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The play area at a popular community café in Newark is set to be updated.

The new additions at Beanblock Café in St Mark's Place will include a climbing tower and a tunnel made out of perspex glass.

It is hoped the updates will provide more opportunities for imaginative play, with the added attraction of a climbing frame for older children.

Added elements will include a climbing tower and perspex glass tunnel. (51452362)
Added elements will include a climbing tower and perspex glass tunnel. (51452362)

Aliki Allen, Beanblock director, said: “The owners felt that since the play area is loved by so many children, it is time to improve it and add extra elements, which will expand play opportunities for children, but also help parents enjoy coffee and cake for longer while children are entertained.

“The play area will still focus on imaginative play, but add an element of physical play, all while still maintaining the Scandinavian, simple style that Beanblock is known for.”

Some of the original elements of the play area will stay the same, such as the stage and the existing house structure.

It will be built by Tigerplay, a bespoke children’s play equipment supplier.

Beanblock Café opened to the public last year. Despite covid-19 restrictions, Aliki said her team at Beanblock have made the best out of a bad situation.

The work will be funded by the BNA Charitable Incorporated Organisation and will start in January 2022, with a grand launch party set for later that month.

Beanblock were crowned winners of the Best Social Enterprise award at this year's Newark Business Awards.

Beanblock C.I.C with Kyle Smith, of sponsors Urban&Civic at Newark Business Awards 2021. (51647660)
Beanblock C.I.C with Kyle Smith, of sponsors Urban&Civic at Newark Business Awards 2021. (51647660)


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