It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closure of our venues until further notice. Owing to technical issues, the telephone lines at the Beeches are out of order, until further notice. If you need to contact the venue, please email or use the get in touch facility. Chartridge Lodge, Hitchin Priory and Marsh Farm have new telephone numbers, please find these on their website pages.
Bekonscot Model Village (10 miles)
10 miles (20 minute drive) from Chartridge Lodge. Portraying an image of England form the 1930s, Beckonscot Model Village and Railway is the world’s oldest original model village in existence. Work was started by Roland Callingham in 1927 with improvements to his garden and the creation of a tennis court. The real impetus came in 1928 when Mrs Callingham strongly suggested that either the indoor model railway went or she would.
The railway was subsequently moved outdoors and the model village and railway was opened to the public the following year. Since then the focus has been on fun and eccentricity rather than accuracy and precision. The village doesn’t take itself too seriously, a fact that has been enjoyed by over 14 million visitors since it t’s opening in 1929. From February until the beginning of November the model village and railway is open from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, 7 days a week, with limited opening times during the winter. For more information, telephone 01494 672919 or visit their web site on www.bekonscot.co.uk.
There is limited car parking available on site, however car marshals are available to assist in finding a space nearby. [Image source: Bekonscot Model Village by Timo Newton-Syms under Creative Commons Licence]