COTSWOLD Farm Park, run by television presenter and farmer Adam Henson, has unveiled its brand new visitor centre.

The visitor centre at the popular attraction has been renovated since September, with an extension tripling the size of the centre and featuring a restaurant seating up to 130 people.

The completed building, designed by Tyack Architects, is built on the site of the farm's old livestock barn and appears as a range of traditional farm buildings, situated around a central courtyard.

The outside space in front of the restaurant’s glazed aspect has been terraced to make the most of the outstanding views. The area also features a new Rare Breed bar and a new look shop area featuring some unique touches, with recycled cable reels and display pieces that have been purpose built for the space.

The new visitor centre is built on the site of a traditional Cotswold stone livestock barn, which was first used to house cattle, hence the name the Ox Shed. It later became the Farm Park’s first restaurant until, in 1985, the barn became structurally unsound and had to be knocked down and replaced.

Mr Henson, best known for his Countryfile appearances, and his team said they wanted to support local business, so used contractors used on site came from within a 15 mile radius, and have been environmentally conscious by using stone for the building from a quarry adjacent to the farm, water supplied by their own bore hole, by ensuring all lighting is LED and air source heat pumps enable them to use the solar panels on the roof of the Animal Barn.

Lambing takes place at the Farm Park daily, from 10.30am to 5pm until April 28. There will also be daily talks from the team, and farm safari rides.

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