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Sunday May 26th and Monday May 27th 2024

Bradmoor Woods on West Acre Estate, near Swaffham

10.30am to 5.30pm

Tickets are from £8 per person.

Car park opens 9.30am, car parking £1 cash.

 

Early booking is advised. Tickets are on sale in price tiers, so early buyers can get cheaper tickets.  Select your day and the tickets you want, to get the best rate, on a first come, first served basis. Early buying helps Fairyland Trust save money on event promotion. Tiers:  £8, £10, £12 and £14 (+ booking fee).  

 Under 3’s come free, no dogs. All booking fees go to Eventbrite, not to Fairyland Trust.
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main activities timetable:

Timings Programme – main elements: see menus for details

9.30am – car park opens (yes, there is a loo)

10.30 am – event opens, Drop In activities open, stilt walking Pink Fairies and, wildflower Fairies and Mr Bees walkabout, Fairyland Market opens

11am – Fancy Dress Show (no new plastic) in the Performance Tent

11.30am – 1st session of Bookable Workshops starts, Sybil the Snail goes crawlabout, The Moonshiners play in the Performance Tent

12pm – The Fairy King and Queen open to visitors, The Good Elf Magical Pub opens

12.30pm – 2nd session of Bookable Workshops starts, Stripey the Giant Caterpillar goes walkabout, Pirate Panto starts in the Performance Tent

1.30pm – Sybil the Snail and the Bees and Wildflower Fairies walkabout, The Moonshiners play in the Performance Tent

2.30pm – 3rd session of Bookable Workshops start, Stripey The Giant Caterpillar walks about, and the Pirate Panto starts in the Performance Tent

2.45pm – last entry to see the Fairy King and Queen

3pm – the Fairy King and Queen close to visitors

3.30pm – 4th session of Bookable Workshops start, Supporters Tea Party takes place, Pink Fairies and the Bugs walkabout, Pennyless play in the Performance Tent

4.15pm – The ShowHawk Duo play in the Performance Tent,  last entry for Drop In activities

4.30pm – Drop-in activities close

5pm – Finale – all are invited to join magical characters in a procession to the Gate, last orders in the Pub, Market Stalls close

5.30pm site closes – event ends

Set in a wooded glade, the award winning Fairy Fair combines entertainment, folklore, magic and nature for an enchanting day out for all.

Come and celebrate the start of the Summer season this May Bank Holiday when the family-focused Fairy Fair returns to the lovely Bradmoor Woods on the West Acre Estate.

The King and Queen leading a dance at the end of the 2023 Fairy Fair

 

In the woods

 

All welcome at the No-New-Plastic Fancy Dress Show

 

Elf Training at last year’s Fairy Fair

 

Discovering nature in the Fairy Queen’s Garden

 

The Fair is jam-packed with children’s nature learning activities and workshops, alongside more traditional entertainment such as live music, storytelling, walkabout characters, family shows and food and craft stalls. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Children over three years old can take part in unique magical workshops run by The Fairyland Trust charity which take place in beautifully decorated tents, and where children can learn some fairy folklore and lots about nature.

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Traditional Maypole dancing

 

The fantastic Pirate Panto

 

Magic Potions being prepared

 

A drop-in workshop

 

Some workshops need to be booked in advance when you buy your ticket and cost £ 3 per child ( see Add-ons at Eventbrite pages). These are: Norfolk Booty, Fairy Training, Elf Training, Fairy Gardens, Wildlife Hospital, Magic Potions and Magic Wands.

 

There will also be other activities on the day that children can drop into once a space becomes available. These are: Wildflower Crowns (£3 per child), Bumbling Bees (£3 per child), Pixie Post (£2 per child) and Fairy and Elf Houses (free). Plus, the brave can enter the Pirate Fete and play daft games with the Pirates such as Unlucky Dip and Splat the Ship’s Rat for £2 for a play-all-day wristband.  Bring cash for these activities.

Families can also have an audience with The Fairy Queen and the King in their beautiful hut (free). Don’t forget to look around The Fairy Queen’s garden, where you can pick up tips on gardening for wildlife from the attentive Wildflower Fairies and Fairy Gardeners (free). 

If you are feeling active, you can take a spin around The Maypole, dance to The Showhawk Duo, The Moonshiners, and Pennyless, or sit down and laugh a lot at The Pirate Pantomime or listen to a story told by Mike and Callum. Be entertained and enchanted by our beautiful Wildflower Fairies, Mr Bees, Big Bugs and Stripey the Caterpillar. Special guests this year include Sybil the Giant Snail from the Insect Circus and the startlingly Pink Fairies (all free).

A Fairy Fair is not complete without a lot of dressing up; home-made, plastic-free costumes are encouraged, but not obligatory! Families will have a chance to show off their outfits in a special Fancy Dress Show each morning from 11am to 11.30 am (it’s no-new-plastic – check out the page for more info).

Showhawk Duo will be one of the bands playing at the Fairy Fair 2024

 

There will also be lots of local food and drink stalls on site, including the Fairyland Trust’s own Corncockle Café and The Good Elf Pub, plus the Fairyland Market selling local and handmade sustainable goods, crafts and gifts.

 
A two minute taster of the Fairy Fair:
 
Get yourself a cuppa and enjoy this immersive 15 minute visit to the Fairy Fair 2022:
Be sure to meet Sybil the Snail but hang on to your veggies!

 

 

Visitor’s Map

(to come)

 

Here’s a larger map for printing – but the timings and map will be on the programme handed out the Gate.

 

 

FAQs

How do I find Bradmoor Woods?

If using What3Words the entrance to the track into Bradmoor Woods is entrust.clean.demanding 

Bradmoor Woods is now also shown on Google Maps, but we advise not to follow Google Map directions which may route you up Narford Lane, which is very narrow, has a hump-backed bridge, and can become blocked.  You may get delayed and miss your Workshops or other activities.

Instead, first head for PE32 1HU, on the A47 (postcode for Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa), and follow our yellow signs, turning north onto the B1153. Then then right into Wilson’s Drove and right onto Walton Road and right, down into Narford Lane.

If coming by train, the nearest station with lots of taxis is King’s Lynn. 

The site is about 6 miles from Swaffham and 12 miles from King’s Lynn.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes, £1 per car. Please make sure you have your cash ready to prevent hold ups in the queue.

Can I bring my dog ?

Only assistance dogs are allowed on site. Please do not leave your dog in the car as there is no shade.

Do I have to print out my tickets?

No, but please make sure you have found them on your phone before you get to the Entrance Gate.

Can I get a refund?

Yes, through Eventbrite, but only up to 7 days before your event day.

Is there anything for under 3’s to do?

Under 3’s can make a Fairy or Elf House with their family, visit The Pixie Post Office, explore the woods, enjoy the music and the atmosphere, join Maypole Dancing, and meet the walkabout characters. All the Fairyland Trust workshops are designed specifically for 3 – 8 year olds.

Can I bring my under 3 into a workshop my older child is attending?

No, sorry, but this is not allowed. Under 3’s will disturb the workshop for everybody else as these workshops are designed for older children with longer attention spans. There are also small choking sized materials used throughout. Please organise for another adult to look after your under 3 if attending a Workshop.

Do I have to accompany my child in the workshops?

If your child is under 6, then you must come into the workshop. But if they are over 6 you can sit outside, as long as they know where you are. This is at your own risk as the workshop crew cannot chase after your child if they suddenly decide to leave. And the workshops are fun, so please stay.

What is the accessibility like?

The site is flat and comprised of  wooded glades with mown grass and leafy paths, suitable for robust wheelchairs or buggies. All workshops can accommodate a wheelchair, but please arrive a little earlier so that the crew can make sure there is plenty of room.

If the bookable workshops are sold out what else can we do?

There are drop-in workshops: Bumbling Bees, Wildflower Crowns, Bug Bling, Flutterbies, Fairy and Elf Houses, The Pixie Post Office. There is also The Pirate Fete, visiting the Fairy King and Queen, the Queen’s Fairy Garden, plus lots of walkabout entertainers, bands, storytellers, the Fairyland Market, the Good Elf Pub, and Wild Touch Animal Rescue.

I can’t find my tickets? Did you post them?

Tickets are emailed to you as soon as you purchase them. If you have lost that email do not worry, just get in touch with your booking name and we should be able to find them. But please do not leave this to the last minute as we will be in a field in Fairyland by then, with intermittent signals.

When can or should we arrive?

The car park opens at 9.30am but the site only opens at 10.30am.  If there is something very specific you want to see or do e.g The Fancy Dress Show or a Bookable Workshop, please try to arrive with plenty of time before this, as at busy times (10.30 – 1pm), queues can build up to get into the car park.

Can I change the day I’ve booked for ?

Yes, but first we suggest you book your new tickets, then ask for a full refund for your original tickets through the Eventbrite site. Please note, this can only be up to 7 days before the event.

Can I buy entrance tickets on the  day ?

Yes, for £14 per person, but only if we have not sold out (which we usually do).

When do ticket sales close?

At 10pm the night before the event day.

Is there wifi on site?

No.

Is there a cash point on site?

No, but cashback may be available from The Fairyland Trust crew stall and at quieter times from the Good Elf Pub (+fee). Most Traders will have card readers, but please bring cash in case. Cash is needed for the car park (&1 per car) and also needed for some of the drop-in activities.

Can we camp overnight?

Only Fairyland Trust crew can camp on site. If you can volunteer for 3-4 hours for both days of the event, you can camp and enjoy the event for free in your time off. Please email ben@fairylandtrust.org for more details.

Do you need more volunteer crew?

Possibly, it depends when you are reading this and whether we have roles unfilled. Crew have to volunteer on both days for 3- 4 hours. But they get to camp and bring their children for free. Please email ben@fairylandtrust.org for details.

Can I buy Bookable Workshop ticket on the day?

Yes, but only if we have not sold out (and we usually do), so it is best to buy them now to avoid disappointing your child.

Might we be photographed?

Many people take pictures at the fairy fair, mostly of the children they parent or care for.  It is always possible that you or children you are with will be in one of those pictures or videos. We make online ticket buyers aware that we also have a professional photographer at our events and we use these photos in marketing to encourage others to join our future events and learn about magic and nature, as we hope you will have enjoyed doing. By entering Fairyland, you are consenting to being photographed or filmed for use in any media format by Fairyland Trust. Our official photographer will be identifiable by a Fairyland tabard and is very approachable if you would like to opt out of this consent.

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