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Address: Hadleigh Road | 3D, The Gattinetts, East Bergholt, Babergh District CO7 6QT, England
Phone Number:
+44 1206 700707
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Outdoor Hire Centre offer the hire of outdoor equipment that many people...

Outdoor Hire Centre offer the hire of outdoor equipment that many people cannot justify buying for occasional use and / or struggle to pack for their holiday. Our stock of bicycles, watercraft and camping equipment is offered for hire from a day to a week or longer (by arrangement). Hired equipment can be collected from our Hire Centres in East Bergholt and Sudbury. Alternatively, we deliver / collect throughout North Essex and South Suffolk including: Colchester, Mersea, Dedham, Sudbury, Chelmsford, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Halesworth and Marks Tey.

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Kayak Hire

Had a wonderful days kayak hire with my husband on the river stour from Sudbury. We can highly recommend this company great customer service. They will answer every question you... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2016
Debra S
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

During the past 4 weeks we have hired many canoes from the centre based at the Rare cow restaurant in Sudbury. On the 29th July we spent £420 when 12 Of my friends paid £35 each to hire for a day a selection or open canoes and Kayaks, last week we returned and spent £170 to take our parents out... More 

4 Thank Amanda J
Gordon H, Owner at Outdoor Hire Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Amanda. Sorry to read they're not positive. I assume you were the part of the Sonia booking that brought your own boat(s) to launch from our privately owned facilities as there is no record of an Amanda using our kit this weekend and certainly none of YOU spending that sort of money with us... More 

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29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful days kayak hire with my husband on the river stour from Sudbury. We can highly recommend this company great customer service. They will answer every question you have. Had a great time thank you guys.

2 Thank Debra S
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We booked the weekend river Stour explorer trip as a peaceful weekend to mark our anniversary and we weren't disappointed. Having arrived at a secluded riverside campsite we were met by the farmers family who helped us down to our pre-rigged tents with cooking gear to boot. We chose our meat for dinner that night straight from the farm shop... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We had a fantastic wild camping weekend on the Stour. Organisation was excellent and early Sunday morning on the river is a fabulously peaceful place to be.

1 Thank mack254
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Gordon arranged a 2 day canoe/camping trip for 22 of us - 5 families, 12 children and our dog from Sudbury to Dedham. It was a fantastic adventure - beautiful scenery, great fun and the campsite was also in a lovely secluded spot by the river with very helpful owners. Gordon was incredibly helpful - arranging the canoes, booking the... More 

1 Thank LCXP
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Partner and I hired two kayaks for the day and paddled from Sudbury to Nayland. The scenery was absolutely stunning and it was incredible to be immersed in nature for the day. The river was beautifully clean and varied in depth and width throughout the day which kept it interesting and fun. We had not really kayaked much before but... More 

Thank EPB80
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Thanks very much to Gordon and his team from the out door hire center for organizing a very exciting trip for me and a group of dads and our sons 2 weeks ago on the Stour river,The weather and scenery was fantastic but the whole trip was made so much more enjoyable by the organisation of Gordon and his team,we... More 

Thank joe p
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Phoned to book kayaks for 11 people for a double birthday celebration.When we phoned, we were told to book online as unable to take bookings over the phone. We did this but received no reply.We tried phoning, leaving emails but nothing. On the morning of our booking, we were about to set off and received an email to say sorry,... More 

2 Thank rosbaines
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Couldn't recommend Gordon and the OHC highly enough. Two friends and I hired a canoe for the weekend paddling from Sudbury to Cattawade with a night's camping. The whole trip was impeccably organised from start to finish, with Gordon delivering our tent and all our bags to the wild campsite in time for our arrival and picking them up to... More 

Thank 234fs1
1 review
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Was extremely happy with the service we received both prior to booking and on the day, called on very late notice to book a group of 13 and was very well catered for and even given a discount because of the large group. Will definitely be returning again and will most definitely recommend!

Thank Gary R

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