourite tipple before the speeches and when the bride needs her flat shoes for dancing! All these little details can make your wedding day, an AMAZING wedding day!

Everyone has a 'wish-list' of their venue requirements, whether it's accommodation, exclusive-use, easily-accessible etc but do you have a particularly quirky or unusual requirement of a venue? If there's anything else you'd add to this list, let's hear it! Leave a comment below. 

Donna x















A look back on our Wedding Open Day

A look back on our Wedding Open Day

Just two weeks in to the New Year, we were up early on a bright January morning to welcome some fabulous suppliers and lovely couples to our first Wedding Open Day of 2018 – and what a treat it was!

Cleaning Marquee Suffolk

After a week of cleaning the marquee (whoever told you wedding planning was a glamorous job was lying!), dressing and decorating (with the help of Myrtle & Mint, CMA Hire, My Big Fat Wedding Disco, Extravorganza, Amelie's Kitchen and Polly Pickle Wedding Stationery) Sunday arrived! We had a fabulous day meeting so many lovely couples, introducing them to a selection of our favourite suppliers and of course, showing them the beauty of Glemham Hall. But for those of you that couldn’t make it along on Sunday, we’ve gathered some pictures of the day so you don’t miss out on the inspirational styling!


We opted for a colour scheme of greys and greens, lifted with off-white. Charlotte at Myrtle & Mint styled the beautiful centre pieces and dressed our grand staircase. Gemma from Polly Pickle added some stunning stationery and had us spoilt for choice on which design to choose. Gareth at My Big Fat Wedding Disco added some glittering touches in the marquee, hanging strings of fairy lights against our linings.

Claire from Lavender and Jude had us lusting over her beautiful bridal gowns inside the Great Hall and Drawing Room. Helen from Amelie’s Kitchen, outstanding as always, designed a gorgeous cake to compliment the theme. Finally, the fabulous Emily from CMA Hire provided me with all the elegant linen and table wear to create a grey and green tablescape that was totally swoon worthy. I cannot get enough of the white marbled charger plates!

A huge thank you to each and every one of them for their support! And thanks also to our other fabulous suppliers who joined us on the day to deliver yet more inspiration to all our visiting couples...

Sophie Saunders Bridal Make Up | My Big Fat Wedding Disco | Extravorganza | Lavender & Jude Bridal | Victoria Bradfield MUA | Myrtle & Mint Florist | Scintillo String Quartet | Ross Dean Photography | Amelie's Kitchen | Polly Pickle Wedding Stationery | C L Lydford Hair Design | Patrick Stockley Photography | CMA Hire 

Take a look at our events page for our future events and I'll look forward to seeing you at Glemham Hall again soon! 

Tori x

Wedding Open Day

Wedding Open Day

Suffolk Wedding Venue opens its doors...

Are you celebrating a Christmas or New Year engagement? Or are you in the early days of bringing your wedding plans to life? Whatever stage you're at, our Wedding Open Day is the perfect event to get you started!

Join us on Sunday 14th January 2018 from 11am-3pm where you'll be welcomed into Glemham Hall to view our historical venue when dressed for a wedding.

Naturally, you'll want to visualise how a venue can look on the day of your wedding and have the freedom to walk around the venue at your own pace. Our Wedding Open Day is the perfect opportunity for you to do that!

Discover the elegant Great Hall dressed for a ceremony and wander into the cosy Drawing Room, packed with curiosities. Our stunning Bridal Suite can be reached via a glorious oak staircase. Our venue is packed with character and charm and it's all yours for a very special day to remember!

You'll have plenty of time to speak with myself or Tori about your wedding plans and if you prefer the option of a one-to-one viewing, then simply get in touch and we'll be happy to book an appointment for you.

Viewing our show-reel on the day will give you lots of great ideas as to what can be achieved at Glemham Hall - the sky is the limit! You can also say hello to a hand-picked selection of Suffolk's finest wedding suppliers. Whether you're searching for an intimate ceremony space, or a lavish party venue, this event is not to be missed!

Here, showing off their finest work, you can say hello to...

Amelie's Kitchen

Myrtle & Mint Flowers

Lavender & Jude Bridal Dresses

Polly Pickle Stationery

Scintillo String Quartet

Ross Dean Photography

My Big Fat Wedding Disco


Sophie Saunders Bridal Make-up

Patrick Stockley Weddings

Victoria Bradfield Bridal Make-Up

Chelsea Lydford Hair Design

Bring family & friends to enjoy a day of wedding planning at Glemham Hall! We look forward to seeing you soon...

Donna x


Spring – New Life and New Love

Spring – New Life and New Love

Last weekend really felt like Spring had arrived and in this weekend of new life and Spring-time sunshine, Glemham Hall, which dates back to 1560, had something new to celebrate too – our first same-sex marriage. We were proud to welcome the friends and family of Daniel Mack Shand and Jason Lee Rodger on Saturday 2nd April to celebrate their marriage.

Now living in London, Jason proposed to Daniel surrounded by their friends and family at Jason’s own surprise 30th Birthday party which had secretly been arranged for him by Dan. The spontaneous (but incredibly smooth) moment was captured on camera and received over 160,000 views on Youtube, has been featured in various blogs and even reached as far as Australia! (See the video here)

Photos © Martin James Photography 2000 – 2016 www.Martin-James.co.uk

Photos © Martin James Photography 2000 – 2016 www.Martin-James.co.uk

The couple returned to Suffolk for their wedding day, surrounded by the very same crowd of family and friends. The emotional ceremony, where their friends sang (and cried!) them down the aisle was followed by cocktails in the rose garden, under beautiful blue skies. The happy couple met through their love of musical theatre so it was quite fitting that guests received tickets to their ‘show’ and took their seats to enjoy the performance of Daniel and Jason’s lives.


We would like to wish Dan and Jason a lifetime of happiness and health, and thank them for letting us share in their wonderful day; an historic moment for Glemham Hall.

Tori and Donna xx

For information about getting married at Glemham Hall visit www.glemhamhall.co.uk or call 01728 746704

Photos www.Martin-James.co.uk

The answer’s YES…if you’re asking!

So today is finally here, the 29th of February, where we’re reminded of that oh-so- rare opportunity for us girls to pop the question to that special person in our life.

So why is February 29th so significant as the one day, every four years, we’re ‘granted permission’ to propose? According to the history books (also known as google) here is how this tradition started and why:

The tradition dates back hundreds of years, to when the leap year was not recognised by English law; the day was simply “leapt over” and ignored. Since it had no legal status, formal traditions did not apply on this day and consequently, women who were not content to wait for a proposal took advantage of this anomaly and popped the question themselves. It was also thought that since leap year corrected the discrepancy between the calendar year (365 days) and the time it takes for the earth to complete one orbit of the sun (365 days and 6 hours), it was an opportunity for women to correct a tradition that was one-sided and unfair. Go ladies of yore!

Thankfully, rules of courtship are quite different these days and much less strict. When asked, most girls would prefer that the guys go down on a bended knee; mainly because of traditional values and the romanticism of the proposal itself, it would seem…and we wouldn’t want to be associated with ‘nagging him into it’ now, would we?

The proposal of marriage is a tradition that we’ve come to adore and whilst we’re all for equality, there are some traditions that still have their perfect place in modern society. Relationships come in many guises. Couples that have been together forever, have the house, the kids, the dog and the X-box – often the proposal doesn’t even get a look-in. More a conversation that just took place one evening, rather a matter-of-fact “Well, I suppose we could, couldn’t we?”

I know of a gentleman who’d been in a relationship with a lady for a few years and on 29th February, sent her a card in the post saying simply…”The answer is YES…if you’re asking!” They were married later that same year.

So ladies, we’re constantly surrounded by messages of empowerment, equality and if a man can do-it/have-it/want-it…then so can we! and the same can be said of the marriage proposal. In my job, one of the questions I ask brides-to-be at viewings is ‘when did you get engaged?’ (gotta love a love story!) closely followed by ‘was it a complete surprise?’ Quite often the response is an emphatic yes…with the addition of ‘well, we’ve been together for so long, I was kinda hoping it would happen soon’

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with – why wait for him to propose? and second to that, certainly don’t wait for this elusive date on the calendar once every four years! Time to turn the tables – how do you think you’d envisage the perfect proposal to your partner? Would it be a conversation that just evolved one day, or a spectacular display of your undying love?

Stopping to consider this for myself, I can only imagine the nerves and anxiety that our male counterparts go through during this highly charged life-changing moment. I’m not sure what my proposal would be like. I’d rather hope that it would be a quiet, gentle affair that allowed me the confidence to go for it, with enough re-assurance that the outcome would be a positive one. No fireworks. No aeroplanes drawing heart-shapes in the sky – just a simple ‘will you?’ Maybe that would be about all I could manage!

Ladies, I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavours…xx