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Published 7th Aug 2018

Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, with Newham Grange Farm mascots Daisy and Dan.

A much improved Newham Grange Leisure Farm complete with new attractions has been unveiled for the summer holidays. 

Visitors to the Coulby Newham facility can enjoy the vast array of improvements made on the site recently including a greeting from new farm mascots Daisy and Dan.

 

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Cllr Denise Rooney with farm manager Mark Saunders and the baby chicks.

Changes include the newly improved animal discovery barn, which is staffed and allows farm-goers to hold baby chicklets and pet or get closer to other animals.

 

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An existing storage room is being transformed into a tuck shop-style kiosk to provide vending snacks and an indoor crafts area has been created in one of the barns. 

Outdoors, a new play area has been created outside the café for young children while a trim trail is being built for older visitors.

 

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Other new attractions include new go karts with track, small tractors, an improved mini golf course, a sand pit and ‘talking tubes’ installed into the existing maze.

 

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Den building equipment is also being introduced as well as new trails to walk around the site. 

All of the new facilities are included in the admission price of £2.80 for children and £3.70 for adults and pensioners, apart from pony rides which are an additional £1.50.

 

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Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “The work that has been undertaken recently to improve Newham Grange Leisure Farm has been transformational. 

“All of these small changes will together make a huge difference to the visitor experience of the farm and we are pleased to say that feedback so far has been really positive. 

“In the longer term we have even bigger plans for the farm to make it a flagship regional leisure and education destination.” 

Middlesbrough Council’s Executive recently approved plans to invest £3m in the farm. 

Currently the farm attracts around 30,000 visitors each year but runs at a financial loss of around £40,000 annually. 

However an independent review of the attraction found that with significant investment the site could attract a minimum of 60,000 visitors which projections show would turn the loss into a £83,220 profit. 

As well as the improved leisure facilities an education centre will be created by restoring an old farmhouse with classrooms with internet access, toilets, office space and storage space for learning materials. 

Tees Valley schools were consulted over the proposals and a positive response was received, particularly around the concept of “farm to fork”.



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