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Exploring Merrivale Model Village Great Yarmouth

I have fond memories of visiting model villages with my parents when I was young. We always take the time to visit Miniland when we visit LEGOLAND Windsor. And the children enjoy the boat ride Le Pays des Contes de Fées at Disneyland Paris. A ride through a miniature storybook land. So the children have seen miniature buildings before but there is something different about a model village. I didn’t know that there is a model village in Great Yarmouth so I was excited to see us booked in for a visit during our holiday in Great Yarmouth. Visiting Merrivale Model Village was a great addition to our mini break.

Exploring Merrivale Model Village Great Yarmouth

Visiting Merrivale Model Village

You can find Merrivale Model Village on Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth. Considering it has a busy beachfront location it is very tranquil inside the village. There is even a sensory garden if you want to stop for a bit and take in the scenery.

little e touching water feature sensory garden merrivale model village

It’s All About The Details

As you make your way around the village there are buttons to press to animate different scenes. The children loved these as they would turn on different sounds or make things move. But you must also take the time to look at everything in each scene. There are some really funny moments documented. I loved the shotgun wedding and I had to explain to Little E why I found it so funny.

shotgun wedding merrivale model village great yarmouth

Make sure you look in all of the windows in the buildings to see what the villagers are up to. The attention to detail is amazing. I witnessed a dentist doing a tooth extraction that looked quite painful.

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There Are Even Trains At Merrivale Model Village

The model village is set around a train track. You can see the trains going about their journeys. Ethan loved watching them make their way around the village. We even spotted some famous faces from the Thomas the tank engine series.

railway station merrivale model village

Make Time To Feed The Koi

Merrivale Model Village is also home to Koi. They are very active and you can buy food to feed them. The children thought they were very funny and loved watching them.

koi merrivale model village

See A Banksy Artwork

I remember the news reporting that Bankey had visited Great Yarmouth and left some artwork behind. But I hadn’t paid attention to where this artwork was. I couldn’t believe it when we saw the Banksy at Merrivale Model Village. Having worked in London for many years I had never seen a real Banksy artwork. So it was very exciting to see a Banksy in the flesh.

banksy cottage merrivale model village great yarmouth
go big or go home banksy cottage

You Can Play A Round Of Crazy Golf At Merrivale Model Village

The village is home to its very own crazy golf course. We didn’t play but it would be a great way to spend some more time in the relaxing atmosphere of the village.

crazy golf course

Visit Williamson’s Old Penny Arcade

As you leave Merrivale Model Village you enter Williamson’s Old Penny Arcade. This place is amazing and reminded me of an old penny arcade my dad used to take me to in Covent Garden. We showed the children what some of the arcades could do. Of course, they aren’t as exciting as their iPads so I think it was us adults that got more excited by the machines in here.

arcade games williamsons old penny arcade
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We really enjoyed our time visiting Merrivale Model Village. We made the below video during our visit.

DISCLOSURE – We received tickets to Merrivale Model Village as a gift. This was for the purposes of this post and to create our YouTube video. We always share our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences.

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