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“Not open as advertised”

Southsea Model Village
Ranked #48 of 117 things to do in Portsmouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Southsea Model Village is a 1/12th scale village built in 1956. We are located on Southsea seafront next to the canoe lake and rose gardens. Just 30 seconds walk from the beach. There is also ample parking only 100 yards walk away. The model village is a delightful place to spend time for both young and old. We have a Toy Museum with toys from the past and present. An interactive miniature model fairground. The Rifleman's Tunnel which is 125ft long and holds our scale handmade model of Portsmouth Guildhall and Spinnaker Tower. Also our large g scale railway with Thomas And Friends,chugging around the Village which is especially enjoyed by our younger visitors. Not forgetting our own Castle over looking the Solent with wonderful views for miles, a perfect spot for a picnic. We have a great Snack Bar on site serving ice cream,hot & cold food, including Chips, hot dogs ,homemade gourmet burgers and baguettes with fillings of your choice all freshly made.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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“Not open as advertised”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Having checked the village would be open on its web site we visited today only to find it was shut.
There were no notices outside. Hearing somebody working behind the gate I asked what was happening and was told that due to en electrical fault, which he was trying to fix, the village was shut today.
We then met another family which had also travelled some distance to visit the village.
They had been told that as only two people had visted the day before it wasn't worth opening.
I don't know which tale was true, although I have my suspicions.
I have no problem with them shutting due to lack of customers but they could have publicised It on their web site and avoided wasted journeys.
We won't be attempting to visit again.

Visited September 2012
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