Farm’s success story is far from a fairytale

Nick Laister and daughter Olivia

A farm near Chipping Norton was the UK’s fastest-growing farm attraction in 2016, according to figures released by Visit England.

The tourist group’s Annual Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions shows that Fairytale Farm grew by 35.7 per cent last year, compared to the previous year, more than any other attraction in the farm category.

Overjoyed owner Nick Laister said: “Everybody at Fairytale Farm is delighted to find out that we grew more than any other farm in the Visit England survey, which is all the more exciting because this is classed as an official statistic by the UK Statistics Authority.

“I think this is almost entirely down to the hard work of our staff, who are the friendliest you will find at any attraction, big or small.

“This means a lot to me because we were the first attraction in the UK to be designed with disabled children in mind as well as those who are not disabled, so we are open and accessible to all.”

The farm describes itself as a sensory and learning wonderland and features an adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner, as well as a chance to meet the animals.

And more growth is anticipated for next year’s survey following the addition of even more entertainment this year.

Mr Laister added: “We are already over 30 per cent up on last year, which is fantastic, so 2017 should see a repeat of the growth we had in 2016.”

The farm is located on the A44 just outside Chipping Norton.

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