New Rhea hatched

Photograph of newly hatched RheaOur first Rhea hatched today. The egg was given to us by Dartmoor Zoo. Here is a picture of it about 10 minutes after hatching. Amazing to think it will grow 5 feet tall! We will follow the Rhea's progress on this website and on our Facebook page.

On Thursday, just two days ago, two little chickens also hatched. We actually watched them hatch in front of our eyes! They will join our existing 26 chickens. Our most interesting chicken is a beautiful Silkie from China called 'Lucky'.

For more photos of our new arrivals, click here. And there are loads more photos of these animals and other developments at Fairytale Farm on our Facebook page:

News item added: 6 August 2011

Thank you for your support

Bon Giovi at the Cotswold Music FestivalA big thank you to everybody who supported the Cotswold Music Festival yesterday. The day was a great success and a real family day out with fantastic weather and great music.

Nick and Nicola would like to say a special thank you to Noel and Sandra for organising the event. We never doubted that you could pull it off, and you certainly did. Thanks also to Tim Busby for his help and support, including designing the festival website, to the Air Cadets for keeping the car park under control and to all the bands and their crew for putting on a brilliant show. And last but by no means least, thanks to our two volunteers, Julie and Katie, for manning the entrance gates and checking tickets respectively.

There are some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

News item added: 31 July 2011

Only two weeks to go!

News item added: 16 July 2011alt

Only two weeks to go until our biggest event of 2011, the Cotswold Music Festival. Raising funds for the Fairytale Farm project, the Music Festival is taking place on 30th July 2011 at Southcombe Farm, on the A44 just outside Chipping Norton. The event will feature bands such as the Backbeat Beatles, Stereosonics, The Fuss, Weatherwax, Colour Change for Camouflage, Ten Twenty Six and Burning Ice. There is a licensed bar, pig roast, barbeque, candy floss, popcorn, soft drinks, children's activities, funfair rides, bouncy castle, fun bus and craft stalls. Cotswold Music Festival

Tickets are available from until Thursday 28th July and tickets will also be available to buy at the gate on the day from 9.30am on Saturday morning.

Help us complete Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm still needs to raise another £200,000 to allow us to complete the project. Our focus is now moving on to securing sponsorship from companies who might be able to help us reach our target. We are also looking for contractors who can help us install animal enclosures, lay paths and erect a new building to create some indoor space. If you can help or would like to sponsor the project, please contact us on 01608 646279 or

News item addedd 20 July 2011

Final Chipping Norton Car Boot Sale

The final Car Boot Sale to be held at Southcombe Farm near Chipping Norton will start at 8am on Saturday 23rd July 2011. After this, we have the Cotswold Music Festival on the 30th July and then we close our gates to enable us to concentrate on building Fairytale Farm. So if you still have those items in the loft that you know you will never use again, this is your last chance to sell them at our car boot sale and help to raise funds for Fairytale Farm. We hope to see you there!

News item added: 15 July 2011

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