Places to visit: Bekonscot Model Village & Railway – A little piece of history that’s forever England

The adage that good things come in small packages has certainly been true of the delightful Bekonscot Model Village & Railway in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire since its establishment back in 1929.

Model villages and railway modelling go hand-in-hand for a variety of reasons, not least the construction of the railways themselves and the buildings that go with them – and Bekonscot, operated by the charitable Roland Callingham Foundation, captures the timeless images of a lost age as it depicts rural England in the 1930s.

Strolling around the little shops and other buildings, which bear striking resemblances to those created by modellers in small gauges, is an uplifting experience.

As well as its many exhibits, including the beautiful buildings mainly to a scale of 1:12 and around 3000 Lilliputian-sized residents spread over an acre and a half of ground, Bekonscot boasts one of the biggest and most complex Gauge 1 railways in the country, not to mention a sit-on railway that can be sampled for a small extra charge.

Bekonscot’s new education centre provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of the model village and life in the 1930s through interactive exhibits, role play and storytelling.

There is also a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks, an ice cream parlour, a newly extended and well-stocked gift and souvenir shop, a playground where children can let off steam and picnic areas and shelter for those preferring to bring their own food.

For the full article and to view more images, see the July edition of Modelling – available now!

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