OUTDOOR leisure and accommodation businesses are invited to open days at Hampshire County Council’s country parks to see whether they could thrive there.
Councillor Andrew Gibson, executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, said: ‘It’s an exciting time for our six country parks, which already attract 2.5m visitors a year from Hampshire and beyond.
‘Visitor numbers are set to grow even further as we invest £8.7m across the parks to build new and improved visitor centres, restaurants, cafés and play opportunities.
‘This investment could also attract an additional £7.6m in external funding, providing a further boost.
‘Our country parks are focal points for families, walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.
‘They represent a wonderful opportunity for new and existing businesses wanting to grow, to operate activities such as adventure play, cycle hire or accommodation businesses such as glamping or holiday lets.
‘Art or photography business, as well as other activity businesses, could also do well in these beautiful countryside locations.
‘These open days are a perfect opportunity for businesses to ask questions and see how they could thrive at our country parks.’
Businesses will be given an information pack and a tour. They will also have an opportunity to speak to staff, hear about future plans and ask questions about potential sites and buildings where they could re-locate to attract customers.
The business open days are taking place at:
n December 12 at Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, from 10am to midday.
n December 12 at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey from 1pm to 3pm.
n December 13 at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean from 10am to midday.
n December 13 at Staunton Country Park, Havant from 1pm to 3pm.
n December 14 at Lepe Country Park, Exbury, New Forest, from 10am to 11am
n December 16 at Titchfield Haven, Hill Head, 10am to 11am.
Spaces are limited, to book a place e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org