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Next phase of farm improvements under way

The latest investment works have begun to transform Middlesbrough’s Newham Grange Farm into a regional visitor attraction.

Improvements to the site began last year and already the farm has seen visitor numbers more than double.

The latest phase of developments will include a new welcome centre and shop, new café, as well as new toilets – one of which is a Changing Places toilet.

A new layout will also come into effect to allow people to go to the café without entering the farm.

Visitors to the Coulby Newham facility are already enjoying a number of improvements made last year ahead of the 2018 summer holidays, including a greeting from new farm mascots Daisy and Dan.

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 and a new children’s activity room has been created with arts and crafts materials.

Outdoors, new play equipment has been installed in the toddler play area and a junior play space has been created for older visitors with a Viking rope swing, trim trail climbing frame and further swings.

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.

Den building equipment has also been introduced as well as new trails to walk around the site.

Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “These latest works will transform Newham Grange Farm way beyond the wonderful attraction it already is into a regional tourism destination.

“Already last year the improvements put in place for the summer led to thousands of new visitors with attendances doubling at some points in a year-on-year comparison.

“Across Middlesbrough we have huge ambitions and Newham Grange as an attraction will play a big part in our investment plans.”

During the building works, which are expected to be complete by April, the farm will remain open.

However the café and toddler play area are unavailable, though catering huts will be providing the full café menu. The shop is closed, but the remainder of the attractions are available to visitors.

Pictured: Cllr Denise Rooney and site manager Eddie Evans look at the plans.