The Alnwick Garden plays host to magical fairytale treat for the family

A new magical treat is bringing fairy tales to life at The Alnwick Garden.

Several new zones have been placed throughout the garden for children to come and dress up and learn about Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Families are taken on a magical journey to save Beauty from being poisoned by The Garden’s evil Wicked Queen Tangleweed.

Solving clues along the way, the adventure will include a series of interactive experiences such as a bench that sings when you hold hands, secret doors, magic mirrors, cloud of fairies and a talking frog prince to name but a few.

Actors and actresses playing fairy tale characters are on hand to guide, or in some cases, thwart the visitors’ quest, including The Big Bad Wolf, The Wicked Queen, The Huntsman and The Princess.

The new experience started over the Bank Holiday weekend, but will continue permanently and is designed to adapt throughout the year for different events like Hallowe’en and Christmas.

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Joshua Sumner, 5, was transformed into a prince.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Joshua Sumner, 5, was transformed into a prince.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Lindsay Gill, from The Alnwick Garden, said: “Grimms’ Fairy Tales were the basis of what we’re doing really, so the trail comprises a number of different elements of nursery rhythms so we have the Beauty and the Beast rose, Humpty Dumpty, the magic musical bench and so on.

“The idea being that a lot of the garden was often left unexplored and people missed elements of it, so by giving them a trail to follow it actually encourages them to explore the garden further.

“We’d like to add to it as time goes on and move things around. When it comes to Hallowe’en we will theme it throughout and we’d also like to focus on specific fairy tales at points as well so it can be very flexible.

“There is also the opportunity to don fairy tale costumes and it is not just the children that have been keen to dress up, a fair few adults have got dressed up as well.

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Michael Carruthers as Prince Alek and Colette Conlin as Princess Beauty.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Michael Carruthers as Prince Alek and Colette Conlin as Princess Beauty.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

“We encourage all ages to take part, the only prerequisite is that you must believe in magic.”

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Thorn of Tangleweed is played by Lindsay Manion.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Thorn of Tangleweed is played by Lindsay Manion.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Christine Lewin is Queen Tangleweed.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Christine Lewin is Queen Tangleweed.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Sebastian Sap is played by Harry Brierley.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Sebastian Sap is played by Harry Brierley.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Lindsay Gill of The Alnwick Garden.'Pictur by Jane Coltman

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Lindsay Gill of The Alnwick Garden.'Pictur by Jane Coltman