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General

  • 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' loos, water tap, chemical disposal and a washing-up area. A track and play area was added for the 2016 season.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome and stay at the farm for free.


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7.7

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78% would recommend this site to a friend.

78% would stay here again.

 

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Very poor facilities 16/07/2017

jacquifenton69

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  • Liked: 

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

    Disliked: 

    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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Ok, won't be back though. 03/10/2016

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  • Liked: 

    • Ok site with nice pitches.
    • Beautiful setting by the river, which is lovely.
    • Option to hire a fire pit is good.
    • All we liked really and won't be coming back.

    Disliked: 

    • Toilet lights were fairy lights so a headtorch is needed come evening. Also they could do with a few more especially when busy.
    • "Showers" were portaloos, we didn't use them and just washed back at the tent.
    • Owner was rather rude and criticised us when we said we hadn't heard of the site before saying "Well we have been here for 20+ years" baring in mind we are in our early twenties and new to camping so it just felt rude for him to talk to us that way.
    • Was a big party style group that played music till pretty late and as it was the summer holidays they were inconsiderate of the families around with small children.

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

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  • Liked: 

    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.

    Disliked: 

    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

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stuart B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything😀😀

    Disliked: 

    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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Lovely, friendly site with a wonderful river to jump into! 31/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Madeleine C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We arrived on a glorious hot summer afternoon and were lucky to come across a vacating pitch on the river bank. The area was very clean and had some shade as we were under a large oak. The children promptly stripped off and jumped into the river (as did the dog). The wooden jetty's spaced 10 meters apart were great for jumping off and tying off the various canoes and rowing boats. Fellow campers were very friendly offering use of boats etc. The visiting ice cream van was a hit, as was the firebucket and logs which were delivered shortly after we arrived. In the evening the parties all quietened down with people gathering around the firepits. Complimentary poo and bin bags was a great idea. We hired a rowing boat which was great fun and certainly made the day, if not the weekend.

    Disliked: 

    There could be a couple more showers (plenty of loos), but we did miss a shop. We didnt take enough food so we ate at the nearest pub which was a 5 minute drive away. It was quite a smart pub with mains around £12.00 so we didn't want to eat there too often!

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Good Campsite with good ameneties. But Rammed with people & Kids 31/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jamie S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    It was a well set out site with good clean toilets and showers, in a nice part of the country and access to the river stour. We found somewhere to pitch when we arrived and used one of there fire pits and wood and had fun toasting marshmallows and drinking while chatting round the fire. Will come back off season when less busy

    Disliked: 

    Very Busy the site was rammed so couldn't pitch near the river. Lots of people with blow up Kayaks and Canoes ! I Pay for waterways licence so i can kayak round the country on inland water ways legally! these members of the Romford navy obviously don't otherwise they would have proper canoes boats or kayaks which is frustrating!

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Lovely setting with great staff. Facilities basic and need cleaning. 06/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sally d. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The area was beautiful and staff were great

    Disliked: 

    No hot water in washing /toilet area. Could do with a good clean.

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Family friendly campsite wiyh river swimming and average facilities 04/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jenna f. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    River swimming, fire pits, friendly staff, dog friendly, spacious so not pitched on top of other people, quiet and tranquil, location.

    Disliked: 

    No hot water for washing up although we knew that before coming. Didn't use the showers as always full of children and families so maybe install some more for busy periods. Lighting in toilets at night was fairy lights and most of them didn't work so had to pee in the dark. Toilets could do with cleaning more often as due to the campsite being busy were filthy quite quickly. But overall good campsite

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Honestly loved staying on this campsite 26/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lily h. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Loved that there was a lake, and could have a campfire, didn't have any complaints from any other campers, was such a relaxed environment, will definitely be going back there

    Disliked: 

    I only had one problem and that was, that I think there should be a ladder on all of the jetti's to make it easier to get out, but other than that, I loved the place.

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Beautiful site with good facilities and level pitches. 19/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kathryn S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The pitch right on the river was so beautiful and tranquil.
    Beautiful walks in lovely countryside.
    Having fires in the fire pit in the evening - being able to BBQ.
    Canoeing on the river on the hired canoe - stunning scenery.
    River clean enough to swim in.
    Hot showers and clean toilets.

    Disliked: 

    I can't really find much to complain about, we really loved the time we spent at Rushbanks. We had one night where a large party were celebrating quite loudly well into the wee hours. There is supposed to be a quiet rule after 11 pm. They were asked by the site warden,as well as others, to quieten down - but they continued. I don't suppose there is much you can do about inconsiderate and selfish people. The next night was quieter, so we assume they left.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

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

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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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
Airports
London Stansted Airport — 25.3 miles
London Southend Airport — 28.2 miles

Directions


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

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

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

General
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.

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

Vehicles
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
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

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

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