UK's first permanent, visitor activated dancing fountains open at Fairytale Farm

Dancing fountains

Oxfordshire's Fairytale Farm has successfully opened the UK's first permanent dancing fountains that are operated by visitors, designed and built by owner Nick Laister's 24-year-old son Guy.

Owner Nick Laister explains: "This is a big investment for Fairytale Farm and has taken us over a year to build. Our brand new Dancing Fountains are open and are making a splash with our visitors. The cascading water jets provide a beautifully choreographed display to the music, and initial visitor feedback is fantastic. This unique show will perform on-demand all day long - our visitors just press the button and can enjoy it as many times as they like!"

Nick believes that this is the first visitor-activated dancing fountain attraction in the UK: "There are a small number of dancing fountain attractions in the UK, which commonly provide a show at regular intervals. We believe that ours is the first that is actually controlled by the visitor. Our visitors decide when they want to watch the show - it is a truly on-demand experience."

The dancing fountain show lasts for around a minute, and can be viewed an unlimited number of times during the day.

Nick explains that the attraction was designed and built in-house: "The fountains are a rebuild of our old Hex Fountain, which was a standard hexagonal-shaped, single fountain that has operated at the Farm since 2013. We retired it at the end of the 2016 season and started work on a complete rebuild of the fountain. My son, Guy, designed the computer-controlled jet system and built the entire fountain system himself throughout 2017. We did some initial testing in our 2017 October illuminations for one day, and then spent the winter undertaking improvements to ensure that the show is as spectacular (and reliable) as possible."

The fountain display is made up of 12  jets, and will be operating right through the 2018 season as a centrepiece in Fairytale Farm's Enchanted Walk area. The fountains will also form part of Fairytale Farm's 2018 illuminations display. Nick says: "Our next development of the fountains will be to add additional music, so that visitors can actually choose which tune they want to see the fountains dance to. And in October, the fountains will form part of our Illuminated Evenings display. We are very excited about that." 

You can pre-book tickets to Fairytale Farm here.  

News item added 3rd April 2018

Giant Vegetable Patch is open for budding young gardeners!

Kailee playing on the Giant Vegetable Patch

We opened our brand new Giant Vegetable Patch over the Easter weekend - and from the photograph on the right it looks like it has been a giant hit! Here is one of our visitors, Kailee, enjoying getting her gloves dirty, digging up vegetables. The Vegetable Patch will be open for all budding gardeners right through the Easter holidays.

This is one of several new attractions that we have just launched at Fairytale Farm. Press a button and watch our new interactive Dancing Musical Fountains giving a unique water display. You can also now have your photograph taken by the Giant's Camera and post it direct to Facebook, or email it to yourself. You can also visit the new-look Giant Rabbit Burrow and meet our adorable family of baby guinea pigs at 11am and 2pm every day through the Easter holidays.

All our other attractions are open, including Rubber Duck Racing, Niagara Falls Water Play, Mouse Town, the Enchanted Walk, the Sandpit, Huff & Puff Adventure Playground - and our star attraction: Alfie & Friends Animal Zone. It really is fun on the Farm this Easter!

You can buy discount tickets online here.

News item added 2nd April 2018

It's all about Mum at Fairytale Farm


Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a fun day at the farm.

To make it extra special we will be giving every mum HALF PRICE entry into the farm throughout Mother’s Day Weekend (10th and 11th March 2018)  when accompanied by one full paying person.

And that's not all. Get creative decorating a special love heart-shaped cookie - to show your mum that she is special. Also, because mums love flowers on Mother’s Day, get crafty in our workshop and make her a special flower. All completely free!

If you want to do something different this Mother’s Day then come along to Fairytale Farm. You can buy discount tickets here - scroll down for the special Mother's Day half price tickets.

An Easter event with a difference!

Advert for 2018 Easter event

Fairytale Farm's unique Easter event is back for 2018, and we have loads of new attractions for you to see.

Buy discounted tickets for the Easter Weekend here.

For the Easter Weekend itself (Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018), visitors can explore our new-look Giant Rabbit Burrow and meet the Easter Bunny, who will tell an Easter story, and every child will receive a full size Easter egg. We also have a Golden Egg Hunt, running throughout the Easter Weekend. The Easter Bunny has hidden six golden eggs somewhere on our Enchanted Walk trail - find their location and win a chocolate prize.

We have various other activities over the Easter Weekend, and these will continue right through the two-week Easter school holiday. There is a chance for children and adults to pet our adorable baby rabbits and guinea pigs (you won't want to give them back!). There will be egg-shaped cookies to decorate inside the Beanstalk Cafe, an opportunity to colour our Easter pictures in the Play Room and visitors can create an Easter lamb in our craft corner. 

You can also explore our new-for-2018 attractions this Easter holiday, including the interactive musical dancing water fountains, a new-look Giant Rabbit Burrow and the first section of a brand new area of the Farm, called Wilderness Walk. Our Giant’s Camera has also been revamped so you can now post your photograph on Facebook, as well as emailing it to yourself, and it is completely free.

With the exception of meeting the Easter Bunny, all activities are completely free. A visit to meet the Easter Bunny is £3.50 per child, including Bunny Tale and Easter Egg. (Standard farm admission charges apply).

You can buy tickets to the Giant Rabbit Burrow here, along with discount farm admission tickets for the Easter Weekend.

News item added 18th March 2018

Jobs at Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm - Mixing classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play, this acclaimed visitor attraction is family-owned and was opened by the Prime Minister in 2013. Today we welcome almost 30,000 visitors every year. Our aim is to provide our visitors with a wonderful family experience that represents a good value for money day out in a safe, family-friendly and disabled-friendly environment.

Our amazing staff in the Beanstalk cafe












With our exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet our amazing animals, there is so much to see and do. It is a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family. 

If you are enthusiastic, friendly and work well in a team, then come and join us. We recruit throughout the year and we keep our vacancies updated on this page.

We set ourselves very high standards of guest satisfaction, and this is essential for us to be able to continue to receive the positive feedback on which we have built this business. We are looking for people who can help us deliver this, whether it is a part-time role in school or university holiday periods or if you are looking for a career change, or just something to keep you busy. You only have to be 'young at heart' to work at Fairytale Farm!

Current Vacancies

Cafe Assistant - Saturdays and Sundays
Cafe assistant needed for Saturdays and Sundays (either both days or one of the days) 9am to 5:30pm during the season from February to Christmas Eve. Some experience would be helpful, but not essential as training will be given. Simply email, setting out your availability, and we will be in touch, or for more information please telephone 01608 238014 and ask for Edwina.

Student Holiday Jobs
We are currently looking to recruit staff to work in university/college holidays at Fairytale Farm to help out in the cafe, admissions, ice cream kiosk and elsewhere on the Farm. Full-time and part-time positions available for Easter and the main summer holidays and would suit university and college students. Simply email, setting out your availability, and we will be in touch, or for more information please telephone 01608 238014 and ask for Edwina.

Weekend and Holiday Jobs
We are currently looking to recruit staff to work at weekends and holidays during busy periods throughout the year to help out in the cafe, admissions, ice cream kiosk and elsewhere on the Farm. Positions available starting immediately. These jobs would suit anybody who has an interest in providing outstanding customer service, and would suit local people and students. Simply email, setting out your availability, and we will be in touch, or for more information please telephone 01608 238014 and ask for Edwina.

News item added 10 February 2018

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