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UK England East Anglia Suffolk Sudbury Rushbanks Farm Campsite

  • Sleeps 10 (max 10 adults, 9 children)
Pitches are suitable for large family groups – kids camp free in the same tent! One tent per pitch.

The Owner Says

One tent per pitch.

Rushbanks Farm is a site with good facilities offering an original and family-friendly atmosphere, especially catering for boaters and canoeists. The river is wide and deep and there is a mile and a half of unobstructed water. There are several landing stages, and launching over the bank is easy.

Downstream there are two-step weir portages leading to the famed Anchor Pub at Nayland, and upstream two more portages can be navigated to reach the village of Bures St Mary. Day hire canoe hire is available on site so you can paddle to the pub in style.

A public footpath crosses the farm, with several walking trails to choose from.

- Firepits & Logs are available upon arrival

- Canoe Hire is available every Saturday (& bank holiday weekends on Sunday's). Also now daily hire during school holidays.

On site we provide:

- Toilet block for men and women- Portable toilets and hot showers- Play area and swing- Chemical disposal point for caravans- Fresh water tap- Outdoors sink for washing dishes- Recycling and General waste bins

We do not provide:

- Electrical hook-up

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About Rushbanks Farm Campsite

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, groups – yes. Dogs and pets – no.


Rent a canoe and paddle to The Anchor Inn at Nayland keeping an eye out for swans, geese and deer on the banks along the way. Or take a stroll along the local footpaths – Wissington's Norman church (01206 262453) is a short and pleasant walk away. It's just over 2 miles to Arger Fen Spouse’s Vale Nature Reserve (01473 890089), a fascinating mosaic of ancient woodland alongside fen meadow and regenerating forest. It's particularly good in spring when a carpet of bluebells covers the floor. For the exact painting area of John Constable's The Hay Wain, head to East Bergholt where Flatford Mill (01206 297110; 15 miles) is now a popular tourist attraction.

Food & Drink

The nearest pubs are The Anchor Inn (01206 262313), a traditional riverside inn in Nayland, around a mile and a half away, and The Hare & Hounds (01787 212396), a similar distance away in Leavenheath. Slightly further afield, The Crown (01206 262001) in Stoke-by-Nayland has a particularly good restaurant of the gastro-pub sort.

Family Friendly

It's been around for over half a century but the things that make Rushbanks such a special campsite have been here longer still. The river, the views, the cute thatched villages and the pub just down the road... no wonder camping here never gets old.

Site Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 8 reviews


Well-organized campsite on the beautiful River Stour.

We were at Rushbanks Farm Campsite over the bank holiday weekend and although I worried we wouldn't get a decent pitch arriving around 6pm on Friday, we lucked out with plenty of space backing onto the fields. I loved this campsite, with its river access for swimming and canoeing, canoe rentals, and detailed instructions from the helpful and friendly staff about how to get to Nayland by boat where we enjoyed good food and drink at the Anchor Inn. The staff are great at controlling the site and ensuring there is quiet and fires are out by 11pm. I know some campers complain of this, but I appreciate safety-consciousness around fire and water, and that the campsite owners take this seriously. My only suggestion for improvement would be: 1)Outdoor showers next to river for rinsing off after a dip. 2) improved/expanded shower facilities. 3) More basins for washing up Other than that all was perfect. Will come again!

Very relaxing

Very relaxing 2 nights camping with my son. Beautiful setting, right by the river, friendly campers alongside. No problem for me having to put the fire out at 11.00 good idea to allow families to settle down for the night and get some sleep. Would come again and recommend, especially if you have a young family.
Aug 22, 2019 by Matt Baker Verified Review

A bad campsite in a great location

A bad campsite in a great location. Wonderful riverside location with kayaking and swimming from the banks and jetty. But hopelessly over-crowded at weekends and with in-your-face staff patrolling the site in their branded uniforms. More than happy to sell you logs and firepits, but all fires have to be out at 11pm. Firstly this is too early - especially for those families who want some time to unwind after finally getting the kids down. But worse than that the staff come round 20-30 minutes before that hassling you about putting the fire out at 11. We told them to go away. I think the owners believe this is a great campsite, but if it wasn't for the river there wouldn't be a single tent there.
Aug 8, 2019 by WyattEarp

Nice spot but too crowded

This is a pretty site by the river but in practice less than 20 percent of tents could have a pitch with a view of the river. There are 60 pitches advertised but it seemed like more than double that. The canoe trail to the pub involves difficult carrying of very heavy canoes around weirs- although the canoe was fun we weren't up to the carrying around the Weir , only for 2 strong adults, so couldn't complete the route. Due to the numbers of campers, we had to queue for toilets and washing up facilities. There are many signs about keeping noise down after 11pm, but on the Friday night there were many noisy groups after 11pm. This site may be fun if you have your own (not very heavy) water craft and visit during a quiet period.
Jul 8, 2019 by Treehugger

Great location

Camped at Rushbanks Farm for a first time at a May bank holiday weekend. A really good location, great family friendly campsite, but I was bit disappointed with the facilities. In particular the portable showers, I tried 2 times but didn’t get any hot water. Also there are only 2 places for washing dishes so at peak times you ended up queuing. The only sinks were in toilets cubicles, not always pleasant to brush teeth. The campsite could do with some facilities upgrade!
Jun 12, 2019 by Hanka M
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Rushbanks Farm Campsite is located at Bures Road, Wissington, Suffolk CO6 4NA

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Getting There

From Colchester: Take the A134 to Nayland. At Nayland turn left, sign posted "Bures." Follow the road for about 1.5 miles past a left hand lane sign posted "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 5mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside. From Bures: Take the B1508 to Bures. In the centre of the village turn right by the Church into Nayland Road. After 2 miles look for Rushbanks Farm on the left. Another 100m turn right through a gate adhering to the 5mph speed limit and follow the farm track down to the waterside.

The nearest train station is in Colchester (Colchester North; 0845 748 4950). Taxis to the campsite from there are approximately £15.