Ponies, furry animals and alpacas among attractions at the Fairytale Farm Festival in Chipping Norton

Ponies and furry animals to pamper and walking with alpacas are among many attractions at the Fairytale Farm Festival in Chipping Norton this summer holiday.

Pony pampering goes ahead three times a week at Fairytale Farm
Pony pampering goes ahead three times a week at Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Festival 2022 has started at Fairytale Farm and will run every day until September 4. Fairytale Farm is Oxfordshire’s No 1 farm attraction according to Trip Advisor.

The festival is the first since 2019.

Farm owner Nick Laister said: "We ran our first ever Fairytale Festival in 2018. It was such a big success that we did it again in 2019. We were all set for our third Fairytale Festival in 2020 when it had to be cancelled due to Covid.

Fairytale Farm is Oxfordshire's No 1 farm attraction according to Trip Advisor

"We didn't feel that we could operate it safely in 2021 either but we are now happy that we can finally go ahead with our third Fairytale Festival for 2022. It will be very different to previous years, with a whole range of new activities."

"It is an almost entirely outdoor event and has a packed and varying programme of games, shows and activities running all day long, all designed for families to join in with. It's going to be great fun and there won't be a dull moment,” he said.

With interactive fairy tale storytelling, a puppet show, crafts and summer games, there will be something for everyone, with activities running all day. Activities include:

Hansel & Gretel’s Cottage Crafts, a Canal Boat Challenge, Giant Skittles ‘It’s a Knockout’ Challenge, Interactive Storytelling and a Puppet Show Workshop and Show.

The Musical House is new for 2022. Play the brass band or the fairground organ or try the chimes.

There will also be an Ugly Duck Race Knockout, a Fairy Tale Sandcastle Competition as well as rabbit and guinea pig petting sessions.

No special tickets are needed for the Fairytale Festival; just buy standard admission tickets online.

If you visit Fairytale Festival on a weekday, when you buy your ticket you will also be given an opportunity to buy tickets for Walking with Alpacas (Tuesdays and Thursdays) or Pony Pampering (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). These are at an additional charge and are optional, with limited tickets available.

The farm can be found at OX7 5QH and tickets can be booked via the website at https://www.fairytalefarm.co.uk/

Dainty the miniature pony enjoys being groomed by one of Fairytale Farm's young visitors
Walking with Alpacas is a feature available twice a week