Investment plans hope to turn Culzean around

What the mini play-park is set to look like upon completion.
What the mini play-park is set to look like upon completion.

A major investment in Culzean Castle and Country Park will see a new playpark built designed to create more visitors and it’s set to be open in time for the summer season.

Plans have also been lodged with South Ayrshire Council which will create a new retail unit at the aviary building which has been empty for a while.

Subject to planning permission being granted, Caroline Glenn, Culzean’s General Manager said: “The idea is to increase visitor numbers to Culzean and encompass the whole area surrounding the swan pond.

“The retail unit isn’t huge but the plan will be to sell items that visitors, particularly with children, can buy to enhance their time at Culzean, encouraging outdoor play / activity and giving them the opportunity to stay for longer.

“Items such as picnic blankets, kites, frisbees and small items kids can buy with their pocket money would be on sale on the shop.

“The playpark is being designed with the history of the castle in mind and will be a great play experience for everyone with zip slides, a sandpit and climbing towers among the attractions.”

The £250,000 mini playpark is hoped to turn around Culzean’s fortunes with 219,000 people paying to get into the estate in 2013, which was down 6.2% on the year before and although 2014 figures aren’t finalised, it is believed Culzean has suffered another drop in visitor numbers.

Culzean are planning to have an opening of the play park sometime in July once the architects work has been allowed to bed in.