We at Circus Day Nursery have decided to start a new monthly feature for parents – Circus’ Child Friendly Guide to The Cotswolds.

We are all busy and time with your children is precious.  So why spend your free time taking long car journeys that can end up being tedious for the whole family?  That’s why we are excited to be bringing you information on things to do right here in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas with your wee ones.

We will create blog posts on different attractions, events, museums, parks and so on and comment on the best times of year to visit, the appropriate age group to take, any special things you might want to consider along the way and post it all here.

However they will also be added to our Facebook page so be sure to like us on Facebook so you don’t miss any of the fun!

And if you have suggestions on places you’ve visited and enjoyed with your family do let us know in the comments below or again on our Facebook page so we can pass on your tips to other parents.

On to our first child friendly attraction which is a short eight miles from Cheltenham – The famous Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village.

What is it?

‘The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford.’ (from their website)

Why is it great for kids?

First off, this isn’t a cramped display of mini buildings – this is a mini version of one of Britain’s most beautiful villages that you and your children can actually walk around and explore.  There are bonsai versions of trees so the trees look true to life next to the mini buildings.  Many grandparents especially enjoy visiting the model village with their grandchildren.

Burton-on-the-Water itself is a gorgeous little village.  Why not make a day of it and have a spot of lunch while you are there.  This page on the Cotswolds.info has a list of places to eat listed here.

What age groups is it appropriate for?

We feel that very young children from 2-3 onwards would enjoy the village as it’s fun for kids to be larger than the buildings.   The village doesn’t take a huge amount of time to walk around so you could leave the push chair in the car and let your children explore on foot.

How do you get there?

Travel along the A436 West to the Rissington Road in Berton-on-the-Water.

How much does it cost?

Admission £3 adults, £2.75 seniors, £2.50 children

How can I contact them?

Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2AF, United Kingdom

01451 820467


What time of year is best to visit?

Any time can be good, however Winter can be absolutely stunning when it snows.  So if we have a dusting of snow why not don your wellies and have a day out?  However if there’s been a heavy snow they might have to shut the mini village for safety reasons.  So it’s recommend that you give them a ring to ensure they are open before you plan your trip.