National Forest Adventure Farm, in Staffordshire, to reopen with launch of a new interactive Critter Village activity and Fire Pit & Beer Garden Evenings
The National Forest Adventure Farm, in Staffordshire, is launching two new attractions as it gets ready to reopen its doors when restrictions are lifted in April – a new Critter Village event where daytime visitors will be entertained by a bee, butterfly and hedgehog and Fire Pit & Beer Garden Evenings, where friends and families will be able to relax in the evening and enjoy the outdoor play area.
Following Government guidelines, the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill, near Burton upon Trent, will welcome visitors back from Monday 12th April providing 40 acres of outdoor play for families.
The New Life and Critter Village event sees the farm welcome new life into the farm this spring with baby chicks, piglets and kid goats joining the animal zone. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the hundreds of new lambs due to be born in the Lambing Live Tent plus lamb feeding demonstrations. Families can also hop on-board the Critter Village Express tractor ride to woodland on the Farm and make their way to Critter Village. Once there, they will meet an entertaining bee, butterfly and hedgehog and enjoy fun activities.
Meanwhile, the new Fire Pit & Beer Garden Evenings, where visitors can pre-book a seated fire pit area, build on the safe and successful outdoor Moonlight Harvest event held last Halloween.
The farm will be transformed in the evenings into the perfect beer garden with outdoor lighting making the most of the farm’s wonderful outdoor space and play area. Friends and families can also relax by one of fifteen private fire pits which include a gazebo, bottle of prosecco and marshmallows for toasting. Visitors can order food and drink from the bar via an app, and it will be delivered to their dedicated table.
All activities include Covid-19 safety measures such as: limited capacity, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, extra hand-sanitising stations, using face masks in indoor spaces such as the reception and toilet facilities and dedicated cleaning teams employed.
Ivor Robinson, who owns the independent farm attraction with his brother Tom and whose family has farmed in the area for over 50 years, said Spring is always a very special time and it’s great to be able to reopen the doors and welcome guests to share our new attractions here at the National Forest Adventure Farm.
He said: “This is such a magical time on the farm when everything springs into life with new chicks, lambs and piglets bustling about.
“We can’t wait to see our visitors enjoying quality time together and our priority has always been to provide acres of outdoor safe play for families. It’s great to be able to use our acres of space to put on events such as the Fire Pit and Beer Garden Evenings so friends and families can make the most of their time together outside. We have worked hard to safely reopen the site and are looking forward to welcoming both guests and our new baby arrivals as the farm reopens its doors.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Tom Robinson has been instrumental in supporting the return of the farm attraction industry and making sure that sites open safely with strict measures in place to keep families and staff safe.
As the chairman of the National Farm Attraction Network, which supports the diversification of farms across the UK, Tom has worked alongside DeFRA, Visit Britain, the National Farmers Union (NFU) and other government and trade organisations to produce guidelines for the safe opening of visitor attractions last year.
In doing so the farm, which always has strict hygiene practices in place, has gone above and beyond to create a safe visitor experience while keeping the family friendly farm fun they are known for.
Tom commented: “As we did last year, we have gone above and beyond to ensure our activities are of our usual high standards, with all the ever-changing covid-19 safety rules being maintained. I am very proud of the teams’ creativity and versatility to ensure our business continues to offer the fun and unique opportunities family have come to enjoy and love at the farm.”
New Life & Critter Village
Admission will be limited, and visitors will need to pre-book a dedicated morning or afternoon time slot either 9am – 1pm or 2pm – 6pm. Social distancing will need to be strictly maintained throughout with one group or family per activity at a time with all apparatus and touch points cleaned down in between each use.
All tickets need to be pre-booked online. The event runs from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th April, Saturday 24th April, Sunday 25th April and then Saturday 1st May to Monday 3rd May.
The outdoor play adventure play area, animal display areas, farmyard safari tractor ride, barrel stampede ride will all be open including the meet and feed animal areas, outdoor go-karts, guinea pig petting, jumping pillows, JCB big dig zone, musical maze, Jurassic sand play and fossil dig and mini quad bikes.
Note – the indoor soft play centre and Scarecrow Joe’s Restaurant will remain closed until further notice.
However, Crumpets takeaway grill, chippy and ice cream parlour will be open for takeaway food with the opportunity to pre-order pizza as well.
Tickets are available at www.adventurefarm.co.uk and start from £10.99.
Fire Pit & Beer Garden Evenings
Admission will be limited, and visitors will need to pre-book their tickets with gates opening at 6.30pm and closing at 10.30pm. Visitors can book a fire pit for up to 10 people. This includes a seating, a gazebo, bottle of prosecco and marshmallows for toasting. Alternatively, visitors can book a table for the evening for up to 6 people. Food and drink from the bar can be ordered via an app and delivered to the table.
All tickets need to be pre-booked online. The event runs on selected dates between 14 April and 2 May 2021.
Tickets are available at www.adventurefarm.co.uk and start from £4.00 per person.