Cannon Hall’s Right Royal seal of approval
19th May 2015 | posted in News
The acclaimed Roundhouse received an impromptu Royal visit recently, courtesy of Cannon Hall Farm visitor attraction, near Barnsley, Yorkshire who hosted The Earl of Wessex on May 13th. The Earl was visiting to see the farm’s extensive on-going development, which has so far cost £3m and which includes eight S & A farm buildings, four S&A industrial buildings and a Roundhouse to house all manner of two and four-legged animals.
Owned by Roger Nicholson, his wife Cynthia and their three sons, Richard, Robert and David the award winning business is now one of the best farm attractions in the country, with Highland cattle, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies, llamas, rabbits and other animals. The attraction is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors a year including 20,000 school children, and employs 200 people.
S & A of Barnard Castle first got involved in 2008, when it erected the Roundhouse, complete with viewing gallery. “It is fantastic to see a business grow and develop like Cannon Hall has done,” says Simon Pelly, S & A’s sales manager.
From building the Roundhouse and traditional building in 2008, S&A were invited back in 2012 to build severn livestock buildings to house all the farm animals in a purpose made complex, then again in 2014 we were back again to demolish the old farm yard and build an indoor soft play, shop extension, classrooms and small animals building. “Seeing how the farm has changed in the past six years is truly amazing and knowing that we have built it makes me very proud” Simon Pelly.
“It has grown surely and steadily from humble beginnings in the late 1980’s to a large and very attractive visitor centre that does an excellent job in entertaining and educating the public about farming and food. We are delighted to have contributed to the growth of the business, and congratulate it on receiving its Right Royal seal of approval.
Currently S &A have installed over 90 Roundhouses across the country and in the EU, mainly for use in conventional livestock agriculture. However one is currently being erected to cover a play area in Clacton-on-Sea and as the enquiries for varied uses grows we are sure Roundhouses could appear in many different situations.
Many thanks to www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk for the photos.