Recently (or not so recently actually!) there was a bank holiday to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. During this bank holiday there were quite a few things “on”, including an annual football game, played in the River Windrush in the center of Bourton-on-the-Water. It was a drizzly day and the game went on as planned; after all, the players were soaked through within minutes…

The match set-up

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The match was in Bourton-on-the-Water, which was one of the first Cotswold towns we visited. It was nice to go back and be familiar with the area and to be slightly less touristy in our surroundings (though the town is full of tourists all year round).

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A super cute house and beautiful foliage

We stopped into a quite cafe called Bakery On The Water for a pre-match lunch and tea (and scones of course!).

Then it was time for the match! The Bourton Rovers Football Club was playing (not sure who against…) and it was quite a sight to see. There were tons of people lined along the river – I got an OK spot but was actually glad I didn’t get so close because people were definitely splashed!

Spectators staying dry and away from the action
Spectators getting IN the action aka SPLASHED!

It was quite a lively match, mainly because it was funny to see the players kick the ball and it splash and get the crowd and other team mates wet. Though it was just an exhibition match the players really got into it! There was a lot of shouting and some roughhousing, but mostly just hamming it up and splashing the crowd for good fun.


The match was only about 30 minutes and I couldn’t tell you who won, but was entertaining to watch!