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Welcome to our Summer Newsletter. Since our last newsletter at Easter we have been busy getting organised for the summer season and have great pleasure in letting you know all about our new attractions.
Thorpe Farm Centre leads, others follow - be there this summer.
Thorpe Farm Country Park
We always knew the pond area and field at the back of the car park was a beautiful place for customers to enjoy with friends and family, so, over the past 12 months we have been landscaping this special place on the farm). We’re now proud to announce the opening of “Thorpe Farm Country Park”, which features acres of space including a maize maze, play area with trampolines, tea room and picnic area next to the pond and lots of space for children to run around and enjoy the great Teesdale Countryside.
We have had great fun designing ‘The Chicken Run’ (as our maize maze is going to be known), ensuring you have endless hours of fun trying to find your way to the middle and, of course, back out again!
Don’t miss the Grand Opening of Thorpe Farm Country Park on 22nd July including;
THE SCARECROW PICNIC
Paul and Jo and all the team at Thorpe Farm Centre look forward to seeing you here this summer and hope you all have a very enjoyable visit with us.
Teesdale Heritage Wood
As we mentioned in our previous newsletter the first phase of Teesdale Heritage Wood is now planted and growing. We have recently created a new walkway from the Peel House to the Heritage Wood for you to wander through with or without a dog.
We have been overwhelmed with the response from our customers both local and far afield who are interested in dedicating a tree for a special occasion. So please do get in touch if you are interested or would like more information on how to dedicate a tree. Your dedication is for life and you are free to visit your tree at any time and enjoy the open woodland setting and views of Teesdale.
In our last newsletter we mentioned that members of Startforth Primary School were coming to the wood to plant 12 trees. Paul and Jo’s daughter Claudia and her friend Libby were two of the 24 children to spend the morning in the field learning how to plant a tree, what the protective covers were for and learn about the different species they had planted. Claudia said ‘it was great fun being outside and learning about the different trees, I planted a Rowan tree which was 56 cm tall. We all got rosettes with our tree name on and when we got back to school we had to write about our trip to Heritage Wood.’
The Coffee Shop and Bistro
The Farm Shop
New to the shop is a range of smoked products from Cumbria – smoked venison, duck, chicken and fish to name but a few – all truly delicious and ideal for a light lunch or summer evening supper.
Our latest addition to the frozen meal range, all produced on site by Billy and Trudy, our resident chefs is stuffed loin of lamb with apricot and mint.
Our homemade bakery items still prove to be one of our best sellers in the farm shop – particularly our new caramel and apple sponge.
The Gift Shop
Dales Reclamation has moved forward again since the “spring” newsletter. Along with our established and renowned favourites such as oak and pine flooring, cast iron radiators, fireplaces and period doors, we are introducing new products enabling us to offer our clients a complete package to create a beautiful home and garden.
Andrew Harburn of Dales Reclamation has been developing a range of traditional freestanding kitchen units which is now on display. Clients can now create their own kitchen from an extensive range of hand-built units including Belfast sink units, islands, larder cupboards and butcher’s blocks. You can now give your kitchen a new and unique look without breaking the bank.
As well as the stylish kitchen units we have had a range of stone fireplaces commissioned to traditional designs.