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Farm industry ‘Oscars’ launched

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The National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) has launched its 2014 farm attractions ‘Oscars’ to find the stars of the farm park industry.

We’re looking for the UK Farm Park with the X-Factor; a trade supplier that shows Britain’s Got Talent and farm park catering that rivals Masterchef!!

Other awards include ‘best in class’ Customer Service, Best Digital Presence and a special award will be given to an ‘Unsung Hero’ – a member of staff or volunteer who has gone the extra mile for their farm park.

Independent Judges

This year, most of the Awards will be judged independently from leading figures in the farm and tourism industry including Christopher Howard, Tourism Consultant for Visit Britain, who will be judging the Farm Attraction of the Year.

2013 Farm Park of the Year Winner, Steve Vinden from Odds Farm Park said the awards were a fantastic way to recognise farm parks and trade suppliers.

“Winning Farm Attraction of the Year gave us a real boost. It was great for team morale and I would urge all NFAN members to enter.”

Chairman of NFAN, Matthew Heast, 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

Matt added:

“We are delighted that most of the categories will be independently judged this year including the Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year. We look forward to receiving all the entries and finding our 2014 NFAN stars.”

For further information, farm attractions can download information from, email or call 01536 513397.

Editor’s note:

For more information, please contact Louise or Anita on 01442 890088 or email

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.

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With over 200 farm members, The National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) unites the farm and rural attraction industry.

Encouraging best practice and knowledge sharing, we proactively update members on the latest HSE advice, represent the farm attraction industry at government meetings, run events and provide ongoing support and guidance.

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