Churchfields Farm Shop Fairy Trail
We went hunting in the woods for fairies
Yesterday we took a little trip across the Warwickshire border into Worcestershire to Churchfields Farm Shop to do their Fairy Trail.
You have to pre book a specific time slot on their website. Adults are £2 and children are £4. Under 2’s are free. The paying children get a little activity booklet to complete on the walk around. The booklet was great but only my 5 year old was interested. It was a little too old for our 3 year olds but we helped them fill it in. Parking is free.
On arrival you have to check in at the outdoor ice cream van and you are talked through directions and safety etc. We were asked to wash our hands at the designated wash station at the beginning and at the end of the walk. There was also hand sanitiser dotted around the walk to use and you are reminded to keep a two metres distance.
All this was great, it’s just a shame that not many people were sticking to the social distancing. It was as if people had given up. We held back from other families and we had a couple of people overtaking us.
Booklets in hand, off we went to find the fairies. There were 12 clues/fairy names to find to solve the puzzle.
The trail is not pushchair friendly at all. We had the youngest of ours in a carrier and found it difficult in parts as the ground was so uneven and parts were steep. Sturdy shoes are needed.
The fairy trail was really really lovely and very well thought out. You can clearly see that they’ve put a lot of time and effort into it.
Make sure you keep an eye on the tips in the booklet. It tells you which ways to go and where to avoid the stinging nettles as well as where water is.
I would say that the walk took around 40 minutes but that was with lots of stops to look at all the enchanting things along the way and we had a drink break. It’s a perfect walk for little legs.
There are two walks that you can follow - the Wildlife Walk and the Time-Travel Trail. We chose to do the Wildlife Walk as it takes you down by the River Eye. The walk was signposted brilliantly so it was easy to follow. We did take a photo of the map before we started so we had a sense of where we were.
On the way around the walk there is a ‘dummy tree.’ It’s a place where your child can post their dummy to the fairies. I’ve heard of it being done at a local farm to give to the baby pigs but this was a really cute idea.
At the end of the trail we got ourselves an ice cream each. We were going to sit outside but the heavens opened so we retreated to our cars to eat it there. The ice cream was really well priced and was really yummy.
The play area is closed although we did see some children on it. Trying to explain to our three that they couldn’t go on it when others were was hard work.
We had a great couple of hours. It was about a 45 minute drive from Stratford upon Avon.
Tickets are released each week on a Friday. Here’s the link:
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