The Real Halloween is like no other ‘Halloween’ event. It is an autumnal celebration of nature and the turning of the seasons, set in old natural woodland, with a unique mixture of entertainment, games, magical stories, characters and children’s workshops.
Some quotes from visitors to The Real Halloween 2018:
“It was magical.. The loveliest venue, brilliant entertainment and the little ones… Well just lovely too x” – Henrietta O
“Amazing ! a must do for every Family once a year” – Melan C
“Had just the best day today. Can’t wait for the next one” – Joy P
“I went and had an amazing time” – Sal L
As with last year’s Real Halloween, we will be gathering at Bradmoor Woods in West Norfolk.
We will have a fire, food, drink and music from bands throughout the day. The popular Pirate Pantomime will return to entertain children of all ages in the Performance Tent.
Workshop places are sheltered in our Medieval Tents or in the woods, and will include Magic Wands,Witches Owls, Witches Bats and Wizard Training and Witch Training. The Good Elf pub and the Café will be open all day, together with food stalls in the Market, where you can also shop for hand made goods. We have two wonderful story-tellers, Mike Dodsworth and Callum McGowan telling tales in their splendid hut, and the Fairy King and Queen will again be receiving visitors before their midwinter sleep.
The finale includes a fire show, the much-loved Animal Lantern Parade, and a performance of the ‘Story of the Real Halloween’. This reflects the old tradition of children leaving out treats for fairies and other magical folk, to stop them playing tricks, rather than children demanding treats from humans or suffer ‘tricks’. (In old beliefs there was no firm division between magical wildlife and plants and magical beings, aka ‘fairies’).
The Fairyland Trust strives to eliminate plastic from every aspect of event. The Real Halloween aims to recapture in the spirit of the original autumn festivities held before Hollywood and commercialization took hold of ‘Halloween’ and made it into the sugar-fuelled plastic horror fest which alarms so many parents, and frightens a lot of young children today.
Following last year’s successful experiment, we are again holding a Plastic-Free Halloween Fancy Dress competition, with adult and child categories. Whether you enter or not, dressing up is encouraged with an emphasis on avoiding plastic or masks – but it’s not obligatory.
Families are also encouraged to take part in the Halloween Games (traditional with an emphasis on vegetables) and our very own Veg-o-Lantern competition, for which people get creative at home and bring along Veg-o-Lanterns as modern version of the old Jack-o-Lanterns carved from root veg (a wider range of fruit and veg is accepted). Jack-o-Lanterns have a long tradition in Norfolk.
For those seeking a lot of peace and quiet, the mixed oak woodland has many paths to explore and the possibility of encountering wildlife such as owls, bats, buzzards and deer, although we do ask you to try not to get lost.
Drop-in activities will include Witches Kitchens, Hedgehog Houses and making Moon Calendars. We also have Jam Jar (candle) Lantern making (to take on the parade), the Pixie Post Office and Face Painting. Friendly Trolls will be rootling about in the woods.
Entrance is by ticket only ( £8.50 or family ticket for 4 £32) – they will go on sale from early September at this website. Tickets bought on the day will be £10 each.
The Real Halloween is put on with a great deal of volunteer effort by the Fairyland Trust, and we are grateful to the Trust’s Supporters for helping subsidise the costs of the nature Workshops. The event raises funds to support the Trust’s year-round work to teach children about British nature and how to help it.
Activities such as the bands and music, walking in the woods, all-day story-telling, the Veg o Lantern and Fancy dress competitions and Witches Kitchens are all free. Other activities incur a small cost to cover their preparation and alongside the entrance ticket cost this helps pay for essential equipment and services such as toilets and first aid, and professional performers. The event is designed for families with children aged three and up and children under three come free but are not allowed in the Workshops. Dogs are not permitted.
More info at INFO.
We hope you will join us.
Sarah, Ben and Chris at the Fairyland Trust
Where is Bradmoor Woods ? See here