Tong Garden Centre extends children's play

Just a year after opening, a Bradford Garden Centre has extended its children's play area.

Image: Tong Garden Centre
Image: Tong Garden Centre

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre attracted more than 22,000 children to its new adventure playground over the course of the summer holidays last year and Tong's owners are hoping that the investment in the extension will see this double in 2016.

Co-owner Mark Farnsworth said: "We have extended the Grass Hoppers play area by 50 per cent to accommodate a second jumping pillow, an extended beach play and seating area and a hot food servery. Early feedback has been very encouraging and we look forward to welcoming many more children and their families to Tong this summer."

An additional highlight at Grass Hoppers throughout the summer holidays is donkey rides on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 4pm. The rides cost £2.50 and 10 per cent is being donated to Tong's charity of the year, The Cellar Trust, which helps people recovering from mental health problems to get back into work. 

The team at Tong has also introduced a bespoke pre-school play area and children's parties in response to customer demand.

Grass Hoppers was awarded Best Place for Children and Young People in Leeds' category in the Child Friendly Leeds (CFL) Awards that took place earlier this year.

Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

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