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A day at Bourton on the Water

May 13, 2012

Last bank holiday weekend, despite the horrendous weather (do you detect a theme here?!), we decided we wanted to go somewhere new.  Out came the piles of leaflets of attractions, theme parks and zoo’s and we finally decided on Bourton On the Water.  Neither my husband or I had been before and the description of Bourton as “Venice of the Cotswolds” proclaimed proudly on the website piqued our interest.

Off we set in the pouring rain, wellies and waterproofs at the ready (and boy, did we need them!).  We arrived quite early and struggled to find a parking spot on the main shopping street, but we later found a car park near Birdland. It was quite busy with tourists, but we decided to have a wander alongside the “Water” which was crystal clear and with lovely little bridges crossing it here and there.  We felt as if we had wandered onto a film set, it has to be the prettiest village I have ever seen.

We found the Tourist Information office and asked for directions to the model village, they also gave me a Bourton On The Water booklet with a free childs entry ticket into the model village. It was a 5 minute walk away if you went directly, however it was impossible not to visit some of the gift shops on the way, so took us a little longer!

The model village was a delight, it is a 1/9th scale replica of the village itself and is exact in details as can be possible!  The shops, pubs and restaurants had replica signage and even items in the shop windows – we especially enjoyed the Edinburgh Woollen Mills display of jumpers. My daughter loved looking in all the windows and thought is was fairies houses!  We also enjoyed the churches that played hymns as you walked past. They also had a small exhibition of miniature scenes and room sets which was fascinating.  It is worth noting that the paths are very narrow and not at all suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs

Unfortunately, the weather beat us in the end, and we decided to home early.  However, we are already planning on returning. The Cotswold Motor & Toy museum,  Model railway exhibition and Birdland being top of our list.

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