The World of Make Believe Garden Trail

Discover a world of cute and colourful homes where all kinds of characters live in quiet harmony. This torch-lit activity trail is designed for families with children and is an exciting way to explore a secret garden where imagination knows no end!

A Secret Garden of Fairies

Use your explorers’ guide (and a torch after-dark) to find the clues that will lead you to seek out all that is hidden within the Earl’s Secret Garden. You’ll see fairies that make houses from all kinds of things they find in the Enchanted Forest. Imagination and a little magic can recycle everyday things into unique homes – like teapots, watering cans, boots and books!

An Enchanted World of Pixies

Shine your light to discover all six Pixies. They live in Acorn Cottage, Pixie Hat Palace, Leaf Top Mansion, Tree Top Shack, Trunk Towers and Oak Log Cottage!

Meet the Christmas Elves
See if you can find a friendly Elf to help with jobs that would take much longer if you have to do them by yourself. With your imagination and a little Elf magic too, it really is amazing what a helpful Elf can do!

By Day or After-Dark?

You can explore this trail by day or night! After-dark, adventurers explore the garden using a souvenir torch, which is included in the ticket price for Children.

As you exit into the Christmas Courtyard, why not also include Marshmallow toasting afterwards? Yum!

The World of Make Believe is a registered trade mark of Fountasia Limited and the designs featured within these products are protected by Registered Design Rights and/or Copyright.

Attraction Information

Dates, Times & Duration

Daily 16 December – 24 December, 2021

Daily 28 December – 2 January, 2022 (excl. 1 January)

The garden is open from 1.00pm – 8.00pm. Last admission is at 7.00pm.

Allow 60 minutes to explore this private garden and seek out all of the homes.


The trail starts from the old log barn located in the Barrow Centre car park. It’s also only a 5 minute walk from the Dry Walk car park.


This attraction closed on 2 January, 2022.

Prices for this attraction includes admission to the Earl’s Garden, so you will not require an additional admission ticket for the gardens and a torch for Children that they can keep if you arrive after 4.00pm.

All tickets include a 10% OFF voucher for Wonder Nights in 2022!