Review of Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary
Northwood is a new attraction between Buttercrambe and Stamford Bridge. It is unique and we had great fun following the fairy trail spotting the lovely houses and handiwork belonging to fairies, pixies, elves and goblins. Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. You need to take your imaginations and let them run wild!
You need to book on line before you go as time slots have limited places due to the size of the car park! The cafe is beautifully decorated and is so natural giving you a taste of what is to come. It serves organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food. We headed off into the woods armed with a coffee, juice and delicious sesame flap jack.
The woods are beautiful and everything has been sympathetically developed to ensure the wood continues to grow in its natural state, whilst maintaining the 1.5km of old fairy paths which are pushchair and wheel chair friendly. The weather had been dry and the paths are well made so we just wore normal shoes. Northwood is “off grid” meaning it generates all its’ own electricity, as part of the family’s commitment to sustainability.
We followed the beautifully drawn map and enjoyed the nature around us whilst keeping our eyes peeled for fairy houses. There has been much work as well as attention to detail that has gone into every house. Eliza enjoyed finding pine cones and putting them on the doorsteps as “presents” for the fairies.
The woods are so quiet, it was so relaxing to enjoy nature as we went including spotting butterflies and feeling the fairy kisses. There are some fabulous surprises along the way….fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze, toadstools, bridges and Elven thrones.
We made up so many stories as we went, having great fun. We imagined who lived under the bridges and in the houses and what they were doing as we passed through their villages. Eliza certainly has new inspiration for a fairy garden at home! Just not sure I can emulate it?!
The willow walled maze was pretty tricky for us!!! We were advised to stay together, I was pleased we did. We did get a bit lost but clearly we got out and weren’t eaten by goblins!
At the end there is a wonderful natural playground, den building for older kids and a lovely sandpit. There are even some of the lovely Yorkshire Hurdles Dragonflies swooping over!
There was one thing left to visit at the end….the fairy museum! Wow, it’s great with a fabulous collection of fairy artefacts. The attention to detail is amazing – fairy wedding dresses and some beautiful shoes plus there is a little surprise!
There is always the option to pop back to the cafe at anytime. You can take your take or walk as fast as you wish. We were here for 2 hours and could have spent a little longer, but had a school run to rush for! What’s more there are seasonal activities and fun coming….plus you can have your parties here!
If you would like a completely different trip out to a unique attraction where you and your family can be at one with nature, then this is worth a visit – give your imaginations a polish and head off into a magical world. We were allowed entry in lieu of this review but we always give an honest opinion.
Tickets cost £6.90 for children (but children aged 2 and under go free) and £8.90 for adults, with family tickets priced at £27.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.