THE weather may be turning cloudy and cold as the seasons start to change, but the outlook is certainly sunny for the National Forest Adventure Farm, which experienced its best summer yet for visitor numbers.
The amount of people heading to the attraction, near Tatenhill during August rose by almost 50 per cent, with staff welcoming up to 1,700 people on busy days.
Visitors came from far and wide to see the 10-acre maze, with some people through the door having travelled from as far away as America.
Tom Robinson, director of the National Forest Adventure Farm, said: “We are delighted with how the summer holidays and maze season has gone this year. We’ve had our busiest summer yet .
“I’m sure it is partly due to the weather we enjoyed. After last year being the wettest on record, it was great to have a warm and dry summer. On the sunny August Bank Holiday Monday we even broke our visitor record with 1,700 people enjoying the carnival theme day at the farm.”
Last year’s bad weather brought a disappointing crop for the Olympic-themed maze, so staff were thrilled to see the football design grow to more than eight feet this time around.
Mr Robinson said: “It created a great – if disorientating – atmosphere.
“We’ve had some wonderful feedback.”“
This year’s theme was inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Football Association (FA), which has a base at the nearby St George’s Park.
When it opened in July, St George’s Park chairman David Sheepshanks CBE said: “With the National Forest Adventure Farm attracting over 100,000 visitors a year, we are thrilled that in our 150th year we are able to showcase football in this way to that many people, as well as to engage young people and their parents in the work that The FA is doing at all levels of the game.”
This was the tenth maze to be created by gardeners at the site.