After the success of our opening event in November, the team were more excited than ever to welcome the public to Stewart Park’s Frost Fair. Our monthly farmer’s market, provided by the Northern Dales Farmers Market, was given a festive makeover with over fifty food stalls selling delicious treats and Christmas gifts. The Visitor’s Centre was bustling with a wide range of craft stalls – from bows, cushions, jewellery and cards to wood turning, jams and even gin!
The craft stalls in the Visitor’s Centre.
Throughout the park the lovely sound of the Local Vocals choir rang out – Christmas cheer was well and truly spread thanks to their beautiful renditions of festive favourites.
Lauren, Dawn, Chris and Christine having some festive fun!
This Frost Fair was even more exciting than previous years, however, as it was the public’s very first chance to see the Central Lodge in its completed form. As you may know, we provided hard hat tours of the building from March to July this year, however for many people the Frost Fair brought an opportunity to look around the building for the very first time.
Heritage talks were delivered in the restored dairy by our Heritage Officer Vincent throughout the day and Lauren was on hand in the building to give out information all about the Central Lodge’s rich history to passers-by.
We had a visit from Alex at Southside Broadcasting who also got to see the building for the first time and we even squeezed in a little trip around the Farmer’s Market itself. We always love to see Alex and catch up with Southside – you can listen to our feature here.
Lauren meeting Evie from Evie’s Pupcakes
Southside’s mascot Spike loved visiting the Frost Fair stalls!
We were blown away with the number of people who came to look around the building and we so happy to see their reactions to the Lodge’s makeover. It seems that the public agrees that, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’ve given the Central Lodge a new lease of life.
Now that the opening events have been and gone, and our students and staff are well and truly settled into the building, it seems all the more real that this will be Askham Bryan College Middlesbrough’s home for the next one hundred and twenty years.
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