National Award for Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm wins Gold Award at National Tourism Awards!
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has been announced as a Gold award winner for Accessible and Inclusive tourism in the Visit England Awards for Excellence!
The Awards presentation took place on Platform 9 ¾ of Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London, on Wednesday 7th June 2023, celebrating the best tourism and hospitality businesses in England.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm was presented the gold award for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Business at the ceremony. With tough competition from WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages & lakeside Hub, Lancashire!
“It was a real honour to go to the Visit England Awards to receive the award on behalf of Noah's Ark. We are extremely proud that this award recognises the work of our Zoo to become as accessible and inclusive as possible. It is fantastic recognition of our team’s continued hard work and dedication. We will continue to follow our visitor’s feedback to improve the overall experience for every guest here at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm” Rhian Gunstone, Brand and Engagement manager.
Noah’s Ark has worked hard over the past 5 years to become as accessible and inclusive as possible, acting on visitor feedback to provide enhanced facilities to support everyone’s visit. This work has is supported by the Zoo’s ‘Ark for All’ project which aims to improve accessibility and promote wellbeing. The Zoo has worked with Bristol’s Mobility Centre to provide mobility scooters to visitors as well as introducing training for staff on Dementia, Autism, Mental Health and more.
The motivations behind these efforts to become accessible and inclusive stem from the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm charity’s belief that everyone should be able to enjoy and experience the wonder of wildlife as well as create lasting memories together with friends and family. It is well known that there are significant benefits to wellbeing by connecting with nature and being active outdoors. By creating a welcoming and accessible environment, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm hope to break down barriers and encourage visitors with disabilities to visit the Zoo and engage with animals.