Last week I was invited along to the press evening at Northwood Trail*. I thought I’d share our evening with you…it’s a little magical! Northwood Trail is a fairy sanctuary set within acres of wood, and is a family-run attraction.
After picking up fellow York Blogger Pippa from ‘Life of Pippa‘, we set off to Northwood Trail. It is located in Buttercrambe, which is around a 30-minute drive from where we live in York. On arrival, we found Louise and her lovely mum, and all sat and caught up over a glass of prosecco which was sparkling with fairy dust. There was also plenty of different sweet and savory nibbles and canapés. All of which had a fairy and woodland theme. They looked amazing!
The owner of Northwood Trail then made a speech, welcoming us to Northwood and telling us about the attraction. It was interesting to learn the rationale behind opening Northwood. This being them wanting to create a ‘natural experience that appealed to adults and children’, and a dislike for how some attractions were patronising of children. Thereby creating an experience that allows adults and children to enjoy the natural beauty of the woods. Another point I found intriguing was the passion there was for the enivorment and sustainability. Wherever possible the environemnt is utilised, recycled and sustainable products are used whenevr possible, they generate their own electricity, and they deal with their own waste on site. How incredible!
We were then allowed to walk around the trail as we pleased in small groups. Along the 1.5km trail, there are many little fairy houses, all which sit within the trees and look so magical within their surroundings. Also within the woods is a maze, and wow did we get lost. I genuinely thought I’d never get out at one point. Down Spider Tree Snicket, you need to lookup high, where a series of houses are connected by bridges from tree-to-tree. It took around 20-30 minutes to walk around, with lots of fairy houses, a giant mushroom fairy ring, Elven thrones, and bridges and walkways to see on the way.
Having recently taken up a seasonal job with The Bushcraft Company, where the woods have become my second home, it felt like I was back there again and I loved it. I got a little too into it, and was naming all the different trees and their properties. I think I confused Adam a little! It’s a simple, yet beautiful natural rustic attraction and is just what our modern world needs.
Northwood is also home to a beautiful fairy museum, which presents a whole display of fairy artifacts and treasures. Also, there’s a little hidden secret in the museum, so be sure to go and look for it. The Northwood Kitchen is a unique eatery within the woods, where there is a variety of food and drink to choose from, including organic coffee.
All in all, I imagine this being a magical yet peaceful day out for all the family. I definitely recommend you pay a visit. Northwood is open 6 days a week, all year round. You book online in advance, as there is limited parking and this allows management of visitor numbers. So, a better experience for everyone, right? If you want to find out more about Northwood Trail, click here to be redirected to their website.
*(#AD-Gifted Event) This is not paid adversarial or sponsored – all opinions are honest and my own. However, I was very kindly invited to attend the Northwood Trail Press Evening, in return for a post about the afternoon/evening. They had no say in what I was to post about the event.
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