Fairy Fair with Abbie Panks

By webcoreadmin On April 07, 2015 · Add Comment · Fairy Fair with Abbie Panks

Spring has sprung and over at the Fairyland Trust we are on countdown to the (now award winning)

fairyland trust, Holt Hall, Norfolk
Fairy Fair Late May Bank Holiday

For those who do not know about us and the work we do, we are a Norfolk based charity with a national reputation for introducing families to flowers, wildlife and trees, helping families to discover the magic of nature.

Our main event of the year, The Fairy Fair is amid the stunning 86 acres of gardens, ancient woodlands and lakes of Holt Hall, over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (24th/25th May). The event is a firm favourite with families and is packed with magical activities to delight children and entertain all the family such as, the Trust’s renowned workshops including: Fairy Crowns, Fairy Gardens and the ever popular, Magic Wings

Wildflowers will be a major theme of the Fair this year, Folklore tells us that Fairies like wildflowers, while natural history and science show that wildflowers are also best for bees and other wildlife. If you come to the Fairy Fair you’ll discover which the fairies favourites are – and which ones are easy to grow in your garden.

For the first time, a team of Wildflower Fairies will be on hand at the Fair to help children make their own wearable Fairy Wildflower.   It’s not just flowers. Pirates are running games and there are Magic Animal Shields and Elf Sticks to make, Secret Dens to create in the Woods and a Woodland Trail to explore.

Our event offers plenty for all the family; children can also tend cuddly British wildlife and other magical creatures In the Fairyland Wildlife Hospital, or visit the Fairy Queen and King.  The king and Queen will be residing in the woods, telling children about trees and all their magic.  Budding Fairies and Elves can take part in Elf and/or Fairy Training which covers all the important elements of how to be a proper Fairy or Elf.  Mum and Dad may enjoy live music and performances, plus quench their thirst in our own onsite pub, The Good Elf.

Drop-in activities include building your own Fairy House in the woods, sending a post card from the Pixie Post office and the popular Fairyland Photobooth.

The Fairy Fair has been described as ‘THE children’s event of the year’ also features Maypole Dancing, the return of Mr Pineapple Head, three story tellers, great live music, stilt-walkers and Stripy the giant Swallowtail Caterpillar .   Our own Corncockle Café and a host of other local food outlets will be open to keep people fed, and for shopping there are craft stalls, selling hand-made and fairly-traded goods.

If you would like to come along to our event, you can purchase tickets via our website, fairylandtrust.org and arepriced at £10.00 for Adults, £8.50 for Children, under 3’s free. Tickets are selling at record speed this year, so if you would like to join us, don’t delay!

A proportion of each ticket sale goes to support our Fairy Meadow Fund (see http://www.fairylandtrust.org/fairy-meadow-fund/) which aims to create new wildflower meadows which families can visit to picnic and discover nature.


Fairy Fair, Holt Hall, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7DU

Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25th

Open to public 10am – 5pm both days (car park opens 0930)

Tickets: £10/ adult £8.50/ child/ day from www.fairylandtrust.org

Car Park £2/ car (except those taking part in car share) – cash on the day


All of the activities take place either within one of the Trust’s beautiful medieval tents or outside in the woods. Children are encouraged to dress up if they like. Parents or carers need to be present.

Workshop prices vary

Sorry, no dogs to be brought on site whatsoever, with the exception of guide dogs.

Getting There

Where:                Holt Hall, Kelling Rd, Holt Norfolk, NR25 7DU ( *do not use satnav)

Public transport:

Nearest mainline train station:  Sheringham

Nearest steam train station, Sheringham to Holt: arrive Harry Potter style on the Poppy Line call 01263820800 or www.nnrailway.co.uk for times.

By Bus:  see www.traveleastanglia.co.uk

By car:  Map. * Many Sat Nav systems will take you to the back gate of Holt Hall on Cley Rd which will be locked. Please make sure you head for the Kelling Rd entrance. Yellow direction signs will be put up the night before in Holt.

Dogs: Please do not bring dogs (guide dogs accepted) as we do not permit them to be left in cars in the car park all day as there is little or no shade and they cannot come into the grounds of Holt Hall.

Accommodation: Holt Hall is only 10 minutes drive from the beautiful North Norfolk coast and there are many options for accommodation. Please contact Holt Tourist information on 0871 200 3071 or www.visitnorthnorfolk.com

About the Fairyland Trust.

The Fairyland Trust is a Norfolk based but national conservation charity that enables children and families to experience the magic of nature.

The Trust uses traditional folklore about wild plants and animals to help children discover nature through play and the imagination. Fascination with Fairies, Elves, Wizards and other magical beings creates a gateway to nature for families with young children.  As well as the Fairy Fair, the Trust runs The Real Halloween in October. Visit the photo gallery at www.fairylandtrust.org to get a flavour of the events.

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.  Many research studies show that if children make a bond with the natural environment when they are young, they grow up seeing woods and other aspects of nature as magical, and a playground to enjoy and protect.    Spending time in nature is also prove  to improve physical and mental health of both adults and children, and improve learning and behaviour.  On the other hand many modern children cannot identify even common wild creatures and flowers, making it harder for them to understand and look after nature and wild places.  Changing this is the mission of the Fairyland Trust.

The charity, now in its fourteenth year, has a group of 100+ crew and workshop leaders trained in theatrical performance, logistics, health and safety, storytelling techniques and natural history. Each of their workshops has its own (copyright) story, creation format, materials, props and magical shelters and its own specific ecological learning outcomes. It is a unique combination of drama, science, arts and crafts and spectacle.

For more information visit www.fairylandtrust.org find us on Twitter @fairylandtrust or email abbie@fairylandtrust.org

One thought on “Fairy Fair with Abbie Panks”

  1. I love what the Fairyland Trust do. Good luck with your spring fairs.
    Good luck Michael with getting more great guests like this for this blog during your AtoZ. Looking forward to learning more about the wonderful place that is Norfolk.

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