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Families across Dorset have been voting in volume over the past couple of months for their favourite local family-friendly places and entertainment in the esteemed Primary Times Star Awards.

Parents of children aged 4 to 11 across Dorset were asked to complete a survey that appeared in this family friendly magazine that is distributed to over 90% of primary schools across Dorset and taken home directly to mum and dad via the children. In addition, many families cast nominations online via the Primary Times website –

Families were asked a series of straight-forward open-ended questions. Suggestive questions and multiple choice answers were deliberately omitted from the survey to test for unprompted responses. The answers were intriguingly revealing and portrayed an honest reflection of where families prefer to spend their leisure time or buy their goods.

Readers were quizzed on their most preferred choice in 9 separate categories. This year, there was a separate category for ‘Overall Winner’, which allowed readers to think about and select their favourite attraction or entertainment which offered them the best overall experience. In the past this award was won by the business that had received the greatest percentage of votes across the different categories.

Collectively, readers voted for Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park as their ‘Overall Winner’ for 2015. This really is a great reward for this all-encompassing attraction that offers great value birthday parties, plentiful indoor and outdoor activities, as well as entertaining, educational shows that clearly accommodate the needs of local families.

Linda Edwards, Publishing Editor at Primary Times Dorset said: “Once again we were delighted with the positive response from our readers and are extremely grateful for their efforts in submitting their questionnaires on time. As always, the results are incredibly thought-provoking and revealing, and offer a glimpse into what is going through the minds of local families. We would like to applaud all the individual winners of each category and congratulate them on their success. This year the ‘Overall Winner’ category was chosen by our readers, and we are thrilled for Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park on winning this particularly significant award. We look forward to seeing what the next twelve months will bring and how the local attractions and venues will evolve and develop.”

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park Quote:“Udderly brilliant news!When we heard we had won Dorset’s Overall Winner Award, for the 3rdyear in a row, it took our breath away! Consistency and attention to detail have always been our motto and Primary Times readers have decided we are motivated to deliver our own special brand of traditional, child focused, family day out giving everyone fun and new experiences. 2015 has been such fun,amazing customer participation at our themed events made the year all the more entertaining.
From all the team at Farmer Palmers Farm Park – a big Thank Ewe to all who voted for usyou know who you are!(From babies to grandparents, birthday party guests, group visitorsand annual pass holders).”

Read more about the Primary Times Reader Star Awards at

For more details about the Primary Times Reader Star Awards please contact Alicia Coles or Kirsty Woodgate on 01626 891944 or email or

Editors Notes:
1. The Primary Times Reader Star Award survey was featured in the Back to School magazine. 50,000 copies were distributed reaching over 90% of Primary Schools in Dorset.
2. Aside from the overall winner, there were 8 different categories asking readers for their favourite family attraction; indoor play centre; outdoor play centre; stately home or historical attraction; party venue/entertainer; craft activity place; sports venue or provider and best event attended this year.
3. Overall Winner: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
4. Regional winners in Dorset are as follows:

Family Attraction: Adventure Wonderland
Indoor Play/Activity Centre: Monkey Madness
Outdoor Play/Activity Centre: Moors Valley Country Park
Stately Home/Historic Attraction: National Trust’s Kingston Lacy
Party Venue/Entertainer: Jamie Jambo
Craft Activity Place: Poole Pottery
Sports Venue or Provider: Littledown Sports Centre
Best event attended this Year: Bournemouth Air Show

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