Which little child does not enjoy looking for fairies? Imaginative play and immersing themselves in a fantasy world are high on the agenda for SPEAR owner and physiotherapist Karen and her two little girls; they have been on some fairy trails in Aberdeen City and Shire over the last few days and share their experience with us in this latest blog.
Last Saturday we took a trip to the woods at Formartine’s near Haddo House to try and find fairies in the woods. There are no maps available detailing the exact spot of each fairy house, so it is an adventure to try and find them. We have been here a number of times and keep finding new houses each time we go.
On the map of the area, I have highlighted the area where we have found the fairies but I would be interested if the houses expand out of this area. Parking is free outside the shop/restaurant and the fairy walk is a nice 30 minute walk, which can be made longer if you walk round the lake or if you stop to play on the swings or build dens in the woods as you go.
After the walk you can treat yourself to some nice snacks/ lunch in the restaurant. There is a great play area outside too so on a nice day the adults can sit and have a coffee whilst the kids play in the play area.
Snipefield Sculpture Trail is a mile from Colpy off the A96 Inverurie to Huntly stretch. It is a lovely walk in the woods and there are lots of sculpture, fairies and gnomes along the route to capture any little person’s imagination. It is about a 30 minute walk for little people in the woods (longer if you stop as much as us). It is a little hidden gem and a very magical walk.
At Easter time we downloaded a Find the Fairies sheet from Facebook and armed with a picnic and our fairy sheet we drove to the Alex Collie Sports Centre In Bridge of Don.
I had never been to Westfield Park before and what a lovely park it is! It took us over an hour to go round and find all the fairies, and our map reading skills were tested fully with the children leading the way to find the fairies. The Fairy doors were very well done and nice and high up to keep them safe from harm.
It was a really nice walk round the park and afterwards we got our picnics out of the car and had lunch at one of the picnic benches and the kids played in the park. We were there for over 2 hours in total and the kids and adults all had a fab time.
I believe there is a new Fairy Trail in Dyce which takes you right around area. This looks a far longer trail than the others and would probably need a few outings to complete but may be an nice add on to an Asda trip!
We will certainly be looking to go exploring round Dyce in the holidays.
Another Fairy Woods that are on our bucket list. Set In Aden Country Park beside Mintlaw this is meant to be a really lovely fairy experience, and there is lots to do at the park.
We were up for an Easter event last year and were very impressed with the walks, coffee shop and play parks that were there. I believe there are meant to be some new additions to the play park this summer too. More information can be found on here.
That is all the free fairy woods I am aware of in the North East. My girls are fairy explorers so if you know of more please let us know and I would love to hear about your thoughts on some other fairy adventures we can go on!