Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm | Day Out With The Kids

Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm

3 star Rating 3 / 5 7 reviews

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Attraction Information

  • Children's Farms icon Children's Farms
  • Petting Zoos icon Petting Zoos

Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

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!


  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm's website
01608 730 252

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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

More Information


Rude and run down

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by Ktg . 01.06.19

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.

Fun day out

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by . 17.08.18

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 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Sandra from Green Gables . 03.02.18

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.

We keep going back

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by AJ_OXON . 02.10.17

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 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by Hunter Gatherer . 23.07.17

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.

Do not recommend

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by HB . 23.07.17

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.

Dirty, rundown and not as advertised

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by Cslane . 03.06.17

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