A little imagination combined with a walk in the woods can turn a day out into a fairytale adventure for my girls. An evening at one of their favourite places, with the promise of getting to see real fairies and magical creatures is irresistible. The Enchanted Museum event at Chiltern Open Air Museum was one of the highlights for the girls last year. They both remembered seeing the fairy princess riding her unicorn and discovering fairies in the woods and were very excited at the thought of going back again!
The weather wasn’t as nice as last year. My little fairies had their puddle suits on with their fairy wings instead of the princess dresses they had worn last year. Even fairies like to be prepared for rain and the opportunity to splash in muddy puddles!
We started off by heading into the Fairy Grotto to make some magical tree faces. Jessica and Sophie enjoyed squashing the clay against the tree trunk and then adding sticks and leaves to make a face.
As we made our way towards the village green, we spotted the unicorn with a fairy princess on its back. The girls loved seeing a fairy up close! The unicorn wasn’t quite so interesting for them but I loved it! We also spotted a dragon on the village green. Last year, seeing the dragon had been a highlight for Sophie. This year she was a little afraid of it and wouldn’t go too near.
The girls made a beeline for the face painting. There was a bit of a queue but fortunately we didn’t have to wait too long. The girls were quite happy waiting and chatting with another little girl who seemed to a similar age. I do love seeing the way children just happily start chatting and interacting with each other. It made the wait a little easier too!
The woodland walk isn’t buggy friendly. We left Jessica’s buggy with my friend, who is a volunteer at the Museum, before heading into the Enchanted Forest to see what magical creatures we would find there. There was plenty to see along the way – including fairy tea parties, fairy houses and a faun.
We stopped to listen to a story in the Arborfield Barn. This was the perfect opportunity for Jessica to get her breath back after our walk in the woods. I thought she would want to head back to the village green to retrieve her buggy. However, she was keen to continue exploring on foot and eager to go to the playground.
As always, the main attraction at the playground was the rope swing. It was just as well hubby was with us – I can never push the swing high enough to satisfy Jessica but hubby is much better at it!
Sophie couldn’t quite resist the muddy puddles along the way. I love seeing how happy she is jumping up and down in them. One of the simple joys of childhood!
We finished off our day with a visit to the Amersham Prefab. This is one of their favourite places in the museum and they will sit there for ages happily playing with the old-fashioned toys.
The girls were quite tired by the time we headed back to pick up Jessica’s buggy. Jessica was quite sad that we had to go home and say goodbye to the fairies for another year. Hopefully next year we’ll be back to see them once again.