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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 stream 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 1:9 replica of the village and includes a model of the model village itself (a model within a model). It was built by local craftsmen in the 1930s, and opened in 1937.

* 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 and a large pond full of salmon which can be fed by the public. There are bird-of-prey displays and a penguin feeding demonstration.

* The Dragonfly Maze

* On the fourth Sunday of each month, there is a farmers' market.

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Taken on June 24, 2009