The Stour Valley is a picturesque landscape, including the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering an array of activities and places of interest. From hiking and cycling, museums and art to locally produced food and crafts, the valley has something for everyone. With a wealth of history and heritage that can be explored through the valley’s many historic churches and areological sites, as well as beautiful nature reserves for wildlife spotting, the valley provides a calm and tranquil landscape for exploring. There is a strong connection to art heritage throughout the valley, with the landscape having been an inspiration to artists both past and present. The following podcasts and films take a look at these different themes, features and places of interest within the Stour Valley, with the aim to inspire visitors to come and explore the area.
Visit Stour Valley Podcasts
To provide visitor information and inspiration, a series of ‘Visit Stour Valley’ podcasts has been produced. These podcasts take a look at the different themes, features and places of interest within the Stour Valley, with the aim to encourage visitors to come and explore the area:
These podcasts have been produced within the ‘Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors’ project, which aims to broaden awareness and build brand identity of the Stour Valley as a visitor destination, and provide quality information and service facilitation for visitors.
The Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors project is funded by LEADER: The Rural Development Programme for England, which on turn is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project is hosted by The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project team, which is in turn hosted by Suffolk County Council.
River Runs Through Us Film:
A project by Stuart Bowditch and Ruth Philo with the people and communities along the River Stour, which flows through Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.
Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley Film:
‘Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley’ is a documentary film that takes a look at artists both past and present who have responded to the landscape of the Stour Valley.
In the film we hear how this special landscape – of Constable, Gainsborough and Munnings – continues to shape and speak to the work of contemporary artists today. Moving between studio interviews and beautiful footage across the valley we hear from painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling who speaks of ‘absorbing’ the landscape, and from Simon Carter, May Cornet and several others who talk expressively about how they respond to the Stour Valley and landscape in their own individual ways.
The film has been produced by artist Jevan Watkins Jones with Offshoot Films. Other contemporary artists featured include Michael Carlo, Chris Dobrowolski and Freddie Robins.
The film was commissioned by the ‘Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors’ project, which is hosted by the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is funded by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
CONTENT WARNING: Please note that this film occurs one swear word. This occurs near the end of the film, at 43:03.