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Constable Park

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Ipswich

A holiday and leisure park ideal for kayaking and paddleboarding, with premium glamping options

Constable Park is the ideal holiday and leisure park for water babies. Situated along Suffolk's River Stour and overlooking the picturesque Dedham Vale, here you can hop in a kayak or clamber onto a paddleboard directly from the site, or bring your own watercraft if you’re a seasoned aqua adventurer. Coupled with some terrific glamping options and an on-site coffee house, this park has exactly what you need for an easy-going but exciting trip into the heart of “Constable Country.”

It’s no wonder famed Romantic landscape painter John Constable made Dedham Vale and the nearby hamlet of Flatford his muse; the location is a stunning slice of rural Britain, and Constable Park hosts Ian and Sarah, along with their son Ollie, have called it their home for 20 years. The park, originally a field of brambles, was initially used to give Duke of Edinburgh students somewhere to pull up their canoe and wild camp. However, the site today is much different, expanding to cater to everyone looking to escape and rejuvenate along the riverside.

The pièce de résistance of Constable Park is undoubtedly Heron Lodge, premium accommodation with its own private deck area offering picturesque views over the RSPB reserve. Its sloped roof, open-plan living room, and tastefully decorated interior perfectly complement the scenic surroundings, providing a luxurious stay for those seeking extra solitude by way of its positioning slightly away from the rest of the park.

The cabins are the next in line; timber-clad, upscaled steel constructions with all the home comforts, and central heating for the colder months of the year (making them ideal for a winter stay!). Glampers on a stricter budget — or who simply want to embrace the communal experience of a group of tents encircling a sunken firepit — can enjoy the Touareg or bell tents, the former a more practical, square tepee, and the latter an ideal little pitch for couples or small families. Visitors can pitch their own tents, too, with there being provided spots in Constable Park for those who want to bring their own tents and enjoy what the site has to offer. The convenience of Constable Park is further exemplified by its on-site coffee house, serving delicious brunches, lunches, and specialty coffee right on your doorstep — just make sure you don't take to the water on a full stomach!



There are two on-site toilet and shower blocks that have been recently built, as well as outdoor washing up facilities. The fire-pit in the centre of the glamping area is for all to enjoy.


Our glamping pitches surround the six-metre wide sunken fire pit which gives the site a homely village feel. Each glamping pitch has it’s own outdoor seating with our very own Constable Park deckchairs! Electric blankets can be available and there is a charcoal BBQ with a gas burner hob shared between 2 tents. A cool box will also be provided along with all the essentials.

Our large Touareg tents have the feel of a tepee, but are a practical square design ideal for a family of 4 or 5. They are each equipped with a wood burning stove and their own gas BBQ, as well as a cool box and other essentials. The Touareg tents are on the river frontage with amazing views!


Moorhen and Goose are upcycled, extra wide, steel containers. Each of these timber clad cabins are suitable for year round use with central heating, en-suite bathrooms with generous showers and a lounge space with simple “scandi” style sofas. All our cabins have a kitchenette with a two gas burner, fridge and crockery for a family of 4. You will find everything you need to do breakfast, a simple lunch and a BBQ outside in the evening.

Heron Lodge

In celebration of the river’s resident heron, our premium option here at Constable Park is Heron Lodge. Boasting stunning views from it’s feature window and private deck area, it mirrors the style of Constable Cafe with a set apart pitched roof, continuing the unique style of the park.

Relax in the open-plan living space, complete with fully equipped kitchen; or watch the sunset from the private deck whilst listening to the birds on the RSPB reserve. There is a BBQ for you to use, as well as outside seating for you to dine al fresco! As well as the stunning views, Heron Lodge features a striking bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles and a large shower suitable for disabled access. There is also an ample, open plan hallway with a bunkbed and a king-sized bed in the bedroom ensuring you really can relax in your surroundings.

Set slightly apart from the rest of the park, if you’re looking for a little extra peace, Heron Lodge is the place for you!

Unfortunately we don't allow dogs at Constable Park holiday lets.

Suitable For

Want to enjoy the surroundings, but in the comfort of your own tent? We have limited camping pitches available to book with full access to our generously sized shower blocks and washing up areas, as well as the six-metre wide sunken fire pit. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate camper vans or caravans on site.


Our park also has a Watersport Centre and Coffee House: you can hire paddle boards and kayaks, as well as get an ice-cream or enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch overlooking the river.

You don’t need a car to enjoy the area as we are only a short walk from Manningtree train station. The perfect base to explore Flatford and Dedham Vale on foot, cycle the many miles of Suffolk cycle routes, or hire a kayak to see Constable country from a new perspective. The bustling town of Manningtree is also only a short distance away with several pubs, restaurants and bars for a more lively evening during your stay.


Camping pitches from £40/night
Bell Tent from £75/night | Touareg Tent from £100/night
Moorhen and Goose Cabins from £120/night each
Heron Lodge from £180/night

The Owner Says

What is Constable Park?

Set in the heart of Constable Country overlooking Dedham Vale and the RSPB nature reserve in Brantham, Constable Park is a new holiday & leisure park, uniquely offering direct access to the River Stour for day visitors and holiday makers alike.

All visitors are welcome in our on-site coffee house with a great range of breakfast, lunch, specialty coffee and of course homemade cake! You can also hire a paddleboard or open kayak, both available as single or tandem hire.

The accommodation side of the park offers a range of options from camping pitches, to cosy, fitted out bell tents and upcycled, super-wide containers, to our premium ‘Heron’ lodge with a private balcony and BBQ offering stunning views over the RSPB reserve and beyond. Please note, dogs are not allowed to stay at Constable Park.

You don’t need a car to enjoy the area as we are only a short walk from Manningtree train station. The perfect base to explore Flatford and Dedham Vale on foot, cycle the many miles of Suffolk cycle routes, or hire a kayak to see Constable country from a new perspective. The bustling town of Manningtree is also only a short distance away with several pubs, restaurants and bars for a more lively evening during your stay.

Who are we?

Ian and Sarah, along with their son Ollie, have lived in the area for 20 years. Ian is an approved activity provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is unique in offering Gold canoe expeditions in the East Anglia region. Sarah is a local PE teacher with wider responsibilities for department standards and teacher training. Ollie is a keen paddleboarder, so often helps out with the watersports!

Where did Constable Park come from?

“We originally bought a field of brambles with a view to allow our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students to have somewhere to pull up in their canoe and wild camp. Having done this for several years and with support and encouragement from the AONB and the local planning department, we decided to develop the site for others to enjoy too: an ideal place to sit by the river, enjoy the water or visit for a holiday. We’re also off-grid! Everything has been up-cycled where possible to minimise our carbon footprint.”

The family benefited from a Rural Development Grant as the park provides employment opportunities as well as benefiting the local community with a new leisure facility.


Contact Website  07594 304 400  Constable Park, River's End, Bergholt Road, Brantham, Suffolk CO11 1QR

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Getting There

We are only a 5 minute drive from Manningtree - heading towards Ipswich from Manningtree Station you will reach the Cattawade roundabout, turn left here towards East Bergholt and we are on the left about 500 yards down. The nearest train station Manningtree which is a 20-30 minute walk or a short taxi ride away.


  • Short walk to pub

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