A COTSWOLDS visitor attraction reopens its doors this weekend – exactly three months after being forced to close as they country went into lockdown.

Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton, reopens on Saturday, June 20, and owner Nick Laister said:

"We had no income to pay for feeding our animals, farriers, hay, water and veterinary treatment, as well as all the other essential animal care jobs.

"We have managed to survive thanks to donations to our GoFundMe campaign by our visitors, local Chipping Norton residents and even people who have never visited us before.

"It shows how valued the farm is within our community and has given us the incentive to keep going no matter how tough things have been.

“We have been busy working on various projects whilst we have been closed. In Fairy Dell you can meet our all-new Weather Fairy and find out how she can magically tell you what the weather is.

“In Alfie & Friends Animal Zone we have created a whole new area for our ducks and geese. We also have some new arrivals to the farm: two beautiful peafowl, one male peacock and a peahen. But the biggest and most spectacular new attraction is in Jack’s Yard, just as you enter the farm.

The farm has has had to change the way it operates in line with Government guidance and for the foreseeable future we will only be accepting online ticket bookings.

“We are taking a number of measures to protect the safety of our visitors and staff, including operating a one-way route around the farm, introducing regular hand sanitisers points and installing protective screens at all tills.

"We are also restricting the number of tickets available, and these can only be purchased by booking your arrival slot online, to ensure that the farm does not get overcrowded.”

The main play equipment in the Huff & Puff Adventure Playground will be closed and the farm will not be holding animal petting sessions. However, the Beanstalk Cafe will be open and serving ‘grab and go’ food from outside.

Nick said: “Online tickets are being sold at a 10 per cent discount off our normal admission price, but slots are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

"No tickets are available at the entrance, so please do not turn up if you haven’t booked your slot.”