We recently went on a visit to the Lakeland miniature village and oriental gardens in grange-over-sands in Cumbria as we was holidaying in the local area. The admission prices are very reasonable at £3.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. The model village is a ongoing project by Edward Robinson who over the last 19 years has hand-crafted all the buildings made from local Coniston slate. The model village is open from March 1st to November 15th.
Upon getting to the entrance of the model village it does look small as you are just looking into a drive way of a house, but when you get into the main miniature village area it is large. As you go through the drive way there are two main models and then you come to the entrance within the oriental gardens, in the window of the house there are some really nice models of some old fireplaces, you then walk through the oriental gardens, which even at the time of year we went was really nice and there are several ponds with small waterfalls. After you come out of the oriental gardens you are in the main miniature village.
I would say there are over 100 different buildings, from castles to churches, small houses to large country houses. By most of the models there are descriptions of each of the building which are copies of real building. In the middle of the main area of the models is a nice pond, with all models around it and a bridge. All the buildings are around the path some at path ground level other higher up on mounds. Towards the back part is a very nice cathedral.
As we walked round I was mainly taking photos the kids had gone round quickly and unfortunately I didn’t read that much about the building, Because we went in the Autumn there wasn’t that much colour in the garden, but I does look like the main model gardens would look great in the summer.
I had the opportunity to speak to Mr Robinson and help him slightly, he showed me what could be described as a barn that he is doing up like a old blacksmiths building, even though this wasn’t fully complete when we was there, in there was some great details and vehicles.
The oriental garden even in the autumn looked beautiful, there is a very nice oriental bridge, this goes to two oriental building one with the toilet and another that has displays in there, with also some work in progress , we had been told that some of the displays in there at the time we went had been damaged a few week previous by children. Though in the centre of the room was a building so you could see how the walls of the building are put together.
The lakeside miniature village and oriental gardens is well worth a visit, children will enjoy it but adults will absolutely love it, though realistically you could only spend an hour or two looking around but with the entrance price great value it is still a great place to visit. If I have the opportunity if we are around that area again I would go again as myself I did really enjoy it.
Below are some of the photos from the day, click to enlarge.
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