A magical adventure in an Enchanted Museum

Two little princesses with their (fairy) godmother in tow – the perfect combination for a fairytale adventure in an Enchanted Museum.  Godmummy Katy had come up to spend the day with us at Chiltern Open Air Museum and there was certainly magic in the air.  Who knew what we might encounter on our day’s adventure?

A little princess enjoying a magical adventure in an Enchanted Museum

We were early for the event and for a while, had the whole museum mostly to ourselves.  It wasn’t long before we spotted our first magical creature – a tiny little unicorn up in a tree in the Astleham Manor Garden.  “Look, Mummy! A corn! A corn!” Jessica shouted out – and from then on that’s what they were called.

A goblin reading the Radio Times in the Amersham Prefab at Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Amersham prefab is one of our favourite places in the museum (thanks to the vintage toys found there!) and naturally the girls made a beeline for it.   We might have thought we’d have the place to ourselves – but it seemed the goblins had got there first and were making themselves very cosy.  One of them had even made himself cosy on the sofa with a copy of the Radio Times.  Something was also hiding underneath the bed in the main bedroom – something big with a long green scaly tail! We tiptoed past and hoped the dragon was sleeping.  Thankfully the noisy game of pinball between Jessica and Godmummy Katy failed to disturb him from his slumber.

Mummy and Godmummy Katy dressing up in WW1 uniforms

Godmummy Katy and Mummy have a bit of a reputation for being rather silly when they get together and couldn’t resist dressing up in the WWI outfits found in the Nissan Hut.  The only problem was that the outfits were marked as being age 12-13.  We’re both quite petite but whilst Godmummy Katy could just about fit into the costume, there was no way I could fasten the trousers and ended up giggling and hiding behind Katy in the photos!  “Oh dear, this is getting rather silly!” said Jessica – a phrase that was repeated many times for the rest of the afternoon, and always accompanied by lots of giggling!

Two little princesses with their face painted

Our next favourite place in the museum is the Thame Vicarage which also has a wonderful selection of children’s toys but this time they were forgotten in the excitement of having faces painted. Jessica opted for a rainbow and Sophie was happy with just a pretty flower on her cheek.

Heading to the farm to see the goats and lambs and do a jigsaw

Over at the farm, there were lambs and goats to see (and try to feed).  The girls found a jigsaw to put together in one of the barns.  Nearby, in the clearing by the Little Acre Wood we encountered a wizard who told us the story of Echo the nymph before heading to the Enchanted Forest to see what we would find there.  On the way though, we had to stop off out at the playground.  Having two extra adults around made a big difference here – I’m usually on my own with the girls and trying to keep an eye on both of them in the playground can be quite a challenge!  We also bumped into the lovely Dan from One Man and His Sprog and his little girl Tilly.

Stories from a wizard and fun in the playground at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Inside the Enchanted Forest the girls got the opportunity to toast marshmallows over a fire.  They weren’t so keen on the toasting part (it was a bit too smoky) but the eating part was much more fun! As we made our way into the forest, we encountered a whole host of characters – including Robin Hood, and the Cheshire Cat.  We spotted fireflies in the trees, a few fairies and their houses here and there – everywhere we looked, there was something else to see.

Toasting marshmallows and meeting all sorts of characters in the Enchanted Forest

Exploring the Enchanted Forest
As we made our way back to the Village Green, we passed the Knight School along the way which the girls were too small to join in with, and Snow White and her Prince taking a stroll.  Across the green was the most magical sight of all – a real, live unicorn (sorry, “corn”) with a fairy princess riding it.  I think Mummy was possibly more excited than the girls over that one!

A fairy princess riding a unicorn

Sophie was quite taken by the dragon making its way around the green – much more exciting than the unicorn as far as she was concerned! Plus there were also people blowing bubbles – sunshine, magical creatures and bubbles – what more could a little girl ask for!

A red dragon on the village green

Whilst the smell wafting across the green from the barbecue was very appealing – the queue was enormous and with all of us starting to get very hungry, we decided to bring our Enchanted Museum adventure to a close and head over to a nearby carvery for some dinner – the perfect way to end our magical afternoon.


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23 thoughts on “A magical adventure in an Enchanted Museum

  1. What a wonderful place to visit. The costumes the organisers were wearing look amazing and your little fairies fit in perfectly. I would be exited by that live ‘corn’ and princess too, what a wonderful job to have. It really does look like a magical day with all sorts of fun to inspire the girls. thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful event. For you big girls too. I think I’d have been excited to see the “corn” too. They look like they put on a great magical event. Love the costumes. #CountryKids

    1. I loved all the costumes too – the themed events at the museum are always fun, but this one has been my favourite so far 🙂

  3. Oh what a magical day. That looks like my type of musuem, I think I would have been just as excited as the kids especially when you finished the day with a trip to the carvery – yum! #Countrykids

  4. Oh this is a lovely review – what a beautiful enchanted magical day you had – you and Katy look like such fun – love the dressing up! Love the ‘A corn’ Unicorn – cute. Beautiful photos Louise too – your girls look like real princesses #Triballove

    1. Thank you – we all had lots of fun dressing up and it really was such a magical day 🙂

  5. What a lovely review – looks like you had a great time. I would have been super excited about the ‘corn’ too! Love the picture of you in the WW1 uniforms – its so nice when as Mum’s we can let our hair down and giggle with our friends and the children. #triballove

    1. Love those moments of being able to let my hair down and have fun – it’s one of the things I love about parenthood as it gives you that excuse to act like a big kid! 🙂

  6. Louise this looks like so much fun. You’re girls are lovely! I wish we had things like this. Such outdoor fun. Thanks for sharing dear!#TribalLove

  7. Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful day! I would love to check out this enchanted wood! A day full of giggles and laughter is always the best! Great descriptions on your photos too, thank you ever so much! xxx #TribalLove

    1. It was an amazing day. Glad that the photos were descriptive – your blog has certainly made me much more aware of the importance of alt tags to help anyone using screen readers, so thank you for letting me know x

      1. I’m so glad you had a brilliant day! I am glad that I could make you more aware through my blog, I really am so thankful that you have taken the time out to do it, and as you said you never know which other screen readers may be reading your fantastic blog 🙂 xxx #TribalLove

    1. Olivia would love something like this, I’m sure! The unicorn was definitely the highlight 🙂

  8. Looks like it was a really magical day. Every time I read your posts about here, I always mean to take N. It reminds me of my old commute to work when I used to drive past it all the back roads to Maple Cross!

    1. It was amazing Emma. I’m sure N would enjoy a day out at the museum – there’s certainly plenty to look at and lots of space to explore 🙂

  9. Oh my this all sounds so very enchanting, not to mention magical! I think it is fabulous that you all had as much fun as each other by the sounds of it. It’s definitely things like this that have a way of bringing outhe our inner child. Xx #countrykids

    1. Thank you – it’s good to have an excuse to act like a big kid every now and then! We all had a wonderful day 🙂

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