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Bradford Garden Centre group launches adventure play area for older children

A Bradford Garden Centre group has introduced a brand-new adventure play experience aimed at older children as part of its ongoing vision to be a destination for families across Yorkshire.

Brainchild of the team at Tong Garden Centre, ‘Mission Out’ is a 4.8-acre outdoor adventure play attraction for 6 -14-year-olds that recently opened at Tingley, which will also be the location of the group’s second garden centre, due to open in September.

The outdoor attraction builds on the success of Grass Hoppers indoor and outdoor adventure play which the business introduced into Tong in 2015 to cater for younger families.

Designed by Timber Play and Greenspan to appeal to families, groups and parties, Mission Out features high ropes, water activities, a jump challenge pillow, giant swings and adventure golf.

Tingley Garden Centre MD, Mark Farnsworth said: “Since we acquired our first garden centre at Tong in 2015, it’s always been our ambition to be a great destination attraction for all the family and we were aware that there was a gap in our offer for something new and exciting for older children to enjoy. In a world that can be dominated by screen time, our aim was to create a park that inspires, engages and challenges this age group.

“The opportunity came with Tingley, where additional land lent itself to an excellent value, access-all-activities entertainment park with lots of challenging and exciting outdoor activities.”

Mission Out has created 47 new jobs and will be managed by Conrad Dales, who joined the garden centre group in May. “With obstacle courses, high ropes and a giant jump pillow alongside lake rafting, crazy golf, den building and other activities, there is something for everyone and it’s perfect for family days, treats and celebrations, school trips and team building. We can’t wait to welcome people to our epic outdoor adventure,” Mr. Dales said.

For more information and to book, visit Entry costs start at £10.95 for all day access all areas play for children over 6.

Opening in autumn 2022, Tingley Garden Centre will be a £14m complex that will provide jobs for 250 people and will be home to a 1000m2 plant canopy, a 400-seater Blooms Kitchen, Grass Hoppers indoor and outdoor play and Hearty’s Food Hall. It is being developed on the site of the former Acanthus Golf Club off Thorpe Lane and has been designed by architects Pleydell Smithyman. The main contractors are Yorkshire based Brambles Construction, ACN Groundworks, MSJ Civil Engineers and Waingap Contracts.

The new centre has been designed to make the most of the natural landscape and will be developed with sustainability in mind, with air source heating, a solar array, zero waste to landfill, rainwater harvesting tank and 50 electric vehicle charging points.