Important notice -

Please note that rowing boat hire will not be available on Tuesday 16 August.

Discover the views that John Constable painted in the hamlet of Flatford, set within the Dedham Vale countryside


Things to see and do


What's on

Visitors rowing on the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

Rowing boats are back at Flatford

The Flatford rowing boats are once again back on the river and available to hire. Float through a timeless landscape of water meadows and woods, enjoying the views that inspired John Constable. The boats cost £15 per hour, please check our opening times for availability. There is no need to book, although you may have to wait on busy days as the boats are always very popular.

Upcoming events

Cinderella Open Air Theatre with Chapter House Theatre Company

Sat 27 Aug 2022
In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales. Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, join us on Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical...

Heritage Open Day - Valley Farm

Sun 11 Sep 2022
The ancient hall of Valley Farm will be open to view, allowing visitors to look up at the blackened rafters and see the huge inglenook fireplace and medieval staircase.

Eating and shopping

Spring is on it's way

Flatford Shop

Our shop is open and offers something for everyone. Whether it’s environmentally-friendly swaps for a more sustainable life, a gift for a loved one or an indulgence for yourself, every purchase helps us look after Flatford for everyone, for ever.

Flatford Second Hand Books

Flatford Book Nook

The Book Nook is open, please check our opening times for current information. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Flatford for everyone, for ever.


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Our work

The Hay Wain view at Flatford

Hay Wain 200: A Bigger Canvas 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of John Constable's most iconic landscape painting: The Hay Wain, we've worked in partnership with the Essex Cultural Diversity Project and artists Laurence Harding and Liz Harrington. Read more about the project here.


Places to stay



Flatford Group Visit

Group visits to Flatford 

If you want to book for 2021, please follow this link for more information.