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Tapnell Farm Scoops National Award for Best Farm Attraction

2nd November 2019

Tapnell Farm Park fought off tough competition from around the UK to win the award for “Small Farm Attraction of the Year” at the National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) annual conference and awards ceremony last week.

The NFAN annual awards, which are often described as the “Farm Attraction Oscars”, took place at the International Centre in Telford on 1st February, at a glittering dinner hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Carl Jones. They celebrate the best in UK farm and rural attractions, where winners are recognised for championing customer service, innovation, and outstanding education. Over 20 million visits a year are made to farm parks across the UK, enabling families and school groups to discover more about farming and food, whilst having fun.

Our Farm Park was nominated alongside Hall Hill Farm in County Durham, Cantref Adventure Farm in Brecon, and The Pink Pig in Scunthorpe, but won the judging panel over to become the 2017 best UK farm attraction (for under 75,000 visitors).

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These are the highlights from the judges comments about Tapnell Farm:

“This was a very impressive farm park experience, to be so on point in so many areas highlights the level of thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating the farm attraction. We were greeted with a very warm smile and the smiles continued with every team member’s path we crossed.”

“The animals and play areas were spotless, and the well-designed signage pulled everything together brilliantly, there was a strong emphasis on education and also clever ways to make visitors recycle.”

“The impression we had was of visiting a well-seasoned, well researched and mature attraction delivered by a very experienced team, so it is even more impressive that Tapnell are in their first season of operation.”

“Tapnell Farm Park are very worthy winners of the UK’s best small farm attraction.”

As well as winning the attraction award, our we were also “Highly Commended” in the “Best Food and Beverage Award” for our Farm Park Café! Coming a close second to Farmer Copleys Farm Shop and Restaurant in North Yorkshire.

And that’s not all… we also had success closer to home last week, as we landed the Myisleofwight award for “Best Place for Family Fun” for the Farm Park, and three awards for our accommodation, with “Best Place to Go Glamping” for Tom’s Eco Lodge, “Cosiest Hideaway” for our Pods, and “Best Place for a Shindig” for Tapnell Manor! The ceremony was hosted on own doorstep at The Cow Co Bar & Restaurant – The Myisleofwight Awards recognise excellence amongst tourism businesses on the Isle of Wight, and are one of the few awards which are voted solely by visitors.