The playground has been there at least 10 years, HM. It was there when we first went and DS is now 13.
What is really nice about The Model Village is that they keep adding new things, so even if you've been in previous years, there is still something new to see. It is so detailed, I can't think of anything that is "missing" from it.
Am now energised to take DD3 before we get into the half-day nursery school routine in September. It's only 30 - 40 minutes from us.
My friends went last week and I hope to go next week. They said its definitely a fair weather place, ie nowhere it go if it rains, (the cafe is a kiosk with outdoor seating). It entertained the almost 2 yr olds that went. I can't wait, I always wanted to go to one as a child
I went last week, place was very sweet but was heaving co it wwas the election I think and tons of school groups too. It was really no good for my toddler (22 m) because he wanted to get into each display and play with the people and the trains. It was torture for him. It would be better for children who are happy to just look rather than touch. My friends child was fine just looking!
My family, girls of 7 and 5 and husband (him especially) love the model village, we have been going twice a year for the past 3 years. My husband went when he was a child and he is 53!
We live in London and it is very easy to reach by train from Marylebone. There are signposts once you arrive at Beconsfield.
Once you get there it is very well thought out and can appeal on many levels. The little ones like the trains and the big ones like the details, check out the shop names. There is a picnic area and a cafe so we take our own lunch and have a cake or ice cream later.
My 6 year old has his birthday party there last year and it was fantastic we had 20 little darlings plus a room for tea with balloons and finished up with a ride on the train for them all. My 8 year old and her friend also enjoyed it they do a quiz for older kids to do as they walk round which kept them happy. and as an added bonus the party bags they supplied were really good with quality presents in.
the lido could be great but the sand is so full of litter and broken glass everywhere. Also you can't paddle as there are signs everywhere that there is some poisonous algae in the water. This didn't stop load of families with children and babies going in there! Nice playground equipment though.
Glad I'm not the only one with a "curious toddler!" unicorn. If I have another one I'm ordering one of those passive one; must be a doddle!