The Real Halloween


The Real Halloween 2018 is on 27 and 28 October – be sure to make a date in your diary for this very different Halloween event: non-plastic and in the spirit of the original, traditional Halloween celebrating nature in autumn. 

(Find bigger versions of this poster to download here)

We’re at a new venue: Bradmoor Woods in West Norfolk, not far from Narborough and Swaffham (travel info’ will follow).  This is a very attractive wooded site with old oaks and other native trees, and open lawn-type grasslands.  It will be possible to go for your own walks in the woods around the site.
This year The Real Halloween, which ends after dusk falls, will go on slightly longer and the event will close at 7pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.  (Note that the clocks change on this weekend).  This change has been made by popular request to enable visitors to use the food stalls and Good Elf Pub and Cafe after the Real Halloween Story, the Parade of Lantern Animals and the Fire Show have ended.

Join us in Bradmoor Woods

Take part in the Parade of Animal Lanterns

Make new friends

Summary Information

(See also Magical Workshops and More Activities for further details)

find a bigger file of this map for printing here


you will be given a printed version with the Programme on entry to the site

Saturday 27th 1pm to 7pm

Sunday 28th 12pm to 6pm

Adults £9; Children £8; Under 3 s free [note all activities are for children 3 aged and up only]

This event is run and managed by the Fairyland Trust.  Entrance by ticket only.  Tickets are on sale via Creative Orchard here.

The following activities combine natural history discovery and authentic magical folklore.  They directly help achieve the Fairyland Trust’s mission to engage children and families with nature.  Other activities on site are there for entertainment and help raise funds to keep the Fairyland Trust Charity in operation.

** Read about our new investigation into plastic waste generated from Halloween costumes here: The Scariest Thing About Halloween is Plastic **

Magical Nature Workshops  ( no under 3s)

Bookable in advance (here – same site as for entrance tickets) £4.50 per workshop

times: 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Sat

times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm. 2.30pm on Sun

Magic Wands   

Wizard Shields 

Witches Owls   

Wizard Training

Witch Training 

Drop in activities (no under 3s)

1pm to to 5pm on Sat

12pm to 4pm on Sun

Bouncing Bats                   £2/bat

Jam Jar Lanterns                £2/ jar

Hedgehogs and Houses     Free (new)

Fairy Banquets                  Free

Witches Kitchen                Free

Fundraiser Activities

(The following activities help raise funds for the charity work of the Fairyland Trust)

1pm to to 5pm on Sat

12pm to 4pm on Sun

Halloween Games               £2/ wristband –play as long as you like and re-entry

Face Painting                         £4/ child, £6/ adult

Photo booth                           £1/person & borrow a costume

Pixie Post Office                   50p/card plus optional extra cost of 2nd class  stamp

More Free Activities

Veg – O – Lantern Competition 

Judging 4.30 pm Sat and 3.30pm Sun in the Good Elf café and pub

Awards presented 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday from Performance Tent stage.  Categories:

  • Family entry
  • Child 6- 8
  • Child 8-12

See page for details

No New Plastic Home Made Fancy Dress Competition (new)

Meet by the Performance Tent – takes place directly after the Veg o Lantern competition

details here

Music: Penny Less

1pm to 1.45pm and 3pm to 3.45pm Sun

12pm to 12.45pm and 2pm to2.45pm Sat

Music: King Driscolls

2pm to 2.45pm and 4pm to 4.45pm Sat

1pm to 1.45pm and 3pm to 3.45pm Sun

Musical Toadstools ( see blackboard for times)

Storytelling in the hut ( see blackboard for times)

With Mike Dodsworth and Callum McGowan


Learn how to safely build a fire with the fire boys and keep fires under control.

Rainbow Trail

A self-led trail through the woods. Follow the coloured scarves and ribbons.  Watch out for wildlife and discover the ancient oaks. Check the fairy doors.  Starts on main lawn (see map).

Fairy King and Queen in residence (new)

1pm to 4pm Sat

12pm to 3pm Sun

Fairyland Trust Supporter Tea Party (hosted by The King and Queen and other characters)

Free but open to Supporters only plus 1 adult guest and 2 child guests.  (You can join as a Supporter here)

4.30pm  to 5pm Saturday

3.30pm to 4pm Sunday

This is a small thank-you to our Supporters without whose donations the Fairyland Trust would not be able to keep going!  Very many thanks to all Supporters.

The Ending

(free activities)

The telling of The Real Halloween Story in the woods by Mike and Callum

5.30pm  to 6.00pm Saturday

4.30pm to 5.00pm Sunday

Animal Lantern Parade – bring your jam jar lanterns ( no battery powered lights please)

6.00pm to 6.15pm Saturday

5.00pm to 5.15pm Sunday

Fire show

6.15pm to 6.30pm Saturday

5.15pm to 5.30pm Sunday

Food and drink

1pm to 7pm Saturday

12pm to 6pm Sunday

Good Elf Pub  – real ales, local cider and mulled cider

Plus our Café – soups, bread, teas, coffees, juice

(Raises funds for The Fairyland Trust)

Other traders:

Details to follow but will include Cloud Nine wild boar and halloumi burgers and chips, local sausage hot dogs, crafts, jewellery, Wings, Wizard Beards and more in the Fairyland Market (a percentage of all sales goes to The Fairyland Trust).

Also on site

Free car parking


1st Aid

Baby change

Rubbish – please take it home. We will take nappies at the Baby Change. We will also take recyclables but not plastic you have brought with you.  We get charged by weight for all the recyclables and any landfill, which eats into our charitable funds.  We are sorry but you will have to take your own landfill home and any plastic bottles/ bags/ packaging you brought with you.

Sorry no dogs on site or in the car park.

Car park opens 30 mins before the event (free)

Doing the Rook-Step in Wizard Training

sideways rook hop

We will have stories to fire the imagination, opportunities to play and discover things in the woods, magical things to make and enchanted characters to meet.

Making a witches brew

Cooking up a brew in Witches Kitchens


Trolls will also be out and about, magical commitments permitting.

garden trolls

Don’t miss the unique telling of “The Real Halloween” story in the Woods, followed by the Parade of Animal lanterns.

owls rising

Calling in the owls at the Story in the Woods



visitors in the Halloween Photo Booth

boris and karloff

Dressing up is not obligatory but welcome

witch training slider

Witches Training

Be there to share in some Autumnal Magic.  Tickets here and more info’ at this website soon !

The Real Halloween in 2016, main lawn

Take a walk in Bradmoor Woods this October

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