FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions but feel free to ask your own.

Listed below are the questions we are asked most frequently. If you cannot find an answer for your question then please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

  • Are dogs allowed in the Model Village?

    Yes, except for the tearoom (though there is an outdoor terrace for refreshments) and 4D cinema. They must be kept on a short lead, and we request you come prepared to pick up any doggy dos!

  • Annual Pass Information & Conditions

    Annual membership benefits

    Our great value annual membership offers unlimited admission for 12 months, including events. You also get:-

    10% discount in our tearoom and gift shop and

    20% admission discount for accompanying family/friends you bring (Except: not available the same day as annual pass purchase)

    You can upgrade your regular admission tickets to annual passes for JUST £10 EXRA PER PERSON.  Simply keep your admission receipt and, before you leave, go to the gift shop to upgrade to annual photo passes

     

    Annual Membership Information & Conditions

    Your Annual Member Pass(es) must always be shown at the time of admission. Entry is not possible without your pass.
     Additional charges apply for optional extras (4D theatre, remote control vehicles and some event activities such as a Santa visit)
     Opening times, events and operating procedures vary, and will change from month to month. Always check opening times and information ahead of visiting.
     Strictly no admission after published last entry time. Certain facilities will start to close down at last entry and on quiet days displays may be turned off and put away before the published close by time. We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the latest entry time to avoid disappointment.
     Keep your pass(es) safe, Please notify loss of passes by emailing: mail@model-village.co.uk Replacement passes can be provided at a cost of £2.00 per member pass. Proof of identity will be required.

  • Can we get something to eat?

    Gulliver's Tearoom

    From April to October and during Christmas and local February half term, Gulliver's tearoom serves light lunch and refreshments -  sandwiches, cakes, snacks and drinks. The tearoom is open from just after park opening until around park last admission time.

    During the rest of the year it serves drinks & snacks only during the week, with light bites available at the weekends

  • Can we make it a full day out?

    A visit to the Model Village generally takes between 1.5 to 3 hours (depending on your level of interest).

    The Model Village is set in the beautiful Babbacombe bay area. Within easy walking distance (3 or 4 mins) are the Babbacombe Downs with spectacular, not-to-be-missed, views and the cliff railway to the beautiful Oddicombe beach (so if it's a hot sunny day, why not spend some time on the beach and visit us!). There is also the St Marychurch shopping precinct with a range of individual shops, just 3 or 4 min walk the other way. Bygones Victorian street & museum is just around the corner.  All of these attractions/sights can be accessed from the same local authority car park as the Model Village.

    EVENING ILLUMINATIONS:

    Remember during late opening periods you can visit day and evening for illuminations. Before you leave, validate your admission receipt in the gift shop to get a photo-pass that enables you to return once, for free, within 7 days (it can be later the same day or another day).

  • Disabled Access - How accessible?

    The Model Village is built in a steep valley. For people with mobility difficulties, wheelchair and mobility scooter users, it is important to allow plenty of time and bear in mind there are very steep slopes (gradients up to 1-in-4, 25%) entering and leaving the gardens, and you need to be certain this is manageable for you. It is important to read on for full details...

    Please Click here for FULL details.

  • Do you have a car park?

    We do not have our own car park but adjacent to the Model Village there is a local authority owned pay & display car park that serves the area. We suggest allowing 2 hours. If necessary, you can pop out to top up during your visit.

     

  • Opening & How long do we need?

    The Model Village is much bigger than many first-time visitors expect. The site is 4 acres and the walk around is about 1km, with several indoor exhibits too.

    To avoid missing the finer details and hidden gems, we recommend that you take your time or even go around twice. There is a lot of subtle goings on, hidden humour and all may not be as it first seems, plus many of the animations come on at intervals every few minutes!

    As a minimum you should allow 1.5 hours. Based on customer feedback, the typical length of stay is 1.5 to 3 hours.

    Our opening times vary all year, please check carefully and ensure you allow plenty of time to avoid disappointment. Admission is not possible after last entry times.

  • Top Tips - When to visit.

    QUIETEST / BUSIEST DAY TIPS FOR THE SUMMER SEASON:

    School holidays are always the busiest periods of course, especially Mondays to Thursdays. During summer evening opening, it is always quietest between 5.00pm and 700pm, with most evening visitors arriving later for the lights.

    Weather affects how busy we are too - the dry cloudier days are busiest, hot sunny days are medium busy and wet days are the quietest.

    VISIT DURATION:

    Allowing at least 1.5 - 2 hours is recommended (especially if including the 4D and Mini-golf). Based on customer feedback during summer and events, just over 80% of visitors spend 2 to 3 hours with us.

    DURING EVENTS:

    We are open all year and have a range of events with extra activities, such as Halloween and Christmas. Check events here to make sure you don't miss out

    DON'T MISS ILLUMINATIONS:

    A daylight visit showcases the detail of the gardens, models and displays, an evening illuminations visit offers a unique and enchanting experience and it's not just the gardens that are illuminated, you can see what goes on inside many of the models.

    If visiting during evening opening periods, we highly recommend allowing time to see village by day and night, it really is two different experiences. Validate your tickets to get a free photo-pass to enable you to return once for free within 7 days (allowing you to visit day and evening at no extra charge), or visit in the evening just before it gets dark to experience day and night in one visit.

    WINTER VISITS:

    We are open all year. The gardens are planted with many evergreens so, even in the grey of winter, the gardens look delightful. Whilst maintenance is an on-going project all year, the quieter months - January & February - are the best time to carry out the bulk of this and bigger projects. For this reason, during the winter certain features may not be on display or operating. Disruption will always be kept as low-key as we can, and admission prices are reduced accordingly.

  • What is your postcode (for SatNav)?

    Our postcode is TQ1 3LA, however this will lead you to the Hampton Avenue side of the local authority car park which is no entry. The best advice is follow the brown traffic signs when you get very close.

  • Who is the Model Village suitable for?

    Our visitor profile is about 55% families with children and 45% adults only.

    Certainly the children enjoy the miniature scenes, animation and fun character hunt trails. Adults also enjoy the character hunts but the gardens, detailed models representing English life through the last 6 decades, offering a touch of nostalgia and some very English humour, have special appeal to our adult visitors.

  • Will the weather affect my visit?

    Without a doubt the village is mostly outdoors and is best seen in drier weather.

    However, if the weather is inclement we do have some indoor displays - Movie miniatures, 4D cinema, Victorian snowy village scene, our Little Enders soap scene, and a small 6 hole mini golf - all these could pass a bit of time if the weather turns showery. If it is hot and sunny and you want to enjoy the beach too, we are just a short walk from the beautiful Babbacombe Downs and cliff railway to Oddicombe beach.

    SEVERE WEATHER:

    It is extremely rare that we have to close, or change opening hours, due to weather, but if uncertain please phone us on 01803 315 315 (select option 2) or email us, before making your journey. Most of the park is outdoors and during very wet/windy or extreme cold/icy conditions some of the animated features may be affected and not function and we may have to adjust opening hours (opening later or closing earlier). We will always do our best to keep things running, but as the real-world gets affected by extreme weather then it is fair to assume that our much more delicate miniature world will be affected too.

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