A World of Miniature Marvels
It’s a small world and at Babbacombe, this becomes more than a catchy cliché. Babbacombe, located in Torquay, is a tiny village set on 4 acres with streams and lakes and waterfalls as well as buildings and streets. It is truly a tiny perfect world.
If you want to enter into another world without leaving SouthHams, take a scoot down to Babbacombe Model Village. It’s easy to get to and only 10 miles or 30 minuets from Galmpton Touring Park. If you’re driving, just follow the signs to Torquay/Torbay from the A38 or A380. From there, just follow the brown signs to the Model Village. There’s a car park right next to the model village. It’s a pay and display car park with overflow parking nearby.
The delightful little village is a mere 3 minute walk from the St. Marychurch bus stops and 3 miles from the Torquay train station. From the train station, take a taxi or catch the No. 12 bus at the sea front to Torquay harbour and then take the 32/33 service to St. Marychurch.
You can even take your dog. Of course, doggy cannot go into the café but there’s an outdoor terrace for refreshments. And doggy cannot go into the 4D cinema. Otherwise, so long as your pet is on a short lead and any deposits are picked up, your dog is very welcome to visit the village.
Be prepared to stay a while – this is a much bigger place than you might realize so plan to stay for several hours. While you can walk around the 4 acres which is about a one kilometre walk fairly quickly, there are also indoor exhibits. Stop and enjoy each of them.
The entrance fees are reasonable. Adults are £9.95, seniors over 65 are £8.95, children from 3 to 14 years are £7.95. Under 3, they’re free. The family rate for 2 adults and 2 children is £32.95. The admission includes the 4D Cinema.
Special this time of the year is the Santa Visit in his Lapland log cabin which includes a present. It’s £3.00 per child regardless of age. It runs December 13 and 14 and from December 20 to 24, from 12 noon to 4.30pm. On the same dates, there is a 15 minute Panto every half hour from 12 noon until 5:00pm.
The village is decked out in magical Christmas illuminations and Christmas characters. There is a chance for the children ages 3 to 8 to try skiing with real skis. At the 4D theatre, ‘A Dream of Christmas 4D’ is playing. This 6-minute film takes you on a tour of Santa’s Toy Workshop in 3D.
A really appealing feature is that if you keep your receipt, you can come back any time within 7 days for a repeat visit on the same admission receipt. During this Christmas time of the year, this is an excellent idea because it is almost guaranteed that you will discover even more of the delights of the Model Village on your return visit.
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