at Heads of Ayr Farm Park
Santa's Grotto returns to Heads of Ayr
Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Heads of Ayr Farm Park. From the 18th November to the 23rd December, families can visit Santa's traditional grotto where each child will receive a gift. Other Christmas festivities include meeting Santa's animal friends, Christmas crafts with Mrs Claus, games and stories with the North Pole elves, and soft play for all ages.
Also open is the Christmas Gift Shop, Stonehouse Kitchen with delicious festive menu, and Stables Coffee Bar.
Christmas Dates and Pricing
Our Christmas Grotto has something for everyone.
Below, you'll find a list of dates and price points for all Grotto dates in November and December.
Quiet Christmas - This is a relaxed and less busy grotto experience especially for children with additional support needs and sensory issues. Santa will use Makaton during these visits, lighting will be adjusted, and sound effects will be lowered. Grotto times and animal tour times will be longer and crowd levels will be capped.
First Christmas Experience - This will automatically be applied to any mid-week booking until the 15th December up until 4pm each day for any children aged 4 and under. The grotto experience will be more relaxed, Mrs Claus and her elves will read preschool stories with sensory features, and your little one can make their own festive keepsake to treasure forever. There is no extra charge for this experience.
Infant (under 2): £9.00
Child: (aged 2+): £15.00
Infant (under 2): £11.00
Child: (aged 2+): £17.00
Infant (under 2): £13.00
Child: (aged 2+): £19.00
What are your prices?Our prices change dependant on the time of year and the attractions open. Please see our prices page for the most up to date information.
As a carer, what proof do I need for free entry?"To receive the free carer ticket, the carer must be accompanying the person who requires support and be able to provide one of the following when arriving at the park entrance: Letter of DLA (Disability Living Allowance) accompanied with a form of ID Letter of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) accompanied with a form of ID Letter of ADP (Adult Disability Payment) accompanied with a form of ID A Travel Card which must include a +1 (no accompanying ID required) An Access Card which must include a +1 (no accompanying ID required) We will only accept one of the above. For visitors who require more than one carer, we ask that you bring documentation stating this. The visitor who requires support will pay full price.
Is your park wheelchair accessible?You can read our full access statement here: https://www.headsofayrtickets.co.uk/accessibility
What age is the park most suited for?We have so many species that animal-lovers of all ages will enjoy their day at the park! We also have a number of attractions for the whole family, including: PRE-5s: Baby and Toddler Sensory equipment*, Under 5's soft play*, Farmer's Yard play area, toddler-only jumping pillows and trampolines, Diggerland, sandpits, Bumper Boats*, toddler playground, train ride, and more. 5+ Buccaneer Bay play area, Frontier Fort play area, quad bikes, water wars, trampolines, jumping pillows, playground, zip wire, outdoor slides, soft play*, drop slides*, Fowl Play shooting arena*, bumper boats, train ride, and more. Items marked with a * may be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Can I bring my dog?Unfortunately, only guide and assistance dogs are permitted at the park. This is for the health and safety of all animals at the park including your dog, as well as the many young children who roam the park. Owners of guide/assistance dogs must bring along relevant paperwork or letter as proof of requirement.
Do you have wheelchairs available for hire?Yes, we have a couple of wheelchairs available on a first-come-first-served basis with a deposit of £10.
Is it safe for pregnant women to visit?Generally, we have never had a problem in regards to pregnant visitors and contamination, however it is always smart to be aware of the risks. Extra care is needed if you are visiting the park around lambing season (January – April), if you are interacting with sheep or goats who have recently given birth, or with any newborn lambs or kids. Please be assured however, that any of our animals who are giving birth are in a special pen, away from the main park, and that newborn babies are not introduced to our visitors until several weeks after their birth. For optimal hygiene and safety, make sure that you and your whole party wash your hands consistently throughout the day, especially if any sheep or goats are touched. We would advise pregnant women to use the feeding mechanisms provided if they wish to feed the animals.
Are you hiring?You can check for vacancies by visiting www.headsofayrtickets.co.uk/vacancies. All our job vacancies will be posted there along with an online application form.
The website isn't letting me book, am I doing something wrong?"If you are unable to book on the website, I'm afraid it means that we are sold out on the day that you are trying to book for. Please select a different date. The website will generally say 'Registration is closed' when all the tickets are gone, but sometimes there may be a single adult/child/concession ticket left over and the closed message will not appear. If you are unable to book tickets for your full party, there will not be enough tickets available and we would advise selecting a different date.
I have gift vouchers, corporate tickets or a season pass. How do I book?"We have set aside a number of spaces for visitors already with tickets every day. Please give us a call on the morning of/the day before your visit on 01292 441210 to let us know when you will be visiting so that we can add your name to the guest list. If you do not give us a call in advance, we may be unable to guarantee your entry due to the visitor number restrictions in place.
I have my tickets, what time should I arrive?"Visitors can arrive anytime between 10am - 4pm. The park closes at 5pm. We are not currently operating with time slots, which means you can stay at the park for as long as you like. Our admissions desk is the busiest between 10:30am - 12:00pm.
I'm unable to attend on the date that I booked. Can I change it?We are able to change the date on your tickets depending on the availability of the date you wish to change it to. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we are only able to change the date on your tickets once. Please call the office to check availability on 01292 441210.
Can I get a refund?Due to our very limited visitor numbers and tight booking restrictions, refunds can only be given in exceptional circumstances. We are able to change the date on your ticket as long as you call to arrange this prior to your visit, and no later than the day of.
I don't have a printer, can I show the tickets on my phone?"Yes, just show your email confirmation to the admissions staff on arrival.
Do you offer group discounts?Unfortunately whilst our capacity is restricted following the COVID-19 regulations, this is not something we currently offer. We will re-introduce group bookings and discounts when we are able to operate normally.
What animals can I feed?You can feed the farm animals including horses, sheep, goats, and donkeys. There will be signs around the park at the enclosures advising you what animals not to feed. There are also feeding toys and machines you can use if you do not wish to feed the animals by hand. Our animal feed is sold in bags for £1. Although unlikely, they may contain traces of nuts.
Do you have any animals for sale?We are open to selling goats or donkeys to suitable homes only. Please get in touch with our office at 01292 441210 to discuss.
Do you have any animal adoption programmes?Unfortunately this is not something we are able to offer at the moment. If this is something you would be interested in purchasing in the future, please let us know by sending us an email via our contact page.
Do you have any Keeper for a Day experiences?We don't currently offer this, however we are able to offer a private feeding experience with some of our animals including the Ring-Tailed Lemurs. Prices start from £60 per family on top of the standard entry rate and include a private session with a keeper where you will have the chance to feed, touch, and take pictures with the animals and ask our keeper any questions you may have. These experiences are strictly not suitable for children under the age of 4. To book, please call the office on 01292 441210.
Is there anywhere we can eat during our visit?Grazer's Grill is open and operating with a takeaway menu. Visitors are unfortunately unable to sit inside at the moment, although there are plenty of sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas all over the park. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnic, however please note that BBQs (including disposable ones) are not permitted.
Can I bring my own food?Yes! We have plenty of sheltered picnic areas around the park. BBQs of any sort are not permitted.
Do you have any vegan or gluten free options?Yes, we have food available for all dietary requirements. Find our menu here or get in touch to discuss your options by calling our office on 01292 441210. *Options may be limited whilst we are operating under COVID-19 restrictions.*
Food and Drink
Following the success of last year and eager to show you why we won the prestigious NFAN Best Food and Drink Award, Stonehouse Kitchen will turn into Santa's Kitchen for this event! Stonehouse will offer a fabulously festive Christmas dinner menu to enhance your visit! With all of your festive favourites and winter flavours, there is something to suit all taste buds. Download the menus here to see the amazing meals on offer and our prices.
Also open is Stables Coffee Bar located in the indoor play barn. Here, you'll find soup, toasties, cakes, and a selection of hot drinks to warm you up from the inside out.
This year, our shop will stock a wide range of popular brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Big Jigs, Fisher Price, and more.
Whilst the elves colour in and make Christmas crafts with the little ones, adults can browse the shelves for last minute gifts and ensure they have Christmas all wrapped up.