A Christmas Fairy Trail returns to Archerfield for its third year

A Christmas Fairy Trail returns for its third year

Festive fun for kids in immersive outdoor theatre experience

As a former member of B-boy crew Random Aspekts, Peter Maniam knows a thing or two about entertaining audiences. He also knows how to keep his kids occupied, so when he and his partner were planning an outdoor Christmas experience, they knew exactly what to do.

'We'd visited several light shows with our own family,' says Maniam, 'and while we loved them, our kids weren't fully engaged – they were flying round at breakneck speed. It was obvious to us that blending theatre and performance into this environment would be beautiful and help punctuate the experience.'

What emerged was A Christmas Fairy Trail, now in its third year and growing steadily with each incarnation. Performed in the beautiful Archerfield Estate in East Lothian, this immersive event takes people on a 1.5km route lasting about an hour.

Guided through the forest by intrepid explorer Gus, we're introduced to members of the fairy kingdom and happen upon large-scale installations including a talking tree, fairy disco and a huge weeping willow covered in fibre optic lights.

Featuring a cast of dancers, aerialists, a body popper and a magician, A Christmas Fairy Trail also has an interactive area, allowing visitors to meet these special forest folk.

'We've increased the number of performers this year,' says Maniam, 'and there are lots of new light shows as well. It's very exciting to be offering something really unique.'

Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton, Fri 6–Tue 24 Dec.

A Christmas Fairy Trail

An immersive theatrical experience set along a 1.5km trail, designed as a magical world of fairies and forest folk, with surprises around every corner.