£2.4m plans unveiled to transform part of Belvoir Castle site

CGI of how the Engine Yard will look when the work is complete

A new £2.4m retail village at Belvoir Castle near Grantham is set to launch on Friday, May 4th and promises to offer “excellence in food and drink, unlike any other in the region”

The project is sited in what is known as the Engine Yard – a cluster of 19th century buildings originally used to house maintenance workshops that once serviced the castle and other properties on the 15,000 acre Belvoir Estate – opposite the entrance of Belvoir Castle, and home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

The Engine Yard is the brainchild of the Duchess of Rutland, CEO of Belvoir Castle, who says; “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.”

Amongst the 12,000 square feet of retail units will include a café, beauty centre, a butchery, a farm shop and The Duchess’ Gallery, which will sell clothing, accessories and gifts created by young entrepreneurs from the region.

A full programme of events iOS also being planned throughout the year, including talks and cookery demonstrations which are to be held in the first-floor space above the café, along with host themed pop-up dinners.

In addition, visitors can expect open-air barbecues in summer, farmers’ markets, craft fairs, activity experiences for children, and dog-friendly weekends organised by leading demonstrators and dog behaviourists.

The Duchess is no stranger to hosting events as can be seen by the many sell out concerts, flower festival and the Tough Mudder event which is held each May. It is expected that events at the Engine Yard will prove just as popular, drawing visitors from far and wide.