We have two bars, skittle alley and a large beer garden in an exceptional setting where you can take in the fresh air and superb views of Hambledon Hill. In Winter you can relax and unwind with a drink in front of our cosy fire and enjoy our traditional homemade food.

You can contribute to this project by donating to the North Dorset Railway Trust.  The trust is always looking for volunteers to help out with track laying, station building work, and running the shops.  If you can help, please contact them directly via shillingstone150@btinternet.com.

We had a fantastic sports day on Wednesday 13th July!  The children competed in the egg and spoon race, the sack race, skipping race, throwing competition and jumping competition.  All the teams worked brilliantly together and they all cheered each other on!  We had fantastic support from our parents and carers - thank you!

The village has a primary school, affiliated to the Church of England[12] and is also home to independent special school, the Forum School.[13] Until around 1997, Shillingstone was the location of the now-defunct girls' boarding school, Croft House School. The independent Hanford School is also near the village.

The station was opened on 31 August 1863. It was on the long single track stretch from Templecombe to Blandford, but had two platforms served by a passing loop. Always one of the most attractive stations on the line, both for its architecture and setting, it closed to freight on 5 April 1965 and completely on 7 March 1966.

Thank you very much to Kathy Kelly for sharing her skills with us, to all the kind parents who offered their time to help during our workshops and to all the staff for making it such a successful week.

Nestling at the foot of Hambledon Hill, the Old Ox Inn is a haven for walkers and ramblers, attracting visitors from all over the country.

The station is now being fully restored by the North Dorset Railway Trust. Track is currently being laid between the platforms (July 2009). The station has a souvenir shop and also sells refreshments, which are much appreciated by users of the adjacent North Dorset Trailway.

If you would like information or updates added to any area within the new website please feel free to contact us with your request.

Shillingstone /ˈʃɪlᵻŋstən/ is a village and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of north Dorset, England, situated on the River Stour between Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 479 households and a population of 1,170.[1]


Congratulations to Jungle Class, you are the winners of the Attendance Cup for the Summer Term 2nd half 2016.  You have won with an attendance figure of 95.63%

Shillingstone Parish Council serving the village of Shillingstone in Dorset. Please contact us if you have questions concerning the work of the Parish Council, if you have any concerns that you feel the Council should be aware of or where it can help or support you.

Shillingstone features in the Domesday Book of 1086[2] as a settlement of 46 households, with meadow, woodlands and a mill, under the lordship of Ascelin. Its name is a derivation of Eschelling's (or Ascelin's) town. It once had the tallest maypole in Dorset - 86 feet high.[3] An agricultural community, it specialised in the production of moss.[4]

A family run freehouse, offering a warm welcome, cask ale, selected wines and fresh home made food in inviting surroundings.

Access to the Trailways is just 500 yards from the pub garden and there are wonderful walks and excellent bike rides all around us.

The children have been working towards this performance all week.  We were very lucky to have puppeteer Kathy Kelly run workshops for us and helped us to make the puppets used during the show.  Class 1 children made fish puppets using lots of sparkles and magic glitter, class 2 children made bird puppets using stuffed tights and ribbon, class 3 children made snake puppets - more stuffed tights and class 4 children made children puppets. 

In the first World War, it earned the title, "the bravest village in Britain", because of the high proportion of residents who volunteered to join the armed forces.[citation needed] In 1924 the Shillingstone lime works was started to extract lime from the chalk beds at Shillingstone Hill.

Our Arts Week this year ended today with a fantastic puppet show about 'The Selfish Giant'.

Please visit or 'news' section for more images from our Arts Week.

The school had an OFSTED inspection 17/18 October 2012 and was judged to be a GOOD school. Shillingstone CE VA Primary School OFSTED Report  

The NDRT plans to fully restore the station and lay track for some distance with demonstration trains planned. As part of a fully restored S&D the line may eventually be doubled and regular trains will return, with services south to Blandford and Bournemouth and north to Templecombe, Shepton Mallet and Bath.

Our skittle alley and snug bar can be booked for private functions and we have a range of buffets, which can be tailored to your requirements. Please see our Food page for sample menus.

 Website last amended 24th August 2016.

Shillingstone Parish Council meets monthly to discuss planning applications, maintenance of allotments and the local recreation ground, and other local amenities.[5]

The parish church of the Holy Rood is a short distance away from the village and is of 12th-century origin, constructed in banded flint and ashlar masonry.[6] It was enlarged in the 15th century and in the 19th century; G. F. Bodley added the north aisle. The font is of the 12th century and the pulpit of the 17th.[7] The hymn writer Edward Dayman was appointed Rector of Shillingstone in 1842. About 150m south of the church is a medieval cross base.[8]

When you walk through the door of Shillingstone School you will know immediately that this is a caring and inclusive school where everybody feels welcome. With strong staff parent partnerships and a varied and engaging curriculum, children are motivated to achieve their full potential. When pupils leave the school, it is with happy memories of their primary education and an enthusiasm for future learning.

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Lots of the children are achieving certificates on Mathletics. These are the achievements just from this last week! Well done to you all and keep it up.

Shillingstone is the most populous area of Bulbarrow electoral ward, which extends south to Winterbourne Strickland and had a population of 1,850 in the 2011 census.[14] Bulbarrow forms part of the constituency of North Dorset, which is currently represented in the UK parliament by the Conservative Simon Hoare.[15]

Shillingstone is a Quality Parish Council.