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Babbacombe Model Village is a small village and replica railway on the English Riviera, Torquay, Devon, well known for its miniature landscaped gardens. Renowned as one of Europe's Premier Model Villages, Babbacombe Model Village is not only a family favourite but boasts one of Torquay's most stunning gardens. The village portrays, with sound effects and animation, English life and culture over the past six decades, bringing to life cherished childhood memories.
Adults love the comedic representation of British life through the quirky animation, and historically accurate miniature models of houses, villages and more. Plus the award-winning gardens are always a hit for all family members. Children will adore all the miniature British characters who live in the village. They'll be entertained for hours, too, if they follow the special spotter sheet to see what they can discover. This miniature world is wonderful for storytelling, capturing the imagination of all ages. There are even some hidden secrets, characters and more to uncover, just waiting to be discovered.
Boasting over 400 models of gorgeous stately homes, houses, factories, shops, entertainment venues and environmental features from many different eras, this Torquay model village has much to discover. There is a diverse range of architectural styles stretching from the Medieval period right through to Shakespearean and Victorian, all along with model railways, vehicles and some famous monuments and landmarks. Of course, there are plenty of Babbacombe Model Village characters, too, with 13,000 miniature people living in the village, all a part of this model community. If you're after more model villages, why not check out the world's oldest model village? Bekonscot Model Village, in Buckinghamshire, opened in 1929, and with over 90 years of history, there is a huge model railway, 1.5 acres of well-kept gardens and model buildings.
Don't miss out on the 29 seat cinema, a family favourite for its 4D movies, plus including a 3D screen, seat movements, water and air blasts effects to immerse you in this cinematic experience. Some more family favourite models include a Babbacombe model Stonehenge, the house on fire, a fire breathing dragon, a football stadium, the model railway, and even a beach and lake, known as Babbacombe Bay, complete with its own naturist beach, for the summer months to match the seasons.
Be sure to check out the Babbacombe Model Village gardens, set in 4.5-acres of stunning landscape, looked after by a team of professional gardeners. This ensures that the model village garden is kept in pristine, immaculate condition, and the Babbacombe scenes are kept to scale. This gorgeous landscape never fails to impress, whether you're a keen garden enthusiast or just an avid admirer of the Babbacombe Model Village gardens.
The gardens are home to hundreds of varieties of shrubs, plants and trees, with new shrubbery planted each year, the gardens are always changing. In the summer, the beautiful plant bedding makes Babbacombe colourful and vibrant, and during the winter months, there are an abundance of conifers, bringing a rich and green landscape for all to enjoy.
Kidadl recommends spending a good two or three hours to experience the whole of the Babbacombe Model Village in all its glory. Plus, when you're done, or feeling a bit peckish, there is a tearoom available offering bites, sandwiches, drinks and more.
Are you looking for a fun, historical day out close to Torquay? Check out Exeter Cathedral, one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in England, a fine example of Gothic architecture, located in the heart of Exeter, Devon.
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