A MAJOR investment of £800,000 is going into a new indoor play centre at Belton House - the first of its kind made by the National Trust.
The cash will go into building a brand new Ride Cafe and Play area in what was formerly the house’s riding school.
It is hoped the new facility will be open by the end of April.
General manager Alec Gordon said: “The ideas for the Ride Café and Play area have been inspired by our visitors.
“We spoke to many families last year and the overwhelming response was ‘please let’s have something unique to Belton, that reflects its special features’.”
The cafe will seat up to 70 people, and a terrace, toilets and shops will also be created.
The new build is designed to be light and airy, with great colours, a funky feel, and lots of quirky Belton features like a Bellmount Tower slide, waterwheel, maze, giant beehives, the boathouse and giant crayfish.
The indoor centre will be open all year round, allowing the property to attract youngsters throughout the winter months.
It will be an extension of the popular adventure playground.
The structure itself is wooden, like the adventure play area.
Visitor services manager Mary Kindred said: “With Belton now open 364 days a year, the Ride Café and Play area will give us a brilliant opportunity to provide families with a great day out – whatever the weather or the time of year.”
Another new project underway at Belton House is the opening up of the Old Dairy Yard with seating to allow visitors to sit outside in the sun trap.
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