UK’s first turn-up-and-play farm park for disabled children opens

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The UK’s first turn-up-and-play farm park, that is designed around the needs of children with varying disabilities (but open to all), is to welcome its first visitors on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 25 May).

Fairytale Farm, on the A44 just outside Chipping Norton, is the first family farm attraction where everything is designed around the needs of children with sensory, learning and physical disabilities, but which can be enjoyed by children without disabilities too. A truly inclusive experience.

For the first time in the UK, disabled children will have their own attraction that operates like any other commercial tourist attraction which they can enjoy with the rest of their family – and with no pre-booking needed.

The park has been developed by husband and wife, Nick and Nicola Laister, who live on the Fairytale Farm site. Nick explains:

fairytale farm 2“There are very few rural facilities for disabled children and their families. As most parents of children with special needs know, much of the countryside is out of bounds. Although there are a number of centres for disabled children, these tend to be institutional and require advanced booking, and most mainstream attractions are not fully accessible, despite the efforts of owners.

“Our eldest daughter Olivia has cerebral palsy, so we decided a number of years ago to acquire some land and create a tourist attraction where disabled children and their families can spend a day out in the countryside enjoying various rural activities on a site where everything is primarily designed around their needs. ”

Their vision was to create the sort of attraction that they would have liked to have visited with their own children, which Olivia could have enjoyed alongside her brothers and sister.

Fairytale Farm is an exciting mix of animals, play and sensory experiences. ‘The Enchanted Walk’ is a unique sensory trail with surprising features at every turn, many of which are interactive, and designed to appeal particularly to younger children. ‘Huff and Puff’ is our exciting playground, complete with a Fairytale Castle to explore, a combine harvester to climb on board, a special swing for wheelchair users and much more. ‘Alfie and Friends’ is our amazing collection of animals, including ponies, donkeys, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, and from South America, our rheas.

Nick believes that Fairytale Farm’s unique appeal should ensure it is a great day out for people with a wide range of visitors of all abilities:

“This facility is not a care facility or an institutional experience, but a family day out in the countryside, built around the needs of the family member whose needs are most difficult to cater for, but open to everybody. Just turn up and have fun – everything is accessible and everybody is welcome!”

Gates open at 10am on Saturday 25 May, and the park is open daily until 1 September 2013, then weekends only until 3 November 2013 for our Illuminated Weekends events (with the Cafe, Shop and Enchanted Walk staying open until 9pm every Saturday and Sunday evening).

Fairytale Farm can be found on the A44 (Oxford to Chipping Norton road), just outside Chipping Norton. The address is Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QH. Tel: 01608646279. Email: info@fairytalefarm.co.uk.

Find out more at www.fairytalefarm.co.uk.

FairytaleFarm_idFairytale Farm is open daily 10am to 5pm from 25 May to 1 September 2013. Then it is open weekends only until 3 November 2013 for our Illuminated Weekends events, with the Cafe, Shop and Enchanted Walk staying open until 9pm every Saturday and Sunday evening.
 
Ticket Prices:
Adults: £5
Children (3 to 16): £4.75
Child under 3: FREE
Senior Citizens (60+): £4.75
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children): £17
Carer: FREE (maximum one carer per child)
 
Groups:
For groups of 12 or more:
Adults: £4
Children (3 to 16): £3.75
Senior Citizens: £3.75
Carer: FREE (maximum one carer per child)
 
Schools:
Please contact us for details.

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