Garden of Fairy Tales (Self Guided)

Throughout The Garden


Free with admission to The Garden.


Sometimes, when the wind tickles the blossom, people with hope in their hearts have sensed that childhood friends are near. Sometimes, when the gale forces the flowers to duck low, nervous souls have worried about dragons. They are very foolish of course, as we all know that dragons only appear on Tuesdays.

Alas, sadly the Wicked Queen is a much more regular visitor and it was on one of those ticklish windy days that she first spotted Beauty in the garden. A jealous and bitter Queen, her heart was blackened and she hated Beauty. She did not understand her kindness or her happy spirit, and how dare she be the fairest in all the land?

So the Wicked Queen has made a dreadful decision. She is going to poison Beauty. Only you can stop her. Only you can save Beauty.

To help you, we will share the garden’s secret but you mustn’t tell a soul: this is the Garden of Fairy Tales and if you look very carefully, explore far and wide (and believe in magic) you will find many of your favourite fairy tale characters.

You’ll need them all to help you stop the Wicked Queen and to save Beauty. But of course, no great adventure is ever as easy as that. You will have to face challenges, solve puzzles and use magic before discovering the Wicked Queen’s poison.

And don’t forget: to make sure that you won’t frighten our shy secret residents, you too will need to dress up as a fairy tale character. There will be surprises on the way and perhaps even some frights but we know that can beat them. The bravest of you may even have a lot of fun.

Only you can save Beauty. She’s counting on you!

Taking Part

This activity is free with entry to The Alnwick Garden.

Instructions for completing the adventure are provided at admissions.

This is a self guided trail, visitors are welcome to come in their own costume and we’d love to see them!

If you get stuck, just ask one of The Alnwick Garden staff who will be happy to help.

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