We’ve been so busy enjoying our last summer before Monkey starts school that I haven’t had much of a chance to share our adventures. So time to make amends and start the first of a series of a summer of fun posts. First up – Bekonscot Model Village.
We first visited Bekonscot Model Village 2 years ago. I remember Monkey being fascinated with the model railway that runs around a large part of the model village. I knew a return visit was well overdue. A while back I exchanged some Tesco rewards for Days Out vouchers and when Daddy P took the week off earlier this month, off we went.
There is limited free parking available next to the church on the opposite side of the road from Bekonscot Model Village. We’ve been lucky both times to park easily. But we have arrived pretty much as the village opens at 10am both times. If you arrived later in the day, it might not be so easy. Worth noting.
As soon as we arrived Monkey was off, dragging Daddy P with him. Where are the trains Daddy? On our way to track them down we noticed someone working on repairing one of the models – fascinating stuff.
No time to stop and play in the lovely play area, an a lovely sunny day, so we’d be picnicking in the sunshine.
Bekonscot Model Village has a one way system which is really useful, especially at busy times. There’s no issue with standing and really looking at each area of the display, but it’s so much easier when everyone is walking in the same direction.
Monkey wanted to make a beeline for the train area. The lovely thing about Bekonscot Model Village is that you can walk around it as many times as you like during your visit. So we headed for that section and knew once he’d had his train fix, we could revisit the rest of the village in more detail.
It was a joy to watch his enthusiasm as he saw and followed the various trains. You can even watch the trains being controlled in the main signal box as you walk around.
We watched the fireman put out a fire at the thatched cottage – always a highlight.
Talked about coal mining as we watched he coal going along on the conveyor belt to be loaded on the coal wagons.
It was lovely to be able to talk to Monkey about different areas of the village in detail. Everything is set in the 1930’s, from the cars at the garage to the aeroplanes at the airport. The details are wonderful.
After a while we decided it was time for our picnic, there are plenty of picnic tables to choose from, either with a parasol or under cover. We took our own food, but the cafe supplies a number of reasonably priced options too.
Then it was time for a ride on the miniature railway. This is extra, but it was only £1 each and Monkey loved it.
We then headed back into the main village for some more train action!
I can thoroughly recommend Bekonscot Model Village for a family day out. Monkey has loved it as a 2 and half year old, and again at nearly 5 years old. I can see it being a family favourite for years to come. We’ll certainly be back.