A visit to Bekonscot Model Village

Whilst visiting my parents during the Easter break, 10 of us took a family trip to Bekonscot Model Village. I last went there with 3 of my school friends for my 13th birthday treat. How times have changed. Although very popular, I didn’t see any teenagers there now, so not a cool young persons destination any more, but great for family fun.

Bekonscot model village

The history indicated that the village was opened back in 1929 and that the Queen visited it as a child. Exhibits are are still being added and replaced today. It also mentioned that there used to be over 50 model villages in the UK, but sadly very few left now. When Ramsgate model village closed down, some of their houses were relocated to Bekonscot.

Bekonscot Model Village and Model Railway at Beaconsfield

Bekonscot Model Village and Model Railway at Beaconsfield

We spent about 4 hours there and walked round the village several times over. Each time I spotted things I had missed before. The adults had a good giggle at the puns on a lot of the names, like Dan D Lyon Florists and the school with headmaster I Cane and caretaker B Tidy. And it was fun to peer inside the properties to see the characters like a child with a saucepan stuck on his head in the hospital. There was even a zoo, a maze (Hanton Court Maze), a circus, a funfair, a thatched cottage on fire and music playing from the bandstand. The boys both liked watching the trains travelling round the village best. There was also a slightly larger model railway for them to ride on and a playground.

Bekonscot Model Village and Model Railway at Beaconsfield

So much thought has gone into it. I definitely recommend a visit. A great day out. And it was nice to see that all profits are donated to charity.

Although there was a cafe, we took a picnic lunch with us, including Mr Kipling Bakewell Slices for afters, as a day out is always better with cake. Son1 even had two slices!

Bekonscot Model Village and Model Railway at Beaconsfield

So have you ever visited a model village. And if so, which one?

This post is an entry for #betterwithcake Linky Challenge, sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/mrkiplingcakes. I missed out on getting the free cake, but bought a pack to take part in the challenge.

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14 thoughts on “A visit to Bekonscot Model Village

  1. Galina V

    I haven’t visited a model village as such, though there is a model street of Woodstock at Blenheim park that we love, and of course, we saw the mini-world at legoland, What a lovely place to visit with kids

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  2. entertainingelliot

    We have a model village fairly near us in Wimborne, Dorset. I’ve never visited but it’s on my list – hopefully we will get there over the summer! Think my little boy will love stomping around like hes a giant!

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    1. mumjd Post author

      Especially if he enjoys “The Smartest Giant in Town” which I remember reading again and again to my boys when they were younger

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  3. Coombe Mill

    I love the sound of this model village and recognised a few places in your photos. The cleverly worded signs made me smile, we are always thinking of these for our summer carnival floats! Our local one like so many shut down so good to hear of one still thriving. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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