Annual Conference & Trade Show 2019

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Tuesday 29th January – Thursday 31st January 2019

The Corn Exchange, 10 New Market Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ

The biggest event in the Farm Attractions calendar.

NFAN Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition

Last year’s conference and Trade Exhibition was a sell-out with 70 exhibitors and over 200 owners and senior managers from UK farm attractions attending. The 2019 Conference will be held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. This is the first time the NFAN conference has been held in Scotland and we hope that you will join us for a fantastic three days of attraction visits, conference speakers, trade show and networking events.

Venue – The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh The Corn Exchange has been voted Scotland’s best large venue 2 years in a row! The imaginatively converted former Corn Exchange features over 1300m2 of floor space for trade stands with room for the drinks reception, coffee breaks and lunch to be held among the trade stands. The Baron room where the Awards Dinner and Conference are being held is just across the concourse.


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 click here for details

The Programme

Tuesday 29th January

Optional Afternoon Visit
PM Chance to visit Edinburgh Zoo which is conveniently located next door to the Holiday Inn conference hotel. Arrive at a time to suit you and explore the zoo at your leisure. Tea & Coffee will be served at 3.30pm followed by a presentation from Edinburgh Zoo and Q&A
Informal Dinner & Ceilidh
7:30pm Join us in the heart of Edinburgh for an evening of great Scottish fayre, hospitality,and dancing. The Ghillie Dhu is one of Edinburgh most famous bars with a beautifully restored award winning Auditorium. An informal buffet dinner followed by Ceilidh. Make your own arrangements to get to the Ghillie Dhu but it is on a direct bus route from the Holiday Inn with buses running 24hrs.

Wednesday 30th January

Pre-Conference Open Day at East Links Family Park
9.30am Coaches will leave the Holiday Inn at 8.30am for the 40min journey to East Links Family Park. Tea & Coffee on arrival, the first presentation will at 10am. Split into groups for an escorted tour of the farm park followed by lunch and further presentations. The coaches will leave at 3.30pm to be back at the Holiday Inn by 4.30pm. Time to get ready for the night to come.
Drinks Reception in the Corn Exchange Edinburgh
6.00pm All conference delegates, annual dinner guests and exhibitors are invited to the Drinks Reception held in the Trade Exhibition on Wednesday evening prior to the Annual Dinner & Awards. This is an ideal opportunity to visit the trade stands and meet with exhibitors in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be a free shuttle bus service running regularly (roughly every 10 min) between the Holiday Inn and the Corn Exchange.
Annual Dinner & Awards
8.00pm You don’t have to be involved in the awards to enjoy this sparkling social occasion. There is a seating plan 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 31st January

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. See Speaker & Presentations Section for biographies of the presenters – coming soon.

8:30am Registration: Coffee/tea, pastries. A chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
9:30am Conference Session 1
10:45am Break: Coffee/tea and an opportunity to visit the Trade Exhibition
11:40am Conference Session 2
12:40pm NFAN AGM
12:50pm Networking lunch and chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
2.50pm – Trade Exhibition closes
2:50pm Conference Session 3
3:50pm Closing remarks – NFAN Chairman, Richard Powell
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
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See prices below – 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)
29th Jan – Visit to Edinburgh Zoo (refreshments included) £15.00pp
29th Jan – Buffet Dinner and Cèilidh £28.00pp
30th Jan – Pre Conference Open Day East Links Family Park (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
30th Jan – Annual Dinner & Awards £39.95pp
31st Jan- NFAN Conference delegate price

Book by 11th Jan

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NFAN Member (Ex VAT) Non-Member (Ex VAT)
1 person £95.00 £105.00 £145.00
2 people £89.50pp £99.50pp £145.00pp
3+people £85.50pp £95.00pp £145.00pp

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.

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.


Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th Jan: The Holiday Inn EH12 6UA next to Edinburgh Zoo is the conference hotel. NFAN have a special rate of £76.00 single, £86.00 double occupancy B&B per night. Rates are inclusive of VAT, full cooked breakfast buffet, WiFi, car parking and leisure club facilities. Book your accommodation directly with the hotel – to book call 0131 314 7027 from Mon to Fri 9am-5pm and quote code  XDL when booking the room.  Cancellation policy is 7 days prior to arrival date. Rooms are subject to availability and must be booked by 11th January 2019 to get these rates, however, it is possible you may find better rates elsewhere.

Travel to and from the hotel is easily accessed via several buses that each travel to both Waverly and Haymarket train stations. Passing every few minutes routes 12, 26, 31 operate into the night and 100 goes directly to the airport. The hotel shares the bus stop with the zoo.

Coach transfers between the Holiday Inn and Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange is 10min from the Holiday Inn. We will be arranging Coaches to transfer exhibitors and delegates between the two.

Wednesday 30th: Coaches will depart the Holiday Inn at 4.30pm and 5.00pm, they will then operate a shuttle service every 10 min from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and then after the awards dinner a shuttle service will get everyone back to the hotel. The coach transfer is included for all exhibitors and delegates.

Thursday 31st: Most people will choose to drive to the Corn Exchange from the Holiday Inn and park there. There will also be coach transfers available from the hotel in the morning and back after the conference in the afternoon for those who need it. Depending on demand we will also look at the possibility of organising a coach from the Corn Exchange to Edinburgh stations and the airport. If you are not driving and need a coach transfer on Thursday please let the NFAN office know your travel plans.

Speaker details to follow

Trade Exhibition

NFAN Trade ExhibitionWith over 50 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 for the annual dinner, and on Thurs 31st 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.

Companies exhibiting at the Trade Exhibition:

To be listed here

For the 2019 Trade Show Exhibitor booking information click here

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