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1 February 2019

NFAN Annual Awards winners announced at conference

The winners of this year’s best farm and rural attractions were announced at the National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) annual conference and awards ceremony at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 30th January. NFAN is the trade association for the farm attractions sector with over 250 members.

During the three-day annual conference attended by over 200 farm park owners and operators, delegates visited Edinburgh Zoo and East Links Family Park in Dunbar. Delegates heard from a range of speakers and met with industry suppliers in the trade exhibition.

The NFAN annual awards, the Farm Attraction ‘Oscars’, were held at a glittering dinner hosted by Scottish Radio and TV presenter Arlene Stuart. The Winner of the Large Farm Attraction of the Year (over 75,000 visitors pa) sponsored by Marsh & Co and AXA XL Insurance was Puxton Park, Somerset. The winner of the small Farm Attraction of the Year (under 75,000 visitors pa) sponsored by David Taylor Design went to Pink Pig Farm in North Lincolnshire.

Other winners on the night were White Post Farm, Nottinghamshire which won both the Best Digital Presence sponsored by Vennersys and the Innovation award sponsored by Marsh & Co. Rand Farm Park in Lincolnshire won Best in Education sponsored by Jumping Pillows, and Odds Farm Park in Buckinghamshire won the best Food & Beverage award sponsored by Booker Wholesale. Colin King from 4-Kingdoms Adventure Farm won the Day Maker customer service award sponsored by PlayScheme. The best trade supplier award went to Timberplay for the second year running.

Richard Powell, NFAN chairman said, “Over 20 million visits a year are made to UK farm attractions and the annual awards celebrate the best farm parks in the UK. I’d like to congratulate all the winners and highly commended finalists.”

The full list of finalists and details about the NFAN Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition can be found on the NFAN website


Editor’s Notes:

NFAN AWARDS 2019 – Full list of sponsors and recipients:

Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award (Over 75,000 visitors)

Sponsored by Marsh & Co and AXA XL insurance

Winner – Puxton Park, Somerset

Highly Commended – Fishers Adventure Farm Park, West Sussex

Finalists – Finkley Down Farm, Hampshire; Williams Den, East Yorkshire; Rand Farm Park, Lincolnshire

Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award (Under 75,000 visitors)

Sponsored by David Taylor Designs

Winner – Pink Pig Farm, Isle of Wight

Highly Commended – Wynford Farm, Aberdeenshire

Finalists – Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Marsh & Co Insurance

Winner – White Post Farm, Nottinghamshire

Highly Commended – Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire

Finalists – Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton; Marsh Farm, Essex

Best Trade Supplier

Sponsored by NFAN

Winner – Timberplay, South Yorkshire

Highly Commended – Teddy Mountain, Devon

Finalists – Agility Marketing, Hertfordshire; Outdoor Play People, Cornwall

Best Food and Beverage Award

Sponsored by Booker Wholesale

Winner –  Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire

Highly Commended – Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon

Finalists: Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley; Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire; Pink Pig Farm, North Lincolnshire

Best in Education

Sponsored by Jumping Pillows

Winner – Rand Farm Park, Lincolnshire

Highly Commended – Tatton Hall Farm, Cheshire

Finalists – Hall Hill Farm, Durham; Park Hall The Countryside Experience, Shropshire

Best Digital Presence

Sponsored by Vennersys

Winner – White Post Farm, Nottinghamshire

Highly Commended – Fishers Adventure Farm Park, West Sussex.

Finalists – Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Bristol; Mead Open Farm, Bedfordshire;

Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire,

Day Maker Award

Sponsored by Playscheme

Winner – Colin King, 4 Kingdoms, Berkshire

Highly Commended – Andrew Garthwaite, Adventure Valley, Durham

Finalists – Scott Boyd, 4 Kingdoms, Berkshire; Alex Chettur, Marsh Farm, Essex; Chloe Miles, Mead Open Farm, Bedfordshire; Ceri Russell-Wilson, The Big Sheep, Devon; Dawn Peters, Whitehouse Farm Centre, Northumberland; Jeanette O’Neil, Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire.

NFAN would also like to thank the following conference sponsors…

Conference Gold Sponsors: S. Gregory & Co, Marsh & Co, Davies & Co

Awards Dinner Main Sponsor: Lorica Insurance

Awards Dinner Wine Sponsor: Timberplay

Drinks Reception Sponsors: Innovative Leisure, DigiTickets

Pre-Conference Networking dinner sponsor: miniportworld

Open Day Sponsors: Agility Marketing, Boyd Insurance

About NFAN

Uniting the Farm Attraction Industry, The National Farm Attraction Network (NFAN) has over 250 Members and is the only independent co-operative for farm and rural attractions. Encouraging best practice and knowledge sharing, NFAN proactively updates members on the latest HSE advice, represents the farm attraction industry at government meetings, runs events including the annual conference and awards, and provides ongoing support and guidance to members.

NFAN began in 1996 through the vision of Jim Keetch, a Farm Park owner in Weldon, Northants. He travelled the country, attending agricultural shows encouraging other farm parks to join. Jim Keetch passed away in 1998, but his name lives on through the Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award now in its 18th year and through his pioneering work in setting up NFAN, a voice for the farm park industry.

A full set of photos can be found on the NFAN website

For hi-res images please contact NFAN as below.

Conference & Awards photographs by: Alan Rennie

For more information please contact Jodie Kimble or call 03333 44 8987

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