John Constable Lighter

Stour barges, or lighters, featured in many of Constable’s most famous paintings depicting the working river and our restored lighter has been named in his honour.

Passenger services were officially launched by River Stour Trust Vice President, Griff Rhys Jones, in May 2013.

The John Constable Lighter is available for private charters and as a ‘floating classroom’ for educational visits; subject to existing bookings and commitments.

You can find out more about the boat and its restoration by clicking here.

The John Constable Lighter operates between Sudbury, Great Cornard and Great Henny. There are a range of trips you can enjoy, such as:

  • Return cruise to Great Henny where passengers can disembark to enjoy a meal at The Henny Swan
  • A visit to our Visitor Education Centre to enjoy a picnic by the river
  • River trip with tea and cake at The Granary Tea Room
  • River trips for guests attending functions at RST venues or The Henny Swan
  • We can make arrangements for gourmet picnics to be prepared for your party

Please note that the John Constable is an open boat so it is not covered in the event of rain. We are able to provide lightweight, disposable waterproof ponchos, as required.

All trips are dependent on availability, weather and river conditions. The John Constable is particularly susceptible to bad weather/stream conditions and trips could be cancelled at short notice to ensure the safety of our passengers and volunteers. Our boats only operate within civil twilight hours for safety and insurance reasons.

PRIVATE CHARTERS

Half Day (up to 4 hours) – £200.00
Full Day (up to 8 hours) – £400.00

ALL ENQUIRIES: 01787 313199

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