Visitors were delighted by new play experiences, including an extensive indoor sand and water play area created by Sutcliffe Play, at the opening of a tourist attraction in Cheshire following a multi-million pound redevelopment.
Sutcliffe Play designed and installed what is thought to be the largest indoor sand and water play area in Europe at The Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall, which already attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year to sample its award-winning Cheshire Farm Ice Cream.
The new play area, ‘Honeycomb Canyon’, set inside what used to be the Milking Parlour, is now a themed indoor play area suitable for all weathers. It attracted visitors to the opening with its flowing water, wide range of equipment and over 40 tonnes of sand.
The play area is designed to offer inclusive play for children of all ages and abilities. Along with giant tepees with climbing walls and slides, rope bridges and scramble nets, its other features include sand chutes, sieve, pulley and wheels; a water play system with pumps, troughs, rapids and a mixing table, and a watermill system.
“We’re delighted that the new Ice Cream Farm is clearly a hit with children, and it has been a pleasure to create such an exciting sand and water play area as part of the redevelopment,” says Kevin Sellwood, Area Sales Manager for Sutcliffe Play. “Sand and water play is always popular with children of all ages, and encourages cooperative play as well as triggering their imagination.”
“We hope children from the local area and far beyond continue to enjoy it for many years to come.”
Jonathan Fell, Director of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces at The Ice Cream Farm, the plans have been a long time in the making and we were so excited about the launch. We have assessed every area of The Ice Cream Farm to create, what we believe to be, the ultimate tourist attraction.”