Making Fairy Flowers – a drop-in, no need to book
This year’s Fairy Fair will be held in Bradmoor Woods in Norfolk which we think may be our best site ever! The Fairyland Trust runs the Fairy Fair as a magical day-out where families with young children can connect with nature. Described by a visiting parent as ‘An Organic Disney’ and by a reviewer as ‘The children’s day out’, since 2002 the Fairs have delighted well over 100,000 visitors.
Here’s a small gallery of pictures of the Bradmoor Woods site from May 2019:
As well as simply enjoying the woods, there are 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 music, food, drink and entertainment including bands, story tellers, craft stalls and walkabout performers, as well as games, Maypole dancing, competitions and woodland trails. It wraps up with an address by the Fairy Queen and the Head Fairy Gardener. The Fair has twice been voted Festivalkidz’s ‘Best Day Festival’.
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At the 2018 Fair
There are lots of Photos from previous Fairy Fairs in our galleries here and this short video from a previous Fair gives you an idea of what it’s like.
Film by Christian Kay for the Fairyland Trust
The Fair is enjoyed by adults and boys and girls of all ages but the core workshop activities are designed for 3 – 8 year olds. Under 3’s come free but the activities are not suitable for them, and parents and carers need to accompany children at all times. The Fair raises funds to enable the Trust to do it’s charitable work of introducing children to nature all over the country but the nature activities are subsidised to give the greatest number of families a chance to take part. This year we have further reduced the price of Bookable Workshops.
Book here. Tickets are £9 or £34 for a family of four (under 3s come free but the organized activities are for 3 and up). If bookable Workshops are still available, you can book them at the same time but there are many activities which are drop-ins or free.
Bradmoor Woods during the Real Halloween
Bradmoor Woods are in rural Norfolk between Kings Lynn and Swaffham. They are rich in native trees such as oak, blackthorn and hawthorn, and home to deer, rabbits, foxes, buzzards and badgers.
The Fair runs from 10am – 5pm on both Sunday May 26th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th.
There is no public camping on site and the programme is the same on both days. Parking is £1/car. Admission is by ticket only and tickets, and Workshop bookings, are only available online via the Fairyland Trust website.
There is a baby change on site. Please do not bring any rubbish that you cannot take away (including plastic packaging which we do not collect).
In Fairy Training
Activities and Attractions
Drop-in activities include Fairy Flowers, Bug Bling and Flutterbies / (all £1) and Fairy Houses which is free.
This year the bookable Magical Workshops (reduced to £3/ child, 3 yrs and up only) are Fairy Crowns and Fairy Gardens (both about wildflowers), Elf Training and Fairy Training (both very active), Fairy Pets (about caterpillars) and our very own Fairyland Trust Wildlife Hospital where you can tend to some cuddly (toy) magical creatures (only £2/ child). These Workshops draw on authentic magical British nature folklore and natural history to discover interesting stuff about wild plants and animals.
Following its great popularity at The Real Halloween last autumn, the No-new Plastic Fancy Dress Competition is returning for the Fair (free to enter and with prizes). We encourage everyone who likes to dress up whether you enter or not but please avoid using plastic and glitter.
For the first time we are very pleased to welcome the amazing and charming Mr Alexander who will give three free shows a day featuring traditional circus skills and tricks.
Also new this year is the human-sized Actual Reality Arcade which defies description but will enable some parents to share their expertise in early computer games with younger visitors. It’s not strictly magical but get a wristband and play as long as you like for £2. Face painting is £4 and one of the activities that raises funds for the Trust.
That’s not all. Additional free entertainment includes all-day storytelling from our popular trio Cliff Easterbrook, Callum McGowan and Mike Dodsworth, Maypole dancing, music from the bands Headspace, Penny Les and the Hal Rayser Combo as well as Stripy the giant Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar, and our walkabout Wildflower Fairies, and the The Bee and May Bug.
Fairy King takes a spin at the Maypole
Everyone is encouraged to bring a Watering Can and if it’s not already decorated, you can join Bling Your Watering Can for £1. Please bring your blinged Watering Cans to the Finale to join the Inspection by the Fairy King and Queen.
The Wildflower Fairies are on a mission for the Fairy Queen to encourage us all to go home and plant more wildflowers to help the bees and other magical creatures. Please do show them your Watering Cans. A blinged Watering Can is the Sign of a Fairy Gardener.
Some of the Wildflower Fairies
You can also visit the Pixie Post Office and colour in post cards (50p + optional stamp) and follow the Rainbow Trail through the woods to visit the Fairy King and Queen at home (free). Nearby you can also discover the Message Tree where you are encouraged leave a message for the fairies.
Inside Pixie Post
Food and drink may be found at various catering stalls, plus at The Good Elf licensed Pub, and the Corncockle Cafe. Stalls in the Fairy Market sell local and hand made crafts. A proportion of their takings goes to support the Fairyland Trust so please think do shop. We have no ATM on site but can offer cashback on your card at the Entrance Tent.
The Queen in buoyant mood at the Finale
A Grand Finale takes place at 4.45 pm each day. You are welcome to join the crowd to hear the Report of the Head Fairy Gardener, which is as much anticipated as it is appreciated, and hear the address of the Fairy Queen.
Supporters are invited to join the Fairy King and Queen at their ever-popular Tea Party (4 – 4.30pm).
At last year’s Supporters Tea Party
Trying out camo’ in Elf Training where we learn animal calls and tracking
Cliff Easterbrook telling tales at a Fairy Fair
The Fair is an opportunity to dress up
Helping The Mission of the Fairyland Trust (see also About)
The Fairyland Trust is a national but Norfolk-based registered charity which creates the Fairs, held at the end of May in the height of late spring, and The Real Halloween, held in the autumn. It does this to further its mission of introducing children to nature at an early age, so that they grow up more likely to love, respect and help save it. 85% of adults agree it is ‘vital to introduce young children to nature’ but it often doesn’t happen. Please become a Supporter to help the Trust make a difference and reach more families by putting on more events and sending out more of its ‘traveling workshops’.
A traveling Workshop – this one making spring lovebirds (blue tits and blackbirds)
Making Witches Owls – this Workshop usually appears at The Real Halloween
A classic magic Wand – in this Workshop children learn about native trees
A few more pictures of Bradmoor Woods from The Real Halloween