10 reasons to visit Shepperton
PUBLISHED: 09:40 25 August 2020 | UPDATED: 13:30 25 August 2020
Andy Newbold Photography
We’ve got the insider tips on the best places to shop, eat and visit in the Surrey village
It is impossible to talk about Shepperton without mentioning the world-famous Shepperton Studios, although this little slice of British film history is actually based in the neighbouring village of Littleton. Film crews have been making a name for Shepperton since the early 1930s and recent high-profile productions here have included parts of the Harry Potter and Star Wars series, and Mary Poppins Returns.
At the nearby Queen Mary Reservoir, is Liquid Leisure’s inflatable obstacle course. Think Total Wipeout in a lake. There is more to Liquid Leisure than just obstacles, however, as you can also enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and open-water swimming.
With a charming riverside patio garden and a stylish interior, the Red Lion has been a huge hit in Shepperton in recent years serving excellent food in an unpretentious setting. Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or just drinks in the sunshine while watching river life floating by.
Shepperton Open Water Swim
Just next to the River Thames, Shepperton Open Water Swim is a place where keen swimmers can enjoy open-water swimming in an idyllic location. As well as swimming loops, there’s a cross-country track to stretch your legs around. It is £6 per session with parking, changing facilities, toilets and showers included.
Desborough Sailing Club
Located by the lake, Desborough Sailing Club is a dinghy sailing club with racing all year round on the Thames. You will often spot members canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and picnicking at this family-friendly club.
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At the heart of Church Square, is St Nicholas Church. A church has stood on the site since the 7th century. The present building was completed in 1614, with a tower added later following design suggestions by Queen Anne. Around the church are Warren Lodge hotel, King’s Head pub and The Anchor hotel. At the time of writing both hotels were shut but they are linked to the Best Western Ship Hotel in Weybridge, which is open.
James of Shepperton
An award-winning butcher’s shop which built its reputation on sourcing rare breeds, such as Gloucester Old Spot, Red Poll, Angus and Long Horn, James of Shepperton is known for supporting small farms and its personable service. In normal times it hosts butchery workshops too.
Quality Fruit, Veg & Flowers
Staff at Quality Fruit, Veg & Flowers on Shepperton High Street have been run off their feet serving the local community in recent months, even delivering to the local Thames islands. If it is in season, the chances are they will stock it.
The Swan Sanctuary
Founded by Dorothy Beeson in her back garden in the 1980s, The Swan Sanctuary moved to its current site in Shepperton in 2005. Dorothy received a British Empire Medal for her unstinting work in swan welfare. The sanctuary continues to rescue and help swans recover year-round.
It may not be the Millau Viaduct or Tower Bridge, but it is still pretty impressive for a modern Surrey bridge. It also adds a majestic focus to Thames-scape photos in this part of the world.