We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Stradsett Estate for Fairy Fair this weekend. in the meantime, get yourself settled in with a cup of tea and read below for some practical reminders and schedules ahead of the weekend.
If you have not done so already, please print out your ticket today or download it to your smartphone or tablet, ready to show it to the gate crew. There are two lanes at the gate, one for advance ticket holders and another for pay at gate - please take the appropriate lane.
Please note, do NOT enter Stradsett Estate via the main entrance on the A134 or the stone gate entrance on the A1122, please use the entrance point detailed below with the small red roofed barn at the entrance ( the postcode on the poster will get you close to the gate but follow the signs nearby)
5 mins from Downham Market - Take the second exit onto Bexwell Road, leading to Downham Road. Continue past the Floodgate onto the A1122, continue for half a mile where you will see the Fairy Fair entrance on your left
10 mins from King's Lynn - heading down the A10, when you reach the Watlington roundabout, take the first exit onto the A134 (Lynn Road) Continue for 6 miles. Take a left at the Floodgate onto the A1122, continue for half a mile where you will see the Fairy Fair entrance on your left
1 hour from Norwich - head along the A47 until you reach the Swaffham Roundabout, take the first exit onto A1122, travel for 7 miles where you will see the entrance for Fairy Fair on your right..
30/55 mins from Ely/Cambridge - Heading down the A10, when you reach the Bexwell roundabout at Downham Market , Take the third exit onto Bexwell Road, leading to Downham Road. Continue past the Floodgate onto the A1122, continue for half a mile where you will see the Fairy Fair entrance on your left.
By Bus - please click here for local bus routes
By Train - The nearest train station to Stradsett is Downham Market, this is approx 4 miles from the venue.
3. Stradsett Estate is a home, working estate and farm so expect undulating grass and signs of rural life both in the car park and on the main event site.
4. Please allow extra time to get onto site, we will do our get everyone parked and in as quickly as possible. The car park will open at 9.30am. Parking is free this year.
Once the main body of the car park is full, parking will be in longer grass, please be aware of this.
5. If you have friends/family who wish to come along but have not bought tickets, Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter feeds to see if we have any tickets available on the gate before bringing any extra people. We may have some entrance tickets available on the day but if we sell out we will not be able to admit people who don't already have a ticket.
6. No commercial photography is allowed without prior permission - there will be a photographer on site photographing the event, these pictures will be put online afterwards. If you do not wish to appear in any photographs, please make him aware.
7. There is a large body of water on site, please be aware of this. Your children are your responsibility at all times.
8. There is food and drink available on site, plus our onsite pub, The Good Elf serving local ale, cider and apple juice.
9. Sorry but no dogs (except guide dogs) are permitted on site or in the carpark, either in or outside vehicles.
10. There are recycling collection points at the fair but there are no general rubbish facilities. Please be tidy and come ready to take your litter home with you. Thank you for helping us with this.
11. There is no wi-fi on site, but mobile signal is pretty good should you need to make contact with the outside world. Likewise, there are no cash machines on site, but there are some traders able to accept card payments.
Fairyland Trust Magical Workshops
*Please note* All our activities are only suitable for children aged 3 and up and one adult must attend
Book for Fairy Crowns, Fairy Gardening, Elf Training, Fairy Training and Wildlife Hospital at the INFO tent (45 minute workshops starting at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm).
Fairy Crowns £4
Decorate your own real willow crown with leaves from native trees and tissue versions of wildflowers. Learn fairy folklore of these trees and plants and the seasonal festivities where Crowns were worn by people and fairies alike. Take home a calendar of celebrations and packet of wildflower seeds.
Fairy Gardens £4
Hear the story of what it takes to be a real Fairy Gardener and make your own mini version in a coir pot to take home and plant (3 real wildflower plants). Add some natural decorations to make the fairies feel at home.
Elf Training 1 and 2 £4 (each)
Boisterous children! Learn how to be an Elf from our special Trainers. This covers basic camouflage, walking, talking and hiding like an Elf. In Elf Training 1 (11 am and 12 pm) make your own Elfascope to see the world as Elves do and in Elf Training 2 (2 pm and 3 pm) make your own Elfaphone to call like an Elf. All trainee Elflings receive a certificate on completion.
Fairy Training £4
Learn to look like a fairy, practice some “flying” and learn what fairies like best. Make a beautiful Cornflower corsage to wear. Some dancing is involved and all trainee Fairies will receive a packet of wildflower seeds to take home.
Wildlife Hospital £2
Help the Fairyland Vets mend and care for cuddly wildlife and other magical creatures often found in Fairyland. This “field” hospital comes complete with supervised dispensary, dressing up clothes, first-aid play equipment, play food and beautifully made appropriate beds (habitats) for the creatures to rest and recuperate having been “treated” by visiting children. Every child receives a sticker and a colour post card of the creature they cared for.
Bouncing Bees and Fairy Flowers are drop-ins open from 10am- 3.30pm (take about 15 minutes, cost £1/ make)
Children can visit the Fairy King 10 am – 12.45pm and The Fairy Queen 12.45pm- 3.30pm. Free.
At 4pm The Fairy King and Queen will host a special Tea Party for Fairyland Trust Supporters only. If you sign up today you can join them. The Wildflower Fairies, Bees and Bugs will be there.
Throughout the Day - Free Activities
Live Music throughout the day, for changes to programme, please check the info board at each tent
Meet The Bees and The Big Bugs who are always up for a natter and a dance
We have three fantastic storytellers telling enchanting myths, legends and folktales from all around the world. Expect a lively mix of brave lasses and lads, fools, princesses, talking animals and monsters.
Meet The Wildflower Fairies, Poppy, Foxglove and Cornflower and see if you can find their other friends Daisy, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet, Clover and Dusters.
The Pirates will be organising a rota of silly games. Join in if you dare. Great prizes to be won (10am - 4pm).
Take part in Bubble-ology - with an amazing repertoire of bubble tricks - giant bubbles to tiny bubbles bubble sculptures, bubbles inside bubbles, and tons more, bubble-ology captivate audiences of any age - check the information board for times.
Nature Mobile - Drop in open 10-3pm Use natural treasure to create a nature mobile to take home.
Maypole Dancing - Be sure to take a twirl around the maypole on the main lawn 11.15/1.15/2.15/3.15pm
Bernard and Brenda's - Troll Beauty Parlour - Show 1pm and 3.30pm
Bernard and Brenda have been busy in their year off setting up their first ever beauty parlour! Their recent venture is inspired by celebrity trolls such as Scum Mudsplashian an' Troll-ella and see's Brenda & her wife Bernard showcase a range of treatments to help people achieve their flawless troll look.
Using only natural ingredients (except Bernard's belly button fluff, there's nothing natural about that). The duo show the benefits of troll beauty-fying including gnarly toenail extensions, hexfoliatin dung facials, wart propagation to eyebrow spreading and everything in between to help tackle that nasty glowing skin condition most humans seem to suffer from. The is one beauty demonstration you won't want to miss!
SPECIAL FAIRY FAIR OFFER: Free nose hair curling with every troll contour.
Other things to do
Fairyland Photo Booth. Back by popular demand .Immortalize your visit by hiring fabulous accessories from our amazing dressing up tent Be photographed with family or friends in front of the giant backdrop, and transport yourself into the world of the Little People. Pose 'in the Bluebells'. £1 per person
Pixie Post Office. Colour and post a Lucy Loveheart postcard to friends and family ( which will be sent after the fair ends). 50p/ card plus stamp. Pick up a free colouring sheet too!
Good Elf Pub for award winning real ales and local cider (you can also find multi-award winning Brays Cottage Pork Pies here too!)
Face painters for a unique makeover. £4 for children / £6 for adults
Local food and craft stalls (a % of their takings goes to the Fairyland Trust: the more you shop, the more we raise for the charity).
At 4.30pm the Fairy Queen and King process from their tent with the Wildflower Fairies, Big Bugs, Bees and the Trolls. They will inspect watering cans and address the crowds from the stage at 4.45pm before closing The Fair.
First Aid is by the Toilets
Children are your responsibility at all times. There is a lake on site, so please be vigilant.
Lost Children will be taken to the Information Tent.
If you lose a child, please contact a member of the Fairy Fair crew (purple rosettes) and we will organise a search. Make your way to the Information Tent where we can take all details.
Filming and Photography
We only have one official cameraman and one photographer on site. If you do not wish to be photographed please let them know. No commercial photography or filming without permission.
All the amazing volunteers helping here today. We couldn't do it without them.
Finally, The Fair Fair (and Real Halloween) are fundraising events for conservation charity The Fairyland Trust (Registered Charity Number 1089771) All funds raised helps them deliver their work both locally and nationally.
We hope that you will all have a wonderful time.
If you still have a question - please take a look at the FAQ's on the website, if you still cannot find the answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fairy Fair and Real Halloween is organised by Creative Orchard Events free of charge. Both events are fundraisers for The Fairyland Trust so that they can continue to deliver their work locally and nationally.