December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A magical halloween event is gearing up at a north Norfolk venue which is a summer haunt for fairies.
Holt Hall hosts the annual Fairy Fair in its grounds, using the surroundings, and a wave of some wands, to introduce children to the world of nature.
Now the same organisers - the Fairyland Trust - and venue are getting ready to host the Real Halloween on October 26 and 27.
It is a smaller event than the Fairy Fair, but celebrates all that is magical about Halloween and late autumn.
Throughout the weekend, children - who are encouraged to dress up - can take part in workshops including, witches’ pets, wizard shields, magic potions and wands.
New activities for this year include a brand new workshop, witches’ messengers, where children can make a bouncing owl and learn why they make such good messengers.
The event also sees the return of the wildlife hospital where children can tend to the ailments of the cuddly wildlife.
Other activities include witches’ kitchen, fairy banquets, jam jar lanterns, Pixie Post Office and face painting. Families can also try their luck at wizard games including sugar beer shot putt, vegetaboules, broomstick javelin, and apple bobbing.
Trust spokesman Abbie Panks said: “The Real Halloween is a unique event where families can enjoy autumn festival whilst experiencing the magic of nature in a beautiful and atmospheric setting.”
The event is open from 12.30pm to 6pm on Saturday and 11.30am-5pm on Sunday. Advance booking is recommended.
Food is available on site. Each day the event ends with a magical, lantern lit story in the woods where the story of Real Halloween is told by candlelight.
Fire braziers, live music, storytelling, shows, craft market, food stalls and mulled apple juice all add to this unique family event.
Tickets £7.50, under threes free. Workshops extra, between £2 and £5, via the website www.fairylandtrust.org.