Activities

We have plenty of activities on the campsite, we can also recommend things to do in the surrounding area.

 
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Canoe Hire

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. Hire a canoe to paddle Constable Country’s famous River Stour. Available every Saturday (and Sunday on bank holiday weekends). Canoe training & maps are provided before your trip along with free ponchos just in case the weather is not perfect. Exclusively for customers staying with us at Rushbanks Farm.

Canoe hire is available from 10.00 - 18.00 (8 hours) and costs £55 for all day hire. Buoyancy aids for children are free of charge, adult buoyancy aids cost £5 per day. Canoes can seat either 3 adults only or 2 adults and 2 children. Canoes can be taken to the Anchor Inn Pub, Nayland, which is downstream, please note that you will need to carry the canoe around two wiers. Canoes can be shared between groups and taken both upstream and downstream from our campsite.

We do have limited availability of canoe hire on site and recommend you book in advance, please email us at rushbanksfarm@gmail.com to make a booking or if you require information regarding availability. Please note that cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the booking.

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River Stour Boating

Experience a full day guided canoe tour whilst staying with us. Tours start and finish at our campsite - the only official campsite on the banks of the River Stour. Visit their website for more info. riverstourboating.co.uk

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Dedham Vale Vineyard

Set across 40 acres of glorious rolling English countryside on the edge of the Stour Valley in the Dedham Vale. The vineyard produces six styles of award winning wines as well as cider and fruit liqueurs. A tour of the vineyard starts at 11.00 and includes lunch, visit their website to book. dedhamvalevineyard.com

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Arger Fen & Spouse’s Vale Nature Reserve

A fascinating mosaic of ancient woodland alongside fen meadow and regenerating woodland. suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park

Explore the wildlife park, visit the butterfly house or sample their own farm-grown produce in the Farm Restaurant, there is something for even the most seasoned of adventurers. jimmysfarm.com

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Kentwell Hall

Experience famous re-creations of everyday Tudor life. kentwell.co.uk

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Nayland-with-Wissington

The River Stour was the ancient division between Suffolk and Essex, Nayland-with-Wissington is one of the many ancient settlements on the Suffolk side of the divide. The charming village of Nayland is characterised by picturesque 15th century buildings, the rural village of Wissington (these days usually referred to as 'Wiston' by local residents) is famous for its 11th Century Church.

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White Dragon Archery

Take up the challenge of multi-zone archery, battle the hordes of evil beasts from zombies to mutated giant insects and vampires to the survivors of a crashed alien vessel, maybe the local Dragon will show up! You will be coached by the training staff who will then lead your group of brave adventurers in to battle. Visit their website for more info. whitedragonarchery.com

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Wissington Church

11th Century Wissington Church (Yes, that’s seriously old!) is just a short walk via public footpath from Rushbanks Farm. Try to find the world famous Wiston Dragon on the wall that has been there hundreds of years…but watch out he breathes fire…suffolkchurches.co.uk

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Colchester Town

Colchester Town offers great, family favourite day trips to Jump Street Trampoline Centre, Leisure World, the amasing Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle. visitcolchester.com

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Pottery Painting

The Blue Owl Pottery Painting Studio is a wonderful place to visit as a family or solo and offers coffee and cake, a gift area and a fun craft zone for children & adults. Phone ahead if you wish to make a booking. blue-owl.co.uk

Flatford

The Hay Wain (1821), a scene by John Constable (1776-1837), was painted at Willy Lott’s Cottage near Flatford Mill. Visit the site where this world famous painting was painted. nationaltrust.org.uk

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Gainsborough’s House

Visit the house, galleries and gardens of one of England’s most celebrated artists, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). gainsborough.org

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Lavenham

One of the finest and most beautiful medieval villages in England featuring the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Guildhall and Little Hall. visit-lavenham.co.uk