Miniature village opens free to the public

Merrivale model village, Yarmouth. Picture Nick Butcher

Merrivale model village, Yarmouth. Picture Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A miniature village has responded to the spread of coronavirus by opening free to the public.

A new Space rocket display has landed at Merrivale model village, Yarmouth.

A new Space rocket display has landed at Merrivale model village, Yarmouth. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Merrivale Model Village, on Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth, has waived its fee for “anyone who wants to get out and get some exercise in the fresh air”.

A post on the attraction’s Facebook page says: “If you have been cooped up in self-isolation or the kids are driving you crazy because they can’t go anywhere or do anything, then come and have a walk around the village.

“You can keep the social distance you need as everything is outdoors so it will just be the same as a walk around your local park just with better views.”

The amenity still has bills to pay, and hopes it will get some help from the government, but visitors can make a donation towards the upkeep of the gardens and models.

The arcades and gift shop will not be open while the tea rooms will be open on a take away basis.

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