Now SOLD OUT for Saturday 30th. No tickets at the gate Saturday. Still available Sunday (no tickets on the gate if we sell out online). Please book online. Thank you.
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The Real Halloween returns to Bradmoor Woods, near West Acre, Norfolk on 30 and 31 October, 2021. Open from 1.30 – 7pm Saturday, 12.30 – 6pm Sunday. This page is just an overview to give you a taste of what to expect at The Real Halloween. Find full details on the other pages (use navigation and links below).
Book here for Sunday
(Tickets are sold via Eventbrite which charges a processing fee that does not come to the Fairyland Trust).
Afternoon Workshops and Activities (just drop in – no booking, some are free)
- Plastic-free Fancy Dress Competition
- Pirate Pantomime
- Popcorn Wizards
- The Bat Girls
- The Trolls
- Musical Toadstools
- Or take yourself for a walk in the woods
Plus – Face Painting (charge)
Food Drink and Shopping:
Good Elf Pub (soup, ales, ciders, magical decor)
Fairyland Market (food and craft stalls)
Halloween dressing up tips
Read our update on avoiding adding to the plastic waste problem at Halloween
How to get there
Set in a woodland glade deep in the Norfolk countryside, The Real Halloween is a true celebration of Autumnal magic. It has music, log fires, traditional games, magical nature workshops, story-telling, and food and drink, as well as a candle-lit parade of lantern animals.
Visit The Real Halloween and you can spend the afternoon making a Magic Wand, a Real Broomstick or perhaps a pinecone Owl or Bat, in one of our Workshops. You can join in with Witch or Wizard Training, visit the Fairy King and Queen and play in the Witches Kitchen or the Wildlife Hospital. See the Programme for times.
Flying lesson with Real Broomsticks
A dad helps out in the Wizard Shields Workshop
Tips on tree identification and magical powers from a Wizard Trainer
Our Bookable Workshops (places are limited) take 45 minutes and include Magic Wands, Wizard Shields, Witch Training, Wizard Training, Witches Owls and Witches Bats, and the Wildlife Hospital, where magical ailments are remedied. These are now sold out so advance booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment, if you come to the Fairy Fair or The Real Halloween next year.
Meeting the Fairy Queen
A musical toadstalls interlude
Scenes in the Fancy Dress Competition
For your entertainment we also have musicians, the Pirate Pantomime, some silly Trolls and lots more to try out, such as Parsnip Skittles.
Home-made (plastic free) fancy dress is encouraged but not compulsory! All ages are very welcome to take part in the popular Plastic-free and Home made Fancy Dress Competition. You can also get your face painted on site.
Craft, food and gift stalls will be trading throughout the day so come ready to shop, and, the magical Good Elf Pub will be selling mulled cider and fine ales. Do drop in and puzzle over the decor.
Storytelling by the renowned Mike Dodsworth takes place in the Story Hut in the woods.
As dusk falls, everyone gathers to hear the telling of The Real Halloween Story, inspired by the original traditions of Halloween, from the time when ‘treats’ were a way to avoid tricks from the fairies. Immediately after, we light before hundreds of candle lanterns and join the Parade of Animal Lanterns through the woods. You can make your lantern to carry in Halloween Lanterns, and please help conserve the atmosphere by not using torches wherever possible: let your night vision develop instead. Who knows, you might spot an owl?
Tickets are only £8.50/person for the whole day (under 3s free but not able to join most activities as they are designed for 3 and up).
Parking is free.
Some activities will incur a charge of £1 – £3. No dogs are permitted on site including in the car park. Many activities take place in tents but come prepared for wet weather.
The Non-Plastic Fancy Dress competition is free to enter and will be judged at 2 pm on Saturday and 1 pm Sunday. Remember that a non-magical feature of the weekend is that the clocks change.
Please come prepared to take away any rubbish such as packaging that you bring with you – we collect only nappies, at the Baby Change.
A big thank you to all our crew who volunteer at this event. The Fairyland Trust is a small Registered Charity.
Conceived in 2010 by Chris Rose and Sarah Wise – the founders of the Fairyland Trust – The Real Halloween is the Autumn sister event to the Spring Fairy Fair. It’s all about getting closer to and discovering more about nature. We look forward to seeing you there.
Check out a few visitor comments below:
“The ‘Real Halloween’ event has very quickly become mine and may family’s favourite event of the year. It is a wonderful, enchanting, engaging, informative, immersive, interactive, sensory experience”
“Would just like to say thank you, we had a magical day on Sunday at the real Halloween, the kids highlights were the story tellers, the lantern parade and the music. x” P J Parker
“fantastic afternoon enjoying a “Real Halloween” with Fairyland Trust – Conkers , Parsnip Skittles , Bat Mobiles , Corvids ( Ravens ) – lantern making, story telling, wand making, crafting but best of all was the wizzard training in the woods with a 700 year old master wizard”