Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A visit to Mouse Town

This weekend we made our annual visit to England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle (more for Tim's benefit than mine but it is a good day out).

While the majority of the sights and sounds are very much life size, we couldn't resist a visit to Mouse Town. A small tent houses a model - which must be around 1:12 scale - of a street scene in darkness.

Amongst the shops are numerous mice, scurrying around and generally enjoying themselves.

Mouse Town is home to a large collection of real mice.

We've seen Mouse Town before but obviously each time the mice are doing something different so it's always enjoyable, perhaps more for us than others because we love the model. There's something magical about a mouse disappearing through a pub doorway though.

There was a tense moment when a couple of the creatures were balanced precariously on a balcony (cue shouts from nearby children of 'he's going to jump') but fortunately they decided against the giant leap to the ground.
 
The film below gives you an idea of what you can see in Mouse Town, although the reflection of the glass and the lighting make it difficult you can still make out the odd furry friend.



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  1. Oh god, at the end you can hear me whispering "that's just like the one that was in the house"!

    I like to think that "our" mouse has made his way to a Mousetown somewhere he's looked after like these ones obviously are ;)

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    1. Ooops - didn't mean to publicly announce that we have our own little mouse problem, although I'm hoping he's packed his bag and left by now...

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  2. Mouse Town looks squeaky clean...
    Next weekend - Rat City!

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    1. Don't joke - we've stood in front of the rat cage at Pets at Home with Tim wailing 'Aren't they cute! Can we have one?'

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  3. I love Mouse Town! I'm a rodent fan, so I love it more from the mice perspective, but it is a beautiful model too. It always amazes me how incredibly clean and well-looked after it all is. I often expect animals in sideshows like this to be a bit neglected and the houses a bit grubby, but that certainly can't be said about Mouse Town. Super attraction.

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    1. Actually I hadn't thought about the cleanliness but you're right, it's spotless. It makes me wonder if they have little mice toilets in the buildings :-) We wouldn't go in if they didn't look well cared for but as they seem to be having a great time, I don't worry about them!

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  4. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Does it still exist?

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    1. We haven't seen it for a couple of years so possibly not :-(

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    2. :-( I'm just going to hope it's moved elsewhere...

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