Farm attraction hopes to cultivate more success

HALL HILL FARM is aiming to crown last year’s Farm Attraction of the Year title with another accolade from the same prestigious body.

Hall Hill Farm elves Ann Darlington and Lynn Morralee with Santa

HALL HILL FARM is aiming to crown last year’s Farm Attraction of the Year title with another accolade from the same prestigious body.

The farm, near Lanchester in County Durham, was named the National Farm Attraction Network (NFAN) Farm Attraction of the Year 2011 and is now down to the final three in the NFAN Best Customer Service category.

NFAN is the UK’s only independent national co-operative for farm and rural attractions. Its annual awards recognise the importance of high-quality farm and rural tourism businesses right across the UK. Hall Hill will find out whether it was been successful next spring.

The farm’s tourism manager, Ann Darlington, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for Best Customer Service, as we were up against farms from all over the country.

“This prestigious nomination is fantastic news for everyone at Hall Hill Farm and a lovely early Christmas present.

“We have all worked very hard to make sure that we provide each visitor with an enjoyable and memorable experience. The fact we have been shortlisted nationally is a real credit to all of our staff."

Hall Hill opened in 1981 and is based on a 291-hectare site near Lanchester. The farm is owned by Jack and Pat Gibson, whose son David runs the working farm and livery and daughter Ann Darlington manages the visitor enterprise. The attraction employs up to 50 people at the height of its summer season.

The farm is currently looking forward to welcoming Santa tomorrow and each weekend leading up to Christmas.

Visitors during the festive season can also meet the animals in their winter stables, feed Rudolph and Bambi as well as take a ride on Santa’s Christmas tractor and trailer ride.

 
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