Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Bekonscot Model Village

Thatched cottage at Bekonscot model villageWell, this is probably my most quaint blog post to date - just in case the pink thatched cottage shown above didn't serve as enough of a clue!  Having long been a fan of everything and anything miniature, it was only a matter of time before I got around to exploring Bekonscot Model Village & Railway.  Located in Beaconsfield (close to London on the map), Bekonscot is the world's first and therefore oldest model village, having opened to the world in 1929.  It's a whole other (teeny-tiny) world...
Bekonscot model village entrance


Blog review of Bekonscot Model Village
Bekonscot in BeaconsfieldPersonally, I find that most things reduced to a smaller size can seem adorable.  So, spread a whole lot of finely-detailed model buildings across 1.5 acres and my heart is close to melting!  However the site attracted a lot of attention (of course) from children, and so I did my best to contain my excitement and act like an adult.  I mean, if acting like an adult includes enthusiastically shouting 'I want to ride the cablecar!' to a group of strangers.
Full view of Bekonscot model village

Bekonscot Model Village Bucks Free Press
A summer visit to Bekonscot model village
Though the weather has been all over the place lately, I was surprised (and relieved) to find Bekonscot showing off underneath the sun for most of my time there.  The model village has definite 'holiday vibes' about it, with every inch of the place reminding me of childhood visits to the beach with my grandparents.  I'm not 100% sure where that thought comes from considering Bekonscot is nowhere near the seaside, however I have a feeling it has something to do with how innocent the attraction is; it's a fun, playful and totally harmless way of spending an hour or so!
Bekonscot during summer 2016
Cablecar at Bekonscot model village
Bekonscot in Beaconsfield
Fun day out at Bekonscot model villageAt the halfway point of the one-way system winding thorough the gardens, there's a wall of history providing a quick glimpse at the past 80 years of the model village since its opening.  From the very beginning, it's attracted attention from the Royal Family, even seeing our present Queen Elizabeth II visit the day before her eight birthday (20th April 1934).  It's exactly this kind of background story that makes a place very, very special; it's heartwarming to know since then it's been so well looked after and remains a place visitors can go and explore.  What's even more heartwarming to know, is that all profits go to charity!

Psst!  Bekonscot has been visited over 15 million times since 1929!
Lifestyle blogger review of bekonscot
Bekonscot summer visit 2016
Bekonscot Model Village races
Things to do in Beaconsfield bekonscot model villageThe last time I so much as laid eyes on a model village was while watching Hot Fuzz for the ten millionth time (anyone else love that film?!), so I'm really pleased to have got around to exploring Roland Callingham's incredible creation.  If you're looking for a place to lose yourself in for an hour or so, consider this it.

Bekonscot Model Village
Warwick Rd
Beaconsfield
HP9 2PL

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Ok this is so cute!! Just as you I love everything miniature, need to go there! I've been to a similar place in Denmark, at Lego Land. Loved it haha! :)

    Ellen x
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  2. This is incredible! I love miniature models like these!

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  3. so adorable!! I would love to see this!

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  4. Omigosh what a a perfectly quaint model village!!! Why is is that things are often even more charming when captured in miniature? It's really nice that this place has such a cool history as well. We've also watched Hot Fuzz many many times. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are just hilarious together.

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  5. I would have enjoyed a visit to this model village! Everything looks so cute :)

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  6. I was sure there was something strange about that pink cottage house. Then I read it's a miniature.
    This whole village looks totally amazing - so many details and it's all so realistic. It's fascinating!!

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  7. You always have the most unique and lovely posts!
    This reminds me of Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter, lol
    Cute!
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  8. Aw, miniatures are so sweet, and this looks adorable! I'd have trouble acting like an adult too lol.

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  9. Oh I would love to go to something like this, that model village looks adorable. Except I'd have to be like you and try and contain my excitement otherwise I'd be mistaken for one of the kids.

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  10. Oh wow, that is beautiful and so unique too. I excitedly showed my husband this post and loudly said 'we must visit!'. LOL! I can't believe that it's been opened since 1929 and survived the war.

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  11. Looks like you had the BESSSST time!!! LOVVVE LOVVVE LOVVE this mini village! INCREDIBLE!!!
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  12. Hot fuzz is hilarious! That place looks so cute! Looks fun!

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  13. what a lovely photos

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  14. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest! I'm so happy you included this on your blog because I absolutely adore it! My husband was looking over my shoulder when I was reading this post and we both 100% want to visit!

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  15. Seeing this post reminded me of my recent trip to Miniature World in Victoria, Canada. I was with my family and we decided to go there because we hadn't been there in years. They have miniature replicas of historical events, as well as iconic landmarks and stuff like that. But not an entire village like this one! I really love looking at miniature things too. They are just so adorable! To think that someone actually made all of this stuff is insane!

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  16. That looks too cute! I bet my daughter would love to see it. And I don´t know the movie Hot Fuzz, am I missing out?

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    1. 100% missing out Anne - you've GOT to watch it, at least once! ;)

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  17. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest place ever!!! I adore it! Definitely need to put this place on my must-visit list! It's so unique and interesting xxxx

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  18. I like! Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Oh model villages are just so pretty!! I absolutely adore visiting them! They make me feel giant though! Your pictures are stunning and I really want to go there now! I've been to the one on the Isle of Wight! :) x

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  20. I'm such a fan of model villages, the one in Babbacombe, Devon also claims to be the oldest - this one looks lovely too

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  21. I absolutely LOVE this! I haven't been to a model village for such a long time, they used to have one on the Isle of Wight! The attention to detail is amazing. Thank you for sharing :) Immy x

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  22. This place is beautiful as the Italia in Miniatura, that is located in Rimini.
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  23. How adorable! This place looks lovely - I used to love places like this as a kid. Have a great day!
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  24. I think the quintessential nature of your blog is one of the reasons I love visiting so much :) This mini world is absolutely adorable and so accurate- every detail looks super realistic! Glad you had a great time!

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  25. How charming! I am such a fan of miniature things, from tiny buildings to a simply adorable village such as this. It must have been a lot of fun to visit and have a worthy eye stare at its intricacies. Gorgeous images as well Gabrielle. Hope your week is going well! :) xx/Madison
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  26. the place looks amazing.

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  27. How pretty!! I've never seen one of these with my own eyes. I loved Hot Fuzz too, by the way :)

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  28. How cute is this?! The detail is amazing.

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  29. Beautiful pics!
    xx

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  30. This little village is so cute. I have to visit this place once. Thanks for sharing this Gabrielle. The photos are incredible:)
    xxM
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  31. The village looks so cute!

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  32. LOVE this! Reminds me of Madurodam in The Netherlands.
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  33. Oh wow. That place looks so amazing. I knew you must have visited an incredible place the moment I saw the photo of the pink cottage on your instagram page. I'm definitely going to add the model village to my list of places to see.

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  34. Ok, how adorable and cute! I love miniature models like these! This little village is so cute and beautiful!

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  35. This is adorable! And super incredible, the details on these models are gorgeous. This must've been amazing to see in person!

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  36. Woww, awesome shots! In love!

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  37. Such a cute attraction! Great photos :)

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  38. It's one of the Chilterns hidden gems. In fact living near it I featured Bekonscot as one of my very first posts. Riding the little train is fun too. Lovely post

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  39. Oh my goodness it is the cutest little town! I wish it was real lol. So lovely :D Erin || MakeErinOver

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  40. We have a place like this in Australia that I went to on a school camp once and everything was so cute! Imagine actually building everything though, it must have taken forever!

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  41. Oh wow this is like a movie!!

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  42. This is all just so cute, I can't believe something like this exists!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  43. This is so cute ! Everything is so perfect. I am sure lots of hard work went behind this. Love it totally !

    Have a nice day dear :)

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  44. Ok, officially obsessed with this! I was so obsessed with model villages when I was little and this was is so darn cute. Love!

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  45. I totally love love these pictures, you look amazing girl :) x
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  46. I've been there quite a few times and it's so interesting (and very English!) love all your pictures!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
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  47. Oh my god - this is so cute! I love it and it's so nice to visit places like this as it's something different to see…. love your posts as always and love your photography, it's absolutely stunning! :)

    Layla xx

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  48. This looks amazing - love your photos! I had no idea Beaconsfield had a model village, it looks so cute!

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  49. This place is so cute! I love all the mini things too and would love to go there one day with my twins. Gemma x
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  50. So adorable and charming! The detail is fantastic! I love the castle in the last photo

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  51. This is just the absolute cutest! Mini things are too adorable to pass up ;) You look stunning as usual!

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  52. When I first saw that pink cottage on your Instagram, I thought there's something odd with it :) I've only been to model city place one and it is crazy how people get every details right with such tiny pieces :) x

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  53. Oh my god, I love miniature things, this is so cute!!
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  54. Ok for a good while I couldn't tell which ones are the real people and not! haha This is too cute! Never thought that this kind of place existed! So beautiful and well designed! Love it!

    xxx Camille xxx

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  55. This is such a cute post! It reminded me of the old TV series The Borrowers.

    Such an interesting place to visit and I really do like miniature things, I used to collect them when I was younger actually.

    Lovely read Gabrielle :)

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  56. Crazy cute!!! I love it!!
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  57. This looks adorable, but it's also fascinating how detailed everything looks. Stunning pictures!

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  58. These are adorable photos, Gab. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous weekend darling!
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  59. I would love to visit it this model village.....it is beyond adorable. Things do look cute when they're small, don't they...and this village is absolutely fabulous, I'm head over head with how detailed it is. Plus, it seems like such a lovely place to visit, very serene and green.

    Bonus points for profits going to charity! If I ever get the chance to visit, I sure will:)

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  60. This is so cute! I would love to visit some day! I hope you have the best weekend! xx
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  61. Well this place is the absolute cutest! I've never heard of it before but I would certainly want to visit. & I agree that hearing stories about the Queen and other anecdotes like that are what make a place special. It allows you to connect more with it.

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  62. Such a cute place!!!!

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  63. Do you think I could get one of these in my room hehe ? Oh my gosh it's so freaking cute I love it I'm with you the smaller the cuter ! I cant belive it's 1.5 acres ! Thats amazing and with all that detail the creaters must have been so talented ! With all that cute I'd of had a little trouble remaining adult as well ! I love the seaside idea it's so nostalgic , i have got to go and visit this place :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    P.s. I REALLY enjoyed this post , I'd love to see more like this :)

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  64. it looks super cute! i'd eat these! ^^

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  65. This town looks like something out of a movie/story book, so so so pretty! Love that pink cottage!! I love all these places you're exploring! I didn't know there's such thing as a model village and I have bookmarked this place; will visit when i go to london!

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  66. I saw the photo on your Instagram, and I gotta say that it looks so super duper cute! I mean I have seen many pink houses, but the design of this one is just different and I think it is so cute! Love the casual denim look girl!

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  67. OH Wow!!! Absolutely stunning <3 Totally like an English country tale. Beautiful clicks, Gabrielle!

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  68. OMG This is so so cool. Ty for sharing :-)

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  69. Omg this is so cute!! Would love to visit a place like this xx

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  70. I've never been to a miniature village but the exhibits look super cute. I can imagine what a fun day out this visit must have been. Thanks so much for sharing Gabrielle! Hope you're well and ou're having a fab weekend (watching Hot Fuzz?)

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  71. This is SO cute and unique! What a fun way to spend an afternoon. I love the beautiful pink building with the thatched roof, so pretty.

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  72. What this is so cool!!! The models look so real and lifelike!! I had to do a double take a few times hehe

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  73. OH WOW this looks like an amazing place to visit! I can spend all day just admiring at the miniatures and snapping photos of them! Glad you enjoyed your trip there Gabrielle :)


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  74. Oooh wow this looks absolutely gorgeous. So perfect.

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  75. I bet this is the closest thing we can get to feeling like a giant, ahah :))
    It's such a fun idea and it looks adorable and lovely! :D

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  76. Bekonscot is amazing! I went there with my grandparents when I was a lot younger and had no idea the proceeds went to charity either! So cool. My favourite thing about model villages is always the way they shape the other plants and bushes to look like trees! So cute. And yes, after watching Hot Fuzz, any model village just takes me straight back to that film! - Tasha

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  77. So adorbale. Thank you for sharing and have an amazing new week.

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  78. ohhh my!! Gabrielle! I would have been lost there and would have shouted the same, "I WANNNTT to ride that cable car!" haha, that one really kills me *_^

    They even make that fire brigade rescue on the roof top smoking??! I am impressed how much details put into the models. Yeah, I know what you mean, anything small or young ALWAYS almost look darn cute, right?! haha

    And the fact that it is still so well-kept and maintained after all these years goes to show how serious they are, and it's also nice to know that all proceeds go to charity.

    As always, thanks so much for sharing your lovely adventure with me, it feels like I have taken the tour myself *_^

    Have a great new week ahead, Gabrielle.

    With love,
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  79. This is absolutely adorable! I love everything miniature, and it so impressive how old yet well-maintained this place is

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  80. u look so cute

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  81. awww this is so cute! can't believe it so old, love your sandals too!!
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  82. Oh my, this is amazing! I didn't actually realise you could actually visit these places! The amount of work that must go into creating them must be immense! It reminds me of my love of the borrowers when I was younger and how I desperately wanted to be that small!

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  83. This place looks amazing, it's so cute! Lovely pictures <3
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  84. omg haha this is so cute. always wanted to visit a place like this x

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  85. cant believe its only a miniature!! it is soo cute <3

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  86. Cool post! I'd love to be there too. Have a lovely week, dear! xoxo

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  87. A dream location! Love this place and you very beautiful! :)
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  88. this is the cutest place I've ever seen *_* the photos look so amazing hun *_* I would love to see it some day :)
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  89. This is so beautiful.You look great too

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  90. Aww, I didn't know about this place, but it looks so cute!
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  91. This looks so so cute and everything is so well done and completely realistic! I'd love to visit one day :) x

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  92. Aww I love it! This village is so english and it's so beautiful! Have a wonderful week Gabrielle xoxo

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  93. This is so cute! It must've been so much work to build this whole little village. Stunning :)
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  94. I love the way you've photographed this Gabrielle, this model village looks almost life like!

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  95. omg this is super cool! =) love this type of model villages, i just think they're so adorable ^^

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  96. I actually love model villages! And I totally agree, small versions of things look sooo cute! The little houses and villages always look adorable and I wish I could live there haha! :) xx

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  97. Woow this is so adorable !
    Will love to visit this !
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  98. Hello Gaby. How fascinating! The Bekonscot Model Village looks incredible, fun place for kids too! ;-) I'll be spending a weekend in your city but unfortunately will not have the time to visit this place ;(
    PS: thanks for your words ;) Have a lovely weekend

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  99. Holy Cow!! Is this place for real?! I. Just. Died.

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