Fairies spread their wings at magical Norfolk family weekend

Holt Hall will be enchanted with a liberal pinch of fairy dust this summer when a magical weekend of family entertainment flutters into its grounds for the 11th annual Fairy Fair.

The popular event will be spreading its wings among the gardens, ancient woods and lakes surrounding the stately manor house over the jubilee weekend, and adults as well as youngsters are in for a special treat during this year's bewitching event.

For the first time ever mums and dads can take part in the hugely popular Fairy Crown workshop, where they will be able to join their children in fashioning their very own royal headgear.

The weekend is organised by the Norfolk-based Fairyland Trust, a national charity which aims to inspire and teach children about British wildlife and make conservation fun.

Abbie Panks, from the Trust, said: 'Adults have been asking us for years if they can take part in the workshops, so with this in mind we decided for one year only to open up our crown workshop for adults.

'It's a really popular activity so for those wanting to take part it is advisable they book in advance.'

Other events running during the fair include more of the Trust's popular workshops including Fairy Gardens, Wildflower Fairies and Fairy Books and two new interactive events: Elf Sticks and Elf Training Camp.

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Visitors will also be able to enjoy storytelling sessions, woodland walks, a pirate fete, trails to see the fairy queen, the crowd-pleasing Pixie Post and the Bug Bazaar.

Live music and entertainment will be provided with a performance from the Vagaband and the hilarious Granny Turismo, while the wonderful puppet show Mr Brown's Pig makes a welcome return.

And there will also be activities on hand to tickle youngsters' tastebuds as 2010 MasterChef runner-up Dr Tim Kinnaird will be returning to assist with the Cooking For Trolls event, which this year will culminate in a mud pie competition.

A craft market, food traders and a beer tent for grown-ups serving award winning local tipples will also add to the fun.

Abbie added: 'The Fairy Fair really is one of those events which everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or gender; it's great to see people of all ages and whole families completely throwing themselves into the spirit of the event.'

All the activities are held in one of the Trust's medieval-style tents or outside in the woods.

Children are encouraged to dress up for the event, which runs over June 3 and 4, and must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Tickets cost �7.50 per person, with children under three going free, and are available online.

? For more information and to book tickets visit www.fairylandtrust.org/fairyfair.html