The other weekend, we visited Bekonscot Model Village and Railway in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. It’s been a family day out we’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now, but for whatever reason, it just hadn’t happened. However, some friends said that they’d recently gone and enjoyed it, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon. There’s nothing like parenting rivalries to kick your arse into action, eh?!
Being the Sherlock-esque fella that I am, the name alone told me that it had a model village and railway. Yet my thirst for knowledge hadn’t been fully quenched with this information. A quick Google told me that Bekonscot is actually the world’s oldest model village dating back to the 1920’s. It wasn’t created as a visitor attraction to start with – instead, some rich bloke had just decided to create a model landscape of what rural England looked like in his back garden. Something tells me that he was probably single…
Anyway, over the years, Bekonscot has expanded to now house a Gauge 1 miniature railway, the model village made up of six 1930’s towns, a ride-on railway, gardens, a play area, a cafe and a shop. It sounded a pretty perfect place for a toddler, particularly as the sprog had really enjoyed Brighton Toy and Model Railway on our recent trip to the south coast.
So, one sunny Saturday morning in October, we got up and made the half hour drive to Bekonscot. We paid our entrance fees – £10 per adult, £6 per child (all profits are donated to charity) – then began our wander around. Rather than write about what we got up to in loads of detail, I thought I’d instead do a bit of a video of our day which will paint a much clearer image than my words. Check out the 3 minutes, 44 seconds of Spielberg-like footage below:
Assuming you watched the video above, you’ll see that there’s obviously a lot to see. Toddler L really enjoyed running around looking at the miniature buildings, people and vehicles. I like to think that she was pretending to be Godzilla and planning on causing carnage across the small village. At least that’s what I was doing.
Her favourite bit was the mini-fairground where we stood for way too long as she moved to the music. She was also a big fan of watching the trains – both the miniature and ride-on ones. She had a bit of grub in the cafe, which was reasonably priced, plus had fun in the playground. So much so that we had tears when we tried to remove her from the wooden pirate ship.
All in all, we had a fab few hours at Bekonscot and will definitely be heading back. Have you been to Bekonscot before? Let me know below!
N.B. Our day out to Bekonscot was a self-funded visit which I’m sharing because we had a great day out.