Halloween comes to magical life at Holt Hall

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Norfolk charity, The Fairyland Trust, flies into Holt Hall this October with the perfect weekend of magical family entertainment – The Real Halloween will bring this spooky season to life.

The charity introduces families to nature through folklore, stories and magical workshops, and will run their autumn event amidst the rustic gardens and ancient woods of Holt Hall tomorrow and Sunday.

Packed with entertainment for all the family, The Real Halloween celebrates all that is magical about the authentic pre-plastic Halloween, and late autumn.

Throughout the weekend, children can take part in the charity’s ever-popular workshops including, Magic Wands, Witches Messengers and new workshops for 2014, Witch Training and Wizard Training where children will learn about British birds and herbs, as well as learning how to mount and dismount their broomsticks.

Other activities include lantern-making, the Witches’ Kitchen, Fairy Banquets and, following its popularity at the Fairy Fair in May, the photo booth will make a return but with an autumnal theme.

Abbie Panks, of the Trust, said: “The Real Halloween is so different to any other Halloween event on offer. We focus on what is enchanting about the season, not anything scary. It’s a great family friendly event experiencing the authentic magic of nature in a beautiful and atmospheric setting.”

Games will include Conker Championships, Apple Bobbing races, Sugar Beet Shot-put, Parsnip skittles, and Crown Green Vegetaboules. Each day the event ends with the unique story of The Real Halloween told by in the woods by candlelight, followed by a Parade of Animal Lanterns.

Sarah Wise from the Fairyland Trust said: “We would really like those coming along to the Real Halloween to also take part in our Veg-o-Lantern competition. Lanterns must be made from British vegetables (not pumpkins) with extra points given for home grown veg.

“There are three categories: 6-12 year olds, 12+ and family entry. Full details can be found on our website. Last year we had some incredibly inventive creations including an owl carved out of a cabbage! We are hoping for a bumper crop of entries this year.”

Fire braziers, live music from Penny Less, Addisons Uncle, The He Hews and Ugly Dog Skiffle, storytelling, the craft market, food stalls and the ‘Good Elf Pub’ selling local beers and cider, add to this mellow seasonal event.

Tickets are on sale now and places are limited. Adult tickets cost £10, and children’s are £8.50, with under three’s free.

Book yours at www.fairylandtrust.org