Visit Santa at Fairytale Farm this December
Santa returns to Fairytale Farm this Christmas on weekends from 5th December to 20th December and daily 21st to 24th December.
At the Farm's magical 'Christmas Fairytale' event, children can meet Santa in his indoor fairytale grotto and receive a present, join in with various festive activities, enjoy all the usual Fairytale Farm attractions and see our enchanting Christmas lights, which are bigger and better for 2015.
Owner Nick Laister says that this year's event will be even more fun-packed than last year's: "Last year many people told us that our grotto was the best they had ever seen, and we do believe that we have a Christmas experience with a difference. There are lots of humorous touches to our grotto and the rest of the farm, which should appeal to adults as well as children, as we want the whole family to get into the Christmas spirit at Fairytale Farm."
Special activities include Christmas cookie decorating, Santa's Christmas hunt and mulled wine and mince pies for the parents.
The animal areas and adventure playground will be open until dusk, after which we switch on our Christmas lights, creating a wonderland of colour.
Nick adds: "This will be a truly magical event which will create special memories. Our spectacular Christmas lights will be bigger and better this year with some new surprises that those who visited last year won't have seen. With a warm and cosy grotto, lots of seasonal activities for the whole family, our unique Christmas lights and all the other usual farm attractions, we believe we have the best Christmas event in the area."
Grotto tickets are £4.95, plus normal farm admission, and this includes Santa visit, gift, Christmas cookie decorating plus the mince pie and mulled wine for the parents. Non-farm visitors can still meet Santa for £7.50. Buy discounted tickets here.
Please note that Mouse Town - which has been specially themed for Christmas - will only be open between 12.30 and 1.30pm.
News item added 22 November 2015
Half-term Halloween fun at Fairytale Farm
Our family-friendly Halloween event runs right through the October half term holiday, from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st October, 10am to 5pm (two hours after dusk at weekends) with our spectacular illuminations switched on every evening as darkness falls. 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. All you have to do is post your selfie, taken somewhere on Fairytale Farm, onto our Facebook page. The most scare-tastic photo, as judged by our staff, will win the annual pass. And as a bonus, everybody who enters into the 'spirit' of Halloween by coming dressed up will get a special chocolate treat.
Click the image above for more information.
News item added 11 October 2015
We are lighting up our gardens *EXTENDED*
*EXTENDED: Now lighting up every weekend in November and December right up to Christmas Eve!* We are currently illuminating our Enchanted Walk gardens for our special late-night Illuminated Evenings every Saturday and Sunday in September and October - plus every evening through the entire October half-term week. We will be switching on our fantastic lights at sunset, turning our gardens into a magical wonderland of colours and excitement. Make sure you arrive well before dusk so that you can make the most of the rest of the farm before it gets dark, as only the Enchanted Walk, Mouse Town and the Cafe remain open from dusk onwards. More information is on our Events Page.
News item added 30 August 2015
We are crowdfunding!
Help us make the fairytale come true. Fairytale Farm is crowdfunding from 1 February to 31 March 2016. During this period, you can contribute to our next phase of development and receive unique rewards.
To contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, go to our Indiegogo site:
Fairytale Farm is the first mainstream visitor attraction where everything has been designed for children with disabilities - but that can be enjoyed by everybody - and where no pre-booking is required. You can read our full story here. We have achieved a phenomenal amount since the Prime Minister, David Cameron, cut the ribbon in 2013, but there is a lot more to do and we need your help to achieve it.
In exchange for your support, we are offering a range of rewards and incentives that are not available to anyone else. These include branded gifts, unique farm visits, animal keeper experiences, a VIP party, opportunities to immortalise yourself on the sensory trail and lifetime passes with exciting perks. Read more about our rewards here.
We are trying to raise £91,500 for the following projects, all of which we aim to implement over the next 24 months:
• Two new interactive themed areas based on fairies and dinosaurs;
• Upgrading our existing cafe to make it more appealing and to enable it to be used for a variety of functions;
• Installing new chairs and tables in the cafe;
• Hoist for disabled children;
• Installing an interactive sound system for the Sea Creatures and Party Poppers on our Enchanted Walk;
• Creating a unique, interactive 'Giant's Camera', which takes photos and instantly posts on Facebook;
• Activity panels with things that can be turned, touched, make noise, etc;
• Giant willow tunnel over light fountains, so that the lights can be used all day long to create a colourful, moving light show;
• Creating a raised sandpit for wheelchair users;
• Animal handling building to allow animal petting in adverse weather and shelter for school groups;
• New toilet block at bottom of site
• Hay barn and feed store for the animal area;
• Automated water system for animals;
• Complete our new cafe building and party rooms, fit out and furnish;
• Create new enclosures/aviaries/buildings for small animal displays, e.g. birds, ferrets; and
• Extension to the Huff and Puff Adventure Playground to create a new toddlers playground to include new toddlers climbing equipment, special all-ability pedal tractor track and toddlers sandpit.
To contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, go to our Indiegogo site:
"We can't take Fairytale Farm to the next level without this funding. £91,500 means we can introduce these important new attractions and facilities that will significantly improve our visitors' experience."
Nick Laister, Founder of Fairytale Farm
News item added 1 October 2015
Sci-Fi Weekend Returns to Fairytale Farm
Fairytale Farm is being invaded by TV's most frightening aliens again this summer, on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th August, when the farm park holds its second Sci-Fi Weekend in aid of charity. The aim of the weekend is to raise money for a local charity called Let's Play Banbury, which supports local disabled children, and there will be opportunities to donate to the charity at various places around the farm.
We will have some of the most famous aliens on TV and film roaming around the park all day, with lots of photo opportunities. View a Photo Gallery of last year's event here.
The Sci-Fi Weekend runs from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Put the date in your diary now!
News item added 31 July 2015