Lifetime Achievement Award
Kindly Sponsored by NFU Mutual
WINNER: Stuart Beare, Tulleys Farm (West Sussex)
The first person in the country to innovate during the recent pandemic and open a drive thru farm shop, Stuart is the quick thinking overseer of Tulleys family farm. Founded in 1937 by his Grandfather Bernard, Tulleys was originally a dairy and salad/herb farm selling direct in the London markets. Once one of the largest PYO’s in the country, growing over 40 different crops on around 120 acres, Stuart joined the business in 1991, opening a farm shop in 1992.
Stuart loved the thrill of the f seasonal entertainment business, opening a maize maze in 98 and industry leading escape rooms in 2017. In the late 90’s Stuart launched shocktoberfest – the country’s leading haunt/scare fest with 10 haunts, 2 live music stages, 2 bars, 3 food courts attracting over 80,000 visitors from all over the UK every year, and many VIP/celebrities out of London. He has won against the likes of Alton towers and Chessington at the annual Screamie awards.
In 2020 the year of covid he managed to pivot the business and run an industry leading pumpkin festival with 80,000 visitors, drive thru farm shop, drive in cinema and sunflower festival.
Stuart, we salute you and wish you well, a very deserving winner of this lifetime award.