Building work underway to create Hobbledown in Epsom
Building work is underway on Epsom and Ewell’s new £3 million tourist attraction which will see Horton Park Children’s Farm transformed into a magical-themed adventure park.
The new park, Hobbledown, is set to open in July and will replace the farm, in Horton Lane, Epsom, which closed earlier this year.
The theme for the new park is based on a mystical story about the Hobblers - fictional characters which live in spectacular play structures.
Hobbledown will have a number of indoor and outdoor play structures including towers, tunnels, mazes, a low ropes adventure, aerial walkways, an interactive sand play zone and an aerial adventure course.
The park’s owners Nick De Candole and Richard Farley, who were also behind the award-winning Kidspace indoor play parks in London and Essex, said their main aim was to create something unique which the local community would be proud of, as well as providing visitors with a value for money.
Mr De Candole said: "Hobbledown, or Horton Park Children’s Farm as it was previously known, was in need of some love and attention so we decided to create a mysterical - a cross between mysterious and hysterical - story about the farm.
"Armed with that story, a lot of love and a large pot of money for the rejuvenation project we have set about creating what we think will be a very unique farm park adventure.
"Our belief as fully paid-up members of the Hobbledown club is that without a story we are just a place, but by creating a wonderful story with characters, our little farm park and all the things in it will come alive both for you and the children that visit."
£800,000 has been spent on the new play equipment, £500,000 on an indoor play barn and £250,000 on landscaping.
Home to more than 200 animals, visitors will also be able to visit Hobbledown’s farm animals which range from miniature donkeys, meerkats and reindeers to porcupines, otters and wallabies.
There will be improved disabled access, a healthy food diner and four themed party rooms on site, and there are also plans for a working ironmongers and pet shop.
For more information visit www.hobbledown.com