Pleasure Island theme park to get new ride and a petting farm
FORGET about Old MacDonald ... half a million pounds is being spent to bring a petting farm and tractor ride to Pleasure Island.
Work on the latest attraction is expected to start in November, to open to the public on Friday, March 29, 2013.
The new tractor ride, costing £150,000, will replace the electric monorail currently running in the Cleethorpes theme park.
However, instead of it travelling over the existing empty paddocks, staff have decided to incorporate a new petting farm around it for children to enjoy.
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Sheep, cows, pigs and miniature horses are just a few of the animals planned to live on the farm, which will cost an extra £350,000 to build.
Melanie Wood, the owner of Pleasure Island, hopes the new attraction will help her reach out to children aged nine and under, who she feels currently do not make full use of the park.
"Some of the rides we have are too big for those around the age of nine and below," she said.
"Building a farm will hopefully give them a lot more to do and see.
"I also want to attract more schools to spend the day here and with this new farm, I think it can have a great educational side to it.
"It is all very exciting and I think it will be a great investment into the resort."
Melanie is already in talks with local farmers to see where her animals can be sought from.
She continued: "A lot of the money will be spent on adapting the two-and-a-half acres of land where the farm will be placed.
"So there will be digging, putting up fences and adding sheds, and generally making it look appealing to visitors.
"The new tractor ride will last for about four minutes and will take people through and over the farm for an aerial view.
"The best thing about this new development is that it comes at no extra cost to the public. Ticket prices to enter the theme park will remain the same at £18.50; I just want to attract more people."
Today, the Grimsby Telegraph and Pleasure Island is launching a competition to find a name for the new attraction. Readers can find out how to take part on page 4.
Melanie said: "I hope this competition sparks a buzz around the resort.
"It will be lovely for a child in the area to know their chosen name will appear in brochures and feature within the park for the foreseeable future."