Following last month’s exciting news at The Beautiful South Awards, Fishers Adventure Farm Park has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for Best Farm Attraction UK 2017 in the National Farm Attractions Network Awards.
Farm parks are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK visitor attraction’s market according to research from Visit England. The National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) is at the heart of the industry and celebrates the sector’s champions with its annual awards.
Says Colin Evans, NFAN Chairman, “With over 20 million visits annually, farm attractions are one of the success stories of UK domestic tourism. Our members provide jobs for over 6000 people, and in the rural communities where they are based will often be one of the largest employers. We welcome hundreds of thousands of school children a year onto our farms to teach them about farming and show them where their food comes from.
“The NFAN annual awards celebrate the best of the best in the farm attractions sector; the educators and the innovators, the award winning farm restaurants and the customer service champions. We also recognise the key role played by our industry partners, from the architects and designers to play equipment manufacturers with our Trade Supplier of the Year award.”
Local West Sussex attraction Fishers Adventure Farm Park in Wisborough Green have just been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in these national awards for the “UK Farm Attraction of the Year 2017” and also for “Best Food & Beverage”. More than a hundred Farm Park Attractions across the UK enter these awards each year. Trina Rollings (Owner) commented “it is without doubt such an accolade to win in these prestigious awards, and we are absolutely delighted. As always here at the farm, it’s a team effort and we rely so much on all the input from our fabulous staff. It’s been a roller coaster from the beginning (all those 26 years ago!), but we still love it and say that we wouldn’t change anything about the journey”.
The winners were announced on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at a glittering awards dinner as part of a three day Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Brighton. The annual gathering of farm attraction owners and industry suppliers is the highlight event of the year and includes visits to two nearby farm attractions, trade exhibition and conference.
The National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) is the trade association for farm parks and rural attractions in the UK with over 200 farm attraction members and 80 trade members.
NFAN organise training workshops and open days, facilitate networking and represent the interests of farm attractions at a national level. It is an independent not for profit trade association governed by a management committee drawn from the membership and is funded solely by its members.
Visit England research: “Farms have seen the greatest increase in visits, particularly in the last ten years, since the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001.” Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2015 p.15 – Visit England. https://www.visitbritain.org/annual-survey-visits-visitor-attractions-latest-results
See full list of 2017 Awards Finalists at http://www.farmattractions.net/2017-conference-details-awards-finalists-announced/
For more information from NFAN please contact David Leon firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01904 615059