ONE of Pembrokeshire’s best-loved family destinations has announced it will be unveiling several new attractions in June, ready for the summer holidays.
Among the new features at Scolton Manor are an eco-explorer village, a 1.2km woodland cycle track, an outdoor pirate ship play area, and a dedicated railway attraction complete with steam train locomotive ‘Margaret’ and ‘Scolton Express’ play trail.
Mark Thomas, manager of Scolton Manor Park, said the team was looking forward to showing visitors the new attractions.
“We’re delighted with our new facilities and believe they will perfectly complement the attractions we have here already at Scolton,” he said.
The woodland eco-explorer village aims to give children more opportunities for outside play and spark their enthusiasm to discover more about the natural world.
Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Culture, and Leisure, said the village is perfect for all young explorers from toddlers right through to older children.
“Children love playing outside and we want to inspire them through their play to not only find out more about biodiversity and the environment but also how to care for it,” he said.
“As well as eco-explorer areas, games and activities there will be fun tips on how they can reuse, reduce and recycle more and protect the environment.”
The eco-explorer village is funded by a £50,000 grant from the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme and a £25,000 grant from Community Facilities Programme (Welsh Government), in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.
Mark Thomas said the current attractions at Scolton have also proved very popular since the outdoor areas at the park re-opened to the public earlier this spring.
As well as an adventure play area for older children which includes a 30-metre zip wire, a spinning climbing web, and ‘super swings’, younger visitors can enjoy the wooden playground, sensory musical play area, and woodland play features.
“The many and varied attractions at Scolton enhance its role as a community facility while providing a wide range of countryside experiences at a lower cost,” said Mark.
“The new features, in particular, will also help to continue the development of the site into a must-visit tourist attraction within mid and North Pembrokeshire.”