Youngsters spend day in forest of enchantment

YOUNG prancing pixies and flouncing fairies have spent a magical few days in the forest of enchantment over the half-term holidays.

The event, held in the new learning studio at Petworth House, invited imaginative children to make leafy crowns, sparkly wands, colourful fairy wings and mini woodland houses.

The spell-binding studio was transformed by foliage, flowers, birds and butterflies adorning the walls, and even the entrance door had been given a forest makeover.

Emma Thomason from Bognor Regis said: “There is a really friendly atmosphere here, we have had a great time and it’s so nice to let the children have fun with glitter without worrying about my kitchen floor.”

Fairy wing making was particularly popular with the children, who were delighted to go wild with glitter, feathers and shiny colouring pens, although many couldn’t resist the temptation to put their gluey wings on straight away.

Hilary Cunningham, learning and outreach coordinator, said: “We always try to be quirky and creative with our events and setting them inside an ‘enchanted forest’ like this creates an imaginative and engaging environment.”

Six sessions ran over three days, with more than 40 children of different ages enjoying and joining in each one.

Kay Channon, who volunteers for the learning team at Petworth, said: “Workshops like this are great for both the families and us as we get to join in and be creative too. Volunteering for the learning team brings so many varied and diverse opportunities and above all it’s always great fun.”