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New cafe at Alice Holt Forest to open this month

Alice Holt artist's impressionOur visitors to Alice Holt Forest will soon benefit from a new café, with extra seating and additional facilities.

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 cafe.

Work on the new cafe is almost complete and we hope visitors will enjoy the new facilities when they open on 26 June 2017. 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 new café will have bigger indoor and outdoor seating areas, and landscape changes to improve access for all abilities. The new building is of the high design and quality standards that our visitors expect. The new café is 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 have been made to create more spaces, including purpose built disabled parking. We've also introduced 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: 6th June 2017

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