Tourist attraction Hatton Country World has secured 50 jobs – and created eight more – after investing £1 million into a new indoor play area.
The Warwickshire attraction has completed the six-month work on the soft play and activity centre, called Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard, as part of plans to grow the business.
The move came after financial support was secured from NatWest Commercial Banking in Coventry, and Johnnie Arkwright, who established the firm in 1980, said as well as creating jobs it had secured 50 in the Farm Village & Restaurant.
Over the last 30 years the business, on a 700-acre estate, has grown and can now boast up to 20 independent specialist gift and craft shops, and the farm village, which features a wide variety of animals and attractions.
The 12,000 sq ft play area is aimed at children up to the age of ten, featuring three giant slides, a large ball pool splash and many soft play zones.
Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard also features a new restaurant which serves freshly brewed coffee, snacks and home-made food with special ‘after school’ meal deals.
The play area was built in six months by Taylor-Made Play.
Johnnie Arkwright, owner of Hatton Country World, which provides employment for 170 people, said: “There is much economic gloom surrounding many leisure businesses in the region, but we have been bucking the trend.
“However we are always on the look out to develop this business.
“With this in mind, and knowing how families are always keen to enjoy a day out together, I knew the building of the biggest indoor play area in the region would be an important investment for Hatton.”