• Visit Constable’s birthplace, East Bergholt, to see sites associated with the artist
• Enjoy a walking tour of Sudbury, where Gainsborough was born, and learn about the project to turn his house into the National Centre for Gainsborough during a special guest lecture
• Visit Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, home to the finest collection of Constable paintings outside London
Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance Art History lecturer and speaker accredited with The Arts Society
Assemble 1330 at Ipswich Station or at Hintlesham Hall Hotel for 1430 departure by coach for orientation tour of Stour Valley and the Suffolk villages of Stoke by Nayland and Stratford St Mary. Three nights at Hintlesham Hall Hotel.
Morning lecture followed by East Bergholt (Constable’s birthplace): walking tour viewing Constable’s first studio and the site of his parents’ house (exteriors), visit to church and bell cage. Afternoon: Flatford Mill, Flatford Lock (subjects of many of Constable’s paintings), Willy Lott’s cottage (featured most famously in The Hay Wain), site of Boat Building on the Banks of the Stour.
Morning guest lecture with member of staff from Gainsborough’s House followed by private visit to The Munnings Art Museum. Afternoon: visit to Dedham Church followed by walking tour viewing Dedham Mill and Dedham Lock (exteriors – featured in Constable’s paintings). Continue to Sudbury (where Gainsborough was born) for walking tour taking in sites linked to the artist (exteriors).
Morning: Christchurch Mansion (works by Constable and Gainsborough). Tour disperses 1300 at Ipswich Station followed by 1330 at hotel.
9 Aug — 12 Aug 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour will involve a moderate amount of walking so participants must have a good level of fitness. Please note that some sites do not have lifts.
Cost of £985 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 £190.