The 2022 Fairy Fair is on the 28th and 29th May and takes place at Bradmoor Woods in Norfolk. It is a magical celebration of nature in spring and designed for families with young children by the conservation charity, the Fairyland Trust. We use theatre and folklore to make learning about nature enjoyable. Admission is by ticket only.
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The Fairy Fair starts at 10.30 am (same both days) and runs until 5.30pm. Tickets are £10 per person (£11.37 with Eventbrite fees, which do not come to the Fairyland Trust). The whole event is designed for families with young children and combines nature, arts, crafts, theatre and magical folklore. Many of the attractions and activities are free, and where there is a small charge this is specified on our web pages.
See programme for all timings.
We have nature and activity Drop-ins that you can join on the day as space becomes available. Like a traditional country fair, the Fairy Fair also features live music, market stalls, a show, food and drink as well as festival style walkabouts, free story telling and walks in the woods. The eight Bookable Workshops take place at set times, focus on magical nature, and places need to be booked in advance when buying tickets online.
Drop in workshops workshops in which children make and discover things about real British nature include: Magical Moths, Beautiful Butterflies, Fairy Flowers and Bees on Sticks (£2/ child). These workshops are only suitable for children aged three years and over.
Other free drop-in activities include visiting the Fairy King and Fairy Queen in their beautiful hut and making an Elf or Fairy House in the woods (children and parents or carers often like to do these together).
Families can also explore the woods, listen to live music with three bands, dance around the Maypole, enjoy The Pirate Pantomime, hear stories told by Callum McGowan and Mike Dodsworth, and meet walkabout characters such as Flower Fairies, the Bees, Stripey the Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar and the Pink (stilt walking) Fairies. All these are free.
At the Pixie Post Office you can colour in and send a postcard from Fairyland to a loved one (£1.50 incl. stamp). Or you can play lots of silly games with the Pirates at the Pirate Fete (play for a day for £2).
Plus we have local food and drink stalls on site, our own Corncockle Cafe, and The Good Elf, a licensed pub with unique magical decor. For shopping there is the Fairy Market selling local and handmade crafts, vintage and pre-loved clothing and Eco supplies. All the food is vegetarian. Our very popular (No-new Plastic) Fancy Dress Competition is free to enter.
The unique Bookable Workshops are set in beautifully decorated tents or out in the woods, and each has it’s own original story and make, through which children learn some authentic fairy folklore and lots about nature. These workshops need to booked in advance when you buy your ticket and cost £3/child (see ‘add ons’ at the Eventbrite site). These are: Fairy Crowns, Magic Wands, Bumble Burrows, Fairy Gardens, Wildlife Hospital, Fairy Pets, Fairy Training and Elf Training. Places in the Bookable Workshops are limited.
The event ends with a Royal Finale for everyone, including an address on Fairy Gardening by the Fairy Queen. For the very first time, the Fairy Queen will also have her own Garden at the Fairy Fair, with tips and advice as how to get magical results, growing wildflowers to help wildlife in your own garden.
We hope you will come and have a lovely time.
Practicalities (how to find it, site facilities, what to bring etc)
The mission of the Fairyland Trust is to introduce young children and their parents and carers to nature in an enjoyable way. It is inspired by experience and research which shows that children who make a positive attachment to nature at a young age, are those most likely to go on to act for nature.
This will be the 23rd Fairy Fair. May 2022 marks the 21st Birthday of the Fairyland Trust – read more.
The Trust raises funds for its work, which includes taking workshops to other events, through the Fairy Fair and The Real Halloween but it relies on the generous regular donations of its Supporters to keep going (you can join here – from only £3 a month). Tickets are sold through Eventbrite. The booking fee does not come to the Fairyland Trust. All the Fairy Fairs are crewed by volunteers.
Tickets for the Fairy Fair:
(Details of workshops bookable in advance are at the Eventbrite site and on this website)
Other information about the Fairyland Trust is here
Traders: if you are interested in in trading at the Fair Fair please use this link
Held in a beautiful woodland setting at Bradmoor Woods, in Norfolk, the Fairy Fair has been likened to ‘an Organic Disneyland’, and voted Best Day Festival by FestivalKidz. Opens at 10.30am, closes at 5.30pm.