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Work starts on the new cafe at Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt artist's impressionOur visitors to Alice Holt Forest will benefit from a new café in early 2017, with extra seating and additional facilities, as the site undergoes a redevelopment to improve the popular woodland destination.

We want our visitors to have the best possible time while they’re at Alice Holt Forest. Over the years, we’ve become more popular so need to improve the facilities to make sure we deliver much needed extra capacity and help to meet the growing demands on site. This exciting redevelopment marks a new chapter in Alice Holt’s history and we can’t wait for our visitors to see the new facilities.

Work is now well underway on site and we hope visitors will continue to enjoy Alice Holt, whilst watching the exciting developments taking place. We aim to minimise disruption through a number of carefully planned redevelopment phases and have worked hard to make sure we’re also protecting the natural environment and wildlife during the project. We couldn’t do this work without the support of the community and we hope that new and existing visitors will continue to access Alice Holt Forest.

The main change will be a new café with bigger indoor and outdoor seating areas, and landscape changes to improve access for all abilities. The new building will be of the high design and quality standards that our visitors expect, and will be open from this winter. The new café will be located next to the current visitor centre and will see the seating capacity more than double in size to over 100 seats inside, and 120 outside.

In addition, car park improvements are underway to create more spaces, including purpose built disabled parking. There will also be the introduction of safer pedestrian zones and a turning area, helping to improve access and traffic flow.

Other changes include a new wood pellet boiler that will provide clean and sustainable energy to the visitor centre and new café, reduced staff traffic on site, and additional planting areas.

Last updated: 4th November 2016

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