A fairies and elves trail at Black Park

When we were putting together our summer activities list, one of Jessica’s requests was “to find some fairies.” A few days later I discovered that Black Park were running a Fairies and Elves trail at the beginning of August – the perfect opportunity to go hunting for fairies and tick another activity off the list.

My little fairies heading off into the woods on a fairies and elves trail

We started at the Visitor Information Centre where we picked up our trail map for £3.  I was pleased to see that the trail took a different route from the Easter egg trail we had done earlier in the year.  This meant we got to explore yet another part of the park we’d not seen before.

Jessica and Sophie spotting a sleepy troll hiding underneath a bridge

The first magical creature was found just a few feet away – a sleepy troll hiding under the bridge, with just his hands visible. The trail map had various activities for the children to do at each point on the trail. The first one was to draw the troll as we imagined he might look. We thought it was best not to wake him up and find out what he really looked like though – just in case he wasn’t a very friendly troll!

Jessica and Sophie drawing some pictures of fairies in the woods

The next point on the trail invited us to pick up some fairy wands in the woods and to say hello to the fairies we saw up in a tree. Jessica and Sophie both wanted to stop for a while so they could sit and do some drawing before moving on.

Jessica looking into the fairies' potion store

The fairies’ potion store was the next find –  a colourful collection of bottles, jars and natural ingredients.  We stopped again to colour in the potion bottles on our activity sheet.  A few feet on, we spotted the elves’ washing hanging out to dry above our heads. My own little fairies stopped for another rest and the chance to look over the map together.

The elf house up in the trees with miniature washing hanging on the line

My little fairies stopping to look at the map together

As we continued along the path, we found a fairy’s house in a tree. Sadly she didn’t seem to be at home though.  We also found some cauldrons in the wood ready for mixing some magic spells. The girls added some leaves and gave it all a good stir, whilst saying some magic words.  Whoosh! Mummy was suddenly turned into a frog! Thankfully I only had to hop and croak for a short distance before Jessica turned me back into Mummy again.

Finding a fairy house in a tree

Jessica and Sophie mixing up a potion in a cauldron

The fairies had clearly been having a party in the woods before the Big People appeared and had left their tea set behind.  We also came across the fairy High Street with a variety of different shops – places to buy spell books and hats, and to have wands repaired.  Jessica wanted to peek inside the shops, but we didn’t know the magic words that would let us open the doors. The final stop on the trail led us to a little ladder inside a tree, leading to the home of a little elf, although once again we weren’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him.

Jessica looking at the fairies' tea set left on a tree stump

Jessica and Sophie looking at the fairy shops

Jessica and Sophie enjoyed the trail so much that after we’d returned to the Visitor Information Centre to collect their treats for finishing the trail, they wanted to do it all over again.  This time, the girls also joined in with helping some other children build a den.  I’m not sure that the small sticks the girls chose added anything in the way of structural support, but they certainly enjoyed joining in!

Jessica helping to build a den

My little fairies sitting on a log together in the woods

As always, the girls came home with a few treasures from the woods, including the stick wands that they had picked up whilst doing the trail.  We decided to make them even more magical by adding sparkly pipe cleaners and fabric flowers to decorate the wands.  Three weeks on, the wands are still in the dressing up box and getting plenty of use whenever the girls decide to play at being fairies together.  The only downside is that Mummy is getting a little tired of being repeatedly turned into a frog!

Jessica with her sparkly stick wand

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20 thoughts on “A fairies and elves trail at Black Park

  1. What pretty wands! No wonder they are good at making magic. The trails sounds simple but very effective. Plenty to encourage imagination. The girls look so sweet in their fairy wings. What a fun day. #CountryKids

    1. Thank you Cheryl – the wands are still getting plenty of use now, so much more fun than the ones you can buy! 🙂

  2. Such a lovely, magical day out! Sounds like a lovely trail for little ones and I love the girls fairy wings, too cute.
    Their wand looks amazing, genius idea 🙂 #countrykids

    1. Thank you Steph – the wands have certainly been getting plenty of use – one of our favourite craft activities so far 🙂

  3. This is such a lovely trail. We did something very similar on a train in Norfolk but my girl, who I thought would love it, was terrified at the prospect of coming across goblins and witches and trolls – your girls were very brave! Your fairy wands look so magical too – such a good use of their forest finds. I love the sparkly pipe cleaners! #countrykids

    1. I never thought that it could be scary – but yes, I can imagine that the thought of goblins, witches and trolls is very scary. I’ve tended to avoid the Hallowe’en events for that kind of reason.

  4. Oh wow, what a wonderful experience (apart from Mummy being turned into a frog!). That decorated wand in the last photo is adorable and I loved reading about all the themes areas along the trail. So magical.

  5. What a wonderful day for two fairy loving girls, it’s great seeing their imagination coming to life in places like this isn’t it? I bet you were so surprised when they said they wanted to go around again, lovely to get some exercise in such a beautiful place though! It’s great to see it got their creative spark lit up and they decorated their wands when they got back home too!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

    1. Thank you Fiona – it’s always lovely when they want to repeat something like this and looking for things always distracts them from realising just how far they are walking! 🙂

  6. What a lovely trail. Great for young children to give a bit of magic. I love that so many places now cater fr children to bring places alive with a bit more interest #countrykids

  7. Awww what a lovely idea! I guess anyone could make a trail similar like this for their kids to do in the Forest too. They look adorable with their wings too.

    1. Thank you – yes it is something that could be replicated without too much difficulty 🙂

  8. How fun to have such a wonderful place to hunt for fairies! Love the fairy wand. #countrykids

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