Activities

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Canoe & Rowboat Hire

End-April to mid-September 2017 – Available every Saturday (& bank holiday weekends on Sunday’s) – For customers staying on site only – You can now rent a canoe or rowboat to paddle Constable Country’s famous river Stour.

Our neighbour Griff Rhys Jones described the area as the “Venice of East Anglia” and we have a beautiful stretch of river to explore both upstream and downstream.

We have two different hire options for you:

Option 1: Canoe Hire – 10am till 5pm (7 hours) – £54 all day hire – Buoyancy aids for children are free of charge. The canoes can seat either 3 adults only or 2 adults & 2 children – Canoes can be taken to the Anchor Inn Pub downstream via two step weir portages. Canoes can be shared between groups & taken both upstream & downstream from the site.

Option 2: Rowboat Hire – 10am till 5pm (7 hours) – £54 all day hire – Buoyancy aids for children are free of charge – The rowboats can seat up to 4 adults or 2 adults & 3 small children – Rowboats cannot be taken to the pub due to the weirs but can be shared between groups & taken both upstream & downstream from the site.

£3 – per adult buoyancy aid (full day hire)

We have limited availability of canoes and boats for hire on site. Please let me know if this is something of interest and I can check availability for you. The boats can be reserved for you and you only pay for them if you use them.

Please email: rushbanksfarm@gmail.com for availability and bookings.

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