For the 7th Year running
We have been awarded the VAQAS quality
mark for Visitor Attractions!!
The farm calves receive the Vaqas award on
behalf of the team!
VAQAS is the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.
It is Visit England’s quality assessment service for all types of visitor attractions throughout England. Every year we are assessed and receive feedback from an assessor.
We want to thank all our staff who have helped us to achieve this quality mark for the
7th year running!
The assessor said “On this quality assessment, Old Holly Farm has achieved a score of 82% and comfortably meets the criteria for an
accredited visitor attraction under the VisitEngland scheme. Due to the high quality offer within the Courtyard Cafe
the attraction can be put forward for the VisitEngland accolade of 'Quality Cafe'.
The stronger aspects of the visit were the cafe menu and quality of food, and the consistently high standards of
6th October 2014
Old Holly Farm wins at the
Wyre Stars in Tourism Awards!
Tourism businesses from across Wyre gathered at the Thornton Little Theatre for the annual awards ceremony on the 25th April. The awards organised by Wyre Tourism Association recognise the quality, determination and achievements of tourism businesses. Garry Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council said, "All the winners have excelled in their categories and should be very proud of their achievements. The tourism industry is an essential part of Wyre's economy and continues to flourish, thanks to the determination and innovation demonstrated by these businesses during difficult economic times".
Ian collecting our award from Dave Guest (BBC) and the Wyre Mayor
Old Holly Farm is very proud to have been awarded the Green Tourism Award
We continue to wok hard to be environmentally conscious in our business, including planting hedgerow for nesting birds, using local suppliers to reduce our carbon footprint, using low energy LED lighting, installing a composting machine for our kitchen waste, as well as water harvesting.
***CBeebies Something Special****
“Something Special” were at Old Holly Farm in August 2012,
and you can watch the episode by clicking on the image of Justin below >>
On Tuesday 28th August 2012, we were used as a location for an episode of CBeebies “Something Special” starring Justin, Mr Tumble and his friends, Dean and Clayton.
Justin with Mr Tumbles' Spotty Bag in the Old Holly dairy with the milk tank
The episode is based on the children learning about cows, milk and ice cream. Justin and the children got to meet some of the farm’s cows, then experience a milking in the farm’s parlour with Farmer Ian Pye, taking the milk from the milk tank and then turning the milk into choc-chip ice cream with Angela Stewart, who makes Coolcow ice cream on the farm. The filming lasted all day from 7.30am, and was a real treat for anyone visiting the farm who got to see Justin, his friends and the film crew at work.
Speaking on behalf of the farm, General Manager Alison Pye said “We were absolutely delighted to have been asked to provide the location for this exciting episode of ‘Something Special’. It’s great to be involved with a programme that educates children in a fun way showing the link between cows, milk and ice cream. There was a real buzz at the farm and we were all thrilled to be involved”.
Something Special is a simple, fun and informative programme focusing on aspects of the children's world about them. Each programme sees Justin and Mr Tumble out and about applying signing in a variety of places that have relevance to the young audience.‘Something Special’, which is filming at a number of different locations for the new series, is shown on CBeebies in the morning, and repeated throughout the day.
The programme featuring Old Holly Farm was shown on the 4th December 2012, but you can watch it again here>>>
We are Silver Winners at the VisitEngland
Awards for Excellence 2012!
The Silver Award is one of the highest accolades for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. We were presented with our Silver Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter.
Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said "In a year when we received a record of 392 high quality applications winning a Silver Award is a considerable achievement. Old Holly Farm has achieved one of the highest accolades for excellence in tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. I warmly congratulate them".
The Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award is being sponsored by The Green Tourism Business Scheme.
David Hodgkinson, Sales Director, Barclaycard, official partner of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, said; “Barclaycard is proud to be working with VisitEngland – and we’re especially proud to be this year’s official partner for the VisitEngland Excellence Awards. In England we can be proud of our diverse and successful tourism industry and at Barclaycard we understand the passion that goes into any service industry; we know it takes dedication and an unwavering commitment to make a business successful”.
Old Holly Farm truly reflects the spirit of this award and are worthy winners, congratulations.”
We received our award from Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland, and Amanda Cottrell, OBE, Chairman, Visit Kent and VisitEngland Board Member.
Speaking on behalf of Old Holly Farm, Alison Pye said “We are delighted to have received the Silver award at the VisitEngland award ceremony. To be recognised at a national level is fantastic and reflects the hard work, passion and enthusiasm the whole team put in, making Old Holly Farm what it is.”
We are very excited to announce that our Playbarn has been extended into the courtyard, creating more area downstairs and adding an additional toilet on the ground floor!
Work is now complete, so come along and have a look!
Have a look at our new extension on our Youtube videos >>>
A BIG Thank you to everyone who has worked on the Playbarn extension, it looks fantastic and we're sure will be a great addition to the farm.
Work starts in November 2011, first job to remove the flag path running alongside the Playbarn wall. Spot the hole in the left corner - its going to be a new room, but can you guess what!?!?!
Measuring up, and the steel work starts to go in.
December, and the outline of the first half of the building goes up, although work stops for a few weeks during Christmas
January 2012 - the second half of the building starts to come together, and the roof starts going on! Plus the pointing skills of the Whiteside brothers, Garstang, really starts to come together - looks like these walls have always been part of the farm!
February 2012 - the roof is on, the windows have arrived and are painted ready for installing!
21st and 22nd February 2012 - for the first time during the building we had to close whilst the extension flooring was dug up, ready for under floor heating to be put down in March. It only took us 2 days to dig it all up and concrete it!
The windows and new doorway into the classroom are also going in, plus the new toilet (the old animal feed store-room) has been kitted out with its new walls.
7th and 8th March 2012, the under floor heating and screed goes down. We also had to close these 2 days to give the screed time to set. After that its full steam ahead with the build, and we're not planning on shutting any more days (fingers crossed!)
March 2012 - the joiners are well on with fitting out the interiors, and the plastering starts.
March 2012 - The interior is painted and the joiners start to build the new counter.
The new counter is in and ready to go! And the door is moved forward to its new position
April 2012 - The new gate was officially opened and used by Levi!
And the new counter set up and ready to go
The new flooring is down, the shoe walls have been moved and we're in business!
The new toilet (it used to be the animal feed room) is open, with a child friendly sink height, perfect for washing hands :))
A BIG thanks to Tim Dixon from LBTB who accepted the award on our behalf
as unfortunately we could not be there on the night.
The winners of the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12 were announced at a glittering black-tie event hosted by West End star and Lancashire lass Jodie Prenger, on the evening of Thursday 22 September 2011, at the Paradise Room, Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool.
We are very proud to have been awarded the title of Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and Our award is now pride of place in our Courtyard Cafe, and sits alongside our Wyre awards.
This is what Jodie said as she announced Old Holly Farm as the winner>>
‘Who can resist the tweets from Lefty the dairy cow or a cone of ‘cool cow’ ice-cream? Its clever touches like these that make Old Holly Farm such an attractive day out for all the family. Their marketing, website and communications have captured the public imagination and engaged visitors, making this small attraction particularly appealing to little ones. With a highly competent and well-trained team delivering an unforgettable, quality experience.’
Mike Wilkinson, Managing Director of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board who introduced the event said “Despite the tough times that we’ve all endured, we are a resilient bunch in Lancashire and tonight you’ve see the remarkable triumphs of individuals as well as businesses working in the county’s £3 billion visitor economy. Every finalist should be very proud of their achievements.”
Follow Marketing Lancashire on Twitter @touristboard or the Visit Lancashire team @VisitLancashire for all the latest news about tourism in our region.
We are now Taste Lancashire accredited
We are delighted to have been awarded the Taste Lancashire Quality Assured badge for producing locally sourced, homemade food in our very own kitchen, by our talented team. We are very proud to use local suppliers, including Hamlets Butchers (Garstang), Tina's Bakery (Longridge), Berry Lane Bakery (Longridge), Thomas Moss (Longridge), Carron Lodge (Inglewhite), Lakeland Seafood (Fleetwood) plus many more. We even use our very own Organic Milk in our cooking and in all our drinks.