The Model Village – Bourton-on-the-Water

I love Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s where Craig proposed to me and where we share our surname with one of the roads.  So it seemed like the perfect place to have a family day out on Valentine’s Day.

Here are the two of us on the day he proposed in 2011 and the three of us on Valentine’s Day 2016.

When we arrived in Bourton we struggled to find a car parking space because it was so busy. There are a couple of large public car parks within walking distance which were full but we eventually got a parking space in the small pay and display car park outside the Model Village. We decided to pop into the Model Village while we were there because I thought it would be a great place to take some photos of Sophie. The Model Village opened in 1937 and is a 1:9 scale replica of the buildings in Bourton-on-the-Water in the 1930s.

There are no pushchairs allowed in the Model Village because the paths are so narrow but they provide a pushchair parking area beside the entrance. You are asked to stay on the paths so we used Sophie’s reins just in case she decided to try and climb into the mini gardens and courtyards!

It was very quaint but looked a little tired and dated in places. The website mentions that the Model Village has been given Grade II listed status and the buildings are constantly being restored and maintained. I would love to get in there and update the curtains and create some new window displays. However Sophie obviously didn’t care and enjoyed peering in the windows and knocking on some of the doors.


She loved running around up and down the paths and she looked like a giant compared to the buildings. If you look closely you can see that we found Moore Road!


Sophie did’t follow the one way system! Her main aim was to get back to the river. No matter where we carried her to, when we put her down she worked out how to get back to it. When I asked her why she wanted to go to the river she did big splashing actions with her hands. Thank goodness we packed the reins! She did manage to get her foot in as she went across a bridge at one point!


We stayed for about 30 minutes and decided to leave before Sophie actually had a swim in the river. I enjoyed taking Sophie and it provided great photo opportunities but we left feeling that perhaps it could do with something more. I wonder whether they could introduce audio guides for people that are interested in the history of the buildings.

If you are in the area and fancy popping in, the Model Village is open every day of the year (except for Christmas Day). It costs £3.60 for adults, £2.80 for children aged 3-13/over 60s and under 3s are free. You can also get your hand stamped when you leave if you wish to pop back later that day. Make sure you check out the periscope to feel like you have shrunk to fit the village and listen out for the choir singing in the church!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

*I have not been sponsored to do this review. I just wanted to share our day out on the blog.

6 thoughts on “The Model Village – Bourton-on-the-Water

  1. Model Villages always look so cute, it’s lovely that this one is based on the village it’s in what a fab idea. Sophie really does look like a giant exploring the streets of the model village such a great photo op indeed. It may have felt like they could do more in your eyes but it’s clear that Sophie was mesmerised by the whole experience. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.


    1. I think you are spot on. Sophie loved it and didn’t need anything more than feeling like a giant exploring the streets. It’s so refreshing to see places through children’s eyes. They seem much more fun!


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