Belvoir Castle reveals exciting plans for The Engine Yard

There is a great air of anticipation at Belvoir Castle, which has revealed more details of its exciting new retail space opening in May opposite the Castle entrance. The Engine Yard will be a destination for excellence in food and drink unlike any other in the region that will champion local companies and great British brands, providing a community hub where locals and tourists can shop for excellent produce and linger over delicious light bites prepared by the Yard’s café.

Nearly all the units have now been taken and The Engine Yard will launch on Friday 4 May 2018 (with The Idle Mole plant centre opening from late March ahead of the Easter weekend). The other units that have already been allocated include a café/restaurant with event space above, a beauty centre, a butchery, a farm shop and The Duchess’ Gallery, which will sell clothing, accessories & gifts, all created by dynamic young entrepreneurs from the region and well-known British brands that are not already available in the area.

The Engine Yard will host a programme of inspiring events throughout the year, such as foodie talks and cookery demonstrations in the first-floor space above the café, which will host themed pop up dinners. There will also be open-air barbecues in summer, farmers’ markets, craft fairs, activity experiences for children, and dog-friendly weekends organised by leading demonstrators and dog behaviourists.

Twinned with a visit to the Castle, a (dog) walk around the grounds or one of the many events that take place at Belvoir Castle throughout the year, such as music extravaganzas (Pete Tong, Il Divo and Nile Rodgers & CHIC in 2018), the Flower Festival, Tough Mudder, Fireworks and Equinox 24 Running Race, the unveiling of The Engine Yard is sure to generate a real buzz and provide yet another great reason to visit the Belvoir Estate.

The Engine Yard is being created from a cluster of 19th century buildings originally used to house maintenance workshops (that serviced the Castle and other properties on the 15,000 acre Belvoir Estate) and a pump that powered spring water up to the Castle. Through a £2.4 million investment, these historic buildings are being sensitively converted into 12,000 square feet of retail outlets, which will collectively offer an engaging and contemporary social space, steeped in heritage. In addition to the renovation works, the Belvoir Estate is currently landscaping the surrounding area and creating a small car park (additional spaces will be available across the road at the Castle entrance).

The Engine Yard is the brainchild of the Duchess of Rutland, CEO of Belvoir Castle, who said: “At Belvoir, we are continually seeking out new opportunities to diversify the interests of the Estate in order that the whole community can enjoy the historic seat. The Engine Yard represents a new direction for us and one that I hope will be fully embraced by local residents and visitors to the area.”