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  • On the banks of the River Stour in Dedham Vale
  • Ideal for boaters and canoeists
  • Very quiet site with friendly family atmosphere

Sssh – you'll want to sit quietly and drink in the serenity of this site and its surroundings on the river in Dedham Vale.

Rushbanks Farm Campsite is a peaceful little site in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and since opening in 1962 has been a firm favourite with campers in all seasons who like to combine pitching up with mucking around in boats. (Owner Gareth Bates is a member of the River Stour Trust and reckons this is the quietest and most scenic part of the river.)

Watery options from Rushbanks include launching your own craft from one of the stages nearby; paddling upstream to the local, the Anchor pub at Nayland; paddling downstream to Bures, or sailing among the swans on a guided River Stour boat trip. All before settling down to a riverside view and sizzling up dinner over the campfire...

The area is also part of Constable country, the Suffolk paths and fields trodden by painter John Constable, and the whole of Dedham Vale is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A footpath crosses the farm and acres of artistically scenic walks are nearby.

The well-kept facilities on site include warm showers, ladies' and gents' toilets, a water tap, chemical disposal and a washing-up area. A track and play area was added for the 2016 season.

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67% would stay here again.


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Very poor facilities 16/07/2017


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    The presence of the river and what opportunities it gave to the children to swim and canoe.


    A lot.Once a year my wife, her two sisters and spouses go camping. We all have our little idiosyncrasies of what we would like the campsite to look like but in essence they are simple.1-Good toilets 2-good showers 3-a pub within walking distance that does food. I don't think we are being too fussy with that list. My sister-in-law was in charge of finding and booking a site of equa-distance for us all, this year it was Rushbanks and what a bad choice it was.
    I didn't look at any reviews prior to going as I trusted my sister-in-law but I have now read them on returning home a day early from our stay there. A lot of the feedback centres around the river and kids and true enough the river is great for kids but that is literally the only good thing about this site. I can see the campsites website does not include picture of the facilities.
    The site consists of three sections. The first is the narrow strip directly next to the river. There is enough room there for a line of tents all the way along. The second, where we stayed, was again another long strip of land approx. a quarter of a mile long and 15 meters wide. For most of this part you are able to get tents lining up all the way down each side. The middle has to be kept free due to cars coming and going which is not ideal given the amount of children and dogs running around. The third section is more like an open field. It is one of the largest campsites I have been to, a conservative estimate would see at least 250 people on site.

    The facilities are very poor
    The sites web-site states 'Hot showers (new for 2016)' so we thought this would tick our shower requirement. There are 4 showers for the entire campsite. During my visit one remained bolted throughout . 3 showers for all these people! Interestingly the website describes the showers as hot in one place and warm in another. Well I cannot say I got to try as you just couldn't get in them as there is always a queue. I thought I would wait and take one later in the day, perhaps when the kids were in bed. No chance there are no lights in them. They are directly next to the septic tank for that all round good aroma. My brother-in-law took a shower about 11am and there was no hot, or come to that warm, water left. The showers are actually the same construct as a port-a-loo, identical in every way but a little deeper. They flood from under the door with no dry place to get dressed.
    Next came the toilet experience, bear in mind approx.250 people. For the far end of the site there are 4 toilets which are just port-a-loos. In essence port-a-loos are a temporary structure for short term use usually but not here. Three male and three female port-a-loos but one male and one female toilet was locked through. So just 4 toilets. There was a severe lack of attention toward cleanliness, dirty toilet seat, floors all generally full of toilet tissue waste that was clearly used. The smell emanating from these toilets was indescribable. A plastic box in direct sunlight full of human waste on a very hot day I believe that will allow you to draw your own conclusions. At the other end of the long strip, the entrance end, there were more toilets, proper toilets this time. A brick built structure. Three ladies, a unisex and the mens. That brings us to a total of 5 female toilets. I could not decide which were worse in terms of cleanliness an usability. The formally built toilets were very dirty, you could not see the colour of the lino under the dirt.
    Other things to consider for your stay-there were only two sinks for people to wash up their plates, cutlery etc. Again long queues.
    Not one bin anywhere up and down the site except for the massive waste bins right up at the main entrance. These were over-flowing with all manner of waste.
    We originally booked for three nights. One tent with two adults £22 a night, no electricity available. Very overpriced for what there was when I compare it to a large number of other campsites I have staye

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An well facilitated & well kept site, helpful staff too. 18/09/2016

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    Big field at the back which was great for our group of "dads & lads". Access to the river Stour for canoes and rowing boats (we had our own, but hires were available).
    Hot showers were available and were clean & well kept.


    Pretty much "lights out @ 11"! The advised "low noise after 11" rule pretty much turned out to be a "no noise after 11"

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Just a beautiful unspoilt haven,a rare gem 😀😀 08/09/2016

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    The path to Nayland and the anchor pub could have been signposted better.We got lost ( but that could have been down to the cider,oops )

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Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

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No dogs allowed




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Medium (26-50 pitches)


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  • Bures Road, Wissington, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, CO6 4NA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.9676°N 0.8382°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Colchester Bus Station — 6.1 miles
Marks Tey: Rail Station Coach Stop — 6.5 miles
Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 7.6 miles
Train stations
Bures Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Chappel & Wakes Colne Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Colchester Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 13.7 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 13.8 miles
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 17.8 miles
London Stansted Airport — 25.3 miles
London Southend Airport — 28.2 miles


The farm is on the Suffolk side of the River Stour, between Bures and Nayland on Bures Road.

From Colchester
Take the A134 to Nayland. At Nayland turn left, signposted Bures and follow the road for about 2km, past a left hand lane signposted Wissington Church. There is a group of cottages on the left and shortly after a sign to the campsite. Turn left through a gate adhering to the 10mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside.

From Bures
Take the B1508 to Bures. In the village centre, turn right by the church into Nayland Road and continue for approximately 3km. Rushbanks Farm is on the left. After approximately 100m turn right through a gate adhering to the 10mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Water, land, town, countryside and even coast (the Essex shoreline is less than 20 miles away) are all eminently suitable options for activities and days out from Rushbanks Farm Campsite – and if you should get bored with all that, Colchester is just six miles away for trips to its castle and zoo.

Stay local at first with an afternoon or evening at nearby Nayland and a meal in its acclaimed Anchor Inn, followed by a roam around the lauded 15th-century buildings of its Tudor and Stuart streets.

There are a couple of old churches worth wandering to in the area: the Norman church at neighbouring village Wissington/Wiston, and the village church of Nayland where a Constable painting hangs.

If you've come to the area to follow Constable's trail, you'll also probably want to get to Flatford Mill and the hamlet of Flatford, depicted by Constable in his painting The Hay Wain (which was painted in London – naughty).

The mill's now managed by the National Trust which has added a Constable exhibition in Bridge Cottage nearby, and exhibitions of paintings by contemporary artists in the Boat House Gallery.

More history can be discovered at Lavenham, the medieval village that also styles itself 'the food capital of Suffolk', and at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, where those interested in Tudor times can take themselves along to the acclaimed re-enactments held for three weeks a year in June and July.

Must see

  • East Anglian Railway Museum (4.6 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (6.0 miles)
  • firstsite (6.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Thorington Hall (4.0 miles)
  • Bourne Mill (7.0 miles)

Cycle routes

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 11pm and 7am.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Please note, we only allow awnings when these are attached to your vehicle.