New Staffordshire farm attraction welcomes over 8,000 visitors in first six weeks!

Team standing outside of Play @ Lower Drayton Farm

Penkridge’s Lower Drayton Farm hit two landmarks this week – six weeks since it first opened the doors to its new farm attraction, it welcomed its 8000th visitor.

PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm first opened to the public on Saturday, 15th August with its ‘Summer Unlocked’ event offering families a chance to spend time together in the countryside following lockdown. Originally intended to be an outdoor event, the team had to act quickly to get the huge new indoor playbarn ready for visitors following the Government’s announcement – in the week running up to launch – that soft play centres were allowed to reopen. Farmer Richard Bower explains:

“This project has been almost a decade in the planning – we were originally aiming to launch in early summer this year, but COVID-19 and lockdown meant that the project had to go on ice.  As lockdown eased, we prepared to re-open with a summer only event in our new outdoor play space, and were literally on the starting blocks when the government announced that soft play centres could reopen. It was a steep learning curve to get the indoor play ready to open following COVID safety guidelines, but we did it and the feedback has been phenomenal.

“We’ve now seen over 8,000 visitors pass through the gates in the first six weeks of opening, and we’ve received rave reviews on Facebook and Twitter. We couldn’t be more proud of the whole team and how they have delivered an exceptional experience for families. We’re now adjusting to term time trade, planning ahead for our October half term activities – including a PYO pumpkin patch – and our membership packages.”

The new venture has created some 48 new jobs at the farm – including part time seasonal and full-time in the play zones, animal care and the on-site Honeypots Café. For more information on PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm and to book, head to lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk

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This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.
Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺
Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week? 
Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/
#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands

This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.

Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺

Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week?

Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/

#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands
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Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️. 
These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter. 
As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻
You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit! 
#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids

Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️.

These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter.

As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻

You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit!

#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids
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This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please. 
The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊

This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please.

The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊
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It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!
Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸

It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!

Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸
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Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!
PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.
So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket 
#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture

Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!

PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.

So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket

#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture
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Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches. 
Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧
In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming…. 
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow  #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm

Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches.

Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧

In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming….

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm
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Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend. 
A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼
Who’s coming to see her tomorrow? 
#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram

Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend.

A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼

Who’s coming to see her tomorrow?

#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram
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Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…
Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜
#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire

Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…

Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜

#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire
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*COMPETITION CLOSED* 
Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience? 
To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June. 
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: 
Winnie the Pooh famously loves… 
A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots 
Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct. 
Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.
#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024

*COMPETITION CLOSED*

Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience?

To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

Winnie the Pooh famously loves…

A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots

Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct.

Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.

#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024
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