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Stow on the Wold is a centuries old hilltop market town that stands high on the Fosseway. The beautiful large market square is surrounded by houses, shops and inns all glowing in the warm natural stone. In the centre of the town stands the medieval Market Cross, scene of the surrender by the Royalists following their defeat by the Parliamentarians at the Battle of Stow in 1646.

Stow on the Wold Visitor Information Centre (VIC) can be found in St Edward’s Hall in the Square where it shares the ground floor with Stow Library. You can call the VIC on 01451 870998 or email

Take a look at Stow on the Wold Town leaflet which gives lots of information about the history of the town, also its attractions and a map of the town.

Also take a look at the VIC website at

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Annual Town Events

Annual Bonfire & Fireworks

Takes place on the first Friday in November on QEII playing field, Lower Swell Road.  This is a fantastic evening with a spectacular professional fireworks display, funfair rides, pig roast & BBQ, licensed bar and much more.

Christmas Tree Festival (St Edward’s Church)

Takes place in early December and is a must for anyone visiting the town.

Christmas Tree Lights Switch on (Stocks Green, The Square)

A real community event, organised by Stow on the Wold Town Council, with singing of carols and festive songs around the tree with Stow Primary School pupils and staff.  This generally coincides with the Christmas Tree Festival in early December so watch out for more information nearer the time.

Cotswold Festival

Stow celebrates its Cotswold Festival in July. It is a celebration of Cotswold life, crafts and heritage and alternates on a biennial basis with the Stow Motor Show.  For more information visit

Stow Motor Show

Alternates with Cotswold Festival on a biennial basis in July.  For more information visit

Stow Music Festivals

Music at Stow comprises an exciting and eclectic series of musical events staged throughout the year, climaxing in the annual Music at Stow Festival in October.  For more information visit