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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!

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


She Asked, He said Yes!

She Asked, He said Yes!

The tradition of turning tables with the proposal game was first introduced at a time when women quite simply were forbidden from proposing to men. At the very same time, the 29th February was a date totally unrecognised by the nation and thus it held no lawful status. So our savvy (and wonderfully gallant) sisters of the past took the opportunity to defy tradition and ask their man to marry them. With the added bonus of a refused proposal resulting in a new pair of gloves to hide their ringless hands!

Today, of course, women have the freedom to propose whenever they desire (phew). However, this quaint custom has held its place in our hearts and minds and is often adhered to, even now – I like to think of it honouring those first brave ladies who went down on bent knee! So with 2016 marking another leap year and, with it, a chance for you lovely ladies to take control and ask your S.O, we are sending some advice your way on how to make it the perfect proposal in case you're planning on popping the question next week on the 29th!

Make it nostalgic
If pure movie-worthy-romance is your love’s ideal, why not use a memory within your proposal. Return to where you had your first date, or the place you met and use that as your setting, because who doesn’t love to reminisce!?

Make it about them
It will be easy to watch some timeless romcoms with the girls and be inspired to create the most romantic proposal with flowers, chocolates and a string quartet but even if that is your dream proposal, it might not be your sweetheart’s! Think about tailoring it to them, which could mean avoiding tradition! If all they ever want to do during their down-time is get outdoors, head outdoors yourself! Go for a walk in that forest they love and hide a sign asking them to marry you at the end…It’s time to get creative but also time to show them just how much you care.

Make it memorable
This is an important day in both of your lives so make it memorable – but what’s important is making it right for you both. Memorable doesn’t have to mean lavish – yes, you could rent their favourite sports venue or maybe a museum, ask the question and then have all your family and friends there to celebrate with you, a proposal and engagement party in one! But if they’re the type to appreciate the little things, maybe a treasure hunt, taking them to all the places important to you as a couple and finishing with a proposal is the way to go. The main thing is that you put thought into it, whether it’s in your humble abode after a home-cooked meal, or in front of everyone you know with a photographer at the ready. So make it right for you, because you will love remembering it for the rest of your lives.

Tori x