Dancing fountain adds to fairytale

Guy Laister (inset) designed and built the dancing fountain for his dad’s Fairytale Farm

A DIY fountain believed to be the first of its kind is creating a splash for visitors at a west Oxfordshire farm.

Fairytale Farm, based near Chipping Norton, has opened what is believed to be the UK’s first permanent dancing fountain operated by visitors.

The new attraction was designed and built by owner Nick Laister’s 24-year-old son, Guy.

“There are a small number of dancing fountain attractions in the UK, which commonly provide a show at regular intervals [but] we believe that ours is the first that is actually controlled by the visitor,” Nick said.

“Our visitors decide when they want to watch the show – it is a truly on-demand experience.”

Guy designed the computer-controlled jet system and built the entire fountain system himself during 2017, taking more than a year to assemble.

The fountain show lasts for around a minute and can be watched an unlimited number of times in the day.

Nick said it has been “a big investment” for the farm, which was voted the fastest-growing farm attraction in 2016.

He said: “The cascading water jets provide a beautifully choreographed display to the music, and initial visitor feedback is fantastic.

“Our brand new dancing fountain is open and is making a splash with our visitors. This unique show will perform on-demand all day long – our visitors just press the button and can enjoy it as many times as they like.”

The fountain display is made up of 12 jets and will operate through the 2018 season as a centrepiece in the farm’s ‘enchanted walk’ area. The fountain will also form part of its October illuminations display.

The next stage includes allowing visitors to choose which music will be played when the fountain dances.

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.

Visit fairytalefarm.co.uk for more information and bit.ly/FarmTickets to book tickets.

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