Bonkers conkers, eye boules, den building, a whole host of fairies and so much more was to be found at Holt Hall yesterday. Real Halloween is the magical creation of The Fairyland Trust. Now in its fifth year, families truly get into the spirit of this day festival.
As we entered the site families were taking part in Animal Hospital with cuddly Wildlife and Fairyland Vets, as well as decorating jam jar lanterns ready for the dusk lantern parade for £2. Around the great Oak tree was the performance tent, with
live music by Addison’s Uncle and The Good Elf pub and Cafe providing a more grown up feel to the festival.
We walked a few minutes from the main site and found families busily building tiny houses and big banquets for fairies. Further on there was fun a plenty to be had at the Witch and Wizard Training workshops. Walking through the woods was truly magical in the Autumn sunshine.
Families could certainly spend a tidy sum on this day out. In addition to the ticket entry at £10 per adult, £8.50 per child (under 3s get free entry), there is the £2 car park charge and the range of workshops on offer cost up to £5. With a large range of free workshops on offer too though, there is certainly something on offer for everyone’s pocket.
The food stalls catered for a range of tastes – scrummy looking pizzas, wild boar or halloumi burgers, the popular Hotdogs as well as tea and cake. There was some covered seating available, and plenty of families made the most of the glorious weather and bought along a picnic and blanket to sit on.
Taking the baby carrier was a good decision, as the ground underfoot was really muddy and our city buggy certainly wouldn’t have coped.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay for the Lantern Parade, which from the photographs looks like a beautifully magical end to the day.
This has become a regular date in the calendar for families, who visit year after year. We met one family who had been going for the past five years and we got a real sense that they had grown with along with the festival. It was lovely to see that not only the children got dressed up for the occasion, parents and grandparents showcase their finest Halloween outfits too.
Looking at the effort that families go to and the popularity of the workshops, the Fairyland Trust have created something quite unique and magical for families in Norfolk at Halloween. We’ll certainly be back to check out the Spring Fairy Fair event next May.