Astaria Gnome Astaria Model Village at the Museum of Power.

Astaria Model Village

In addition to the Shows shown below Alan and David open the village on the FIRST SUNDAY of the month when entry to the site and tearoom is FREE but with a charge to enter the Museum. On the occassions listed below the village is open but Show entrance fees will made.

For 2017 - 2018 we will be open on the following dates which are all listed Museum of Power What's On Calendar page: For more information on the Museum of Power Calendar click here.


Model village will be illuminated by approximately 400 candle lanterns on two FRIDAY evenings during October (see below) Tea Room will be open for refreshments together with the Museum.

Below are a list of scheduled open days for 2017 - 2018 admission to the Model Village is FREE but a SITE entrance fee is made on Event days


Astaria Modell Village Openning Times


We are open 1st Sunday every Month and at the Following Shows 2017

  6th and 13th Candlelight Illuminations 6pm to 8pm   10th Christmas Fair
  8th Steam & Model Exhibition & Steam Day    


We are open 1st Sunday every Month and at the Following Shows 2018

1st New Year Crank-Up 11th Valentines Day Afternoon Tea 11th Mother's Day Afternoon Tea 1st Transport Fest
21st Wassail   18th Science Sunday 15th Antiques Fair
6th Free 4 Kidz 10th Japanese Auto Matsuri 15th Barleycorn Fayre 5th Bikemeet
20th Olde Tyme Rally 17th Father's Day Afternoon Tea   DOT Theatre Company TBC
    19th Classic VW Show & Vintage Fair
2nd American Car Show 7th Model Exhibition & Steam Day 4th Halloween Spooky Science 9th Christmas Fair
8th / 9th Heritage Weekend 5th & 12th Model Village Candlelight Illuminations 6pm to 8pm  
16th Steampunk 14th Antiques Fair

We do go down to the model village on a lot of Sundays in order to do our maintenance work and you will be more than welcome to come in and have a look round if you are there at the same time as us.

How it all began

Alan's story telling talents came to the fore in the mid 1970s when he became the father of a young son. Having spent many years at sea in the Royal Navy, Alan had become a keen reader and had taken a special interest in J.R. R. Tolkein - C.S. Lewis - Douglas Adams and even Beatrix Potter, all escapist books leading the reader into mythical worlds where their imagination was the only limit.

Alan would tell his young son tales of monsters and fairies, creatures from the depths of the oceans he had sailed on and even how he battled giant crabs and suchlike on faraway beaches on islands that had been swallowed up by the angry sea.

All tales that would have the young boy’s imagination spinning over and over as he lay down to sleep.

As the Museum of Power began to grow in its infancy with more and more engines and the such-like arriving on site, it became obvious to Alan that there was absolutely nothing at all that would entertain any children that came along with their fathers.

Remembering his times as a young father and how he had kept his own son full on interest and wonderment Alan decided that he would try and give these visiting children something of their own to look at, and to hopefully remember as they went away.

After spending two years getting the miniature railway underway at the Museum of Power, Alan turned his efforts to the project he had been planning in his head, namely the building of a model village. He had no idea how to go about this and everything was done on a trial-and-error basis. Buildings falling to pieces or just not looking right, too big, too small, all work became one huge learning curve for Alan to get sorted out as he began to build each house in his little work-shop at home in Basildon

David Mead and Alan Walker

Slowly and surely though, house by little house, the village idea began to flourish and take shape: Little characters were purchased by Alan because the village had to have “people” living in it after all.

Later on Alan was to get some help with laying out the village when his long time work colleague Dave Mead offered to come down to the Museum to help out from time to time. (Alan and Dave pictured above)

They persevered on their own, over-coming all sorts of obstacles they encountered along the way until the village of Astaria was finally brought to life and is as you see it today. Astaria is loved by all the children who visit, especially when schools visit the Museum as they get to visit Astaria as part of their day. The village is continuing to grow and improve. The Museum is very grateful to Alan and Dave for their hard work and proud to be the home of Astaria.


Astaria Model Village Sign

Astaria Model Village

Astaria Model Village

Astaria Model Village


Astaria Model Village

Astaria Model Village

Astaria Model Village

Astaria Model Village


Gnome Animation
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