What an amazing year of transformation ion 2015

Site owner and owner of GB Antiques, Allan Blackburn (right) with Alan Beecroft and Heather Cornthwaite who run Countrystyle Meats and Farm Shop at Lancaster Leisure Park.
Site owner and owner of GB Antiques, Allan Blackburn (right) with Alan Beecroft and Heather Cornthwaite who run Countrystyle Meats and Farm Shop at Lancaster Leisure Park.

I thought it would be fittingm as we welcome the new year, to think about all the major changes that have taken place at Lancaster Leisure since this time last year.

We had a fantastic start to the year when we were joined by Cheryl Mulqueeney who opened her portrait photography studio in the old gift shop building. She is a welcome addition to the existing attractions on the site and her business is going well.

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park

As many regular readers know, it has always been a dream of mine to give up some of Lancaster Leisure Park over to housing and, after 12 years of plans, proposal, permission and a few set backs, we finally got the go ahead.

Miller Homes started building in March and the site looks transformed already. There are 71 houses planned for development over the next three years. Part of the project was a much-needed revamp of the drives and car parking facilities on site.

The Go Kart track went almost straight away and now we’ve a great new car park with wide clearly marked spaces for disabled visitors. The parking is free and close to all the attractions.

But the focus of the past few months surely has to be on the new restaurant opened by the Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop team. They opened in October and we’ve been eating in there quite regularly, it is lovely. It’s much bigger inside than you’d first think with seating for 140.

Come the summer, they will utilise the seating outside at the back that has views over the woodland, which many people don’t know we have at the park. If you’re concerned about food miles, carbon footprints, or how your food gets from the farm to your plate, it’s reassuring to know all the meat cooked in the restaurant comes from the farm shop next door. I’d say you can’t get much fresher than that!

When I came here 25 years ago my vision was to offer an out of town family park with attractions for every age and lots of different things to do. Since we took over the former Hornsea Pottery site we’ve had a garden centre, driving range, toboggan run, a pottery, café, motor shows, Christmas Markets and four food festivals on the site. I think the mix we have now is perfect and offers something unique for all the family.