Kids are king at the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees

2015-06-10 06:00

CHILDREN will be Kings of the Wild at this year’s Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees, with a Magical Faerie Trail and puppet shows for the first time.

“As one of the few festivals in South Africa to host a ‘festival within a festival’ for the young, we decided to celebrate our 14th festival by putting even more heart into the children’s activities,” says festival director Jenni Honsbein.

Visitors will be able to follow the sounds of children’s laughter to find a hollow tree leading to a faerie wonderland filled with mystery and adventure.

The Magical Faerie Trail starts with a trail leading the adventurous “Kings of the Wild” over the enchanted bridge, past the “wise old men of the forest”, followed by a forest of toadstools, a “froggy” pond and wishing waters until they make their way to a tiny enchanted village.

The faerie village will be made of plant and flower materials, set around a cobbled street, with small houses, turrets, lights, pixies, elves and fairies peeking through windows.

Opposite the faerie village is the giant flower forest, which consists of giant flowers that Flora (the flower fairy) uses to generate wind.

Next on the enchanted journey is the wizard’s tower, where the kings for a day will find a drawbridge.

Flora will have hearts fluttering as she warns the kids about the dangers lurking within.

She will guide them safely through the “dangerous” tower of bats, spiders and owls until they get to the end of the magical adventure where the kings find themselves sitting on the throne that activates bubbles, which signifies their coronation by the faerie queen, Regina.

They exit through a moss curtain and making their way back to reality.

“Adults will be allowed – but only if they are accompanied by a child. We already have a number of adults arranging to bring nieces, nephews and grandchildren to the festival so that they themselves can experience the Faerie Wonderland built specially for the festival by Barbara Eke,” says Honsbein.

This enchanted adventure will be free of charge.

Children of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy the magical wonders of the faerie wonderland.

Other children’s activities include entertainment and puppet workshops hosted by Edu Puppets of Port Elizabeth until nine at night.

“We want parents to be able to enjoy themselves while the children are kept entertained and safe,” says Honsbein.

The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees 2015 takes place from Friday, June 26, until Sunday, June 28.

Gates will open from 9am and festinos can party late into the night.

Tickets are available from the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees office on 042 230 0064 or you can go to for more information. – REPORTER

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