Have your chance to name new cafe and visitor centre at Needham Lake

An artist’s impression of Needham Lake café and visitor centre Photo: Mid Suffolk District Council.

As work continues on the development of the new café and visitor centre at Needham Lake, Mid Suffolk District Council is calling on the community to vote on its name.

The lake is Mid Suffolk’s most popular free visitor attraction by getting people to enjoy the views, exercise and get closer to nature.

The new café and visitor centre will offer visitors a range of brand-new facilities including a new café with outdoor seating overlooking the playground, a flexible community events space, and a Changing Places facility with accessible and spacious toilets.

Local residents and businesses will be able to help select one of the following names for the new café and visitor centre:

  • Duck & Teapot;
  • Quacker’s Café; or
  • The Swan’s Nest.

Anyone wishing to help select the name for the new café and visitor centre can vote through an online poll by October 31 with the name being announced in early November.

The new café and visitor centre is due for completion by the end of the year.

Once completed, the building will complement the surrounding natural environment and meets Mid Suffolk District Councils’ climate change ambitions with several green features including the introduction of bird boxes, solar panels, sustainable drainage, an air source heat pump and uses sustainable building materials as part of the build.

Visitors to the café will be able to enjoy a range of seasonal meals, snacks, drinks and ice-creams throughout the year from the team behind Cabbages and Kings, the popular café at The Mix in Stowmarket.

The development at Needham Lake is part of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Invest in Needham Market programme that also includes improving the connectivity between Needham Lake and the town as well as the development of new homes at the former Mid Suffolk District Council headquarters and Middle School sites.

For more information, visit www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

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