As the 2016 National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Annual Convention approaches, it is time for the thousands of young farmers to start preparations and packing.
We, at Farmers Weekly, have now covered many an AGM in the Lancashire seaside town of Blackpool, so we thought we would share a few tips on what to cram into the weekend…
1. Check out the Walkabout dancefloor. You’ll either love it or hate it.
2. Visit the beach and partake in the compulsory writing of your club’s name in the sand and dip your toes in the cold Blackpool sea.
3. Consider taking a donkey ride on the beach. Then learn they’re for kids and, no, there’s quite rightly no way they’re ever going to allow a 16st Young Farmer to climb on the back of one.
4. Climb the Blackpool tower – the air up there should be fresh enough to clear the cloudiest of heads.
5. Don your best sporting attire and come and see if you can win the Farmers Weekly penalty shoot out at the Winter Gardens. Which club will come out on top?!
6. Take a tram ride. You simply can’t visit the town and not hop on this iconic method of transport. And here’s a little bit of trivia for any ‘tramspotters’ out there – the line dates back to 1885
7. Dance. Dance some more. Then dance some more again. Dev Griffin from BBC Radio 1 will be DJing on the Friday night, YFC Ambassadors Scott Mills and Chris Stark will be on the decks on the Saturday night and Greg James will provide the tunes for the final party.
8. Debate whether the Lancashire venue is a charming seaside or, in fact, a place you wouldn’t visit in a million years were it not for Young Farmers.
9. Eat fish and chips. We’ll have large cod and chips please, with lots of salt and vinegar. Mushy peas? Oh go on then, if you insist.
10. Grab a Farmers Weekly t-shirt at registration, take a selfie in it and share it with us on social media. Our five favourites will win a stylish Farmers Weekly hoodie.