If you want to mix classic fairytales, adventure and sensory play and farm animals, then Fairytale Farm is your place. The reviews about this place are quite mixed; I will share our experience here. You can also watch our REEL ON INSTAGRAM
The farm is divided into four main zones
Jack’s yard: A wishing well is right at the entrance. There is a beanstalk, climbing high into the sky where you can milk Daisy the Cow, right next to the beanstalk, and hear her go ‘moo’. Snow White is also standing in her Garden, along with the life-size dwarfs and Prince Charming (you can hear an audio but there is not much interaction with the figurines). There is a room with the Mother Goose’s Garden Party and mice running around in the model village. Ay loved milking the cow and spotting/ counting the mice but the rest of the area did not hold his attention.
As you come out of the Jack yard, you enter the enchanted walk for fairytale Sensory experience. To be honest, I think this area needs improvement. In the Fairytale Street, you can a peek into the windows to see one scene from the lives of some famous fairytale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Hansel and gratel. Ay was pretty happy seeing the big bad wolf in granny’s bed and the bears on the table with porridge, even it was just through a closed window, but older children will want a bit more. We liked the Sensory Garden- a place to touch, smell and see a variety of plants and flowers, listen to the hypnotic trickling of the water from the golden mermaid fountain while you spot the multi-coloured fish. We loved listening and dancing to the music of The Extinct Band of crazy musicians of animals and then took a picture with the giant camera (can be emailed/facebooked there and then, with no extra price). Special mention to the Niagara Falls Water Play- A natural environment in which children can experiment with water, water wheel, dams, water channels and water trays. Ay spent a long time here and still did not want to come out. There is also a sandpit with dinosaur fossils, ready to be dug out.
Next is the Huff and Puff Adventure Playground where kids can burn off energy. There is a climbing frame, a play castle, model harvester, nest swing and stand up sea saw was great, but the most fun for us was racing the rubber ducks along the pump-powered waterway. It was a bit difficult for Ay to pump the water to begin with, but as he got the hang of it, my ducky actually kept losing to his.
Then came Alfie and Friends, the place to interact with the animals. There is a fair collection of animal and they are named after famous books such as Mary’s little lambs, (not golden) geese and ducks, Turkey lurkie, chicken licken, magical rheas, Donkeys from the Brothers Grimm, three little piggies, Four Billy Goats Gruff, Alpacas, peacock, bunnies, guinea pigs and Shetland ponies. You can buy and feed them food (75p/bag) (including the alpaca which I had never done before). Another highlight was petting the bunnies and guinea pig.
There is also the Giant Vegetable Patch, where you can Grab a spade, get digging and learn about seasonal vegetables.
⭐️ ⭐️ Verdict ⭐️ ⭐️
✔️ It is a unique concept which has so much potential but the execution of the concept is quite basic. It caters to its audience of toddlers and young children and is good value for money for this particular age group. However, older kids will want more for sure.
✔️The place is not too big, so children can set their own pace, without feeling rushed
📌 Some areas look a bit rundown, did not smell great and cleanliness can be improved
The place is undergoing some improvement with plans for a new dinosaur-themed area, new indoor play area, Rapunzel’s Kingdom, themed around a fairytale forest, with castles, slides and fairy houses to visit, role playing and interactive features, so it will be worth seeing how it develops
🗺 Address: Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH
🎟 Fee applies (please see WEBSITE for more details)
📅 Different activities continue throughout the season (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities
🍕 Refreshments available
🐕 only guide dogs allowed
🦽 Buggy accessible
🧺 Picnic allowed
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