Fairy Fair 2012

The Fairy Fair is a family day out where entertainment meets, magic, nature and folklore. It is held on two days, open from 10am - 5pm, with a central activity and entertainment area of tents and marquees, and other attractions spread throughout acres of surrounding woodland.

Admission is by day-ticket only, which can be booked online in advance. Tickets go on sale first to Supporters of the Fairyland Trust, and then to the general public.

Attracting all ages, but designed especially for families with 3 - 8 year olds, The Fairy Fair creates a unique atmosphere described by one dad as 'An Organic Disney'. We run 45 minute bookable workshops such as creating a Fairy Garden with real wildflowers, or making Elf Sticks from native trees. These workshops are led by trained leaders and include elements of performance and storytelling.

There is lots to do. You'll meet wandering musicians such as the fantastic Bug Band, stilt walking acts and "Walkabouts" and you can visit the Pirate Fete. We'll have stalls selling home made food and hand made crafts, drop-in activities such as Bug Bling and Fairy Houses, a woodland trail, and a Performance Tent with puppet shows and much more. You can also sample the Fairyland Tea and Beer Tents.

As well as taking part in the bookable workshops, we advise leaving plenty of time to do things like visiting the Fairy Queen in the Woods, posting a card at Pixie Post Office, trying a bit of archery, or creating a winning mud pie in our Cooking for Trolls competition.

Parking is free and the on site car park is large but if it fills up there will be an overflow car park within walking distance. The main part of the site is flat, level and easy to walk on, though the woodland trails can be rugged in places. Except for guide dogs, no dogs are allowed on any part of the site, including in parked vehicles. There is no camping on site except for Fairyland Trust crew and Stallholders.

All the workshops take place in attractive weather-proof tents and there are several other sheltered areas, but you should come suitably dressed, prepared to spend a day outside in a country setting. Fancy dress is welcome.

It is possible that the Fair may sell out so we advise early booking. Please check this website for any updates.

How much?

Fairyland Trust Supporters get in free. Entrance tickets are £7.50. Under 3s come free.

Bookable Workshops (for 3yrs and up) cost from £3 - £5 per child and require their own tickets, which can also be purchased at this website.

Many other activities and entertainments are free, and some have a small charge.

What's different this year?

More Elves!

We have devised a new bookable 45 minute workshop called Elf Sticks where children decorate their own staffs and learn how the Elves mark the times of the Year in Fairyland. Cost £4/ child.

Children will also be able to take part in Elf Training Camp and learn a few key lessons in How To Be An Elf. Cost £3/ child.

More Fairy Crowns

Our Fairy Queen has been reigning since long, long ago and she has let it be known that this year, to acknowledge queens everywhere, we will be letting adults make Fairy Crowns this year, as well as children. (All other workshops places are for children only.) We're doubling our capacity to deliver this workshop, but it is still possible we may sell out.

Bug Bazaar

We are bringing together all our lovely drop-in Insect workshops into a Bug Bazaar to be held in our giant 4-bay yurt. For £2 children can make a dancing Flutterby, or some Bug Bling or a Fussy Caterpillar finger puppet.

The wonderful Vagaband will be entertaining us with their toe tapping tunes and Granny Turismo are returning for both days this year with their Bad Fairy Godmothers, which have to be seen to be believed.

Plus we welcome the return of the fabulous puppet show for younger children "Mr Browns Pig".

See Programme for times of the performances.


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