Children’s Farm stand victorious at the Staffordshire County Show for second year running

An educational stand designed to engage visitors on the theme of ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’ saw Penkridge’s PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm win its category and be named Champion stand at the Staffordshire County Show last week. 

This is the second year running the popular farm attraction – which offers families a fun day out while learning about farming and the countryside – has scooped the coveted award. The stand featured an impressive display of state-of-the-art farming tech – including the farm’s recently acquired ‘Agri-Droid’; its famous purple jubilee tractor; the farm’s digital weather stations and a ‘Moo-call’ calving alarm on display, with clear posters giving fascinating facts about each element.

However, the stand wasn’t all about education – visitors were encouraged to sit in the real tractors – including a vintage Massey Fergusson dwarfed by its modern counterpart, ride mini pedal tractors, meet the farm’s calves, sheep, ponies, donkeys, chicks and guinea pigs; test their knowledge in a quiz trail and enter a fun competition to colour their own picture of a farming robot. Free child tickets to the farm’s multi award-winning PLAY@ farm attraction were also given out to visiting families over the two days.

Farmer Richard Bower, who runs both the farming and farm attraction operation alongside his father Ray, said:

“There were literal tears of joy for the whole team when it was announced that our stand had won. Having been named champion last year, we never expected to win again but we still pulled out all the stops – the aim was to create a fun yet educational space where visitors, especially children, could learn about how tech is transforming farming and what it means for the future of jobs in agriculture.

“Public engagement has never been more important for the farming industry, and the response from visitors was amazing – it was great to see so many people genuinely interested in finding out how we are embracing technology to future-proof food production. Winning any award is special, but as a 5th generation farming family who have been farming in Staffordshire for over 100 years, a win at the Staffordshire County Show is extra-special. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, to our brilliant team who worked so hard not only at the show itself but back at the farm where PLAY@ was busy for half term, and to all the business who work alongside us as we continue to grow.”

If you missed PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm’s Children’s Farm stand at the Staffordshire County Show, there’s still time to see it at a number of forthcoming local events – including Penkridge Children’s Market on Sunday 9th June; Love Cheese Live on 28 & 29 June; the Stone Food & Drink Festival on 5, 6 & 7 July; Newport Show on Sat 13 July.

To find out what makes PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm an award-winning day out, head to https://playatthefarm.co.uk

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Great to see Pippa and friends enjoying her 9th Birthday Party 🥳 at the farm last weekend 😊
Interested in a birthday party packed with PLAY@ adventure? Head to https://playatthefarm.co.uk/party/
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Great to see Pippa and friends enjoying her 9th Birthday Party 🥳 at the farm last weekend 😊

Interested in a birthday party packed with PLAY@ adventure? Head to https://playatthefarm.co.uk/party/

#daysoutwithkids #farmattractionuk #LowerDraytonFarm #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock # #penkridge #stafford #stokeontrent #wolverhampton #birmingham #rugeley #staffordshire #birthday #birthdayparty ##birthdaypartyvenue
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Happy Pride Month!
We’ve always welcomed Rainbow Families to PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm, and this year we are delighted to announce that we’ll be taking part in the parade as part of Stafford Pride on Sunday 10th August!
Look out for our big purple tractor and for Pixie Fairy, who’ll be blowing beautiful bubbles for the crowd! 
As a special shout-out out to all our LBGT+ farm fans as the world celebrates that #LoveisLove we’re offering 10% off online PLAY@ bookings throughout June & July using code PRIDE10 
@stafford_pride 
#LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #pridemonth #staffordpride2024 #staffordpride #lovewins #rainbowfamily #rainbowfamilies

Happy Pride Month!

We’ve always welcomed Rainbow Families to PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm, and this year we are delighted to announce that we’ll be taking part in the parade as part of Stafford Pride on Sunday 10th August!

Look out for our big purple tractor and for Pixie Fairy, who’ll be blowing beautiful bubbles for the crowd!

As a special shout-out out to all our LBGT+ farm fans as the world celebrates that #LoveisLove we’re offering 10% off online PLAY@ bookings throughout June & July using code PRIDE10

@stafford_pride
#LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #pridemonth #staffordpride2024 #staffordpride #lovewins #rainbowfamily #rainbowfamilies
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Home Ed session Monday 17 June: Maize Maze Planting…
We head out to the field that will soon play host to our towering Maize Maze – talking about how maize is planted using technology to create the maze pattern, and what the crop is used for once we’ve had our summer dino maze fun!
Book your space online now! https://playatthefarm.co.uk/home-education-sessions/
#LowerDraytonFarm #wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #birmingham #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #farmvisit #homeeducation #westmidsmums #homeedbirmingham #homeedwolverhampton #homeeducators #homeeducationuk

Home Ed session Monday 17 June: Maize Maze Planting…

We head out to the field that will soon play host to our towering Maize Maze – talking about how maize is planted using technology to create the maze pattern, and what the crop is used for once we’ve had our summer dino maze fun!

Book your space online now! https://playatthefarm.co.uk/home-education-sessions/

#LowerDraytonFarm #wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #birmingham #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #farmvisit #homeeducation #westmidsmums #homeedbirmingham #homeedwolverhampton #homeeducators #homeeducationuk
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Thanks Benji! Looks like someone’s going to have some  grooming to do later 😂
Have you met our resident Shetland ponies, Benji and his brother Jimmi?
#meettheanimals #lowerdraytonfarm #farmvisit #staffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily

Thanks Benji! Looks like someone’s going to have some grooming to do later 😂

Have you met our resident Shetland ponies, Benji and his brother Jimmi?

#meettheanimals #lowerdraytonfarm #farmvisit #staffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily
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Happy campers!
Today we waved farewell to overnight visitors Indie & Katie who camped with us on their walking route from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. There are a few visitors undertaking the challenge for charity who will stay with us on the farm this year, and we always send them off with a The Wright Family Dairy Taste the Milk 🥛 milkshake to maintain their energy levels for the mammoth trek. Good luck guys 😊
P.S. If you’re waiting for news on our summer Pitch up & Play@ camping, details are coming soon - watch out social feeds for updates! ⛺️
@wright_family_dairy

Happy campers!

Today we waved farewell to overnight visitors Indie & Katie who camped with us on their walking route from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. There are a few visitors undertaking the challenge for charity who will stay with us on the farm this year, and we always send them off with a The Wright Family Dairy Taste the Milk 🥛 milkshake to maintain their energy levels for the mammoth trek. Good luck guys 😊

P.S. If you’re waiting for news on our summer Pitch up & Play@ camping, details are coming soon - watch out social feeds for updates! ⛺️

@wright_family_dairy
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🦕Dino Discovery Maize Maze update!🦕
A couple of weeks ago we planted our 2024 summer maize maze - it’s been a tricky start this spring with unseasonably wet weather, but we made it and the maze is now growing fast 🙌
Here’s Farmer Richard to tell you all about the process of planting and growing maize - including our special secret ingredient 🦖💩
Tickets are now on sale - all part of your PLAY@ admission throughout the summer break! 
 #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #westmidlands #farmvisit #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #makingmemories #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #mazemaize #dinos #dinolovers #summerfun

🦕Dino Discovery Maize Maze update!🦕

A couple of weeks ago we planted our 2024 summer maize maze - it’s been a tricky start this spring with unseasonably wet weather, but we made it and the maze is now growing fast 🙌

Here’s Farmer Richard to tell you all about the process of planting and growing maize - including our special secret ingredient 🦖💩

Tickets are now on sale - all part of your PLAY@ admission throughout the summer break!

#LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #westmidlands #farmvisit #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #makingmemories #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #mazemaize #dinos #dinolovers #summerfun
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On Sunday 16th June dads can visit PLAY@ for FREE! 
Simply book online in advance and one adult ticket will be free of charge for each booking. 
Members will be able to bring along two additional adults for free on Father’s Day only - so grandads from both sides of the family can join in the fun! 
Head to our website to book - https://playatthefarm.co.uk
#familyfarm #familyattractions #westmidlands #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #daysoutwithkids #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysout #makingmemories #birmingham #stokeontrent #staffordshire

On Sunday 16th June dads can visit PLAY@ for FREE!

Simply book online in advance and one adult ticket will be free of charge for each booking.

Members will be able to bring along two additional adults for free on Father’s Day only - so grandads from both sides of the family can join in the fun!

Head to our website to book - https://playatthefarm.co.uk

#familyfarm #familyattractions #westmidlands #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #daysoutwithkids #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysout #makingmemories #birmingham #stokeontrent #staffordshire
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