One of Europe’s biggest indoor children’s play centres, with the capacity to host 2,000 visitors a day, is set to open at Stockeld Park next year.
Called the Playhive, it will cost £3.5 million to build and is expected to create about 50 jobs.
The Playhive, which will be set in the grounds of the 2,000-acre Stockeld Park estate, near Wetherby, will comprise of themed adventure zones set in a doughnut-shaped building with a 33-foot tower in the centre.
The outer ring of the Playhive will be the equivalent of travelling the length of a football pitch.
Children will be able to enjoy the wooden play pieces themed around four zones: space, aeronautical, subaquatic and jungle.
Peter and Susie Grant, who own and run Stockeld Park, took out a loan to build and design the Playhive.
Mr Grant said:
“The Playhive is a passion project. We didn’t want the usual soft play scene, but one that truly inspires imaginations.
“There will be some really spectacular features and we’ll be announcing these on the run up to the opening of the Play Hive.
“It has capacity for 2,000 visitors per day and is expected to bring significant additional revenues to the area, as well as supporting local suppliers.
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‘We need to come back fighting’
Mr Grant said covid had hugely reduced Stockeld’s capacity and the natural reaction would have been to reduce spending but lockdown reconfirmed their commitment to the project. He said:
“Now more than ever, our tourism sector needs to come back fighting, and after the isolation and anxieties of the last year, families desperately need to get away and have some fun. We need this good news story.”
The Grants started the tourism business at Stockeld Park in 2006 to attract visitors at Christmas.
The initiative grew into the Christmas Adventure and since then the Easter Adventure, Spring Adventure, Summer Adventure, Halloween Adventure and February Fun have been added to its offering.
In 2019, over 200,000 guests visited Stockeld Park.