(message from Sarah Wise, event co-ordinator 18 March 2020)
It’s really sad but I’m sorry to have to tell you that we have no choice but to cancel the 2020 Fairy Fair, given the repercussions of the covid-19 epidemic.
We do this with great regret as I know many children will have been looking forward to it and so was I and so were all the crew who work and volunteer to put it on.
We are so sorry that so many families will be disappointed. We have all been looking forward to it for a long time.
You may imagine the many practical uncertainties which the current situation created and we waited as long as we could before reluctantly making this decision. I have been working on it since last autumn, designing and planning the event with the help of a small team of friends, and it was looking fantastic.
Thank you to those who had faith and bought tickets. Refunds will become available so please bear with us as we sort this out.
I would love to be able to say that we will simply roll it forwards and run what we have already prepared and spent thousands of pounds on, in 2021, by which time we and many other ‘summer’ event organisers hope that the epidemic situation will have been resolved.
But because of our shoestring finances, this blow has serious consequences for the future of The Fairyland Trust – we don’t know yet and I am talking to my friends who help me run the Fair and the Trust to see what is possible.
I am so sorry. I had been so optimistic and when I stop crying into my keyboard I’ll let you know what next. (See also updates on Facebook)
Fairyland Trust and Fairy Fair co ordinator.
Photo by Rachel Scopes – Brimstone Butterflies will be on the wing soon.
The Fairy Fair is a magical family event set in a beautiful woodland at Bradmoor Woods, near West Acre in Norfolk. It has been likened to an Organic Disneyland, and voted Best Day Festival by FestivalKidz. There will be bookable Magical Workshops run at set times, most with a unique story, their own decorated tent or woodland setting, and drop-in activities which also have a magical nature ‘make’ to take home.
Plus there’s live music, food, drink, story tellers, craft stalls, walkabout Flower Fairies, Bees and even Trolls, as well as a Games Emporium, Maypole dancing, a Fancy Dress Competition, Woodland Trails and new for this year – a Bug Ball. It wraps up with an address by the Fairy Queen and her entourage.
Tickets go on sale at this website, on March 15th. A printed programme and site map are provided at the Gate. We hope to see you there!
Many of the activities take place around the Main Lawn, on the edge of the woods (Fairy Fair 2019)
Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May Open from 10 am to 5 pm
Tickets: £7.50 per person (online via this website, from Eventbrite, as of 15th March)
On the day £12 per person (at the gate if available)
Under 3s come free
Coach tickets £4.50 (from Norwich, bookable with online tickets – a new service, limited places)
Car Parking £1 / car (cash)
Sorry no dogs
See also Info for how to get to Bradmoor Woods and much more
Applying camo’ in Elf Training (a bookable Workshop)
The Bookable Workshops are Bumble Burrows (new), Fairy Gardens, Fairy Pets (make a Swallowtail butterfly and caterpillar), Fairy Training , Elf Training and Wildlife Hospital. These take place in tents except Elf and Fairy Training which are more active and outdoors in the woods.
Drop-in activities take place in tents or in the woods. Just seek them out.
There’s no need to book for our drop-in workshops and activities
Drop in activities include Fairy Crowns (£1 for Crown base plus £1 / flower), Woodland Wings (£3), Maypole dancing (see blackboard for times – Free), Elf and Fairy Houses (Free), the Games Emporium (£2/ wristband – play as long as you like and re-entry), Face Painting (£4), Pixie Post Office (£1.50), Rainbow Trail (Free), and visiting the Fairy King (10 am to 12.30pm) and Fairy Queen (12.30pm to 3.30pm) and the Message Tree (all Free). Crowns, Wings and Face Painting can all be found in the Transformation Tent.
The (no new plastic) home-made fancy dress competition is free and this year it’s ‘Bug’ themed. The categories are
Judging and prize giving at 10.30 am in the Performance tent.
Also bug themed is the new Bug Ball which takes place in the Performance Tent at 12pm and 3pm, and is free.
We also have a range of other free entertainment for all ages, including Music, Storytelling, and the walkabout characters: The Trolls, Pink Fairies, Bees and the Wildflower Fairies. All of them will also be found in the Royal Finale at the end of the day, presided over by the Fairy King and Queen. You can also visit the Fairy King and Queen during the day and find them and the nearby Message Tree by following the Rainbow Trail.
Music will be by The Shackleton Trio, Pennyless and the King Discrolls
Callum in mid-story – Storytelling is by Mike Dodsworth and Callum McGowan
The Fairyland Trust Supporter Tea Party (hosted by The King and Queen and other characters) is at 4.15pm and free (Supporters only plus 1 adult guest and 2 child guests)
Inspecting the magical decor in the Good Elf Pub
Food and drink is available from the Good Elf Pub (real ales, local cider, apple juice), The Corncockle Café (teas, coffees, juice and cakes) and food stalls in the Fairyland Market where you can shop for hand made/ fair trade crafts, Eco supplies and vintage /fancy dress/ preloved clothing. The catering is all vegetarian.
New this year is the coach service from Norwich – book when you buy admission and bookable workshop tickets at Eventbrite (places are limited).
Thanks to all the volunteers who make it possible