Rochester is a beautiful city just up the road from me, it’s always been there and I have, for the best part of my life, taken it for granted. It sits on the River Medway
It has a 12th century castle whose keep or stone tower is one of the best preserved in England or France. There is also the most beautiful cathedral that in fact, is home to the second oldest diocese in England.
Rochester was one of Charles Dickens favourite places and many of his novels are based here.
Anyway, I’m not here to fill you in on the history of Rochester, no! I want to tell you about a fantastic initiative they have throughout the pretty town, the Rochester Fairies and Elves Door Trail << Facebook link
I know, isn’t it a genius idea? That’s a group photo of our Fairy hunters above.
I saw someone talk about it on Facebook and I knew it would be something the twins would love to do, so we asked some school friends if they’d like to join us, as we haven’t seen them all summer, picked a day and time and our Rochester Fairies and Elves Door Trail came to life.
The fun starts at the Guildhall Museum which opens at 10am and you pick up your map, there are varying versions of the Fairies and Elves Trail map as more and more shopkeepers discover fairy doors of their own. Make sure you take a pencil with you as our Fairy hunters loved ticking off the pictures of the doors on the reverse of the map as we discovered them.
Some of the shops with more fragile merchandise have started (for obvious reasons) to place their fairy doors in the shop window or very close to the front of the shop to avoid over excited children running in and boisterously running around hunting. The mums agreed this was a very wise decision.
Baggins Book Bazaar, the biggest second hand book shop in England, even had a little poem offering clues.
As the children spend a really enjoyable time running up and down the high street in search of the tiny doors, you will be able to take in the beauty of the town and marvel at the fabulous shops there. I am definitely returning for a quiet coffee and stroll once the twins are back at school!
Talking of food and water, there are plenty of options in Rochester that cover all sorts of diets and preferences. We stopped off at Tony Lorenzo’s for some fabulous milkshakes and smoothies and an enormous array of freshly made to order sandwiches and baguettes, you really must check out the counter, I couldn’t make my mind up.
It took us just over an hour to complete the trail, there were a few more doors that require a bit of long distance walking which we missed out but we left the Eastgate library one till last and what a good idea as the fairy door is situated in the children’s section and there was a table and chairs with crayons and fairy print outs to colour in so that gave little legs a rest and kept the little minds busy too.
Once completed the Fairy door trail, head back to the Guildhall Museum where you will be handed a certificate for taking part.
Of course if you did want to make a day of it I’d highly recommend a visit to the castle or the cathedral.
Ah and the news is they are organising a Fairy Halloween and a Fairy Winter Wonderland so watch the Facebook page for more updates.
The cost of the Rochester Fairies and Elves door trail is free and there is plenty of parking at different spots in the town, I paid £2.40 for up to 4 hours.