Chipping Norton area farm named England's fastest-growing farm attraction

Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton has been named as England's fastest-growing farm attraction, according to the annual survey of visits to visitor attractions, just published by Visit England.
Fairytale Farm near Chipping NortonFairytale Farm near Chipping Norton
Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton

The results from this survey are reported annually, providing an overview of the visitor attraction sector. The newly-published figures, which are for the full 2019 season, show Fairytale Farm's visitors grew by 56 per cent between 2018 and 2019, to 37,825.

Fairytale Farm owner, Nick Laister, who last week was made an honorary member of the Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, said: "2019 seems such a long time ago now, but this is a fantastic result and is all thanks to the amazing team of people who run our unique farm.

"We started from small beginnings when we were opened by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, in 2013, with only just over 11,000 visitors. Since then we have steadily grown, as we have added new attractions, such as our Snow White Garden, our dancing water fountains, our seasonal events and lots of new animals to meet."

Nicola and Nick Laister the owners of Fairytale Farm located near Chipping NortonNicola and Nick Laister the owners of Fairytale Farm located near Chipping Norton
Nicola and Nick Laister the owners of Fairytale Farm located near Chipping Norton

Fairytale Farm was the first mainstream visitor attraction to be designed around the needs of children with special needs, but accessible to all.

Nick adds: "2020 has been a very difficult year for us, as I know it has been for all seasonal attractions. We have had to rely on a GoFundMe campaign to feed our animals through the two lockdowns as we have had to temporarily close, but we have got through thanks to the flexibility and support of our team and the many people who donated.

"We are currently using the lockdown to prepare for what will be our most magical Christmas Fairytale experience yet when we reopen in December. And we are pledging that we will refund tickets in full if we can't open for the festivities."

The Annual Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions is an official statistic and is produced in adherence with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009).

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Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton

Fairytale Farm is planning to reopen on December 3 and the Christmas Fairytale event will start on December 5.

The Fairytale Farm is located on the A44 (Oxford to Chipping Norton road), just outside Chipping Norton. It is a farm park visitor attraction based around six zones: Jack's Yard; the Enchanted Walk; Fairy Dell; Huff & Puff Adventure Playground; Alfie & Friends Animal Zone; and Wilderness Walk.

For more information see their website here: www.fairytalefarm.co.uk or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fairytalefarm/The farm will be open everyday from December 3 to 24 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).