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The Miniatures of Bourton-on-the-Water

23 October 2017

We recently visited the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds in South West England, home to a wonderful collection of miniatures, and we took some photos to share with you! So join us as we take you on a small, virtual tour.

First and foremost is The Model Village, which was constructed in the 1930's by skilled local craftsmen and opened in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The village is built to 1/9th scale, with a wonderful attention to detail.

Due to protective planning regulations within the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the majority of the village (and so, The Model Village, too) has remained unchanged since the 1930's. The custodians of The Model Village endeavour to keep up to date with any changes in the village by updating shop fronts and signs.

Walking through the (miniature) streets really is a fun experience, and with such a modest entry fee (under £4), we well recommend a visit.

You can read more about The Model Village by clicking here


Contained within The Model Village is a second exhibition of miniatures, which features some exquisite work from some highly skilled miniaturists.

From lovely home scenes to shops, racy bedroom dramas, wartime dioramas and coin-activated miniature illusions from the Victorian era, there's something here to delight any fan of miniatures.

We are only sharing a small selection of photographs with you here, as we do not wish to spoil the experience or give too much away. Suffice to say that we were very impressed, and came away even more certain of the fact that miniatures are some of the best things in life.


Bourton-on-the-Water is also home to wonderful collection of miniature railways. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside, so we're unable to share any photographs with you. However, we were extremely impressed by the layouts which included an alpine town complete with fun-fair and cable cars. You can read more about the model railways exhibition by clicking here

If you're a lover of miniatures (which, if you're reading this, we think you are), we highly recommend visiting the picturesque town of Boughton-on-the-Water.

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