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Babbacombe Model Village, Devon Cuts the Turf for Microlympics

PUBLISHED: 12:42 17 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:51 20 February 2013

Babbacombe Model Village, Devon Cuts the Turf for Microlympics

Babbacombe Model Village, Devon Cuts the Turf for Microlympics

As part of the preparations for its 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013, Babbacombe Model Village plans to introduce many new models including a 6m long Microlympics model stadium.

As part of the preparations for its 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013, Babbacombe Model Village plans to introduce many new models including a 6m long Microlympics model stadium.

With their 50thanniversary in 2013, the team at the Model Village are already planning the lead up to this major event. The celebrations will include a significant new model building programme, some of which has already started, and which will continue into 2015.

The first new build will be an impressive new sports stadium, due to be unveiled in 2012. However, the Model Village has to be a little bit careful in its design.

Simon Wills, general manager, saidWe asked LOCOG if we could develop a mini Olympic Village and we were told we could not use any Olympic branding, logos or imagery on our model. We were a bit shocked as this is the first time that the Model Village has been refused permission to reproduce a building in miniature Simon explained As Torquay was a major player last time the UK hosted the Olympics, we wanted to be a mini-player this time!

Despite this restriction, the team at the Model Village remain very excited about the new development, with a 6m long model stadium at its heart and a cost of around 50,000. The stadium will be slightly smaller scale than the usual 1:12, otherwise it would have taken up half of the gardens. The Village games will be called the Microlympics and the mini-sports theme will be carried on throughout the site with lots of different activities taking place in different locations.

Beyond the Microlympics, there are plans to introduce many new models including more iconic buildings from around the British Isles: the Village will be launching a national competition for the best ideas.

Simon continued Its important that the Model Village has a fresh and contemporary feel, but retains a number of original features which people seem to love. Its a little balancing act, in fact, deciding what to keep and what to change

After nearly 50 years, the Villages fire brigade had managed to put out the iconic house on fire, with a little help as the mechanism finally gave up the ghost! We have built a new one from scratch and now the fire brigade are active again

Since opening in 1963, Babbacombe Model Village has remained one of the most popular and well-known attractions in Devon. As tourism trends and appetites have changed over the years, so has the Model Village, and part of its appeal has been the ever-changing little scenes, mirroring big developments in the real world!

Simon added 2011 has been a difficult tourism season so far, compounded by much more weather damage than usual following a really hard winter one of the downsides of being open all year. Regardless, everything is now back on track and we feel that a difficult season for the English Riviera is all the more reason to embark on exciting new projects which will give visitors even more reason to come and see us!



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