Alpaca Feeding and Duck Racing at Fairytale Farm

We visited an interesting place today called Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton. Not as well-known as the neighbouring Cotswold Farm Park: it’s more of a petting farm than a working farm and sells itself as a ‘sensory and learning wonderland for all the family’ with ‘everything accessible, everybody welcome.’

It certainly is unique and well worth a visit, especially for families with under 5s and those with disabled children as it’s very much aimed at people of all ages with disabilities. It has an abundance of weird and wonderful things to see and do including: a sensory area, enchanted walk, meeting and feeding the animals including alpacas, rabbits, pigs and goats. It also has a ‘Mouse Town’, outdoor and indoor play area, sandpit and café.

Ed particularly enjoyed feeding the animals, although he was a bit scared of some of them! He also loved a ‘Duck Race’ water contraption which he probably could have stayed playing for ages. It was great as it was next to a picnic area so parents can sit and watch their children as they play.

Fairytale Farm was opened in 2013 and has gradually developed since then with more features being added all the time. Coming soon is a new Fairy Dell and Jurassic Walk along with new changing rooms and a Wilderness Walk.

Owners, Nick and Nicola Laister, whose eldest daughter Olivia has cerebral palsy, had always wanted to visit an attraction that catered equally to children with and without disabilities. Fairytale Farm was the UK’s first visitor attraction to put disabled children first in its design and layout – but I can imagine it is loved by children (and adults) of all abilities.

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