Flatford Bridge and Stour © Env Angency, James Fletcher

Enjoying the area

Thinking of visiting? Please follow Government advice and plan ahead. Park considerately. Take your rubbish home. No overnight stays.

The Stour Valley is a beautiful destination for a holiday or short break, with scenic views, quaint villages and plenty of things to do and places to visit. The links below will signpost you to information about where to stay and what to do.

The characteristic lowland English landscape made famous worldwide by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough is still recognisable today. The charm of the villages, fascinating local attractions and beauty of the surrounding countryside mean there’s no shortage of places to go and things to see. 

Whether you're a visitor to the area for your holiday, or a local looking for a special place for a day trip, the Stour Valley offers a wealth of different opportunities. Here is a brief history of the Stour Valley: www.roughguides.com/destinations/europe/england/east-anglia/stour-valley

In 2019-2020 the AONB is hosting the Visit Stour Valley project - funded by LEADER (see more here). The project is producing some walking and cycling guides for various places in the Stour Valley, as well as guides on where to see wildlife, art, archaeology and historical churches, where to eat local produce and where to visit with children. These downloadable guides will be available as they are produced throughout 2020 - the first being Walking in Bures and Art in the Stour Valley (link below).

To find out more about visiting the Stour Valley, please use the below list of useful links or follow Visit Stour Valley Instagram.
Sign up here for the Stour Valley Business Network e-newsletter called Connect Stour Valley.

Details about the showings of the Stour Surrounding: Artists and the Valley film are here.

Useful Links


Walking in Bures
Art in the Stour Valley   

EVENTS & Exhibitions see: www.riverstourfestival.com 


Dedham Vale AONB Visitor Guide   
Visit Essex including www.visitessex.com/discover/rural/constable-country
Visit Colchester 
Enjoy Braintree 
Visit Suffolk including www.visitsuffolk.com/explore/constable-country
Visit Bury St Edmunds 
Discover Suffolk 
Wool Towns 

Stour Valley location websites:
Bures, Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet 
Long Melford





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