Family Days Out in Blackpool: Blackpool Model Village

Blackpool Model Village is located on the edge of the huge and gorgeous Stanley Park, just a stone's throw from the zoo and a short distance from the sea front and centre of Blackpool.

It is smaller than other model villages we have visited but well laid out with well-established planting meaning there are lots of surprises round each corner.  The quiz you can pick up with your tickets leads you round the garden and ensures you won't miss lots of tiny details that a more casual walk round would not spot.

These depictions evoke a bygone age and from the Scottish castle to the Tudor village, there is much to see.  Something to delight everyone, old and young, and the attention to detail is exquisite.

The sweet hand-crafted models are depicted in more than 100 creative village scenes, including market stalls, HM Prison Porridge, and a caravan park that is more Hi De Hi! than Haven.

The girls loved the fairy doors and lots of the little quirky details like the prisoners in the yard and hanging at the windows.  Mummy and Daddy were pleased to see Fletch had a new role!

The miniature railway featuring Annie and Clarabel was a big hit with the girls, while Tatiana, of course, loved the fire station, with fire engine and firefighters chatting outside.

Don't miss the cute fairy village, perfect for sparking children's imagination.  Take some ideas to make your own at home!

The 2.5 acre site is very well maintained and there are extra seasonal activities, such as an Easter trail to win prizes.  Don't miss the little shop which has some great gifts, and the delicious ice cream sold on site.  We recommend the creme egg flavour!

There isn't really room to picnic in the model village, but there are some benches at the centre to stop with a cup of tea or an ice cream.

Blackpool Model Village is open every day 9.30am to 4.30pm from Easter to the beginning of November (dates vary yearly).  A family of 4 costs £23, with children aged 2 and under admitted for free.  Full details can be found on their website.

The site is fully accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.  Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead.

There is a large car park next door, charging £2.50 to park all day.  Take the rest of the time to explore what else Stanley Park has to offer.

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