A day out at Bourton-on-the-Water
Last weekend, we found ourselves in one of those rare situations where we had nothing planned for the whole of both days. We decided to have a day out somewhere and make the most of some family time together. We were tempted by some of our usual, local haunts, but Freyja had recently being learning about early motorcars at school so we thought she might enjoy the Cotswold Motoring Museum at Bourton-on-the-Water.
Saturday turned out to be a damp day, but with the beautiful Cotswold town of Bourton-on-the-Water usually being busy with tourists, we decided that this was actually a good thing and didn’t let the weather spoil our plans. We visited the Motoring Museum first. The collection comprised of cars, motorbikes and caravans and also a large toy collection. It is also home to Brum. Now if you are unsure what “Brum” is, he is a little yellow replica car who had his own TV series and goes off on adventures in “Big Town” (Birmingham) whilst his owner isn’t looking.
Following the Motoring Museum, we went to check out the Model Railway. Although this was a fairly small museum, made up of just three rooms, the girls (and us) really enjoyed watching, and operating some of the model trains. They loved the details of the buildings and people in the models as well.
Having enjoyed the Model Railway so much, we then went to look at the Model Village. This is a 1:9 replica of Bourton-on-the-Water itself. We enjoyed spotting the buildings which we had previously seen in miniature form, including the Motoring Museum. I can’t believe how long we spent here, as the girls were fascinated by it. They loved going up and down the streets and looking at the details associated with each of the buildings.
Rich and I loved just how good the models were. As it was fairly quiet, you could crouch down and at “street level” you could almost believe you were in the town itself. That is, until a couple of giant children came striding down the street.
I loved the attention to detail too. There was the found of hymns being sung from one church, and the other had some beautiful stained windows. There were picnic benches outside a pub and a greenhouse in one of the gardens.
We were really amused by the model of the Model Village – which then had a model village within it!
After we managed to drag the girls out from the Model Village, we went for a wander through the town, along the river. The river was full of ducks, looking for tourists with food for them. Rich and the girls obliged.