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Thetford GC plans crazy golf to attract families

Thetford Garden Centre is planning to introduce adventure crazy golf in a bid to make the business more family orientated.


An application to Breckland Council details an extension for an adventure golf course and associated cafe/golf hub, outdoor play area, events space and additional car parking.


Plans for the crazy golf include a woodland theme with giant acorns, fallen trees, rabbit holes, woodland animals and a water feature.


Documents for the single story extension on Breckland Council's website say: “The aim of this planning application is to re-establish Thetford Garden Centre's position in the market in order to retain existing customers by updating and improving the existing facilities in order to provide customers with a modern garden centre.


Founded in 1982 by Jean and Paul Nixon, Thetford Garden Centre has been at the current site at the Kilverstone Estate for 27 years. The family business is now being run by their daughter Lucy Nixon and her husband Shane Hinkley (pictured above with Jean).

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