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Plans Outlined to Secure Future of Popular Leisure Farm

By Published October 26, 2017

PLANS to secure and develop the future of a key leisure destination are to be drawn up by Middlesbrough Council.

Newham Grange Leisure Farm draws more than 30,000 visitors a year, with a range of family attractions including animals, pony rides, petting area, miniature golf and a shop and café.

The operation of the farm transferred to Askham Bryan College in 2014 as part of its expansion into Middlesbrough which included the redevelopment of the stable block area of Stewart Park.

Earlier this year Askham Bryan notified the Council that it intended to transfer Newham Grange back, and this took effect in August.

Middlesbrough Council is now proposing to invest to enhance the existing offer at Newham Grange, broadening its appeal and boosting visitor numbers.

Newham Grange sits on the site of a working farm dating back to the 17th Century and has been run as a leisure farm since the 1970s.

A wide range of investment options will now be explored, including as a minimum improved access to and interaction with the farm’s animals, and upgrades to the existing play areas and shop.

More significant enhancements and extension options will also be considered as part of the work that will take place over the next four to six months.

Detailed proposals will be drawn up, with a report due to be considered by Middlesbrough Council’s Executive early in 2018.

Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “Newham Grange Leisure Farm is held in great affection by the people of Middlesbrough, and our aim is to maintain and enhance it as a leisure destination.

“It will remain open, and over the coming months we will explore in detail how best to invest in its future, delivering a first class facility and driving up visitor numbers.”

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