Explore Gregynog’s Forest Fairy Trail over the Bank Holiday weekend

One of Wales’ premier country estates is preparing to welcome visitors to its first Forest Fairy Trail on August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Gregynog Hall’s 750 acres of grounds at Tregynon, near Newtown are filled with undiscovered treasures and the fairy trail is an ideal way to explore the woodland walks around the Grade 1 listed gardens and historic landscape.

The trail opens on today (Friday, August 25) and runs until Monday, August 28 from 10am to 4pm. Trail sheets cost £6 which includes a strawberry milkshake and a fairy cake in the Courtyard Café.

Lydia Bassett, Gregynog Hall’s head of business development, said: “We can’t wait to welcome all the fairy fans to our wonderful woods.

“The fairies’ front doors are being decorated with letters and numbers. Our visitors will need to collect all the numbers and letters and then unscramble them to find the magic words and claim their milkshake and fairy cake prize.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. You will need solid shoes for wandering in the woods but dressing up is positively encouraged and some of our staff might well be dressing up as well.

“There’s no need to book, just come along and join in the fairy fun between 10am and 4pm over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

Gregynog Hall is now run by an independent charitable trust and the trail is part of its fundraising efforts to ensure the historic building and its grounds are preserved for future generations.

The grounds are a National Nature Reserve and there are miles of marked paths through the woods. The café is open daily from 10am to 4pm and the trail sheets will be available from the café in the Courtyard.

Described as “one of the Wales’ hidden treasures”, Gregynog Hall is the former home of art collectors and public benefactors Gwendoline and Margaret Davies.

The hall is a member of MWT Cymru (Mid Wales Tourism, an independent organisation representing 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Southern Snowdonia.

Picture caption:
One of the fairy front doors on Gregynog Halls’ new Forest Fairy Trail.