Have you ever noticed tiny doors dotted around Jersey Heritage sites? They’re not obvious to everyone, but if you look very carefully, you’ll see them…
The doors lead to the kingdom of the Fairy Folk, or Les P’tits Faîtchieaux in Jèrriais. Jersey Heritage staff noticed that the fairies, usually found at dolmens, had moved in and decided it was about time this magical aspect of the Island’s historic sites was shared with young people.
During the Easter holidays, families can follow a new Fairy Folklore Adventures trail, kindly sponsored by Ogier. The trail is across all Jersey Heritage sites and there are 18 fairy doors to discover. There is also the opportunity to learn the language of Les P’tits Faîtchieaux, or “the little people”, along the way, make the fairies a gift or write them a message, and enter a competition to design your own fairy door.
Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Events Curator, said: “The question people might be asking themselves is whether the doors have always been there? Or perhaps you can only see them if your mind is open to magic? Either way, we’re excited to share this trail with people over the Easter holidays and we hope they enjoy bringing a little magic into their lives.
“According to folklore, Les P’tits Faîtchieaux are generally very helpful, doing housework and odd jobs in exchange for cake and milk, but they can be mischievous and play tricks if they are crossed, we do ask people to be careful!”
The Fairy Folklore Adventures trail runs at all Jersey Heritages sites from Friday, 2 April to Sunday, 18 April. The deadline for the fairy door design competition is Friday, 30 April 2021. For more information, please go to www.jerseyheritage.org/fairy-folklore.
Edward Mackereth, Global Managing Partner at Ogier, said: “This project inspires curiosity, is a great chance to get outside and explore, and a chance to learn some Jèrriais. The trail is done in family groups so it’s innovative, fun and safe. The team at Ogier really enjoy working with Jersey Heritage and we are proud to support this Jersey charity, which consistently provides new experiences and opportunities for people to reconnect with their culture and heritage.”