Magical fairy trail at Emmetts Garden 2019

The rose garden fountain frozen at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust place in Kent

This article was about the 2019-20 Christmas trail and will be refreshed for 2020-21.

There are fairies at Emmetts Garden and this Christmas, they are all opening their doors to welcome you in.

The magic of Christmas

Saturday 30 November – Sunday 5 January 2020; 10am-3pm

Join us at Emmetts Garden this Christmas for an unmissable family trail!

The fairies living at Emmetts have opened their doors all over the gardens for you to find on our magical fairy trail, starting 30 November all the way through to 5 January (we are open every day apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Discover tales of folklore along the way and see the magic of Christmas come to life through the eyes of the fairies living next to their favourite winter trees, some of which will be beautifully decorated to bring them to life this Christmas with baubles, colour and sparkle.

In the springtime, Emmetts Garden is famous for its beautiful displays of bluebells that carpet the woodland and surrounding countryside with colour - but did you know that bluebells are found throughout folklore?

True to their name, it was believed that the bluebells were used to call the fairies to their gatherings - and they would cast a spell on anyone who damaged the bluebells and disturbed the fairies resting there.

So if you're visiting us again in the spring to see the bluebells, make certain you watch your step afterwards so not to anger the fairies!

Must see!

Whilst you're out on the hunt around Emmetts Garden, keep a keen eye out and see if you can spot the 'Abies' Christmas trees - one of the most popular choice of Christmas tree in the world!

How much?

The trail will be £1.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.

Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.

Make a day of it

A family playing on the swings at a National Trust property

The swings

Have you tried out our swings yet? They're made especially for those explorers with shorter legs. Find the swings just past the wild play area and see how high you can get.

A child plays dress up in the tepee at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Tepee play

What's that hiding among the trees? It's a tepee of course. Let your imagination run wild and try on the fancy dress clothes you'll find inside. The tepee in the wild play area is perfect for younger adventurers, though we won't blame the adults for wanting to join in the fun!

A girl enjoying den building at a National Trust property

Wild play area

Get stuck into adventures in our wild play area located just past the old stables café. Can you walk across the balance beams without falling off? Why not challenge each other to see who can build the biggest den? Climb on the stepping logs and play in the camp - the fun is never ending.

A family plays giant dominoes at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Family facilities at Emmetts Garden

Baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance to the site, next to the visitor welcome centre as well as at the old stables café. The meadow makes the perfect spot for a picnic; grab a table or bring a blanket. Please note that scooters are not suitable for the pathways at Emmetts Garden.