Fairytale Farm's lights go snap happy
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.
News item added 5 October 2016
Spooky goings on at Fairytale Farm this Halloween
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
Walking with Alpacas returns for the summer holidays
Walking with Alpacas returns to Fairytale Farm in 2016 on selected dates through the school summer holidays. For a small additional charge you can walk with these truly magical animals around a specially created trail. The dates for 2016 are:
28th July and 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th,18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th August.
The sessions are at 12 noon and 3pm, with access from the Huff and Puff adventure playground. Charge is £2 per person walking. Each walk will be escorted by an experienced animal handler and parents can accompany young children on the walk.
News item added 11 July 2016
Alien Alert: Fairytale Farm's third Sci-Fi Weekend ready for blast off
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!
News item added 7 August 2016
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