Audley End Miniature Railway And Fairies

An alternate title for this post might be something along the lines of “Little Girls’ Brains Explode from Sheer Excitement and Delight.” I’m not sure words will do justice to the excitement that ensued on this particular outing but hopefully the excessive photos will give you an inkling of the magic that was the Audley End Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk.

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This was actually Lena’s second time on the Fairy Walk but I was completely unprepared the first time around, and didn’t bring my camera. When my friend, Ellie, mentioned that Paddington was doing a meet and greet, we decided a second trip was in order. Since we were traveling with five kids between us, we called the grandmas for some back up to lessen the chance of a catastrophic accident or missing child alert being issued.

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As soon as they were unleashed from their restraints car seats, the girls were off. We had been promising them a visit with Paddington for days and while she was all about hugging the friendly bear in talk, Lena ultimately decided there was no way on earth she was touching him once they were face to face. So she maintained a reasonable distance and a wary stare for the duration of his appearance.

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Knowing the fairy walk would take some time with our large entourage, we opted to eat lunch before venturing into the woods. My mom was in hysterics laughing at Bella, Ellie’s niece, as she slathered her face in egg sandwich. She and Aksel are only about a year apart but she’s nearly surpassed Lena in size. Bella consistently cracks us up and has been nicknamed “Dozer.”

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Before entering the fairy walk, everyone is given a booklet with all the different fairies, elves and other creatures they will see along the way. In order to tick off each character, the girls made magic fairy wands from wooden pencils with the aid of “real” fairies. You can see this was very serious and important business. I loved that the helper fairies stayed in character the whole time and complimented all the kids on their wings and dresses. The girls just ate it up.

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Lena was already over my picture taking at this point hence the lovely face she’s pulling here. She quickly forgot about the camera upon finding the first fairy and started squealing incessantly while saying my name on repeat. It was at this moment I had a flashback to her being Aksel’s age and dreaming of the day she would someday say Mama. This wasn’t exactly the angelic, sweet sound I had envisioned.

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Each fairy had a sign below her house with her name, occupation and other fun little tidbits about them. It was incredibly detailed and well done. I’m not usually one for princesses and fairies, but I loved this whole experience and would come back again in a heartbeat.

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This is basically a little girl’s paradise.

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Even the grandmas had fun.

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To finish off our big day, we went for a ride on the miniature train – an impressive 1.5 mile loop through the woods including bridges, WWII pill boxes, and even some magical habitats for stuffed animals. The whole day was magical from start to finish. We will definitely be going back again soon!

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By | 2017-02-02T16:09:38+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Days Out|0 Comments

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