Model Villages!

Nicola here. A couple of months ago I stayed in a model village. It wasn’t the sort I used to love as a child and still find quite charming, the miniature houses and tiny streets. This was a full-sized village built by a wealthy landowner for fun. And it was very interesting but also quite odd.

There are a number of different sorts of model villages in the UK and I’m interested to know if it’s the same in other countries, so perhaps someone can tell me if you have them where you are. As I mentioned, when I was small, I adored the tiny reproduction villages such as the ones at Blackpool and Bekonscot, loving the little houses, castles, shops and people. Almost always they would have a working train set, which made it even more fun. And of course, because the miniature village is so small, even as a child you feel like a giant! On one memorable holiday in Holland, we also went to Madurodam, the Dutch model village in The Hague built in 1952, which was so exciting I remember it to this day! And in the photo here you can see our old dog, Angus, enjoying the miniature village just up the road from us at Faringdon.

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