14 December 2011

Shops at three of Northamptonshire County Council’s country parks are set to close next year.

The shops at Sywell, Barnwell and Brixworth country parks will be converted into free to enter un-staffed visitor information centres, with games and activities for families, from April 2012. Arrangements are also being made for mobile catering concessions to sell refreshments from Barnwell and Sywell country parks.

Ahead of the closure, there will be a 40% sale of most items including toys, outdoor clothing and gifts. The sale will run from 17th December through to 8th January (excluding 25th, 26th and 27th December) after which all remaining stock will be sold from the shop at Brixworth Country Park.

Councillor Heather Smith, cabinet member for customer services said: “Our long-term plan for these premises is to look at offering new cafes at Barnwell and Sywell Country Parks as we know that is what visitors want to see.

“Until then, we will create new visitor centre facilities to replace the shops at the parks, offering fun activities for families and children. We are also hoping for mobile caterers to sell ice creams and drinks etc to anyone visiting these popular parks.

“We’re having a closing down sale which will see 40% discounts on many items – this is an ideal chance for get some last minute Christmas presents or New Year bargains.”

Sywell and Barnwell country park shops will close on 9th January. The shop at Brixworth Country Park will remain open until the remainder of the stock has been sold.