Tuesday 12th December

Tuesday 12th December 2017: Fairytale Farm is still difficult to access for staff and visitors due to the treacherous road conditions. We have therefore taken the decision to close the Farm on Tuesday 12th December.

Visitors with bookings to see Santa on Sunday 10th December can rebook on another date. Our Santa event dates are here. Please email info@fairytalefarm.co.uk to arrange an alternative date.

Bookings now being taken to visit Santa

We are now taking bookings for our magical Christmas Fairytale event, where you can meet Santa in his indoor fairytale grotto.

As well as seeing Santa and receiving a present, children can join in with various Christmas activities, enjoy all the usual Fairytale Farm attractions and see our enchanting Christmas lights, which are bigger and better for 2017. Christmas activities include Christmas cookie decorating and a festive-themed hunt. And children who visit before Christmas Eve will get a chance to write to Father Christmas with their wish list and post it in our special SantaMail post box. We have some really unusual Christmas-themed treats in our Beanstalk Cafe. Oh yes, and every parent gets mulled wine and a home-made mince pie.

Grotto tickets are £5.50 (you only pay for the children receiving a present), plus normal farm admission price. Our event is on Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd December to 17th December and daily 20th to 24th December.

Due to the popularity of this event in previous years, we have decided to take online bookings only this year, to ensure that every visitor gets a completely magical experience. You can pre-book tickets now. Click here to book.













News item added 12 November 2017

Illuminations are coming - discount packages available!

Photo of the Fairytale Farm illuminations 2017

Don't miss our Illuminations on Saturdays and Sundays from 14th October to 17th December, and every day from 20th December to 24th December.

The Farm will be open all day as normal, but when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will delight children and adults. The Mermaid Garden, Giant's Camera, The Extinct Band, Giant Party Poppers, and Light Fountains will be a blaze of colour and the Hex Water Fountain will be lit in ever-changing colours. We also have new and updated features that were not part of last year's line-up, and our Fairytale Street will be illuminated. 

'Illuminations and Supper' packages...

We will be opening the Farm until late on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 28th October to celebrate the switch-on of the Illuminations, when we will stay open until two hours after dusk. On these special event nights we will be offering an all-in farm admission and food package. Our 'Illuminations and Supper' package is available from 5pm for £6.00 per person. This price gives evening entry to the Farm (with a chance to see the animals if you arrive promptly at 5pm), a soup with crusty bread or hot dog plus a hot or cold drink, and finish the evening with a stroll through the illuminated gardens after the lights switch on. A truly magical evening for the whole family. You can buy these in advance here for only £5.49 (a saving of 51p per person from this already discounted price). Note that the animal area and playground closes at dusk so please arrive as soon after 5pm as you can if you want to see these parts of the park before the illuminations switch on.

See photographs of last year's display here

News item added 17 September 2017

Get ready for the Fairytale Baddies and Spooks!

Fairytale Farm's Halloween Event 2017Our family-friendly Halloween event is almost upon us and this year it will be a distinctly fairytale-themed event. But all of the nice fairytale characters have been banished away, leaving only the fairytale baddies. Designed with young children in mind, the event runs every day from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October, with free games and activities for all the family.

This year, we have free pumpkin carving (one per child), spooky biscuit decorating and an opportunity to get creative in our colouring corner by entering the on-site competition. If visitors come dressed up for the occasion they will receive a free treat, and when darkness falls at weekends, visitors will be able to enjoy our famous illuminations for no extra charge. We also have face painters on hand every day to turn your child into their favourite Halloween spook for a small charge.

We will also be running a spooky photo competition, where we encourage visitors in fancy dress to photograph themselves in a spooky location at Fairytale Farm and post it on Facebook. The most spooktacular photo will win a prize.

And we have a special late night Halloween event on on Saturday 28th October, where we combine the excitement of our illuminated gardens with Halloween activities to create a truly memorable evening out. Visitors arriving after 5pm can take advantage of our special ‘Illuminations and Supper’ all-in farm admission and food package and will be able to join in with the extra Halloween activities, as well seeing the farm and having a stroll through the illuminated Enchanted Walk. Special evening activities will include a workshop where children can make their own potions and spells ready to cast on All Hallows Eve, and a spooky story corner. (Note that those who have paid the full admission price earlier in the day can stay on and see the illuminations free of charge, and all the hot food can be purchased individually from our Beanstalk Cafe). Click on the image above to view more information.

Buy discounted tickets here...

News item added 8 October 2017

Fairytale Farm is England's fastest-growing farm park

Mermaid FountainFairytale Farm was England's fastest-growing farm attraction in 2016, according to official figures just released by Visit England.

Visit England's 'Annual Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions', which was published this month, shows that Fairytale Farm grew by 35.7% in 2016, compared to the previous year, more than any other attraction in the 'Farm' category.

Owner Nick Laister says: "Everybody at Fairytale Farm is delighted to find out that we grew more than any other farm in the Visit England survey. I think this is almost entirely down to the hard work of our staff, who are the friendliest you will find at any attraction, big or small. This means a lot to me because we were the first attraction in the UK to be designed with disabled children in mind as well as those who are not disabled, so we are open and accessible to all. This had not been done before, and it is really fantastic that our idea seems to be working so well."

Mixing classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play, Fairytale Farm is loved by children of all ages. With an exciting adventure playground, the Enchanted Walk with a surprise around every corner, as well as a chance to meet their amazing animals, there is so much to see and do at the Farm.

Nick explains that the Farm is a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family: "Race a rubber duck along our pump-powered waterway or see a family of mice going about their daily business in our beautifully crafted indoor model village. Where else can you meet mermaids, rabbits, sleeping beauty, alpacas, rheas, sea horses, ducks, chickens and magic?"

This year is expected to see more growth, with the addition of loads of new attractions for 2017, Nick explains: "We are already over 30% up on last year, which is fantastic, so 2017 should see a repeat of the growth we had in 2016. This is largely due, I think, to word of mouth about our new attractions. We had brand new interactive features along the Enchanted Walk where visitors can press a button and find out what happens. Our visitors can also now have their picture taken by our Giant's Camera and send it to themselves by email. We have revamped our unique Mouse Town, so visitors can experience the family of mice in a whole new light. We also have new animals in ‘Alfie & Friends’, our animal zone, including our new rare breed pigs who look like sheep with their curly coats! And we have a new ice cream kiosk in our adventure playground - called 'All Things Nice' - selling soft ice cream, slush, lovely coffee and much more."

You can buy discount tickets to the Farm here.


News item added 28 August 2017

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