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Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary

Forest or Woodland

Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary, Buttercrambe Moor Woods, Buttercrambe, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1AP

Tel: 01439 748457

Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary


The Northwood Fairy Sanctuary is intended to delight adults as well as children. It is set within 100 acres of glorious woodland with 1.5kms of imaginative nature trails winding through. Be inspired by a willow walled maze, a large collection of fairy doors on trees, fairy treehouses connected with rope bridges, a tree stump village, giant mushroom ring, Elven thrones and a natural play area, with sand pit, mud kitchen and den building.

It is a natural rustic attraction, sympathetic to its woodland surroundings and perfect for reconnecting children and adults to the freedom and magic of the natural world - all year around.  

Inside there is a unique Fairy Museum, largely the work and collection of Professor Harvey John Howland, an eminent fairy collector and fellow of the New Society of Arcane and Natural History, connected to both the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood and New England Transcendentalists. The museum is based in Professor Howland’s old studio and houses some of his writings, drawings and curiosities. The bulk of the collection is made up of  carefully restored fairy clothes, shoes, crowns houses and other stunning artefacts. This collection of exquisite miniatures is unlike anything else in the UK and will inspire and inform both children and adults.

The Northwood Kitchen is a new woodland café / bar, where you can enjoy the woods whatever the season. It’s a fabulous place to enjoy your daily coffee (no tickets to the trail are needed), or a stronger tipple by the fire. Striking woodland décor, friendly staff and the best local (organic if possible) food and drink.

Northwood is a fantastic place to have a kids party and we welcome schools and home schooling groups. It’s nature, so be prepared with suitable footwear and if its wet, waterproofs or a change of clothes!

Open 6 days a week and all year around, full times and pricing is on our website. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and if you have young children be aware, as there are ponds and ditches within the larger woods.

If you want to make a break of it we also have Jollydays Glamping accommodation on site, huge and well equipped safari style tents, a communal camp fire and craft cabin to keep everyone happy and busy.

Check out the website for exciting seasonal events, such as autumn lantern walks in the woods and magical candlelit storytelling with St Nicholaus…

Limited car parking means booking of time slots is in advance and online only, to allow us to manage visitor numbers and ensure a better experience for everyone. Northwood is just 15 minutes from the outskirts of York and Malton, just 10 minutes from the A64, it is within easy reach of Hull, Leeds, Harrogate, Middlesborough, Sheffield and Newcastle and less than 2 hours from Manchester.

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Easter to October Half Term
10:00 - 18:00

November to March
10:00 - 16:00

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.90 per adult
Child£6.90 per child
Family£27.50 per family

Under 2’s go free. 6 and 12 month passes available.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Sole use of venue


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

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