Bourton on the Water is one of the most popular destinations in the North Cotswolds. The River Windrush was diverted through the village in the early 17thC. to power the mills, with bridges built to cross the river. Today visitors come for a day out not only to feed the ducks and paddle in the river but to admire its beauty and many attractions such as The Model Village, Birdland, The Motor Museum, Maze and Model Railway. The Venice of the Cotswolds is incredibly beautiful at Christmas when the giant Christmas Tree is erected in the river, and the lights sparkle in the water.