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Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Gloucestershire, England in the Cotswolds area. It is known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' because of the bridge-spanned river that runs through the village .

Bourton has a number of tourist attractions:

  • The River Windrush is spanned by several attractive small road and footbridges. During the summer, a game of football is played between two of the bridges and is medieval football rather than anything comparable to association football, with goalposts set up in the river itself. Two teams play with a standard football, and a referee attempts to keep order. Crowds line the sidelines of the pitch (the banks), and the aim is to score as many goals as possible (while getting everyone else as wet as possible).
  • The model village is a 1:10 replica of the village and includes a model of the model village itself (a model within a model).
  • The Model Railway.
  • The Cotswold Motoring Museum (home of Brum).
  • Birdland, an ornithological theme park, which is a collection of birds, from penguins through parrots to passerine (perching) birds. Children can feed the large fish. There are bird-of-prey displays.
  • The Dragonfly Maze
  • On the fourth Sunday of each month, there is a farmers' market.

Long-distance footpaths and local walks start, finish or pass through Bourton-on-the-Water. One such route that begins its 100-mile route north is the Heart of England Way.

The Fosse Way Roman road also runs close by.

Bourton is also home to Bourton on the Water Primary School and the Cotswold School, a co-educational comprehensive school.

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