Last weekend, we visited Bekoscot model village in Buckinghamshire.
For 7 years, this place has been on the ‘to do list’ of places to visit as my hubby used to visit as a child as it’s close to where he lived. Now we have Georgia, we have a perfect excuse to visit.
So, we packed up our picnics and off we went to Beaconsfield for a few hours of fun at the model village with the family.
What to expect from Bekonscot model village
I’ve never visited a model village before (that I can remember), but I was expecting to feel like a giant looming over a small world. Just like when you play with lego… but on a much bigger scale.
And I was right.
The intricate layout of the village allows you to walk up close (in touching distance) of buildings, castles and trainlines.
The trains all run and stop at stations. One even has a camera on it, which plays at the controllers station which is nice to watch!
There are working fairgrounds and even a house on fire… well… smoking… which is being put out by the fire brigade.
For little ones, there is just so much to see and everything is on their level which means that they don’t need picking up to see all the intricate details. For adults, there are also added details to spot, such as names of shops with puns in them.
We walked round the park twice as you can easily miss things on the first trip around – which we did!
Pushchairs in Bekonscot
We took Georgia in her Mamas and Papas Sola2 Pushchair as she was a bit tired so needed a nap while we were walking round. But, this proved to be quite difficult as the paths are narrow. In some places I had to lift up the back wheels in order to push her over connecting bridges. I don’t know if my pushchair is any wider than a wheelchair, but it did make me wonder if people would struggle!
But, if the paths were any bigger, it may detract away from the look and feel of the village as would place more emphasis on the infrastructure rather than the models.
The paths definitely tested my ‘driving’ ability!
As our pushchair took up the majority of the pathway, I also found that I was stopping other people from passing if we wanted to look at something. It’s never a nice feeling when you feel like you’re creating a queue, so, I often had to walk ahead to areas that were slightly wider to allow people to pass, which is a bit of a pain.
Had Georgia been a bit bigger, we may have been able to get away with leaving the pushchair in the buggypark as many other parents did.
Facilities in the model village
Bekonscot model village has a picnic area and shops to buy food, drink and ice creams. We had taken our own family picnic, so just used one of the park benches – all of which had shaded umbrellas. For tots, they also had highchairs that could be used.
But, there was a BIG wasp problem. Where there is food, there is often wasps, but this was on another scale. Usually if you’ve fought off a wasp or two then I’d class that as being a ‘bit’ waspy, but this was on another scale. When I’ve shoo’d three wasps at the same time, then I’m living in my own personal nightmare and my perfect picnic has been ruined.
They seem to be aware of the problem as have many wasp catchers, but they just aren’t doing the trick. The rest of the park is fine, just the eating area. So, I’d suggest if you don’t want to take the chance of being bombarded by wasps during your lunch… don’t stop to eat.
There was however great baby changing facilities. The disabled toilets double up as baby changing, so there is plenty of room to change and they even had disposable sheets, which not all changing facilities have. They were also in good working condition and didn’t smell… as often toilets in outdoor places do!
On top of this, they had a great children’s play area as well as extra activities at cost… such as a ride on train, driving model boats and a squirt gun pirate game.
Now, I understand that a lot of hard work goes into maintaining a place like Bekonscot model village and it was lovely, but admission was £9.80 for an adult and £5.80 for children over 2. To me, that seems quite steep for an activity that can take less than 2 hours.
I appreciate that there is a lot of delicate detail and it really was a fun day out, but I personally don’t think it’s worth the full admission price.
See www.bekonscot.co.uk for more information on Bekonscot.