Updated: Nov 10
The Faraway Tree Card Game by Enid Blyton
First Published: 1950, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Dorothy M. Wheeler & Endorsed by Enid Blyton
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet and Facsimile Letter
The pack contains 4 identical sets of story cards numbered 1-9 and 8 Penalty cards marked with a letter P.
Faraway Tree Story cards: Over the ditch into the enchanted wood, Here we are at the Faraway Tree, Where the angry Pixie lives, Up to Watzisname who is asleep, Silky’s house in the tree, Tea with Moonface up in the tree, Meet the saucepan man, The ladder through the cloud at the tree top, In the land of birthdays at last. Now you can wish your wish!
Faraway Tree Penalty cards: Mr. Whiskers tries to stop you, the Pixie is angry because you peeped, you have woken up Watzisname and he chases you, Look out for Dame Washalot!, You’ve gone down the slippery slope, Saucepan is deaf and can’t hear you, Dame Slap stops you from climbing the ladder, The red goblins push you off the ladder.
The Faraway Tree series of children's books were the immensely popular creation of Enid Blyton and first illustrated by Dorothy M. Wheeler. The Pepys game was the first card game based upon any of Enid Blyton's books.
Faraway Tree was originally sold with a facsimile letter from Enid Blyton. A similar letter was included a year later in Pepys' 1951 Famous Five 1st Ed. In the Faraway Tree letter Enid Blyton's actual home address was given, Green Hedges, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. This must have produced a lot of additional correspondence, in the letter included with Famous Five the address was amended to 15-17 St. Cross Street, London EC1, the offices of Castell Brothers.
The 1946 short film from Pathé News below was filmed inside Green Hedges, Beaconsfield. Enid Blyton and her second husband, Darrell Waters, enjoy a game of Snap with the daughters from her previous marriage.
The Enid Blyton Society have exhaustive information on all things Blyton.
The pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.
Game & Version Details
Faraway Tree - Card Back
Faraway Tree - Rules Front
Faraway Tree - Rules Back
Woodland Happy Families
International Football Whist
Mickey and the Beanstalk
Faraway Tree - Later Rules Front
Faraway Tree - Later Rules Back
The Famous Five
Faraway Tree - Box Back
Faraway Tree - Box Top
Faraway Tree - Box Side Left
Faraway Tree - Box Base
Faraway Tree - Box Side Right
Faraway Tree - Box Back With Flap