The 3 Wishes Fairy Festival, dubbed the UK's most magical event, returns to Cornwall in June after a two year pandemic absence.
The family and pet friendly event takes place from Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June at Mount Edgcumbe country estate, near Torpoint and will feature hundreds of workshops, talks and performances, a big top circus and music among its attractions (all included in the ticket price).
Alongside the entertainment many festival-goers will be embracing their inner 'fairies' or 'elves' creating a fun and colourful experience for everyone.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to bring the festival back to Celtic Cornwall, the home of fairies, for the first time since 2019. This year, we have got music, activities, great vegan food, workshops, circus shows, special guests, meet and greets, and so much more. We even have a magical mermaid grotto with 'real' mermaids. There will be more magic than you can shake a fairy wand at," Karen Kay said.
Visitors to previous festivals have described the experience as "like stepping into a real-life fairy land," and this year's event promises to be even more magical with fantasy creatures such as gnomes, mermaids, elves, pixies and fairies wandering the site and fairy tea parties celebrating the festival's 16th birthday.
The festival was founded by the former BBC journalist in 2007. Karen, who lives near Truro, is a fairy author and is known as The Fairy Lady. She was guided to create a Midsummer gathering by the fairies she has been communicating with since she was a child.
She said: "I first saw fairies when I was a little girl, around the age of five or six. I would help my grandmother as she pruned the roses in her garden, and I would gather up the rose petals to make perfume for the flower fairies! I'd leave the concoction (rose water) out overnight for my fairy friends, and when I'd check in the morning, the perfume would be gone!
"My fairy friends appear as tiny vibrant lights and have stayed with me since childhood and into my adult life, and I can honestly say, there's never a dull moment when the fairies come out to play!"
For three days and nights, the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park on the outskirts of Torpoint will be transformed. Day tickets for the festival are available, yet for those wishing to stay, the event accommodates tents, caravans and campervans and there is also a glamping option to rent bell tents, 'shire' homes and traditional caravans.
A camping area is also available for disabled festival-goers which does need to be booked in advance.
The 3 Wishes Fairy Festival is the first UK fairy festival to be totally vegan, with all food on-site provided by vegan caterers, with gluten-free options available. Tickets can be purchased here - https://www.thefaeshop.com with prices from £40 for an adult day pass. Children under the age of seven can attend for free.
*Image shows organiser and founder Karen Kay.
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