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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.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Medium (26-50 pitches)


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  • Bures Road, Wissington, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, CO6 4NA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   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.