Stourport-on-Severn – A Georgian canal town in the heart of the Severn Valley
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Stourport-on-Severn has been awarded Heritage Inland Port status alongside cities such as Exeter and Chester!
We hope that this formal recognition will further stimulate tourism around the canal basins and within the town itself, focus more attention on the heritage of the town for tourists and local people and underline the importance of our local heritage when planning decisions are to be made.
This change has been promoted by Heritage Stourport, which was formed through a partnership of Stourport Forward, Stourport Civic Society, Stourport Yacht Club, the Inland Waterways Association, Stourport Town Council and several Town Councillors, and other interested local people who saw the benefit of applying for Heritage Inland Port Status.
The historic Georgian Canal Basins, which connect the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal to the River Severn at the heart of Stourport, have shaped the history and development of the town. Just as the harbours and ports along our coasts, rivers and canals, the canals are a key part of the national story.
Heritage Harbours is a joint initiative between National Historic Ships UK, Historic England and the Maritime Heritage Trust to help safeguard and conserve our most historic locations including the buildings, quays, shipyards, and environments that make them so special. These are the places on the coast and inland where you can see traditional ships and boats still in operation and the buildings, facilities and people that make that possible.
To celebrate the beginning of this journey, on Saturday 9th September from 10am-5pm there will be a variety of entertaining heritage activities taking place around the lower and upper canal basins. Activities include guided walks and the opening of Stourport Forward’s Heritage Rooms which include The Tontine Stable & The Old Ticket Office. Stourport Forward’s historic working canal boat, Bramble, will also be on display and volunteers will be present to answer questions and allow visitors to view the living quarters and cargo area. In addition, The Fetch Theatre Company will be running family scrunch puppet-making workshops throughout the day and Stourport Yacht Club will be hosting displays about the history of this historic working port with the opportunity to purchase food and drink. It has all the makings of a memorable day, and Heritage Stourport would love as many people to join us as possible! There will be a small fee for the puppet workshops, but the other activities will be free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day between the advertised times.