Important notice -

Rowing boat hire will be available to day, but not until 12 noon to allow for the boats to be made ready for use. Please check the website for availability on other days.

Discover the views that John Constable painted


Things to see and do

Autumn walk Houghton Mill

Autumn at Flatford 

If you're looking for somewhere to take the family this autumn then Flatford is worth a visit. We have a children's activity pack, children's trails, '50 things to do'sheet to complete. Until the end of October the Stour River Trust have river trips, the RSPB garden is open and we will be operating our row boats for hire.

Flatford Tour Guide

Constable Tours

Visit the scenes that made John Constable famous. Guided tours available from April 1 11:30am and 1:30pm daily. Tours start at Bridge Cottage. Please ring ahead on the day to check a guide is available 01206 297201.

Flatford Second Hand Books

Flatford Book Nook

Flatford's second-hand book nook is a great spot to pick up a bargain and help support our conservation work. Books are sold at bargain prices and all proceeds go towards a worthy cause. We are always on the look-out for books to add to our stock. If you are in need of a home for your old books we'll be pleased to have them.

Flatford Galley - Kit Leese

Four Seasons by Kit Leese 

Come and see Kit Leese's excellent art exhibition at the Boat House Gallery here at Flatford. Kit is a professional artist who has been painting and selling his work for the last 40 years. He has always had a passion for landscape, and likes to paint on the spot. He finds gouache ideal media for catching the immediacy of changing light across the East Anglian landscape.

Richard Allen prints in the Boat House Gallery

Coastal and Garden Birds

National Trust warmly welcomes you to the opening reception for our winter exhibition Coastal and Garden Birds by Richard Allen 9 November 12-2pm. Come and meet the artist and enjoy his very special work

Christmas at Valley Farm

Christmas at Flatford 

Join the staff and volunteers at Flatford for a traditional Christmas celebration on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2019 from 10.00 - 4.00pm.  Entry is free, but there is a parking charge of £5 per car for non NT members

Upcoming events

Halloween Trail (2019)

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Join us this half term when the Flatford witch throws her Halloween Ball. Can you find her 13 spooky friends so she can invite them along? Pick up your ticket (£1) from the car park and follow the orange route

Flatford Ramble - Autumn Colours in the Dedham Vale (19 October)

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Let one of our experienced guides lead you on a 3.5 hour (7mile) walk across the Dedham Vale and then along the Essex Way path to Dedham, before returning to Flatford to finish. On the way, you will enjoy beautiful autumn colours and far...

Flatford Nature Day (22 October)

Tue 22 Oct 2019
Go wild and get a little dirty at Flatford's Nature Day. A £3 wild passport will get you pond dipping, bug hunting and the chance to make natural crafts. This event is organized in partnership with the Field Studies Council, the RSPB and the...

Flatford Buildings Tours (26 October 2019)

Sat 26 Oct 2019
You may have seen the buildings at Flatford from the outside, but here is an opportunity to see inside. Join a knowledgeable guide for a peek inside Flatford Mill, Willy Lott's House and Valley Farm. Discover the secret poem carved on the...

Flatford Ramble - Constable's Footsteps (16 November)

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Join one of our experienced guides for a 3 hour (4 mile) ramble, visiting the views that inspired the artist John Constable. The tour will also visit East Bergholt and Dedham, where Constable was born and where he lived for the first part of his...

Flatford Ramble - Christmas Caper (28 December)

Sat 28 Dec 2019
Enjoy a refreshing post Christmas walk in the beautiful Dedham Vale. The walk will be lead by an experienced guide who share their knowledge about the area whilst taking you along quiet paths and peaceful lanes. The total length will be no more...


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Flatford Kiosk

Refreshments at Flatford

We have something to cool you down this summer on your visit to Flatford. Choose from a wide selection of cold and hot drinks, as well as some tempting flavours from our ice cream refrigerator.

Spiced pumpkin and walnut scone

Bake of the Month

Try our delicious Bake of the Month, freshly made in our kitchens every morning. This month our autumnal special is a spiced pumpkin and walnut scone.



Flatford Shop Autumn 2019

Flatford Shop

Do visit our lovely riverside shop during your time at Flatford. Choose a gift for yourself, or for family and friends, from our extensive range of delicious goodies, homewares, books and souvenirs. We look forward to seeing you soon!





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