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An ancient and thriving Warwickshire town

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Shipston-on-Stour is an attractive market town on the edge of the Cotswolds.

This bustling town is located 10 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon, close to the Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire borders. Shipston-on-Stour sits on the banks of the River Stour and has a fascinating history as a sheep market and stagecoach stop. Indeed, a number of ancient coaching inns remain in the town centre. As you explore the town, you’ll discover some stunning examples of medieval architecture and a number of intriguing landmarks. The countryside surrounding Shipston-on-Stour is remarkably unspoilt and dotted with historical attractions, including the ruins of a Roman villa. Cycling, hiking and wild swimming are all easily accessible in the Cotswolds, a short distance from the town.

If you’re visiting Shipston-on-Stour in late June or early July, don’t miss the Shipston Proms, a two-week event during which some of the region’s best musicians take to the stage. The climax of the event is the Last Night, in the High Streets, when a big act entertains visitors from far and wide.

Other events to look out for are the Shipston Midsummer Festival, where you’ll see excellent traditional dance and music performances, and the annual Wool Fair, which is held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

Quiet countryside retreats

One of the most striking gardens near Shipston-on-Stour can be found at Hidcote Manor. This spectacular attraction is made up of various outdoor ‘rooms’, designed by the innovative Major Lawrence Johnston. As you explore Hidcote’s enchanting maze of gardens, look out for woodpeckers, buzzards and other wildlife.

There’s no shortage of good places to eat and drink in Shipston, whether you’re in the mood for classic English cooking or world cuisine.

“Shipston-on-Stour is an attractive market town on the edge of the Cotswolds.”

One of the town’s most popular eateries is El Café, which is known for its fresh salads, tapas and lively atmosphere. There are a number of great pubs in the Shipston area, and one of the best is The Horseshoe, a 17th century coaching inn where you’ll find a pretty courtyard, extensive selection of local ales and tasty food. If you’re in need of a cooked breakfast and a good cup of coffee, look no further than The Pitstop Café. Alternatively, try Mrs Brown’s Tearooms for cream teas and homemade cake.

A number of interesting places can be easily reached from Shipston-on-Stour, including Chipping Campden, Broadway and Stratford-upon-Avon, which is best known for being the birth place of William Shakespeare.

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While you’re there

The Black Horse Inn

Traditional pub grub within a stunning country tavern.

Cotswolds Distillery

Find out how some of the best spirits in the UK are made. You may even get to try some!

Shipston Mid-Summer Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Shipston Mid Summer Festival!

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