LANGFORD’S mystical faery fayre was hailed a huge success last week as hundreds flocked to the Museum of Power for the magical spectacular.

The event saw visitors enjoying faery-themed stalls, crafts and competitions, as well as the crowning of a fairy king and queen.

There was also story-telling, wand-making workshops and a labyrinth guarded by gatekeepers.

Museum manager Debbie Thomas said: “With the power of magic and a bit of help from their wings, an amazingly large crowd of young and not so young faeries visited the first ever Essex Faery Fayre at the Museum of Power.

“To make the show magical, a marketplace offered enchanting and mystical items, and workshops saw wands and lanterns being made by Paula McGregor, Jackie Anderson and Chrissie Saunders.

“Readers informed those visiting their tents and Madam Zelda provided a great Victorian sideshow experience.

“The crowds were entertained by Pixiephonic, India Blue, Barefoot Connection, Soluna, Livia and the Elementals and Tanglemist.

“The great witches of Pans Demonium displayed their best dance and didn’t scare the children too much by promising not to eat them ... well, not whole anyway!

“The Museum’s machines worked smoothly, the miniature train rides enthralled all, Jasper was crowned the best dressed faery dog and the day finished with the wonderful Davey Dodds.”

Colin Loveless lead a torch-lit procession to the crowning ceremony for the king, queen, prince and princess in the museum’s magical model village, Astaria, watched over by its maker, Alan Walker.

Debbie added: “All of the entertainment was led by master of ceremonies Chris Wadeson.

“With lots of magic from co-event organiser Elizabeth le Fay, a weather witch from Pans Demonium, and the museum’s event team, the weather stayed fair until the closing ceremony finished.

“All the guests took a little bit of magic home in their hearts and the museum is looking forward to even more faeries and magic next year.”

The museum’s model village Astaria will be lit up by over 400 candles on the October 4, 11 and 25 from 6pm to 8pm.

A model show is also taking place at the museum this Sunday, from 10am.