Shipston-on-Stour is a southern Warwickshire town, 10 miles north of Stratford-on-Avon. The picturesque town is holds the unique position of being the most northern Cotswold town, a stepping stone to the glorious Cotswolds area. The town’s name derives from being known in ancient times as ‘Sheep-wash-Town’. Shipston-on-Stour was for a long time an important working sheep and wool town. The town is historic for its development of woollen skills and making tapestries including the famous Sheldon Tapestry. References to its wool heritage are found all over the town today including the annual Wool Fair Spring Bank Holiday and the prominent sheep statue in the town. The town has a full year round events calendar so visitors can catch summer proms, continental markets or the Victorian Evening depending on the season.
The town’s idyllic rural location is a unique getaway and has delightful B&B and cottage accommodation. it’s an ideal base to explore the larger surrounding towns. If boutique B&B’s are your thing, then The George Townhouse, is the place for you. It fantastic array of independent retail shops are a shoppers paradise. Forget the busy pavements and chain stores here, leave your car in Telegraph car park and discover Sheep Streets charm. Here you can browse everything from gourmet food to luxury home wares and fine jewellery. Shipston-on- Stour has a great arts and crafts trail with open studios during the summertime. Its famous Whichford pottery, produces high quality flowerpots full of character.