SENSORY AND LEARNING WONDERLAND: FAIRYTALE FARM

Added on May 13th 2019

The UK’s first visitor attraction open to all, but where disabled children come first in its design and layout…

So much love and thought has gone into Fairytale Farm and it really is a great place to visit. It is one of our firm favourite places to visit and somewhere we frequently go to.

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About the Fairytale Farm

One of the many things we love about the farm is the story behind it and how is it accessible to everybody. On our most recent visit, my friend ask if it is pram friendly and it well and truly is.

It’s geared towards children of all abilities and ages, offering classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play.

History

Owners Nick and Nicola’s eldest daughter has cerebral palsy and when she was younger they struggled to find an attraction that catered for children with and without disabilities equally. They noticed there was no provision in the middle ground, somewhere both disabled and non-disabled could enjoy together – where no booking or a selected special date was required.

Nick and Nicola decided to create exactly what they had been looking for themselves. An attraction the whole family could visit together and without having to pre-book. So Fairytale Farm was born.

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What is there?

There are lots of fun activities and areas throughout the farm to keep children entertained, including:

  • sandpit
  • mouse town with mice residents
  • giant rabbit burrow with a play kitchen
  • musical dancing water fountains
  • fairytale street – peep through the windows at popular fairytale characters
  • sensory garden
  • musical duck band with joining in instruments
  • giant camera – take your photo and email to you (free of charge)
  • giant party poppers you can hear pop
  • water play area
  • dancing fountains
  • adventure playground including slides, wooden tractor and wheelchair swing
  • giant vegetable patch where you can grab a spade, have a dig and learn about seasonal vegetables
  • activity panels doted along the walkways.
  • ponies, pigs, donkeys, goats, turkeys, chickens, rheas, rabbits, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, lambs and alpacas.

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Animals

Oliver and his little friends always make the most of all the activities leading to the animals and back. As soon as they enter the animal area, they run straight to the goats and lambs – feed in hand. We always find the animals super tame and get through bags of feed.  Food is only 50 pence a bag, which can be purchase when you arrive, thankfully for us, if you run out there is a food station by the animals – just remember to have some 50 pence pieces handy for it. When we lasted visited, the boys loved feeding the friendly alpacas, they are seriously cute.

As well as the animals in the farm, there are also special handling sessions throughout the day, plus several feeding times to watch. We have gone along to a few of the bunny handling sessions, it is certainly popular and loved by my boy and his friends.

Events

Fairytale Farm run lots of lovely events, the next one coming up is Father’s Day where dads entry is half price and there will be free activities for children all day. For all future events and more information see www.totallykiddies.com/childrens-events-oxfordshire or Fairytale Farms website.

Cafe

Their tasty cafe is extremely family-friendly, it has light lunches and delicious homemade cakes with gluten and diary-free options.

Top Tips

If you have a little one like mine, take wellies for the water play area or spare shoes and socks. We always make a note of handling sessions, so the kiddies get to have a little cuddle with an animal or two. Take some 50 pence pieces, just in case you want to stock up on more animal feed in the animal area. 

Our verdict

We absolutely love Fairytale Farm, it’s heaps of fun for all ages and makes a lovely day out. We are firm fans.

Fairytale Farm

Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH / 01608 238014 / www.fairytalefarm.co.uk