Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Days Out in Devon: Babbacombe Model Village

Here's my Lou, seemingly at Stonehenge!  Except that the observant among you will notice that something is amiss.  For those ancient stones do not have a leafy verdant background.  They are set against the stark backdrop of Salisbury Plain.  And what's that bear from The Golden Compass doing there?  This is not the real druid stronghold but the one Babbacombe Model Village.
We went there on Saturday, mainly so that I could atone for the guilt that I felt at being a bad parent.  I had to work over the Christmas period and left Louis home alone for two days. Not that he seemed to mind.  Mainly he had far more screen time than would normally be allowed, reduced what seemed like an unfeasible amount of gifted chocolate to a very manageable level and walked his new doggy friend, Lola.
It was Lou's idea to go miniature. He perused a 'What To Do In Devon' guide online and decided that it looked really cool. Really!  Words like 'naff' and 'expensive' were springing to my mind when he suggested it.  But there was 20% off the admission charge for local residents on Fridays and Saturdays which made it more palatable.  And it taught me that sometimes I can be way off the mark when it comes to working out what makes a little man tick.

What do you know!  We had a brilliant time.  The models are incredibly detailed.  They've been updated since the park opened in the '60s and now include technology such as working TVs in some of the houses.  There's a streaker on the football field and the Beatles outside the Abbey Road studios.  And lots of incongruous figures to spot too including the casts of 'Where's Wally' and Star Wars.  There were also the characters from Letterland.  We  got 20 of those, ticking them off from a list on my  phone.  In the spirit of the season festive figures made an appearance too.  Santas, elves and the Grinch were dotted around the scenes.  I was skeptical that this was an attraction where we would spend a whole afternoon but I was proved wrong!    This is a brilliant well cared for attraction that, by honing your powers of observation, makes for a very good day out indeed.

14 comments:

  1. Hi
    The fact that your little chap can choose an activity like that to enjoy with his mum shows what a kind thoughtful and caring little boy he is growing into. I don't know you in person but reading your blog it's easy to see what a good parent you are. I should be able to work this out I've worked with some really challenging families with very little parenting going on. You are doing a fab job.

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    1. Thank you I'm touched....in a good way that is! I was talking to a friend last night about the choices that I've made re: parenting and my career. The career has taken second place and I'm glad. Bringing up Louis is the most important job I've ever done and the most satisfying. x

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  2. It's good that you can't second guess Louis. The teenogre dropped huge unsubtle hints only a couple of years ago about wanting to see the fireworks on 5th Nov so we took him. We had assumed that he wouldn't want to be seen out with us but we were wrong...there were loads of his peers there with their parents in tow! Arilx

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    1. Perhaps it's cool to hang out with parents these days. Then again maybe not! x

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  3. It all looks great, but why was Lyra's polar bear attacking stonehenge? I don't remember that in the book!! ( Cant remember his name either! )

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    1. Lorek Byrnison - that's his name. I've googled it for thoroughness! x

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  4. Oh what a great day out. I havent been there for years. They can really surprise us sometimes - three of mine (23,18 and 12 year old) decided they wanted to run around the woods playing 'walking dead' in the holidays?! The dog thought it was great fun :)

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    1. Yours are spread out in age like mine and would have loved a good Walking Dead game as well.

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    2. Must work out how to play 'walking dead'. Sounds fun! x

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  5. Went to the model village in 2012, ( a pre-Christmas break in Torquay) It was all covered in fake snow, with a blower sending out more at intervals. It looked great. Enjoyed the 4D screen ,showing a trip around toytown and Santa's elves packing the toys. Got squirted with water and tickled with feathers. Was this open when you went ?

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    1. They don't do the fake snow anymore. Maybe not environmentally friendly? Who knows! Yes we went to the 4D cinema as well and saw a fighty cartoon with knights. Got wet and felt the sensation of rats running up our legs!!! x

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  6. the hill on the left of the car park is an excellent place to roll down the hill. that is if they havent put houses on it. nice and steep. hopefully no dogs have been walked there though. My great nieces thought I was crazy when we took a picnic there. And then I promptly rolled down the hill! to the screaming as they thought I had fallen down! kids dont know how to play now. they soon got the hang of it.

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    1. Will have to try that. I used to enjoy doing that on Danbury Common in Essex. x

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  7. He is gorgeous! What a fab idea of his. We loved Devon so much last year, we are coming again this year! Might do the touristy bit and go there!!

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