A Staffordshire farm attraction, instrumental in supporting the tourism industry during the pandemic, is preparing to unveil a summer of activities for all ages as restrictions ease.
The National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill, near Burton on Trent, is launching its family focussed Dino Summer event including interactive dinosaurs and a dino-themed maize maze with the Farm’s three storey soft play barn also reopening. A series of six NEW outdoor Sounds of Summer live music nights will offer visitors of all ages the chance to enjoy live entertainment while the evening sun fades.
As part of Dino Summer, visitors will meet the farm’s latest interactive dinosaurs from triceratops to T-Rex or take on the dino themed maize maze as the Staffordshire farm park plays host to a summer of dinosaurs. Running from Saturday 17th July to Wednesday 1st September young explorers can also take part in an interactive show to learn how to train a dinosaur.
Sounds of Summer is a first for the farm attraction and sees six summer evenings featuring different a range of artists from lively pop and 80s classics to West Country chart toppers The Wurzels, all staged in a rural setting. As part of the National Forest Adventure Farm’s commitment to bringing family and friends together, these unique outdoor events will allow guests to soak up a festival atmosphere as they unwind in the country air to an evening of live music.
Following on from the Government easing of lockdown regulations the indoor soft play will be reopening from Saturday 26th June with guests asked to book set time slots.
Tom Robinson, who owns the National Forest Adventure Farm with his brother Ivor and whose family has been farming in their current location in Tatenhill, Staffordshire for over 50 years, said the whole team were excited to continue to help families to make special memories throughout the summer holidays.
“Each year we are passionate about helping to bring friends and families together through unique rural experiences. This summer will be no different and we are bringing back our most popular Dino Summer event with interactive shows and giant dinosaur friends offering families the chance to meet and explore the fantastic world of T-Rex, Triceratops and other dinosaur favourites.
“Our new evening outdoor live entertainment events will bring a festival feel to the farm and allow families and groups of friends to relax in the countryside while enjoying great street foods, drink and live music. We are excited to be able to bring together such an eclectic mix of musical tastes providing an evening of live music on each of the six nights, with the stage placed on a natural slope to allow a great view for our guests.”
“Summer is such a great time for families to make and share unique memories together and we are excited to launch this year’s summer events which have something for everyone.”Tom Robinson
The brothers have worked hard to adapt the farm park to provide safe, socially distanced outdoor activities for families throughout the pandemic. During the summer months extra cleaning, social distancing and hand sanitising stations will continue in line with Government guidelines.
Dino Summer with its themed maize maze and resident velociraptor, will be the 17th year a maize maze has been held at the Postern Road site after the tradition started in 2004. Since then, the annual maze is planted in the 9-acre field each year in May and then carefully crafted with a theme carved out in the twisting paths. By the end of the summer the maize towers up to 9ft tall.
Dino Summer will run every day from Saturday 17th July to Wednesday 1st September from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Tickets start from £14.99. Guests are asked to pre-book a time slot for the indoor play area at the time of booking.
Live music event Sounds of Summer will kick off on Saturday 31st July with The Barricade Boys – A Night at the Musicals, followed by Disco Inferno and a night of 1970’s floor fillers on Saturday 7th August, a tribute to music legend Queen is on Saturday 14th August with The Best of Queen, West Country chart toppers The Wurzels – known for their number one hit The Combine Harvester play on Saturday 21st August, followed by Sounds of the 80s with The Zoots on Friday 27th August before finishing with a tribute to pop stars Little Mix on Saturday 28th August with We Love Little Mix.
Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Festival street foods including wood fired pizzas, fish and chips and grill are all available as well as a licensed bar. Tickets cost £18 with a gazebo upgrade at £40 for a maximum of 6 people to include a gazebo and picnic table.