• Visit Constable’s birthplace, East Bergholt, to see sites associated with the artist
• Explore the new National Centre for Gainsborough, based at the artist’s house in Sudbury and recently reopened following major redevelopment
• Visit Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, home to the finest collection of Constable’s paintings outside London
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Assemble 1330 at Ipswich Station or 1400 at Hintlesham Hall Hotel. Afternoon coach tour of Stour Valley and the Suffolk villages of Stoke by Nayland, Nayland and Stratford St Mary (churches associated with Constable). Three nights at Hintlesham Hall Hotel.
Morning lecture: Constable’s Country – Artist & Landscape followed by East Bergholt (Constable’s birthplace): walking tour viewing Constable’s first studio and the site of his parents’ house (exteriors), and visit to St Mary’s Church and bell cage. Afternoon: Dedham for walking tour viewing Dedham Mill and Dedham Lock (exteriors – featured in Constable’s paintings) and St Mary’s Church. Flatford Mill and Flatford Lock (subjects of many of Constable’s paintings), Willy Lott’s cottage (featured most famously in The Haywain) and site of Boat Building on the Banks of the Stour.
Morning: The Munnings Art Museum (oil paintings and watercolours by Sir Alfred Munnings and antique furniture collection). Continue to Sudbury (where Gainsborough was born) for afternoon at newly redeveloped National Centre for Gainsborough (Gainsborough’s House).
Morning: Christchurch Mansion (works by Constable and Gainsborough). Tour disperses c 1300 at Ipswich Station followed by c 1330 at hotel.
11 Jul — 14 Jul 2022
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"A delightful short tour visiting places in Suffolk that Constable and Gainsborough would have known. Many of these were very little changed, and the surrounding countryside was also recognisable from the paintings. This gave us a real insight into early English landscape painting. The tour was very well organised and the tour leader and tour manager were both excellent. Hintlesham Hall made an ideal base."
- ACE customer on the 2021 Constable & Gainsborough in Suffolk tour led by Sarah Burles
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour will involve a significant amount of walking and standing, so participants must have a good level of fitness and mobility, and meet ACE's usual fitness requirements, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions. Please note that some sites do not have lifts, and there is uneven ground to navigate in the churchyards and at Flatford Mill.
Cost of £1175 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £200.