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Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm

3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(7)
  • Banbury
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Children's Farms, Petting Zoos

Attraction Information

The great thing about the Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm is how close you can get to unbearably cute little animals, however the bad thing is that your children may decide that they now want one as a pet!

If you have a family of animal lovers then a visit to this farm is going to be a sure hit! There’s a cuddling corner where children can scoop up a baby bunny in each hand or cradle a chick – both of which are available to purchase so go prepared to tackle that question! There are lots of other small animals to see from goats to donkeys, hens and ducks.

The sanctuary was established in 1989 to house and protect sick, injured and neglected animals, many of which live on the land is as natural an environment as possible. See what you can spot as you look around the meadowland, hedgerows and ponds.

  • Open Tuesday – Sunday (7 days a week in school holidays) 10:30- 17:00
  • Animals for sale
  • Adults £4.50, Kids £3.50. Cash only!
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Opening hours

Term Time
Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00 (or dusk if earlier)

School Holidays
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00 (or dusk if earlier)
Closed 25th - 26th December


General Admission (Cash only)
Adults: £5.00
Kids (1-16): £4.00

Travel & Contact Information


Wigginton Heath, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4LQ, England

Phone number

01608 730 252



Click here to visit Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm has not told us about their parking.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

No, Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Fun day out 5 out of 5 stars

I took my 2 year old today she had amazing time loved holding the baby animals the staff were so friendly will bring all my girls next time

Great quiet place for young children 5 out of 5 stars

I can't understand why there are people or I should write - trolls in here. If you would like to go to very popular place where there are queues everywhere - choose some other theme park/zoo. Waterfowl Sanctuary is a place where you can actually relax and come closer to nature. Perfect for nice afternoon. The entrace fee is very good for family budget. We have been to Waterfowl Sanctuary several times with our three children. They were over the moon to have a chance to cuddle little bunny and chicks. There is no rush, You could just sit back and enjoy as much as you like to. This is the place when my children discovered the sound donkey makes. :) We need to visit again soon. Like everywhere else in winter/spring time remember to put your wellies on as it can be quite muddy.

Sandra from Green Gables

Rude and run down 1 out of 5 stars

Owner was really rude. The place is really run down and feels like an eccentric, old pet shop rather than a farm. They don’t take anything other than cash. After being summarily told off by the owner who very happily turned us away 30mins before closing because we hadn’t guessed this, I can’t recommend it and wouldn’t spend my money here. It’s a shame, as funding is desperately what it needs, but I suggest they amend their attitude and their policy to facilitate this. It’s not ground-breaking. I wouldn’t bother going.


We keep going back 4 out of 5 stars

My young family and I have been to Wigginton Waterfowl Sanctuary countless times over the past decade, and taken friends and other family members with us. We have always enjoyed the day. This is not a theme park; I think the advertising shows it exactly as it is, a chance to get close to nature and enjoy the experience.


Baby Animals cuddle experience. Nowhere else. 4 out of 5 stars

I came to this farm several times as a child about 20 years ago. It was a weekend and we've been looking for a petting 'farm/zoo' for our boy and I remembered this place and looked it up. Off we went on a Sunday and to my surprise it was as I remembered. In we went and straight away we were offered a baby bunny in a woollen holding blanket. It was very cute especially for the wife and little one. They have lots of animals to look at, cuddle and even buy.

Hunter Gatherer

Dirty, rundown and not as advertised 1 out of 5 stars

I recently visited this place with my three children. Do. It be fooled by the websites photos or any leaflets you may see featuring this place. It was without a doubt the dirtiest, smelliest and most run down place I have ever visited. The staff are rude and not tolerant of children at all. Especially the old woman that works there. The animals looked unwell, the play area is a mass of broken old plastic baby toys. Not a chance would I ever return. Total and utter waste of money and to be honest they are lucky they haven't been done for false advertising


Do not recommend 1 out of 5 stars

I completely agree with the other review, this place is so run down, dirty and the animals look unwell. I'm not sure where they got the photos from but they're are not from the sanctuary.

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