Tucked away off a residential street in the leafy Buckinghamshire town of Beaconsfield is a wonder in miniature – the model village of Bekonscot. It is one of our local attractions so we know it well but if you live in London, the South East or are vaguely handy for the M40, you should certainly look it up. Here are five reasons why you should visit Bekonscot.
1. It is the grandfather of all miniature villages.
Bekonscot was the world’s very first model village, originally created in a garden in the 1930s, that all others looked to emulate. It still holds the period charm with many of the buildings and scenes based on this time, such as the traditional fairground and the splendid art deco airfield.
2. It’s one of the few opportunities children have to look down on the world around them.
Being at knee-height must become a drag so let the little ones feel bigger for once and peer down at the people and places of the Bekonscot village. There are countless shop windows to peer into, animals to spot at the zoo, and a waving miner who’s a particular favourite.
3. There are lots of trains.
The village itself is like one giant train set with an extensive network of trains running throughout and stopping at stations in different areas, plus there’s a tram and cablecar too. For the big world people wanting a ride there’s a narrow gauge railway that sets off every few minutes around the village. Here’s a taste of the journey…
4. Eat and play without it costing a fortune.
It makes a refreshing change to enjoy a cafe at an attraction where everything is cheap and cheerful. It’s nothing fancy but to fill tummies for a few quid it’s just what you need. Just round the corner from the cafe is a fine play area with play houses and slides plus rides and a water gun range. A perfect way of pausing between exploring the village.
5. You’ve missed a bit.
There are various routes around the village so once you’ve been round it you haven’t seen it all. Set off again and take different paths this time. There are hidden details and funny shop names all about so see what you can spot. Ask for the children’s quiz when buying your tickets.
Disclaimer: This post was written based on a visit provided free of charge in addition to our previous paid for visits. All views expressed are my own, honest opinions.
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