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Hundreds enjoy Mab's Magical Fair

19 May 2013

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It was fantastic to see nearly 700 people enjoying Mab's Magical Fair despite the rain. The event - part of The Mersey Forest's award-winning Access to Nature project - helped children reconnect with nature via a whole range of Forest School activities with an elf and fairy theme.

Mab Lane Community Woodland near Stockbridge Village was transformed for the day into a magical wonderland, with tipis, a big top and six woodland workshops. Revellers came along dressed as wizards, elves and fairies and added to their costumes throughout the afternoon by using natural materials to make wands, fairy crowns and jewellery.


The Fair received great feedback from parents on Twitter and Facebook, with comments including this from one mum:

"Absolutely amazing day, thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope it's back next year. My family loved every minute."


Local resident Tony Beyga wrote a heart warming blog post about the event on the Project Dirt environmental social network:


"Over the last few years I've seen Mab Lane Community Woodland transformed from a piece of land which was plagued by flooding and used mainly as a dumping ground for burnt out cars and fly tipping into what it is today, a wonderful communal woodland which I and many others now use and enjoy.


"Saturday's event took it to another level. I personally will never forget the sight of tipis, tents, stalls and crowds of people young and not so young all around the woodland taking part in the activities."


The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Sharon Sullivan, and was attended by MP Stephen Twigg and local councillors. It was organised by The Mersey Forest in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Riverside Berrybridge as part of Access to Nature, a national scheme run by Natural England and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

See more photos from the day (by our ace official photographers McCoy Wynne) in this Facebook album.



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