Into The Fairy Kingdom at Emmett’s Garden
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA
22 July to 12 September 2022
from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Journey through the Fairy Kingdom at Emmetts Garden this summer with your new favourite hob goblin guide, Puck, as you head out on an adventure to safely make it back to the human world!
Meet various creatures and characters who will help – or hinder – you along the way, solving the different tasks and challenges that they give you. Solve each of them to continue on your way and get back home again. The Fairy Queen herself awaits you!
Pick up your activity pack from the Visitor Centre when you arrive which has all you need to complete your journey before heading up the path and on your way. Once you finish, head back to the Visitor Centre to finish the trail and claim your prize.
Keep an eye out for fairy houses dotted all around the gardens with some very special toadstools to find. Don’t miss the two set of fairy wing boards at the end to transform into fairies yourself (and maybe take a photo or two with them as well!).
Trails will be £2.50 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.
The two main characters in the story – Puck and the Fairy Queen – were inspired by the designs of our two competition winners from Ide Hill CE Primary School.
Dotted around the garden you will find lots of clusters of toadstools that have been decorated by some of our local community partners:
Ide Hill CE Primary School
Crockham Hill CE Primary School
Sundridge & Brasted CE Primary School
Churchill CE Primary School
West Kent Mind
1st Chevening Brownies
16th Sevenoaks (Ide Hill) Beaver Scouts
A huge thank you to everyone who took part!
Fairies at Emmetts
During the Edwardian period – when Emmetts Garden was established – there was a Celtic revival of fairy folklore. Stepping away from the Victorian theme of winged fairies, Edwardians looked more towards nature and the elements of fire, water, wind and earth. This merged more than just the stereotypical ‘fairy’ but also included goblins, trolls, dwarves, pixies, brownies, kelpies – all with a distinctive look and character.
If you’ve ever visited Emmetts Garden in spring, then you’ll also know our woodlands are covered in a stunning sea of bluebells – but did you know bluebells are also famously connected to fairies? In times gone by, people believed that bluebells were rung to summon the fairies to their gatherings. A field of bluebells was also thought to be associated with fairy enchantments, luring humans into their fairy worlds.
Buggy and wheelchair friendly.
The trail is aimed at children aged 3+. As the trail is based around a story, some of the boards do have quite a lot of text on them. As such, for children under a certain reading age, we would recommend grown-up engagement in the trail.
Peak visiting times
We are expecting to be very busy here at Emmetts Garden over the summer holidays, and so ask a bit of extra patience and for all visitors to please be kind to our staff and volunteers. Please come prepared to queue, but as always, we will aim to welcome everyone as fast as we can do so safely.
To avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting on a week day for a quieter day. Picnics are also welcome in our meadow if you want to avoid the queues at the café.
We have now moved away from the booking system so there is no need to book either your visit or for the trail.
For more information click HERE