Members of 11th Newport Rainbows together with their leaders recently visited Godshill Model Village and what an exciting time they had.

Undertaking the family quiz, which all visitors to the model village can undertake, all the Rainbows discovered just what can be seen in Gosdhill and Shanklin Old Village.

This Model Village is a 1/10th scale version of the village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Village and Chine which are two of the oldest tourist areas on the Isle of Wight.   You can find all of the houses, cottages, churches and pubs in real life  making for a true Gulliver experience.  All models are fantastic replicas of these real buildings, made with sand and cement so they weather as they age. The owners even thatch them just like the real thing using authentic materials and methods. There is even a Scout Camp and look out for Red Squirrels!

There are the most detailed landscaped gardens with over 3,000 ornamental conifers and shrubs and a lake.  Attention to detail is key to everything.  Many of the trees are coarse bonsai treated to maintain their scale with the buildings…they really are amazing. It is called ‘coarse bonsai’ as they aren’t in pots – you really need to visit to see how manicured they are.

All the Rainbows enjoyed seeing the models-exploring the gardens-getting the answers in the quiz-playing in the play area AND that special ice-cream at  the end of the visit.

Godshill Model Village is open from March until October.