Well, 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...
At 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!
The 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