If you are up for a fun activity with your kids in the area of Southcombe, then you’ve got to add Fairytale Farm to your itinerary. Just outside of Chipping Norton, this charming farm mixes classic fairy tales with fun and sensory learning activities for kids of all ages. The key to having a pleasant experience is to visit on a day when the weather is agreeable as the attractions are mostly outdoors.
Altogether, it the place to visit in Oxfordshire for a fun family day out!
Fairytale Farm is located in Southcombe, near Chipping Norton in county Oxfordshire, England. It is a wonderful outdoors attraction park, where families and animal lovers can spend much quality time with their children. In essence, it offers an intriguing route through 6 zones, each of which is thematically different to the others.
The six zones are:
- Jack’s Yard – explore a variety of fairy tales and visit the indoor play area.
- Enchanted Walk – a fairy-tale walk with sensory experiences.
- Fairy Dell – includes a weather fairy and weather wonderland station.
- Huff and Puff – a superb adventure playground area.
- Alfie & Friends – this is where you can meet and pet a variety of animals.
- Wilderness Walk – includes a bird feeding station and a giant vegetable patch.
All in all, while the fairy-tale part of this attraction is geared towards toddlers to 7-year-olds, older children will still enjoy the visit, thanks to the petting zoo and the option of feeding the animals.
Fairytale Farm opening hours
Fairytale Farm is open 7 days a week. In addition, Fairytale Farm is open every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
It is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. On Illuminated Evenings in October and November, the opening hours may be extended.
Fairytale Farm activities
Since we were most excited about the animals, that’s were we started, in Zone 5: Alfie & friends.
There were many different types of food available for the animals. And what great value at a mere 50p a bag!
So make sure to bring some spare change, as the kid-in-us-all finds it hard to resist feeding the animals.
Along with the sheep, you’ll also get a chance to feed and pet 4 goats.
Next, you’ll come across a curly coated pig – a real character.
Then, another firm favourite, you’ll encounter some donkeys which just love to be petted.
However, Alfie the Alpaca is by far the most popular animal.
Apart from the above-mentioned animals, you’ll also have the opportunity to see rabbits, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, lambs, chicken, rheas (large South American birds), turkeys, other pig varieties, and ponies.
As you can see, Fairytale Farm is home to many animals.
Next we moved on to Fairy Dell, where you can ask the weather fairy to update you on the weather.
In the Huff & Puff Zone, you’ll find exciting slides, swings and more. You can even have a rubber duck race.
In the Enchanted Walk zone, you can listen to fairy tales along your walk.
For instance, there is a Mermaid garden which you can visit.
Or you can play an interactive game – have fun learning about water, water dams and channels.
Other activities include visiting the Giant’s Camera to have your picture taken, perform on the musical chimes and much more.
In the Jack’s Yard zone, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Snow White Garden and Mouse Town.
All in all, Fairytale Farm offered a memorable experience!
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