Summer Things to Do in Ambleside: Fairy & Dragon World


If you’re looking for an activity this summer to get the kids’ imaginations running wild, look no further than Fairy & Dragon World, open now until September 9th at Ambleside’s famous Hayes Garden World.


The attraction was a smash hit in 2017, winning ‘Best Garden Centre Attraction’ at last year’s national Garden Retail Awards and has been back in full swing this year since the Easter time.


The main theme of the attraction is the hunt for dragon eggs and fairy doors through the centre’s enchanted forest, but there is plenty more to do along the way. The kids can enjoy a game of hook the dragon or unicorn, create a musical masterpiece on a giant piano, dig for fossils in Unicorn Valley or test out their aim with a game of Dragon Laser Quest.


Sensory games and a ball pool await in the sensory room, before the little ones are offered a snack and drink (included in the ticket price) at the toadstool cafe and a chance to have a memorable photo to take home in the form of a keepsake, with keyrings and fridge magnets available.


The event is extremely popular, so the organisers insist that booking ahead is essential with at least a day to spare before your visit. You can still call ahead to check availability on the day, however, if you’ve just stumbled on this while figuring out your day.


Entry is £10 per child which includes entry and access to the attraction, a snack and drink and a gift bag to take home. A Maximum of two grown-ups per child can get in too, for £2 each. Babies in arms go free and the event is wheelchair-friendly.


When the children are tired out from their experience, then it’s time for the parents to indulge in some classic garden centre shopping. The Hayes centre’s history dates back to the 19th century, with the current site having been open since 1921, and officially as a garden centre in the 1960s. Nowadays over a million visitors pass through their doors every year to browse and buy from their range of garden accessories, furniture and local food and drinks.

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