Shackerstone Village Profile
Shackerstone is one of West Leicestershire's most popular villages and in the writers opinion one of the prettiest villages in the area. There is a very highly rated primary school on the edge of the village in nearby Congerstone. Shackerstone is a highly sociable village and once a year it hosts a large charity event, The Shackerstone Family Festival, which can include everything from vintage cars to displays by the red arrows and spitfires. There are some fabulous walks and it is a village where people from aspire to live.
Anciently Shackerstone was known as Sacrestone, Shakston, Shaxton and Shackerston and still today the village name proves difficult for some. The village name meant ''the village of robbers'', so perhaps the different spellings were to conceal this! Through the centuries Shackerstone was a sleepy, rural village but with the Industrial Revolution and the coming of the canals and the railways, life changed forever and Shackerstone became a much busier place. Gopsall Hall was built in the village and was home to one Charles Jennens, a librettist and great friend of George Frideric Handel, who, villagers say, was staying at the hall when he wrote perhaps his most famous oratorio, The Messiah. Sadly the hall is no more but parts of the beautiful surrounding park are still in evidence. Today, Shackerstone is home to the Battlefield Line Railway which is a preserved steam and diesel line running trains most weekends of the year to and from Bosworth Battlefield.
Shackerstone lies approximately three miles North West of Market Bosworth, four and a half miles from Ibstock.
There is a doctors practice in nearby Market Bosworth
There is also a dental practice in Market Bosworth at Station Road, Market Bosworth
There are playgroups at Congerstone Primary School and at St Peters Hall in Market Bosworth,
Market Bosworth Day Nursery takes children from birth to age 5 in Barton Road, Market Bosworth
Congerstone Primary School takes children aged 5 to 11 years.
There are a number of independent schools in the area,
Dixie Grammar School
A co-educational independent school taking children from the ages of 11 to 18.
Dixie Grammar Junior School, is the pre-preparatory department for children aged 4-8years .
Transport is available from Shackerstone to all of these schools.
f these schools can be found on www.ofsted.gov.uk
The village is visited every two weeks by the mobile library even though there is a well stocked library in Market Bosworth. There is a Parish Church in the village and two public houses. Although there are no shops in the village nearby Market Bosworth has a range of shops including a Post Office, a florist, hairdressers and a Co-operative supermarket. There are also a number of superstores within a ten mile radius.
Market Bosworth has a thriving rugby club with junior, colts and senior teams playing in various Midland Leagues
Has six courts, three of which are floodlit with a number of teams in the Leicestershire Leagues.
Attractive green in the centre of Market Bosworth
Has a number of junior teams
Basketball Club with two teams playing in the Leicestershire League
Shackerstone has a wealth of attractions locally including, as well as the Battlefield Line and Museum and the many walks along the Ashby Canal,
Bosworth Water Park which lies to the West of Market Bosworth where there are a fantastic range of sporting activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and camping.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park which has a small, interactive museum, restaurant and some fantastic walks.
Twycross Zoo The zoological park is a popular choice for families and is proud of it's record with endangered species.
The area around the village has a wealth of pubs, restaurants and hotels. Market Bosworth also has a private health club and gym at Bosworth Hall Hotel.