Bourton-on-the-Water Tourist Information & Visitor Guide
Located in a small valley amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the area.
This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village. Bourton has a charm all of its own at any time of the year.
On August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, a rather eccentric tradition takes place when the local football team plays a game of football actually in the river! The odd event has been going on for over 100 years and has been filmed and written about all over the world.
At Christmas time, a pretty christmas tree is placed in the river and a wonderful shopping evening is held to switch the lights on – a truly magical sight.
There is much to see in Bourton on the Water and it is suitable for visitors of all ages especially families. Visit the Birdland Park and Gardens – home to a wide variety of exotic birds including penguins, flamingos, macaws, emus and birds of prey. Marvel at the detail of the buildings in The Model Village – a 1/9th scale replica of the centre of the village. The Cotswold Motoring Museum has seven unique galleries housing a collection of vintage cars, a fascinating toy collection, exhibitions and children’s TV favourite little car ‘Brum’. Enter the Model Railway Exhibition and the world of your childhood dreams with some of the finest operating indoor model railway layouts in the country, a treat for the old and young alike. The Dragonfly Maze designed by Kit Williams also has a Rebus puzzle to solve to find the secret hiding place of The Golden Dragonfly.
Bourton-on-the-Water also has an eclectic mix of shops including Cotswold Perfumery, a jewellers and pottery giving a wide choice of unique and exciting gifts all year round.
The area surrounding Bourton is a walker’s paradise with numerous footpaths crisscrossing the countryside. There is also a nature reserve where you can enjoy natural meadows, wildflowers and explore some of the history of this farming area.
There has been a settlement in Bourton since Anglo-Saxon times and it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The word ‘Bourton’ is of Saxon origin, derived from ‘burgh’ meaning fortification or camp and ‘ton’ meaning estate, enclosure or village. Taken together you have ‘the village beside the camp’.
In and around Bourton-on-the-Water you will find a great selection of hotels, B&B's and holiday cottages, and of course you are sure to find that wonderful place to eat too.
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We love eggs! Whether it's a baby bird or an easter egg hunt! Discover both varieties at Birdland this Easter. Look out for the hidden eggs in our Easter egg hunt to complete the quiz, and peek into the hatchery to spot any of our baby birds. Save...
Celebrate Mother's Day at Birdland and learn about how amazing feathered mums are too!
Treat the family and your mum to a bite to eat in the newly refurbished Flamingo Point Café, before discovering over 500 species of birds.
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A great opportunity to share the past with the children of today. This is a traditional country steam show that originally started as a steam rally in the 1950s and ran Northleach Steam and Stationary Engine show from the 1970s to 2000.
PricePrices £3.00 to £5.00 Per Ticket
Fosse Way, Northleach
Explore the hidden treasures of the Coln and Windrush valleys on an expertly guided electric bike tour. Let the top quality Kalkhoff electric bikes flatten the hills so that you can concentrate on taking in the breath-taking scenery. The leisurely...
Bourton On The Water
Character Cottages focus specifically on fabulous, luxury country homes and cottages, in beautiful towns throughout the Cotswolds. With over 100 fantastic places to choose from, we are sure you will find something perfect for you!
Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen.
Kingham is an unspoilt Cotswold village that makes an excellent base for walking with a number of excellent pubs and a mainline railway station. There are a number of free downloadable walks around Kingham.
Stow On The Wold
Wool, War & Wonders will be a museum for a day telling the Story of Stow on the Wold through historical artifacts
The Charter Fair dates back to 1227 when King Henry III granted the town of Northleach, a Charter, allowing a weekly market and an annual fair.
The one-day event will also showcase local crafts, produce and skills alongside a packed programme of free entertainment for all the family, culminating in an evening of live music, food and drink.
You are invited to our very special Witch's Tea Party. We'd love to see you get creative with your costumes- each child that comes in fancy dress will get to have a go in our lucky dip trick or treat basket . If you need a little help with the...
…Of a mechanical horse! With all of the excitement of a real horse ride, this will be a perfect introduction for first-timers… walking, cantering or trotting.
The lovely people at BETA are bringing their 'Take up the Reins' Tour of Great Britain...
Enjoy a fun filled day out this summer at Birdland Park & Gardens. Watch daily Penguin feeding displays, learn why Flamingos only stand on one leg and discover so much more with our interesting Keeper Talks. Be a perch for a parrot! Enjoy...
Fidelio is a production from Longborough Festival Opera 2017
To help us warm up for Circus Skills week (23rd – 29th July), Tweedy will be clowning around at the Farm Park from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Keep a look-out for him!
Tweedy is well known for his role in the acclaimed Giffords Circus, where he has...
With the first bleats of new arrivals and the anticipation of many more in the air, lambing is our favourite time of year! We hope you'll come and share it with us; settle in on the bales in the Demo Barn and keep your eyes peeled… This year, we'll...
In June to August, visit Longborough Festival Opera to take in the picturesque views, bring a picnic and enjoy spectacular opera – all amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds.
10 a.m. til late - Stow-on-the-Wold Cotswold Festival. A day of family fun with an american theme for locals and for visitors.
The Guiting Festival is held every year in the last week of July in the Cotswold Hills, deep in the heart of the English countryside.
Bourton on the Water
Bank Holiday Monday sees the return of Bourton-on-the-Water's Football in the River.
This event sees two teams of six from Bourton Rovers Football Club, play a 30 minute match in the usually calm waters of the River Windrush.