By Andrea Webster, Marketing Manager
Fairy magic is all around you when you step into our augmented reality experience, the Enchanted Glen. Our fairy friends Larkin the Elf, Florence the Mermaid, Aurelia the Fairy Queen and Bernard the Gnome have been busy making themselves at home in Temple Wood since last year and have posed for thousands of selfies with our visitors.
This summer they will be joined by two new fairy friends Trixie the Pixie and Herbert the Broonie who will each bring their own brand of mischievous fun.
As the school holidays begin Temple Wood will burst into life as children explore a word sprinkled with fairy dust to discover the hiding places of each of our fairy friends.
With the use of your mobile device, you can see our fairy friends appear right in front of your eyes
The charm of the Enchanted Glen is that it merges the beauty of Capability Brown’s Temple Wood with the latest augmented reality technology. As children follow the trail through the woods they are met with a series of unforgettable encounters that will bring them face to face with the fairy folk.
The idea of fairies living in Temple Wood is that of Lady Diana Bridgman, who as a 10 year old living at Weston Park in 1917 wrote her own stories about The Enchanted Glen. She describes walking through the woods in moonlight and seeing seated on toadstools Pixies, Fairies, Goblins, Brownies, Gnomes and Elves, with all their wings and their costly jewellery and laces.”
We hope that the joy of exploring Temple Wood will fire the imagination of our younger visitors, just like it did the young Diana. Thanks to the help of a little modern magic, they’ll also be able to pose for #ElfieSelfies and take part in the Acorn Cup Games.
There are treats in store for all young fairy finders, with a free bite size brownie, a favourite of new character Herbert the Broonie, awaiting in our brand new Granary Bakery.
#EnchantedWednesdays will take place each week until 31st August, with children enjoying free entry to Weston Park’s garden and grounds when dressed as a fairy, elf, gnome, mermaid or other magical creature with each full paying adult. Wings, wands and unicorn horns are all encouraged!
After meeting the forest folk, there’s a whole day of family fun to be had at Weston Park, playing in the adventure playground, getting lost in the Walled Garden maze, taking a ride on the miniature railway or having a bite to eat in the Granary Bakery, where you’ll also find plenty of picnic ideas for those looking for something to enjoy alfresco.
We hope that all our visitors have a truly magical time!