Shining a spotlight on farm parks, rural attractions and trade businesses all over the UK, winners in the 2020 NFAN Awards were announced on Wednesday 29th January 2020 at Doncaster Racecourse.
With more than 300 delegates in attendance, the NFAN Awards showcase the best in the industry and is classed as the Farm Attraction ‘Oscars’. This year’s glittering awards were part of the three-day annual conference in Yorkshire and were hosted by TV presenter and journalist Christa Ackroyd.
More than 70 nominations from attractions and suppliers around the UK were submitted to the awards this year for consideration in categories including Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award (Over 75,000 visitors), Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award (Under 75,000 visitors), Innovation Award, Best Trade Supplier, Best Food and Beverage, Best in Education, Best Digital Presence and Day Maker Award.
The winner of the Large Farm Attraction of the Year (over 75,000 visitors pa) sponsored by Marsh & Co and AXA XL Insurance was Cannon Hall Farm from South Yorkshire. The winner of the Small Farm Attraction of the Year (under 75,000 visitors pa) sponsored by David Taylor Design went to Little Owl Farm Park in Worcestershire.
Other winners on the night were 4 Kingdoms Adventure Farm from Berkshire which won the Innovation Award sponsored by Play Area Hygiene Services, Air Bouncers from Ireland which won Best Trade Supplier Award sponsored by National Farm Attractions Network, Mead Open Farm from Bedfordshire which won Best Food & Beverage sponsored by Booker Wholesale, Cannon Hall Farm from South Yorkshire which won Best Digital Presence sponsored by DigiTickets, Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm from North Yorkshire which won Best in Education sponsored by National Farm Attractions Network and Rhian McIntosh from Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol who won the Day Maker Award sponsored by Playscheme.
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, highly commended and finalists.”
Large Farm Attraction Winner Cannon Hall Farm
Small Farm Attraction Winner Little Owl Farm Park
A full set of photos can be found on the NFAN website
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NFAN AWARDS 2020 – 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 – Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire
Highly Commended – York Maze, Yorkshire
Finalists – Bocketts Farm Park, Surrey; Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire
Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Award (Under 75,000 visitors)
Sponsored by David Taylor Design
Winner – Little Owl Farm Park,
Highly Commended – Wynford Farm Park, Aberdeenshire
Finalists – Hall Farm Park, Lincolnshire; Thornton Hall, Yorkshire
Sponsored by Play Area Hygiene Services
Winner – 4 Kingdoms Adventure Farm, Berkshire
Highly Commended – Heads of Ayr, Ayr
Finalists – Web Adventure Park, Yorkshire; Pennywell Farm, Devon
Best Trade Supplier
Sponsored by NFAN
Winner – Air Bouncers, Ireland
Highly Commended – David Taylor Design, Cornwall
Finalists – Timberplay, South Yorkshire; Teddy Mountain, Devon
Best Food and Beverage Award
Sponsored by Booker Wholesale
Winner – Mead Open Farm,
Highly Commended – Fishers Adventure Farm Park, West Sussex
Finalists – Walby Farm Park, Cumbria ; Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire
Best in Education
Sponsored by NFAN
Winner – Brimham Rocks Adventure
Farm, North Yorkshire
Highly Commended – Wynford Farm Park , Aberdeenshire
Finalists – Hall Hill Farm, Durham; Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton
Best Digital Presence
Sponsored by Digitickets
Winner – Cannon Hall Farm, South
Highly Commended – Mead Open Farm, Bedfordshire
Finalists – National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire ; Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire
Day Maker Award
Sponsored by Playscheme
Winner – Rhian McIntosh – Noah’s Ark
Zoo Farm, Bristol
Highly Commended – Jennifer Neil – Wynford Farm Park, Aberdeenshire
Finalists – Mick Smith – Web Adventure Park, Yorkshire ; John Melnyk – 4 Kingdoms Adventure Farm, Berkshire; Martin Ruffle – Bocketts
NFAN would also like to thank the following conference sponsors…
Conference Gold Sponsors: Davies & Co, Marsh & Co, Agility Marketing
Awards Dinner Main Sponsor: Lorica Insurance
Awards Dinner Wine Sponsor: Timberplay
Drinks Reception Sponsors: Innovative Leisure
Pink Pig Farm Afternoon Visit Sponsor: Merlinsoft
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Open Day Sponsor: Regency Purchasing
Uniting the Farm Attraction Industry, The National Farm Attractions 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 Awards now in its 19th year and through his pioneering work in setting up NFAN, a voice for the farm park industry.
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