The Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature village and model railway located in Babbacombe , Torquay in Devon .
The model village was opened in 1963 by Tom Dobbins. 1 , 2 Mr. Dobbins had already opened another model village in Southport in 1957.
The site is located on approximately 4 acres (1.6 ha). There are more than 400 models with about 300 meters of miniature train circuit in the village. The model village is an entirely fictional town whose many buildings are inspired by prototypes and landscapes known from the UK, including Stonehenge and The Shard .
The names of shops and other buildings include humorous word games, such as Amanda Lofe – The House of Bread And Cakes, Ivor Faggot Butcher (“I’ve a Fagot” or “I have a fagot” – a reference to traditional British meat dish ), A. Kingbody Sports Center (“Aching Body” or “Body Endolori”) and Terry Bull Gardening Service, Decorators (‘Terrible’).
Some of the most popular models in the village are the Burning House, the Stonehenge Site, The Shard, the EastEnders indoor scene (an endless soap opera) and the Dragon Castle.
In the media
The model village appeared in an episode of The Holidays of My Life in 2014 with Len Goodman and Matt Allwright . He also appeared in The One Show the same year.
During the summer months, the Babbacombe Model Village is open until 10:30 pm, weekend days with the village lights. The Shard in the center of the village is also lit 3 .
- ( In ) This article is partially or entirely from the Wikipedia article in English entitled ” Babbacombe Model Village ” ( see the list of authors ) .
- ↑ ( in ) Barber, Chips, Devon’s wild and wicked weather , Obelisk Publications,, 29 p. ( ISBN 978-1-903585-52-8 )
- ↑ ( in ) ” The bard of Exeter has banksy does with mini druids ” , Western Daily Press , Europe Intellence Wire( Access My Library [ archive ] )
- ↑ ” http://www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk/illuminations-shard ” ( Archive • WikiWix • Archive.is • Google • What to do? ) (Accessed September 14, 2017 )