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Fairy Fair returns to West Acre on magical birthday

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The award-winning Fairy Fair returns this bank holiday weekend, celebrating its magical 21st birthday.

The fair – which raises funds for Fairyland Trust, the Norfolk based charity with a national reputation for introducing families to flowers, wildlife and trees – heads to Bradmoor Woods, West Acre, on Sunday and Monday.

It offers magical activities to delight children and entertain the adults, including the renowned workshops such as Fairy Gardens, Crowns, Elf Training and, of course, Fairy Training.

It has a series of drop-in workshops including Fairy Flowers, based upon native wildflowers; Bug Bling, where children can learn about native species of bugs whilst creating wearable jewellery; and Flutterbies, based upon native butterflies and moths, plus families can bring their watering cans along and decorate them – a must for any fairy gardener!

For the first time, The Actual Reality Arcade is a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages and is inspired by 10 classic arcade games where YOU bring the games to life.

The Fairy Fair returns this weekend to West Acre (10819660)
The Fairy Fair returns this weekend to West Acre (10819660)

Pilot spaceships, dodge barrels, build Tetris walls, fire rockets, shoot alien invaders and become Pac-Man.

It has been a massive hit with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Children can tend cuddly British wildlife and other magical creatures in the fairyland wildlife hospital, send postcards to family and friends from the pixie post office, take a turn around the maypole and dance to some fantastic live bands including Headspace, The Hal Wrayzer Combo and Pennyless.

Abbie Panks, from Fairyland Trust, said: “The Fairy Fair is a truly magical day out for all the family, with plenty to keep all ages entertained. Each year we welcome new and old visitors who completely throw themselves into the spirit of the event and celebrate and discover the magic of nature.”

Tickets are priced at £9 per person, or a family pass for four £34, under-3’s free. All profits from the events go to Fairyland Trust.

It is strongly advised to book in advance for this popular event. Tickets are available at fairylandtrust.org

No Fairy Fair would be complete without its fabulous storytellers!

Visit them in the ‘Story Hut’ in the woods where they will regale you with myths, legends and folktales from around the world. Expect a lively mix of brave lasses and lads, fools, princesses, talking animals and monsters.

Cheeky bees, beautiful wildflower fairies and the Fairy King and Queen will be some of the amazing characters to meet, plus a host of other special guests too!

The event, which has been described as ‘THE children’s event of the year’, also features entertainers including Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show which is a traditional open-air vintage variety show of magic, music, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion.

There is plenty of excellent local food traders on site to keep you replenished including The Lic Caribbean, The Travelling Bluebird, Squilla & Squidge, Kloud Nine and Norfolk Thai, plus of course, the trust’s own Corncockle Café and a host of other local food outlets will be open to keep people fed, there is also the onsite ‘The Good Elf’ selling local award-winning ale and cider.

For shopping, there are local craft stalls, selling hand-made and fairly-traded goods.

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