Annual Conference & Trade Show 2018 – Book Now

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Tuesday 30th January – Thursday 1st February 2018 – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

The International Centre, Telford TF3 4JH

Don’t miss the biggest event in the Farm Attractions calendar.

Telford International Centre photo

NFAN Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition

Last year’s conference and Trade Exhibition was a sell-out with over 60 exhibitors and nearly 200 owners and senior managers from UK farm attractions attending. We have kept the same format this year but moved to an even bigger venue so 2018 is set to be the biggest yet!

Booking is now open, click on the Booking tab below to book online (members need to be logged in to book). Save £10 per person book by Friday 12 January 2018.

Venue – The International Centre, Telford TF3 4JH. The International Centre is a large conference and exhibition venue centrally located with excellent motorway links. The Trade Show will be held in Hall 1, the conference and annual dinner will be held across the foyer in the Ludlow Suite. The International Centre has two hotels on site, with other accommodations options nearby (see Accommodation details below).

Tuesday night informal dinner venue. In a change from previous years, the Tuesday night informal dinner & accommodation will not be at the Conference hotel, but at a hotel near to Wednesday’s open day venue. The Lion Quays Hotel in Oswestry  is conveniently located for Park Hall The Countryside Experience the next morning (see Accommodation details below).

Hear what Delegates and Exhibitors have to say about the Annual Conference and Trade Show – watch the video above.

Exhibitor Stand Bookings

Exhibitor bookings for NFAN trade members are now open click here to book a stand


The Programme

Tuesday 30th January

Optional Afternoon Visits
12pm – 4pm

Optional visit to The Hoo Farm, Telford TF6 6DJ

Join the Dorrell family for a tour of the farm park and wildlife centre. Arrive at a time to suit you. The 1hr tour departs at regular intervals, last tour at 3pm. Refreshments included.

2pm – 5pm

Optional visit to The British Ironworks Centre, Owsestry SY11 4JH (approx 1 hr drive from The Hoo Farm)

A unique visitor destination, quirky indoor showroom, animal sculpture trail, blacksmith and silversmith demonstrations and more. Arrive at a time to suit you, refreshments served at 4pm, presentation from the owners at 4.30pm.

Informal Evening Dinner – Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry SY11 3EN
7:30pm Join fellow delegates for an informal networking dinner at The Lion Quays hotel, Oswestry. To book, choose this option when booking your conference place.

Wednesday 31st January

Pre-Conference Open Day at Park Hall The Countryside Experience, SY11 4AS
10.00am- 3.00pm

Park Hall The Countryside Experience is a multi award-winning farm park which offers a wide range of attractions. As well as the usual farm animals, indoor and outdoor play areas and rides, Park Hall is a favourite with schools and offers a Victorian School Room, unique WWI Trenches experience, Forest School and more.

The day includes welcome refreshments from 9.30am, a talk from the owners, extensive tour, presentations, Q&A session and networking lunch.  Open Days are always popular and last year was a sell out. Book early to secure your place, choose this option when booking your delegate place.

As the Tuesday night hotel is local to Park Hall, Delegates will travel in own cars.

Drinks Reception in the Trade Exhibition, Telford
6.00pm All conference delegates and exhibitors are invited to the Drinks Reception held in the Trade Exhibition on Wednesday evening prior to the Awards Dinner. This is an ideal opportunity to visit the trade stands and meet with exhibitors in a relaxed atmosphere.
Annual Dinner & Awards
8.00pm You don’t have to be involved in the awards to enjoy this sparkling social occasion. Each year the NFAN Annual Dinner has grown and this year promises to be a night to remember. There will be a seating plan again this year for the dinner. If there are two or three people from the same company we will endeavor to seat you on the same table (unless you prefer to be split). If there are four or more we will split the group to promote networking. If you would rather your large group is seated together please let us know. There is no specific dress code but most would go for smart but not formal.

Thursday 1st February

Main Conference & Trade Exhibition Day

Be inspired by a first class range of guest speakers with presentations on the theme of Adding Value to your attraction.

8:30am Registration: Coffee/tea, pastries. A chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
9:30am Welcome, introduction & update on the Industry Code of Practice – NFAN Chairman, Colin Evans
09.50am Update on Business Rates – Barry Davies, Davies & Co.
10:00am Nine key elements of high performing teams – lessons from elite sports.
Tim Thurston, Team Kai.
10.25am Theme Parks and Attractions, a wider industry perspective – Paul Kelly, BALPPA
10:45am Break: Coffee/tea and an opportunity to visit the Trade Exhibition

Cost Effective Ideas to add value – Andrew Wolfe

Added Value case studies from two NFAN members

12.30pm Q&A from lunchtime session
12:40pm NFAN AGM
12:50pm Networking lunch and chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
2.50pm – Trade Exhibition closes
2:50pm Adding value through theatre – Toni Lilley Farm Park/Scream Park Entertainments
3:10pm Hosting a festival on your farm – Beth Heath, Shropshire Festivals
3:30pm The Experience Business
James Sinclair, The Entrepreneurs Network and Marsh Farm
3:50pm Closing remarks – NFAN Chairman, Colin Evans
4:00pm Close

Introducing our sponsors

For every event, NFAN are always extremely grateful to sponsors, who help keep delegate prices down.

Main Gold Conference Sponsors
S. Gregory DaviesLogo
Open Day Sponsors  RupertOliverLogo       regencypg_logo
Informal Dinner Wine Sponsor
Awards Dinner Main Sponsor  LappsetCreative_logo_horisontal_low
Awards Dinner Wine Sponsor   timberplaylimited_logo
Drinks Reception Sponsors  innovative Leisure Logo  DigiTickets logo
Awards Sponsors
booker-wholesale_logo David Taylor Logo marsh_logo thepartners_logoplayscheme logo

We are grateful to Funfear for providing all the Audio Visual equipment and services for the Conference and Awards Dinner.


See prices below and scroll down to book – these are member only rates.

Non-members are welcome. Prices are detailed on the booking form. You can download a booking form here.

NFAN Member (Ex VAT)
30th Jan – Visit to The Hoo Farm (refreshments included) £10.00pp
30th Jan – Visit to the British Ironworks Centre (refreshments included) £10.00pp
30th Jan – Informal Dinner – Lion Quays Hotel – Oswestry £28.00pp
31st Jan – Pre Conference Open Day (price per person – includes lunch & refreshments during the day) NFAN Member (Ex VAT)
1 person £45.00pp
2 people £40.00pp
3+ people £35.00pp
31st Jan – Annual Dinner & Awards £39.95pp
1st Feb – NFAN Conference delegate price

NFAN Member (Ex VAT)

Early Bird Rate: Book by 12 January

NFAN Member (Ex VAT)

Standard Rate: From 13 Jan

1 person £95.00 £105.00
2 people £89.50pp £99.50pp
3+people £85.50pp £95.50pp

Only members can book online. Members can also book by completing the booking form and returning to the NFAN office with payment. Details of how to pay are on the booking form, Download here.

NB: For hotel room bookings at the Lion Quays Oswestry on Tuesday 30th and at The International Centre on Wednesday 31st, please click the ‘Hotel’ tab above and book with the hotels directly.


Online booking is only available to NFAN Members. You must be logged in to access the booking form. If you have lost your login details or if you are not a NFAN member please contact the NFAN office.

Tim Thurston- TeamKAI

Presentation Summary: Nine key elements of high performing teams – lessons from elite sports.
Tim Thurston

Tim Thurston

TeamKAI is a training company launched by professional rugby player Kai Horstmann and successful businessman from the South West.
The company’s keynote philosophy “Nine key elements of high performing teams – lessons from elite sports”, highlights how elite sports teams achieve success through optimising teamwork.
This adds real value to your business and improves efficiency.
Tim Thurston, director of TeamKAI, will illustrate these elements with sporting examples and explain how they can transcend into your business.
The aim of the session is to get you to think about:
• How you work in your team
• How you can improve your contribution
• How effectively your team performs
• How you can improve the performance of your team


Tim Thurston is a director of TeamKAI and also a director of the business consultancy Thurston Cooper Associates.
He has had over 20 years of senior management experience, having been managing director of four publishing businesses including Archant’s county magazines, Autotrader and several regional newspapers based in the South West.
Having benefited from Henley and Cranfield training, he has developed teams to achieve success and managed several change programmes. He now works with businesses, helping them to develop their teams and provides consultancy on business strategy, sales and marketing.
Contact: 07793 264611

Paul Kelly – BALPPA

Presentation Summary: Theme Parks and Attractions, a wider industry perspective.

Details to follow


Details to follow

Andrew Wolfe

Presentation Summary: Effective Ideas to add value.

Details to follow


Details to follow

Toni Lilley Farm Park/Scream Park Entertainments

Presentation Summary: Adding value through theatre

Details to follow


Details to follow

Beth Heath, Shropshire Festivals

Presentation Summary: Hosting a festival on your farm

Details to follow


Details to follow


James Sinclair, The Entrepreneurs Network and Marsh Farm

Presentation Summary: The Experience Business

Details to follow


Details to follow

Further speaker biographies will be added as the conference approaches.


Trade Exhibition

NFAN Trade ExhibitionWith 60 exhibitors the Trade Exhibition is very much part of the Conference. It is only accessible to delegates who have paid the appropriate conference fee. The trade exhibition is open on Wed 30th from 6pm – 8pm as part of the drinks reception, and on Thurs 1st from 08.30am – 2.50pm.

You can see the latest products from play and entertainment providers, find out about the latest online ticketing and web innovations, as well as have an opportunity to discuss your requirements with specialist industry experts from the marketing, planning and insurance professions.

We are pleased to welcome a number of first time exhibitors including: Aardman Animations

You can also meet this year’s sponsors Davies & Co, Marsh and Company and S Gregory & Co.

Companies exhibiting at the Trade Exhibition include:

Agility Marketing
Activity World
Alpha Toys
Ark Toys
Auto Culture
Colour Heroes
David Taylor Design
Davies & Co
Fun Fear
Greenspan Projects
Innovative Leisure
Interfun Magazine
Jupiter Play
Kamarin Computers
Kids Play Childcare
Lappset Creative
Marsh & Co
Marshfields Farm Ice Cream
NGF Play
Nicco Park
Outdoor Play People
Partners Leisure
Preseli Gifts & Souvenirs
Rainbow Productions
Robbie Toys
Rupert Oliver’s Ideas Factory
Russell Play
S Gregory & Co
Teddy Tastic
The Play Inspection Company
Tornado International
Tractor Ted
TYG Tickets
World of Rides

For Exhibitor bookings click here

Tuesday 30th Jan – Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry

Lion Quays poll

There is a big event in Telford on Tue night which unfortunately means limited hotel rooms available. In a change from previous years, we have arranged the informal networking dinner and rooms on Tuesday night at the Lion Quays Hotel in Oswestry SY11 3EN, which is conveniently located for the open day at Park Hall on Wednesday.

Rooms are £85 single, £95 Double B&B. To book call the hotel on 01691 684 300  and quote NFAN. Rooms are subject to availability and must be booked by 2nd January 2018. Book the Tuesday night informal dinner as part of your delegate package with NFAN.

If you are unable to get in at the Lion Quays the nearest alternative is the Moreton Park Hotel

Wednesday 31st Jan – The International Centre, Telford

Holiday Inn poolThere are two hotels which are part of the Telford International Centre, both are  just a 3-5min walk across the car park to the Conference and Trade Show. The Holiday Inn has a pool and spa, the rate includes full English breakfast, the NFAN rate is £95 single, £105 Double B&B. The International Hotel is a slightly more budget option with Continental breakfast and hot bacon roll included, the NFAN rate is £85 single, £95 Double B&B. On this rate the rooms can be cancelled up to 4pm day prior to arrival. Rooms are subject to availability and must be booked by 10th January 2018 to get these rates, however it is  possible you may find better rates online. To book either hotel Phone – 01952 527000 , Choose Option 1 for Reservations, quote ‘National Farm Attractions Network’.

If you are not able to get a room at the Holiday Inn or The International hotel, or would prefer alternative accommodation Telford has a wide range of hotels to suit different budgets. Here are links to two nearby hotels…

Premier Inn International Centre

Ramada Telford

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