Middlesbrough's revamped Newham Grange Farm saw August visitor numbers more than double from last year as improvements continue to be made.
Attendance figures reveal that during August 2018 the Coulby Newham attraction welcomed 14,190 people – up from 6,559 in August 2017.
July also saw a healthy increase in numbers with 5,447 visitors – up from 3,274 in 2017.
And a special Alice in Wonderland event held over the first weekend of September and featuring appearances from Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and other characters, saw visitor numbers rise from 442 last year to 1,677 this year.
Earlier this year Middlesbrough Council approved proposals to invest £3m to turn Newham Grange into a first rate tourism attraction and education facility.
Some of the major work in the longer term will include creating an education centre with a “farm to fork” teaching concept.
However, huge improvements were made to the site prior to the start of the school holidays.
Those improvements include:
- An “adventure zone” with junior go-kart track, toddler tractor go-karts, sand pit, play houses and improved crazy golf
- Kids’ activity room with arts and crafts
- Discovery Barn where visitors can hold chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits
- New farm trails
- New junior trim trail
- New toddler play equipment
- Improvements to the willow maze
- New snack hut with vending machines
- A woodland walk with willow and wooden animal sculptures
- New pony paddock for pony rides
- Daisy and Dan characters to meet and greet visitors.
Further developments coming soon include more new play equipment, new animal stables and shelters, more picnic benches, improved fencing across the farm and a new website.
Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “Newham Grange Farm is looking absolutely fantastic and it’s wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying it.
“The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and the good news is that there is even more improvements in the pipeline to turn the farm into the first class leisure and education facility we want it to be.”