"One of Europe's biggest" indoor play centres to come to Yorkshire with £3.5m investment
A multi-million pound investment will see “one of Europe’s biggest” indoor children’s play centres open in Yorkshire.
The Playhive at Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, is being created by the owners of the park with a £3.5m investment.
The new building will have an internal area of more than 20,000 sq ft, with four zones: Space, Aeronautical, Subaquatic and Jungle.
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 and creating jobs.
Peter Grant, co-creator of the Playhive, 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 Playhive.
“During lockdown, we had to close Stockeld Park for significant parts of the year, and when we were allowed to open, Covid restrictions hugely reduced our capacity.
“The natural reaction would have been to reduce spending, and certainly not take on such a major capital project, but we actually had the idea for The Playhive long before Covid hit. The lockdown has just reconfirmed our commitment to the project.
“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.”
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