Nightmare Farm: The fairytale is over!
Fairytale Farm will be turning down the lights and switching on the scares with a special Halloween event aimed at older children and adults. The event is called Nightmare Farm and sees the fairytale come to an end when the Enchanted Walk is turned into a giant outdoor horror maze with live actors prowling around with only one thing on their mind: to terrify visitors!
The horror maze is based around the legend of Southcombe Abbey, which reputedly stood on the site of Fairytale Farm, but was destroyed by fire several hundred years ago. The ghosts of the lost souls still haunt the Enchanted Walk after dark, but only on 31st October and 1st/2nd November each year. A monk, who guards the site of the abbey at Halloween each year, will help take visitors to safety, but it means walking right through the middle of the most haunted part of the site!
Owner Nick Laister explains: "We held our unique Halloween event last year and the feedback was so good that we are going to do it again, but bigger and better and with more scares. Visitors will be taken on a late-night adventure as an old monk guides people through the most haunted part of the site to safety - we hope! In the horror maze they will meet a possessed flower seller, some horrible scarecrows, vampires, zombies, a not very friendly circus clown plus a gardener from the 17th Century who has an unpleasant use for his spade. Plus some surprises. We challenge people to make it from one end of the Enchanted Walk to the other without screaming. Nobody has done it yet."
The walks will be taking place approximately every 20 minutes between 6.30pm and 10pm on three evenings from 31st October to 2nd November.
Nick adds: "This event is not suitable for younger children or those who are of a sensitive disposition. The actors will not touch anybody, but will be doing their best to scare people silly. But don't worry, the little ones are catered for with our daytime event. We will be offering child-friendly Halloween fun from 10am to 5pm with free games and activities for younger children. We also have face-painting and pumpkin carving and if visitors come dressed up for the occasion they will receive a free treat. And just before we close at 5pm ready for the evening maze, we will switch on our fantastic illuminations and light up the Enchanted Walk in a blaze of colour. Our Halloween events - day and night - will be memorable."
Please note that the playground and animal areas will not be open in the evenings, but our cafe and shop will remain open throughout the evening Halloween event.
News item added 5 October 2014
Our illuminated evenings return from 6th September
We will be illuminating our popular Enchanted Walk again this year every Saturday and Sunday evening in September and October, plus during the October half term, and we will stay open until two hours after dusk each day.
The park will be open all day as normal, but when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will delight children and adults. The Mermaid Garden, Giant's Camera, The Extinct Band, Giant Party Poppers, and Light Fountains will be a blaze of colour and the Hex Water Fountain will be lit in ever changing colours. We also have new and updated features that were not part of last year's line-up.
We have a new mermaid, who lights up internally and looks beautiful, and our new Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel displays will excite children. There is an all-new Extinct Band, who are brighter and more colourful than ever.
Normal admission prices apply during the day, and visitors can stay on and watch the lights in the evening. For visitors arriving after 5pm, there will be a discounted entry price of £2 for adults and £1.75 for children and senior citizens, which will allow access to all the sections of the farm until dusk, and the illuminated sensory trail after dusk. The Beanstalk Cafe will be open throughout with a choice of hot and cold snacks.
The adventure playground and animal areas will close at dusk as the lights come on, so be sure to arrive in good time so you don't miss all that Fairytale Farm has to offer in the daylight. Our reduced price admission after 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays means that there is time to see the whole park in the daylight before the lights are switched on, which is great value. And, don't forget, our annual pass holders can visit for free, as many times as they like.
We are open every day until 2 November with the illuminations being switched on every Saturday and Sunday at dusk and throughout the October half term. See photographs of last year's display here. (Note that the illuminations will not be available after 5pm on 31 October and 1st/2nd November because of our Halloween event).
News item added 1 September 2014
Mouse Town arrives at Fairytale Farm
A brand new indoor attraction opens at Fairytale Farm on 26th July 2014: 'Mouse Town'. This beautifully crafted model village is located inside a former stable building and features a quaint English rural town, complete with shops, church, houses, village pond and jail. But what makes it different from other model villages is that it is home to a family of mice who can be seen going about their daily business.
Adults will be impressed with the attention to detail in this stunning model town, built by craftsmen. Children will love watching our family of white and grey mice scampering around, looking out of windows, shopping in the butchers and cheese shop and visiting the spooky graveyard.
Such is the incredible detail of the model town, children are challenged to spot interesting features in the Town, such as 'The Cat in the Jail', 'A Penny Farthing', 'Cheese in the Window' and a 'Hot Air Balloon'.
Mouse Town will open at 10am on Saturday 26th July, and is one of the many attractions that are free once you have entered Fairytale Farm. It will stay open every day until 2nd November.
News item added 18 July 2014
Aliens to invade Fairytale Farm this weekend
Fairytale Farm is being invaded by TV's most frightening aliens on Saturday and Sunday 2nd/3rd August when the farm park holds a special Sci-Fi Weekend in aid of charity. The aim of the weekend is to raise money for Helen & Douglas House and Sue Ryder, and there will be opportunities to donate to either or both charities at various places around the farm.
Owner Nick Laister explains what visitors might find when they visit the farm this weekend: "Fairytale Farm has had a fantastic start to the summer, with our new attractions all proving very popular with visitors. So we thought we would do something completely and utterly different - if not a little crazy - and allow ourselves to be invaded by the scariest alien race in the universe and their friends. Although the creatures may be frightening, it is all in a good cause, as we are supporting two charities that are close to our hearts. And we are not going to reveal the identities of the aliens that will be visiting as that will spoil the surprise, but what I can say is that these are some of the most famous and iconic monsters you will see on your TV screens."
The Sci-Fi Weekend runs from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The alien line-up will change slightly for the two days, so visit on both days to see the full line-up - if you dare! Put the date in your diary now!
News item added 27 July 2014
Sleeping Beauty comes to Fairytale Farm
The magical fairytale character Sleeping beauty has arrived at Fairytale Farm in a new display on our Fairytale Street. You can see her peacefully sleeping in her beautiful castle awaiting her prince. We have also opened the Hansel and Gretel scene, which pictures the moment when the witch climbs inside the oven to show Gretel how it is done.
The sets have been designed and built by theatre designer, Rhyannon Richardson, and have taken several months of design, preparation and construction. They opened for the first time on Easter Saturday and were an instant hit with our visitors.
Easter Monday is your last chance to visit the Easter Bunny in the Giant Rabbit Burrow. The Burrow is open from 10am to 4.30pm on Easter Monday (with a lunch break), so come and visit, meet the Bunny, listen to a lovely Easter story and come away with a golden egg.
News item added 20 April 2014