Fairy Fair 2016
- Accepts Groups
- Dogs Not Accepted (Except Guidedogs)
- Family Entertainment
- On-site Catering
- On-site Light Refreshments
- Public Toilets
- Workshop/Course Available
- Young Children Welcome
Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th May
10am – 5pm
What’s a Fairy Fair?
A Fairy Fair is a magical day out where families can reconnect with nature. Described by one visiting parent as ‘An Organic Disney’ and by a reviewer as ‘The children’s day out’, the Fairs have run since 2001 and attracted around 100,000 visitors. There are bookable Magical Workshops which run a set times and each have a unique story, their own decorated tent or woodland setting and a ‘make’, drop-in activities, music, food, drink and entertainment including bands, story tellers, craft stalls and walkabout performers. The Fair has twice been voted Festivalkidz’s ‘Best Day Festival’.
Where and When
This year the Fair is at Sennowe Park, an enchanting location in the Wensum valley near Guist in Norfolk, with extensive grasslands and ancient trees. It runs from 10am – 5pm on both Sunday May 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th. (There is no public camping on site and the programme is the same on both days). Admission is £10 (under 3’s come free) by ticket only and tickets, and Workshop bookings, are only available online via the Fairyland Trust website. Last year’s Fair sold out.
Activities (see Programme for details)
Free entertainment includes: Widdershins Puppet Theatre, Storytelling from Cliff Easterbrook, Callum and Mike Dodsworth, Captain Barnacle’s Pirate Pantomine, the bands Penny Les, Swanton Movers and the Hal Wrayzers, as well as Sir Randolph Ramsbottom and his Knights Tale.
This year the bookable Magical Workshops (£4/ child, 3 yrs and up only) are Elf Sticks, Elf Training, Fairy Crowns, Fairy Gardens, Fairy Training, Magic Animal Shields, Magic Wings. These Workshops draw on authentic magical British nature folklore and natural history to discover interesting stuff about wild plants and animals.
Drop-in activities are: Fairy Flowers (£1 ), Pixie Post – post cards (50p + stamp), Fairy Books (£1), Wildlife Hospital (£2) Bug Bling ( £1), Bling your Watering Can ( 50p) (new), Fairy Houses ( free), Secret Dens ( free) Visit the Fairy King 10am – 1pm (free), and Visit the Fairy Queen ( free) as well as Imp Teck (£1/ imp-phone) (new).
Walkabouts include Stripey the Caterpillar (participative), the Fairies on Stilts and the Wildflower Fairies who are on a mission to encourage us all to go home and plant more wildflowers to help the bees and other magical creatures. Other things to do include Anchors Aweigh (parent powered roundabout £1), free Maypole Dancing and free Pirate Games, as well as the Fairy Photobooth and Facepainting (with a charge). Food and drink may be found at various catering stalls, plus at The Good Elf licensed Pub, and the Corncockle Cafe. Stalls sell local and hand made crafts.
A Grand Finale takes place at 4.45pm each day.
Helping The Mission of the Fairyland Trust
The Fairyland Trust is a national but Norfolk-based registered charity which creates the Fairs, held at the end of May in the height of late spring, and The Real Halloween, held in the autumn. It does this to further its mission of introducing children to nature at an early age, so that they grow up more likely to love, respect and help save it. The Trust is also raising money to buy land impoverished in nature and turn it into ‘Fairy Meadows’ rich in wildflowers for families to enjoy and explore. Please become a Supporter to help the Trust reach more families by putting on more events and sending out more of its ‘traveling workshops’.
Parking is free but please car share where possible to help combat climate change or use alternative forms of transport.
The Trust designs and creates multi-sensory experiences for children and adults which uses ‘magic’ and the imagination to engage them with wildlife, ecology and landscape through having fun at our Fairy Fairs and in our travelling Workshops.
These events enable young people to join in making things such as ‘fairy gardens’, lanterns and crowns, which contain embedded learning British wildlife, its ecology and folklore, plant-animal interactions and the story of our landscape. Children can enjoy making something special and natural, such as a wildflower a Fairy Crown, Magic Potion or a Magic Wand.
The trusts aim is to entertain and inspire the next generation, making conservation fun so that today´s children grow up understanding and caring for wildlife, and knowing about our native trees and plants.
More events can be found on our Events/What´s On listing