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New Forest Fairy Festival 2018

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August 16, 2018

Back in August 2016 we visited the New Forest Fairy Festival for the first time and the kids fell in love with this eclectic event.
Sadly we missed it last year as were away, but I promised Eliza I would take her again this year before we dropped Isaac at Cup Camp in the New Forest.
The New Forest Fairy Festival is held in Burley, New Forest and is a weekend packed with entertainment and workshops for the whole family everyone is positively encouraged to dress in your finery and take part in the fancy dress competitions that are held on both days.
Tracie Bears
This year we made more of an effort with dressing up and Sebby was persuaded to go as Peter Pan and Eliza was a mermaid fairy, with huge wings that she loved to flap.
Mermaid Fairy
The festival is held over a whole weekend and is packed full of entertainment and workshops for the whole family, including handmade arts and crafts to help discover the magic of nature.
Tree Man
Despite a dry weather forecast, sadly the weather imps conspired against us and we got caught up in some torrential downpours which meant that many of the activities were forced inside tents and under gazebo’s which really limited what you could do as they were packed.
Unicorn Painting
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the story telling sessions and sat inside the tents as us Mum’s and Dad’s stood outside getting wet and then we found a stand where we could paint and glitter porcelain figures.
In between breaks in the rain we tried our hand at some circus skills, which included balancing, stilt walking, hula hoops etc
Circus Skills
We also found some bubbles to chase, although the wind took them off beyond our reach.
Eliza and Sebby were both keen to take part in the fancy dress parade despite the rain.
Fairy Festival
Sadly they didn’t win, but loved taking part, especially in the dance off.
Fairy Festival Fancy Dress
During another dry spell we got to take part in a free wand making session, an activity they loved as they were soon casting spells over everyone.
Fairy Festival wand making
I have to admit that we didn’t enjoy is as much this year, and there didn’t appear to be as much to do, but that was probably because rain stopped play and we just were not prepared for it.
The New Forest Fairy Festival costs £10 per adult, £5 per child with children aged 5 and under £1.

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 16, 2018

    Oh wow how amazing does this festival sound! It seems like there is so much for kids to do at the festival and I absolutely love the fairy dress so cute!

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    Rhian westbury

    August 17, 2018

    This sounds like a cute festival and although it might not have been as good it was a good price for the event x

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    August 17, 2018

    These are sooo much fun. I went to one years ago in a park near me. It’s great how many adults get into the swing of it too. Looks like they had lots on at this one.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    August 17, 2018

    Our kids grew up watching Ben and Holly so dressing up as a Fairy or Elf and attending this Festival would have been the highlight of their day.

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    Cath - BattleMum

    August 17, 2018

    It’s a shame the weather was against you because it sounds like it could be a very good family festival. It’s also very reasonably priced, much more do than others I’ve read about. Their outfits are great, especially those fairy wings! And I’d have loved the wand making activity!

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    August 17, 2018

    This sounds like such a fun festival to go to. Not seen anything like this before so pretty unique!

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog

    August 17, 2018

    this looks like so much fun – the attention to detail is amazing, loving that sproggs sign 🙂

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    August 17, 2018

    Sounds like such an incredible festival and seems like you guys had a lovely time. It is not one I am familiar with but its a festival I would love to attend.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    August 17, 2018

    Oh Eliza looks beautiful and her little face! It’s a shame that the rain meant lots couldn’t take place. But I’m sure she still loved it x

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    Angela Milnes

    August 17, 2018

    This looks like and sounds like a lot of fun. I bet my daughter would love a fairy festival.

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    michelle twin mum

    August 17, 2018

    What a shame about the rain but it still looks as if you had fun, like you say, what an eclectic event. Mich x

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    August 17, 2018

    Despite some rain, it looks like you all had a blast. It looks like an event my niece would love to go to.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    August 18, 2018

    It looks fun! Never heard of forest fairy festival but I am sure the kids enjoyed the festival! I can see it in their smiles.

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    August 18, 2018

    This sounds amazing and so much fun! I love fairies. I’ll have to take my niece here when she’s old enough x

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    August 19, 2018

    I have never heard of this festival before but it sounds amazing, my kids would love it (me too!).

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    Ashleigh Dougherty

    August 19, 2018

    Looks lovely family day. I love their dress up outfits!!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    August 19, 2018

    We have a much small version of a fairy festival locally, but yours looks like it houses so many more activities

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    Bella and Dawn

    August 19, 2018

    It was lovely to see you at the fairy festival, even if it was briefly (before the wasp incident) the weather was pretty rubbish. Loved the outfits x

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    August 20, 2018

    Such a shame about the rain but it still looks like lots of fun. The fairy costume is simply beautiful!

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    Super Busy Mum

    August 20, 2018

    Aaaah this festival looked like so much fun, for ALL the family!

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    August 21, 2018

    That sounds pretty fun.

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    August 22, 2018

    Oh wow we love festivals although I had never heard of this one before but it looks fantastic and perfect for families!!
    Laura x

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