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Fairytale in the Woods, Magical Experiences

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This summer holidays (25th July to 2 August) Tarvin Sands Reindeer Centre, has put on a Fairytale in the Woods Experience.  This event is similar to the Frozen Experience that we went to at Christmas!  We arrived not long before it started, after arriving a little too early for the Christmas one and standing in a line for a little too long with excited 4 year olds, so the girls were excited to be able to head pretty much straight in.  The girls obviously wanted to wear their fancy dress outfits to go to see the show, but with our English weather being as it is for July, they had to wear their big coats on top too!

At our allotted time of 11am the music started up, a flurry of excitement started in the queue and the gates opened.  The girls then followed the path round the lake, to a small outside ‘theatre’ for a short 25 minute show. All around the lake was little flowers and frogs with butterfly wings.  At the end and just before the show there was lovely bubbles blowing in the wind.

On arrival at the theatre the staff tried to sit all the children on the first two rows of the theatre. I understood why they did this, so that all the little ones could see, but I think this worked with varying success. Some little ones didn’t want to sit on their own and others were a little scared of the show when it started.  My three were happy to sit on their own but I liked this less than at Christmas as I couldn’t see their faces. From two rows back I could hear their excited voices when the characters came on, but I actually would have liked to see their faces too.

The show itself was great and included Aerial, Peter Pan, Merida, The Fairy Godmother and Rapunzel.  The actors really engaged well with the children and sang their parts with lots of enthusiasm.  As the heavens opened we were all thankfully sat under cover, however the poor cast had to continue in the great outdoors with barely any cover at all.  If you hadn’t been able to see it teaming with rain, you wouldn’t have believed it, as the cast carried on regardless.

After the show finishes the cast are available for photographs. You take your own camera (so no overpriced photo opportunities to put you off).  All the characters were fantastic with the children and really took the time to talk to all the children, making them feel special.  The fact that the number of people who are let into the shows at each time are small, means that whilst slightly chaotic at the character meet and greets, there is no concern that you won’t get to see your favourite character.


After you have finished meeting and greeting the characters you can take some time to feed the reindeer. We didn’t really do this at Christmas because it was so cold, but the girls all tried to feed the reindeer from off their palms.

 There was unfortunately the obligatory balloon sale at the end which I thought was a little pricey at £4 each.  I do try to avoid buying balloons particularly as I have three children, and they usually sadly last less than hour due to deflating and floating off to find new children! I did concede today as they had had such good fun, but as usual an hour later we had no balloons!  A fantastic day and highly recommended.


NB: We were provided with the tickets in exchange for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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  • Reply
    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    1st August 2015 at 10:40 am

    Wow Karen, your girls must have been so excited. What a great idea and it looks like a fantastic day out for those who love all things Disney! Love the video of them talking to the Fairy Godmother, she really is taking the time to chat to them. Great day out #SummerDays

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    Sabrina Jillah
    2nd August 2015 at 8:41 am

    What a cute idea to have this in the woods! The look on the girls faces in your photos, you can see they really enjoyed it. And that’s so good they let you take your own photos – how rare! Sabrina xx #summerdays

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    2nd August 2015 at 10:40 am

    oh wow! I am sure they were super excited. Looks like they had a brilliant day. Great that you could take your own camera. Over priced photos always pull me off!!
    You got some great photos there! So fun and magical for the kids!

    Beth | Life As Mum

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    Emma's Mamma
    2nd August 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Wow sounds like a great show! I love the video with the fairy godmother! it’s really good they take their time with all the kids 🙂 #sundaystars

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    3rd August 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Oh WOW! This looks AMAZING!! Your girls look like proper little Disney princesses in their outfits. I wish we had something like this near to us – my girls would love it. And who am I kidding – so would I!
    Thanks for linking this up to #SummerDays

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    Little Treasures
    4th August 2015 at 9:24 pm

    This looks so good!! As soon as I started to read about the music and the bubbles I thought ‘maybe I could do this myself’ but def not the amazing show! Ha ha! Would love to take my little girl to something like this but totally agree I would def want to see her little face light up. #sundaystars

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    everything Mummy
    6th August 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Oh my goodness how cute do they all look dressed up!!! My girls would absolutely love this, great review Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars xx

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    Tracey Williams
    31st August 2015 at 10:31 am

    Aw how lovely is this. The characters all look fantastic as do your girls. The setting looks really magical and I remember when they did the Frozen show at Christmas. Katie would have loved this a year ago but she is slowly getting away from Disney Princess (sob) x

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    Packing my Suitcase
    31st August 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Awnn that is soooo much fun for the kids! 😀
    So many cool videos!!

    Thank you so much for joining #MondayEscapes

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    Pinay Flying High
    1st September 2015 at 9:17 am

    Why didn’t we have this when I was a kid??? It must’ve been a dream come true for your girls! I would’ve freaked out myself if I was them. 🙂

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