Music in Miniature, Albion Road, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4SH (01947 880512). As a hobby, music teacher Patricia Labistour began making 1/12-scale models of musical instruments. Now she has 400, the result of 15 years work. Arranged in 50 dioramic (three-dimensional) settings, they illustrate the history of music-making, from cavemen with harps made of animal bones to a recording studio in outer space (where there are no neighbours to annoy). Music lovers who come range from children to adult education classes. Open daily 11 am to 5pm. Entrance: pounds 1 (Children 50p).
Queen Mary's Dolls' House, Windsor Castle, Berks SL4 1NJ (01753 831118). Also built to 1/12-scale but in this case by 1,000 craftspersons. The doll's house was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens for Queen Mary in the 1920s. Open daily 10am-4pm (10am-3pm from November) except when Castle is in use for adult functions. Admission includes full-size State Apartments etc. pounds 9.50 (pounds 5.50 child)
Legoland Windsor, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berks (0990 626375). The Miniland section consists of scenes from Europe, constructed of 20,000,000 Lego bricks; they depict minuscule Romeo climbing a wall to get at his diminutive Juliet. On a larger scale and of more substantial materials, there are cars children can learn to drive. Open 10am-6pm daily until 29 September, then weekends and half-term until the end of the season on 27 October. Adult pounds 15 (pounds 12 child).
The Borrowers' Village, Birmingham Botanical Garden, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston (0121 4541860). Open 9am-7pm (Sunday 10am-8pm). pounds 3.50 (pounds 3.80 on Sundays. pounds 1.90 child).
Bekonscot Model Village, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2PL (01494 672919). The grand-daddy of small-town planning, this flung open its miniature doors in 1929. The tiny time-warp features houses, castle, cricket match and minuscule maze, as well as a gauge 1 railway. Closes at end of October, opens in February. pounds 3.20 (child pounds 1.60).
Mullacott Miniature Ponies, Mulacott, Ilfracombe, Devon (01271 866877). A large herd, from minimalist equine creatures to really heavy horses. There are rides - on saddle or in dray. Open daily until end of October. pounds 3.95 (pounds 2.75).
Dolls' House Fair and Teddy Bear Fair, Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London N22 4AY on 9 and 10 November. Two separate events, organised by the publishers of Teddy Bear Scene and The Dolls' House Handbook, held primarily for (allegedly) grown-up collectors but children of eight and upwards are welcome, too. All details from EMF Publishing, 7 Ferringham, Ferring, West Sussex BN12 5ND (01903 506626).Reuse content