I have a strange little obsession with miniature villages, there is something about them that absolutely fascinates me. I have wanted to go the Bourton-on-the water one for ages. I went to the village about 7/8 years mid-summer and it was so rammed, so a tip would be not to go in the height of summer. There is a gorgeous shallow river that is great for paddling and obviously on a hot day, people will be enticed by that. We went at the end of the summer holidays on a grey, mild day. It wasn’t quiet, but we were able to enjoy the model village without having to dodge people and able to get tables outside tearooms.
The Bourton-on-the-water model village is the only grade ii listed model village in the country using authentic building materials. It is a one-ninth scale replica of Bourton and It was an idea dreamt up by a former landlord of the Old New Inn. It was officially opened on Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937.
There was excited little girls running around, probably imagining what a great game they could have with their dolls here. Eva, not particularity girly imagined she was a giant.
You can peak in some of the buildings, such as the church and the shop windows have cute little displays.
After the model village we went for a walk. Kids were paddling in the river so we decided to get in too. My god! it-was-freezing! I got in and swiftly back out again. Eva wanted to stay in, like all the other kids. I honestly couldn’t understand how they were all stood in it. I think if we go again I will be taking wellies and fleece socks. Of course when Eva had the duck feed and all the little ducklings came up, I got all bat-shit crazy snap happy.
Things to do at Bourton-on-the-water:
- Model Village
- Paddle the river
- Explore the shops
- Dragonfly Maze
- Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
- Birdland Park & Gardens