A Day Out in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

Jurassic Journey in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the most scenic villages in the UK and makes for a great autumn adventure. We have put together some ideas for you to enjoy a day out in the Cotswold village with family and friends this autumn.


Start your day with a trip to meet the residents of Birdland Park and Gardens. Discover our pink feathered Flamingos inhabiting the river Windrush and the new additions to the Out of Africa enclosure. Then stop by and watch the lovable King Penguins make a splash at Penguin Shore.

Taking visitors back over 65 million years, to a time when dinosaurs roamed the Cotswolds, explore the Jurassic Journey and spot over 30 species of prehistoric dinosaurs.

Top tip! Enjoy a spot of lunch at the Flamingo Point Café if you’re feeling peckish!

River Windrush

Next, take the short walk from Birdland into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water and dip your toes in the River Windrush, which runs through the village. Iconic for its low, stone bridges, the village is also known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of these!

Model Village

Step back in time at the 1930’s model village which is an exact replica of the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It took 5 years to build and was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937.

Did you know you can even explore the Model Village on Google Street view!

Treasure Trail

Whilst on your day out in Bourton-on-the-Water, put on your best detective hat and discover ‘whodunit’ with a Treasure Trail Murder Mystery! Clues can be found near the River Windrush and its bridges, the Model Village, the Motor Museum, and Birdland.

Dragonfly Maze

Unlike many other hedge mazes in the UK the Dragonfly Maze incorporates puzzles and clues to make for a fun experience!

For more information about a visit to Bourton-on-the-Water and what else there is to do in the village, visit the Tourist Information Centre and their website.

Sign Up for our newsletter