Shipston on Stour

Come and Discover a Working Market Town Rich in Heritage

Situated just 11 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and located on the river Stour, is the historically renowned market town of Shipston-on-Stour. With a thriving and vibrant community Shipston-on-Stour is a wonderful rural and idyllic town to visit during your stay in the Cotswolds.

Shipston is a very attractive market town which has preserved its medieval roots seen all too clearly in the architecture of its shops, commercial buildings and houses. The name Shipston resides from the Old English 'Scepwaeisctune' or rather "Sheep Wash Town". Evidence was only recently discovered of a Roman villa just a mile away and will without doubt surprise everyone with more historical discoveries in the future.

With a sports club, museum, wonderful pubs and restaurants, markets and numerous festivals throughout the year, Shipston holds many secrets well worth discovering. Each year thanks to the imagination and drive the community Shipston hosts the well established Wool Fair which celebrates Shipston's historic wool trade and is a great day out for all the family. The annual Shipston Proms is a fantastic celebration of the talents of professional and local musicians and includes wonderful 'Last Night of the Proms' in the High Street which is attended and enjoyed by so many; It has become an annual delight. The Victorian Fair brings a traditional Christmas welcome each year to local residents, when the Christmas lights are switched on and the Christmas tree lights up, everyone knows it's Christmas once more in Shipston.

Spend a day in Shipston and you will be rewarded and have a sense that you are part of a community which is lost in many towns today. Shipston has managed to hold onto its true identity in a time when so many towns have lost theirs. Visit and make your journey to Shipston-on-Stour a worthwhile visit.