New fairies have flown into Staffordshire’s Trentham Gardens throughout the summer season, bringing even more viral fame for the popular Fairy Trail – and sparking new interest in the story behind the magical sculpture trail.
A global hit with visitors, photographers and social media fans since first taking-up residency in the award-winning gardens in 2012, the trail was even named as one of “20 of the world’s most amazing sculptures” just five years later in 2017.
Now visitors have the chance to spot the new sculptures around the gardens and lakeside of the historic estate on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, while some of the existing fairies have also been mysteriously moving around, as well.
Thanks to the wire sculptures, created by artist Robin Wight, the Fairy Trail is already one of Trentham’s visitors top favourites – and a new video post by Bored Panda Art on Facebook recently has already racked-up well over 1.5 million views as well as attracting countless “likes”.
Sprinkling extra fairy dust on the trail, and creating a new social media buzz, are five new fairies, which have joined the existing 16 beautifully made wire sculpturesto create an extra special ‘fairy-tale’ experience for visitors around the mile-long lake, and through the woodland and garden, where the Fairies live.
Occasional new fairy friends have appeared, and vanished, over the years to keep visitors happily snapping fairy selfies, but this is the biggest change since the trail was launched.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around and spot new fairies, including ‘Potty’, who has taken up residence in a giant flowerpot along the lakeside; ‘No Words’, surveying the Italian Gardens; and ‘Wanda’,a mystical, mermaid-style wire sculpture, who appears to be taking a shower in the Italian Gardens fountains.
Other new fairies to drop in on Trentham this year are ‘Whimsy’, who looks like she is magically walking on the roof of the Loggia; and ‘Trillian, who is a ‘wayfinding fairy’, pointing visitors in the right direction.
Half the fun for fairy hunters is trying to find where some of the existing sculptures have flown to – with ‘Dip’, ‘Poser’, ‘Shaky’, ‘Tree Crawler’ and ‘Swing’ (who, fittingly, has moved to a tree just outside the adventure playground) all moving locations.
New ‘fairy photo spots’ will also be appearing, with visitorsencouraged to share images on social media, using #trenthamfairies.
For those who want to discover the story behind the Trentham Fairy Trail success, artist Robin Wight has written a guest blog on the Trentham Estate website: www.trentham.co.uk/blog/2019/july/the-story-behind-the-fairies-at-trentham/.
For more information, see www.trentham.co.uk.