Thousands flock to Fairyland Fair at Sennowe Park in Norfolk

Sennowe Park has hosted this year's Fairyland Fair. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sennowe Park has hosted this year's Fairyland Fair. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Youngsters learned about our countryside and its inhabitants at a magical fairy fair.

Sennowe Park at Guist, near Fakenham, hosted the Fairyland Fair for the first time over the bank holiday weekend.

Despite the grey skies the two-day event, which is now in its 15th year, drew more than 4,000 visitors to the north Norfolk estate's picturesque woodlands on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

'It's not ideal weather, but it hasn't put anyone off,' said Abbie Panks, one of the event's organisers and a board member of charity the Fairyland Trust, which runs the fair.

'We have a lot of families who use it as the start of a break in Norfolk. There's plenty to keep you occupied for two days.


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'I've spoken to families who've come from Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham.'

Young visitors could make dens in the woods, learn tracking skills from the elves, find out about wild animals' homes and make anything from fairy crowns to pixie post cards, or even a fairy garden to take home with them and plant.

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They could also meet a dragon and have their pictures taken in front of a cleverly-designed giant

bluebell background, which made even mums and dads look fairy-sized.

Giant pink fairies on stilts also strutted among the crowds, making frequent selfie stops with visitors.

For older visitiors, there was the Good Elf - a pop-up pub selling local brews and the Corncockle Cafe, named after the once-common Norfolk wildflower.

There were also stalls selling food, gifts, crafts, clothing and jewellery and live bands including Penny Less, The Hal Wrayzers, Spacecake and Murphys Lore.

As well as the Fairyland Fair each spring, the trust also hosts a real Hallowe'en event each October. More than 70,000 children have now attended one of its events.

Set up to help families re-connect with nature, the charity is also raising money to turn land into flower meadows.

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