Fairytale Farm ready for a sparkling Christmas

Santa and elves in Grotto

Fairytale Farm has announced details of its 2016 Christmas Fairytale event. Our Christmas Fairytale is on Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd December to 18th December and then daily 19th to 24th December. Click here to buy discount tickets online.

Owner Nick Laister says that the Fairytale Farm team has been working right through the year to make the 2016 Christmas Fairytale the best ever: "We have new Christmas activities and new and improved Christmas lights and some changes to our grotto. We have a magical illuminated grotto entrance, and every parent of a child who visits Santa will get a mince pie and mulled wine."

Nick adds: "Visitors of all ages will be able to join in with various festive activities, enjoy all the usual Fairytale Farm attractions and see our enchanting Christmas lights. Special Christmas activities include Christmas cookie decorating, a chance to find clues to discover Santa's favourite Christmas carol and Christmas colouring. But the highlight for every child is sure to be the visit to see Santa in his indoor fairytale grotto where they will be able to have a chat with the man himself and receive a lovely present from Santa's workshop. 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."

The animal areas and adventure playground will be open until dusk, after which we switch on our Christmas lights, creating a wonderland of colour.

Grotto tickets are £5.20, plus normal farm admission, and this includes Santa visit, gift, Christmas cookie decorating plus the mince pie and mulled wine for the parents and all the other Christmas activities that the whole family can join in. Non-farm visitors can still meet Santa for £7.99.

Please note that Mouse Town - which has been specially themed for Christmas - will be open between 12.30 and 1.30pm each day.

News item added 26 November 2016

Injured witch found at Fairytale Farm

The owners of Fairytale Farm made an unexpected and somewhat spooky discovery this morning: a crashed witch.

Witch crashing into a tree

Owner Nick Laister says: "I was up early this morning getting the Farm ready for our Halloween event, which opens today. I was walking past our wishing well carrying some pumpkins to our pumpkin carving stable when I noticed something in the trees. It looked like a hat and broom tangled in the branches. However, on closer inspection I was shocked to find that it was actually a witch, who had obviously accidentally crashed into the tree. You can see her hat, her hair, her body and her legs, as well as her broomstick.  It appears that she might not have been looking where she was going. I think she might have been texting whilst flying, which is a very silly thing to do. I have taken a photograph of her and it appears that she is real."

The witch has remained tangled in the tree, as Nick explains: "We are all too scared to move her as we don't know whether she might cast a spell on us. So we have left her there for all to see, and we have erected a warning sign for other witches. We are going to leave her in the tree until our Halloween event finishes on 30th October, after which we are going to climb up the tree and try to remove her."

Nick adds: "We are advising all of our visitors to stay well clear of the witch until Halloween has finished as we don't know what wicked ideas she might have. So please look but don't touch. And if anybody spots her waking up, please tell a member of staff."

The family-friendly Halloween event runs from 22nd to 30th October 2016. Farm Manager, Edwina Fawcett, says: "We have lots of Halloween activities going on all week. Carve your own pumpkin lantern, get your face painted into a spooky Halloween character, decorate a bat biscuit or a pumpkin-shaped cookie and get creative in our colouring corner and enter the on-site competition."

Edwina adds: "If you come dressed up in a Halloween costume, you can win a free family annual pass in our Post-a-Scary-Selfie competition. And as a bonus, everybody who enters into the 'spirit' of Halloween by coming dressed up will get a special chocolate treat."

Fairytale Farm's spectacular illuminations will be switched on every Saturday and Sunday evening as darkness falls for a 'spookylluminated' end to the day!

News item added 22 October 2016

Spooky goings on at Fairytale Farm this Halloween

Witch and Storybook Castle

Fairytale Farm’s family-friendly Halloween event runs right through the October half term holiday, from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2016, 10am to 5pm (two hours after dusk at weekends).

We have lots of Halloween activities going on all week. Carve your own pumpkin lantern, get your face painted into a spooky Halloween character, decorate a bat biscuit or a pumpkin-shaped cookie and get creative in our colouring corner and enter the on-site competition.

If you come dressed up in a Halloween costume, you can win a free family annual pass in our Post-a-Scary-Selfie competition. And as a bonus, everybody who enters into the 'spirit' of Halloween by coming dressed up will get a special chocolate treat. 

As a bonus, our spectacular illuminations will be switched on every Saturday and Sunday evening as darkness falls for a 'spookylluminated' end to the day!

Buy your discounted tickets online here 

News item added 18 September 2016

Fairytale Farm's lights go snap happy

Photo of the new Giant's Camera illuminated feature

Fairytale Farm will be unveiling its brand new illuminated features when the park switches on its popular autumn light display on Saturday 15th October. The highlight is a new fairytale-themed 'Giant's Camera', one of the Farm's biggest single investments to date, which comes complete with illuminated tableaux showing a friendly giant in various poses, taken with a camera so large that you would have to be a giant to use it.

The not-to-be-missed Illuminated Evenings are on Saturdays and Sundays from 15th October to 18th December 2016, and every day from 19th December to 24th December. The entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will delight children and adults.

Also sporting a new look this year is our enchanting mermaid fountain, who now gleams in water-kissed gold and is a magical centrepiece to the illuminated gardens, and we have lots of new interactive features.

To view a photo gallery of this year's illuminated display, click here and to see a video of the illuminations from the air, click here

News item added 5 October 2016

Alien Alert: Fairytale Farm's third Sci-Fi Weekend ready for blast off

Aliens at Fairytale Farm

Aliens will be invading Fairytale Farm once again for our third charity Sci-Fi Weekend. If you visit the Farm on Saturday or Sunday 13th or 14th August, you will find it has been taken over by aliens from TV and the movies, but even the baddies are friendly!

The Farm will have a sci-fi theme throughout the weekend, with costumed creatures roaming the different zones, and your opportunity to be photographed with many famous sci-fi characters. We will be fundraising for Let's Play Banbury, which specialises in the provision of play and leisure opportunities for disabled young people aged 5 – 18 years ol, so please come along and give generously in the collection boxes

The weekend proved very popular in 2014 and 2015, and many of our visitors decided to dress up as well.This year, anybody dressing up as a sci-fi character will get 20% off the admission price, so get creative!

See photographs of last year's event here.

News item added 7 August 2016

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