Rare breed woolly pigs arrive at Fairytale Farm
Fairytale Farm has welcomed its newest and most unusual arrival: three rare breed woolly pigs.
Owner Nick Laister comments: "Our three new girls are already a favourite with our staff because they are so gorgeous. With thick, woolly coats and huge floppy ears, you might be forgiven for thinking that they are sheep from a distance. But they are in fact a very rare breed of pig called Mangalitsa! They have got to be the most attractive breed of pig in the world and I think our visitors are going to fall in love with them as quickly as our staff."
Mangalitsa pigs are a very rare Hungarian breed that are unusual because they grow a thick, woolly coat similar to that of a sheep.
Nick continues: "As recently as 1993, the Mangalitsa breed was threatened with extinction, with the total worldwide population down to less than 150 sows. Thanks to a small group of dedicated breeders in Hungary, the Mangalitsa was brought back from the verge of extinction and there are now 7 female lines in the UK. We are therefore very proud to have these three beautiful girls at Fairytale Farm and we are sure that our visitors will love meeting them as they walk around our expanding animal area."
The pigs can now be seen at the Farm, which is open every day until 30th October.
News item added 10 July 2016
Dads go half price on Father's Day
Is your dad a show-off like our Daddy Turkey? Well tell him that dads go HALF PRICE at Fairytale Farm this Father's Day!*
Get ready for a fantastic day at the Farm this Father’s Day and take advantage of our special offer! This year we are giving every dad HALF PRICE ENTRY to Fairytale Farm when accompanied by one full paying person, valid only on Father’s Day (Sunday 19th June).
*Each family entering the park must include at least one adult and one child.
News item added 16 June 2016
The Easter Bunny is Coming!
The Easter Bunny will be hopping along to Fairytale Farm and taking up residence once again in the Farm's Giant Rabbit Burrow every day through the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (25th to 28th March). His basket of eggs is filling up in readiness for the opening at 10am on Good Friday, so come along and meet him. He will be telling a new Easter tale and every child who visits the Burrow will get a golden Easter egg. There are lots more egg-citing activities at Fairytale Farm this Easter, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter colouring and a chance to get creative decorating your own delicious cookie egg.
Entry to the Giant Rabbit Burrow is an additional £3 per child, but all other Easter activities are free! We are open 10am to 5pm right through the Easter weekend. More details here.
You can also buy discount park entry tickets here. Tickets to the Giant rabbit Burrow can be purchased on arrival at the admissions desk.
Picnic time for teddy bears
It is picnic time for teddy bears again at Fairytale Farm this May Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May 2016) as we once again hold our popular Teddy Bears Picnic event.
Every child who brings a teddy bear to Fairytale Farm will receive a £1 gift voucher on entry that can be spent on anything at the Farm.
The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the picnic itself, which will be held at 1pm. Anybody can join in with the picnic, but any child who has brought along a teddy can buy a special discounted lunch box to share with their teddy bear at the picnic - or you can just bring along your own picnic.
Fairytale Farm's own storytelling teddy bear (pictured, right) will be joining in at the picnic and will entertain the children with a short story about a bear who receives the perfect gift.
We will also be holding a Best Dressed Teddy Bear competition, which will be judged by the storytelling teddy bear during the picnic.
All the other usual Fairytale Farm activities will be taking place - and your teddy bear can join in!
There is no extra charge for the event and discount tickets are available online: http://goo.gl/S02tsj
News item added 26 April 2016
Part-time gardener and handyman wanted
Do you like gardening and are you looking for a new challenge? Then get in touch with Fairytale Farm. We are looking for a part time gardener/handyman to work approximately 2.5 days a week.
Duties will include groundskeeping, use of garden machinery, general day-to-day indoor and outdoor maintenance.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Farm on 01608 238014 and ask for Edwina. Download a detailed job description here.
Added 1 March 2016