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Engine Yard's first anniversary at Belvoir Castle to be celebrated with celebrity chefs

Celebrity chefs and food and drink tastings will form part of the first anniversary celebrations at The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle.

The artisan retail village marks its first year on August 31 when a special celebration will take place. This will also feature live entertainment and cookery demonstrations.

The £2.5 million development has proved successful with the number ofretail units doubling since it opened.

View of the Engine Yard. (3971625)
View of the Engine Yard. (3971625)

Emma, Duchess of Rutland, said: “I’m overwhelmed with the success and popularity of the Engine Yard. It’s beyond what I ever imagined when we started developing the site back in 2014.

“It’s become an extremely popular location for people to enjoy coffee with family and friends. We’ve developed loyal customers and created somewhere the local community can be proud of in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir.

“There’s lots happening with the recent launch of The Balloon Bar, as well as new retailers B-Jewellery and Rowland Watson opening shops, and a busy events calendar keeps it a popular choice for visitors. There’s still plenty of scope for further development.”

The retail village was officially opened last year by film and TV celebrities Liz Hurley and Susannah Constantine.

On August 31, visitors are invited to raise a glass and celebrate at the ‘Festival of Game’. The very best of British game will be showcased with Jose Souto, one of the leading game chefs in the UK, and Rachel Green, a farmer’s daughter from Lincolnshire and a passionate ambassador of British produce, giving live cookery demonstrations. There will be fresh produce available from resident butcher The Country Victualler and delicatessen Jorge Artisan Foods, plus country stall holders.

Susannah Constantine, The Duchess of Rutland and Liz Hurley at the opening of the Engine Yard. Dean Fardell/Fardell Photography (3973436)
Susannah Constantine, The Duchess of Rutland and Liz Hurley at the opening of the Engine Yard. Dean Fardell/Fardell Photography (3973436)

As well as live music and entertainment for families, visitors can take part in jewellery making workshops from B-Jewellery; indulge with mini treatments from Belvoir Casa and participate in yoga on the lawn. There will also be an outside bar and pizza oven in addition to the food and drink on offer in The Fuel Tank and Balloon Bar.

The Engine Yard site at Belvoir dates back to the early 1800s. The collection of former workshops once housed a cutting edge 20-ton beam engine to pump water from Holwell Spring in Woolsthorpe to supply the castle with fresh water. The technology soon fell into disrepair and the site was unoccupied until 2014 when the multi-million-pound redevelopment project began.

The ‘Festival of Game’ celebrations start from 10am. For more information about the Engine Yard, visit www.engineyardbelvoir.com

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