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Area Summary
Old MacDonald's Farm is an area primarily aimed at young children. It offers three rides with low height restrictions in the form of the Doodle Doo Derby, Riverbank Eye Spy and the Tractor Ride. There are also a number of attractions suitable for all ages, including The Dung Heap, an interactive children's playground and the Singing Barn, where farmyard animals come to life and sing.
Rides & Attractions
Berry Bish Bash
Berry Bish Bash
An absolute frenzy of fun! Collect as many foam balls as you can then load your gun and let battle commence!
Lost Child Centre
Lost Child Centre
In the event of a child becoming lost during your visit, staff will bring them here until they are reunited with their family.
Singing Barn
Singing Barn
Walk into musical mayhem as all of the farmyard animals sing along to the well known melody of Old MacDonald's Farm.
Tractor Ride
Tractor Ride
Climb aboard your very own tractor and take it for a drive around the farm yard! A chance to take in some fresh country air!
Doodle Doo Derby
Doodle Doo Derby
A farm yard take on the classic carousel ride. Saddle up on your favourite animal and enjoy the ride as they go round and round.
Riverbank Eye Spy
Riverbank Eye Spy
Take a trip down the lazy river, but keep your eyes peeled for all of the different animals that you may see along the way!
The Dung Heap
The Dung Heap
No prises for guessing what this adventure playground is themed around. It offers plenty fun for kids of all ages.
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Area History
Alton Towers first introduced the farm area in 1989, it was named the Britannica Building Society Farm and featured the 'Canal Boat Ride' which we know as Riverbank Eye Spy today.

In 1991 the area hosted the 'Farm-a-Rama Exhibition Area' and 'Farm Pavillion', there was also a Farm Coffee Shop and a Pottery Studio allowing kids to get creative! The area steadily started to grow and just a year later in 1992 the Education Centre was installed.

It was in 1993 that the area received a re-theme. A new sponsorship deal with the supermarket chain Safeway saw the area renamed to Safeway Farm. The area was given a once over and lightly branded with the Safeway logo. The Pottery Studio became the Craft Centre and the area was ready to expand.

1994 saw nothing but the Craft Centre go back to being called the Pottery Studio, but in 1995 the park started to un-brand the area. The area was renamed to what we know it as today, Old MacDonalds Farm, and two new rides were introduced - Doodle Doo Derby and the Tractor Ride. One final addition was made in 1995, and that was the Singing Barn from Safeway. This was a promising year for the area as the commercialised atmosphere was dramatically dropped by only having one small attraction sponsored by Safeway.

In 1998 the Safeway sponsorship was totally dropped and the Singing Barn from Safeway was renamed to just the Singing Barn. A year later and in 1999 the Canal Boat Ride was refurbished into Riverbank Eye Spy, a new interactive boat ride for kids.

2001 spelt disaster for the area as an outbreak of foot and mouth put the whole areas existence in jeopardy. With all of the animals leaving the park, the Animal Barn was left derelict. It was 2 years before Ribena Berry Bish Bash filled this space. The area then remained pretty untouched until 2006.

In 2006 Ribena Berry Bish Bash had it's sponsorship dropped and became Berry Bish Bash, but there was much more to come! 2007 saw Riverbank Eye Spy receive a refurbishment with a new logo and new 3D animals. That's not all though, a brand new attraction were also introduced in the form of The Dung Heap, an interactive kids playground.