There is something magical about hunting for fairies in the woods… about listening carefully to see if you can hear the sound of their wings or if they will drop a sprinkle of fairy dust as they glide by. R has always loved fairies and one of her favourite places to visit in the summer months is Audley End Miniature Railway for their fabulous fairy and Elf walk.
The whole place is a great day out with a variety of miniature trains, bouncy castles, a play ground and a lovely café… But for R (and Me!) the Enchanted Fairy Walk is truly special. When you arrive at the entrance to the walk you are greeted by real fairies and elves who will help you to make your very own fairy wand. R and H loved this and chatted away to the lovely fairy who helped them. Everything is beautifully styled and magical right from the start.
After the wand making (and copious photos!!) you walk under the floral arch and begin looking for fairies using your fairy and elf spotting book. The fairies are hidden all through the woodlands and have information boards telling you all about them. It was lovely to wonder through the trees and try to find as many little houses as possible.
My favourite part of the day (apart from the coffee cake in the tearoom) was the wishing wall. Every year it takes my breath away. So many wishes from big and small… R and H both had their wishing paper and used their wands to write their special wish. H wished for Lego and R for a Unicorn Fairy. How cute is this little wishing seating area!
We walked through finding more and more fairies, elves, trolls and little woodland animals. R and H loved running ahead and looking at the information signs about each fairy house.
We then enjoyed a play on the park and the little steam train ride through the woodland where we spotted rabbits, deer and a few teddy bears. We absolutely loved our day out and can’t wait to go back. Last year we visited at Halloween and the attention for detail for the Halloween train was amazing! I will share a blog post and some information about our trip at Halloween soon.
The Enchanted Fairy Walk is only open until the 9th October; so be quick to go and visit.