We paid £9.50 per adult and £5.50 per child (under 2s are free). Tesco Clubcard vouchers are accepted, which we would have used if we'd been more organised. This includes admission to the model village, with a ride on the railway costing an additional £1 per person.
Bekonscot Model Village is the oldest original model village in the world, and opened for the first time in 1929. Although the attraction was updated with modern buildings over the years, in 1992 it was returned to a village stuck in the 1930s. An extensive miniature railway network criss-crosses the village, and many of the models also have moving parts, like the funfair and children's playground.
The model village is set over a large area, connected by little paths. It's wide enough to walk with a pushchair, although Mia walks well enough now that we only really use one for carrying the sandwiches. Harry and Mia were so excited when they arrived, and when they realised that there were miniature trains running in between the buildings they couldn't be kept still, and were quite literally jumping up and down with excitement.
We walked around the model village twice because there is so much to see, and there was plenty that we had missed the first time around. It's worth knowing that everything at Bekonscot is outdoors, so if you can try and visit on a dry day!
There is also an excellent adventure playground for little ones which kept both amused for quite a while. We always take our own sandwiches on days out, and there were plenty of picnic benches. We finished with a ride on the railway. As official documenter and photographer I watched from the side, but it seemed to be enjoyed by all.
We had a really lovely day out at Bekonscot, and I'm so glad that we managed to visit in the end. Finally, here's one of the old postcards which inspired me all those years ago. Doesn't it look magical?
|Image from a Cotman Color Series Postcard, printed and published in Great Britain |
by Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich, England