More than 100,000 visitors have poured into Wetherby’s Stockeld Park this winter.
And the top attraction, which offers a range of family-themed activities, will now be opening this summer for the first time.
The summer adventure opening is part of a major ongoing expansion by Stockeld Park owners Peter and Susie Grant, who originally set up the park to sell Christmas trees.
And the park saw the launch of its first new adventure over February half-term when it opened its doors to more than 5,000 families and children who visited the Simply Skate ice skating rink.
The facility, which is currently closed, will now relaunch its summer adventure season from July 20 to September 1.
Peter Grant, owner of Stockeld Park, told the News: “There are two main reasons why we wanted to open this summer.
“Firstly, we want to invest in the facilities we have at the park, and we also want to be able to give our staff more permanent employment.
“We have also had endless requests from customers to open this summer.”
Mr Grant added: ”With all the new and wonderful facilities we have at Stockeld Park, it makes sense that we offer this to local communities at more times throughout the year.”
Although summer facilities at the park are so far being kept firmly under wraps, the ice skating rink is likely to be converted into a roller-skating rink and the popular maze kept open.
Mr Grant said: “Initial feedback suggests that there is huge support for opening more frequently, as we provide a rare mix of fun exercise and outdoor activity, of which there aren’t many in the local area.
“Simply Skate was a trial for extended opening and its success proves an appetite for active, family fun all year round.”
Stockeld Park underwent a major expansion last summer with a newly expanded cafe which seats more than 300 people, and new toilets.
Andy Meeks, Skate Manager at the park said: “The atmosphere on site was relaxed and welcoming and led to some really positive feedback, not only for the skate week, but for increasing our opening times in general.”
As well as the summer adventure, Stockeld Park is also expanding into hosting private parties, conferences and weddings.
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