AN ABERGELE farm park has been named as one of four finalists for a UK-wide annual award.

Manorafon Farm Park has been shortlisted for the National Farm Attractions Network’s ‘Jim Keetch Farm Attraction of the Year Small Award’, eligible for those with less than 75,000 annual visitors.

It is up against Hall Hill Farm in Durham, Mini Meadows Farm in Northampton, and Mrs Dowson’s Farm Park in Blackburn, making it Wales’ only representative in this category.

The winners of all eight awards will be announced on January 19, 2022 at the annual awards dinner in Newport, which is part of a three-day conference and trade exhibition.

Jules Arrowsmith, managing director of Manorafon Farm Park, was delighted to make the final four, having never previously submitted an application to be nominated.

Jules said: “We’re really thrilled to be shortlisted. The farm is a young farm; we’ve only been going properly for about five years now, so to just be recognised is an honour.

“I don’t know how far we’ll get, but we’re just so thrilled for the team to have been shortlisted out of so many that applied to get this far. There are all sorts of categories that are judge by our peers and by the committee as well.

“It’s a really open industry that we’re in and it’s really refreshing, the help everyone gives and how open and friendly everyone is.”

This news follows the farm’s recent shortlisting in the 'Go Attraction of the Year' category in the Go North Wales Tourism Awards, which, despite not winning, Jules added: “Again, it was an honour to be up there with the hitters across North Wales.”

The farm, which was recently used once again by ITV for the production of ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ at Gwrych Castle, opened in May 2014 and now welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year.

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