Finding the Site

Entrance to site

Entrance to Fairytale Farm site

A new gravel driveway

A new gravel driveway

View from South combe Farm stables

The view from the Southcombe Farm stables. All the fields in the foreground have now become Fairytale Farm.

Nick and Nicola embarked on a search for a site. It needed to be in a rural location, as it would involve farm animals and other countryside activities. As the use would need, for example, a parking area and possibly adventure play equipment, it was felt that a rural location that was adjacent to other existing businesses and activities would be most appropriate, outside of landscape designations and where it would not be prominent on the wider landscape. It would also need good access from a good quality road, a dwelling for the family to live in and be located on a flat site.

After searching throughout 2007 and 2008, Nick and Nicola were sent the details of Southcombe Farm. This had been used as a farm shop and other businesses (including an engineering business and recording studio) for a number of years and came with a range of outbuildings, including several workshops, farm shop, stables, and a farm house, built in the 1800s.

Planning permission was granted in 2009, work started shortly thereafter, and Fairytale Farm was opened to the public on 25th May 2013. The official opening ceremony was held on 21st June 2013, when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, cut the ribbon. Since then, the attraction has gone from strength to strength, with new additions every year, so there is always something new to see and do.

Photo of the Fairytale Farm opening ceremony

Prime Minister David Cameron opens Fairytale Farm on 21st June 2013.

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Explore the Farm

The farm is split into six distinct ‘zones’, each one with a particular focus.

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