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The chances are good that you haven’t and you won’t this year either. But you will get a chance to watch one of the country’s most famous and unusual football matches if you happen to be in Bourton on the Water at the end of August.
Bourton on the Water is the site of the Football in the River match – appropriately named as we’re sure you’ll agree – and it takes place on the Bank Holiday Monday every year in August. This year it falls on Monday 29th August, so make sure you are ready to take up your place on the banks of the River Windrush to watch the match as it takes place.
It does sound like an unlikely event but it has been going strong for seventy years now. These are not professional teams of course – instead they’re made up of local people all willing to get wet to try and win the game.
Bourton on the Water is of course one of the prettiest and most popular villages in the whole of the Cotswolds. No visit to this part of the country is complete without stopping off to see what it has to offer. You can expect it to be busy on the Bank Holiday Monday, so if you are thinking of booking a long weekend or a Cotswolds cottage for the week, make sure you do so as soon as possible.
The village is a nice place to base your Cotswolds holiday. There is plenty to do in the village, with a local pottery and the Cotswold Motor Museum to browse around, both of which are well worth a look. Bourton is also ideal for walkers since you can use this as a base to head out and explore other parts of the Cotswolds as well. If you are unsure where to walk from here, stop off at the Tourist Information Office to pick up some ordnance survey maps for use locally.
Of course you won’t want to miss the football match so make sure you get there nice and early to stake out your spot. People are warned not to get too close to the edge of the river though – you are liable to get rather wet if you do! The match usually starts at about 3pm but most people get there in plenty of time to do other things first as well. Bourton on the Water certainly has lots of shops and things to see and do while you are there, and you won’t run short of places to go for a bite to eat at lunchtime either.
So you see, if you want to see the charming River Windrush and the delightful village of Bourton, what better time to do it than on the Bank Holiday Monday in August? Even if you are local and you just pop down for the day, it might inspire you to book a longer stay in a local Cotswolds cottage.