Following months of building work, residents had the opportunity to visit the newly refurbished Southwood Country Park visitor centre on Saturday for its official opening before the Christmas craft fayre, while younger visitors tried out the new playground.

The visitor centre was opened by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh, Councillor Martin Tennant, our Deputy leader and Cabinet member for major projects and property and the Mayor of our twinned town Oberursel, Antje Runge.

We hope to have the centre up and running for the public next month, and to have some good news about the café opening, but in the meantime, the kiosk will be open daily from 9am-3pm, selling hot drinks, soft drinks, cakes, treats and pizza. The kiosk will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Councillor Tennant said: “The new Southwood visitor centre, café and playground are a real asset to the local community and, I’m sure, this outstanding new facility will be well used by all our residents. Saturday’s opening marked the first stage of the two-phased opening as work continues to prepare the café for its formal opening in the spring. A huge amount of effort has been put into transforming the site and so, to be almost at the end of that process is exciting.”

Local groups can now hire space in the visitor centre in Ively Road, so anyone interested in hiring it should contact southwood@rushmoor.gov.uk or 01252 985589 for more details.

For more details, see our Southwood Country Park page.


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