New kids' adventure park for Epsom
22nd May 2012
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From Article by Angela Brooks at Get Hampshire

“MYSTERY and enchantment" awaits visitors to a new children's adventure park and farm set to open in Epsom this summer.

Hobbledown, inspired by the Hobbler characters in a book by AJ Kecojevic, will replace the existing Horton Park Farm in July.

Joint owner Richard Farley said the theme park was aimed at children aged between two and 12, offering adventure play equipment including underground tunnels, aerial walkways and an indoor maze - as well as more than 200 animals - across a 50-acre site.

Mr Farley said: "It's all very challenging and mysterious and enchanting for the kids.

"It has secret tunnels where you will go into one tunnel and come out in another.

"It's got lovely characters and they drive the theming of the site. Think of The Hobbit and you're not a million miles away."

An estimated £800,000 has been spent on new play equipment and £500,000 on a new barn which houses indoor activities and a restaurant.

Hobbledown has also been advertising for between 50 and 65 full and part-time jobs, with around 900 people applying so far.

Mr Farley added: “We are delighted, and maybe a little overwhelmed, by the response. We think it’s fantastic that so many people want to work at Hobbledown.”

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council said: "We welcome this new entertainment venture and the employment it brings."

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