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Record number of entries for farming ‘Oscars’

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The National Farm Attractions Network received a record breaking number of entries in their annual farm attraction ‘Oscars’.

Aimed at finding the stars of the farm park industry, the NFAN Awards reward farms in a number of categories including Farm Park of the Year, Best Digital Presence and Best Food and Beverage.

The awards are now closed and the judges are carefully considering each entry with the winners due to be announced at the NFAN Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in February.

Many of the awards are being judged by independent judges including Farm Park Attraction of the Year being judged by Christopher Howard, a Tourism Consultant from VAQAS.

Christopher said the standard of entries had been very high.

“I have been impressed with the number and quality of the entries received,”

he said.

“I look forward to carefully considering the different parts of each business as part of the judging process for Farm Park of the Year.”

Matt Heast, Chairman of NFAN, said:

“Many of our members are industry leaders in terms of innovation, catering and customer service. Our awards recognise the great contribution Farm Parks make to the tourism industry in the UK. We’re very proud of our farm park members and the NFAN awards give credit to our winners in a number of key areas.”

The 7 Categories for 2014 are:

  1. Best Digital Presence (the company website, use of facebook, twitter etc)
  2. Best Trade Supplier
  3. Unsung Hero
  4. Best Food and Beverage
  5. Customer Service Excellence
  6. Best in Education
  7. Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year

Editors Notes:

For more information, please contact Louise or Anita on 01442 890088 or email Louise@farmattractions.net

About National Farm Attractions Network: NFAN connects the farm and rural attractions industry, providing guidance, support and professional assistance across a number of areas.

As well as organising industry events, it works closely with the Health and Safety Executive to create practical guidelines for farm visits, promotes best practice by arranging the NFAN annual industry awards, operates a visitor attraction benchmarking service for members and provides a telephone advice line for members.

The Industry Code of Practice was launched in 2012 and guidelines include teaching visitors about the importance of hand washing and outlining what is suitable hand washing facilities.

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