We’ve highlighted why Bourton-on-the-Water makes for the perfect winter’s day out in case you have a free weekend in the coming weeks. The idyllic village, located in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, truly is a wonderful winter destination.
Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, this quaint village is a hub of activity in the summer months with international tourists lining the banks and bridges of the river, however, a more peaceful time to visit is England’s colder months.
Visitors can indulge in Christmas shopping in the village’s independent boutiques and relax in the cafes and bars that overlook the picturesque river.
For bird lovers a trip to Birdland Park and Gardens is top of the must-do list. The wildlife attraction’s penguin residents make use of the frostier season dipping and diving out of their pool and showing off their plumage during the daily feeding displays.
Visitors over the 2019 winter season may be able to recognise Birdland’s most famous resident Spike the penguin who features on thousands of this year’s Christmas cards, following a photo shoot earlier in the year.
A trip to Penguin Shore will also provide the chance to see England’s only group of breeding king penguins, alongside their cheeky Humboldt friends of course.
There are plenty of opportunities to brush up on bird facts at daily feeding and talks shows where visitors get to meet the keepers who care for all the birds in the park.
At the indoor Discovery Zone, visitors can meet other animals that lay eggs; ranging from fish and amphibians to reptiles and even mammals plus there’s the chance to enjoy some hands-on experiences in the Close Encounter Zone.
Visitors can also go back in time to hunt for dinosaur eggs in the Jurassic Journey trail and explore prehistoric fossils in the Dino Dig.