The family run Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm is located near Banbury. Unlike the more commercialised farm parks you can visit in Oxfordshire, this animal attraction has a quirky personality but does feel a little run down.
I visited with a friend who’s been a regular visitor over the last few years. The first area you get to is the cuddle corner which has a range of small animals from rabbits to chipmunks. My eldest exclaimed that it smelled (I cringed) and the owner told him that was what real farms smelt like! You don’t have to wait for a specific session like most farm parks and the kids were able to take a seat and hold a baby rabbit.
We bought a bucket of animal feed, way more than the little bags you usually get at places like this and then headed off outside. We decided to take a walk around the grounds first and up to the top of the farm to climb up a viewing platform. It was just the right distance for my two year old to enjoy and the bigger kids to have a good run around.
There were lots and I mean lots of chickens who were as excited as the boys to be fed which was great fun. We also enjoyed the noisy donkey with a very loud bray, the big pigs and inquisitive birds.
To finish up our adventure, the kids had a really good run around in the playpark. It’s spread over a large area with climbing frames, a wendy house and tractor to clamber on. While we were there, they were installing some new equipment so I’m guessing this area is going to expand.
The Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm is a little rough around the edges without the glitz and glam of it’s larger farm park competitors but it’s good value and a fun place for animal loving kids to enjoy a few hours out.
It’s worth noting that they can’t accept cards so you need to remember cash. There isn’t a cafe so bring your picnic or snacks with you.